Dirang is a beautiful town on the banks of river Kameng, and is around 42 km from Bomdila. It is famous for hot springs, yaks research centers and Dirang Dzong which we will read about in this article.
What is Dirang Dzong?
Dirang Dzong or Dirang fort was built in 17th century to protect Bomdila from neighboring states. This fort is located on a hill and comprises four storied fortified slabs that are supported by wooden legs. The the entrance of the fort is decorated with local architecture designs. Although designs may not be much visible now but it will give you enough indication that this fort was built in medieval times.
Unique facts about this Monpa Village
It is a Monpa village and is inhabited by local Monpa tribal people. The houses are built in a unique way to prevent inhabitants from bitter cold. On the main road, you will see the modern structure houses but once you start walking inside the main village , you will see the traditional Monpa houses.
This entire place offers a window into the ancient past of Arunachal Pradesh. Some of the houses built here are around 500 years old as well. You will find many small monasteries at every corner of the village.
Although you can explore this village on own, however it would be better if you have a local person or guide with you. This way, you will also get a chance to visit Monpa houses from inside and interact with the locals. Unfortunately, we couldn’t visit any house from inside, and this is one thing I will suggest to all my readers. You can talk to owners of your homestay, they might arrange a personal authenticate experience for you.
Dirang offers many hotels and homestays, however if you are looking for more authentic experience away from the main town Dirang , check out the homestay I stayed at.
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