Pasighat – oldest town in Arunachal Pradesh

Pasighat is oldest town in Arunachal Pradesh which was established in 1911 after Britishers defeated Adi tribes in Anglo-Abor war. APO ( Assistant Political Officer was then appointed to look after the area including present day Jonai subdivision of Assam up to McMohan lines established in 1914. 100 years of its existence was celebrated in February this year.

Pasighat is picturesque town with around 25 thousand population on the bank of mighty Siang river. Sinag river takes name Lali while entering Assam and then becomes Brahmaputra, the only male river in India.

Pasighat is now district head quarter of East Siang district in Arunachal Pradesh. This town is inhabited mainly by Adi and Minyong tribe ( both belong to greater Tani tribes).

Pasighat - Arunachal Pradesh

Pasighat is credited with the first Airfield (near Paglek, P.I Line) established in 1946. The 1st Agricultural Institute in Arunachal Pradesh was also established at Pasighat in 1950. Other forms of later infrastructural development includes the famous (1) General Hospital (estb.1954, although some claim it as old as the town itself), (2) Co-operative society Ltd (1957), (3) Nurse Training Centre (affiliated to General Hospital), (4) The first ever College in Arunachal Pradesh Jawaharlal Nehru College (established: 4th July 1964) and also (5) the first ever All India Radio Station in the State in 1966. Source : Wikipedia

Pasighat is also ideal for adventure sports activities. The Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary is 13 km away and is worth visiting. The archaeological site of Malinithan (100 km) is linked to the legend of Lord Krishna and his wife Rukmini. The dismembered head of Sati (Parvati) is said to have fallen at Akashiganga (100 km according to ancient Hindu myths. This is a highly sacred place for Vaishnavites.

Ranaghat, now a bridge is build over river Siang, is a popular picnic spot.

Hindi is widely spoken with typical Arunachali accent everywhere. There are good hotels in Pasighat and during summer, the temperature hovers around 30 degree centigrade with lot of rain and humid. In winters, its cold at maximum temperature around 16C and minimum of 3C/4C.

The nearest Railway station is MurkongSelek in Assam which is 35KM from here. There is helipad in Pasighat and its airport is not in use.

So, the nearest airport is either Lilabari at North Lakhimpur or Mohanbari in Dibrugarh, both in Assam. Winter is the best time to visit Pasighat. There are daily luxury bus service from Guwahati which takes around 14 hours to reach Pasighat.

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