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Arunachal Monastic Tour


13 days 12 nights

Code INE110

Category North-East India tours

  • Group Size 2-10 Persons
  • Difficulty Level 2
  • Rating Non-Touristic
  • Trip Starts From Dibrugarh
  • Trip Ends At Guwahati
  • Type Tours
  • Destination Guwahati Tezpur Bomdila Tawang Drirang Nameri National Park Kaziranga National Park
Dates & Prices
Please, contact us for the price and the dates for this trip

Overview

Explore the Buddhist monasteries and tribal culture of Aruanchal Pradesh and embark on exciting jungle safari activities to the Nameri and Kaziranga national parks-two renowned wildlife reserved of Assam state!

We visit Tawang Monastery- the most famous Buddhist institution of the region and a Buddhist power place, second to only Potala Palace of Lhasa. We will visit centuries old tribal villages of Drirang and Monpa, that still retain their old stone-made houses; people wear colorful costumes and most importantly, they are welcoming. 

We will also visit two famous National Parks of North East India; Kaziranga and Nameri National Parks-abundant with rare and endangered species. Kaziranga National Park, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is a testimony of the conservation of Great One Horned Rhinoceros, which was once almost extinct and now is found in only the jungles of Kaziranga and Nepal.

Trip cost

Land

US$ 2498 per person (2-3 persons)
US$ 2225 per person (4-7 persons)
US$ 2060 per person (8-10 persons)
US$ 425 Private Room Supplement

Estimated in-tour airfare from Kolkatta or Delhi and return)

US$ 150-200

Is this trip for me?

  • Be warned that the road conditions are challenging. Distance may be short but due to mountainous road, it takes long time to get from one point to the other. Roads may be underpaved or damaged due to monsoon rain. There also may be mudslides temporarily blocking the road.
  • Accommodation is basic. While in major towns, there are good hotels and we provide you superior hotels with en suite bathroom and running hot and cold water, once in the tribal belt, accommodation will be in simple guest house or home-stay style. Do not be confused by their fancy names ! Hotels may be small, some with only five or six rooms but you will have clean room and probably attached toilet as well but some place, you will miss western style shower. For bathing, they provide hot water in the bucket. Toiletry supplies are non-existent or very minimum.
  • Major towns have restaurants that may serve western style cuisines but in the tribal areas, we have limited choices. What you can expect is Indian, Chinese and tribal vegetarian dishes.
  • This trip is not for everyone. You need to be flexible, open minded and be prepared to adjust with limited facilities. 
  • While there are no strenuous activities, you need to be able to walk in uneven terrain while visiting the villages. If you are not leading an active life, you are advised to start exercises to keep yourself fit.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Flight to Guwahati, meet and greet and Brahmaputra River Cruise

Flight to Guwahati arrive from Delhi, Kolkatta or Mumbai. Upon arrival at the airport, meet your local guide and transfer to the hotel for check in. You have free time to explore the town on your own. In the evening, we take sunset river cruise. We watch the sun going down that dramatically changes the color of the water red. That’s why the locals call it “Luit” which means the “Color of the blood”.

 

Overnight: Hotel Royal d'Casa or similar
Day 02~A scenic drive to Tezpur

(180km/113mile, 3 hours)

After breakfast, we leave hotel for Tezpur. Tezpur, situated at the north bank of river Brahmaputra in Assam, is a town of magnificent scenic beauty and outstanding archaeological ruins. Flourishing green valley surrounded by hills of Arunachal Pradesh, with snow covered peaks of Himalaya as the northern backdrop, lavish tea gardens and magnificent archeological ruins have all contributed to make Tezpur Assam a tourist's delight. We check in hotel and after some rest, we embark on the tour of local attractions that includes the hillock of Agnigarh overlooking the Brahmaputra River, archaeological remains of Bamuni Hill, famous for beautiful carvings, in Cole Park, and the ancient temple of Mahabhairab. Time permitting, we can also visit the tea estates set up by the British where we can learn about the tea-making process. The Monabarie tea estate was once said to be largest tea estate in the area.

