The land of rising sun is no doubt a heavenly abode. It is a land with unparallel beauty and serenity. The state has a potential to be the tourist hotspot for adventurous sports and scenic beauty due to its lush green forest, majestic rivers and diverse culture. Angling in Subansiri can be an adrenaline pumping experience due to its difficult terrain.


The geography of Subansiri River

Subansiri River is the biggest tributary of ferocious and mighty river Brahmaputra which originated from the Kangig glacier range of the Himalayas in Tibet and descends through verdant rainforests in the tribal state of Arunachal Pradesh. The mighty river flows through Assam and Arunachal Pradesh before joining Brahmaputra at Gerukamukh in Assam. The Subansiri River is famous for its powerful waves and has surge, size, and adrenaline-pumping torrents. The Subansiri river delta lies at an altitude of about 500-2500m elevation band. The temperature in this region varies from 5°C to 25°C. January is the coldest month while June and July are the warmest month.

Angling in Subansiri


The Subansiri River is one of the most sought after location for angling in India due to its abundance of water and the variety of fishes to conquer in its splashes. Subansiri River is one of the fastest flowing river which flows through the difficult terrain with vertical rock faces. Angling in Subansiri River is challenging and demanding. This beckoning river has volume and scenic breathtaking environment astride the Eastern Himalayas. The perennial river offers stiff competition and so do the large fishes inhibiting the Subansiri River. The vivacious Subansiri River flows through the difficult terrain with vertical rock faces


The beauty of Subansiri River is a major tourist attraction for tourists across the globe. Thus the place hosts tourist and offers them warm hospitality and comfort of home. There are many accommodations available in decent price range like Singhik hotel, Hotel Jumolhari, Pine Ridge Hotel, Hotel Blue Pine, Hotel Hill View and Hotel Centre Point etc. Culture, Religion, food, people The Subansiri basin has been the traditional home to many tribes who have been living here for several millennia. The valley is rich in tradition and it is reflected in the festivals and customs of the region. The experience of angling in Subansiri River becomes more with its diverse warm-hearted hill tribes with their unique traditions and customs spread over a millennia. The tribe performs different worships for different purpose. The region believes in Doni-Polo God, which is the God of Sun & Moon, Yullo Oyi for the welfare of the family which worship to God of family protector. Nyokum Yullo is the main festival of the district which is celebrated during the month of February. Solung festival is also followed in the upper region of the district i.e. Koloriang, Sarli. Rikam Pada and Buya is the main dance of the region. It is performed to welcome the guest and show the culture of its community. The Nyishi people have rich ornaments called Tassand (Beads), Rurh (Sword), Lakte (Metal Ornament).

Angling in Subansiri


The area of Subansiri delta is remote thus there are no direct road and transportation available. To reach Subansiri River for angling one can take the following routes:

  • By road: one can reach this remote location by bus/taxi which are easily available from Itanagar and North Lakhimpur.
  • By train: the nearest Railway Station is North Lakhimpur and Harmuti.from the railway station the tourists can avail the road services to reach the destination.
  • By air: the nearest Airport to Subansiri river delta is Tezpurand Lilabari. There are no airports in Arunachal Pradesh.

BEST time to visit and what to wear?

Angling in Subansiri River is a life changing experience and one must savour every moment to its perfection amidst the tranquilizing atmosphere. The best time to visit Subansiri is upon the advent of spring in March till the retreat of autumn and onset of winters in November. As the temperature in this region is quite low so you must carry light woollens in summers and heavy woollens in winters. The most important thing to carry is exhilaration for the trip.


The sparse human habitation along the lower half of the Subansiri makes it ideal for adventure enthusiasts such as anglers. The lure of big fighting fishes such as Golden Masher, Trout and the Goonj, can bring out the excitement in any fisherman.

  • Do not forget to experience the fascinating indigenous lifestyles of different tribes living in the region. Their languages, dance and music all are very unique.
  • Make it a point to savour the taste of the region and try out special dishes cooked during festivals and also ones used in daily life.
  • The tribes have an exotic dressing style and wear alluring ornaments. You might want to have a few for your loved ones and yourself.
  • Shopping of costumes and ornaments is not enough; the tribal people are extremely creative and carve out beautiful handicraft exquisitely with traditional technique and details.
  • The place is a biodiversity hotspot so while fishing do not harm the fishes and other animals which are endangered. Enjoy your trip to the fullest but with respect for the Mother Nature.
  • Subansiri has many religious places which are considered sacred. You can visit these and offer your prayers like Meghna cave temple and Daporijo Good Shepherd church.
  • Anglers should dutifully release the catch. Golden Mahseer especially is an endangered species which deserves utmost respect.

It is the time to pack your bags and unravel the mysteries of Subansiri River while angling in the tracts of unspoiled wilderness stretched for hundreds of kilometres. Get yourself ready and prepare for hauling a bountiful catch.