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How To Reach Yingkiong
Yingkiong is a small town situated a kilometer from the east of Siang River in the Upper Siang District in Arunachal Pradesh at an altitude of 200m above the sea’s level. Characterized by river valleys and hilly terrains, the town’s encompassed by hills all around and the with the River Siang flowing constantly on its west, some neighboring towns surrounding Yingkiong on its North close to the Indo-China Border are Singging, Tuting and Bishing, with some significant hamlets including Puging, Gobuk, Simong, Moying, Pangkang, Gette Likor and Millang. Traveling to Yingkiong can be a bit challenging as the nearest train station and airport are nearly 200 and 300km away respectively with limited local transport alternatives.
One of the best ways of reaching Yingkiong is to take a flight and then a taxi. Yingkiong doesn’t have an airport of its own, with the closest operational airport being in Dibrugarh, about 127 km away, even though in 2018, a new airport in Pasighat was established and is actually the nearest to town. One can also avail helicopter services from Pasighat, Assam and Itanagar to reach Yingkiong, with the two heliports near Siang and another opposite the District Collector’s Office. Some popular flight connections include those from Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kolkata in the fare range of INR 7,000-15,000. From Dibrugarh, Yingkiong is about 6 hours 20 minutes by Taxi.
Yingkiong’s closest train station is in Murkonselek, about 220km in Assam in the Jonai District. You can make the onward journey on arrival in a state bus or a hired taxi in about 3-5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a cab from Jorhat to Tatiabahar in about 4 ½ hours, make the onward journey in a train to Telam in roughly 4 hours in the night and then again travel by cab to Yingkiong in approx. 4 hours.
Yingkiong is connected to Arunachal Pradesh and the rest of the country by the National Highway 513 and NH-52 with A.P State Transport Bus Services and Sumo Taxi Services that operate daily. However, road connectivity’s somewhat restricted owing to the road conditions and hence it is best to travel by private taxis.
Given the fact that Yingkiong isn’t that accessible with many public transport options, getting around the town and its neighboring areas is best done in private taxis or Sumo Cabs. You will not find anything else so it is better to book your vehicle through your travel agent or local hotels.