Kaho and Kibithu |The Eastern Most Parts of India

By    May 12th 2016    32 Comments  Posted in Arunachal Pradesh, East Arunachal, India

We reached the eastern most part of India bordering with China. Here, a banner in the lone shop received us with ‘Welcome to Kaho’. It is a small shop but no less than a mini departmental store. You get here everything including apparels, footwear, cosmetics, groceries, foods, tea, beer and whisky. And on the front desk, there is a telephone with an STD connection!

The only shop at Kaho

The only shop at Kaho

Hello! The voice from other side was clear and loud when I talked to my wife. The village Kaho falls within a few kilometers, may be 15 km, of the McMahon Line that separates India from China.

A little while ago, we started from the place of our previous night stay, Walong. Kaho is not very far from Walong. It is situated only at a distance of 24 Kms and well connected by tar road. We soon arrived at the beautiful Namti valley which is surrounded by pine trees. This valley witnessed a fiercest battle of 1962 Indo-China war. Today, a war memorial stands here to commemorate the sacrifice of brave Indian soldiers in the battle of Walong.

Towards eastern most part of India, those peaks at distance are in China

Towards eastern most part of India, those peaks at distance are in China

The road to eastern most point of India

The road to eastern most point of India

We continued driving to further east. The landscape started changing from here. Now, there were more pine trees and the peaks of China were appearing large on the horizon. We reached a junction where road bifurcates, the straight road goes to Kibithu and the one on right, leads to Kaho. Here stands a yellow sign board to remind the travelers of being on the eastern most road in India.

We were happy to be there!

We were happy to be there!

After a small break, we set off on the road to Dichu. Kaho would fall on this road. After travelling about a kilometer we reached the village Meshai where a beautiful bamboo bridge was making the vista wonderful. These bamboo bridges in Arunachal Pradesh connect the neighboring villagers, and it’s their lifeline. Crossing an iron suspension bridge over river Lohit we continued to drive towards Kaho by the side of Lohit.

The famous bamboo bridge over river Lohit

The famous bamboo bridge over river Lohit

A group Photo. From the left Driver Atul Dutta, Gogoi Da -Caretaker of Walong Inspection Bungalow, my friends Chandra, Prakash and Kamal

A group Photo. From the left Driver Atul Dutta, Gogoi Da -Caretaker of Walong Inspection Bungalow, my friends Chandra, Prakash and Kamal

By the side river Lohit we travelled to Kaho

By the side river Lohit we travelled to Kaho

We reached Kaho, the eastern most point of India!

Kaho is a small village with a small handful of households. Situated on the bank of river Lohit, it is surrounded by mountain peaks. It has a small monastery and a school too. Army controls this place. The Chinese side was clearly visible here. While China has constructed multistoried RCC buildings for its Army, Indian army camps here, are mostly made of iron sheets. We talked with the ITBP personnel and according to them roads from border area on Chinese side are well developed than ours. ITBP personnel here guide the visitors and show the Chinese side through their telescopic lens. However, we could not avail that as there was an ongoing flag meeting of both the sides when we were at Kaho.

That's China. The hill on the right bottom (foreground) is a part of Madan ridge, the Indian border.

That’s China. The hill on the right bottom (foreground) is a part of Madan ridge, the Indian border.

Chinese side, a close up!

Chinese side, a close up!

You are not allowed to go beyond this.

You are not allowed to go beyond this.

Kaho is the last place to which one is allowed to visit.  No civilians are allowed to move beyond the iron suspension bridge (in the above Photo) at Kaho. There is no road beyond Dichu to the actual border area as the total land is disputed and China doesn’t agree to McMohan line here.

Kaho Village

Kaho Village

Kaho Monastery

Kaho Monastery

We headed back towards another eastern most part of India, Kibithu. Both Kaho and Kibithu were briefly under Chinese occupation in 1962. Today, Kibithu has the brigade HQ of Indian Army. We reached Kibithu after a short drive. Most of the distance to Kibithu was covered by good road, though there was a little stretch of about 2 Km that may frighten the travellers on board. There is an army check post at Kibithu where our permits were checked and we were asked to wait for a while for necessary permission to visit the Kibihtu helipad and view point. After the necessary permission, we moved ahead and reached the dead end to the helipad. There is a small settlement here with a small handful of households. These people mostly work as labour for construction of road and make their living. An ITBP personnel guided us to the area, shown the peaks, told about how the Indian soldiers fought the 1962 war and most importantly how the India Army are now patrolling the border. The LAC (Line of Actual Control) falls on the ridges of nearby mountains where our Army are dropped mainly by air. At subzero degree temperature, securing the border, day and night, at such height, on every single day and night is such a difficult job that can’t be imagined without being there.

At Kibithu

At Kibithu

Kibithu Helipad

Kibithu Helipad

We took some photos here and headed back to Walong. We had our lunch at Inspection Bungalow in Walong, and post lunch, we resumed our return journey to Khupa where we stayed the night.

Ampani Lodge in Khupa. We stayed here.

Ampani Lodge in Khupa. We stayed here.

