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.