CM Khandu and team in Dibang Valley | All photos: Facebook.com/PemaKhandubjp

Amid the rolling hills and verdant valleys of Arunachal Pradesh, chief minister Pema Khandu and his entourage of ministers, public leaders, and friends, have embarked on a journey that is giving us major travel goals!

Staying at a picturesque splendor of a natural paradise, nestled beside a shimmering river and surrounded by towering peaks – with snow visible at a distance and sun kissing through the tall trees, the team indulge in ‘beach’ football and volleyball, thereby making the sounds of their laughter and revelry fill the cool air. The set is just perfect as photographs of Pema Khandu’s visit to Dibang Valley in eastern Arunachal is taking internet by storm.

The breathtaking beauty of Khandu’s visit to the Dibang Valley has captivated the netizens, with photographs capturing every stunning moment and igniting a storm of excitement across the internet.

Dibang Valley
Dibang Valley

The beauty of Arunachal Pradesh has always been a well-kept secret, hidden away from the eyes of the world. But now, with the strengthening of the road infrastructure, the state is poised to take centre-stage, showcasing its breath-taking natural splendour to the world.

Along with its quest towards infrastructure development, the state is aiming to give a positive flip to tourism through these initiatives.

The batches of photographs capture the essence of the state and the beauty of its people. He showcased how the local Mishimi people weave bamboo to build houses, their fireplace, traditional handicraft – a glimpse to their glorious tribal culture.

Mishimi way of life
Mishimi way of life

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In the later photo dumps, Khandu and his team could be seen taking a walk at the newly constructed amusement and children’s park at Anini. He also spoke about the all-weather roads in the district and met with local officials who were spearheading the construction of high altitude Dembuen-Bruni and the Mipi-Basam road projects, at Acheso.

Next, he highlighted the newly-built Chighu resort near Anini which hosted a number of fun activities for the team.

Chighu resort near Anini
Chighu resort near Anini

Khandu and team then took to rafting on Dri river – photographs of which mesmerised the netizens with the colours and the backdrop of the majestic Dibang Valley. After rafting, the team indulged in ‘beach football’.

Rafting in Dri river
Rafting in Dri river

“Football is fun when played on (a) sandy beach. CM’s team equalized with DC team. Tough game at Chighu resort,” Khandu wrote on his social media handles and he dumped photographs showcasing them having a thrilling outing at the ‘beach’.

The ’tough’ beach football match was followed by some volleyball and here, the CM’s team triumphed over the DC’s team!

Playing football at Dri river beach
Playing football at Dri river beach
Playing volleyball at Dri river beach
Playing volleyball at Dri river beach
Playing volleyball at Dri river beach
Playing volleyball at Dri river beach
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Playing football at Dri river beach
Playing football at Dri river beach
Playing football at Dri river beach
Playing football at Dri river beach
Playing football at Dri river beach

Among others, CM Pema Khandu and team also took to cycling through the hilly roads.

“When in such a beautiful land, how could you miss exploring it. Tried pedaling on the mountain roads of paradise Dibang Valley. It was truly a rewarding experience,” he wrote on Facebook. The chief minister also flagged off the Mishmi Hills MTB Challenge Expedition 2023.

Before winding up the visit to Dibang Valley, chief minister Khandu also took a bike ride on the mountain roads of Dri valley. Among others, he in one of his posts also highlighted the Mawu Aando waterfall which is on way to Bruni border post.

CM Khandu taking a bike ride in Dibang Valley
CM Khandu taking a bike ride in Dibang Valley
CM Khandu taking a bike ride in Dibang Valley
CM Khandu taking a bike ride in Dibang Valley

The chief minister ended his visit to Dibang Valley by visiting the remote ITBP border post at Bruni and meeting the soldiers. “They keep our border safe. It’s my responsibility to take care of them. Have assured proper water/electricity supply and other amenities…Happy to meet the ITBP jawans coming from different parts of the country,” Khandu said.

CM Khandu returned from Dibang Valley in an open-air vehicle with the breathtaking beauty of the region on full display, as the majestic mountains rose up around them, their snow-capped summits piercing the sky.

CM Khandu and team returning from Dibang Valley
CM Khandu and team returning from Dibang Valley
CM Khandu and team returning from Dibang Valley
CM Khandu and team returning from Dibang Valley
CM Khandu and team returning from Dibang Valley
CM Khandu and team returning from Dibang Valley

With every twist and turn of the road, the vista shifted, revealing new and wondrous sights that took their breath away.

As the pictures prove, the team had seen sights that few others have ever laid eyes on. For those who have been blessed enough to venture into the heart of the Dibang Valley, it is an experience they will never forget, a journey they will always cherish.

As Arunachal Pradesh opens up for tourism, and with Pema Khandu and his team leading the way, this enchanting land is sure to be a favorite destination for travelers everywhere.

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Jayanta Deka is a Guwahati-based journalist with over a decade of experience in journalism. Tracking new media, technology, startups, human interest stories and politics interest him. Currently serving as the Editor at The News Mill, he can be reached through [email protected] or [email protected]