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Balukpong

Balukpong

Weather

Owing to its location at the foothills of mountains, Balukpong has a sub tropical weather. Summers in the town of Bhalukpong are hot and winters are cold, with adequate rainfall throughout the year. The best time to visit Bhalukpong would be during the months of winter, as temperatures will be mild and inviting during this time. The summer season covering April to June registers hot days and cold nights, the temperature ranging between 26°C and 47°C. Monsoons from July to September are characterized by heavy rains, with the yearly average being 61 centimeters. Following the summer heat, the downpour acts as a soothing balm. October to February are the winter months with temperatures dropping to as low as 14°C. However, there is no snowfall in the region due to its foothill location. The winter season is the ideal time to visit Balukpong.


 


Balukpong with its dense forest, orchidarium and forts offer a wonderful retreat for tourists favoring a naturalistic ambience with a tinge of historic aura. The charming vales and rivers add to the enchanting atmosphere.  

How To Reach

By Road:

A wide network of roads links Balukpong to other parts of Arunachal Pradesh and to the state of Assam.Bhalukpong, being the check post for moving in and out of Assam, had good connectivity through roads. There is a bus stand at Balukpong and another bigger one nearby at Bomdila. Regular buses ply to Assam and the rest of Arunachal Pradesh.


By Air:

Balukpong does not have its own airport. The nearest aerodrome is at Tezpur in Assam at a distance of 50 kilometers. Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi at Guwahati, the closest international aerodrome, is 220 kilometers away. A helicopter service from Itanagar to Guwahati has also been arranged for the tourists. From the helipad or airport, taxis and state buses carry tourists to Balukpong.  



By Rail:

Balukpong as well as the entire state of Arunachal Pradesh is devoid of any railway tracks. Rangapara in the state of Assam, around 50 km away, is the nearest railhead. This station is one of the halts for the Arunachal Express. Around 60 kilometers away is the railway station of Tezpur. Taxis and state buses are available from the railway station. 


Overview

A wonderland of beautiful vales and brooks amidst heavenly landscapes, Balukpong in Arunachal Pradesh offers a perfect retreat for those desiring to venture “Far from the Madding Crowds”. With the Kameng River flowing across the beautiful city, the entire place appears like a personification of heavenly splendor. Owing to its scenic landscapes, adventure sports such as trekking, rafting, angling and hiking are most common in this place. Fishing aficionados can also enjoy fishing in the beautiful brooks. Bird watching and wildlife touring are also common tourist activities in this place, given the wide variety of birds and animals abundant here. 

 

Balukpong, continuously invaded by a series of clans has an appealing history. The Aka tribal rulers ruled for centuries before Lamaism gained ground in 7th century following establishment of the Lhagyala Gompa by Kachen Lama at Morshing. For certain periods the region was under the Mon rule. However, post the deafeat of the Mon rulers, the territory was separately ruled as two distinct parts by Bhutan and Tibet. Later it went into the hands of the Ahom rulers before coming under British rule in 18th century. Post independence, many Tibetan refugees started settling here. Rich with the footprints of so many dynasties, the city is bound to have immense archaeological significance in its historic remains.

 

A less happening place,  Bhalukpong’s natural beauty has a rustic and calm aura.Tourist can avail comfortable accommodation and palatable food here. Bhalukpong holds the famous annual carnival of Nyethidow in March which is a good time to visit the place. Handicrafts and tea are good picks for those interested in shopping.