Located in the West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, Basar is one of the less explored destinations in the Northeast. The pristine scenery of this beautiful place dotted with verdant forests, lush paddy fields, gorgeous orange, kiwi and pineapple orchards and breath-taking waterfalls, makes it an ideal place for all nature lovers and photographers. Basar is peppered with a plenty of hiking trails, mysterious caves and fascinating jungles and rivulets that leaves the travellers with a variety of adventure options. If you’re looking forward to an unmatched offbeat cultural rendezvous during your next holiday, this lovely hamlet will not disappoint you.
The verdant forest of Nguda Pokcho are popular for an exhilarating trekking experience in Basar. The prime highlight of the forest is the splendidly beautiful Hido-Hidi Waterfall which thunderously gushes down from an elevation of 70 metres. You can also indulge in riverside camping if you happen to trek via the Hipo Village that lies 20 km off of Basar. The confluence of Hingen and Hipo rivers make for an enticing campsite; where campers can set up their tents and soak in the serenity of the place.
The town is also home to plenty of enigmatic caves and tunnels; that must be explored by avid cavers and explorers. While Tapen Penru at Padi Village are famous bat caverns amongst travellers, there are many caves and tunnels across Dari-Zirdo and Padi-Dali circuits that are relatively unexplored.
The tiny hamlet serves as home to the native Galo Tribe of Arunachal who are well known for their brilliant artistic skills and rich folklore. With an aim to bring this artistic community to the world’s notice, the town’s local non-profit organisation organises an art residency programme, inviting selective artists from across the fields of music, writing, photography and painting, to come and experience the rich tradition and culture of the locals, while also contributing back to the community in their own way. It is highly recommended that you visit during ‘The Basar Confluence’, held in February every year that also coincides with the Galos’ harvest festival Mopin.
The nearest airport to Basar is at Dibrugarh in Assam, about 150km away. Jeeps and taxis ply regularly from Dibrugarh to Basar.