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Miao

Miao is an exquisite sub-divisional headquarter in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. It’s located at a picturesque location of Arunachal where Noa-dihang River, a tributary of Brahmaputra, flows to the north of the town while the Patkai Bum Mountain Range of Eastern Himalayas lies handy at the eastern outskirts. International border of Myanmar is just few kilometers from this area.

The region in heavily forested disguising the gradual rise of the Patkai Bum Hills. The altitudinal variation of Changlang district ranges from 400 meters to 2500 metres. Changlang, Nampong and ‘Lake-of-No-Return’ are some magnificently beautiful places on the outskirts of Miao town. Tibetan Refugee Settlement Camp, Miao Zoo, Miao Museum, Namdapha Tiger Reserve and National Park are important tourist locations in and around Miao town. Namdapha National Park and Tiger Reserve is the third largest national park of India. Namdapha is distinguished for its preservation of big cats like - Snow leopards, clouded leopards, common leopards and tigers. Majority of the population of Miao is engaged in agricultural activities and tea cultivation. Tangsa, Singpo and Lisu are the important tribes of this area. Christianity is the prominent religion of the town and Catholic and Baptist Churches can be found in abundance. Miao is well-connected by road to Dibrugarh (Assam). The road stops are- Digrugarh- Tinsukia- Digboi- Margherita, Ledo, Jagun, Namchik and Kharasang.

Getting There

Nearest airport is Dibrugarh about 160 kilometers and 3 hours drive from Miao.

Nearest Railway Station is Tinsukia which is 115 kilometers and 2 and a half hours drive from Miao.

Tibetan Refugee Settlement Camp

Tibetan Refugee Settlement Camp is the oldest settlement of refugees in Changlang district. The camp is renowned for its world class carpets which is weaved by the dexterous weavers. Tibetan Refugee Settlement Camp is home of 200 families with 2800 family members. Excellent place to go for carpet shopping!

Namdapha Tiger Reserve and National Park

Namdapha National Park is an important biodiversity hotspot and the third largest national park of India. It is situated close to Miao Town. Namdapha National Park is 1,985.23 square kilometers in area with an altitudinal variation of 200 meters to 4571 meters. The vegetation changes from tropical forests - temperate forests - Alpine to perennial snow respectively with rising elevation. The beauty of the park lies in the rich collection of endemic plants and animals and wide collection of avial species.

Notable Faunas: Since Namdapha is a tiger reserve, the most prominent animal species are from the family of big cats like Tigers and Leopards.

Miao Museum

Miao museum is a forest museum maintained by Namdapha Park authorities. This museum is an informative site because it gives good amount of information about the natural resources and potential of Arunachal Pradesh forests. They have pictures displaying the history of the forest and its animals, birds, plants and medicinal plants. There are many specimens of mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians in the form of preserved skulls, reptile bodies and skins. The prominent attraction of the museum is skeleton of a huge python mounted on the wall. There is a wildlife record library in the museum with plenty books and records about the wildlife of Arunachal Pradesh. Ethnic wear and lifestyle equipments of tribes residing these forests are also put to exhibition in the museum.

Note: Museum is open on all working days.

Gandhigram Village

Gandhigram village is the largest hamlet of Namdapha. This is 120 kilometers from Deban. Gandhigram is the homelands of Lisu tribe, particularly Yobin. Yobin’s are believed to have been settled in Noa-Dehing valley before independence.

Vijaynagar Village

Vijaynagar village is 18 kilometers from Gandhigram village. The village cluster is close to Indo-Myanmar Border. The agglomeration has 16 villages comprising 4500 people most of which consists of Assam Rifles personnel’s and Lisu (Yobin) tribe people. The village is distinguished for its cultural identity and military presence.

Miao Zoo

Miao Mini Zoo is situated opposite the Miao Museum. This zoo is an eminent tourist attraction of Miao and a favorite among kids. Animal that can be found in the zoo include hoolock gibbons, pig-tailed macaque, Assamese macaque, stump-tailed macaque and slow loris. Other animals include carnivores like Himalayan Palm Civet, porcupines, leopard cats, black bears and gharials. There is a large enclosure outside the zoo which holds sambar and barking deer.

World War II Cemetery

World War II Cemetery, also called Jairampur Cemetery, is located 6 kilometers from Jairampur town. Jairampur, on the otherhand is just one and half hour drive from Miao and 25 kilometers from Pangsau Pass (Indo-Myanmar border). Another advantageous location of this cemetery is that it falls along the historic Stillwell Road as the story surrounding the emergence of this cemetery had its initial roots from Stillwell road. During World War II many soldiers of Allied forces, Chinese, Kachins and Indian origin died on the move to eradicate Japanese occupation in Myanmar. The graves of these soldiers are located in the World War II Cemetery. There were many local people and laborers who volunteered in the aid of soldiers. The graves of these civilians can also be found side to side the graves of the soldiers.

