Arunachal means “land of the rising sun” is the first land to be kissed by the rays of the morning sun. The land of dawn-lit mountains is home to 125 tribal groups, the Brahmaputra Gorge, the jungles from which all the bananas and citrus fruit in the world originate. India's largest Buddhist Monastery famous as Tawang Monastery is also to be found in Arunachal.
The richest biodiversity in South Asia borders China on the north, Myanmar on the east and Bhutan in the west and the states of Nagaland and Assam in the south. The state is covered by hill elevations surrounded by the serried ridges and the peaks of the Eastern Himalayas, ranging from 50m to 7000m, the whole cut across by a number of rivers and their valleys. The five major rivers are Kameng, Subansiri, Siang, Lohit and Tirap.
There are 61,000 sq km of forests of pine, oak, maple, fir and rhododendron in order to protect which the timber industry has now been banned in the state. It is a beautiful remote state with its haunting beauty and magical charm lures the visitor to imbibe of its natural beauty, tribal culture, craft traditions and splendid wildlife. Tourist attractions include the Namdapha tiger project in Changlang district, Sela lake near to Bomdila, the bamboo bridges hanging over the river!