Dornier 228, first Made-In-India Commercial Passenger Flight Launched

The aircraft has been manufactured under an agreement between Alliance Air and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited that was signed in February 2022

The first-ever Made-in-India commercial aircraft, Dornier 228 flagged off from Dibrugarh in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh on 12th April 2022.

The aircraft has been manufactured under an agreement between Alliance Air and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. It was signed in February this year.

Dornier 228 interior

Till date, Dornier 228 planes are used by the armed forces only. It is a 17-seater non-pressurized Dornier 228. It has an AC cabin capable of day and night operations. The light transport aircraft will facilitate regional connectivity in north-eastern states and better connectivity.

According to reports, there was one more important development that took place on the same day. It was the inauguration of the first FTO (Flying Training Organization) for North Eastern Region at Lilabari, Assam.

Here’s a short tour guide to North-East India for everyone planning to visit via this first commercial flight.

1. Kaziranga National Park, Assam

  • Best Time to visit: Between November and April
  • Things to do & sightseeing: Jeep Safari in the central range, Elephant Safari, Deopahar, Gorakathi, Bagori
  • Timings: 7.30 am to 4 pm

2. Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim

  • Best time to visit: In winter for enjoying a Yak safari on the frozen lake, from October to March.
  • Location: Around 37 KM from Gangtok.
  • Timings: There is no particular time to visit. Ropeway cable car operations can only enjoy from  8 AM to 3 PM

3.Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh

  • Best time to visit: Anytime between November to March.
  • Distance: Around 7.2 KM from Tawang.
  • Timings: Open from 7 AM to 7 PM, mostly closed on Wednesdays.
  • Tourist Attractions: Sela Pass, Jaswant Garh, Madhuri Lake, Bumla Pass, Tawang War Memorial

4. Nathula Pass, Sikkim

  • Best time to visit: March to October. If you like snow, winter is the best season.
  • Distance: Around 58 Km from Gangtok, can take a shared cab.
  • Timings: The cabs stop running after 1 PM mostly so morning is when you can leave for the pass.

5. Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh

  • Best Time to Visit: Between April and June
  • Attractions: Ziro Music Festival, Tarin Fish Farm, Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Meghna Cave Temple, Dolo Mando
  • Festival Celebrated: Ziro Music Festival is held in September every year and attracts music lovers worldwide.

6. Nohkalikai Falls, Meghalaya

  • Best Time to Visit: Between October and December, March and May
  • Timings: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Attractions: Trekking, Photography, Angling, Swimming, Birdwatching

7. Gorichen Peak, Arunachal Pradesh

  • Best time to visit: Anytime between April to October.
  • Distance: Around 55.8 KM from Tawang.
  • Duration: Around 20 to 22 days climb and trek to the top of the peak.

8. Umiam Lake, Meghalaya

  • Best time to visit: October and May.
  • Distance: It is around 17 KM from Shillong.
  • Timings: Between 9 AM to 5 PM for trying various watersport.

9. Loktak Lake, Manipur

  • Best time to visit: Anytime between October to March.
  • Distance: Around 53 KM from Imphal city.
  • Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

10. Siang River Rafting, Arunachal Pradesh

  • Best time to visit: Early November to March end.
    Timing: Require at least 1 to 2 hours.
    Location or route: Dibrugarh-Yingkiong- and pass through Pasighat.

11. Mawsynram, Meghalaya

  • Best Time to visit: Between September and November
  • Key Attractions: Elephant Falls, Don Bosco Centre For Indigenous Cultures, Umiam Lake Viewpoint, Mawjymbuin Caves, Jingmaham Living Root Bridge

12. Tripura Sundari Temple, Tripura

  • Best time to visit: Throughout the year.
  • Distance: Almost around 56 KM from Agartala.
  • Timings:  6 AM to 10 PM on all days of the week.

13. Kanchenjunga

  • Best time to visit: Mid March to May and mid-September to October.
  • Distance covered on the trek: Approximately 90 KM to and fro.
  • Duration: It takes around 11 Day to do the entire trek.

14. Singalila National Park

  • Best time to visit: From March to May and mid-September to October.
  • Distance: It is around 35 KM from Darjeeling and around 122 KM from Gangtok.
  • Timings: The park remains closed from June to September, besides, can visit the rest of the year.

15. Mawlynnong village

  • Best Time to Visit: Between June and September
  • Attractions: Living Root Bridges, Mawlynnong Waterfall, Jingmaham Living Root Bridge, Church of the Epiphany

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