North East Tribal & Culture Tour

North East IndiaNorth East Tribal & Culture Tour

  • Days: 24 Nights / 25 Days
  • Cost: Please enquire
Day 01: Kolkata – Dimapur (flight) – Kohima (74kms/ 3hrs approx)
 
Day 02: Kohima - Phek (145kms/ 4hrs approx)
 
Day 03: Phek
 
Day 04: Phek – Zunheboto (180kms/ 5hrs approx)
 
Day 05: Zunheboto – Mokokchung (70kms/ 3hrs approx)
 
Day 06: Mokokchung – Tuensang (115kms/ 3hrs approx)
 
Day 07: Tuensang – Mon (240kms/ 6hrs approx)
 
Day 08: Mon – Sonari – Dibrughar (200kms/ 5hrs approx)
 
Day 09: Dibrughar – Longding (200kms/ 6hrs approx)
 
Day 10: Longding
 
Day 11: Longding – Tinsukia (245kms/ 7hrs approx)
 
Day 12: Tinsukia – Roing (150kms/ 4hrs approx)
 
Day 13: Roing
 
Day 14: Roing – Pasighat (150kms/ 4hrs approx)
 
Day 15: Pasighat – Along (100kms/ 3hrs approx)
 
Day 16: Along – Daporijo (160kms/ 5hrs approx)
 
Day 17: Daporijo – Ziro (160kms/ 4hrs approx)
 
Day 18: Ziro – Itanagar (150kms/ 4hrs approx)
 
Day 19: Itanagar
 
Day 20: Itanagar – Kaziranga (260kms/ 6hrs approx)
 
Day 21: Kaziranga
 
Day 22: Kaziranga – Shillong (280kms/ 6hrs drive)
 
Day 23: Shillong - Cherrapunjee, Waterfalls, Cave, Lake – Shillong (60kms 2hra approx one way)
 
Day 24: Shillong – Guwahati (100kms/ 2hrs)
 
Day 25: Guwahati
 
 
Day 01: Kolkata – Dimapur (flight) – Kohima (74kms/ 3hrs approx)
 
On arrival at Dimapur airport meet and greet with our office representative assistance and drive to Kohima, check in at hotel.
 
Visit the State Museum, an excellent anthropological collection of Naga masks, textiles, jewellery and totem pillars from all the 16 Naga tribes. Particularly intriguing is a large ceremonial drum is engraved with stylized waves and has gongs that look like paddles. This and other factors such as the use of seashells in their costumes has led some anthropologists to conjecture that the Nagas were originally a seafaring people possibly from Sumattra. Later visit the sales emporia of Nagaland Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation opposite the State Transport bus station and also visit the shops in the super market which stock Naga shawls, clothes, etc.
 
Evening at Kohima’s main bazaar is a good place to encounter the handsome Naga people in their colourful woven shawls, who come from surrounding villages to sell their produce. The market also offers visitors a glimpse of the diet that supposedly made the Naga such formidable warriors-bees’ larvae and dog meat is favorites. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 02: Kohima - Phek (145kms/ 4hrs approx)
 
Morning drive to Phek, home of the Chakhesangs and Pochuries. Colourful orchids grow wildly here the area is also the habitat of Blyth’s Tragopan, a rare pheasant found in Nagaland. Chakhesangs are known for their wrestling and robust health. Their terrace fields carved out of the hill slopes are a sight to behold it speaks of their engineering skills. The stones and pillars near Chesezumi on the Chazouba road tell tales of valour of the ancient Chakhesangs. Enroute trek around the Chakhesangs and Pochuries tribal villages. Evening attain Hega festival. Overnight Circuit house or RWD Rest house.
 
 
Day 03: Phek
 
Breakfast at hotel, full day for local sightseeing. Overnight Circuit house or RWD Rest house.
 
 
Day 04: Phek – Zunheboto (180kms/ 5hrs approx)
 
After breakfast drive to Zunheboto. It is the home of Semas. Semas are considered to be the Martial Tribe among the Nagas. They have colourful dances and songs and their ceremonial war dresses worth seeing. Enroute trek to Semas tribal villages. Overnight Tourist Lodge OR Circuit House.
 
