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Sat, 20 Jul 2019

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A one of a kind expedition making a humble attempt to give a whole new meaning to the purpose of Travelling..!!

A one of a kind expedition making a humble attempt to give a whole new meaning to the purpose of Travelling..!!
June 28
13:12 2019

Arunachal Pradesh got it’s name because of it’s Dawn lit mountains and is called the Land of rising Sun . The most popular tourists places of Arunachal are Tawang, Bomdilla, Ziro, Itanagar, Bhalukpong, Roing, Pasighat, Anini Etc. all of which are rich with picturesque beauty that offers relaxation & rejunvenation, peace & action, places of worship & wildlife sanctuaries.
But when we are talking about the Land of rising Sun, this is that state that gets the first Sunlight before any other state in India. Have we ever thought of waking up to catch the orangy red rays of the rising Sun when the whole country is still enveloped in the darkness of night? Which part of the state do we go to do that? Definitely none on the above list.

 

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Dong, a secluded hamlet at an elevation of 1240 Mtrs (4070 ft ) and sandwiched neatly between China and Myanmar, sees India’s first Sunrise.

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Why is Dong less popular?

Owing to its remoteness, reaching Dong or it’s adjacent areas can be rather strenuous. On top there are barely any hotels beyond Walong; where there is a Government run Inspection bunglow (IB). The last motorable road ( yes you heard it right) is Kibithoo & from Walong, after a 40 minute drive, one has to trek along a steep track for One & half hours to reach Dong.

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Okay, so what should we go there for?

-In and around Dong, war memorials in Namti and Walong would take you back to 1962′s Chinese invasion in India. Being in the extreme border of China, you can hear stories of trade of various Chinese goods in exchange of Indian ones straight from the locals of the place.

- After an arduous task of travelling all the way up there, how about a rejuvenating spa in the natural sulphur rich- hot water pockets? Tilam has plenty hot water springs for you to heal, energise and make you ready for the remaining adventure!

- How does it sound to know an entire village and it’s people by  their names? Where you are by now is India’s least populated village with just 4 household and guess what? Next time you visit them, a whole village might know you by YOUR name too ! Feels like a celeb yet ?

- When at Kibithoo, you stand on the last road head of the extreme east of the North east India. Kibithoo happens to be Easternmost motorable road of India. In fact everything here is easternmost. Kibithoo is located on the LAC ( Line of actual control) and is the only circle headquarter facing a visible across vantage of international boundary in the Indo-China Border.

- Trek to the last village ( technically the first..) Kaho, India’s easternmost village. On the way you would also find the remains from 1962 war like bunkers and broken weapons. Get a chance to interact with the least populated tribe called Meyors. There are just handful of them, around 1000 in total, as per the latest census.

 

What Else?

To save you from the pain of running around looking for a local guide before touring the magnificence and uniqueness of this heaven, (and also some noble undertakings) Team Discover Dong  is all set to get on board with their first FarEast Expedition.  They have a well planned itinerary and a significantly generous purpose to urge you why you should be taking up this trip right away.

- They are the only ones organizing expeditions on this route which is DIY, which means they do not charge you for this tour.

- They look at connecting the children, the locals of this place with the outer world,  which they are almost oblivious of, due to factors like inconvenient road connectivity, absence of media sources like a TV, and internet.  As such, they have also deprived of many basic facilities and information that the other parts of the country are accessible too.

- They are coloring the houses, the schools, under the project called ‘Rainbow Village’, as a gesture of promoting vibrance without harming the peace, liveliness without disturbing the harmony that these places are bestowed with, making these little places shine more when the first rays of the Sun fall.

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- They are also promoting tourism, letting people from the better connectivity to witness a ‘not-so-bad- disconnectivity’ for a change. Their idea is ‘Peaceful development’ of the people here, without barging into the natural essence.

- They are not just taking you for a tour. They make sure your trip is with a purpose. The purpose of ‘GIVING’. The idea of alternative education involves the tourists/expeditioners to engage with the children of the easternmost School in Kibithoo, transfer a little of whatever skill they have. Be it Art in the form of Music, Dance, Painting, Sculpting or just anything ..

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Different isn’t it?

All of the vacations, trips you have made so far, you must have gathered a lot of memories, clicked a lot of photographs and brought back plenty of happy thoughts and experiences from visiting a new place. This time, not only bring back all of the above with you but leave your share of happy memories for those people, those children out there for them to remember you in a special way. AND – don’t forget to tag along more people in your next trip :)

So put on your riding gears on and carry along with your backpacks for an expedition to the Far East of India and explore the easternmost parts of India. 

Make your way to the magical place of Kibithoo…!!
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For more enquires: 99541 34706 | 84864 56760

FarEast Exp-Edition
7-14th July 2019

Enroll Here: https://forms.gle/CwhtxbA8b6ocqehDA
Recommended Itinerary: http://tiny.cc/tx977y

Credit: Dhritiman Hazarika (Co-Founder, Discover Dong)

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