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Arunachal Tribal Tour


12 days 11 nights

Code INE111

Category North-East India tours

  • Group Size 2-10 persons
  • Difficulty Level 1
  • Rating Non-Touristic
  • Trip Starts From Dibrugarh
  • Trip Ends At Guwahati
  • Type Trekking
  • Destination Dibrugarh Pasighat Along Daporijo Ziro Itanagar Kaziranga National Park Guwahati
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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 from each other and each of them have their own occupations, customs, costumes and festivals. They inhabit in different parts of Arunachal Pradesh and neighboring areas. This trip basically takes you through the different tribal areas of Arunachal Pradesh and offers you opportunity to meet them, learn about their lifestyle, culture and traditions.

You need to arrive in Delhi or Kolkatta or Mumbai and plan to stay a night there before you can get on the flight to Dibrugarh in Assam. After the trip, again, you may need a night in the gateway city. This is a tribal awareness tour that takes you through the central Arunachal Pradesh.

Trip cost

Land

US$ 2250 per person (2-3 persons)
US$ 2070 per person (4-7 persons)
US$ 1950 per person (8-10 persons)

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 Dibrugarh

There are daily flights to Dibrugarh from Kolkatta, Delhi and Mumbai and most of them go via Guwahati. Upon arrival at the airport, you are met and greeted by our local guide and driver. Following introductions, you are transferred to the hotel in the town. Take rest or explore the town in a relaxed pace.

Overnight: Hotel Natraj or similar
Meals : Dinner
Day 02~By boat and car to Pasighat

Following breakfast, check out hotel. First, we travel by a ferry in Bramhaputra River for about six hours and then we take car to cover the remaining distance to Pasighat. The river journey is spectacular as we will have opportunity to view the various aquatic birds and with luck, fresh water Gangetic 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 stop to visit a village of Adi tribe. Adi people makes one of the largest tribal group of Arunachal Pradesh and a few thousand of them also found in Tibet where they are called Lhoba.

You will have time to settle into your accommodation and then go for a relaxed stroll in the town of Pasighat. Pasighat, established in the early 20th century is the oldest town and serves as the gateway to the state.

Overnight: Hotel Anne
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 03~Explore Pasighat and its tribal community.

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 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.

Overnight: Hotel Anne
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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' (100 km/63 miles, 5 hrs.). En route, we will stop to visit Adi minyong tribal village, lower and upper Bari village. We cross the river Yamgo and we have option  of one hour hike to a picturesque Mobuk village on a saddle. 

We arrive in Along-the head quarter of the West Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh and is the home of Adi-Gallong tribes. Check into your accommodation and balance of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Toshi Palace or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05~Along to Daporijo.

After breakfast, we first explore the villages of Adi-Gallong tribes before we head out to Daporijo.Adis are known for their mastery in cane works. They make make baskets, hats, breastplates, shield and even the famous suspension bridges-undoubtedly the masterpiece of their cane workmanship! We can see their excellent weaving skills in their clothing as well.

It's a long day drive to Daporijo.(160 km/100 miles, 8 hrs!). En route, we stop to visit Adi-Galo and Tagin tribal villages. Adi-Galo tribes build the house on the stone without using the nail! Daporijo, is the home of Tagin tribe; their face which resembles to Chinese.

Upon arrival, check into your lodge and after some rest, take a relaxed stroll in the town.

Overnight: Hotel Singhik or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 06~Daporijo to Ziro

It's a long day drive to Ziro today (160 km/100 miles, 8 hrs.) and so we have an early start. The road descends from the Daporijo plateau and follows the upper region of river valley and through the densely forested area, occasionally passing through little picturesque villages of Nishi and Hill Miris tribes.

We will visit the Muri Mugli, a Hill Miris tribe and probably another village of Noori, if the road condition permits. The Miris of Ghansi branch have short stature, dress scantily with a sleeveless jacket and loincloths. They are seen usually carrying woven cane knapsacks and a dao (broad sword) along with bow and arrows. We are also likely to meet the Panibotias, another sect of the Miris are just the opposite: tall, well-built people.

We continue our travels along the banks of lower Subansiri River. Check into your lodge and take rest for the balance of the day or your guide will take you out on some excursion. You can visit Tarin Fish farm, a museum and the local market.

Overnight: Hotel Blue Pine or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 07~Ziro: Explore Apatani Villages

Today, we have a full day to explore Ziro and around. Ziro, situated at an altitude of 1560 m (5,117 ft.) from the sea level, is a plateau surrounded by Apatani tribal villages, Dibbo- Hija-Bulla-Hari and Hong village. Hong village is to be counted as second biggest and most organized tribal villages in Asia.The uniqueness of Apatani tribe is the tattoo in women's face and nose plug, which you will find different from the other tribes.

We trek to the Talle valley and return to a walkabout through Aptani village. Large parts of the Talle valley is still unexplored! Most Apatanis are loyal followers of the Danyi-Piilo faith, who pray to the sun and moon. They were elaborately colorful dresses, yet simple in style. Tattooing and the stuffing of large nose plugs were once popular among the women, although this practice has gradually declined in recent years. Both men and women extensively tattoo their faces.

