Arunachal Pradesh

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4. WHITE-WA­TER RAFT­ING ON THE SUBAN­SIRI

One of the most chal­leng­ing river-raft­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in In­dia is on the Suban­siri River, a tribu­tary of the mighty Brahma­pu­tra. You’ll be faced with grade III and higher rapids, but the real hur­dles are the sheer ver­ti­cal drops and the vol­ume of wa­ter in this golden river, so only at­tempt this un­der ex­pert guid­ance. Ex­pe­di­tions are or­gan­ised by sea­soned rafters at Aquaterra ( 0091-11-2921 2641, aquaterra.in).

5. TREKKING TO TAWANG

You can hardly re­turn from Arunachal with­out vis­it­ing the world-fa­mous Tawang Monastery, which cuts quite the vi­sion perched atop a moun­tain, seem­ingly at the edge of the world – and you can add an ad­di­tional thrill to your jour­ney by for­go­ing the chop­per ride and trekking it all the way in­stead

( 0091-36-0221 4745, arunachal­tourism.com/trekking.

php). Start­ing at Bomdila, at 2,440m, scale high al­ti­tudes while pass­ing through an­cient vil­lages like Di­rang, a Monpa tribe set­tle­ment, and moun­tain passes such as Sela Pass sit­ting at nearly 4,000m. The two-day trek cul­mi­nates at Tawang where, along­side the monastery, you can also visit high­alti­tude lakes and lo­cal tribal vil­lages.

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