TRIBAL OR ETHNIC NATURE TOURS

TRIBAL Tour

Exploration of the culture & way of life of Ethnic people.

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ETHNIC PEOPLE OF NORTH EAST INDIA

Travelling along a mind boggling road from the Assam plains to the 3048 meters high Tawang valley, crossing over the 4150 m high Se la pass, amazing culture of different ethnic groups of Arunachal Pradesh is a totally different experience.  See the entire range of flora from  Subtropical to Alpine, Himalayan uplands, Alpine lakes and, tribal hamlets. Peep into the lifestyle of the Monpas. The highlight of the trip is a visit to the 150 years old Tawang Monastery – the fountain-head of the spiritual life of the Gelupa Sect of the Mahayana School of Budhism. Also included in the tour are Ani gompas (Buddhist nunneries), and a drive through the uplands with its river valleys, alpine lakes and remote monasteries.On the return journey explore Bomdila with its several Buddhist monasteries, and view wildlife from elephant back and jeeps, at the Kaziranga National Park. Finally visit Majuli ;the the world’s largest river Island  with its Hindu Vaishnava monastery culture, handicrsafts, riverine agriculture and andtribals.

On the other hand from Assam Kaziranga National Park you can enter Nagaland in less than 03 hrs. 

NAGALAND is located on the Indo- Mayanmar border. A land of picture post card landscapes, lush and verdant flora, peopled by 15 major tribes, who have hundreds of years of tradition as warriors and head hunters.

The Nagas are a fun loving and deeply religious people, having a tradition of handicrafts, folklore, dances and music. Here traditional folk songs, eulogizing ancestors, and brave deeds, poetic love songs, gospel songs and modern pop tunes go hand in hand. For a people known to be head hunters in the past, they are remarkably warm hearted and hospitable. They have worth visiting, amazingly beautiful well organised villages. Naga way of life is disciplined and full of customs and traditions which they follow ardently.

MEGHALAYA, created in 1972, ( The abode of clouds) is the home of the Khasi, Jantia and Garo tribes. Khasi and Jantia tribes are closely related and are thought to have originally emigrated from South-East Asia.

 

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Explore Our Tribal Adventure

NE/11: 09 Days: Tawang The Monpa Paradise

Travel along a mind boggling road from the Assam plains to the 3048 meters high Tawang valley, crossing over the 4150 m high Se la pass.
Explore Bomdila with its several Buddhist monasteries, and the picture postcard Dirang Valley. See the entire range of flora from Subtropical to Alpine, Himalayan uplands, Alpine lakes and, tribal hamlets.
Peep into the lifestyle of the Monpas. The highlight of the trip is a visit to the 150 years old Tawang Monastery – the fountain-head of the spiritual life of the Gelupa Sect of the Mahayana School of Budhism. The Monastery retains priceless tankhas and the Ka-gyur (scriptures) written out in gold and silver , as also a 26 feet high gilded statue of Lord Buddha. Also included in the tour are Ani gompas (Buddhist nunneries), and more.

The Monpas are Buddhist by religion and the Tawang Monastery is the fountainhead of their spiritual life. They are courteous, friendly, gentle and industrious.

The traditional dress of the male members consists of a short woolen trouser called Kangnom or a full-length woolen trouser called Dhorna. The upper garments consists of an shirt of Tibetan style over which a full sleeved woolen jacket of red colour with opening in the front called Chuba is worn with red colored sash wound round the waist.
The ladies dress consists of an upper garment comprising a lavishly embroidered shirt with opening in the front called Kyanchen Thoe-thung, over which is worn a red colored gown with white stripes covering the body right from the shoulders to the knee level called Shingka and is girdled at the waist by a sash. A flat rectangular piece of woolen cloth is worn at the rear of the waist. Monpa women love jewellery.
Monpa headdress for both males and females is the characteristic Yak hair cap with five drain pipes to drain off the rain water.

Agriculture and animal husbandry is their main occupation of the Monpas. The main crops are Rice, Millet, Potatoes, buck wheat, and pulses. Horticulture is being developed and Apple, walnut, almonds and oranges are grown taking advantage of altitudinal variations

Monpas live in cozy double-storied houses, constructed of stone with plank floors, often with carved doors and window frames.

Artistic by nature the Monpas weave cotton and woolen cloth and carpets, and are adept at wood carving, and bamboo handicraft. They have earned a niche for themselves as skilled painters of Buddhist monastic art –such as “thankas” and hand-made paper.

The Monpas specialize in the manufacture of incense, out of Juniper stems, barks of other trees and herbs. The incense is generally used for Puja prayer offering and purification, but it is also used as air freshener in homes and as a mosquito repellent.

Although polygamous and polyandrous marriages are in vogue, monogamy is practiced by the majority. Marriage by negotiation is the general practice. Divorce is admissible. Widow has the right to re-marry.

Itinerary

Day 01: Fly to Guwahati and drive to Tezpur

Arrive Guwahati. Drive by car to Tezpur. 195 Kms in 4 hrs. Overnight at hotel (transit halt).

Day 02: Drive Tezpur to Dirang, 1600 m

Drive to Dirang, 211 Kms in 06 hrs, crossing over the 2800 m high Bomdila pass to the picture postcard Dirang Valley at an elevation of 1600 m. Enroute visit the Tippi Orchid research centre. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Dirang Valley sightseeing

Explore Dirang Valley visiting an ancient Monpa Village and Gompa, the Kalachakra Monastery, and the Sangti Valley to get a peep into the life styles of the Monpas, and see their unique method of agriculture. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Drive Dirang- Tawang

Drive to Tawang, 165 kms. In 5.30 hrs. over the 4150 meters high Se-la Pass, which was once the battle ground between the Indian and Chinese armies. Enroute visit an Alpine Lake and Se-la temple. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Tawang

Explore the 350 years old Tawang Monastery

The famous Galden Namgyal Lhatse, was founded in the year 1860-81. This monastery is the fountain-head of the spiritual life of the Gelupa Sect of the Mahayana School of Budhism, The inner walls of the Dukhang – the assembly hall are painted with murals of various divinities and saints. The silver casket wrapped in silk containing the Thankas of Goddess Sri Devi (Palden Lhamo) the principal deity of the monastery, is kept here. It was given to Merak Lama by the Vth Dalai Lama. The Thankas were painted with blood drawn from the nose of the Fifth Dalai Lama. A colossal richly – gilded statue of Lord Buddha occupies the middle of the northern side. It is the largest image of the monastery and is about 26 feet high.

In the afternoon visit the Urgelling Monastery dating back to 1489 followed by the Seru Monpa village, and the craft center.

The Urgelling Monastery – the birth place of the Sixth Dalai Lama, who was deposed in 1706. In 1714 the destruction of all Gelupa Gompas was carried out by Sokpa Jomkhar, a Mongolian warrior who invaded from Bhutan. During this campaign, the Dalai Lama’s original monastery at Urgelling was destroyed. All valued possession of Urgelling monastery were taken to Tawang Monastery. It was during this time that the Ka-gyur (scriptures) written out in gold and silver arrived at the Tawang monastery, where they are preserved to this day. Today a modest Gompa stands at the site of the original monastery Overnight at your hotel.

Day 06: Day excursion to Himalayan uplands, Alpine lakes and Buddhist Monasteries

Drive up the “spiral staircase” road leading to the Tibet frontier, to Peng Teng Tso ( PTSO) Lake at an altitude of 4100 meters. Continue to Shungetser Lake and Taksang Gompa . Amazing scenery of Himalayan uplands. On return journey visit a Ani Gompa ( Budhist monastery) close to Tawang town. Overnight at your hotel.

Note:This trip to PTSO lake may be modified or curtailed depending upon local restriction imposed, due to security concerns relating to the Indo- Tibet border. In such a case alternative will be offered.

Day 07: Tawang- Sela—Dirang- Bomdila

Drive back 165 Kms in 5.30 hrs over the Se-la pass to Dirang. On the way stop over at Jang to visit the Indo-China War memorial. Continue from Dirang to Bomdila, another 45 kms in 1.30 hrs. Upon arrival visit the Rabgyaling Gontse Gompa, Upper Gompa , and the Thupchob Gatseling Gompa. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Bomdila- Tezpur

Drive back to Tezpur 166 Kms in 05.30 hrs. Overnight transit halt at hotel.

Day 09: Tezpur- Guwahati

Drive 195 kms to Guwahati airport in 04 hrs to board your departure flight to Kolkata or Delhi.
Extention: 02 nights extension available to visit Kaziranga National Park.

NE-12: 11 days Tawang and Dirang valley with walking exploration of the countryside

Travel along a mind boggling road from the Assam plains to the 3048 meters high Tawang valley, crossing over the 4150 m high Se la pass.

See the entire range of flora from Subtropical to Alpine, Himalayan uplands, Alpine lakes and, tribal hamlets. Peep into the lifestyle of the Monpas. The highlight of the trip is a visit to the 150 years old Tawang Monastery – the fountain-head of the spiritual life of the Gelupa Sect of the Mahayana School of Budhism. The Monastery retains priceless tankhas and the Ka-gyur (scriptures) written out in gold and silver , as also a 26 feet high gilded statue of Lord Buddha. Also included in the tour are Ani gompas (Buddhist nunneries), and more.

On the return journey take a 2 days trek to explore Monpa Villages This is a chance to Interact with people in the quaint Monpa villages, and view Gori Chen, 6500 meters and Kangdo, 7090 Meters. ( weather permitting). After the trek explore Bomdila with its several Buddhist monasteries.

The Monpas are Buddhist by religion and the Tawang Monastery is the fountainhead of their spiritual life. They are courteous, friendly, gentle and industrious.

The traditional dress of the male members consists of a short woolen trouser called Kangnom or a full-length woolen trouser called Dhorna. The upper garments consists of an shirt of Tibetan style over which a full sleeved woolen jacket of red colour with opening in the front called Chuba is worn with red colored sash wound round the waist.

The ladies dress consists of an upper garment comprising a lavishly embroidered shirt with opening in the front called Kyanchen Thoe-thung, over which is worn a red colored gown with white stripes covering the body right from the shoulders to the knee level called Shingka and is girdled at the waist by a sash. A flat rectangular piece of woolen cloth is worn at the rear of the waist. Monpa women love jewellery.

Monpa headdress for both males and females is the characterestic Yak hair cap with five drain pipes to drain off the rain water.

Agriculture and animal husbandry is their main occupation of the Monpas. The main crops are Rice, Millet, Potatoes, buck wheat, and pulses. Horticulture is being developed and Apple, walnut, almonds and oranges are grown taking advantage of altitudinal variations.
Monpas live in cozy double-storied houses, constructed of stone with plank floors, often with carved doors and window frames.

Artistic by nature the Monpas weave cotton and woolen cloth and carpets, and are adept at wood carving, and bamboo handicraft. They have earned a niche for themselves as skilled painters of Buddhist monastic art –such as “thankas” and hand-made paper.

The Monpas specialize in the manufacture of incense, out of Juniper stems, barks of other trees and herbs. The incense is generally used for Puja prayer offering and purification, but it is also used as air freshener in homes and mosquito repellent.

Although polygamous and polyandrous marriages are in vogue, but Monogamy is practiced by the majority. Marriage by negotiation is the general practice. Divorce is admissible. Widow has the right to re-marry.

Itinerary

Day 01: Fly to Guwahati and drive to Tezpur

Arrive Guwahati. Drive by car to Tezpur. 195 Kms in 4 hrs. Overnight at hotel (transit halt).

