(Last Updated on : 07/02/2013)
West Arunachal Pradesh is covered with isolated hills and valleys that climb to some of the remotest glaciers and Himalayan peaks blessed with scenic beauty. The multihued culture of the western Arunachal is the result of influence of Bhutan and Tibet, which borders this land. Most of the mountains remain completely unknown except the Gori Chen Peak
(6858m) and Nyegi Kangsang (7047m). Almost all the mountains here rise up to a height of around 6000 metres high.
The solitary road serving the region runs from Tezpur
through Bhalukpong on the Assamese border to Tawang district, ending bone-shakingly high in the mountains at one of Asia's largest monasteries. On the way you pass through the market town of Bomdila
, home up the valley. To the west of the Tawang road lie picturesque Rupa, with its colourful Tibetan monastery; Chillipam, whose monastery and temple offer astounding views and the fascinating Buddhist settlements of Tenzingang and Kalaktang. Beyond Tawang and very close to the border of Tibet stretches the lake district of Bangachangsa.
The landscape is known as Western Arunachal Landscape. The Western Arunachal Landscape (WAL) covers nearly 7000 sq. km in the West Kameng and Tawang districts of Arunachal Pradesh and is delineated using the distribution of the flagship genera of rhododendrons
. The state of Arunachal Pradesh has 61 specie and 17 sub species of rhododendron, which form 84.7% of the country's total Rhododendron species. Of these, 32 species and 5 sub species have been identified from WAL. In addition, more than 30 mammals are reported from this area including rare species like the snow leopard
and red panda
. WAL is also the only wintering ground of black-necked cranes in India.
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