 

Overnight: KRC Palace or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 03~Bomdila-the gateway town to Arunachal Pradesh

(160 km or 100 miles, 5-6 hrs.)

After breakfast, we leave hotel for Bomdila. In less than an hour, we arrive Bhalukpung (60 km/38 mile) the gateway town to Arunachal Pradesh, on the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. We complete entry formalities and continue our journey to Bomdila, enjoying the natural beauty of the region. Driving for 20 minutes through curly roads overlooking the dancing 'Bhoroli' river we arrive at Tipi, where lies the Orchidarium, a glass house having 7500 orchids. After Tipi, the road climbs sharply to get to Bomdila (100 km, 63 mile, 4 hr.).

The town is amidst the lush apple orchard that expands in the vast area. The town is small but it spreads on the contour of a broad ridge that straddles a mountain and offers great views of snow-capped Himalayan peaks, picturesque Kemeng Valley and the vast orchard fields.

Upon arrival, we check in hotel and take rest for the day or take leisurely stroll in the town.

Overnight: Lungta Residency or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04~Tawang-the blessed land of Monpa people.

Early morning, we will visit the upper and the lower 'Gompa', a Buddhist Monastery at Bomdilla. After a leisurely breakfast, we depart for Tawang (180 km/113 mile, 6 hrs.), the blessed land of Monpa's. We drive through centuries old Dirang Basti a 'Dirang Monpa' tribal village, still retaining its old stone made houses and its colorful inhabitants with warmth in their hearts, Dirang town overlooking the fast flowing Dirang River, Sela pass (13703 ft.) and Jaswant-Garh Chino-Indian war memorial.

We check in the hotel and take rest for rest of the day. At night, it’s interesting to see the illuminating Tawang Monastery.

Overnight: Hotel Dekhang or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05~Explore Tawang Monastery

After breakfast, we visit the famous 350 years old Galden Namgyal Lhatse, popularly known as Tawang Monastery, founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyamtso in the year 1680-81 as per the instruction of the Great 5th Dalai Lama. This monastery is an important source of the doctrine of Gelupa Sect of the Mahayana Buddhism and it has connection with Drepung Monastery of Lhasa. This is also probably the largest Buddhist monastery in India. As the lore goes, Tawang monastery is built on the site where the great Buddhist master- Padma Lingpa gave inducted as Kagyad and Tamdin tantras. The main assembly hall wall has various Buddhist murals paintings. The monastery sits atop a ridge, about 10,000 feet above the sea level and so it makes a perfect vantage point for panoramic views of the Tawang River Valley with snow-capped mountains towering over and the pine forest.

Next, we visit the Ani Gompa nunnery near the town. Until recently, it was a tradition that at least one girl per family must join the nunnery but now the rules are relaxed and it's optional. In the afternoon, we visit the 460 years old Urgyelling Monastery - the birthplace of 6th Dalai Lama. The monastery was built by Lama Urgen Sangpo Bhumthang.

In the evening, we will attend a folk dance cultural program performed by Monpa tribe people and monks. It's an opportunity to learn about the folklore music and culture of the local tribes.

Overnight: Hotel Dekhang or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 06~Monpa Village Excursion

After breakfast, proceeed to explore the Monpa villages. Monpa people are the major tribes of Arunachal Pradesh who practice Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. We will have an opportunity to closely look at their lives while they are tending the livestock, cultivating the mountainous fields and following centuries old traditions and customs.

 

Overnight: Hotel Dekhang or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 07~Scenic drive to Drirang through waterfalls and via Sela Pass

We leave hotel early morning and head to Jang to enjoy the views of the waterfalls. We continue driving and cross 4,150m high Sela Pass, which was once battle ground between Indian and Chinese armies. There are opportunities for photography at every turn and twist of the mind-boggling road.

