Arunachal Pradesh (East India State)

Arunachal Pradesh, meaning land of rising sun, is a Himalayan border State which came into existence in 1987 as 24th State of India. Bordered on the north by China, west by Myanmar, east by Bhutan and south by Assam, Arunachal Pradesh has been mentioned in Puranas as Prabhu Mountains where Lord Krishna married Rukmini, Rishi Vyas meditated, Parasuram pursued atonement and Bhismaka founded his kingdom.

About 62 percent of the province is covered by dense forests and inhabited by 26 major tribes and a number of sub tribes. Though the people of Arunachal Pradesh are ethnically similar but owing to geographical variations and isolations from each other has resulted into disparate culture, custom, language and attires. Rice and wheat are the main crops here.

The state is known for Tibetan Buddhist monasteries dotting its landscape where lies 400 years old one of India's Buddhist monasteries in Tawang, locally known as the 'Galden Namgyal Lhatse.

Itanagar is the capital of Arunachal Pradesh. The name Itanagar is derived from Itafort meaning fort of bricks. Itanagar is predominantly a tribal area and very thinly populated.

The old Stillwell Road in Arunachal Pradesh, constructed in 1944, is one of the most expensively built roads in the world. Now that the road routes to Myanmar are closed, this 430 kms long road is hardly used.

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