Imagine a town with lush greenery, orange orchards, gushing rivers and local tribes. How beautifully refreshing would it be to spend a few days in a place like this far from the madding crowds of the city!
Located in Arunachal Pradesh, Aalo (formerly known as Along), is known for its orange orchards, millet and buckwheat plantations and the native Adi tribe. Situated at the confluence of Sipu and Siyom rivers, Aalo offers a glimpse into the lives of the Adi tribe and also trekking, hiking, river rafting and angling opportunities. Visit Kazu village for an insight into the tribe’s customs, traditions and religious practices. Their huts and cottages made of cane and bamboo against the backdrop of snow-clad mountains and forests are totally Insta-worthy!
How can we forget the famous orange orchards! The sweet smell of the fruit fills the air the moment you enter the orchards. Stop by the local markets run by Adi women for the best oranges. The suspension bridge over the Siyom River made of cane and bamboo by the Adi tribe is another must-visit. It makes for an exciting walk for those who are brave enough to cross it. Get a glimpse of the river below through the bridge’s bamboo floor.
Head to Patum Bridge for breathtaking views of the sunset and snow-clad peaks. Stop by the Ramakrishna Ashram for its well-maintained school. The Donyi Polo Temple, Mithun and Jersey Cross Breeding Farm and Kamki Hydropower Dam are other must-visit places.