Pasighat features Breathtaking Hillside & Lush Green River Valleys

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Pasighat - Quick Facts

Area: 14.60 sq. km.
Population: 24,656
Altitude: 153 mt. (approx.) above sea level
Season: Oct to Apr
Clothing: Summer- Cottons, Winters- Woolens
Rainfall: 1600 mm. (Average yearly)
Language: Monapa, Hindi & English
Festivals/Fairs: Igu Dance Festival (January), Makar Sankranti (January)

Welcome to Pasighat, the oldest town of Arunachal Pradesh established in 1911. And presently the headquarter of the east Siang district. The British government had appointed a political officer to view to help the alternatives of the area to come down to the plains of Assam for trade and commerce. Pasighat has been often called the 'gateway of the state of Arunachal Pradesh'. The town derives its name from the 'Pasis', a tribe of the area. Pasighat town is situated at a height of 155 m., from the sea level and has a population of nearly 78,000 people. The climate is hot and humid in summers and temperate during winters. Pasighat and its nearby areas can justly be termed as the heart of Arunachal Pradesh because of their central location in the state. With its breathtaking hillside and lush-green river valleys domesticated by a galaxy of tribes, the area is a tourist’s delight and photographers paradise. Book a tour to Pashighat.

By Air
The nearest airports are to Dibrugarh (Mohanbari), and Guwahati in Assam, helicopter (Pawan Hans) flights are available from Dibrugarh and Itanagar.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is Murkong Selek, at a distance of 35-km, from Pasighat and buses or taxies are available there for the town.

By Road
Visitors can reach Pasighat by bus, private vehicles or taxis from Guwahati, Itanagar or Lakhimpur; alteralternatively they can cross over river Brahmaputra from Dibrugarh to Oryamghat that is situated at a distance of 30-km, from Pasighat and then take a bus or taxi to Pasighat. Ruksin check gate is the point of entry for those coming by road from Itanagar or Guwahati and Kemi check gate for those coming by boat from Dibrugarh.

Daying Ering Wild Life Sanctuary
Pasighat and its surrounding areas abound in natural beauty and the place has leftly been called as photographers delight: it is a land to have a rendezvous with Mother Nature in her purest form. Far away from the maddening crowd, the place has the potential to provide solace to the tired and tense people from the outside world. The mighty Brahmaputra River, called the "Siang" here transcends down from Tibet and gives its name to the district. It flows through the entire length of the area until it descends down into the plains of Assam south of Pasighat town, where it meets Dihang and Lohit and becomes the Brahmaputra. The magic of the land can only be felt when one arrives here. And, on one's return from the place, the heart is filled with joy, the mind is freshened and the soul is elevated to new heights of bliss; the memory always haunts and the temptation to visit Pasighat always prompts one to come here again and again.


Located at a distance of about 60 km from Pasighat and connected by road, it stands at a point where river Siam meets river Siang and presents a spectacular sight. The blue waters of Siom meet the green Siang and the beauty of the sight is awesome.

Activities in Pashighat

For the adventure loving people, Pasighat has a great scope for adventure sports such as river rafting, trekking and fishing & angling.

Pasighat and its surrounding areas can leftly be termed as the heart of Arunachal Pradesh because of their central location in the state. With its beautiful hillside and lush-green river valleys inhabited by a galaxy of tribes, the area is a tourist’s delight and photographers paradise. From Pasighat, there are numerous places of interest that can be visited in Arunachal Pradesh.

Adventure & Sports

For the adventure loving, Pasighat has a great scope for adventure sports such as river rafting and trekking in the deep forests.

River Rafting

Siang River is ideal for river rafting, both for the amateurs and the seasoned. The veterans can start from gelling at the Indo - China border and raft down to Pasighat through rapids of 4 and 5 degree, whereas the amateurs can raft down from Yambung or Sirki to Pasighat through rapids of 2 and 3 degree.


Trekking through the dense woods and forests from Pasighat to Yinkiong to Komsing - the historic sight where Neol Willimson was buried after being killed by the Adis - is unforgettable experience for the trekkers. One can have the pleasure of seeing a variety of beautiful birds and a variety of vegetation unfound in other parts. It is indeed a privilege to see the cane bridges built across river Siang that are a marvel of alternative engineering. R. Wilcox who visited the area in 1825, remarked about these cane bridges: "We are quite astonished at the skill and labour shown in the construction of cane suspension bridges thrown over at this point: it was such as would do no discredit to the department for similar workd in Calcutta."

Fishing & Angling

Besides, a lot of places like Yingkiong, Bodak, Siom, etc., provide good spots for Fishing and Angling. The Mahseer is legendary and catches of 20-30 kg are not uncommon. The colder waters of the higher reaches have the golden and the rainbow trout. One can have a sight of traditional but effective methods of fishing while trekking in the jungles. So, this is Pasighat, a place that one must visit to have the fun of lifetime, where Mother Nature showers all its bliss and delight upon one in her purest form. A place that will always linger in one's memory and will motivate one to come here again and again.

Baskets and masks made of bamboo and cane are also popular items for shopping in Itanagar.

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