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Arunachal Tribal Tour


Apatani Tribal Woman in Arunachal Pradesh, India

Overview

Arunachal is the land of tribes. There are 20 Major tribes with a number of Sub-Tribes, all of them with their own way of living. All the tribes are distinct and each of them have their own occupations, customs, costumes and festivals. They inhabit in different parts of Arunachal Pardesh, India. In this trip, we basically explore the tribal villages Central Arunachal Pradesh and get acquainted with their lifestyle, culture and traditions.

We fly into the Assamese town of town of Dibrugarh. We leave Dibrugarh by ferry across the extensive Brahmaputra River- the widest River of India – that almost appears like a sea. This tribal awareness tour takes us through Central Arunachal Pradesh going through quite a few Tribal villages. On this tribal culture tour, we get to explore three Apatani tribal villages that present a view of a very different culture. The entire tour is focused on giving you a close look at Arunachal's Tribal culture, the tribe's lifestyle, their traditions and customs, their cuisine, and how they deal live their simple lives in this beautiful isolated land of theirs.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01 Flight to Dibrugarh

    • There are daily flights to Dibrugarh from Kolkatta, Delhi and Mumbai and most of them go via Guwahati. Upon arrival at the airport, we are received at the airport by our local guide and then we are transferred to our hotel. We will have free time to explore the town on our own.

      Overnight hotel.
  • Day 02 Boating trip followed by drive to Pasighat

    • We take boating trip to Pasighat. Depending on the water level, the boat ride can take from 5 to 7 hours and then we will take car to cover the rest of the distance. We will have opportunity to admire the rich migratory bird life and if we are lucky, we might even be followed by Fresh Water Ganges Dolphins. The ferry ride culminates with a short 45 minutes drive to the small town of Pasighat at the foothills of the eastern Himalayas. En route, we will visit Adi Villages. Upon arrival check in at the guest house. Rest of the time free to discover the town on your own. We can also arrange your stay in private house so that you have opportunity to interact more with the local people.
  • Day 03 At Pasighat, exploring local tribes

    • Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh, that derives its name from the Pasi tribes of the area, is the oldest town of Arunachal Pradesh and referred as the heart of Arunchal Pradesh due to its central location. With its breathtaking hillside and lush-green river valleys domesticated by a galaxy of tribes, the area is a tourist’s delight and photographers paradise. We discover more the of the 'Pasis' or the Adi Villages. These aboriginal tribes are famous for their bamboo works. The hanging bridges of Pasighat made of local raw materials is an interesting point of observation to the tourists. We will visit their craft center and the museum. Across the Bhramhaputra River, locally known as Siang River and a boat ride away is Mebo, the granary of the Siang the River. We also visit Padam village and further on to Aohahi village of Idu Mishmi tribes. Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.

      Dinner and overnight at the hotel/guest house.
  • Day 04 Pasighat to Along

    • After breakfast, we will have time to explore more of the Adi and Abor villages before we head to Along (100km/63 miles, 5 hrs). After visiting the tribal villages of Adi and Abor, we will depart for Along. Along situated at an altitude of 300m is the headquarter of West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh and is the land of Adi (Gallong) tribes.

      Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 05 Along to Daporijo.

    • After breakfast, we drive to Daporijo (160km/100 miles, 8 hrs). En route, visit Adi (Galo) and Tagin tribal villages. Adi (Galo) tribes build the house on the stone without using the nail!. Daporijo, situated at an altitude of 600m, is the home of Tagin tribe; theirs faces which resembles to Chinese. We check in our guesthouse and after some rest, we stroll in this interesting township. Visit tribe villages enroute.
  • Day 06 Daporijo to Ziro

    • It's a long day drive to Ziro, today (160 km/100 miles, 8 hrs). After such a long and exhaustive day, we deserve rest. Ziro, situated at an altitude of 1560m from the sea level, is a plateau surrounded by Apatani tribal villages, Dibbo- Hija-Bulla-Hari and Hong village. Hong village are to be counted as second biggest and most organized tribal villages in Asia. The uniqueness of Apatani tribe is tooting in women face and its nose plug, which you will find different from the other tribes. Fish cum paddy culture is another interesting if you visit during August-October. We can visit Tarin Fish farm, museum, emporium and local market. En route, we can visit of Hillmiri tribal villages at Raga (Nishi, Hillmiri and Tagin tribe are more or less similar in their culture customs, tradition, and also slight similarity in their dialogue.
  • Day 07 Ziro, exploring Apatani Villages

    • Full day visit the Apatani villages including the trek in the Talle valley, returning to a walkabout through an Apa Tani village. Large parts of the Talle valley national park are still unexplored! we will take the tour of Apatani Tribes. Most Apatanis are loyal followers of the Danyi-Piilo faith, who pray to the Sun and the Moon. The dress of the Apatanis is elaborate and colorful, yet simple in style. Tattooing and the stuffing of large nose plugs were once popular among the women, although this practice has gradually fallen into decline in recent years.

      Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 08 Ziro to Itanagar

    • After breakfast, we depart for Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh State. (150km/94 miles, 5 hrs). The capital city of Arunachal is a modern settlement built in the vicinity of the ruin of the 14th century fort old capital. The archaeological remains of this medieval capital comprise of two brick wall ramparts. Itanagar has extremely interesting museum known as Jawaharlal Nehru Museum, time spent here can really acquaint you with the culture and tradition of this region. All prototype of the bamboo and cane architecture of dwelling of different tribes and apparel, design and functional tools and others handicrafts are display here.
  • Day 09 Itanagar to Kaziranga National Park

    • We will have some time to explore more of the Itanagar before we head to Kaziranga National Park ( 260 km/163mile, 5 hrs). Upon arrival, we will check in hotel and take rest.
  • Day 09 Jungle Safari Rides in Kaziranga National Park

    • We embark on elephant ride and jeep safaris to explore the rich wildlife of Kazirnga National Park, a UNESCO recognized World Heritage. The National Park is home to the two third of the worlds Great Indian one Horned Rhinoceros population and provides shelter to a variety of wild lives. Today, Kaziranga contains the significant of 35 Mammalian spices and home of a variety of migratory birds.Early morning Elephant ride to have a glance of the One Horned Rhino.
  • Day 10 Drive to Guwahati.

    • After breakfast, we will depart for Gauhati-the capital city of Assam (260km/163mile, 5 hr). We check in hotel and we take the rest of the day at ease. We can wander about the city by ourselves. In the evening, we take river cruise to watch the sun going down and dramatically changing the color of the water red. That’s why the locals call it “Luit” which means the “Color of the blood”.

      Overnight hotel in Guwahati.
  • Day 11 Depart Guwahati for Next Destination

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
  • Boating trips and jungle safari rides
  • 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.
  • Boating trips and jungle safari rides

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.
  • Extra expenses or loss due to nature and unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, delay, illness, civil unrest, inclement weather etc.
  • Travel Insurance

Indian Visa and permits

You need to obtain Indian visa before hand as India does not grant visa upon arrival. Travisa Outsourcing 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://indiavisa.travisaoutsourcing.com/get-a-visa

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 photograph. 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 before hand.

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, cofee 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 necessa permits and vouchers, coordinate with drivers for day planning, deals with checkposts 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$200 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$ 50 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%

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Travel Protection Plan

While we plan 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. Highland Asia’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.

Dates & Prices

Land and Internal Airfare

  • US$ 1999 (2-3 pax)
  • US$ 1850 (4-6 pax)
  • US$ 1650 (7-10 pax)
  • US$ 395 Single Room Supplement)

Internal airfare would be extra.


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