Day 02: Drive Tezpur to Dirang, 1600 m

Drive to Dirang, 211 Kms in 06 hrs, crossing over the 2800 m high Bomdila pass to the picture postcard Dirang Valley at an elevation of 1600 m. Enroute visit the Tippi Orchid research centre. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Dirang Valley sightseeing

Explore Dirang Valley visiting an ancient Monpa Village and Gompa, the Kalachakra Monastery, and the Sangti Valley to get a peep into the life styles of the Monpas, and see their unique method of agriculture. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Drive Dirang- Tawang, 3048 m

Drive to Tawang, 165 kms. In 5.30 hrs. over the 4150 meters high Se-la Pass, which was once the battle ground between the Indian and Chinese armies. Enroute visit an Alpine Lake and Se-la temple. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Tawang

Explore the 350 years old Tawang Monastery,

The famous Galden Namgyal Lhatse, was founded in the year 1860-81. This monastery is the fountain-head of the spiritual life of the Gelupa Sect of the Mahayana School of Budhism, The inner walls of the Dukhang – the assembly hall are painted with murals of various divinities and saints.

The silver casket wrapped in silk containing the Thankas of Goddess Sri Devi (Palden Lhamo) the principal deity of the monastery, is kept here. It was given to Merak Lama by the Vth Dalai Lama. The Thankas were painted with blood drawn from the nose of the Fifth Dalai Lama. A colossal richly – gilded statue of Lord Buddha occupies the middle of the northern side. It is the largest image of the monastery and is about 26 feet high.

In the afternoon visit the Urgelling Monastery dating back to 1489 followed by the Seru Monpa village, and the craft center.

The Urgelling Monastery – the birth place of the Sixth Dalai Lama. Who was deposed in 1706. In 1714 the destruction of all Gelupa Gompas was carried out by Sokpa Jomkhar, a Mongolian warrior who invaded from Bhutan. During this campaign, the Dalai Lama’s original monastery at Urgelling was destroyed. All valued possession of Urgelling monastery were taken to Tawang Monastery. It was during this time that the Ka-gyur (scriptures) written out in gold and silver arrived at the Tawang monastery, where they are preserved to this day. Today a modest Gompa stands at this site Overnight at your hotel.

Day 06: Day Excursion to Himalayan uplands, Alpine Lakes, and Buddhist Monasteries.

Drive up the “spiral staircase” road leading to the Tibet frontier, to Peng Teng Tso ( PTSO) Lake at an altitude of 4100 meters. Continue to Shungetser Lake and Taksang Gompa . Amazing scenery of Himalayan uplands. On return journey visit a Ani Gompa ( Budhist monastery) close to Tawang town. Overnight at your hotel.

Note: This trip to PTSO lake may be modified or curtailed depending upon local restriction imposed, due to security concerns relating to the Indo- Tibet border. In such a case alternative will be offered.

Day 07: Tawang- Sela- Dirang

Drive back 165 Kms over the Se-la pass to Dirang. On the way stop over at Jang to explore another village and visit the Indo-China War memorial. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Drive to Chander and trek to Namshu

Early morning drive to Chander, 2788 m. It is a 40 kms (2 hrs) drive for panoramic mountain views. The village stands near a good view point On a clear day you can see the entire Sela Range and even Gori Chen, 6500 meters and Kangdo, 7090 Meters.

Start on a 9 Kms trek down to Namshu in 3-4 hrs. Check in at village homestay.

Spend the rest of the day exploring the exquisite Buddhist Gumpa, Kakaling gate, Chusker (traditional water mill), and village houses. It is a unique experience to meet the gentle village folks and get an idea of their peaceful lifestyles. Overnight at village homestay.

Day 09: Trek Namshu to Sangti Valley and drive to Dirang

Todays trek will take us downhill to the scenic Sangti Valley. It is 12 Kms and will take us 4-5 hrs. Visit the high altitude yak and sheep breeding farm and drive 10 Kms, back to Dirang for overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Dirang- Bomdila – Baulakpong- Tezpur

Our 211 kms, 06 hrs drive, will first take us back to Bomdila 45 kms. Here we will spend time visiting the Rabgyaling Gontse Gompa, Upper Gompa , Thupchob Gatseling Gompa., and Bugin tribal village. After lunch continue through Tenga Valley back to Tezpur in the Assam Plains, for transit halt at hotel.

Day 11: Tezpur- Guwahati

Drive 195 kms to Guwahati airport in 04 hrs to board your departure flight to Kolkata or Delhi.

Extention
02 nights extension available to visit Kaziranga National Park.

NE /13 : 14 days Tribal and wildlife safari

Visiting tribal habitat of Mishing, Apatani, Nishi, Hill Miri, Tagin and Adi tribes and Kaziranga National

This tour is designed for travelers interested in the land, its people and wildlife. The focus is on nature, wildlife and tribal culture. The tour starts at Guwahati; explores wildlife at Kaziranga and crossing the mighty Brahmaputra River by boat, moves on to Majauli Island- the largest river island in the world, with its unique Hindu monasteries and riverine tribal culture of the Mishing tribe. Thereafter you cross the river to the North bank and enter Arunachal Pradesh to travel to Ziro. Now begins a traverse of the river valleys of the Subhansiri, Syiom, and Siang rivers.

You will journey through the fascinating tribal habitat of Apatani, Nishi (Daflas), Tagin, Hill Miri, and Adi tribes . Explore ethnic homesteads, visit tribal shamans, and peep into beliefs and culture, see their handicrafts and incredible cane and bamboo suspension bridges. During the journey we will pass through miles of forests, and marvel at the incredible variety of flora. Finally we will cross the mighty Brahmaputra River by ferry, for the third time, navigating through sand bars to Dibrugarh in Assam.

Itinerary

Day 01: Guwahati – Kaziranga NP.

Arrive Guwahati airport. Transfer by car from Guwahati to Kaziranga. Drive East through the wide a scenic Brahmaputra Valley ( Also called the Assam Vallkey), for 220 Kms in 4.30 hrs to Kaziranga National Park. Upon arrival, check in at Wild Life Resort for overnight.

The World Heritage Kaziranga National Park. has more than 70% of the world’s one-horned rhino population, 70% of the world population of the Eastern Swamp Deer and 75% of the world’s wild Asiatic water buffalo. It has a significant population of the Asian Elephant. Close encounters with the Great Indian one horned Rhino, and wild Indian Elephants Swamp Deer, Asiatic Water buffalo, and a host of animals are assured. The Park also has more than 450 species of birds, 18 of them are globally threatened species. The Bengal Florican is the main attraction.

Day 02: Kaziranga

Two wild life safaris by jeep in the outlying ranges of the park. Overnight at hotel / lodge.

Day 03: Kaziranga- Majauli Island

Early morning Elephant safari followed by one wildlife safaris by jeep.
After early lunch transfer to Nimati Ghat via Jorhat 140 Kms in 2.30 hrs. Arrive in time to board the afternoon ferry and cross the Brahmaputra River to Kamlabari ghat at Majauli Island in 1.30 hrs.

Transfer to community home run by the Mishing tribe – a unique property constructed exactly like a Mishing tribal house out of Bamboo and thatch; with modern toilets. Overnight.

Majauli is famous as the world’s largest river Island. But it is really more interesting, for its 22 satras – Hindu Vaishnava monastries that are also centres for the arts. At the satras, Lord Vishnu is worshipped through dance dramas re-enacting the stories of the Mahabharata, with 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 arts and craft traditions, which can now be found only here. In Natun Samugri satra for instance, one can still find the craft of mask-making; Kamlabari satra still makes the finest boats.

Day 04: Majauli exploration

Explore the Island, Visit a Satra and tribal villages. See locals engaged in riverine agriculture, fishing, weaving and pottery making Explore the shoreline in a country boat for water birds, and watch the breathtaking sunset on the great river. Overnight at Community home.

Day 05: Majauli – Zero ( Arunachal Pradesh)

Drive North from Majauli to cross the river by ferry to North Lakhimpur, Continue up the forested mountain road . The 220 Kms journey will take 6-7 hrs. Enroute there will be time to peep into some tribal villages. Ziro, is the headquarters of the Lower Subhansiri District located in the the Apatani valley – plateau. Overnight at your hotel.

The Apatanis occupy a 26 sq Kms valley-plateau in central Subhansiri at an altitude of 1524 m. The plateau is enclosed by steeply rising ridges rising to 2438 m. Drained by the Kali River it is entirely taken up with wet-field cultivation. Population is near 22000 (1991). They can be best described as “animist-shamanist”. Experts at wet-farming methods, the people are agriculturists growing rice, and millet. Field work is done entirely by iron hoes, digging sticks and batons.

Day 06: Ziro

Take a 03 hours walk to explore three Apatani tribal villages. 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” Return to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, we drive to Hung Apatani village – the largest village of this tribe. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 07: Ziro- day trip to Nishi tribal village
Drive 15 kms to Nishi Tribal Village. Visit the tribal long house. Return to your hotel for lunch.

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Neighbours of the Apatanis, the Nishis are a strudy and proud hill tribe, considered independent, and turbulent during the British “Raj”. They live in “long houses” – each may shelter up to 20 families. More warlike the Nishis are not proficient in arts. They are adept at cane work and some weaving. They are individualistic – the society has no chiefs, and no council of elders. They have a strong belief in different spirits – good and evil, each with assigned habitat. The spirits are placated by sacrifice of animals.
In the afternoon, visit the local handicraft centre, tribal museum, orchid centre and bazaar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Ziro- Domporijo

Drive 180 kms to Domporijo – a small market town of the Tagin Tribe, close to Daporijo the headquaters of the Upper Subhansiri District. On the way we will stop; to walk up to Raga – a village of the Hill Miri Tribe in the Kamala River Valley.

Hill Miris numbering about 11000 (1991), occupy the valley of the Kamala River at altitudes of 900 to 1200 m. Living in very small villages – seldom more than 20 houses each 60-70 feet long sited on slits with gabled roofs made of leaves. A chief heads the village. Like others the Hill Miris also believe in a host of benevolent and malevolent spirits and the Sun-Moon god.

Overnight at Damporijo circuit house / homestay / hotel.

Day 09: Domporijo

Explore the habitat of the Tagin tribe. Drive for about 30 Kms into the surrounding areas to explore the Tagin tribal villages of Dolum and Sappi.

Numbering around 18800 ( 1991) souls, the Tagins inhabit the upper Kamala Valley. Difficult terrain isolated the tribe. They were first surveyed in 1911. Very volatile and independent people, they have a history of massacring outsiders – the last outrage was in 1953 when 47 out of a government party of 165 were killed. Road building and setting up of administrative centers at Daporijo and Limakang have helped in bringing the tribe into the mainstream.

The society is divided into distinct classes in hierarchical order – rich, middle-class, poor, hunters, priests, shamans, and slaves (no longer). Religious practices are shamanistic with rites and sacrifices propitiating inimical spirits. The sun-moon god is at the apex with unlimited powers – all benevolent. They practice shifting cultivation producing rice, maize, tubers, and vegetables. They also grow tobacco and are persistent smokers. Tagins are expert hunters and use poison from plants for arrows. Selling of land is considered taboo, as the presiding spirit is likely to be annoyed and bring misfortune.

In the afternoon visit the local handicraft centre and the bazaar. Overnight at circuit house / homestay / hotel.

Day 10: Damporijo– Along

Drive 147 kms in 05 hours, to the town of Along- the Headquarters of the West Siang District.. Located at an altitude of 350 m it is set in a wide open valley where the Sippu River joins the Siyom River The people are mostly Adi-Gollongs with some Adi- Miniyongs.

