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History The largest of the Seven Sisters of India, Arunachal Pradesh witnesses the first sunrise of the country. The state finds its mention in the epic Mahabharata, which recognise the region as Prabhu Mountains. It was under the reign of Monpa kingdom of Monyul that existed from 500 BC to AD 600. Later in the 16th century, Sutiya Kings administered the land followed by Ahoms, which held the grounds till the British invaded it in 1858. Post the colonial rule, the region was renamed from North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA) to Arunachal Pradesh in 1972. Formerly a Union Territory, it was given the identity of a state in 1987. Attractions Although a large green patch of the area remains uncharted, the inhabited areas of the state offer ample tourism options. The land offers widely scattered archaeological reminiscent of its rich cultural heritage. Be it the monasteries and hermitages of Tawang and Bomdila or temples of Itanagar, you will never run out of options for centres of spiritual awakening. The state also takes pride in its wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in which reside thousands of species of flora and fauna. The geographical diversity of the land varies from silver snow-capped mountains to lush meadows and valleys. If you crave to indulge in adventure sports, you can take up rafting, trekking, boating and hiking here. Hotels If deep resonating valleys that lit up with the first rays of the sun are your thing, then Arunachal Pradesh is your place to be in. The good news is that all accommodations here are just the perfect mix of warmth, hospitality and grandeur. The categories range from guesthouses and home stays to luxury hotels and resorts. Pen down inspirations drawn from the scenery around you at Dolmakhangsar Guest House or get enchanted by the spectacular mountain view from Hotel Tashi Ga Tsel. For easy accessibility to public transit, you can get a place at Hotel Toshi Palace Aalo.