 
Day 05: Zunheboto – Mokokchung (70kms/ 3hrs approx)
 
Morning drive to Mokokchung . This picturesque town is the cultural center of the Ao tribes of Nagaland, you can have trek Longkhum  a vanguard village in the days of head hunting is situated at an altitude of 1846metres and is 17km from the Mokokchung town and the village command a beautiful view of the surrounding hills and valley and the Ungma village the oldest and biggest Ao village according to the legend, the early Aos settled  after coming from Chungliyimti.This village is many centuries old and can be of great interest to people who have a desire to peep into Ao folklore coustom and tradition. And the Molung village has the distinction of having the first American Baptist Mission being established in the Naga hill in 1872 and the earliest mission building is still intact and preserved in the village premises. An ancient leechi tree supposedly planted by Dr. E.w. Clark, the first American Missionary still exist. Overnight Tourist Lodge.
 
 
Day 06: Mokokchung – Tuensang (115kms/ 3hrs approx)
 
After breakfast drive to Tuensang, the homeland of Changs, Yimchungers, Khiamungans, Sangtams, Semas and Phoms. Enroute trek to Chare, Chunliyimti and Longkhim tribal village. Overnight Circuit House or P.W.D Rest House.
 
 
Day 07: Tuensang – Mon (240kms/ 6hrs approx)
 
Early morning drive to Mon. Mon the headquarter home of the Konyaks tribe was established at Chen and Mon village land, it being the centrally located for the coronation of Anghs (Chief). Here interesting thing to see the tattooed face wearing feathered headgear and traditional dresses. Konyak are adept artisan and skilled craftsmen, here you can find excellent woodcarving, doas (machete) guns, gunpowder, head brushes necklace etc. It is an exciting experience to pay a visit to Anghs (Chief) house at Chul, Mon, Tangnyu Sheangha, Chingnyu, Wakching and Jabota Konyaks are ruled by the hereditary chief known as Anghs and the institution of Anghship is prevail in Konyak tribe. You can have to trek to Shangnyu village, Longwa village etc. Evening in the Circuit house.
 
 
Day 08: Mon – Sonari – Dibrughar (200kms/ 5hrs approx)
 
Morning drive to Dibrughar via Sonari (200 km). Check into Hotel. Rest day free for personal activities relax etc. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 09: Dibrughar – Longding (200kms/ 6hrs approx)
 
Early morning drive to Longding , Longding the centre of the headhunting tribe, the Wangchos.  Overnight Inspection Bunglow or Tent..
 
 
Day 10: Longding
 
Breakfast at hotel, full day for local sightseeing. Overnight Circuit house or RWD Rest house.
 
 
Day 11: Longding – Tinsukia (245kms/ 7hrs approx)
 
Early morning drive Tinsukia, check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 12: Tinsukia – Roing (150kms/ 4hrs approx)
 
Morning drive to Roing. Early lunch at Tinsukia, journey is through the exotic tea gardens. Cross the River Lohit by country made boat. Sometime Gangtic River Dolphin appears in this river. Enroute trek around the Adi Padam tribal villages. Check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 13: Roing
 
Full day visit Idu (Mishmi) tribal villages. Evening Idu (Mishmi) and Adi (Padam) tribal dance. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 14: Roing – Pasighat (150kms/ 4hrs approx)
 
Morning drive and then cross-river Dibang and Siang to reach Pasighat (150km/ 4hrs, roads are open only from December till February). During rest of the year one has to go to Pasighat via Dibrugarh 7hrs). Overnight Circuit house or Hotel. 
 
