TRIBAL TOUR OF NORTH-EASTERN INDIA AND ASSAM

Discover the many faces of India during this tour through the country’s North-east where you will meet many diverse members of this region’s population as well as learn about indigenous tribal life. Starting in Kolkata, the modern capital of Bengal and former headquarters of the famed East India Company and seat of the British Raj, we take you to Guwahati, the largest city in Assam, for a taste of its unique Assamese culture. And speaking of taste; our next stop is an overnight in the middle of a tea plantation before entering Arunachal Pradesh. Here we explore some of the cultural aspects of the primitive lives of a variety of ethno-linguistic tribal groups, learning about their distinctive farming methods, walking on hanging bamboo bridges before crossing the mighty Brahmaputra River to re-enter Assam and visit one of the largest tea auction markets in Dibrugarh. Next we travel further east to Nagaland passing through glorious scenery and small villages, each with its own tribal culture, and along the way stopping to explore fascinating local markets. This wonderful adventure ends with a flight back to Kolkata.

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Day 1

ARRIVE KOLKATA

Arriving at Kolkata’s International Airport you are greeted by IBN Tours staff who will transfer you to your hotel. The balance of the day is free to relax.

Accommodation:  At your selected hotel – 2 nights

Day 2

KOLKATA -GUWAHATI

Today we take a short flight from Kolkata to Guwahati, in the state of Assam, the business capital and the largest city of the North-east.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

This afternoon enjoy a short sightseeing of Guwahati visiting its market and a visit to famous Kamakhya temple and the balance of the day is at leisure.

Stay overnight at Guwahati.

Day 3

GUWAHATI -BALIPARA

Following breakfast, we set off to Balipara, famous for its lush tea plantation.

On arrival, check in to a beautiful tea bungalow, a heritage property built over 150 ago in the middle of a Tea Estate. In the afternoon explore the tea estate and learn about various stages from plucking of the tea leaves to the processing and the packaging.

Overnight at Wild Mahseer, a Tea Country Bungalow

Day 4

BALIPARA -ZIRO

This morning, we head off to Ziro (275 kms/7 hours) through the lush green tea gardens of Assam and through hilly terrains before entering Arunachal Pradesh, home to the Apatani tribe, who still retain their age-old traditions and customs today.

Day 5

ZIRO

Today we head out to explore different villages to discover the unique lifestyle of Apatani tribes. Marvel at elderly women with their big nose plugs and face tattoos, men with their hair tied into a knot on the forehead, their bamboo houses closely clustered together. We then visit some of the Nyishi tribes villages.

Day 6

ZIRO – DAPORIJO

Following breakfast, we set off to Daporijo with en route visiting Tagin and Hill Miri Village. On arrival, check into the hotel, where the balance of the day is at leisure to relax.

Overnight at hotel

Day 7

DAPORIJO -ALONG

Take a guided tour to explore some more Tagin village where you will be able to see these primitive tribal people up close. This tribe is an interesting one as they are known to have been practicing the use of medicinal plants available in local forests for curing common illness.

Later today, we drive to long enjoying the scenic beauty of the region.

Day 8

ALONG

We will spend the whole day today at of the villages of Kabu and Paya meeting and interacting with the Adi Gallong tribes found in the area. There will be an opportunity to walk for an hour or so to have in-depth experience with the local lives and also to cross the gushing Siyom River by a hanging bridge. You will be picked up from the other side of the river to drive back to the hotel.

Day 9

ALONG -PASIGHAT

Today, we head off to Pasighat with stops en route at the Adi Minyong and Adi Gallong tribal villages. We will also visit a scenic spot just before Pasighat to marvel at one of the longest cane and bamboo hanging bridges over the Siang River, also known as the Brahmaputra in Assam.

Upon arrival, check into hotel.

Day 10

PASIGHAT -DIBRUGARH

After breakfast, we drive for a short distance to arrive Oriam Ghat, the boarding point for an adventurous ferry ride to Dibrugarh that takes about 5 hrs. On arrival at the other side of the river, disembark and take a short drive to reach Dibrugarh, the tea capital of Assam. Upon arrival check into the hotel.

Late this afternoon, visit to the tea auction market, one of the largest tea auction markets in the world.

Overnight at Dibrugarh

Day 11

DIBRUGARH -MON

Following breakfast we head out south to Mon, a small town of Nagaland bordering with Myanmar en route visiting Phuktong and Shangnyu villages.

Mon has some of the most primitive tribes known as Konyak, living in long palm roofed houses where older men have tattoos all over their bodies, signifying the number of heads of the enemy they had taken during the head-hunting days.

On arrival, check into the hotel, where the balance of the day is free

Accommodation at your selected hotel – 2 nights

Day 12

MON -LUNGWA -MON

Today, take a day trip to Lungwa (also called Longwa) village situated on the Nagaland-Myanmar border, where local Angh’s (king’s) house is partially inside Myanmar! Take a walk in this Kontak tribal village and interact with elderly people to learn more about their timeless traditions. Konyaks are also highly skilled in wood carving which is visible on their morungs (male dormitories)

Day 13

MON – TUENSANG

Following breakfast this morning we drive to Tuensang, a miniature version of Nagaland, where many tribes co-exist adding a rich cultural flavor to this region.

Pulsating people, ethnic culture, colourful dresses and lively dances together make it a must visit place of the state. En route we visit Tobu village to see a mix culture of Konyak and Chang Naga tribes. On arrival, check into the hotel and the balance of the day is at leisure.

Overnight at a hotel

Day 14

TUENSANG-MOKOKCHUNG

This morning, we spend the morning exploring nearby Tuensang village to learn more about Chang tribes and their traditions. Later we drive to Mokokchung visiting Longkhim village en route, where we will see Sangtam tribes.

On arrival at Mokokchung, the epicenter of the Ao tribes; check into the hotel.

The balance of the day is at leisure.

Accommodation at your selected hotel – 2 nights

Day 15

MOKOKCHUNG

Today, we will have full day guided tour of some of the famous villages of Ao tribe such as Mopungchuket, Impur and Longkhum and see through their lives.

Day 16

MOKOKCHUNG - KOHIMA

After breakfast, we set off to Kohima with en route visiting Tseminyu village to see Rengma tribe and then Tuophema village, home to Angami Naga tribes. Take a walk in the old village followed by a quick visit to the museum to learn more about Angamis before continuing on to

Kohima. The capital of Nagaland, Kohima is home to many tribes of the region and known for their exemplary gallant during WW-II fighting for British Army.

On arrival, check into the hotel and the balance of the day is at leisure.

Accommodation at your selected hotel – 3 nights

Day 17

KOHIMA

Today enjoy a full day guided tour with first to visit Today visit Khonoma village, belonging to the Angami Naga tribe. With its green mission, several initiatives on forest conservation and a blanket ban on hunting has made it a model village for eco-tourism.

We finish the day after exploring the World War II Cemetery and the Kohima Museum.

Day 18

KOHIMA

Following breakfast this morning, we take a day tour to some of the Angami Tribal villages such as Kigwema, Jakhama and Phesema to see and understand the lives of Angami tribes from close quarters and before returning to the hotel, spend some time walking in Kohima’s local market learning about unique lifestyle and food habits of Nagas.

Day 19

KOHIMA–DIMAPUR – KOLKATA

After breakfast you will be transferred to Dimapur Airport for a flight to Kolkata for your onward connecting flight.

Note: Above itinerary can be shortened and re-designed. Trip can also be tailored just for Arunachal or Nagaland to suit your time frame.

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