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Arunachal Tribes, Monasteries and Wildlife Tour


20 days 19 nights

Code INE112

Category North-East India tours

  • Group Size 4-10 Person
  • Difficulty Level 1
  • Rating Non-Touristic
  • Trip Starts From Dibrugarh
  • Trip Ends At Guwahati
  • Type Trekking
  • Destination Dibrugarh Pasighat Along Daporijo Ziro Itanagar Bomdila Tawang Drirang Kaziranga Guwahati
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Overview

Leaving the large town of Dibrugarh and a ferry ride across the extensive Brahmaputra River- the widest River in India- it almost appears like a sea- this tribal awareness tour takes us through quite a few tribal villages in Central Arunachal Pradesh, stops in important Buddhist Monasteries and conclude in Western Arunachal Pradesh. We explore three Apatani tribal villages of Central Arunachal that present a very different culture than Monpa culture in the western side. The entire tour is focused on Arunachal's Tribal culture, lifestyle, traditions and customs. It's amazing to see the way the tribes are able to lead a simple life in such remote and isolated area. We will have plenty of opportunity to interact with the tribal people and closely look at their daily lives tending herds of yak, growing crops, following religious custom and traditions.

We will visit Tawang Monastery in the Western Arunachal Pradesh -the most famous Buddhist institution of the region and a power place, second to only the Potala Palace of Lhasa. We will also visit two famous National Parks of North East India; Kaziranga and Nameri National Park, both in the state of Assam and 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.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Flight to Dibrugarh

There are daily flights to Dibrugarh from Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai and most of them go via Guwahati. Upon arrival at the airport, we are received by our local guide and then 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 an 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 is free to discover the town on your own. We can also arrange your stay in private house so that you have an 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 Arunachal 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 Brahmaputra 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 at the hotel/guest house. 

Meals : 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 (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.

Meals : Breakfast
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; their face which resembles to Chinese. We check in our guesthouse and after some rest, we stroll in this interesting township. Visit tribe villages’ en route.

Meals : Breakfast
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 tattoo in women face and their 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  Apatani villages including the trek to Talle valley and returning to a walkabout through an Apa Tani village. Large parts of 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 declined 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 displayed here. 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 09~To Bomdila (350km, 8 hrs.)

It’s a long day drive from Itanagar to Bomdila. En route, we stop to visit Tipi Orchidarium, a glass house with over 7500 Orchids. We will also visit Shertukpen tribal village and Padma Choeling Monastary at Rupa. Upon arrival in Bomdila, we check in our hotel and take rest for the day.

Day 10~To Tawang through Buddhist Monasteries, Tribal village and Sela pass

Early morning, we will visit the upper and the lower 'Gompa', a Buddhist Monastery at Bomdilla. After a leisurely breakfast, we depart for Tawang (180km/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.

Day 11~At Tawang visiting its monastery, nunneries and enjoy tribal culture.

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 1860-81. The Tawang monastery stands on the spur of a hill, about 10,000 feet above sea level, offering a commanding and picturesque view of the Tawang Chu valley and is surrounded on all sides except on the east by mountains with snow peaks and pine forest below. According to lore, this was the place where the great treasure master, Padma Lingpa gave initiations such as Kagyad and Tamdin tantras and hence the place came to be known as Tawang. 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. We will also visit Ani Gompa nunnery near the town. Traditionally, at least one girl from a family mandatorily joined the nunnery but now, the rule has been relaxed and it's voluntary. Later, we will visit 460 years old Urgelling Monastery, established by Lama Urgen Sangpo Bhumthang. It is also the birthplace of His holiness 6th Dalai Lama. In the evening, we enjoy folk dances performed by Monpa tribal people and monks.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 12~Monpa Village Excursion

Early in the morning, we will drive to a Monpa Tribal Village. Monpa tribes of high, isolated valleys of Arunachal Pradesh, basically practice Tibetan Gelugpa sect of Buddhism, this being the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama and home to Asia’s second largest monastery, the mighty Tawang Monastery. We will have an opportunity to meet the tribal people and closely look at their daily lives tending herds of yak, growing crops, following religious custom and traditions.

Overnight hotel in Tawang.

Day 13~Scenic drive to Dirang 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 at Dirang.

Day 14~Dirang Sightseeing and hikes

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

Overnight at Dirang.

Day 15~To Nameri National Park and Jungle safari rides

Early in the morning, we leave Dirang for Nameri National Park (209km/130mile); the last habitat of White winged Wood Duck along with many other rich wildlife including Tiger, Black bear, elephant, Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Indian Bison, Pangolin, Indian wild dog, deer, Civet Cat, Capped Langur, Jackals etc. We spend whole day on elephant safari rides, exploring the wildlife of the park. We have accommodation in safari style Eco Camp with thatched huts, adjacent to the park, an opportunity to live in the nature.

Day 16~To Kaziranga National Park.

After a leisurely breakfast at Eco camp, we drive to Kaziranga National park (158km), a title of a remarkable success story of conservation of the One Horned Rhinoceros and a UNESCO recognized world heritage site. The park is also rich in various wild lives.

Overnight at Kaziranga Tourist lodge.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 17~At Kaziranga National Park, Jungle Safari Rides

Early morning, we explore central area of Kaziranga National park on an elephant back. After lunch, again we take jeep safari to the central area of the park in quest of the more wildlife. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore nature.

Overnight at tourist Lodge.

Day 18~At Kaziranga National Park.

Jungle Safari Rides, Tea Estate and Tribal Village Tour. We embark again on safari ride and explore the eastern range of the park with packed lunch. We will also visit the neighboring tribal village and take a tour of a Tea Estate. We have some time in the afternoon to explore the mother nature on our own.

Overnight at tourist Lodge.

Day 19~Return back to Guwahati

Early morning, we leave Kaziranga for Guwahati (220km/138miles), the gateway to the places of interest and beauty with varied offerings of its own. After lunch, we have a free day or we can visit the Government emporium to buy souvenirs of North East India. In the evening, we have still chance to take the boat cruise on Bramhaputra River, if we missed it the first day upon arrival.

Day 20~Flight Guwahati/Delhi/Kolkata

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

Trip Map

Trip Info

Trip 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 permits.
  • Ferry rides and 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 permits.
  • Ferry rides and safaris.

Trip 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.
  • Airfares and airport taxes.

Indian Visa and permits

You need to obtain Indian visa beforehand as India does not grant visa on arrival. Cox and King Global Services has been outsourced by Indian embassy to handle all visa applications in 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:

It's a motor vehic le 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 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 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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