Adis ( Abhor) are the dominant tribe of the Siang River Valley. They are also the largest with a population of around 1,58000. ( 1991). They comprise of two sub-groups: 1) Gallongs – include Gallongs, Ramos, Bokars, and Palbos 2) Padam-Miyong sub group: Includes Padams, Ninyongs, Pasis, Panggis, Shimongs, Boris, Asings, and Tangams.

All groups are bound together by common language and culture with dialectal differences. A unique hairstyle – with short cropping with a knife are a distinctive feature. The British considered the Adis as powerful people, proud and outspoken, friendly, hospitable and social –but suspicious of strangers, Today the community is considered as “progressive”. Adi society is highly organized with political institutions like the village council.

Originally dominated by priests and shamans and deriving authority from supernatural sanctions, it was transformed into a secular body during the British period when power was vested in nominated village headmen. The institution of separate boys and girls dormitory has far reaching influences on personality development and community cooperation. The Adis also believe in numerous spirits and the sun-Moon- God ( Dony- polo). They are great agriculturist cultivating rice, maize, millet, buckwheat, mustard, ginger, potatoes, tobacco, chilly, and vegetables. There is a vast store of folklore. Elders are endowed with prodigious memory. This oral literature takes the form of rhapsodies called “Abang”.

People love to dance. The “Tapu” war dance ( Minyong tribe) by males and “Ponung” welcome dance by girls are well known. Over the years the Adis have demonstrated a rare native ingenuity in constructing cane and bamboo bridges over great spans.

They are adept at making cantilever bridges of bamboo, suspension bridges with ribbed bamboo footways, trestle bridges and their combinations. Cane suspension bridges are indeed a marvel of “untutored engineering skills.”

Day 11: Along countryside exploration

Trek to visit Paia and Kabu Villages inhabited by the Adi- Galongs. This entails walking over a cane suspension bridge. Return to Along to visit local handicraft centre and bazaar. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 12: Along- Passighat

Drive Along to Passighat. The distance is only 68 Kms. The road follows the Siyom River till it joins the Siang river; which originates as the Tsang Po in Tibet, and latter is called the Brahmaputra. Enroute we will take time to visit an Adi Minyong tribal village, and experience crossing the Siang over the longest suspension bridge, to take a nature and culture walk using inter-village tracks to explore more tribal villages in the countryside. Arrive at Passighat late afternoon. Overnight at your hotel / government guest house.

Day 13: Passighat – ferry crossing – Dibrugarh

Drive to Urium Ghat in 02 hrs to board our local ferry boat to cross the mighty Brahmaputra river in 03-04 hrs. Once across, drive to Dibrugarh. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Departure

Transfer to airport to board your flight to Kolkata or Delhi. TOUR ENDS.

 

NE/14: 10 days Enchanting Mechuka ValleyExploring Memba, Adi Ramos and Adi Gallong tribal habitat.

Visit the Syiom, river valley, to peep into the tribal habitat of Memba , Adi Ramo and Adi Gallong tribals.

Travel to the enchanting Mechuka Valley on the border with Tibet. Marvel at the spectacular scenery of the river Valley , visit ethnic villages, explore homesteads, peep into local lifestyles, see their handicrafts and the incredible cane and bamboo suspension bridges. During the journey you will pass through miles of forests, with an incredible variety of flora. The crossing of the mighty Brahmaputra by ferry boat, navigating through sand bars, is another high light of this trip.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Dibrugarh

Arrive Dibrugarh airport from Kolkata or Delhi. Transfer to hotel. Time permitting explore a tea garden. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Dibrugarh- Along ( Aalo), 350 m
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Drive from Dibrugarh to Boghibheel ghat 43 Kms, and cross the river Brahmaputra by Ferry boat along with your car to Silapather to enter arunachal Pradesh at Likabadi. The entire journey will take 3-4 hrs
From Likhabadi drive 130 Kms to Along in 4.30 hrs. Located at an altitude of 350 m, Along is set in a wide open valley where the Sippu River joins the Siyom River.

The people are mostly Adi-Gollongs with some Adi- Miniyongs.
Adis ( Abhor) are the dominant tribe of the Siang River Valley. They are also the largest with a population of around 1,58000. ( 1991). They comprise of two sub-groups: 1) Gallongs – include Gallongs, Ramos, Bokars, and Palbos 2) Padam-Miyong sub group: Includes Padams, Ninyongs, Pasis, Panggis, Shimongs, Boris, Asings, and Tangams. All groups are bound together by common language and culture with dialectal differences.

A unique hairstyle – with short cropping with a knife are a distinctive feature. The British considered the Adis as powerful people, proud and outspoken, friendly, hospitable and social –but suspicious of strangers, Today the community is considered as “progressive”. Adi society is highly organized with political institutions like the village council. Originally dominated by priests and shamans and deriving authority from supernatural sanctions, it was transformed into a secular body during the British period when power was vested in nominated village headmen.

The institution of separate boys and girls dormitory has far reaching influences on personality development and community cooperation. The Adis also believe in numerous spirits and the sun-Moon- God ( Dony- polo). They are great agriculturist cultivating rice, maize, millet, buckwheat, mustard, ginger, potatoes, tobacco, chilly, and vegetables. There is a vast store of folklore. Elders are endowed with prodigious memory. This oral literature takes the form of rhapsodies called “Abang”.

People love to dance. The “Tapu” war dance ( Minyong tribe) by males and “Ponung” welcome dance by girls are well known.

ver the years the Adis have demonstrated a rare native ingenuity in constructing cane and bamboo bridges over great spans. They are adept at making cantilever bridges of bamboo, suspension bridges with ribbed bamboo footways, trestle bridges and their combinations. Cane suspension bridges are indeed a marvel of “untutored engineering skills.

Time permitting, in the afternoon visit Paia and Kabu Villages inhabited by the Adi- Galongs. This entails a short trek and crossing over a cane suspension bridge.
Return to Along for overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Along- Mechuka, 1829 m

Drive 181 kms (5-6 hrs) along the scenic Siyom Valley, to the remote Mechuka Valley Lush forests in the Lower Siyom Valley give way to the spectacular Mechuka Valley. Open and barren, with the blue river separating the valley in two parts, the village, is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, The landscape is similar to Ladakh, with a sprinkling of green forests. Overnight at homestay/ hotel

Day 04-05-06: Mechuka

03 days to explore Mechuka Valley, visit the Gompa, and enjoy nature.
A short trek to visit a tribal village and get a peep into lifestyles will be arranged.
Overnights at homestay/hotel

The remote Mechuka Valley in the West Siang district, is just 30 kilometers from the line that separates India and China. Recently opened to foreign tourist, it is a place of pristine natural beauty. The river Siyom (locally known as Yargyap Chu), meanders through the valley surrounded by snow capped mountains on three sides.

The major tourist attraction here is a 400-year-old Buddhist Monastery, Many ancient statues can also be found here. During winters, one can get great views of the snow-clad mountains and snow fall.

The inhabitants are a mix of Memba, Ramo and Bokhar tribes, who migrated from Tibet, many centuries ago. The Membas settled down in the Upper reaches of the siyom Valley, whilst The Ramos and Bokhars choose to live in the Lower Siyom valley.

The Membas are a subgroup of the Monpas, and speak the Tshangla language. They live in the Mechuka valley; where the population is around 4000 to 5000 The religious life of the Memba revolves around the Mechuka Gompa. The Membas follow Nyingmapa Tibetan Buddhism and have their own script, Hikor, which is derived from the Tibetan script. Local genealogies suggested that they came from Tawang and settled in the region several centuries back.

The Membas are agriculturalists and grow cash crops in the terraced fields, and crops like rice, maize, millet, potato, cereals and paddy.
The Ramos are animists and practice the Donyi Polo ( Sun- Moon worship).

They are agriculturists and hunters. The main crop is maize. They also grow rice, chillies, garlic, ginger, onion, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cotton, tobacco, mustard, cucumbers, and pumpkins, Main villages of this tribe on the periphery of Mechukha valley are Gapo, Pauk, Padusa, Lipusi, Hiri, Purying, Rapum, Charung, Rego and Karte.

Day 07: Mechuka- Along

Drive back to Along. Overnight at homestay/ hotel.

Day 08: Along – Passighat

Drive along the Siyom River, till its confluence with the mighty, Siang, which originates as the Tsang Po in Tibet, and latter is called the Brahmaputra.

Following the course of the river downstream, we drive to Passighat, the Headquaters of the East Siang District. The drive is 68 kms, and takes 02 hrs. On the way we will take time off to see one of the longest cane bridges, across the Siang.

The Adi’s are expert at building cane suspension bridges. You can also cross it to get the experience of a lifetime. Time permitting we will also take a nature and culture walk using inter-village tracks to explore the countryside. Passighat is located at a point where the river emerges from the hills into the Assam Plains, and whilst driving down, there are wonderful views. Overnight at the Government Guest House or hotel.

Day 09: Passighat – ferry crossing – Dibrugarh

Drive to Urium Ghat in 02 hrs to board our local ferry boat to cross the mighty Brahmaputra river in 03 hrs. Once across, drive to Dibrugarh. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Departure

Transfer to airport to board your flight to Kolkata or Delhi.

NE 51 : 04 days Manipur Experience

Manipur, is a little Shangarila, endowed by nature’s bounty. Least visited , it awaits the exploring tourist. The oval shaped valley is surrounded by blue green hills, With its rivers and lakes, exotic blooms, and diverse flora, it is rich in art and culture. The people of Manipur include Meitei, Nagas, Kuki-Chin-Mizo , Gorkhas and Muslims – all have lived in complete harmony for centuries.

These are the people whose folklore, myths and legends, dances, indigenous games and martial arts, exotic handlooms and handicrafts are of interest to the visitor. On this tour you will visit all the interesting sights of Manipu r – Lakes, forests, exotic flora, fauna, historical battle sites, bazaars and temples and peep into the unique culture and lifestyles.

Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive Imphal

Arrive imphal by air from Delhi, Guwahati or Kolkata
Transfer to hotel . In the afternoon visit the Shri Govindajee Temple – an elegant Vaishnavite shrine. It stands adjacent to the palace of the former rulers of the state. The temple was built in the early 18th century.
Overnight at your hotel.

Day 02 : Imphal and surroundings: Moirang – Lotak Lake- Keibul Lamjao NP – Khwairamband Bazaar tour

During the second world War , it was at Manipur that the Japanese invaded India. The Imphal Valley and Kohima Hills in Nagaland are the locations where some of the bloodiest battles were faught between the Japanese and British Indian armies.

These were decisive turning points in history. Today you will visit the Indian National Army Museum at Moirang, where the first INA flag was unfurled on Indian soil on April 14th, 1944. Also visit the Japanese war memorial which honours the Japanese soldiers who lost their lives fighting the battle for Imphal. (For an insight into this great battle of World War 2; read the book: Defeat into victory by Field Marshal Slim)

Therafter drive to visit Lotak Lake and the adjacent Keibul Lamjo National Park.

The lovely and unique Lotak Lake, occupying an area of 287 sq kms, is the largest fresh water lake in the North East. The lake looks like a miniature inland sea. From the nearby Sendra island, visitors can get a bird’s eye view of this huge and beautiful stretch of water and the life on it, the fisherman and their families who live in neat huts on its shores are engaged in fishing and harvesting the water chestnut known as Heikak. Lotak is also called the only Floating lake in the world due to the floating phumdis (heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil, and organic matters at various stages of decomposition). 116 species of birds have been noted in the lake including 21 species of migratory waterfowl.

The Keibul Lamjao National Park is situated in the South Eastern shores of this lake, and is the largest of all the phumdis in the lake. This is the natural habitat of one of the most endangered deer, the Brow-antlered deer (Cervus eldi eldi) which was once thought to be extinct, This park was created only to preserve and conserve this species of Eld’s Deer.

