Lower Dibang Valley

Lower Dibang Valley district, with the its headquarter at Roing is the youngest of the fifteen districts of Arunachal Pradesh. It forms a part of eastern Arunachal Pradesh. It is named after the River Dibang-one of the important tributaries of mighty Brahmaputra. The district is bounded on the north by the Dibang Valley district, on the East by the Lohit district and Mc Mohan Line, on the west by the eastern and Upper Siang districts of Arunachal Pradesh and on the south by the Tinsukia district of Assam. The district rises from the Himalayan foothills to the middle ranges with the highest point of Mayudia at a height of 2655 meters from mean sea level. Snow-capped peaks, turbulent rivers, mystic valleys and abundance of rich flora & fauna are a few attraction of the district. The district is well known for its largest cover of thick green forest with almost 80% of the area being notified as reserved forest, wild life sanctuaries or unclassified state forests.

The Dibang, Ithun, Ason, Chipu, Aba, Iphi, Sisiri, Datung, Deopani river systems nourish this area making it a lovely place.

The abundance of natural beauty…..colorful and charming tribes…..ancient archeological sites make the place a perfect destination for nature lovers, adventurous tourists, archeologists and anthropologists.

PLACES OF INTEREST

Mayudia: is located at a distance of approximately 56 kms. from the District Headquarters, Roing in the Himalayas. It is nestled at a height of 2655m amidst lofty hills, lush green forests and breathtaking landscapes. It is the place where you can enjoy ever snowfall in winters…….at hardly one and half hours drive from Roing.

The area receives snowfall during the months from December to March. Thick cover of snow adds exquisite serenity to the place. Experience the kind of hospitality perfectly blended with local traditions at the beautiful guest house overlooking the picturesque valley. Walk a little and you are in the midst of sprawling bears, fast running wild goats, flying squirrels, variety of birds and above all the famous Mishmi Takin. Trekking in high altitudes in chilled weather and enjoying the peaks is a heavenly joy here.

Mehao Lake: Part of the Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary, situated at an altitude of nearly 3000 feet and at 14 kms from Roing is the natural stretch of water which is considered to be one of the most beautiful spots in Arunachal Pradesh.

The absolutely clear water of the lake attracts huge number of wild ducks. It is a vast lake covering an area of about 4 sq. km. The surroundings of this lake are extremely rich in flora and fauna. The water of the lake is absolutely crystal clear and a boat ride walk around the lake fills one with divine pleasure. Trekking the small pathway leading to the lake through the virgin forest is a wonderful experience.

Geologists have classified this Lake as Oliogotropic (Low Nutrient) Lake. Where no fish is available is called as Low Nutrient Lake. It is a vast lake covering an area of about 4 sq. km. The surroundings of this lake are extremely rich in flora and fauna. The water of the lake is absolutely crystal clear and a walk aroubd the lake fills one with divine pleasure. Trekking the small pathway leading to the lake through the virgin forest is a wonderful experience.

Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary: A rugged mountainous belt with its panoramic landscape is beyond description. It is a land of wonder for tourists and living treasure for Scientists i.e. Ornithologists, Zoologists, Botanists, Ecologists. Indeed, a virgin natural forest with unique natural lakes in the midst of wilderness. The sanctuary is located near Roing and covers an area of 281.5 sq. km. The altitude varies from 400m to 3568m from Mean Sea Level (MSL). The sanctuary derives its name from Mehao Lake, a vast and virgin lake and is situated at a distance of 17 km from Roing.

Sally: Just three kilometers away for Roing, you are at a famous Sally Lake…….a natural lake surrounded by thick green forest provides a serene and tranquil atmosphere. The lake overlooks the beautiful valley down below on the far horizon and the gushing Dibang River spreading its branches in multiple directions. Watch beautiful fishes in the clear waters of the lake. Halt here and experience the hospitality at the Sally Lake tourist lodge.



Nehru Van Udyan: Barely one kilometer from the Roing Township, on the bank of river Deopani (Eje) is the beautiful Forest Park named Nehru Van Udyan. The magnificent guest house, known as Eje-Breeze Tower, offers a picturesque view of the river Deopani where you can enjoy the pleasant breeze coming from the river Eje and Eme. The park has a well maintained garden and a beautiful orchid and cactus houses. Few hundred meters from this place is the confluence of river Eje and Eme….an ideal spot for fun and picnic.

Iphipani: Ten kilometers from Roing Township is the Iphi-pani ghat where you can have a picturesque view of the plain valley of river Dibang. Take packed lunch or cook yourself at the river bank and enjoy the food, listening to the river chants. You can also test your hand at fishing and angling.

Nijomaghat: Fifteen kilometers from the Roing Township is this historical Nizamghat…established by Britishers in the nineteenth century. It is named after the British Political Officer J.F.Needham. It was the access point for the Britishers to enter in the hills. The river flowing between lofty mountains and rocky surroundings with the soothing effect of lush vegetation makes this spot a lovely picnic point. A small ferry here connects Dambuk to Roing. The gushing current of the river has chiseled the hard Himalayan rocks to produce mystic figures. One can overview the entire series mountain range from this spot.

Hunli: Nestled in a beautiful valley at an altitude of 5000 feet is this town of Hunli....a sub-divisional headquarter. The 90 kms drive from Roing to Hunli crossing the Mayudia Pass at an altitude of 8800 feet through the well maintained black topped road provides thrill and eye catching scenic beauty. Two hours of trek from the town will take you to the interesting cave temple at Kupunli near Hunli. The Circuit House located on a ridge giving splendid view of the valley will ensure that you would cherish every moment of your stay at Hunli. And don’t get surprised to see the well equipped Internet center provided by Community Information Center at Hunli; even in interior place of Himalaya, you have full and speedy access to Internet.

Bhismaknagar: fort, located nearly 30 km from Roing is tentatively dated to 8 century and is recorded as the oldest archaeological site in the region. The site was first explored by I. Block in 1848 and afterward it was excavated from 1965-70. The complex houses the ruins of brick-built structure of 1860.52 sq. meters plinth area, having three halls, two extension rooms and six entrances in all.

Rukmini Nati: are the ruins of Princess Rukmini is situated at the heart of Chimiri village which is approximately 12 km from Roing. This is a hill-fort presumably of 14th/15th century. You find the remains of burnt and baked bricks, which indicates the progress of the erstwhile civilization.

Ita and Padum Pukhuri: It is a historical brick built pond located at Ithili village about 14 kms from Roing. A few hundred yards apart from Itapukhuri is situated Padum Pukhuri. It is observed that in the month of October/November, hundreds of lotus flowers bloom in it.

Kampona Pond: It is situated at Idili village at a distance of 17 km from Roing. Kampona in Adi dialect means good looking. Kampona is the abode of Nag Raja, as per Adi belief.

Mandals of Lower Dibang Valley