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CENTRAL ARUNACHAL TRIBAL FESTIVAL VILLAGES

The month-long Myoko festival is celebrated on a rotational basis among three communities; Diibo-Hija, Hari-Bulla, and Hong of the Apatani Plateau. 

Arunachal Tribal Villages

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The origins of the tribes that are currently living in Arunachal Pradesh remain shrouded in mystery. Tucked away there is the small village of Ziro,  which also happens to be home to the Myoko Festival. 

Myoko festival is celebrated by the many tribes residing in the Apatani villages. It is all about upholding the spirit of togetherness and friendship between these villages, and they take turns in celebrating the same

Travel in a comfortable, modern, private vehicle for a cultural tour across the plains of Assam and into the imposing Himalayan mountains of Arunachal Pradesh, explore its tribal villages, participate in the Apatani tribe Myoko Festival* and finally relax in the luxurious surrounds of a British tea plantation bungalow. Head from historic Guwahati to Kaziranga National Park and onwards over the plains of Assam. 

Sail across the mighty Brahmaputra River to magical Majuli Island, the largest river island in the world, before driving high into the imposing Himalayan mountains of Arunachal Pradesh. Once we reach the Apatani tribe village of Ziro, we will enjoy either the traditional Myoko Festival (if visiting in March*) or (if visiting in November) other Apatani cultural experiences .

We drive across tribal boundaries to visit the small tribal towns of Daporijo, Aalo and Pasighat, enjoying successive exhibitions of traditional dancing and cookery pertaining to the Nishi, Tagin, Gallo and Minyong tribes. 

We go one step further and undertake a series of day treks on foot into the surrounding mountains to reach these tribes’ traditional villages.

Finally, we follow the banks of the Brahmaputra River back down to Dibrugarh to relax in an historic British tea plantation bungalow.   

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At a glance
  • Hindu temples in Guwahat
  • Elephant and jeep safaris
  • Kaziranga National Park
  • Crossing the Brahmaputra River 
  • Historic satras of Majuli Island
  • Apatani Myoko Festival (March only)
  • Nishi, Tagin, Gallo and Minyog tribe towns and villages
  • Day treks into the Himalayas
  • Tribal dances and cookery classes
  • Ancient Hindu Malinithan Temple
OPEN DATES

22nd December 2022 – 5th January 2023

16th March – 30th March 2023

22nd December 2023 – 5th January 2024

16th March – 30th March 2024

22nd December 2024 – 5th January 2025

OPen dates depart with a minimum of 8 people

Private tours can be arranged with a minimum of 2 people

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The cost of a medical evacuation from the mountain is expensive, which is why adequate travel insurance  is required on all climbs booked through us. Adequate, means you must be covered for 1) Trekking or hiking – this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion. 
2) Altitude up to 6,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard cover and often limit it to 3500m or less. 
3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy – yes, many insurers exclude this; though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for. 
4) Personal accident – this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients – “if anything happens to me, just leave me there.” It is not that simple. 


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Tribal Villages Festival Overview

Day 1 : Arrive in Guwahati for a day of sightseeing
Day 2 : ​Drive from Guwahati to Kaziranga National Park
Day 3 : ​A whole day of safaris in Kaziranga National Park
Day 4: ​Drive from Kaziranga to Majuli Island
Day 5: ​A full day exploring Majuli Island
Day 6: ​Drive from Majuli Island to Ziro
Day 7: ​A full day visiting Apatani tribe villages on foot
Day 8 : ​A full day in Ziro
Day 9 : ​Drive from Ziro to Daporijo
Day 10 : ​Excursions to visit Tagin tribe villages
Day 11: Drive Daporijo to Aalo
Day 12: A full day visiting Galo tribe villages on foot
Day 13: Excursions to visit Minyong tribe villages on foot and drive to Pasighat
Day 14: Drive from Pasighat to Dibrugarh
Day 15: Drive to Dibrugarh and depart

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ARUNCHAL TRIBAL VILLAGES TOUR

Day: 1- Arrive in Guwahati for a day of sightseeing

Arrive in Guwahati where you will be met by your driver and guide and transfer to your accommodation. In the afternoon, time permitting, there will be the opportunity to visit visit Kamakhya temple, Kalashetra and its museum, plus the state emporium. Overnight in Guwahati.