 

Overnight: Hotel Pemaling or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 08~Drirang Sightseeing and hikes

We explore the beautiful Sangti valley and trek through the 'Dirang Monpa' Tribal village, where rare Black Necked Cranes come for wintering.

 

Overnight: Hotel Pemaling or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 09~Nameri National Park

A long day drive to Nameri National Park (209 km or 130 miles, about 6 hours) and so we have an early start! Nameri National Park is the home to the last surviving population of White-winged Wood Duck among other wildlife such as Tiger, Black bear, elephant, leopard, Clouded Leopard, Indian Bison, Pangolin, Indian wild dog, deer, Civet Cat, Capped Langur, jackals etc.

Take rest to recover the travel fatigue or visit the nearby Pygmy Hog Foundation that preserves and creates awareness about the endangered Pygmy Hog species. Pygmy Hogs are kept in captive breeding in Guwahati and now they are kept in semi-natural conditions of Nameri before being set free into the park. Evening enjoy bonfire arrange by the camp 

Overnight: Nameri Eco Camp
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10~To Kaziranga National Park.

Optional: After an early morning breakfast, we go for nature walk accompanied by the experienced naturalist. The park is home to some of the endangered species like white-winged wood duck, Sloth Bear, Tiger, Clouded Leopard, Sambar, Gaur, Indian Wild Dog, four varieties of Hornbill and many other species of avifauna. However, it's nature and we may not have luck all the time to see all the animals but you will surely enjoy the nature and many bird species. 

We return to the campf or lunch and then proceed for Kaziranga National park (90 km or 56 miles, 2.5 hours). Upon arrival, check into your accommodation.

Overnight: Jupri Ghar, Bonhabi Resort or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11~Jungle safari in Kaziranga National Park

After an early morning cup of tea or coffee, we will go for elephant safari that takes us through the tall grass while the morning mists slowly lifts, an unforgettable experience. We will return to the resort for breakfast and the next is the first jeep safari to the central zone of the park.

We return to the resort for lunch and we will also have sometime for rest before we go for our second safari of the day. Afternoon safari brings us to the western zone of the park. Spend sometime at the Donga view point, situated in western zone.

Kaziranga National Park is the home to the world's two-third population Great One Horned Rhinoceros and it's a UNESCO recognized World Heritage Site. 

 

Overnight: Jupri Ghar, Bonhabi Resort or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12~Return back to Guwahati

Early morning, we leave for Guwahati (250 km/156 miles, 5.5 hours). In the afternoon, explore leisurely the town. You may visit the  e Government emporium to buy souvenirs of North East India. In the evening, we still have chance to take the boat cruise on Brahmaputra River, if we missed it the first day upon arrival.

Overnight: Hotel Royal d'Casa or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13~Flight Guwahati/Delhi/Kolkata

Transfer to the airport for flight to Delhi or Kolkata or Bagdogra. 

Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

Cost Includes

  • Accommodation on twin sharing.
  • Three meals a day.
  • All transfers and tour by a private vehicle.
  • English speaking local guide.
  • Sightseeing admission fees including special permits.
  • Ferry rides and jungle safaris.
  • Accommodation on twin sharing.
  • Three meals a day.
  • All transfers and tour by a private vehicle.
  • English speaking local guide.
  • Sightseeing admission fees including special permits.
  • Ferry rides and jungle safaris.

Cost Does Not Include

  • Drinks, tipping and other expenses of personal nature such as laundry, phone etc.
  • Airfares or transportation to and out of Bagdogra airport.
  • Extra expenses or loss due to nature and unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, delay, illness, civil unrest, inclement weather etc.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Drinks, tipping and other expenses of personal nature such as laundry, phone etc.
  • International and internal airfares and airport taxes.
  • Travel Insurance.

