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Location : 125-km From Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh
Main Attraction : Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Dayani Polo Temple
Famous Excursion : Akashiganga Falls
Best Time To Visit : April To October
Along is one of the old town of Arunachal Pradesh and is the headquarter of west Siang district. Set in a wide open valley where the Sipu river merges with Siyom against the backdrop of hills covered with snow during winters, it presents a panoramic view tot he delight of visitors. Along by night with hundreds of electric lights flickering and glowing over the broad valley looks like a wonderland from the top of the hills. It can be reached from Pasighat by bus or taxi in 4 hours.
The famous attractions of Along are Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama another major attraction of this small town is the newly constructed Dayani Polo's temple. 'Dayani' means the Sun and 'Polo' the moon, the warranting deities of the tribals. Beside the temple there 's a museum and a craft center also worth a visit.
In 8th century old Kalika Purana, the holy Sati Pith was referred - the head of Sati fell in Akashi-Ganga. Covering a distance of 25-km from Along to Assam on the way down to Silapathar flows the stream - hence the name Akashiganga Falls. Holy dips and fairs are arranged at the fall site during Chaitra Sankranti. The turbulent river Brahmaputra presents an enchanting view.
Places to Stay
There are quite comfortable options of accommodation available in Along.
Along : 25-km
Likabali : 23-km
Malinithan : 12-km
Lilabari : 67-km
How to Get There
Air : Nearest airport is 263-km away Leelabari.
Rail : Buses ply to Along from the nearest railway station 169-km away Silapathar.
Road : The first option is to reach Zero to Daporizo and from there catch a bus to Along. Buses also ply from Itanagar early in the morning and reach Along within 14 hrs time. Regular bus service is also available from 147-km away North Lakhimpur in Assam. One may come to Along from Likabali and Pasighat by bus or car.