 
Day 15: Pasighat – Along (100kms/ 3hrs approx)
 
Morning drive to Along. Along the headquarter of West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh located at an altitude of 300m inhabitants of Adi (Gallong) tribes. Adi has different sub tribe, which differ from each other’s like Adi (Gallong, Minyong, Pasi, Padam, Bori, and Bokar), if you visit far inside this places you will find all these tribes, but in Along you will find only Adi (Gallong) tribal people. You can have visit of Jirdin, Kabu, Kaying villages, others interesting to see is a hanging bridge on the Siang river, local made of cane and bamboo bridge around 60 to 70m long connecting to the others hill tribes, fishing are the sports for these tribe. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 16: Along – Daporijo (160kms/ 5hrs approx)
 
Morning drive to Daporijo  the headquarter of the Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh located at an altitude of 600m is an inhabitant of Tagin tribe, theirs faces which resembles to Chinese and the international boundary is just 400km from the Taliha 60km from the Daporijo. Enroute trek/walk around the tribal villages. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 17: Daporijo – Ziro (160kms/ 4hrs approx)
 
Breakfast at hotel drive to Ziro the headquarter of Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh located at an altitude of 1560m, is a plateau surrounded by Apatani tribal villages, Dibbo- Hija-Bulla-Hari and Hong village. Hong village are to be counted as second biggest and most oragnise tribal villages in Asia. The uniqueness of Apatani tribe is tooting in women face and its nose plug, which you will find different from the other tribe. Fish cum paddy culture is another interesting if you visit in the month of August –October. You can have visit Tarin Fish farm, museum, emporium and local market. Enroute you can have trek of Hillmiri tribal villages at Raga (Nishi, Hillmiri and Tagin tribe are more or less similar in their culture customs, tradition, and also slight similarity in their dialogue. Evening walk to Hong village. Overnight at Hotel.
 
 
Day 18: Ziro – Itanagar (150kms/ 4hrs approx)
 
Morning drive to Itanagar the capital city of Arunachal is a modern settlement built in the vicinity of the ruin of the 14th century fort old capital. The archaeological remains of this medieval capital comprises of two brick wall ramparts. Itanagar has extremely interesting museum known as Jawaharlal Nehru Museum, time spent here can really acquaint you with the culture and tradition of this region. All prototype of the bamboo and cane architecture of dwelling of different tribes and apparel, design and functional tools and others handicrafts are display here. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 19: Itanagar
 
Breakfast at hotel, day day for local sightseeing. Rest time free and easy for personal activities relax. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 20: Itanagar – Kaziranga (260kms/ 6hrs approx)
 
Morning drive to Kaziranga National Park. Evening at leisure. Overnight at resort.
 
 
Day 21: Kaziranga
 
Early morning explore central Range of Kaziranga National Park on Elephant Safari. On return explore the eastern range on a jeep safari. Return for lunch and proceed to Western Range of Kaziranga National Park on jeep.
 
Kaziranga National Park; in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of the state of Assam. A World Heritage Site, the park hosts two-thirds of the world's Great One-horned Rhinoceroses. Kaziranga boasts the highest density of tigers among protected areas in the world and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. The park is home to large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer. Kaziranga is recognized as an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International for conservation of avifaunal species. Compared to other protected areas in India, Kaziranga has achieved notable success in wildlife conservation. Located on the edge of the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot, the park combines high species diversity and visibility.
 
Kaziranga is a vast expanse of tall elephant grass, marshland, and dense tropical moist broadleaf forests, crisscrossed by four major rivers, including the Brahmaputra, and the park includes numerous small bodies of water. Kaziranga has been the theme of several books, songs, and documentaries. The park celebrated its centennial in 2005 after its establishment in 1905 as a reserve forest. Overnight in Kaziranga.
 
 
Day 22: Kaziranga – Shillong (280kms/ 6hrs drive)
 
After an early morning breakfast drive to Shillong. Have Lunch en-route at Borapani Umiam Lake, a majestic placid lake with its surrounding sylvan hills. Check in at your hotel. In the afternoon visit the local market.
 
Shillong: The ‘Scotland of the East’ is the capital of Meghalaya, differs from other hill stations of northeast in some ways. Being conveniently motorable in most parts is one of them. A pleasant climate throughout the year is another. Though temperature may sometimes drop to 4 degrees Celsius, days are generally sunny and comfortable. It is at the altitude of 1496 meters above sea level. 
 