Indian Visa and permits

You need to obtain Indian visa beforehand as India does not grant visa upon arrival. Cox and King Global Services handles all the India visa requests from inside the United States as a private contractor to the Indian Embassy and Consulates. For more information and application process, please follow the link below.

https://www.in.ckgs.us/

Admission to Arunachal Pradesh requires Special Restricted Area Permit (RAP) which will be arranged by us in advance. For the RAP application, we need the photocopy of the passport and the Indian Visa together with 04 passport size photographs. Arunachal Royalty to the Government cost $50 per person. Contrary to previous requirement of minimum 4 travelers in a group, now we can apply permit for group of 2 travelers. The neighboring states of Assam, Mizoram and Nagaland no longer require special permit for admission effective Jan 01, 2010, with exception to Chinese and Pakistani nationals who still need to apply for permit beforehand.

Trip Difficulty:

Its motor vehicle based tour with some long day drives. Roads are mountainous and at times can be bumpy, under paved or damaged during the monsoon. No strenuous activities at all! The trip is suitable for travelers of all ages with regular health conditions. No specific preparation is required so far.

Accommodations:

Cities of Kohima, Dibrugarh and Guwahati offer choices of accommodation available and rest of the places have limited choices. Obviously, we pick the best available in the region. Hotels are fairly small; some hotels with 5-6 rooms only. They are clean and have private bathroom with hot and cold shower. But what we count in Arunachal is more the scenery out of the windows rather than the walls or lobby of the hotel.

Meals:

The trip features three meals a day. Indian, Chinese and various Tribal vegetarian foods are served. You may miss western style dishes. In order to supplement with the calorie, you may want to bring some dry foods like energy bars, dry fruits, coffee etc. along with you.

Transportation:

We use top of the range and well maintained cars such as Toyota Innova, Chevrolet Tavera or Tata Spacio driven by reliable drivers for all transfers and sightseeing. The vehicles are comfortable, well maintained and air conditioned but for the climate of Arunachal, we don't need to run air conditioning. Drivers are courteous, friendly and well experienced in the mountainous road of the Himalayas.

Guide

We are accompanied by a local East Indian Guide who is trained and proficient in English. Most importantly, our guide is friendly, flexible and committed to deliver the best services and personalized care. Your guide will make sure that you have necessary permits and vouchers, coordinate with drivers for day planning, deals with check posts and help you check in the hotels.

A typical day of the trip:

Usually around 9 am, our guide and driver will show up at your hotel to take us on the trip. We visit the monasteries, temples and other sights for about 3-4 hours, depending on the agenda of the day and we will have lunch break between 12 noon to 1 pm. After lunch, we will have a couple of hours more to recover the remaining sights of the day and the tour concludes usually by 4 pm. We will be brought back to our hotel or our driver can drop us somewhere on our request. While we visit the monasteries, or temples or other attractions, we will have plenty of time to take photos, interact with the locals and do bargain shopping. Before the guide and driver leave us for the day, we will discuss the schedule of the next day.

Important Note:

Arunachal has everything to offer to the visitors but luxury. So, travellers seeking luxury accommodation must think twice before deciding to go on this trip.

Booking

When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking. Timely made booking helps to secure reservation in preferred hotels and flights. A deposit of US$300 is requested along with complete trip application form and passport copies.
Balance payment is due 60 days prior to your departure. Depending on the number of applicants, we may set an early payment date. Credit card payment attracts additional fee.

Cancellation Fee

  • 90 days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
  • 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • 45 days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher
  • 30 days to 44 days prior departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Less than 30 days: 100%.

Travel Protection Plan

While we plan and do our best to make your trip smooth and seamless, there may be chances of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, and flight cancellation or missed connection or loss of baggage etc. that may cause interruption or delay or total cancellation of your trip putting your hard earned travel investment in jeopardy. It’s also possible that you may need medical assistance, emergency evacuation or medical transportation when you get ill or involve in an accident when you are traveling in remote areas. Far & High’s Tour cost does not cover any of these expenses or losses and so we strongly recommend you that you should protect yourself and your travel investment against those unfavorable conditions.

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