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How To Reach Pasighat
Located in the East Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh, Pasighat is situated 155m above the mean sea level at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas is one the state’s oldest town. Founded in 1911 AD, Pasighat was ruled by the British as a gateway to manage the Abor Hills administratively and the northern region. The year 2011 marked the town’s 100 years’ existence. Snuggled by the shores of the beautiful River Siong, Pasighat attracts nature enthusiasts and adventure lovers from all over the country and its pristine beauty, tranquil backdrops make it a blissful tourist destination. Pasighat is accessible from all major cities in the Northeast via its roadways. In addition, it has a small airport and helicopter service as well.
The regional airport in Pasighat isn’t used for commercial travel, but plans are underway for the runway to be extended to enable cargo aircraft at the least. The closest airport that’s used for commercial travel to Pasighat is 167km away in Dibrugarh. If you’re traveling from New Delhi, air travel takes roughly 2 hours and 40 minutes at an estimated fare of INR 4,500-8,500 and then you can make the onward journey to Pasighat in 3 ½ hours by road in a taxi or drive down yourself in a rental car.
The nearest railway station to Pasighat is in Murkong Selek at 35kms and you can make the onward journey by a prepaid cab or by bus. Alternatively, you can take a train to New Tinsukia Station if you’re traveling from New Delhi. A train to New Tinsukia leaves once daily from New Delhi and takes approx. 38 hours at an estimated fare of INR 1,100. You can travel by taxi from New Tinsukia to Pasighat in approx. 3 hours at approx. cost of INR 2,600.
When it comes to traveling by road, you can access Pasighat from two major cities in Assam via the NH515, one being Dibrugarh and another Guwahati. You can also access Pasighat from Itanagar, the capital city via NH 15 and NH 515. The distance between Dibrugarh and Pasighat is approx. 154km and takes roughly 3 hours or so.
Pasighat can be reached from most major cities in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and an overnight journey from Guwahati. However, it is best to move around and explore Pasighat and its neighboring areas by car/ taxi. You will not find any other form of public transport so book your vehicle in advance. Most travel agents, hotels and even locals help you book a car.