Aalo or Along, West Siang, Arunachal Pradesh

Aalo is located at a distance of 297 kilometers from Itanagar in the District of West Siang. It is placed in a striking valley at meeting place of Rivers Sipu and Siyom. The rivers come at the surroundings of grassy hills and therefore offer scenic views to the visitors. The place is filled with greenery far and wide and offers natural stay in the middle of mountains. Aalo is also the oldest city with high educational standard among the people. The main tourist spots in Aalo include Donyi-Polo Dere Patum, Bridge passing through River Yomgo and Museum. Other amusements available in the place are angling, trekking and hiking. It is a census town that is placed at a distance of 220 kilometers from Likabali. Likabali is the boundary between the State of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

The festival celebrated in the area is Mopin on April 5 and April 6. The festival is famous for crop cultivation and hence the people believe that the place is blessed by nature. Another festival is the Yamgo River festival that is observed at the time of tourist season in the month of January. The fundamental objective of the festival is to uphold tourism, civilization, culture and to promote the articles made by the local people. The area contains a population of more than 16000 among whose the majority of the people are Galo natives. The language used extensively is Galo and the religions followed by the people are Donyi-Polo which is tagged on by Hindus, Christians, Muslims and Tibetan Muslims. The vegetable market in the place is handled by women and is a small market where all vegetables are available. The main food items sold here are dried mouse, dried squirrel etc which is very costly.

The Aalo is embraced with good quality roads that make the journey comfortable. The road passes through Lakhimpur and reaches Itanagar. It then links Aalo city and therefore, buses can be easily availed to reach the place. In addition, Pasighat is only 106 kilometers away from Aalo and Moying is just 150 Kilometers from the main town. Likabali is the close by airport located in Assam State. From this airport, flights are available to Guwahati and Dibrugarh. Only drawback is that place is not connected with any railway station. The nearest point that links rail is Silapathar. New initiative has been introduced to connect Silapathar and Aalo and survey has conducted which is referred to the railway board.

Aalo is an attractive valley encircled with hill ranges and crisscrossed by River Yomgo. This river meets River Sipu when reaching Puwak Ghat and later becomes the branch of River Siang otherwise called River Brahmaputra. The Patum Bridge which is almost 5 kilometers long is always visited by people. The hanging bridge is constructed with iron that correctly matches the structure. The river is completely filled with smooth pebbles and small rocks. The climate is warm compared with other spots in Arunachal Pradesh. Orange farming is pleasant scene to watch in Aalo. The oranges can be purchased by the visitors and they are sweet and tasty.

The humid subtropical climate in Aalo is advantageous for the visitors. During winter season, people can experience cold weather and humid in summer season. In the month of November to January slight snowfall occurs. It is very beautiful to see this place during snowfall where the city is encircled with white shades all around. Aalo is a suitable place to spend holidays and take back most brilliant moments. The Government of Arunachal Pradesh has taken measures to advance the facilities and promote tourism. Since all the hotels are run by outsiders rather than the local people, all types of food are available in Aalo. Orange farming is also carried out by outsiders who have served in various forces of the State. The handicrafts and farm products can be purchased at cheap rates from the tribes. The journey will not be difficult as there are proper infrastructure facilities in Aalo.