On 26th May, 2017, the longest river bridge Dr Bhupen Hazarika Setu also known as the Dhola Sadiya Bridge was inaugurated. For days, in fact weeks after the inauguration, social media was flooded with pictures and selfies of people on the bridge. The fact that Arunachal Pradesh became easily accessible from Assam encouraged more and more people to pack their bags and seek good vibes amidst the mountains.
In 2017, I was lucky to have travelled extensively. Out of all the trips I took last year, the trip to Roing remains my personal favourite.
From Dibrugarh, it only takes 2 hours to reach the bridge. People who are travelling from afar can stop for a meal at Dhaba NH37 in Doom Dooma. Once you reach the bridge, you should take in the greenery and the mighty river Lohit. If you love to stock up on fresh produce then make a point to stop at the end of the bridge to buy garden fresh vegetables sold by the locals. Also, you should never turn back without visiting Sadiya.
Our stop, however, was further ahead. After you enter Arunachal Pradesh, you will find that the landscape will start to change. You can find Mishmi people busy doing their daily chores. Interestingly enough, you won’t find neither doors nor properly made boundaries in traditional Mishmi houses.
Be warned that Roing doesn’t have many good places to indulge in a hearty lunch, so eat before you come or pack food. On our trip, we visited the nearby tourist spots namely Sally Lake and Mishmi Hill Camp. Although these were the two places highly recommended by Google as must-see spots, what really caught my attention was the small yet humble town of Roing.
Some of the things that remain with me from the trip – the local market in Roing that takes pride in selling a variety of goods, the Dibang River by which I went pebble hunting, the refreshing cup of tea I enjoyed at a roadside eatery in Sadiya, and the time spent day-dreaming by the river Kundil. However, the icing on the cake was the view of the sunset from Dhola Sadiya bridge, on our way back from Roing.
By Debahuti Gogoi