You may have seen many sunrises in your life, but witnessing them from some of the extreme ends of India is a unique experience altogether.
North – Nubra Valley, Jammu and Kashmir
Watch the glowing sun unveiling itself from behind the mighty Karakoram mountain ranges while standing at a height of 10,000 feet.
How to reach: Take a flight to Leh and hit the road to Nubra Valley via Khardung La Pass. You can also take the local bus service at Leh directly to Nubra Valley if you don’t want to drive.
Time of sunrise (approximately): 5:30 am – 6 am
Must see: Diskit Gompa and Panamik Village
South – Indira Point, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Head to Indira Point on the Great Nicobar Island to see the rising sun from this southernmost part of India. Don’t miss clicking some snaps of the gigantic lighthouse, one of the main attractions of this place.
How to reach: Fly to Veer Savarkar international airport and book a Pawanhans ride (premium national helicopter) to Indira Point
Time of sunrise (approximately): 5:15 am – 5:30 am
Must see: Campbell Bay and Nancowry
West – Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
See the white salty dessert sparkle like a diamond as the first rays of the sun fall on it.
How to reach: Fly to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport and take a cab or public transport to Rann of Kutch.
Time of sunrise (approximately): 6:45 am – 7:15 am
Must see: Kalo Dungar and Kutch Museum
East – Dong Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
Witness India’s first sunrise at a time when the whole of the country is sleeping at Dong Valley in Arunachal Pradesh.
How to reach: Fly to Dibrugarh airport and take a cab to Tilam Village (5 km from Walong). You have to trek up to the valley from Tilam to enjoy the sunrise.
Time of sunrise (approximately): 3 am – 4 am
Must see: Glaw Lake and Tidding
For the best experience, camp near the site of the sunrise. Not only do you get to see a mesmerising sunrise, it also gives you a stargazing experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.