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DONG, Arunachal Pradesh, India

First sunrise of India

DONG

Arunachal Pradesh, India

Dong Valley is a small picturesque village inhabited by the Meyors just 7 km away from Walong, and is situated in the left bank of Lohit River in Arunachal Pradesh. Snow capped mountains and beautiful pine forests make the place immensely inviting. This village is also one of the villages from where the earliest sunrise in India can be witnessed. The millennium sunrise was witnessed by people from all across the world at Dong on 1st Jan 2000. The village is now connected by a iron floored foot suspension bridge over the river Lohit. The stunning view of the sun's first rays hitting the confluence of the Lohit and Sati rivers is an unforgettable experience

DONG Travel Tips

Plan your trip when the weather is fine and make sure to pack all your essentials. Be a part of the local  Culture and respect them, if you want to visit in monsoon season don't forget to carry  warm cloths, rain coat or umbrella,trekking shoe,torch, warm cloth.

Where to stay when travelling to Dong Valley?

You need to leave early next morning for catch the first sunrise of India at Dong Valley. Hence it is best to stay at Walong. Anu Nimai Homestay in Walong is a nice homestay with clean basic rooms with attached bathroom. The homestay also has a restaurant where they serve beer and some alcohol as well. 

How long is the Trek to Dong Valley?

Early next morning (around 2 am) you depart in your car for Tilam (a small hamlet about 5 kms from Walong).  There are some nice cottages at Tilam (but we wouldn't recommend booking those since we are unsure about the service). There is also a small sulphur hotspring (you can probably take a dip when you descend down).  From there its a  two hours of gradual climb through fragrant pine forests, sprawling wild grass before you reach a vast open meadow from where  you can see the first sunrise of India.

Best time to visit Dong valley?

Best time to visit Dong valley would be in April, May and September to November as the temperatures will be not be too cold and there is a good chance that the weather may not be too cloudy for you to witness to first sunrise.

Some other useful tips for the Dong Valley Trek:

  • Carry some sandwiches, biscuits and hot tea in a flask when you are going for the Trek. The experience is more surreal with hot tea and food !!!
  • Carry an umbrella, jacket incase of rain and also wear trekking shoes which are not too slippery
  • Carry a torch light as it will be quite dark when you begin the trek
  • Incase you are interested to go for a dip to the hotspring at Talem, once you descend down, it is a good idea to carry towel and some change of clothes. 
  • Take a local guide with you when you go for the trek. It is safer, better experience and also benefits the local community. The guide will also start a small fire for you when you reach the top to keep you warm.

For a customized tour experience you can contact Karma at +91-7669503993 or email to contact@ourguest.in

DONG Facts

Dong Valley is the eastern most village in the India,near the point where India, China and Myanmar meet. It is the location of a peak, atop which tourists climb at 3 am to see the sunrise. It isn't the easternmost point of the country but it is one of the easternmost locations accessible by car. In 1999, it was found that Dong experiences the first sunrise in India, thus earning it the nickname, 'India’s Land of the Rising Sun.' The last village on the India-China LAC in Arunachal Pradesh is Kaho, which lies just north of Kibithu on the banks of Lohit River.

How to Reach

Flight
Flight By Air

The nearest airport is the Dibrugarh Airport (DIB) situated 350-400 km away. Established in the 1950s, this airport has overall good flight connectivity with cities and towns like Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata. Once you deboard at the airport, consider booking a taxi or some other means of public transportation to reach your destination. From Guwahati - Board Indigo, Vistara, Air India flights from Guwahati Airport. The airfares start from INR 4,000 - INR 5,000 From Kolkata - Board IndiGo, Spicejet, and Vistara flights from Kolkata Airport. The airfares start from INR 3,000

Train
Train By Train

The nearest railway station is the New Tinsukia Junction situated about 300 - 350 km away. This station is situated on the Lumding-Dibrugarh section and is responsible for serving Tinsukia as well as the surrounding regions. Once you deboard at the station, consider booking a taxi or availing some local means of transportation to reach your destination.

Car
Car By Road

The overall connectivity via road is quite good. So, if you are planning to visit this place via road then it would be a convenient experience for you due to the easily motorable and accessible roadways and highways. From the nearby cities and towns, you can also take buses or cabs. From Jorhat - 512 km via AT Road From Digboi - 318 km via Hayuliang Road From Lohitpur - 219 km via Hayuliang Road

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