Return to your hotel for Lunch.


After lunch visit the atmospheric Khwairamband Bazaar ( Ima market) . What makes this market different is that it is run by women. Split into two sections on either side of the road, it has tribal women clad in colorful, traditional attire, selling everything from hand-woven shawls, skirts, vessels, mugs and mats to fish, lotus, oranges and orange-flavored honey. And if you wander in the quaint by lanes around the market, you will get a glimpse of Manipur’s customs and traditions.

Overnight at your hotel.

Day 03: Imphal heritage village, World War 2 Cemetry, Kangla fort and Art Gallery tour

Drive 26 Kms to Andro Village, which is home to the Cultural Heritage exhibition. In this Mini Complex, are exhibited all kinds of things that relate to the material cultures of different ethnic groups of Manipur along with their own styles of traditional houses.

The indoor exhibition contains items used within the traditional houses of different indigenous groups of Manipur The outdoor exhibition displays stone monuments of the tribal groups of Manipur in the form of models in tune with the Megalithic Cultural practices.

Andro village; is a living heritage village. It is an example of the age-old cultures and traditions of Manipur. . The practice of fire worshipping is still continued in the temple of Panam Ningthou. It is prepared in turn by the every house-hold member of the village.

A traditional system of village administration by nominating its members and the posts of authorities on the basis of lineages is practiced. The community still preserve the traditional rituals and norms relating to the process of pot making.Moreover, the villagers are nature loving people and always maintain a a pollution free ecosystem.In the afternoon visit the Imperial War Graves World War II cemetery at Imphal, Kangla Fort, Shahid Minar and RKCS Art Gallery.

Overnight at your hotel.

Day 04: Departure for next destination

Transfer to airport for departure to next destination; or transfer by car to Nagaland or Mizoram.

NE 41: 06 days Mizoram Experience

Fly in and out of Lengpui Airport from Kolkata, Guwahati or Imphal, to take this Nature, culture and tribal tour of Mizoram.
Explore the pristine nature at Riek and Hmnuifang mountains, peep into local lifestyles of the friendly happy go lucky Mizos, and hike to a village, see the sights of Aizawl- the state capital and visit the Thenzawl handloom centre.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Lengpui Airport in Mizoram and drive to Aizawl

Fly in from Kolkatta, to Lengpui airport . Drive to Aizawl; the state capital city, in 0ne hour. Check in at tourist resort Berawtlang, near Aizawl. Or at a hotel in Aizawl.

Surrounded by Burma, Bangladesh and Tripura, Mizoram is an amalgam of the former North and South Lushai hill districts. It is a land of great natural beauty with an endless variety of flora. Aizawl, located at nearly 1300 m above sea -level, is a religious and cultural centre of the Mizos. Mizoram has pleasant weather throughout the year. The entire area is under the direct influence of the monsoon with heavy rains from May to September. Annual rainfall: 250 cm. Average temperatures are 11-21 C in winter, and 20-29 degrees Celsius in winter.

In the afternoon, take a local sightseeing tour. Visit to State Museum, Millennium Centre,Solomon’s Temple, Sunset at Durtlang, and Aizawl by night. Overnight at tourist resort Berawtlang, Aizawl. Or at a hotel.

Day 03: Aizawl- Thenzawl – the handloom village

Drive to Thenzawl. in 03 hrs. The idyllic town of Thenzawl, is famous for its Handloom products. Visit Sialsuktlang and handloom centre. Option of visiting Vantawng waterfalls – Located amongst dense bamboo groves and tropical forest, this is the highest waterfall in Mizoram with a fall of 750 feet.
Overnight at Tourist Lodge at Thenzawl.

Day 04: Thenzawl – Sailsuk – Hmnuifang- Reiek

Drive to Sialsuk Village. Hike to Sialsuk tlang. Visit Hmuifang Mountain. After Lunch drive to Reiek Tourist Resort for Overnight.

Day 05: Hmnuifang- Reiek

Drive to Reiek. Visit to Reiek Tlang (Reiek peak), Zo Khua (model Mizo Village), Zopar (Anthurium Plantation/Floriculture Farm. Climb Reiek mountain top for panoramic view. Overnight at Reiek Tourist Resort.

Day 06: Reiek – Lengpui Airport and fly to next destnation

Drive 02 hour to Lengpui Airport, for departure to Kolkata, Guwahati or Imphal.

NE/21 : 05 Days Kohima and the Angami tribal heartland

A short tour visiting the Angami tribal villages combined with a local tour of Kohima. You get to explore Angami tribal villages of Khonoma, Touphema, and Jakama for gaining insight into Naga lifestyles and agricultural practices..Stay with local community, and interact with the locals. At Kohima visit the fascinating local bazaar, and the handicraft emporium. A highlight is the Second world war cemetery and the historical tennis court; where the Japanese invasion of India was halted in a bloody battle during World War 2.

Itinerary

Day 01 : Dimapur to Khonoma

Arrival at Dimapur Airport. Met by guide/ escort. Drive to Kohima (74km/ 2hrs 30mins). Continue to Khonoma Angami Tribal Village 16 Kms. Overnight village homestay.

Day 02 : Khonoma – Village Exploration Nature & Culture walk

  

After breakfast explore the village and take a Nature & Culture walk with picnic lunch.

A chance to peep into local agricultural methods. The village is well known for fallow management of its Alder trees.

See the beautiful terraces carved out of the hill slopes. growing over 40 varieties of paddy at different elevations.

Also visit the Khonoma Nature conservation and Trogopan sanctuary (KNCTS), managed by the Village as a community conserved area. This project aims to conserve the Blyth’s Trogopan- an endangered pheasant of the state, as also many other endemic, endangered, vulnerable and rare species of plants and animals.

In the evening join your hosts for a cultural gathering. Try the Local brews.

Day 03 : Khonoma – Kohima – Touphema Village

   

After breakfast drive to Touphema village (57kms 2.30 hrs drive). This is a village resort managed by the village community.

After lunch take a tour of both the old Touphema village and the new. Visit the village museum and we go on a nature walk through the forest. Return by dusk. In the evening enjoy traditional folk songs and dancing followed by dinner.

Day 04 : Touphema Village – Kohima sightseeing – Jekhama village exploration

  

After breakfast drive back to Kohima ( 41 Kms in 1.30 hrs)
Kohima the capital city, located at an altitude of 1444 m, has an amazing diversity in dress, Customs, language and traditions of 15 major tribes. The state museum provides an over view of tribal lifestyles, The handloom and handicraft emporium has a fine collection of saleable tribal shawls, hand bags, wood carvings, sarongs, cane and bamboo handicrafts, and ready wear garments of traditional weaves designed for modern tastes. The rare Blyth’s Trogopan, and other fauna., are on view at the Zoological Park.

Take a local tour visiting local market where many insects and variety of food products that the Nagas call ‘delicacies’ are sold. Later visit the Second World War Cemetery and memorial where the famous ‘Tennis Court’ battle took place, which many historians have called the ‘ bloodiest battle’. It was here that the Japanese invasion of India was halted. Also visit the handicraft emporium.

   

After lunch, continue 04 kms to the gate of Jekhema village. Take the 02-03 hrs long village walk to gain further insight into Angami Naga Lifestyles.
Drive back to overnight at homestay in Pherima, on the outskirts of Kohima / or hotel at Kohima.

Day 05 : Kohima – Dimapur

After early breakfast, drive to airport 74 Kms in 2-3 hrs to board your departure flight.
TOUR ENDS.

NE/22 : 09 days Nagaland Hornbill festival and Tribal Tour

Designed to combine the Hornbill festival with a village tribal tour, this tour enables you to experience the essence of Nagaland. Enjoy Tribal dances , song, and food, See the habitat of all the Naga tribes and more for two days. Also tour Kohima and explore the fascinating local bazaar, and the handicraft emporium. Visit the the Second world war cemetery and the historical tennis court; where the Japanese invasion of India was halted in a bloody battle during The Second World War.

Thereafter; for 5 days explore the Angami tribal villages of Khonoma, , Secuma, Mezoma and Toupehma, gaining insight into Naga lifestyles and agricultural practices, and exploring the countryside. Stay with local community, and interact with the locals. The Tour can be adjusted to allow more days for the hornbill festival.

Itinerary

01 Dec / Day 01 : Kolkata – Dimapur – Kohima

Arrive Dimapur Met by your Naga Guide with car and driven to Kohima. 75 Kms in 03 hrs. Kohima the capital town is located at an altitude of 1444 metres above the sea level. It is a cosmopolitan town for 16 major tribes with their diversity in dress, custom, language and tradition. Overnight at Hotel.

02 Dec / Day 02 : Kohima Hornbill festival

   

Drive 12 Kms to Kisama hertage village for the Hornbill festival
Tribal dances, song, habitat, food, sports etc. Return to your lodgings. Overnight at Hotel.

03 Dec / Day 03 Kohima Hornbill festival

Morning Explore Kohima town & surroundings with your guide. You will visit the local market where many insects and variety of food products that the Nagas call ‘delicacies’ are sold. Also visit the handicraft emporium and the state museum.

Later visit the Second World War Cemetery and memorial where the famous ‘Tennis Court’ battle took place, which many historians have called the ‘ bloodiest battle’. It was here that the Japanese invasion of India was halted. Afternoon at the Hornbill festival. Overnight at Hotel.

04 Dec / Day 04 : Drive cum walk Secuma to Khonoma village:

After breakfast drive to Secuma tribal village.
Explore the village and take a 02-03 hrs walk through forests and paddy field to reach Mezoma village. Lunch at the village. After Lunch drive or walk to Khonoma village. Overnight at the village Homestay.

05 Dec / Day 05: Khonoma- village exploration walk

   

After breakfast explore the village for half a day,lunch at the village In the afternoon you can participate in the local games ‘Kheneh’, and visit people in their homes. Overnight at the village homestay.

06 Dec / Day 06 : Khonoma- Nature walk

After breakfast, full day nature walk with picnic lunch. A chance to peep into local agricultural methods. The village is well known for fallow management of its Adler trees, which regenerates the soil due to nitrogen fixing element in the roots. See the beautiful terraces carved out of the hill slopes. These terraces grow over 40 varieties of paddy at different elevations.

Further afield is the Khonoma Nature conservation and Trogopan sanctuary (KNCTS).This is part of the Khonoma green village project, managed by the Village Tourism Board as a community conserved area. This project aims to conserve the Blyth’s Trogopan- an endangered pheasant of the state, as also many other endemic, endangered, vulnerable and rare species of plants and animals.

In the evening join your hosts for a cultural gathering. Try the Local brews. Overnight at the village Homestay.

07 Dec: Day 07 : Khonoma – Kohima (20 kms – ½ hr) – Touphema (41kms – 1 ½ hrs)

After breakfast drive to Touphema via Kohima. This is a northern Angami tribal village resort set up and manned by the local community.. You will be staying in Naga Ethnic huts with attached western style toilets. Overnight at the Touphema village resort.

08 Dec / Day 08 : Touphema Nature Walk and cultural evening

   

After breakfast explore Tuophema village and trek to the neighbouring tribal village Gariphema. It is an easy trail and the trek will take 3-½ hrs. Take a tour of this village. Lunch is served here. Return to your village resort by car.In the evening enjoy traditional folk songs and ritual followed by dinner. Overnight at the Touphema village resort. All meals.

09 Dec / Day 09 : Touphema – Dimapur

Drive 95 Kms in 04 hrs to Dimapur to board your return flight.
TOUR ENDS.

