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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".Nagaland is almost entirely inhabited by 16 groups ofTibeto-Burmese tribes. Among them are Angamis, Aos, Konyaks, Kukis, Lothas, Semas and Wanchus. The Nagas, who were once head hunters, have been known for their fierceness and the regular raidsthey made on Assam and Burma. The warring tribes believed that since the enemy’s animated soul, waha, was to be found at the nape of the neck, it could only be set free once beheaded. However,since the spritual soul, mio, resided in the head and brought good fortune, enemy heads (and those  of dead comrades) were prized as they could add to a community’s own store of dead ancestors. The hilltop villages are protected by stone walls. The morung, a meeting house, acts as a boy’s dormitory, and is used for storing weapons and once displayed the prizes of war i.e. the enemy heads. The huge sacred drum, which stands by each morung is hallowed out tree trunk carved toresemble a buffalo head.

  1. Day 1 14/3/2018 Delhi / kolkatta/ Dibrughar/ PASIGHAT/ BY Reserved ferry 1 hrs

    Delhi / kolkatta/ Dibrughar/ PASIGHAT/ BY Reserved ferry 1 hrs crossing 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/ night Hotel Anne option / Doni Hango Guest House

  2. Day 10 24/3/2018 ZIRO TO ECO CAMP NAMARI NATIONAL PARK 300km 8 hrs Drive enroute visit Nishi village over/ night/ Camp

    ZIRO TO ECO CAMP NAMARI NATIONAL PARK 300km 8 hrs Drive enroute visit Nishi village over/ night/ Camp

  3. Day 11 25/3/2018 Bhulakpong to Dirang 1600M 220km 7 to 6 hrs Drive

    Morning walk in the forest to see various birdlife. Nameri Tiger Reserve is nestled at the foothills of Eastern Himalayas; it covers an area of 200 Sq. Kms. Situated in the eastern border of Assam valley and mountainous Arunachal Pradesh, it’s a very scenic sanctuary with river Jia Bhoroli bifurcating through. Nameri is home to some of of the endangered species like White-winged Wood Duck, and many other winged species and Drive to Dirang 221 km in 6 hrs . The journey is along a very scenic road traversing forested hills. And crossing over the Nichephu pass to the Tanga valley .traversing the Tanga valley. The road climbs through a series of hairpins to the town of Bomdila, located at 2800m height pass of same name. Here a after the road descend to the picture postcard Dirang valley at 1600m which is our Destination for the day.visit RabgyalingGontseGompa upper gompaThupchobGatelinggompa/ drive to 160km and visit Shardukpin village and choulling monastery and chilepamgompa back Overnight at hotel in Dirang

  4. Day 12 26/3/2018 Dirang to Tawang

    Dirang to Tawang Drive to tawang 140km . our enchanting , journey to tawang continues over the 4150meters high sela pass which was once the battle ground between the India and Chinese armies enroute visit an alpine lake sela pass temple and marvel at scenery there are photo Opportunities at every turn and visit the mind hogging road. Over/ night/ hotel -

  5. Day 13 27/3/2018 Tawang

    Explore the 400 years old tawang monastery , and have an audience with Rimpoche in afternoon visit Urgelling Monastery dating back to 1489 followed by the serumonpa village craft center and museum The famous GeldenNamgyalLhatsa, Popularly Know as Tawang monastery was founded by Mera Lama LodreGyamsto in year of 1860 -81.This Monastery is largest in the Country an is the Second largest in Asia . This Monastery is fountain head of the Spiritually life of Gelukpa Sect of Mahayana school of Buddhism . the inner walls of Dukhang the assembly hall are printed with murals of various divinities and saints the silver casket wrapped in silk containing the thankas of Godess of Sri Devi[ paldenlhamo ] the principal deity of monastery ,l is kept here. It was given to Merak lama by Vth Dalai lama . thethankas printed with blood drown from the nose of the Vth Dalai Lama .A colossal richly – gilled statue of Lord Buddha occupies the Middle o f the northern side. It is the largest image of the monastery and is about 20feet high. The urgelling monastery is the birth place of sixth Dalai lama Dalai Lama was deposed in by the1706.in 1714 the destruction of all GelukpaGompa was Carried out by SokpaJomkhar, a Mongolian warrior who involved from Bhutan. During the campaign, the Dalai Lama Original monastery at Urgalling was destroyed . all valued possession of urgelling monastery like scriptures, statues and other were taken to tawang monastery. It was during the ka-gyur[ scripture] written out in gold and silver arrival at tawang monastery , where they preserved to this days. Today modest gompa stands at this.

  6. Day 14 27/3/2018 Tawang

    Explore the 400 years old tawang monastery , and have an audience with Rimpoche in afternoon visit Urgelling Monastery dating back to 1489 followed by the serumonpa village craft center and museum The famous GeldenNamgyalLhatsa, Popularly Know as Tawang monastery was founded by Mera Lama LodreGyamsto in year of 1860 -81.This Monastery is largest in the Country an is the Second largest in Asia . This Monastery is fountain head of the Spiritually life of Gelukpa Sect of Mahayana school of Buddhism . the inner walls of Dukhang the assembly hall are printed with murals of various divinities and saints the silver casket wrapped in silk containing the thankas of Godess of Sri Devi[ paldenlhamo ] the principal deity of monastery ,l is kept here. It was given to Merak lama by Vth Dalai lama . thethankas printed with blood drown from the nose of the Vth Dalai Lama .A colossal richly – gilled statue of Lord Buddha occupies the Middle o f the northern side. It is the largest image of the monastery and is about 20feet high. The urgelling monastery is the birth place of sixth Dalai lama Dalai Lama was deposed in by the1706.in 1714 the destruction of all GelukpaGompa was Carried out by SokpaJomkhar, a Mongolian warrior who involved from Bhutan. During the campaign, the Dalai Lama Original monastery at Urgalling was destroyed . all valued possession of urgelling monastery like scriptures, statues and other were taken to tawang monastery. It was during the ka-gyur[ scripture] written out in gold and silver arrival at tawang monastery , where they preserved to this days. Today modest gompa stands at this.

