Monday, 11 November 2013

Festivals of Arunachal Pradesh

NYOKUM
Nyokum Festival is the most prominent festival of Arunachal Pradesh. Celebrated by the Nyishi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh, Nyokum is a very colorful festival and reflects the interesting cultural heritage and ethnicity of the Nyishi tribe.
Nyokum Festival is celebrated every year on 26th February with great zeal and spirit. And it has slowly become a symbol of unity, harmony, and ethnicity. Nyokum comprises of two words:  Nyok meaning land and Kum meaning people.
The Nyokum Festival is usually celebrated in community grounds where people wearing traditional clothes gather up, sing, and dance. During the festival, head priest performs rituals and prayers are offered to the spirits to bring peace, harmony, and prosperity to the people.  Men and women in traditional attire hold hands and gather up forming a circle and perform the traditional dance as they sing “Nyokum bo tapa debe”.  Several competitions that foster the traditional art forms are organized during the festival.
Nyokum Festival has evolved much more than a festival to a celebration of life. Nyokum, indeed, is a colorful way of celebrating life and fostering the great ethnicity of Arunachal Pradesh.
DREE
The Dree Festival is an Apatani agricultural rite.It involves the sacrifice of fowls, eggs and animals to the gods – Tamu, Metii and Danyi Pilo(Sun and Moon God). The purpose of the festival is to appease these gods so that famine could be avoided. This rite is observed by the Apatanis in Arunachal Pradesh, India. The Apatanis, who inhabit a tranquil pine clad valley called Ziro at the core of Lower SubansiriDistrict of Arunachal Pradesh, are famous for their unique practice of wet rice cultivation. One would wonder as to how the early Apatanis had brilliantly discovered the magnificent irrigated rice cultivation without help of scientific technologies. Rice is the staple food of the Apatanis, as such for its bumper harvest the nature God and goddesses are prayed during the Dree Festival from 4 to 7 July of each year.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Mechuka Valley-the next tourist hotspot

To many, Arunachal may be synonymous to Tawang or Itanagar or say Ziro but these are just part of the experience. Go beyond these places and you'll find Arunachal Pradesh, hidden to the world outside, a treasure-trove of virgin natural beauty to be explored, a storehouse of exotic flora and fauna – all safely tucked under serene and pristine comfort of Nature.
Mechuka,West Siang District
One among those many incredible places is the Mechuka Valley in West Siang District.It is a small town (sub-divisional headquarter) located in a picturesque valley near the Indo-Tibet border. During winters, one can get great views of the snow-clad mountains and snow fall. Mechuka is gradually becoming a popular tourist destination in Arunachal Pradesh due to its scenic beauty, exotic tribes, gentle hills and snow-capped mountains and River Siyom (locally known as Yargyap Chu). The major tourist attraction here is a 400-year-old Buddhist Monastery, which is located at a hilltop in the western most part of Mechuka. Numerous ancient statues can also be found here. Mechuka is a small town (sub-divisional headquarter) located in a picturesque valley near the Indo-Tibet border. During winters, one can get great views of the snow-clad mountains and snow fall. Mechuka is gradually becoming a popular tourist destination in Arunachal Pradesh due to its scenic beauty, exotic tribes, gentle hills and snow-capped mountains and River Siyom (locally known as Yargyap Chu). The major tourist attraction here is a 400-year-old Buddhist Monastery, which is located at a hilltop in the western most part of Mechuka. Numerous ancient statues can also be found here
A suspension bridge that connects Dorjeling village with Mechukha.
To-do list in Mechuka:
Treasure trove Arunachal Pradesh with lush green meadows, perennial brooks, hilly rivers and strong wind is highly suitable for adventure sports, like para gliding, mountain biking, water rafting, mountaineering, hiking, trekking etc. This hidden Himalayan land though had drawn the attention of international rafters, mountaineers and hikers occasionally in the past but its huge potential is yet to be fully tapped. 

  • Explore the snow- clad mountain peaks and lush green meadows with rare species of flora and fauna.
  •  Mechuka festival of adventure sports 2013
  • Paragliding      
  • Mechuka offers excellent opportunities for adventure tourism giving you a chance to indulge in hair raising and daring adventure sports.The weather conditions and mountainous terrain make Mechuka the perfect place for a paragliding vacation. With tandem rigs it is possible for almost anyone to participate in this “high adrenalin” sport. 
                                                        Mechhuka festival of adventure sports 2013
  • Experience river rafting on picturesque Yargap Chu River which flows through middle of Mechuka (Menchuka) town.
  • Go river rafting,angling or mountain biking.