MIODIA -THE MAGICAL LAND OF SNOWFALL

Miodia
By Nitya Dutta


I could not resist my mind for long and hence, I am now going to share my wonderful experience of visiting Miodia and so, if you try to feel the same sense, surely a beautiful picturesque view will come into the mind while going through this part of travelogue.

The beauty of Miodia is not less than some places in India like Manali. Before telling something in deep about Miodia, let us talk a little about Arunachal Pradesh and its Capital Itanagar and about Upper Dibang Valley.

Arunachal Pradesh: The Indian state, Arunachal Pradesh is surrounded by Myanmar on the east, Bhutan on the West, China on the North and the Northeast. It is the largest State in the North-East that covers an area of 83,743 sq km, with ever green forest covering more than 82 percent of the state. Average rain fall is about 3000mm per year and the climate varies from the sub-tropical in the south to Alpine in the north.

The inhabitants of Arunachal Pradesh are tribal origin and have their distinct culture and heritage. About 26 major bribes and a number of sub-tribes live in Arunachal Pradesh, such as, Daflas, Monpa, Apatani, Adi, etc. Among the Indian states, Arunachal Pradesh has the thinnest population density with about 13 persons per sq km.

Arunachal Pradesh is called a home to more than 500 orchids. It is the only state to claim to have four major varieties of big cats, such as, the jungle tiger, leopard, clouded leopard and snow leopard.

Itanagar: Situated at the foothills of Himalayas, the Capital of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar is a beautiful city on the top of the hills with very pleasant climate. The name Itanagar is derived from the historical Ita-fort (Ita meaning brick) which dates back between 14th and 16th century. The Capital city is being divided into two zones, about 10 kms apart, one of which is known as Naharlagun. Itanagar became the Capital of Arunachal Pradesh on 20th April, 1974. The major tribe in Itanagar is the Nishies.

Dibang Valley
Upper Dibang Valley: The Dibang Valley was largest district in Arunachal Pradesh created out of part of Lohit district in June 1980. This district was named after the Dibang River or the Talon as the Mishmis call it. On 16th November 2011, Dibang Valley district was bifurcated into Upper Dibang Valley district and Lower Dibang Valley district. The Dibang River originates in the mountains of China and flows through the length of the valley which is named after it. The Hqrs of this district, Anini is the northernmost district capital in Northeast India. This district contains the northernmost point of the Northeast India.

The major population of this district consist of Mishmis (Idu). The Mishmis have s story narrating the first journey undertaken in course of migration. The story conveys names location of the Cheethu-Huluni or the twelve rivers that the Mishmis (Idu) people came over in the region and settled around. The first accounts of the Mishmis (Idus) are found in the narrations given by the neighbouringAhoms. The Mishmis inhabited in the deep jungles of what is now the Dibang Valley.

The languages spoken include Mishmi, a Sino-Tibetan tongue with approximately 25,000 speakers, written in both the Tibetan and Latin scripts.

Flora and Fauna in Upper Dibang Valley: The district is rich in wildlife. Rare mammals such as Mishmi takin, Red goral and Gongshanmuntjac occurs while among birds there is the rare Sclater’sMonal. A flying squirrel, new to science has been recently discovered from this district. It has been named as Mishmi Hills Giant Flying Squirrel Petauristamishmiensis.

In 1991 UppderDibang Valley district became home to the Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary, which as an area of 4,149 km(1,601.9 sq mi).

Miodia, the Hill Queen: Miodia or Mayodia is located in Upper Dibang Valley of Arunachal Pradesh. It is a gateway to the Indo-China border and is located at an elevation of 2,655 meter above sea level. Miodia or Mayodia derived its name from a Nepali girl, Maya, who went missing in the snow and she could not be traced.

Miodia is an ideal trekking destination and a paradise for bird watcher. Many endangered species are recorded found including the Tragopan in the forest of Miodia.

The scenic beauty of the snow clapped Miodia during winter is stunning.

Tourist Attraction: Miodia is the magical land of snowfall which is fast becoming a hit with tourists. Miodia is attracting a large number of tourists every year. The trip to this place offers adventure in plenty. Surrounded by hills, forests and various landscapes, this place is counted among one of the major attractions near Roing.  The great height of this region offers amazing trekking opportunities. It is an ideal place for adventure seekers. Walking a little away from this place, tourists can find numerous animals like bears, different birds, fast running wild goats, flying squirrels and mishmitakin.    

Problem: Although Miodia is a wonderful tourist destination, the lack of proper facilities for tourists during extreme winter can dampen their enthusiasm.

So tourists are advised to carry whatever they need, including food for an emergency. However, the Arunachal Pradesh government is putting efforts to make it a tourist destination with proper facilities. The tourist department says that infrastructure will surely improve as Miodia has great potential to become a hot tourist destination.

Nitya Dutta at Miodia
Best time to visit: If you want to witness the snowfall, then flock to this place during the months of January and February. Snowfall, in this region, starts in November and continues till April.

Tourist can witness Parasuramkunda and Dibru-Saikhowa Wildlife Santuary.

How to reach: Miodia is 56 kms from Roing, the district Hqrs. of Lower Dibang Valley. It will be about 161 kms distance from Tinskia (Assam) to Miodia. From Tinsukia tourist cap can be found to reach Miodia.

Halt at Roing to visit Miodia: Tourists visiting Miodia have to halt at Roing in Lower Dibang Valley. Eje Breeze Tower, Roing and Forest Rest House, Roing provide very cheap and affordable stay and food to the tourists.
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