Situated at 213 mtrs above the mean sea level, Bhalukpong is a small town at the entrance to the North Eastern state Arunachal Pradesh. The town is under the district of West Kameng, and runs along the Kameng River.
The place is named after the King Bhaluka, the grandfather of King Bana of Mahabharata. He was ancient ruler of the place and we can still see the preserved archaeological remains of the great king and his grandson. Bhalukpong maintains a sub-tropical climate throughout the year.
Most tourists visit Bhalukpong on their way to the Tawang – Bomdila Sector. You have to show your restricted area permit at the checkpost here. Across the checkpost on the Arunachal side there are a few decent accommodations where you may spend a night. However the surrounding area is a tourist destination by its own right.
Tezpur, about 56 kms away is the nearest railhead and airport. Guwahati (220 kms – 5 Hours) is the most important airport and rail station for North East India with flights and trains to all over the country.
The Assam side of the town is in the sub-Himalayan plains whereas the Arunachal side of the town is the beginning of the Himalayan mountain range. Weather is mostly tropical and worm with cool and pleasant winter. Surrounded by rivers and forests, the summer temperature in April May normally varies between 30 to 40 C and winter temperature varies between 10 to 20 C.
The Kameng river (known as Jia Bharali in Assam) is a major attraction. The River is quite popular among anglers. Adventure sports such as river rafting is also common here.
Tourists can also visit the Nameri National Park that is quite close to the town. There are sustainable tourism initiatives within Nameri not very far from Bhalukpong where tourists may stay and take part in the forest activity.
Tourists can also pay a visit to the Pakhui game sanctuary that was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in the year of 2001 and finally a tiger reserve in the year 2002, on 23rd April. The low-land semi evergreen forest has more than 343 woody species of flowering plants, 1500 species of vascular plants, 600 orchids. Major species are Bhelu- Tetrameles nudiflora, Borpat- Ailanthus grandis and Jutuli- Altingia excelsa. Apart from plants, there are around 40mammal species. The three larger cats namely, tiger, leopard and clouded leopard are also found here with two canids, the wild dog and the aisatic jackal. Mammals include elephants, barking deer, gaur and sambhar, rhesus macaque, assamese macaque, bison, squirrel, flying squirrel, Malayan giant, hog deer, yellow throat-ed martin etc. There are 206 estimated species of birds that take a refuge in this forest.