Nampong or Hell’s Pass

Nampong lies in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. It is only 70 kilometers from Miao town. Nampong is the last functional town of Changlang district close to Myanmar border. It is of special interest to the visitor because the total elevation of the town is 308 meters and Pangsau mountain Pass is very close to the place (Pangsau Pass, the easiest entry point to Myanmar). It was popularly named as ‘Hell Pass’ during the construction of Stillwell Road because of recurring landslides and harsh working conditions of this area. Nampong is a must visit for tourists desiring to enter Pangsau Pass. Every month it sees huge crowd of tourists expecting a pass from India to Myanmar. Tangsas are the predominant tribe of Nampong. Other tribes include Tikhak, Muklom, Havi, Longchang, Mossang, Jugli, Kimsing, Rongrang, Mungrey, Longphi, Longri, Ponthai, Sangwal, Yongkuk, Sakieng, Thamphang and others. These people follow Bon Faith, which practices animal slaughter and portrayal of spirits. Every January 20th, 21st  and 22nd  Pangsau Pass Winter Festival is celebrated in Nampong which allows the cultural display of North East tribes and Myanmar people.

Jairampur

Jairampur is the sub-divisional headquarters of Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. It is 50 kilometers and one and half hour drive from Miao town. It lies on the Stillwell Road and is well known for World War II Cemetery which is just 6 kilometers from this here. Tangsas are the dominant tribe of the village. The area is dotted with picturesque tea farms and can be called a hill station, as the elevation is as high as 200 meters or 700 feet above the sea level.

Lake of No Return

The Lake is not in India but in Myanmar. However it can be viewed distinctly from Pangsau Pass, which is just 15 kilometers from Nampong. Special permits are required to visit this place. History relates that Lake of No Return is a mysterious lake, similar to Bermuda triangle in nature, which gulped and concealed about dozen Allied aircrafts during World War II. Planes crash landed on the surface and were lost under the water forever. The lake was used for the purpose of soft landing of Allied planes when they were hit by the enemy planes. Lake of No Return was named so because the aircrafts and their inhabitants never came back to the surface after crashing on the lake. Lake of No Return is called Nawng Yung in Burmese language. This place can be best reached from Nampong of Arunachal Pradesh while entering Myanmar from Pangsau.

Changlang

Changlang is the district headquarters as well as a district of Arunachal Pradesh. Changlang town is 106 kilometers from Miao. Jutted in Patkai Mountain Range, Changlang is 580 meters in elevation and Tirap River passes through the southern portion of the city. It is inhabited by many government buildings and considered to be rich in mineral resources. It is a hill station surrounded by dense forests and Patkai Hills. Cultural and dialect diversity in a small region like this is a baffling mystery to social scientists.

Ranglum

Ranglum is an offbeat destination of Miao but close to Changlang town, the headquarters of Changlang district. However, this place should be in the priority list of adventure and nature lovers as it lies in Patkai Hills and very close to Indo-Myanmar border. It is ideal for trekking. One can also find the debris of wrecked aircrafts of World War II in Ranglum.

Kengkho Village

Kengkho Village is a small picturesque village on the banks of River Tirap. The village is particularly known for its landscape and local culture.

Jongpho-Hate

Jongpho-Hate village of Changlang is popular for its sacred Shiva linga which is believed to have mystical properties. The existence of naturally formed ‘Tangyong’ holding the appearance of male and female organs are considered to be the very sacred idol by the locals. There are many stories and myths surrounding Tangyong among the locals.

Stillwell road is an iconic road connecting India-Burma-China during Second World War times. Burma (Myanmar) was occupied by Japanese forces in 1942 which led to desperation among the Allied forces to restore connections between the Burma, China and India. Therefore they started a project of road construction from Ledo of Assam under the leadership of American Chief of Staff of Allied Forces, General Joseph Warren Stillwell. The road was to cover a total distance of 1729 kilometers. It was completed by Major General Lewis A. Pick in May 20, 1945. Initially, the road was called Ledo Road but later it was named after General Joseph Warren Stilwell as ‘Stillwell Road’. Stillwell road was neglected for a period of time after the independence of India. However the route falling in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh is renovated and repaired by the state governments of respective states. It is being proposed to re-open the international road route between India, Myanmar and China for strengthening ties with the Southeast Asian countries.

31 kilometers of Stillwell route lies in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. This district is the sole owner of Stillwell road in Arunachal Pradesh. The road passes through Nampong, which is just 70 kilometers from Miao town. The road is extremely picturesque because of its meandering pattern over the Patkai Bum Range and then reaching Pangsau Pass which is a significant pass to enter easily from India to Myanmar (Pangsau Pass is on Indo-Myanmar border).

Map of Miao

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