• Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

I’ve been traveling around India for three years, and after seeing so many places the thing I love to do most is going to places that I’ve never heard of… and neither have most people.

Sangti Valley is 15 km outside Dirang, buried in the Eastern Himalayas, and another stop in Arunachal Pradesh tourism that many won’t see as it’s often overlooked. For me, while traveling with Holiday Scout, it was less about the town or area I was in and more about the interactions. While touring the backwaters of Kerala became famous for its beauty and now everyone goes, one day when Arunachal tourism picks up, Sangti Valley will be flooded by tourists. It’s one of the most stunning places I’ve been.

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE IndiaI’m happy to have gone before that happens and suggest the same to you! What I mean really, is you can’t base a places worth on its popularity as there are still some secret places to visit in India even with its huge population. When you research about Arunachal Pradesh, you will most likely come across little bits about Sangti Valley, and previously written about Dirang, although both are so small that neither even have a Wikipedia page.

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

The people here are Mahayana Buddhist Monpas with a culture similar to people in Bhutan. As you can see they grow corn! They hang it out to dry to get the seeds for the next season. There are also apple and kiwi farms. You can buy bags of Kiwis here for the same price one is in South India! Between here and Dirang there are also Hot Springs, although I didn’t go visit them. Holiday Scout does “bespoke” tours so if you wanted to see them you just have to ask.

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE IndiaSangti Valley is where the black neck crane comes each year. They breed here in the valley! It’s a rare bird that is only in India and Bhutan in the colder regions. It’s got a 7 foot wing span and it’s loved by Buddhists and a symbol in their religion. It also happens to be the state bird of Jammu & Kashmir.

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

sangti valley

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE IndiaWe parked up on top and walked down into the valley. The area we parked at was a sheep farm. We got their just in time because after 10 minutes the man told Sange “It’s their bed time”. The sun goes down early in NE India, before 6 PM so I guess they get them inside before it gets dark. The guy whistled a unique call and all the sheep came running. A few got a little confused and went the wrong way but they eventually figured it out!

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

Places to Visit in Bomdila18, sangti valleyThere are many of India’s North East places to visit that don’t have much information online which is why I decided to make posts about these places and not just do a quick mention. They deserve some attention, especially Sangti Valley!

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

Secret Little Sangti Valley in NE India

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Rachel Jones left a career in nursing to live on the beaches of Goa, India almost four years ago where she is now a travel writer. Her website gives advice on the 35+ countries she's been to but has become the go-to site for India travel, focusing on offbeat places & “glamorous travel”. Hippie in Heels has been featured in ELLE magazine, Tripadvisor, and Thomas Cook. Her blog is one of the top 50 travel blogs in the world based on traffic. She also enjoys writing for BravoTV.

12 Comments

  1. Laura January 18, 2016 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    It looks insanely beautiful there! All the buildings are so colorful. This trip really sounds like it was totally incredible.

    • Rachel Jones January 19, 2016 at 10:24 am - Reply

      Yes, is this is just the peak of the iceburg! haha it gets more fun :)

  2. Bijay anand January 18, 2016 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Wow!..the place is indeed unspoilt and beautiful!!.. A well written and colourful photo blog which does justice to the beauty of the place..a few tit bits on the easiest way to reach the place from metros..say Delhi would have helped us better!!
    Thanks!

  3. roy January 19, 2016 at 5:21 am - Reply

    thank you for the article. is it possible to plan a north east itinerary alone or is the fact that its so remote and permits are needed makes it impossible to do without a tour guide?

  4. Una January 19, 2016 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Looks gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Grace January 26, 2016 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Wow!
    This blog is awesome!!!
    This blog makes me think of really going to India! I think i will love the place…
    Thank you Rachel!

    • Grace January 26, 2016 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      My friend actually lives in new delhi, he is a punjabi, he’s so proud and really love india!
      And i think, based on what he said to me, they belong in a kinda rich family in india…
      So, it lessen my chance of being with him in the future hehe

      Just saying, because you met your love of your love in india hehe

    • Rachel Jones January 27, 2016 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      awesome, that’s great to hear!

  6. Sonam Dorjee Merakpa January 12, 2017 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Wow. It’s a pleasure to u all, that u have like my village. N I am belong from sangti village.N I like to thankful that u have upload my village images.. I hope many people know about my village. Once again I want to thank u all..

    • Kanthi Vedaraman March 13, 2017 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      Hi, beautiful photologue. We are in sangti in April 2017 staying there for 3 days. Would like to stay in one of the homes. Possible? Thanks – Kanthi

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