Nestled along the shores of the beautiful Siang River, Yingkiong sits as the headquarters of the Upper Siang District in Arunachal Pradesh and calls for countless nature lovers and adventure seekers from across the nation and several parts of the world. The tiny hamlet’s virgin scenery and a tranquil ambience, still untouched from the hands of commercial tourism, truly makes it an idyllic holiday destination to spend some peaceful time in the lap of Mother Nature, away from loud noises of today’s crowded city lives. While definitely, nature’s captivating panoramas are the major attraction for tourists here, the tiny hill town’s tribal heritage is also something which is indescribable and which magnetizes innumerable cultural freaks and avid anthropologists from far and wide wanting to get a sneak-peek into the region’s spell-binding cultural extravaganza.
Once a conquered territory by the British, Yingkiong today, sits as the administrative headquarters of the Upper Siang District in North East Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Perched at an elevation of 200 metres above sea level, the town is blessed with an entrancing scenic beauty of verdant forests, imposing Himalayan mountain peaks, glistening waterfalls and splendidly gorgeous hanging bridges. The beautiful ‘Siang River’ flowing right through the heart of the village, further adds to its alluring charisma and provides for a fascinating time to all the nature lovers and soul-seekers, offering them a whole range of opportunities to bask in nature’s endless bounty.
In case one is up for an unmatched adventurous experience in Yingkiong, is sure to have an enthralling time in the little town; the ‘Siang River’ serves host for various adventure activities including white water rafting, kayaking, angling and fishing. For wildlife lovers, the town hides in its store ‘Mouling National Park’ and ‘Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary’, two of the most popular tourist attractions in Yingkiong and home to an exotic variety of animals and birds, perfect for those looking forward to an exhilarating wildlife expedition or a memorable bird watching tour.
Yingkiong also has to its pride, a rich culture which makes it a popular cultural tourism spot in the region; ‘Adi’, ‘Khamba’, ‘Mishmi’ and ‘Memba’ tribes inhabiting this quaint hill town are counted amongst the oldest settlements of North East India and which have kept their age-old customs and traditions alive even till date. In case, one is travelling to Yinkiong with a quest to have an unmatched rendezvous with these tribes’ unique lifestyles and religious practices, must plan for a trip here during one of their tribal festivals which are celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm.
Spectacular folk dance performances, animistic rituals, religious offerings and an unending food fiesta, are few of the special ingredients of these festivals and which surely leave every traveller with some unforgettable memories to cherish forever.
For tourists seeking travel instructions as to how to reach Yinkiong, be informed that the town is well connected with other major cities of Arunachal and Assam through a wide network of rail, road and air. The nearest airports to this town lie at Dibrugarh and Guwahati in Assam. For those travelling via rail journey, must disembark at ‘Murkong SelekRailway Station’, the nearest railhead located 160 km. from Yingkiong. Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Service (APSTS) buses and private & shared taxis regularly ply between Yingkiong and airport and railway station.
Helicopter services are also available for travellers with a time crunch and are operated thrice a week from the towns of Dibrugarh and Itanagar. Not to explicitly mention, Inner Line Permit (ILP) for domestic travellers and Protected Area Permit (PAP) for foreign nationals are the major pre-requisites to enter Arunachal Pradesh and can be well arranged from liaising and Resident Commissioner Offices located in all major cities across India including New Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati.
In case, one is travelling on a holiday package with Tour My India, need not worry about arranging these permits. We, along with providing other services such as hotel accommodations, airport picks & drops and organizing for sightseeing tours, also take care of such additional requirements, thereby, making sure our guests have a hassle-free time holidaying with us.
There are few places to stay over a holiday in Yingkiong i.e. Hill Top Hotel, Paljor Hotel, Forest Rest House, and Circuit House. All these hotels are budget-friendly and offer the best of the rooms to make you stay a comfortable one.