NE/ 23 : 14 days Tribal tour

Designed as a nature and cultural exploration for gaining insight into Naga lifestyles and agricultural practices., it offers living with local community, and interaction at tribal habitat of Angami, Lotha, Rengma, Sangtam, Yimchunger, Khiamniungans, Sumi, Chang, phom and Konyak tribes.

The tour starts from Dimapur and takes us to Khonoma village, to start our south West to North East motoring traverse through Nagaland to Mon. Finally we end up amongst the tea gardens of Dibrugarh in Assam. Some short hikes are included.

Itinerary

Day 01 : Dimapur to Khonoma

Arrival at Dimapur Airport. Met by guide/ escort. Drive to Kohima (74km/ 2hrs 30mins). Continue to Khonoma Angami Tribal Village 16 Kms. Overnight village homestay.

Day 02 : Khonoma- Village Exploration Nature Culture walk

   

After breakfast explore the village and take a Nature Culture walk with picnic lunch.

A chance to peep into local agricultural methods. The village is well known for fallow management of its Alder trees.

See the beautiful terraces carved out of the hill slopes. growing over 40 varieties of paddy at different elevations.

Also visit the Khonoma Nature conservation and Trogopan sanctuary (KNCTS), managed by the Village as a community conserved area. This project aims to conserve the Blyth’s Trogopan- an endangered pheasant of the state, as also many other endemic, endangered, vulnerable and rare species of plants and animals.

In the evening join your hosts for a cultural gathering. Try the Local brews.

Day 03 : Khonoma – Kohima

After breakfast drive back to Kohima ( 41 Kms in 1.30 hrs)
Kohima the capital city, located at an altitude of 1444 m, has an amazing diversity in dress, Customs, language and traditions of 15 major tribes.

The state museum provides an over view of tribal lifestyles,The handloom and handicraft emporium has a fine collection of saleable tribal shawls, hand bags, wood carvings, sarongs, cane and bamboo handicrafts, and ready wear garments of traditional weaves designed for modern tastes. The rare Blyth’s Trogopan, and other fauna., are on view at the Zoological Park.

Take a local tour visiting local market where many insects and variety of food products that the Nagas call ‘delicacies’ are sold. Later visit the Second World War Cemetry and memorial where the famous ‘Tennis Court’ battle took place, which many historians have called the ‘bloodiest battle’. It was here that the Japanese invasion of India was halted. Also visit the handicraft emporium.

  

Drive to Khingwema Village on the outskirts of Kohima town for lunch at Demori Cove – a local hospitality complex.

After lunch, continue 04 kms to the gate of Jekhema village. Take the 02-03 hrs long village walk to gain further insight into Angami Naga Lifestyles.
Drive back to overnight at homestay in Pherima, on the outskirts of Kohima./ or hotel at Kohima.

Day 04 : Khonoma – Kohima – Touphema Village

After breakfast drive to Touphema village (57kms 2.30 hrs drive). This is a village resort managed by the village community.

After lunch take a tour of both the old Touphema village and the new. Visit the village museum and we go on a nature walk through the forest. Return by dusk. In the evening enjoy traditional folk songs and dancing followed by dinner.

Day 05 : Tuophema – Wokha – Riphim village

We shall drive to Wokha the headquarter of the Lotha Naga. On the way we shall stop at Tseminyu village (Rengma Nagas), and Tsunglikha village where we can understand basic differences between the tribes. Next explore Longsa
Village (Lotha Naga).

Continue drive to Riphim village. In the evening we take part in a cultural program .Overnight. Riphim. Tourist Hut.

Day 06 : Riphim Explore surrounding villages

Walking cum driving exploration of Riphim village Old Riphim village, Old and New Chungsu village, and Doyang hydro project. There are countless trails that thread through the surrounding forest. Some lead to seasonal farms, and others are woodcutter trails that don’t lead to any particular destination at all. The viewpoint up and away from the tourist lodge, provides a spectacular view of a dam on the Doyan River.In the evening a get together with the villagers. Overnight. Riphim. Tourist Hut.

Day 07 : Riphim – Mopungchuket ( 140 Kms in 4-5 hrs)

Drive 107 Kms to reach Mokukchung – the cultural centre of the Ao Nagas., Enroute visit) Longkhim Village (Ao Tribe). Continue 35 Kms to Mopungchuket Ao Village. Close by is Impur Village; the headquaters of the Ao Baptist Missiom, which is attempting to revive the ancient Ao culture.

Check in at the Nagaland Tourism Longrangtenem Resort with cottages built to resemble typical Naga Morung. . Indigenous cuisine is offered, and interested visitors can even try cooking their own meals. Several home stays are also available.

   

Day 08 : Mopungchuket & surroundings

Explore Mopungchuket. This ia a large well organized village. People are accustomed to visitors and welcome a chat. Cultural programs are held in an amphitheater overlooking the lake. Option of taking a village walk along interconnected village trails to the surrounding villages of Impur, Sungratsu, and Longjan.
Return to Mopungchuket for overnight.

Day 09 : Mopungchuket – Tuensang

 

Drive 107 Kms to reach Tuensang (1371 mt.) home of the Chang Nagas. Enroute visit Longkhim Village (Sangtam Tribe) and some tribal houses.

Day 10 : Tuensang – Mon

Drive Tuensang to Mon.(8-9 hrs due to rough road conditions). Overnight at Govt guest house.

Mon – The land of the Konyaks; well known for being former headhunters, retains some of its traditional heritage.

It offers a good opportunity for finding semi-traditional villages and tattooed warriors in loincloths. The main attraction in Mon is the remote geographical location, and the chance it affords to get a glimpse tribal life style.

Day 11 : Mon : exploration of Konayak tribal villages

Visit Konayak tribal villages of Mon, Chui, and Shangyu. Peep into lifestyles , see artisans and handicrafts and meet people. Overnight at Govt Guest house.

Day 12 : Mon : Day Trip Shangnyu and Longwa

Day trip to Longwa Village ( Konyak tribe) located astride the Indo- Myanmar border.

It is a difficult drive on a bad road and involves fording a river enroute.

Day 10 : Tuensang – Mon

Drive Tuensang to Mon.(8-9 hrs due to rough road conditions). Overnight at Govt guest house.

Mon – The land of the Konyaks; well known for being former headhunters, retains some of its traditional heritage.

It offers a good opportunity for finding semi-traditional villages and tattooed warriors in loincloths. The main attraction in Mon is the remote geographical location, and the chance it affords to get a glimpse tribal life style.

Day 11 : Mon : exploration of Konayak tribal villages

Visit Konayak tribal villages of Mon, Chui, and Shangyu. Peep into lifestyles , see artisans and handicrafts and meet people. Overnight at Govt Guest house.

Day 12 : Mon : Day Trip Shangnyu and Longwa

Day trip to Longwa Village ( Konyak tribe) located astride the Indo- Myanmar border.
It is a difficult drive on a bad road and involves fording a river enroute.

At Longwa visit Angh’s house, explore the village and meet the locals.
The Angh’s house is bisected longitudinally by the border. Those sitting near the hearth will have half their body in Myanmar and the other half still in India. The Angh also has dozens of wives! And it is filled with trophies of various animal skulls. Return to Mon for Overnight at Government Guest house.

Day 13 : Mon – Dibrugarh

Drive Mon to Dibrugarh in 6-7 hrs ( transit Halt). Overnight hotel or Tea Bungalow.

Day 14 : Departure from Dibrugarh

Transfer from hotel to the airport, for your departure. Fly from Mohanbari Airport to Kolkata, Guwahati or New Delhi.
TOUR ENDS.

Version 1 : NE/24 : 16 days Mountain Biking Tour with short treks ( Excludes Mon)
Version 2: NE/24 A: 20 days Nagaland Mountain Biking Tour with Short Treks ( Includes Mon)

This tour is designed as a mountain biking exploration of tribal habitat of Zailangrong, Kuki, Angami, Sangtam, Yimchunger, Khiamniungans, Sumi, Chang, phom and Konyak tribes.

Nagaland offers one of the best mountain biking routes in North East India. Moderate elevation, not very steep, comparatively less traffic, good mountain scenery, hospitable people and ancient tribal culture.

The tour starts from Dimapur and takes us to Peren to start our south West to North East cycling traverse through Nagaland to Mon. Finally we end up amongst the tea gardens of Dibrugarh in Assam. Some short treks and driving sections are included. The tour is fully supported with back up vehicle.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Dimapur

Arrive Dimapur Airport from Kolkata, or travel by road from Kaziranga, Assam. Upon arrival met by your Naga Guide, and take a 14 Kms car trip to Diezephe visiting the Craft village. Explore the village, meet the local craftsmen at work. Back to your hotel, to set up your mountasin bikes for the tour. Overnight Hotel.

Day 2. Drive cum bike Dimapur, 260 m to Peren, 1445 m. (60 Kms)

Drive cum bike to Peren, located close to the trijunction of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland. We will be ascending from 260 m to 1445 m, along a 84 kms mountain road. Biking distance is 60 Kms. Peren is the headquarters of the Zeliangrong and Kuki tribes. Upon arrival we shall be greeted and entertained to a cultural program. Overnight at Home stay / tents.

Day 3. Bike Peren to Benreu, 1950 m. (27 km)

Bike to Benreu village, Enroute stop at Pelekie village to see the traditional way of making salt. Resume biking to Benreu.

Upon arrival explore the village. See morung, (boys dormitory), visit some houses which are decorated with hunting trophies. Witness some indigenous games. Overnight Community Cottages.

Day 4. Trek Benreu – Mt. Pauna, 2460m. – Benreu

Day trek to Mt. Pauna, 2460 m. Likely to see wildlife, birds, herbal plants, and more, as Mt. Pauna is regarded as a nature museum. Enjoy the bounty of nature, picnic lunch. Trek back to Benreu village. Evening: Join a bonfire in one of the morung with locals where you will be served local brew.
Overnight at Community Cottages.

Day 5. Bike Benreu – Dzuleke – Khonoma (40 km.)

Bike to Khonoma. Stop at Dzuleke village, in a forest setting. Enjoy a traditional lunch. with a local family. As we bike we can see Mithun- the state animal leisurely grazing. Closer to Khonoma a chance to see the panorama of rice paddy fields cut in terraces leading to deep valleys. Overnight. Khonoma Home Stay.

Day 6. Trek Khonoma – Dzukou

Trek 08 kms to Dzukou valley via Siekhakie. Dzukue is located at an altitude of 2438 m Its Emerald green rolling hills are a visual delight.

The valley is fully covered with tough bamboo brush which from afar looks like a mown lawn. Serpentine streams flow through the valley.

In spring time, endemic species of rhododendrons bloom. Summer and monsoons are the time when hundreds of wild flowers bloom. Overnight at Dzukou in camp.

Day 7. Dzukou- Khonoma (8 km)

The return trek to Khonoma is through Huparathi and Dihujhu, we can expect to see or hear the Byths Tragopan the State bird.

In the evening we shall be entertained by some indigenous games kene, and be served local brew. Overnight. Khonoma. Home Stay.
Sibsagar Add-on : Extra one day on request.

Day 8. Explore Khonoma and bike to Kohima (20 km)

Morning we shall explore the village. On our village tour we shall come across ceremonial gates, age group houses, forts, cairn circle, meet local craftsmen- cane basket making, weaving etc.

Thereafter, we shall bike to Kohima (20km) we shall visit the State Museum, local market, war cemetery and more. Overnight. Kohima. Hotel.
Day 9. Kohima: Biking trip to Southern Angami tribal villages
We shall bike for more than 60km around Southern Angami villages like Viswema, Jakhma, Kigwema and Kisama. Peep into life style of the Angami Nagas. Overnight. Kohima. Hotel.

