Nestled in the mountains of West Siang District in Arunachal Pradesh, “Along” is a beautiful town comprised of small villages. It is also the headquarters of the West Siang District. It is located on the banks of two Rivers Yomgo and Sipu, tributaries of River Siang against the backdrop of verdant hills and is one of the oldest towns with a strong educational setup.. It is situated at an altitude of 619m from the sea level.
The picturesque surroundings laced with brilliant plantations makes Along in Arunachal one of the most perfect health resorts of India. The scenic beauty of the town and the calm and tranquil valleys of the mountains take to a never ending journey of nature. Along is an ideal tourist destination for trekking, River Rafting and hiking. Along is well known for its cane and bamboo products and also some handloom products like shawls, jackets and bags made by the tribal people of the region.
There are many small and big tourist attractions in and around Along. Patum Bridge, Hanging Bridges, the forbidden valley of Mechuka, the Akashiganga Temple, Dony Polo Temple, Mithun and Jersey Cross Breeding Farm, Puwak Ghat, Malinithan, Ramkrishna Ashram, are some of the important tourist spots. Orchid Reserve Forests is a major attraction as it has a large variety of endangered and rare species of Orchids too.
The climate of Along is humid and sub tropical in nature. During the summers, it is humid and in the winters it is cool. The area also receives snowfall sometimes.
One can have visit of Jirdin, Kabu, Kaying, Darka villages, this will provide an insight into the cultural of the people of Along in Arunachal Pradesh. Darka village is rich in agriculture and has dense forest, and is inhabited by Gola community. Tourists especially visit Darka Village during the Mopin festival, which is celebrated on a huge scale by the natives. The beautiful village has three rivers i.e. Sipu River, Hiri River and Hisum River running through it making is a natural beauty.
The best time to visit Along is from September to January.
Along town is the headquarter of the West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, located at an altitude of 300 m from the sea level. The idyllic town lies nestled in a picturesque valley, surrounded by lofty mountains and the beautiful rivers of Sipu and Siyom. Situated at a distance of 150 kms from Likabali, among rolling hills dotted with green squares of plantations, its crisp and unpolluted air makes it one of the most perfect health resorts of India and an ideal getaway in the hot months of summer. This entire valley is a picnic spot for the next 60 kms upstream. This is next to Yomgo or Siyom River.
Along is a beautiful town set among the beautiful forests and it is one of the premiere cities in Arunachal Pradesh and it is mainly known for the wide varieties of Adventure sports it offers from Trekking, River Rafting, Angling, Hiking etc. Along has it all. The most intriguing part of this quiet city is the peace and harmony and amicable ambience it offers. One would be easily drawn into the kind and hospitable nature of the people and these entire little thing make the pleasure of travelling all the more enjoyable and fun filled. This place is a definite recommendation for Children and younger generation who search for thrills and Along offers it in plenty.
Along is inhabited by the Adi (Gallong) tribe. If we visit the interiors of the town of Along, we can also find the sub-divisions of the Adi tribes housed in the interior of the city. Among the sub-tribes of Adi tribe the most prominent ones are Minyong, Padam, Pasi, Bakar, Bori etc.
The places one can visit at Along are the Mithun and Jersey Cross Breeding Farm at Kamaki 25 kms away from Along. With its pleasant climate and an amazing array of bamboo and cane crafts, with its past culture and tradition, with religion forming the basis in many places, Along comes across as a place which a tourist would cherish always. The region is also famous for the works of bamboo and cane. Hats, cane vessels, hats, belts, bamboo mugs , carvings etc are very commonly found here.