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Rupa, is a charming hill station located just 20 kilometres away from Itanagar, in the mesmerizing state of Arunachal Pradesh.

With its verdant greenery, bright blue skies, and crisp mountain air, Rupa is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. And the best way to explore its winding ways is to take a morning or evening drive when the sun is painting the valley in kaleidoscopic colours that glisten through the thick forest cover.

But Rupa isn’t just about stunning landscapes and fresh air. It’s also home to a number of attractions, including the Rupa Monastery, which is a must-visit for anyone interested in the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. And for a unique experience of the local culture and lifestyle, head to Shertukpen, a charming tribal village in the city.

History buffs will also love Rupa, which has its mark not only in India but in Tibet as well. The first mention of the town dates back to the 7th century in relation to the king Tsongtsen Gambo of Tibet. And while many people were displaced from Rupa during the 1962 Indo-Sino war, today the town has a pristine and calm atmosphere that is very welcoming to tourists.

But the real highlight of Rupa are the local festivals, which are celebrated with great vigour and gaiety. Lossar, Chhe-Kor, and Khik-Saba are just a few of the colourful festivals that take place in the village of Shertukpen, where you’ll witness a vivid celebration of colour, dance, and music.

And let’s not forget about the Chillipam Gompa or Sang-Ngag Choekar Dargyeling Monastery, one of the most renowned attractions of Rupa. This delicately designed edifice, built in typical Chinese-Tibetan manner, overlooks a panoramic view of the surrounding valley and is covered in colourful mosaics and paintings that narrate the stories of the Gods.

So what are you waiting for? Hop on a train to Bhalukpong or Guwahati and make your way to Rupa for a weekend of stunning landscapes, vibrant festivals, and a glimpse into the local culture and history.

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