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Arunachal Pradesh - The Land Of The Rising Sun

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Arunachal Pradesh, once known as the "Hidden Land", is the only State in India, which has been completely closed to all outsiders since the beginning of time. A limited number of travellers are being permitted to visit this beautiful state for the first time since 1993.

A sentinel of the country in the Northeast, this ancient land finds mention in early Indian literature such as the Kalika Purana, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. It was here that Parasuram is said to have washed away his sins, Vyasa meditated, Bhismaka founded is kingdom, Lord Krishna married his consort Rukmini and King Balinarayana drew men for his armies from among the hardy people of Arunachal Pradesh. The 6th Dalai Lama was born on the soil of Arunachal Pradesh and the present 13th Dalai Lama found refuge and safety here, after he fled Tibet.

Although some 25 tribal groups constitute the total population, the density of the population is only 8 per sq. km. All the individual tribes have a rich and well-preserved cultural heritage. During the 200 years of British rule in India the British Government closed the borders to its own kind in 1873.

The people are highly democratic and each tribe has its own organised institutions that maintain law and order, decide disputes and take up all activities of the welfare of the village. Polygamy was socially sanctioned and practised by most of them.

Throughout the trip, one comes into contact with different tribes, such as the Nishi in Itanagar and Ziro, the Apa Tani and Hill Miri in Ziro, the Idu Mishmis in Along, the Adis or the famous Ahoms in Pasighat and the Mishmis and Singphos in the Namdapha area, which also has a small influence of Tangsas.


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