Sangti Valley, located 7 km away from Dirang in the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh in India, is a hidden gem. The valley is blessed with natural beauty, scenic landscapes, and diverse flora and fauna. This unexplored valley is a perfect destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. From lush green forests to meandering fast hill rivers and stunning snow-capped mountains, Sangti Valley offers a breathtaking view of the eastern Himalayas.
Where is Sangti Valley
Sangti is a sub-valley located within Dirang, and it is named after the tributary river that meets Dirang Chu near Dirang Dzong. Despite the absence of public transportation, reaching Sangti from Dirang is relatively easy. The final destination is the village of Sangti, where visitors can choose to stay. Although it may be considered an “off-beat” location, Sangti is easily accessible from the main West Kameng circuit road in Dirang.
Throughout the entire valley, visitors will discover an abundance of fruit orchards, such as kiwi, apple, apricot, orange, and persimmon. Paddy fields are visible at lower altitudes, especially along the riverbanks. The surrounding hills of the valley are home to dense coniferous forests, and there are numerous less well-known trekking routes that lead to various other parts of the region.
Things to do in Sangti Valley
While Sangti Valley doesn’t offer an endless list of activities, it provides a unique opportunity to interact with locals and learn about the Monpa way of life.
The primary reason people visit Sangti is for its natural beauty, with opportunities to visit a sheep farm en route and explore the quaint Sangti Village. The village is dotted with traditional Arunachal Pradesh houses and Brokpa huts in the surrounding countryside.
Some tourists also choose to camp along the riverbanks to fully appreciate the stunning landscapes and turquoise water of the river. Hiking up the hills beyond the village provides even better views and offers the chance to spot interesting flora and fauna. Additionally, during the winter months, migratory black-necked cranes make their way to the area, adding to the already breathtaking scenery.
For bird lovers, a trip to coincide with the November migration of the black-necked crane may be of interest. The black-necked crane is a rare species that is considered a sacred symbol in the Buddhist religion and can only be found in the colder climates of Tibet, India, and Bhutan.
This is primarily due to its overshadowing by the more touristy neighbor of Tawang. However, a visit to this off-the-beaten-path locale can easily be combined with a tour of Tawang. With something to offer year-round, the best time to visit Sangti Valley is during the harvesting season and the monsoon, when the surrounding landscape is awash in vibrant shades of green. The Losar festival, which is a grand New Year celebration based on the lunisolar Tibetan calendar, is also an excellent time to visit Sangti.
Where to stay in Sangti Valley
Accommodation options in Sangti Valley include both homestays within the village and even a luxury camping site located by the river. With options available to suit a variety of budgets, visitors are sure to find suitable lodging.
Best time to visit Sangti Valley
The best time to visit Sangti Valley is from April to June and from September to November. The weather is pleasant during these months, and the valley is in full bloom.
How to reach Sangti Valley
The nearest airports are Tezpur and Guwahati.
The nearest railway stations are Bhalukpong, Tezpur, and Guwahati.
West Kameng is well-connected by road to neighboring towns in Assam. Daily bus services are available from Bomdila to Tezpur, Guwahati, and Itanagar. Cabs and taxis are also readily available. Sangti Valley is located approximately 15 kilometers from Dirang via the Bomdila-Tawang highway in western Arunachal Pradesh, and just 7 kilometers from Dirang.
Arunachal Pradesh is a restricted area and visitors, other than natives, must obtain an Inner Line Permit (ILP) to enter the state. An Inner Line Permit (ILP) can be obtained through the official website of the Arunachal Pradesh Inner Line Permit Management System. More details about the ILP have been in one of our previous posts.