Day 10. Bike Kohima- Tuophema (62 km).

Bike to Tuophema village, enroute we stop at Nachama village to explore the village, and meet a family. Continue biking to Tuophema. We shall tour the village and in the evening the locals will perform cultural items .Overnight. Tuophema Community Cottage.

Day 11. Bike Tuophema – Wokha – Riphim village (55km)

We shall bike towards Wokha the headquarter of the Lotha Naga.
On the way we shall stop at Tseminyu village (Rengma Nagas), and Tsunglikha village Next explore Longsa Village (Lotha Naga) Continue biking to Riphim village. In the evening participate in a cultural program. Overnight Riphim Tourist Hut.

Day 12. Riphim: Day biking cum walking trip to surrounding villages

Bike and walk to Riphim village, Chungsu village, and Doyang hydro project. In the evening enloy a bonfire with the villagers. Overnight. Riphim. Tourist Hut.

Day 13. Bike Riphim – Longkhum (65km)

Bike to Longkhum village, which was known as the vanguard of the Ao Nagas during the head hunting days. Overnight. Longkhum. Home Stay.

Day 14. Bike Longkhum – Ungma – Mokukchung – Moponchuket (37km)

Bike to Ungma village, witness craft making, Meet old tattooed women, interact with them, have tea in their house. Continue biking to Mokokchung, the headquarters of the Ao Nagas, Visit the local market, and a privatly owned museum. At Moponchuket village, explore the village visit the village library and village mini museum, see the wooden pillars which tells a general life cycle of the Ao people.

Evening there will be local youths performing cultural presentation. Overnight. Moponchuket. Community Cottage.

Day 15. Bike Moponchuket – Chuchuyimlang (35 Kms)

Morning 3 kms nature walk to Chami village. Latter bike to Chuchuyimlang village Explore the village Evening a cultural presentation. Overnight.

Chuchuyimlang. Tourist Hut/Home Stay.

Day 16. Drive Chuchuyimlang – Dibrugarh

Early morning drive to Dibrugarh to connect flight.
TOUR ENDS.

Extension to Mon
The tour can be extended from Mopungchuket to Mon from Day 15 to Day 20

See itinerary below

Day 15 : Drive Mopungchuket – Tuensang

Drive 107 Kms to reach Tuensang (1371 mt). home of the Chang Nagas. Enroute visit Longkhim Village (Sangtam Tribe) and some tribal houses.

Day 16 : Drive cum bike Tuensang – Mon

Drive Tuensang to Mon.(8-9 hrs due to rough road conditions). Enroute biking on forest road. At Mon Overnight at Govt guest house.

Mon -,The land of the Konyaks; well known for being former head hunters, it retains some of its traditional heritage.

It offers a good opportunity for finding semi-traditional villages and tattooed warriors in loincloths. The main attraction in Mon is the remote geographical location, and the chance it affords to get a glimpse tribal life style.

Day 17 : Mon: exploration of Konayak tribal villages

Biking trip to visit Konayak tribal villages of Mon, Chui, and Shangyu. Peep into lifestyles , see artisans and handicrafts and meet people. Overnight at Govt Guest house.

Drive to Longwa Village ( Konyak tribe) located astride the Indo- Myanmar border. It is a difficult drive on a bad road and involves fording a river enroute
at Longwa visit Angh’s house, explore the village and meet the locals.

The Angh’s house is bisected longitudinally by the border. Those sitting near the hearth will have half their body in Myanmar and the other half still in India. The Angh also has dozens of wives! And it is filled with trophies of various animal skulls. Return to Mon for Overnight at Government Guest house.

Day 19 : Mon – Dibrugarh

Biking trip to visit Konayak tribal villages of Mon, Chui, and Shangyu. Peep into lifestyles , see artisans and handicrafts and meet people. Overnight at Govt Guest house.

Day 20 : Departure from Dibrugarh

Transfer from hotel to the airport, for your departure. Fly from Mohanbari Airport to Kolkata, Guwahati or New Delhi.TOUR ENDS.

NE/25 : 17 days tribal tour with trek to Mount Saramati 3841m.

Designed around the trek to Mt Saramati, the tour is a driving cum walking exploration of tribal habitat of Angami, Chakasang, Yimchungur, Sangtam, Sema. Chang and Konyak tribes.

The tour starts from Dimapur airport and takes you to the “Green” Village of Khonoma – with its fascinating agricultural practices, The Trogopan sanctuary, and the cosmopolitan capital city of Kohima. Thereafter; we take a journey off the beaten track exploring the remoter and unpronounceable exotic villages of Pfuseromi, Thetsumi, Tsepfumi, Jamai, Pungro, Thanmir,, Kiphire, Tuensang, and Mon. Finally we end up amongst the tea gardens of Dibrugarh in Assam.

Itinerary

Day 01 : Kolkata – Dimapur – Mezoma

Arrive Dimapur by air from Kolkata. Met by your Naga guide with car and driver. Drive to Mezoma.(75 Kms in 03 hrs) Enroute visit the Naga craft village at Diezephe, to witness weaving, wood carving, bamboo and cane craft.

On approaching Mezoma , stretch your limbs and walk for 4 kms in 1.30 hrs through forests and terraced fields to reach Mezoma village.Overnight at Homestay in Mezoma village.

Day 02 : Walk cum Drive Mezoma to Khonoma village

After breakfast trek to Khonoma village in 03-04 hrs.. Khonoma – the Green village: Western Angami Tribes. Reach your homestay by lunch time. After Lunch, visit the village school. Interaction with the children. Overnight at the village Homestay.

Day 03: Khonoma – Nature & Culture walk

After breakfast, full day nature culture walk with picnic lunch. A chance to peep into local agricultural methods. The village is well known for fallow management of its Adler trees, which regenerates the soil due to nitrogen fixing element in the roots. See the beautiful terraces carved out of the hill slopes.

  

These terraces grow over 40 varieties of paddy at different elevations.
Further afield is the Khonoma Nature conservation and Trogopan sanctuary (KNCTS) This is part of the Khonoma green village project, managed by the Village Tourism Board as a community conserved area. This project aims to conserve the Blyth’s Trogopan- an endangered pheasant of the state, as also many other endemic, endangered, vulnerable and rare species of plants and animals.

In the evening join your hosts for a cultural gathering. Try the Local brews.

Day 04 : Khonoma – Kohima

Drive from Khonoma to Kohima, 20 kms.
Kohima the capital city, located at an altitude of 1444 m, has an amazing diversity in dress, Customs, language and traditions of 15 major tribes.

The state museum provides an over view of tribal lifestyles, The handloom and handicraft emporium has a fine collection of saleable tribal shawls, hand bags, wood carvings, sarongs, cane and bamboo handicrafts, and ready wear garments of traditional weaves designed for modern tastes. The rare Blyth’s Trogopan, and other fauna., are on view at the Zoological Park.

We will visit the local market where many insects and variety of food products that the Nagas call ‘delicacies’ are sold. We later visit the Second World War Cemetry and memorial where the famous ‘Tennis Court’ battle took place, which many historians have called the ‘ bloodiest battle’. It was here that the Japanese invasion of India was halted. as also the handicraft emporium.

Drive to Khgwema Village on the outskirts of Kohima town for lunch at Demori Cove – a local hospitality complex. After lunch, continue 04 kms to the gate of Jekhema village. Take the 02-03 hrs long village walk to gain further insight into Naga Lifestyles. Return to Kohima for overnight at your hotel / homestay.

 

Day 05 : Drive Kohima – Thetsumi/6-7hrs

After breakfast drive to the Chakhasang Naga region. Enroute we shall stop at Pfuseromi village to explore some heritage houses decorated with wood carvings Drive to to Masolumi village where we will have traditional lunch, and a cultural presentation. Latter explore the village and meet people. Continue to Thetsumi Tourist Hut.

Day 06 : Drive Thetsumi – Tsepfumi – Jamai – Thetsumi

Today we shall first explore Thetsumi village which has a huge morung with human heads carved on the enterance.. Thereafter drive to Tsepfumi. This village leads in organic vegetable cultivation. Continue to Jamai village;. Here we will stop for a traditional lunch, followed by a hike in the ranges bordering Manipur state. Drive back to Thetsumi for overnight at Tourist hut.

Day 07. Drive Thetsumi – Pungro 200km/10-11hrs

Today we will spend the day on the road. The long journey will take us through differing topography and scenery, as we move to the domain of the Yimchungur Nagas. Overnight at Pungro Government Guest House.

Day 08 : Drive Pungro – Salumi and trek to Thanamir

Drive to Salumi which is famous for its Natural Caves. It is also base for excursion to Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary.

Sarmati Trek Starts: Trek Salumi to Thanamir – the last habitation on this route.

Enroute visit Sangtam Naga villages. Thanamir is also known as the Apple village of Nagaland. A lone apple tree planted by a Assam Rifles soldier has grown into 2000 trees. Over 125 hecteres are being brought under apple cultivation. Overnight in camp.

Note: You can also drive all the way to Thanmir from Pungro. It is just 37 Kms.

Day 09 : Thanamir – Water Point

A 4-6 hours trek will take you to Water Point (10 km) Overnight in camp.

Day 10 : Water point – Mt. Saramati Peak – Water Point

Full day trek to Mt. Saramati peak (3841 m). The trek to peak is moderate with few difficult portions due to a degraded trail. Return to water point for overnight in camp.

Day 11 : Water Point – Thanamir – Salumi–Pongru – Kiphire ( 80Kms in 4 hrs)

Trek down to Salumi village via Thanamir. From here drive to Kiphire , 896 m. The 80 Kms journey will take 04-05 hrs. It is the home town of the Sangtams, Yimchungers and Semas.

Overnight in tourist Lodge.

Day 12: Kiphire– Tuensang, 1371 m – 150Km / 7 hourst

Drive to Tuensang – the land of changs, Kaimungans, Sangtams, Sumis and Yimchungers. The area is known for handicrafts and handloom products. Overnight at tourist lodge.

Day 13 : Tuensang – Mon

Drive Tuensang to Mon.(8-9 hrs due to rough road conditions). Overnight at Govt guest house

Mon – The land of the Konyaks; well known for being former headhunters, It retains some of its traditional heritage.

It offers a good opportunity for finding semi-traditional villages and tattooed warriors in loincloths. The main attraction in Mon is the remote geographical location, and the chance it affords to get a glimpse tribal life style.

Day 14 : Mon: exploration of Konayak tribal villages

Visit Konayak tribal villages of Mon, Chui, and Shangyu. Peep into lifestyles , see artisans and handicrafts and meet people. Overnight at Govt Guest house.

Day 15 : Mon: Day Trip Shangnyu and Longwa

Day trip to Longwa Village ( Konyak tribe) located astride the Indo- Myanmar border. It is a difficult drive on a bad road and involves fording a river enroute
at Longwa visit Angh’s house, explore the village and meet the locals.

The Angh’s house is bisected longitudinally by the border. Those sitting near the hearth will have half their body in Myanmar and the other half still in India. The Angh also has dozens of wives! And it is filled with trophies of various animal skulls. Return to Mon for Overnight at Government Guest house.

Day 16 : Mon – Dibrugarh

Drive Mon to Dibrugarh in 6-7 hrs ( transit Halt). Overnight hotel or Tea Bungalow.

Day 17 : Departure from Dibrugarh

Transfer from hotel to the airport, for your departure. Fly from Mohanbari Airport to Kolkata, Guwahati or New Delhi.
TOUR ENDS.

