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.
I’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.
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.
Sangti 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.
We 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!
There 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!
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It looks insanely beautiful there! All the buildings are so colorful. This trip really sounds like it was totally incredible.
Yes, is this is just the peak of the iceburg! haha it gets more fun :)
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!!
Hi Bijay. Yes it’s lovely here. This is a series of posts about my trip in NE. My first post gave all the information on reaching. You can read it here: https://hippie-inheels.com/how-to-backpack-northeast-india/
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?
It is possible without- although here especially I think a guide makes all the difference. CHeck out this article which explains more: https://hippie-inheels.com/honest-review-of-holiday-scout-ne-india-tours/
Looks gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration.
This blog is awesome!!!
This blog makes me think of really going to India! I think i will love the place…
Thank you Rachel!
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
awesome, that’s great to hear!
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..
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
Nicely composed article which bears a sensible and nature loving philosophy.. i happened to be there especially Sangti valley a couple of years back. It is a place of serenity and insanely beautiful. There we walked down the Namsey orchard famous for kiwifruit and apple.. the owner of the resort was so courteous that it still is a lifetime memory and experience. Thank u very much for exploring our country