Destination Covered : New Delhi, Dibrugarh, Kaziranga
Price (Starting From) :On Request
Tucked away in the far north-east of India, wedged between the borders of Bhutan, Burma and Tibet, Arunachal Pradesh is India’s newest and least-known state. Before the region was elevated to statehood in 1986, Arunachal Pradesh, along with Assam, Nagaland and 4 other states was known as the North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA). Except for occasional forays by administrators and anthropologists during the time of the British, nothing much was known about this area for most of the 20th century. The isolation of the North East Frontier Agency was legally safeguarded by India's own government; before laws permitting limited tourism were passed in 1995, even Indian citizens were not allowed to visit.
The North East Frontier Agency lands never belonged to ancient India. They were, and still are, peopled by Mongoloid and Mon-Khmer austere stock, far removed from Aryan-Dravidian blood of the mainstream. The people here are animists (except the area of Tawang where they accepted Buddhism); in the Highlands, wild Burmese tribes enthusiastically practiced indiscriminate headhunting until as late as the fifties. To the north, Mongoloid tribals, bare-bodied in breech-clouts, are today still encountering “civilization".
Day 1: Delhi / Kolkata/ Dibrughar/ Pasighat/
By Drive cross mighty Brahmaputra river We drive towards pasighat 3 hrs before heading west to reach the Brahmaputra River Valley. We continue to drive on a military road downriver to Pasighat. Pasighat is a fairly big town on the banks of the Brahmaputra. Here the mighty river exits the mountains to empty onto the Assam plains. From being a few hundred feet wide, it suddenly grows to six miles across.over/might hotel
Day 2: Pasighat to Along
Early breakfast driver to Along 120km 4 hrs drive. Enroutevisit Adiminyong tribal village Drive to Lower and Upper Bari village. On the way cross the river Yamgo. From here hike for one hour to Mobuk village which sits pretty on a saddle. Also visit Monku village. We will also organize cultural evening in the village here over/night stay at hotel or home stay
Day 3: Along to Daporijo
Along to Daporijo 190 km 6 hrs Drive Along early morning visit Darka village of Adi-Gallong tribes. A short twelve-mile drive another Adi-Gallong tribal village. Adis are very accomplished weavers of cane goods. They make baskets, hats, breastplates, shield, but the excellence of their cane work shines supreme in the famous cane suspension bridges of Arunachal Pradesh. “Marvels of untutored engineering skills,” was how a 19th-century British explorer described the bridges. The Adis also excel at weaving intricate patterns for their clothing, and we may see examples of their pottery today. Over/ night/tourist lodge/ hotel Singhit
Day 4: Daporijo to Ziro 163km 5 hrs drive
Departing early in the morning, we descend from the Daporijo plateau and drive along the upper seing River valley through dense jungle country, passing picturesque villages of Nishis and the Hill Miris tribes. We’ll visit MuriMugli,a HillMiris tribe, and if road conditions are good we will continue another eight miles on a mountain dirt road to Noori, a small traditional village of the same people. The Ghansi sect of the Miris that we encounter here are of short stature, scantily dressed with a sleeveless jacket and loincloths. They will usually carry woven cane knapsacks and a dao (broad sword) along with bow and arrows. The Panibotias, another sect of the Miris that we will meet, are just the opposite: tall, well-built people. Continue driving to Ziro on the banks of the lower Subansiri River. Daporijo is the junction of three important tribes; Hill Miris, Tagins and appatani over/ night Hotel
Day 5: Full day visit of the Myoko festival of the Apatani tribe. Overnight at the hotel.
Using Ziro as a base, the entire 02 days are spent visiting the Hong and other Apatani Villages. Everywhere we go we are warmly welcomed. As E.T. Dalton noted in 1845, “The men do not rejoice in much drapery, they wear a girdle of canework painted red which hangs behind in long bushy tail.” Just as the tail is the distinctive part of the male dress, so is the nose plug peculiar to the Apatani women. It is the ambition of each woman to wear the largest possible nose plugs, which are made of wood. Both sexes extensively tattoo their faces. Each sect has distinctive features. Their hats, clothes, ornaments, language and even physical features are totally different.
Day 6: Ziro to Majuli island
Ziro-Majuli (By surface 220 Kms/07 Hrs + Ferry crossings)
After breakfast drive to Majuli Island, En route cross the local tributaries of Brahmaputra River by local made ferry.
The world’s largest River Island is famous for its twenty-two 15th Century "satras". These are Hindu Vaishnev (followers of Lord Vishnu) monasteries functioning as centers of Assamese arts. The worship of Lord Vishnu is through dance, music and poetry. The satras take in young boys and groom them. The daily routine includes working in the fields, tending cattle, prayer, discussion and study. The satras have also nurtured certain art and craft traditions, which can now be found only here. In NatunSamugrisatra for instance, one can still find the craft of mask-making; Kamlabarisatra still makes the finest boats.
On arrival in Majuli, check in to the MapoAgom Bamboo house overnight stay.
Day 7: Full day to explore the Majuli Island
The world’s largest River Island is famous for its twenty-two 15th Century "satras". These are Hindu Vaishnev (followers of Lord Vishnu) monasteries functioning as centers of Assamese arts. The worship of Lord Vishnu is through dance, music and poetry. The satras take in young boys and groom them. The daily routine includes working in the fields, tending cattle, prayer, discussion and study. The satras have also nurtured certain art and craft traditions, which can now be found only here. In NatunSamugrisatra for instance, one can still find the craft of mask-making; Kamlabarisatra still makes the finest boats. We will also explore the villages of Miri tribes who live on this island. Over/ night / MapoAgomBambo guest House
Day 8: Majuli island to Kaziranga 140km
Majuli island to Kaziranga 140km 2 hrs drive over/ night hotel 2 hrs ferry crossing drive to Kaziranga
Day 9: Elephant Ride and Jeep Safari inside National Park
Elephant Ride and Jeep Safari inside National Park
Day 10: Kazaringa to Mon ( By Surface 07 Hrs drive)
Early morning start your drive to Mon for 5-6 hours. After going through checking formalities at the border of Nagaland, we enter the state.Visit first village at Phuktong village. It has two great Morungs (men’s dormitories). Also visit Angh’s (chief’s) residence. On arrival, check in to the Typical Naga house /helsa Resort
Day 11: Drive full day to witness the colorful tribal area of Konyak tribes
who have been head hunters in the recent past. Visit Longwa Village, One of the biggest villages in Mon district, it is an interesting sight to see As the village straddles an international boundary line, one half of the Angh's house falls within Indian territory, whereas the other half lies under Myanmarese control. However, the whole village is controlled by the Angh and the village Council Chairman. Another interesting feature of this village is that the Angh of the village has 60 wives and his jurisdiction extends up to Myanmar and Arunachal Pradesh.
Day 12: Full days visit to Langmeing, Chaoha villages
Langmeing, One of the most interesting villages in the area, and has traditional Naga houses. One can find old people with tattoos on their faces and body (some of them with barely any clothes). A walk around the village is very interesting. The village has an old Morung with 2 log drums (the village boys can be requested to play the drum). The Morung also has interesting artifacts. Langmeing is one of the very few villages that still have human skulls from the ‘head hunting’ days
Day 13: Mon-Dibrugarh (By surface approx. 240 Kms/6 to 7 Hrs)
After breakfast you will have again chance to photograph around Mon. Later drive to Dibrugarh for overnight stay. (Our car and accompanying guide will drop you at hotel in Dibrugarh) Overnight in the Hotel Natraj.