NE/26 : 21 days The Grand Nagaland Tribal Adventure

Designed as a driving cum walking exploration of tribal habitat of Zailangrong, Kuki, Angami, Chakasang, Yimchungur, Sangtam, Sema. Chang and Konyak tribes.

The tour starts from Dimapur airport and takes you to Benrue’s untouched wilderness, pristine forests of Dzuleke, the idyllic Dzukou valley with its unique flora, the Trogopan Sanctuary, the “Green” Village of Khonoma, with its fascinating agricultural practices, and the cosmopolitan capital city of Kohima. Thereafter; we take a journey off the beaten track exploring the remoter and unpronounceable exotic villages of Pfuseromi, Thetsumi, Tsepfumi, Jamai, Pungro, Mimi, Kiphire, Tuensang, and Mon. Finally we end up amongst the tea gardens of Dibrugarh in Assam.

The Tour is suitable for singles, couples and foursomes and involves three nights living in very basic lodgings.

Itinerary

Day 01 : Fly Kolkata to Dimapur

Arrive Dimapur Airport from Kolkata,Upon arrival met by your Naga Guide.
We shall visit Diezephe village This village is otherwise known as ‘craft village’ as many families make their living by engaging themselves in producing handicrafts. Explore the village, meet the local craftsmen. You may also visit sales outlet and pick up souvenirs.Overnight Nuone resort 10 Kms from Dimapur.

Day 02 : Noune Resort to Benreu, 1950m. (4/5 hours)

Drive to Benreu village, Enroute visit Pelekie village to see the traditional way of making salt.

Benreu is nestled on the ridge leading to Mt Pauna – the third highest mountain in Nagaland. It, is home to the Zeliangrong and Kuki tribes. The area contains untouched nature at its best. Fauna, birds, and diverse flora abound.

Upon arrival visit traditional tribal morung, (Boys dormitory), and house decorated with hunting trophies. In the evening witness some indigenous games. Overnight at the Mount Pauna Community Village Resort. Stay in cottages of Naga design.

Day 03 : Trek Benreu – Mt. Pauna – Benreu

Today we shall trek to Mt. Pauna , 2460 m. You can expect to see wildlife, birds, herbal, and flora. Enjoy the bounty of nature, and your picnic lunch. Trek back to Benreu village. In the evening – a bonfire in one of the morungs with the locals where you will be served local brew. Overnight. Community resort.

Day 04 : Drive Benreu – Dzuleke – Khonoma 40km.

Drive 40 kms to Khonoma, Enroute visit Dzuleke village – surrounded by pristine forests. Enjoy a traditional Naga lunch. Post lunch a chance to see Mithum the state animal leisurely grazing. Stop at places where we can see the valley where the Angami Nagas of Khonoma practice jhum cultivation.

Khonoma is well known for fallow management of its Adler trees, which regenerates the soil due to nitrogen fixing element in the roots. See the beautiful terraces carved out of the hill slopes. These terraces grow an amazing 40 varieties of paddy at different elevations.

Upon arrival check in at your home stay and explore the village. Meet people. Overnight. Khonoma Home Stay.

Day 05 : Trek Khonoma – Dzukou

Today we shall trek 08 kms to Dzukou valley via Siekhakie. Dzukue is located at an altitude of 2438 m Its Emerald green rolling hills are a visual delight. The valley is fully covered with tough bamboo brush which from afar looks like a mown lawn.

Serpentine streams flow through the valley. In spring endemic species of rhododendrons bloom. Summer and monsoons are the time when hundreds of wild flowers bloom. Overnight at Dzukou in camp.

Day 06 : Trek Dzukou – Khonoma

The return 08 Kms trek to Khonoma is through Huparathi and Dihujhu. We will be passing through the Khonoma Nature conservation and Trogopan sanctuary (KNCTS) This is part of the Khonoma green village project, managed by the Village Tourism Board as a community conserved area. This project aims to conserve the Blyth’s Trogopan- an endangered pheasant of the state, as also many other endemic, endangered, vulnerable and rare species of plants and animals .You can expect to see or hear the Byths Tragopan the State bird.

In the evening we shall be entertained by some indigenous games kene, later you shall have be served local brew. Overnight. Khonoma. Home Stay.

Day 07 : Drive Khonoma – Kohima (20km)

Morning we shall explore Khonoma – ‘ the first green village of the country’. Khonoma village is also known for their fighting prowess, ever since the village stood up to the British in the year 1879. On your village tour you will come across ceremonial gates, Old houses, cairn circle, and meet local craftsmen- cane basket making, weaving etc. Thereafter, we shall drive to Kohima (20km).

Kohima the capital town is located at an altitude of 1444 metres. It is a cosmopolitan town for 16 major tribes with their diversity in dress,
custom, language and tradition.

Upon arrival we shall visit the State Museum, local market, World War 2 cemetery, and handicraft Emporium. Overnight. Kohima. Hotel.

Day 11 : Drive Kohima – Thetsumi/6-7hrs

After breakfast drive to the Chakhasang Naga region. Enroute we shall stop at Pfuseromi village to explore some heritage houses decorated with wood carvings Drive to to Masolumi village where we will have traditional lunch, and a cultural presentation. Latter explore the village and meet people. Continue to Thetsumi Tourist Hut.

Day 12 : Drive Thetsumi – Tsepfumi – Jamai – Thetsumi

Today we shall first explore Thetsumi village which has a huge morung with human heads carved on the enterance.. Thereafter drive to Tsepfumi. This village leads in organic vegetable cultivation. Continue to Jamai village;. Here we will stop for a traditional lunch, followed by a hike in the ranges bordering Manipur state. Drive back to Thetsumi for overnight at Tourist hut.

Day 13. Drive Thetsumi- Pungro 200km/10-11hrs

Today we will spend the day on the road. The long journey will take us through differing topography and scenery, as we move to the domain of the Yimchungur Nagas. Overnight at Pungro Government Guest House.

Day 14 : Drive Pungro-Mimi. 70km 3-4hrs

Today we will drive to a group of remote villages- Longkhimong, Khongiri, and Mimi. All are off the beaten track and you have a chance at glimpsing remote tribal lifestyles. Numerous limestone caves, cliffs, waterfalls and rich flora and fauna surrounds Mimi village, one of the oldest in the area. Partake of traditional lunch, and. explore Mimi village, meeting people in their homes. In the evening a cultural presentation. Overnight Mimi homestay (very basic).

Day 15: Drive Mimi- Pungro – Kiphire. 110km/ 6-7hrs.

Today drive back to Pungro, and continue drive to Kiphire – a small town, which is the headquarters of Yimchungur, Sangtam, and Sema tribes. Overnight homestay (very basic).

Day 16 : Drive Kiphire- Tuensang. 122km/8-9hrs

Today we drive to Tuensang the headquarter of the Chang Nagas. Enroute explore tribal villages. Over night at Tuensang Circiut House (Basic).

Day 17 : Tuensang – Mon

Drive Tuensang to Mon.(8-9 hrs due to rough road conditions). Overnight at Govt guest house.

Mon – The land of the Konyaks; well known for being former headhunters, It retains some of its traditional heritage.

It offers a good opportunity for finding semi-traditional villages and tattooed warriors in loincloths. The main attraction in Mon is the remote geographical location, and the chance it affords to get a glimpse tribal life style

Day 18 : Mon: exploration of Konayak tribal villages

Visit Konayak tribal villages of Mon, Chui, and Shangyu. Peep into lifestyles , see artisans and handicrafts and meet people. Overnight at Govt Guest house.

Day 19 : Mon: Day Trip Shangnyu and Longwa

Day trip to Longwa Village ( Konyak tribe) located astride the Indo- Myanmar border. It is a difficult drive on a bad road and involves fording a river enroute
At Longwa visit Angh’s house, explore the village and meet the locals.

The Angh’s house is bisected longitudinally by the border. Those sitting near the hearth will have half their body in Myanmar and the other half still in India. The Angh also has dozens of wives! And it is filled with trophies of various animal skulls. Return to Mon for Overnight at Government Guest house.

Day 20 : Mon – Dibrugarh

Drive Mon to Dibrugarh in 6-7 hrs ( transit Halt). Overnight hotel or Tea Bungalow.

Day 21 : Departure from Dibrugarh

Transfer from hotel to the airport, for your departure. Fly from Mohanbari Airport to Kolkata, Guwahati or New Delhi.
TOUR ENDS.

Tour Odisha/02: 14 days Panorama of Tribes, Temples and craft

Includes the Bastar Tribal region of Chhattisgarh Designed as a panorama of Odisha, with focus on its fascinating tribal culture, and crafts.We will explore the tribal belt of Odisha and the Bastar region of neighboring Chhattisgarh.

It is a chance to peep into tribal life styles to get an insight to their daily life. Discover how these simple folks sustain themselves through. agriculture, collection of forest produce, hunting , cattle rearing, fishing, and handicrafts. Get a feel of the colourful weekly haat markets, where the tribes come to barter and purchase items of daily use. See the skills that go into making the handicraft products – handmade textiles, beaded jewellery, pottery, metal work, bamboo and grass products. Meet people, decorated with facial and hand tattoos, layers of beads covering bare breasts, piles of aluminum necklaces and a multitude of earrings.

  

As you visit their habitat, you will glimpse a well organized society, respectful of their age old traditions, living in lush green, forest covered hills. The simple charm and skills of these exotic tribal people is indeed bewitching. You will sense happiness and good cheer. They deserve your respectful behaviour.

The tour also includes an exploration of Odisha’s gems – the centuries old temples, visits to the abode of skilled and talented craftsmen and painters, and the fascinating Chilka lagoon, with its gathering of birds.

Day 01 : Arrive Bhubaneswar and explore the temples of Bhubaneshwar.

Fly in to Bhubaneswar by a morning flight. Transfer to hotel.
Take our half day tour of temples.

  

Bhubaneswar, nicknamed India’s temple city is a living museum of medieval temple architecture. The city’s holy centre lies around Bindu Sagar; where 50 add stone temples remain from the legendary 7000 temples.

Your guided tour begins with visit to the Muketwar temple. Dating back to the 9th century, it is the most ornate temple in Odissa. The intricate carvings show a mix of Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain styles. Non Hindus are allowed inside.

The 11th century, 55 meter high, Lingaraj temple is. set in a compound studded with 32 big and small temples. The granite block representing Tribuveneshwar- (Lord of three worlds), is bathed daily with water, milk and bhang. Non Hindus are not allowed inside but can view from a viewing platform.

The 8th Century, Vaital temple is dedicated to Chamunda. It was the centre of tantric worship, bloody human sacrifice, and eroticism. Open to non Hindus. The.Rajarani temple, dates back to the 11th century. It has beautiful carvings. In particular eight dikpals, ( guardians) which protect the temple. The temple is surrounded by a lovely garden.
Overnight at your hotel at Bhubaneswar.

Day 02: Bhubaneshwar- Pipli- Hirapur- Dhauli- Konark

After breakfast visit the Museum of tribal Art and artefacts.
Drive to Konark. On the way visiting Pippli appliqué craft village which is famous for its brilliant appliqué craft.

  

This is known for its folk character and vitality. With an artist’s eye, the Pipli tailors deftly stich motifs of elephants,peacocks and flowers on a cloth background, to form harmonious and colourful patterns. Crudely effective, this traditional patchwork art -originally done on canopies for temple decorations has been adapted to suit modern living- gay beach and garden umbrellas, lamp shades, bed covers, bags and similar items of everyday use. Wall hangings, parasols, canopies, lamp shades and more adorn the main street of this small town.

