‘Pasi Pass’ Town, Arunachal Pradesh
From Pasi, the name of a sub-tribe of the Adi, the predominant tribe in Arunachal Pradesh; and Asm: ghāṭa ‘landing-stage on the bank of a river’.
Pasighat is where the Brahmaputra River descends from the Himalayan foothills into Assam. The town has been described as an open trough, effectively shut in on three sides by hills, sucking in the rain-clouds from the plains below.
The town was founded by the British in 1911 as an adminstrative and defensive station for the northern tribal areas.