We welcome you to the Bird Watcher’s Paradise at Dirang and Sangti Valley, Arunachal Pradesh.
Dirang is a small hill town located in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India. Dirang is located midway on your journey from Assam to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. Although, Dirang was primarily used as an overnight halt on the way to Tawang, Dirang is now becoming a popular tourist attraction in its own right because of its proximity to the Sangti Valley. Dirang is located on the banks of River Kameng and at an altitude of 4900 ft above mean sea level. Dirang has a pleasant weather the year around.
Places of tourist interest at Dirang ~
1. Dirang Dzong
The Dirang Dzong is a local fort which is around 150 years old. The area also has a 9th century prison. Often referred to as the Dirang Fort, some of the stone houses at dirang Dzong are said to be more than 500 years old. The entry to the Dirang Fort is through a stone staircase.
2. Hot Water Spring Dirang
The hot water spring near Dirang is located on your way t Tawang. This hot water spring is considered as a holy place by the locals of Dirang and Arunachal Pradesh as the waters here are rich in sulphur content and is believed to have some medicinal properties. Visitor to the hot water spring at Dirang can opt to bathe in its waters and this bath seems to have a magical effect on a tired body.
3. Yak Research Center Dirang
Dirang town also ahsa National Research Center on Yak. The centre conducts research on genetic resources, problems associated with production. It also undertakes research on improvement of yak and its products through selection and breeding with exotic frozen semen. The research centre can be visited with permission by tourists.
Sangti Valley ~
Located at around 15 kilometers from Dirang is a Bird Watcher’s haven known as the Sangti Valley. Sangti Valley is one among the most beautiful valleys of Arunachal Pradesh. Sangti valley is renowned for the Black Necked Crane bird species that flock here every winter. Endowed with a seven (7) foot long wingspan, the black necked crane is revered by the people of Santi Valley in their religion.
Sangti Valley can be reached by car from Dirang but the best option is to go out trekking to Sangti from Dirang and return back. Sangti Valley is nestled between the Eastern Himalayas and is covered with lush green mountains, fruit orchards and a river flowing down a hill. The people of Sangti Valley belong to the Monpa Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh.