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Torgya - Bhulakpong to Dirang

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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 of Tibeto-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 raids they 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 to resemble a buffalo head.

  1. Day 1 30/1/2018 Arrived Ghy

    Arrived Ghy Drive to Eco Camp / bhulakpong 260km 6 hrs drive over/night/ eco camp/ hotel

  2. Day 10 9/2/2018 Eco camp to Ziro Vally

    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.after Brackfast Drive to Ziro 300km 8 hrs Drive Arrive and check-in to the hotel.

  3. Day 12 10/2/2018 Ziro

    Using Ziro as a base, the entire day is 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.

  4. Day 12 10/2/2018 Ziro to Daporijo

    Departing early in the morning, we descend from the Ziro plateau and drive along the Kamla 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 Daporijo . Arrive and check-in to the hotel

  5. Day 13 11/2/2018 Daporijo to aloo

    Daporijo to aloo enroute Visit adi Galoo Tribal Village Arrive and check-in to the hotel /or home stay

  6. Day 14 12/2/2018

    Morning after Brackfast Drive to Ponging Village Morning after breakfast. We will trek to via Khomsing village to pongi village which was the sight of the killing f British Officer in 1911. road head Cross Siang river over a spectacular bridge. Over/night Local House of ADI GALOO TRIBAL VILLAGE

  7. Day 15 13/2/2018

    Morning after breakfast trek to the seasen village , a large Minyong village. Overnight stay in tent/local homestay.

  8. Day 16 14/2/2018 Karo to seassen village

    Karo to seassen village 3to 4 hrs Trek over/night Local House The Adi Minyong village is nestled among the hills high above the Siang river. Trek takes you through the lush green, sub-tropical rain-forest of Eastern Himalaya. Siang valley is famous for its fertile land and vibrant, rich culture if the people here. The main festival of this group is Solung festival celebrated on 1st September every year is an agriculture festival. Besides other festivals as Unying-Aran etc. Overnight stay in tent/ Local homestay.

  9. Day 17 15/2/2018 Seassen to pasighat

    Seassen to pasighat by trek 3 hrs and Drive to pasighat 100km 3 Hrs Drive  We drive back to wards  along before heading east reach the Brahamaputra river  valley we continue to drive on a military road downriver to pasighat . pasighat is  fairly big town on the bank of Bhramaputra. hera the mighty river exits the mountains to empty onto the assam plain. From being a few hundred feet wide its suddenly grows to six mils across. in the evening the local market Arrive and check-in to the hotel/ Doni hanggo Home stay evening camp fair and culture program

  10. Day 18 16/2/2018

    : Explor pasighat visit Padham tribal Village and Drive to Sibsager drive to the ferry point and board our ferry for about 1 hrs we cross the mighty brahmaputra  . as there are no  bridges closely on  brahmaputra the farry  become the  life line of trade between  northern and southern bank of the  river. Arrived check-in to the hotel. 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 of Tibeto-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 raids they 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 to resemble a buffalo head.

  11. Day 19 17/2/2018 Sibsager to Mon (By surface approx. 240 Kms/07 Hrs)

    Early morning start your drive to Mon for 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 / or Kalsa Resort

  12. Day 2 31/1/2018 Bhulakpong to Dirang 1600M

    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

  13. Day 20 18/2/2018

    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. Also visit Sangha to see head hunting trophies and houses constructed in the true Konyak tradition with palm leaves roofing and the main pillars jutting out.

  14. Day 21 19/2/2018

    Full days visit to Langmeing, Chaoha villages

  15. Day 22 22/2/2018 Mon to Dibrughar

     Mon to Dibrughar

  16. Day 23 23/2/2018 Dibrughar to Airport and fly to kolkatta/ delhi by connected flight

    Dibrughar to Airport and fly to kolkatta/ delhi by connected flight

  17. Day 3 1/2/2018 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 -

  18. Day 4 2/2/2018 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.

  19. Day 5 3/2/2018 TO Day 7 5/2/2018 TORGAY FESTIVAL [Monastic Festival]

    TORGAY FESTIVAL [Monastic Festival]

  20. Day 6 3/2/2018 TO Day 7 5/2/2018 TORGAY FESTIVAL [Monastic Festival]

     TORGAY FESTIVAL [Monastic Festival]

  21. Day 7 3/2/2018 TO Day 7 5/2/2018 TORGAY FESTIVAL [Monastic Festival]

    TORGAY FESTIVAL [Monastic Festival]

  22. Day 8 7/2/2018 Tawang to Bomdila 190km 7 hrs over the sela pass. on the way stop at visit indo – china War memorial Over/ night/ hotel

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

  23. Day 9 8 /2/2018 Bomdila – Eco camp Namari national Park

    Bomdila – Eco camp Namari national Park (Approx. 160 Kms / drive 5 hrs.) Today morning drive and visit local marketupper Gompaand lower Gompa.Thereafter, continue drive to Eco camp . Enroute visit RupaShardukpan village. Arrive Eco camp and check-in to the Camp .