Yingkiong, a beautiful town, is situated in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Located at an altitude of 200 metres, the destination is known for its natural beauty. The destination also serves as the district headquarters of Upper Siang District. This district is situated along the left bank of the River Siang, from which it has derived its name.
The history of the district dates back to the time when the state of Arunachal Pradesh was an independent area. During this time, the state was not under any administrative control and it continued till the Anglo-Burmese war, which extended from 1826 to 1861. During the same time period, the state was declared as a conquered territory by the British.
The Upper Siang District is inhabited by four main tribes namely, Adi, Khamba, Mishmis and Memba. The Adis and Mishmis are the tribes who believe in the sun and the moon, while the other two tribes are Mahayana Buddhists.
Owing to the different beliefs of different tribes, the district presents a diverse culture, which is prominent in their dances, dresses and festivals celebrated. Ponung, Roja and Broh Dance are some of the prominent dances of the region.
Apart from its rich culture, the town of Yingkiong is flocked by tourists for its famous Mouling National Park. This national park is home to the white-feathered wild duck, the clouded leopard and a variety of deer, which can be seen in this park. Furthermore, the Daying Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary near the Pasighat-Jengging-Yingkiong tour route, is another attraction of the place.
Yingkiong also attracts adventure enthusiasts as it offers opportunities to indulge in trekking. One of the famous trekking routes commences from the town of Pasighat, passes through Jengging and finally terminates at Yingkiong.
The town of Yingkiong can be reached via flights, which can be boarded to Dibrugarh Airport in Assam, the nearest airport. Furthermore, the town can also be reached by boarding trains to Dibrugarh Town Railway Station. Yingkiong is also connected to other cities within Arunachal Pradesh via buses.
The best time to visit Yingkiong is during the winter season, which extends from October till February.