From Shillong you can visit Ward’s Lake, popular tourist spots and adjacent to the lake is the Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum. The State Museum which exhibits the anthropological and cultural life of Meghalaya. The Butterfly Museum is worth visiting as it has an excellent collection of these winged beauties, many of which are facing extinction. Shillong Peak is believed to be the adobe of a powerful deity known as “U LEI SHYLLONG”’ meaning Shyllong god. The Don Bosco Centre of Indigenous Cultures, state-of-the-art museum located at Mawlai, Shillong. Must-visit destination for any visitor to the Shillong, it comes as an awe-inspiring experience to discover an anthropological and cultural display of these dimensions in Shillong. A wonderfully visualized, arranged and presented museum with beautiful paintings, craftsmanship and artistic displays that bears the mark of scrupulous planning. Overnight at hotel in Shillong. 
 
 
Day 23: Shillong - Cherrapunjee, Waterfalls, Cave, Lake – Shillong (60kms 2hra approx one way)
 
After breakfast full day excursion to Cherrapunjee the wettest place in the world. The beautiful waterfall-Noh-ka-likai is at Cherrapunjee you can also explore some of the caves in and around Cherrapunjee.
 
The home of enterprising Khasi clans, Cherrapunji's place in the Guinness Book of Records is not its only claim to fame. Along with falls lesser in height but no less alluring, the spectacular, cascading 1,035-ft-high Mawsmai Falls-the fourth highest in India-lie just a few kilometers beyond Cherrapunji. Close by is situated a fascinating labyrinth of underground passages beneath age-old caves-a veritable dream for amateur explorers. Elsewhere around Cherrapunji, Khasi monoliths (stones in memory of their ancestors) lie dotted around-a vague reminder of the forests of Bastar. 
 
Amidst all the surprises of Cherrapunji, perhaps the most abiding is the startling realization that the wettest place on earth where it rains every month also has an amazing amount of warm sunshine. When the clouds drift away, there are a series of memorable views, and one can see as far as Bangladesh. Orchids blooming a few feet away form a patch devoid of vegetation. Dense woods interspersed by rocky, cliffs furrowed by erosion. As the months move on, the smell of decaying vegetation lessens as the showers become intermittent. New plants spring to life, and people go about their tasks with renewed energy. 
 
The hills around Cherrapunji do not have the lush green vegetation one normally associates with wet places. The vegetative cover in the form of dense woods appears in patches and constitute yet another marvelous surprise: the richness and variety of the flora in these 'zones' has to be seen to be believed. An amazing variety of rare orchids, ferns, and moss convert each pocket into a botanist's paradise. Cherrapunji produces the best quality of oranges as well as pineapples. In fact, Cherrapunji oranges are the ancestors of the famous Nagpuri oranges in the Central India. 
 
Return to Shillong, en-route visit Elephanta falls and Shillong peak for some breathtaking views. Stay overnight at your hotel in Shillong. 
 
 
Day 24: Shillong – Guwahati (100kms/ 2hrs)
 
After breakfast drive to Guwahati, check in at hotel.
 
Visit Kamakhya Temple located in on the top of Nilachal hill which is 160 metres high. This hill has a group of ancient temples, the most famous of which is the Kamakhya temple. This temple is considered as the greatest of all the Shaktipithas in India. Around this shrine the small township of Kamakhya has sprung up. Kamakhya is known for its rare natural beauty and one can enjoy an arial view of the city of Guwahati and the mighty river Brahmaputra flowing below. Kamakhya Temple, a major Hindu pilgrimage site, during the festival of Ambubashi more than a million devotees throng this holy place.
 
Return to hotel after paying homage to the mother goddess Kamakhya and drive on to famous Kaziranga National park. On arrival check into a Jungle resort. In the afternoon visit nearby Tea Estate. Overnight at Kaziranga. 
 
 
Day 25: Guwahati
 
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport to board flight for Kolkata. From Kolkata board connecting flight for your home country.