Next morning we awoke early for our onward journey to Namdapha National Park at Miao in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. This time we took a different route. We moved towards the district town Tezu, the headquarters of Lohit district. We came to Alubari Ghat to cross river Lohit by ferry ride.

Getting ready to ride the ferry with Vehicle at Alubari Ghat

Getting ready to ride the ferry with Vehicle at Alubari Ghat

We would go to the other side.

We would go to the other side.

After crossing the river, we had our lunch in a small riverside stall. We would stop somewhere near Digboi tonight before heading to Namdapha National Park tomorrow.

The journey continued….

32 thoughts on “Kaho and Kibithu |The Eastern Most Parts of India”

  1. Indrani says:

    The bridges look so delicate, wonder how it is to walk on one of them.
    And that shop must be world’s tiniest department store! 🙂
    Great series of pics.

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Its scary walking on those hanging bamboo bridges, I tell you, Indrani. 🙂

  2. d pilankar says:

    Excellent documentation with great photos. Thanks for the post.

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thank you for dropping by.

  3. I didn’t even know the names of these places to be honest. The monastery looks so nice, it must have been such a wonderful visit. Great pics! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Yes, Archana these are remote places, does not have great infrastructure and hence tourism is less here. Thank you for your kind words 🙂

  4. Beautiful pics and post.

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thank you, Rupam!

  5. Ashween says:

    Lovely pictures

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thanks Ashween 🙂

  6. RAJIV says:

    Fantastic stuff dada. Can’t wait to be back after going through your posts!!

    Cheers,
    Rajiv

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thank you very much Rajiv for your encouraging words 🙂

  7. Mridula says:

    Such an amazing view and so well captured!

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thank you, Mridula!

  8. Ritu says:

    whats is the road condition from tezu to walong? from where i can to issue the permit for visit border?

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      The Road condition was very good during our visit to Walong and Tezu. You can obtain the inner line permit from Guwahati or Dibrugarh to enter Arunachal Pradesh. No separate permit is required to see the border at Kahoo or Kibithu.

  9. Aditee Singh says:

    Its really interesting…
    thanks for sharing…

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Thank you Aditee 🙂

  10. SIDDHARTHA MITRA says:

    Dear Adventurer,

    Wish to visit Kaho the Easternmost village and other nearby nice places like Kibithu, Tezu, Parshuram Kund, Hayuliang, Hawai, Walong and YOUR DONG.

    Can we cover by 4/5 days or More please advise with details of travel mode available, night halts, others.

    Will go with wife (we are aged, so will walk much slower), probably reaching Ledo or Tinsukia by 25/26 Jan ’17.
    I will book return ticket accordingly.
    Please answer. Thanks.

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Hi Sir! I have sent you a detailed reply in my facebook page. Hope you have received it. Thank you 🙂

      1. SIDDHARTHA MITRA says:

        Dear Adventurist,
        After a night stay on 26th January at the easternmost station LEDO we had visited Kibithu & Kaho on 29th January via Tezu, Hayuliang and enjoyed two days staying at Walong. Then covered Tinsukia, Sibsagar, Jorhat, Majuli and came back after having a pleasant darshan of Shri Jagannath just near the Dibrugarh airport.
        9 guys on bike from Dibrugarh and 4 guys in a car from Bangalore started at 2 AM of 31st to see Sunrise at Dong but could not enjoy for cloudy weather.
        And we did not try, however moved slowly for hours in the roads of Beautiful Walong.

        Siddhartha Mitra
        Durgapur

        1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

          Thank you Mr Mitra for your update. Glad to know about your trip to the Eastern Most East of India. Wish you a good health and many more travels in coming days.

  11. joseph thariath jose says:

    Is it advisable to reach kibithu by bike from digboi?
    Is it dangerous??

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      It’s not dangerous at all and can be visited by bike 😊

  12. Rajiv A Jadhav says:

    I am grateful to Mr. Anupam, it will really help me to plan my journey in the month of May, 2017. This will help me a lot.

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      I am glad to know that Mr Rajiv. Thank you for dropping by 🙂

  13. ASHISH says:

    was experiencing the virgin country and quiet learning of the mishmi tribe, folks from the pure intrinsic nature of the times and the land of that ethereal era, Shangri-la, 83april to86nov! army

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Oh, that’s great to hear from you Mr. Ashish! It might have been a very different place during your time!! Thank you for dropping by 🙂

  14. Prit Gill says:

    Wonderful Anupam. Great to see the place (Kaho) where I served few years in 70’s. Lot of changes (good) since then. After Kaho there is post called Hot Spring. But as you mentioned can’t go beyond that bridge. Then I served Hawai. I think there was no road past Hayuliang.

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      Great to hear from you Sir 🙂 Thank you for dropping by.

  15. christel Sellgren says:

    Hallo,i am planing tour to Arunadshal and your story plus fotos are a bihg help to me! Thank you Christel from Finland

    1. Anupam Chakraborty says:

      It’s a nice place to visit. Thank you for dropping by. 🙂

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