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Northeast Today

A Festival of Valleys

A Festival of Valleys
April 27
13:25 2017

March Edition, Travel, NET Bureau

Nestled amidst the pristine mountains of Arunachal Pradesh, the Pakke Kessang circle is a tourism hotspot, yet to be fully discovered by travel enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Pakke Kessang is an administrative centre in East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, around 135 kms from Naharlagun. The administrative centre comprises of five valleys – Pakke, Passa, Papu, Seijosa and Dissing-Passo. Blessed with fertile soil and suitable climate condition, rice is produced in abundance from these valleys and the area is known as the “rice bowl of East Kameng”. Two circuits approved by Arunachal Tourism, namely the Doimukh-Sagalee-Pakke Kessang-Seppa circuit and the Tezpur-Seijosa (Pakhui)-Bhalukpong- Tipi circuit runs within this area.

An upcoming tourism destination, the Pakke Kessang circle provides opportunities for tourists to indulge in activities like sight-seeing, camping, cycle expedition, angling, trekking, river rafting, swimming, Hornbill viewing, para-gliding etc. Rich in flora and fauna, the region boasts of many endangered species, which could be a nature lover’s paradise.

The famous Pakke Tiger Reserve, the only Hornbill sanctuary in India and the ancient ruins of Naksha Parbat falls within this circle. While these may be the more famous sites, the region also consist of five magnificent valleys, each in itself a tourism hotspot.

Pakke Valley: Crisscrossed by the Pakke River, the Pakke valley is a trekker’s delight. Enthusiasts may trek to Lumta- the last village of Pakke Kessang, around 15 kms from the township. Some places to see are the Khodaso View Point and Lake Sokio.

Passa Valley: Visitors can opt for long mountainous trekking expedition from Passa camp-to-Veo village.

Papu Valley: Easily accessible from Seppa, Papu valley is located between Lumdang and Pijerang. There is a good scope for activities like paragliding, boating etc.

Seijosa Valley: Well known as the location of the Pakke Tiger Reserve, Seijosa is a vast valley stretching from Lanka-Goloso to Darlong Forest Check gate near Arunachal-Assam border. The valley can be reached via Assam with a road diversion from NH 52 through Itakhola.

Dissing-Passo Valley: Home to the 13th century site of Naksha Parbat, the valley can be accessed by travelling from Borgang in Sonitpur district of Assam. The five valleys of the Pakke Kesang circle are for the most part connected by roads though there are still a few locations that remain off grid. Visitors can travel to these places either from Itanagar or Guwahati. The nearest railway stations are Naharlagun and Guwahati.

Places to Stay

1. Circuit House, Pakke Kessang 135 Km from Naharlagun (approx.)

2. Inspection Bungalow, Rilloh 190 Km from Naharlagun (approx.)

3. Inspection Bungalow, Pijerang 230Km from Naharlagun (approx.)

4. Circuit House, Seijosa 140Km from Naharlagun (approx.)

 

(With inputs from Bengia Manna Sonam, Asst Director, Dept of Tourism, Arunachal Pradesh)

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