Do you know where the sun rises first in India??

Dong Valley, Arunachal Pradesh where the sun can be seen first in India:

Dong is a small village in Dong valley of Anjaw district, Arunachal Pradesh, India. It is the easternmost village in the India, near the point where India, China and Myanmar meet as it is the location of a peak where tourists climb up to at 3 am to see the sun rise, it is not the easternmost place but it is one of the eastern-most places accessible by car. In 1999, it was found that dong experience the first sunrise in India. That is why it is known as “India’s Land of Rising Sun”.The last village on the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh is Kaho, India, which lies just north of Kibithu on the banks of Lohit River.

Dong Valley Facts :

  • Did you know that at 1,240 meters, this village is located at the very confluence of river Lohit which is further a tributary of Brahmaputra and Sati? 
  • In 1999 only, it was discovered that this place experiences the first sunrise in India.

Major Attractions in and Around Dong Valley :

1. Tidding. It is quite popular among locals and travellers alike. The opulent and shining aquamarine water of this place is its major highlight. Furthermore, the undulating slopes create a very satisfying respite, especially for people who love nature.

2.Chaglagam. An interesting place to explore, this is essentially a village and a tehsil situated in the Anjaw district. The captivating and splendid beauty of this place is worth exploring and discovering in its fine formations.

3.Walong. It is a small cantonment and an administrative town carved out of Lohit District in 2004. Known for its memorials dedicated to the Indians who died there during the hard times of the 1962 Sino-India war, this place is located on the “Helmet Top” where the hot water springs attract a great number of tourists from other parts of India.

4.Sunrise. Watch the sunrise at 3 am. Witness the beautiful confluence of Lohit and Sati Rivers and enjoy trekking.

5.Dong Van Market. You will surely like this place owing to the various variety of things that this place has to offer. Don’t forget to take some souvenir for your loved ones.

6. Glow Lake. Covering a total area of about 8 square kilometres, the overall vibe and aura of this lake are simply amazing to explore and just too good to resist.

How to Reach Dong Valley :

Situated in Arunachal Pradesh, Dong Valley is a beautiful travel destination that can mesmerize you with its lush natural surroundings. To witness this undeniably wonderful travel destination, you will need to cover a total distance of about 2,706, 3,544, 1,805, 3,753 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Check out the following details on how you can reach here with minimum hassle. 

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 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. 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
    Plan your trip and create your route to the mesmerising place.

By – Monalisha Gogoi.