Overnight: Hotel Blue Pine or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 08~Ziro to Itanagar

After breakfast, we depart for Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh State. (150 km/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 displayed here.

Overnight: Dony Polo Ashok or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 09~Itanagar to Kaziranga National Park

We will have some time to explore the town of Itanagar before we head to Kaziranga National Park (260 km/163mile, 5 hrs.). We will have time to settle into our accommodation before we go for a jungle safari, by elephant or jeep depending on what's available.

Kaziranga National Park spreads across the floodplains of Brahmaputra River, covering an area of 166 square miles (430 sq km) of forests, wetlands and grasslands. The park is home to tigers, elephants and the world’s largest population of Great; one-horned rhinoceroses, Gangetic Dolphins.

Overnight: Jupri Ghar or Bonhabi Resort or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10~Jungle Safari in Kaziranga National Park

We will have two safaris today, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Kazirnga National Park is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage. The National Park is home to the two third of the world's Great Asian one Horned Rhinoceros population and provide 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, enjoy Elephant ride to have a glance of the One Horned Rhino.

Overnight: Jupri Ghar or Bonhabi Resort or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11~Drive to Guwahati

After breakfast, leave  for Guwahati- the capital city of Assam (260km/163mile, 5 hrs.). We check in hotel and take the rest of the day at ease. You can wander about the city by yourselves.

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 Royal d'Casa or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12~Depart Guwahati

You are transferred to the airport in time for flight to your next destination.

Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • Accommodation on double occupancy basis
  • 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 activities as indicated in the program
  • All transfers and tour by a private vehicle.
  • Special permit
  • Service of internal airfare reservation (fare is not included)

Trip does not include

  • Accommodation and services in the gateway city such as Delhi or Kolkatta.
  • All airfares (Internal airfare from Kolkatta and Delhi is expected between $150-$200)
  • Drinks, tipping and other expenses of personal nature such as laundry, phone etc.
  • Extra expenses or loss due to nature and unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, delay, illness, civil unrest, inclement weather etc.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • India visa

Indian Visa and permits

You need to obtain Indian visa beforehand as India does not grant visa upon arrival. Indian visa services have been outsourced to Cox and King Global Services.

You can also apply eVisa online. Visa application must be submitted in the time window between 120 days and 4 days before arrival in India. Visit the Indian Government's Official Website for eVisa application. 

Admission to Arunachal Pradesh requires Special Restricted Area Permit (RAP) which will be arranged by us in advance. For the RAP application, we need copies of your passport and visa and 04 passport type pictures. Arunachal Royalty to the Government $50 per person is included in the trip cost. Minimum group size must be two persons traveling together.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:

Arunachal Pradesh is a mountainous state and there are hardly any plains except some valleys that makes travel challenging and time consuming to get from point to point. Majority of the state is inaccessible or difficult to reach and infrastructure is very poor, in fact the state is very neglected due to it's proximity to the Chinese border. Road condition varies; at some places road can be of very bad condition, particularly during the monsoon time. During dry winter, the road condition is normally better. 

The trip involves some long day drive and it can be exhausting! There are no strenuous activities but you need to walk while visiting tribal villages. If you are not leading an active life, it's advisable that you start some exercises to keep yourself fit.

Accommodations:

In the towns where choices are available, we use superior hotels, three or four star by local standard. You will have private en suite bathroom with running hot and cold water. In the tribal belt, accommodation will be very basic. Do not be confused by their names! Hotels are small, some have only five or six rooms, but rooms are clean and have attached toilet but may be without western style shower. Hot water is provided in bucket for bathing. Except in the towns, toiletry supplies are non-existent. Please, bring your own towel, shampoo, conditioner and other supplies that you need.

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 Pradesh has everything to offer to the visitors but luxury. So, travelers seeking luxury accommodation must think twice before deciding to go on this trip. The tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh are also shy and some travelers may feel unwelcome.

The best time to go

Arunachal Prdaesh is a North Eastern state, with a wide range of places, and thus diverse range of weather conditions. While the southern plains adjoining to Assam are warm and humid, the northern parts adjoining to Tibet are cold! The temperature varies with the altitude. However, the most places that we visit on this trip are best visited during the dry season which is from October through March. The weather in summers is still mild. We certainly want to avoid the rainy months of July, August and September when there are landslides and floods and travel becomes very difficult.

Here is the average temperature. 

Summers-April, May & June High  95 °F and low 68°F
Monsoon-July, August & September High 84 °F and low 65°F
Winter-October through March-High 59°F and low 41°F 

If you can, it's best to go at a juncture when winter is gradually bidding farewell and the summers are arriving. In the month of April-May, the temperatures are moderate, neither too warm nor too cold. You can enjoy the bright orange sun set against a royal blue sky.

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 90 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 and 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. 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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