town in East Siang district, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Pasighat is one of the oldest places in Arunachal Pradesh and an educational hub.

Get in


Pasighat is connected by the NH-515. Waterways crossing the Brahmaputra River from Dibrugarh by ferry to Oryamghat that is 32 km from Pasighat and can take a bus or taxi. Murkongselek line.

By train


Nearest rail head is at Murkongselek which is the terminal station of the Rangia- The 227-km Murkongselek-Pasighat-Tezu-Rupai line is proposed to be extended up to Pasighat. The BG railway line will link North-Assam area with Pasighat town.

By bus


Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Services (APSTS) buses run from Itanagar, Shillong, and Meghalaya via Guwahati on the daily basis. Bus services are available from Guwahati, Assam which are run by private operators. Private-owned Winger and Tata Sumo services run across the district and run in the other districts.

By plane


Get around

Map of Pasighat
Siang river meeting the plains
River Siang (Brahmaputra) entering into the plains at Ranaghat, on the east of Pasighat

Pasighat is the land of the mighty Siang and indigenous hanging bridges. A waterfall graces the mountain cliffs and chills the vicinity. Attractions in the town include:

  • The Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular wildlife parks of the state. Spread over an area of 190 km2 (73 sq mi), alluvial grasslands form the major area and wooded areas constitute about 15%. The rest of the area is water. It is popularly called Jopong.
  • Pangin is about 60 km (37 mi) from Pasighat, and is connected by road. It stands at a point where River Siyom meets Brahmaputra River (River Siang). The district is endowed with some scenic locations on both sides of the Siang. There are also a number of rare plants and herbs which are of medicinal importance.
  • Bodak Scenic Area: The Bodak-Mebo-Jengging Scenic Area is a popular picnic spot for tourists from neighbouring states, towns, and the residents of Pasighat. The scenic area is a large forested area with villages and agricultural lands about 15 km away from the Pasighat main town. The scenic area is along the highway starting from the Siang Bridge and diverges to Mebo village on the right hand side and to Jengging village on the left hand side. The road to Jenning is much more frequented because of the vistas of the Siang river from the road. The area is also home to the Mïdu Lereng stone monolith. Many regular picnic spots are now taxed by NGOs who maintain the pristine environment.
  • Kekar Monying: A mountain cliff near Rottung which is an important historical place because it was here that the Adi put up a strong resistance against the British in 1911.
  • Komlighat used to be a river port. The ghat marks the area of the colonial town of Pasighat which has been submerged into the Siang river following a flood and the river changing its course. Now a popular evening spot, the area is frequented by families, youngsters, and the health conscious for jogging, yoga, etc. The spot is also popular for its street food sold by vendors in the area. The ghat provides a wonderful view of the river and the hills surrounding the Pasighat plains. The distant hills are covered with snow in winters. The river bank in the area is very close to the floodplain, which makes for an excellent view with a large stretch of riverine beach. Paradoxically, the lower flood plain also makes it susceptible to flooding during the monsoon and thus, has rows of embankments and other flood control mechanisms.
  • Pasighat Buddhist Temple: on the opposite side of the air strip from the highway, this small temple serves as the only Buddhist worship place in Pasighat.
  • East Siang District Museum: on the opposite side of the Pasighat Airport, it is the district museum of the East Siang District.
  • Gomsi: A cultivation area near Rani Village is another place of historical importance. In June 1996, a team of archaeologists conducted a trial excavation and survey in the site. They have found broken pieces of different evidence, of past culture of early medieval period (probably Pre-Ahom).







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