  7. Day 15 28/12/2018 visit Typical Monpa village

    visit Typical Monpa village / lunch at village and evening Dance program at village and back to Hotel

  8. Day 16 29/12/2018 Tawang to Bomdila

    Tawang to Bomdila 190km 7 hrs over the sela pass. on the way stop at visit indo – china War memorial Over/ night/ hotel

  9. Day 17 30 /3/2018 Bomdila – Eco Camp

    Bomdila – Eco Camp National Park (Appr0x. 1Kms / drive hrs 8 hrs Drive visit local market upper Gompaand lower Gompa.Thereafter, continue drive to Kaziranga / Tezpur . Enroute visit RupaShardukpan village. Arrive Eco camp and check-in to the Camp

  10. Day 18 31 /3/2018 Eco camp to Sivasager

    Eco camp to Sivasager chack-into the hotel

  11. Day 19 1/4/ 2018 Sivasager 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

  12. Day 2 15/3/2018 Pasighat to Drive Panging 70km 2 hrs drive and Trek to Sessen village 3 Hrs Trek over/ night local Adi manyong House

    Today the trekking takes SESSAN village. Today the trek will be moderately with steep climbs will take 3 hrs normal to reach the village of SESSAN VILLAGE of Adi-Monyong tribe. On arrival meet the village head and the people. The village is also noted for the beauty of its local house

  13. Day 20 2/4/2018 Full days visit to Langmeing, Chaoha villages .

    a matter of pride in not so distant past and men got tattoos depending upon how many heads they were able to collect. Longwa village has the distinction of being half in India and half in Myanmar! 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

  14. Day 21 3/4/2018 Day 22 4/4/2018 AOOLING FESTIVAL

    We have two full days is to witness the colorful tribal festival of Konyak tribes who have been head hunters in the recent past. Depending upon where the festival will be on 3 rd & 4 th April, we will drive to that village. Aoling is the main festival of the Konyaks from northern Nagaland. It is celebrated in the first week of April every year. It is observed after the time of sowing seeds in new fields. Aoling celebrations also mark the end of the year and welcome the beginning of the new-year with the spring season. It is the time to pray for a bountiful harvest of crops.. Each day of the festival has its own significance, custom rituals and merry making. It is a festival of sharing and forging ahead with renewed vigor into the coming year. One of the main events of a Konyak festival takes place in the Morungs of the village where they dance and beat the wooden boat with small wooden stumps. There are also cow and pig sacrifices

  15. Day 22 Day 21 3/4/2018 Day 22 4/4/2018 AOOLING FESTIVAL

    We have two full days is to witness the colorful tribal festival of Konyak tribes who have been head hunters in the recent past. Depending upon where the festival will be on 3 rd & 4 th April, we will drive to that village. Aoling is the main festival of the Konyaks from northern Nagaland. It is celebrated in the first week of April every year. It is observed after the time of sowing seeds in new fields. Aoling celebrations also mark the end of the year and welcome the beginning of the new-year with the spring season. It is the time to pray for a bountiful harvest of crops.. Each day of the festival has its own significance, custom rituals and merry making. It is a festival of sharing and forging ahead with renewed vigor into the coming year. One of the main events of a Konyak festival takes place in the Morungs of the village where they dance and beat the wooden boat with small wooden stumps. There are also cow and pig sacrifices

  16. Day 23 5/4/2018

    After breakfast you will have again chance to photograph around Mon. Later drive to Dibrugarh for overnight stay. Overnight in the Hotel

  17. Day 24 : 6/4/2018 Dibrugarh Departure Delhi/ kolkatta /

    : 6/4/2018 Dibrugarh Departure Delhi/ kolkatta /

  18. Day 3 16/3/2018 sessen to Pingi 3 hrs Trek TO 4 Hrs over/ night Local House

    Today the trekking takes 4 hrs to Pangi village. Today the trek will be hard with steep climbs will take 6 hrs normal to reach the village of Pangi of Adi-Monyong tribe. On arrival meet the village head and the people.The village is also noted for the beauty of its location. Taking a walk through the village is a delightful experience. Spend the evening in the warmth of enchanting folk songs and cultural events mesmerized in the companion of local rice beer. Night in tent/homestay.

  19. Day 4 17/3/2018 pangi to Karo

    Morning after breakfast trek to the Karo, 4 Hrs trak  a large Minyong village. Overnight stay in tent/homestay.

  20. Day 5 18/3/2018 Karo to Pangging 4 Hrs Trek and Drive to aloo 25km

    Morning after breakfast. We will trek to Khomsing village which was the sight of the killing f British Officer in 1911. Later down to road head Cross Siang river over a spectacular bridge. Drive to Along from here (25 Kms) for about 1.5 Hour. Arrive and check-in at your hotel. Spend the evening at leisure over / night/ hotel

  21. Day 6 19/3/2018 ALOO TO DAPORIJO 190 KM 7 Hrs Drive

    Enroute 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

  22. Day 7 20/3/2018 Daporijo to Ziro 163km 7 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 Muri Mugli,a Hill Miris 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

  23. Day 8 21/3/2018 TO Day 11 23/3/2018 ZIRO

    Full day visit of the MAYKO FESTIVAL OF APPATANI TRIBE 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.

  24. Day 9 21/3/2018 TO Day 11 23/3/2018 ZIRO

    Full day visit of the MAYKO FESTIVAL OF APPATANI TRIBE 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.