Next drive to Balakati, to visit the village of bell metal workers. Continue to Heerapur to see the unique sixty four yogini temple. It is one of only four such temples in India. Finallygo to Dauli for viewing Ashok’s edict carved on a rock, dating back to 260 BC, and visiting the Peace stupa built by Japanese monks.

   

Upon arrival at Konark check in at a beach resort.
In the evening visit the 13th Century iconic sun Temple at Konark and see the illuminations, after sunset. A UNESCO world heritage site. The Sun Temple stands alone on the wind swept sand dunes of the Bay of Bengal fringed with palm and casuarinas plantations,Fashioned in the form of a giant cosmic chariot of the sun god Surya, drawn by seven spirited horses.

The Temple was positioned so that the dawn rays of the sun would illuminate the temple sanctuary interior. The temple is profusely sculptured with exquisite figures and figurines. The base and walls present a chronicle in stone of Kalinga life. This includes erotic scenes. It really is a stunning master piece of the 13th century Kalingan style of art and is one of the unrivalled marvels that the age has produced.
Overnight at your beach resort.

Day 03: Konark- Raghurajpur-Puri- Konark

Sunrise visit to Konark Sun temple and also witness traditional fishing boats riding the waves and sailing out to sea, at a fishing village.

   

After breakfast drive to Raghurajpur , the Artist village. Thereafter visit Puri the holy city. Explore the by lanes and crafts of Puri by taking a green rider rikshaw tour. Return to your beach resort for overnight.

Day 04: Konark- Puri- Chilka lake cruise- Taptapani

After breakfast drive to Chilika Lake at Satapada, 102 kms in 2 hrs. The Chilka Lake is Asia’s largest brackish lagoon covering 600 sq kms in Apr/May to 11000 sq kms during the monsoons.

   

It is separated from the sea by a 60 kms long sand bar. Chilka lake is an important habitat and breeding ground for both resident and migratory and aquatic birds, most notably flamingos. It is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds in the Indian subcontinent.

Migratory birds arrive in October from as far away as Siberia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Himalayas and generally stay until March. A millon plus winter migrants make the lake their home every year. The Nalaban Island within the lagoon is classified as a Bird Sanctuary. Chilka has been designated as a Ramsar site, under the International convention which provides for the conservation and good use of wetlands. Today, the lake is home to many endangered plants and animals. The lake hosts diverse range of aquatic life, including 225 species of fish and the Irrawaddy dolphin The ecosystem of the lake provides livelihood for many thousands of fisher-folk.

We will take a 38 Kms boat cruise from Satrapada jetty to Barkul across the lake. Thereafter drive to 136 Kms in 3.30 hrs to Tapta Pani hot springs, to stay at a hotel amidst the lush green forests. Enjoy bathing in the hot sulphur springs.

Day 05: Tapta pani- Rayaguda

After breakfast visit Chandragiri Tibetan settlement. This is where Tibetan refugees where settled when the Chinese took over Tibet. Visit monastery and Carpet making workshop. Continue to Rayaguda. Scenic drive through forests. 125 Kms in 3 hrs. Overnight at hotel at Rayaguda.

Day 06: Excursion and hiking to Desia Kondh and Dunguria Kondh tribal villages

Morning: Short drive to Dukum Region to visit Desia Kondh villages. Hike to tribal jewellary making village. In the afternoon hike to Niyamgiri hills to visit the hamlets of Dunguria Kondh tribes. interact with the people.

The Kondhs were famous in history for their Meriah ( human) Sacrifice. They are of Dravidian origin. They speak Kui language. The Kondhs practice elaborate birth, marriage and death rituals. Kondh’s life is full of festivities. Their weapon is bow and arrow by which they defend themselves from wild animals.

The uncompromising Dongria Kondh inhabit the Niyamgiri hills subsisting on shifting cultivation supplemented by foraging, hunting & gathering. Women are held in high esteem in the Dongria society, They work harder, than their male counterpart in sowing, weeding, and harvesting, keeping the home fires burning, bringing up children, and marketing produce.

No wonder the Dongria woman demand a steep bride price regardless of whether the marriage is by elopement, or negotiation. Dongria society caters for segregation of adolescent boys and girls to meet and find their partners.. Their dormitory system teaches social taboos, myths, stories and riddles.

Return to Rayaguda for overnight at hotel.

Wednesday/ Day 07 : Rayagada – Chatikona hat- Desia Eco Resort

Tribal haat market Desai Kondh and Dongariya Kondh.
After early breakfast drive of Chatikona to witness the Dongariya Kondh, and Desia Kondh Tribal market. Thereafter return to Rayagada, and continue to Desia Eco Resort located in the Bantalabii Village, Near Matamput, Macchakund.

Desia is a responsible tourism project set up with the objective to focus on the rich cultural Heritage of the region amongst travelers who believe in Responsible Travel and at the same time to inspire the local community to preserve their culture and environment. It is a unique rural retreat built and decorated by the local community using local skills with modern conveniences. Overnight at Desia Eco Resort.

Thursday/ Day 06 : Desia Eco Resort: day trip to Onkadelli hatHaat market of Bonda,Gadaba & Didayee tribes.

The Bonda are one of the most primitive tribes and they are termed as the wildest, rudest and possibly the most interesting tribe. They call themselves Remo and speak a very difficult Austro-Asiatic language. Fiercely independent and aggressive, they live in hill forests and practice shifting cultivation, and use a barter system for exchange of commodities. Bonda women are known for their bare breast nudity, with countless colorful beads looped around their head and neck providing some cover. Their clothing consists simply of a tiny skirt. It is customary for them to mary younger men in the hope that will have someone to care for them in their old age.

The Gaddava are of Austric origin. They are animist and their language is Gutab. They are one of the early settlers of this country and trace their origin to the time of Ramayana..The Gaddava are fond of music and famed for their traditional ‘dhemsa’ dance. They are ever ready to celebrate. Their society bestows equal rights for men and women. Gaddava women are distinguished by their facial tattoos and heavy neck rings that can only be removed by a blacksmith. Their kinship bonds are strong, providing for the appointment of a ‘god brother’ to cater for a second line of defense in moments of crisis. Gaddavas depend on agriculture supplemented by cattle rearing, collection of forest produce, hunting and fishing. Although they domesticate local varieties of cow and buffalo, the Gaddava do not milk them in the belief it reduces their strength. Their language ‘Gutab’ belongs to the Munda linguistic family.

After early breakfast, drive to Onukudeli to visit the most colorful tribal market of Bonda, Gadaba & Didayee tribes.
Then drive back to Desia Eco Resort and visit to nearby tribal village. Join in with the community for the Demsa tribal dance.
Overnight at Desia Eco Resort.

Friday/ Day 07 : Desia Eco Resort – Kunduli- Chandoori Sai
Tribal haat, Paroja and Mali tribes

The Parajas have a number of totemistic sects like Bagh-tiger, bokda-goat, netam-dog, pandki-dove and so on. Harming or eating the totem animal is forbidden. Instead such animals should be respected. Traditionally they relied on shifting cultivation, however today the Paroja’s depend on static wet cultivation Agriculture is the mainstay of the Parojas economy supplemented by forest produce, wage earning, and animal husbandry. Their language is Parij, but many of them now speak Oriya fluently

After breakfast Full day visit of Kunduli-Nandapur area to witness the weeky tribal market and villages of Paraja and Mali tribes.

Drive to Chandoori Sai, a eco Guest House for overnight.
Saturday /Day 08: Chandoori Sai – Kotapad-Jagdalpur
Drive to Jeypore and continue to Jagdalpur- the Bastar region of neighbouring Chhattisgarh State. Enroute visit weaving village of Kotapad The weavers are using clay, and plant roots to make natural dyes. You will see the live weaving.

Overnight at Eco Resort near Jagdalpur
Bastar; the tribal region in Chhattisgarh, is blessed with scenic beauty comprising forests, waterfalls, wildlife, ancient temples, tribal dances and music. The major tribes of the Bastar region are the Gond, Maria, Bhatra ,Muriya, Halba, Dhuruva – each . withs its own distinct life style, costumes, eating habits, customs and traditions, colourful festivals and arts and crafts.
The Gonds form the largest tribal group in Chhattisgarh. Major sub-castes of Gonds in the Bastar are the Maria, Muria and Dorla. The Gonds are predominantly Hindus and like to live in groups in small villages. The main language of the Gonds is Gondi but about half of Gond populations also speak Indo-Aryan dialects including Hindi.

The Gonds are traditionally agriculturalists and some practice shifting cultivation even today. Other major activities of Gonds include collecting forest produce, fishing, hunting, and forging metal goods. Gonds are skilled at the use of medicinal plants.

Gonds are also known for practicing social hierarchy system like Hindus. They prefer marriages within the blood relations mostly according to Hindu rites and customs.. Divorces, remarriages, widow marriages, marriages with the wives of the brothers and between brothers and sisters are common. The Gonds practice the Ghotul system for marriages where the prospective couples stay in specially built huts and interact with each other including free sex. Divorces and remarriages are common but adultery is strictly prohibited.

Sunday / Day 09: Jagdalpur

Explore surroundings of Jagdalpur. In the morning visit a ‘haat’ (weekly market). Latter visit ‘the herbal museum, and the art and craft museum. In the afternoon drive to the famous ‘Chitrakote Falls’, the great horseshoe like waterfall on the Indravati River. Overnight at your Eco Resort.
Monday /Day 10: Jagdalpur –Kondagaon- Maria bison head tribal village.

Drive to Kondagaon region to stay in the guest house of a Local volunteer organization who are working for the tribal community. See the well known Bastar Terracotta work, and visit the Naganur handicraft village. In the evening walk to a Bisonhorn Maria tribal village. Witness the Maria tribe bison horn dance.

The BisonHorn Marias tribes are a sub-castes of the Gond tribe.. They like to live in isolation into interiors of forests They speak a dialect of Gondi – an unwritten language of the Dravidian family. They practice shifting cultivation and collect forest produce for survival. They do not plough the earth, as it would mean inflicting pain on her body. Pointed wood pieces are used for piercing the earth for sowing and stone implements are used for harvesting produce. The Gotul system for marriges is practiced.
Overnight at a basic Guest house.

Monday/ Day 11: Kondagaon- Kankar

Drive to Kankar. Enroute in the morning, visit the Dhokra bell metal worker village at Kumarapara. In the afternoon visit a Deer Horn Muria tribal village. Enjoy the tribal lunch and their dance.

Murias, are a also a sub-castes of the Gonds, The Murias live in the plains and are comparatively more civilized than the primitive Marias. But their primary activities are similar to other Gond sub-castes and they survive on agriculture and collection of minor forest produces. Murias have several totems and several gods of villages and tribal sub-groups They are highly superstitious and strongly believe in sorcery practices. Unlike Hindus, there is no functional division of castes in the society and they have their own socio-legal hierarchy of tribal administration.

They are fond of traditional Mahua intoxicating drinks, and even use Mahua concoctions in place of medicines for curing ailments. They also practice the Ghotul System.

Overnight stay at farm house of the royal Kankar family.

Tuesday/ Day 12: Kanker-Rajim-Raipur

Drive to Rajim known as Prayag in Chhatisgarh. It is home to various temples along the river confluence. Enroute enjoy the drive through the scenic Keshkal hills.
Continue to Raipur– the capital city of Chhattisgarh.
Overnight at hotel in Raipur.

Wednesday / Day 13: Raipur- Bharmadeo (Kawardha region)

Drive to Bharmadeo to visit tribal villages of Baiga and Gond tribes and the ancient temple at Bharmadeo.
Overnight stay at Bharamdeo Jungle Retreat.
Thursday / Day 14: Bharmadeo- Raipur
Drive to Raipur airport to board your departure flight. TOUR ENDS.

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