Day: 2- Drive from Guwahati to Kaziranga National Park

In the morning, continue sightseeing in Guwahati not completed on Day 1. In the afternoon, drive from Guwahati through the plains of north Assam along the southern banks of the Bramaputra river to Kaziranga National Park. The park is located on the floodplains on both sides of the Brahmaputra river and is home to the endangered one-horned rhino. Overnight at Kaziranga.

Day: 3 - A whole day of safaris in Kaziranga National Park

Enjoy two game drives in the National Park: an early morning elephant safari to seek out the one horned rhino, along with a range of other magnificent animals and birds, followed by an afternoon jeep safari. Overnight at Kaziranga.

Day: 4 - Drive from Kaziranga to Majuli Island

Drive from Kaziranga to Majuli Island, taking a ferry ride over the mighty Brahmaputra river. Overnight on Majuli Island, the biggest inhabited river island in the world.

Day: 5 - A full day exploring Majuli Island

Visit a variety of very different satras (Hindu monasteries) and see pottery making in a local village. Overnight on Majuli Island.

Day: 6 - Drive from Majuli Island to Ziro

Take a ferry from Majuli Island, crossing now to the north bank of the Brahmaputra river. Drive further northwards into the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh, pausing occasionally to visit traditional Nishi houses, in order to reach the Apatani settlement of Ziro. Overnight at Ziro.

Day: 7 - A full day visiting Apatani tribe villages on foot

Trek 1- Apatani Tribe Village Trail: enjoy a gentle day’s trekking through traditional Apatani villages on the periphery of the high plain around Ziro. Overnight at Ziro.

Day: 8 - A full day in Ziro

In March we will enjoy the traditional donyi polo animist Myoko Festival.; in November we will enjoy alternative Apatani cultural experiences and visit the local museum. Overnight at Ziro.

Day: 9 - Drive from Ziro to Daporijo

Drive eastwards through the mountains of Central Arunachal Pradesh from Ziro to Daporijo making occasional stops to explore traditional Nishi tribe villages on foot. Once in Daporijo, we will enjoy an evening of traditional entertainment provided by Nishi tribal dancers. Overnight at Daporijo.

Day: 10- Excursions to visit Tagin tribe villages

Tagin Tribe Village Trail: enjoy a gentle day’s drive to visit some traditional Tagin villages as well as the Hindu Shiva cave temple at Menga. In the evening we will enjoy a local Tagin cookery class. Overnight at Daporijo.

Day: 11- Drive Daporijo to Aalo

We continue our tour through the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh by driving further eastwards from Daporijo to Aalo, making occasional stops to explore Tagin tribe villages on foot. In the evening we will enjoy traditional entertainment provided by Galo tribal dancers. Overnight in Aalo.

Day: 12 -A full day visiting Galo tribe villages on foot

Trek 2 – Galo Tribe Village Trail: enjoy a gentle trek through traditional Galo villages, reached by first crossing the River Siyom via another dramatic wooden foot bridge and then heading through the jungle to find their rice fields and orange tree orchards, before returning to Aalo by road. In the afternoon there is the option of visiting the local museum, time permitting. In the evening you will enjoy a local Galo cookery class. Overnight in Aalo.

Day: 13 - Excursions to visit Minyong tribe villages on foot and drive to Pasighat

Day: 14 - Drive from Pasighat to Dibrugarh

Drive along the north bank of the Brahmaputra river, making a short detour to visit the ancient remains of the famous early medieval Hindu Malinithan Temple, right on the Arunachal-Assam border, before crossing the Brahmaputra river by local ferry for a final time to reach the environs of Dibrugarh. Spend the remainder of the day relaxing on the verandah of your tea plantation bungalow and enjoying leisurely walks through the surrounding tea plantation gardens themselves while reflecting upon your experiences of the last two weeks.

Day: 15 - Drive to Dibrugarh and depart

After breakfast, transfer to Dibrugarh Airport in good time for your departure flight.

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Arunachal Frequently Asked Questions

Where do the people of  ​Arunachal come from?

It is widely believed that the tribes who inhabit this land now, came from Burma (present day Myanmar) and Tibet, where Mongoloid tribal groups with similar cultures still live. To maintain their identity, each tribe used tattoos, headgears or nose plugs.

How many tribes are there in Arunachal?

There are about 20 scheduled tribes in Arunachal Pradesh each with its own sub-groups. The area has the highest concentration of scheduled tribes in India.

What are the best months to do the tour?

There are several festivals amongst the varius tribes throughout the year but the best time is for the Apatani Myoko Festival in March. The Myoko Festival is an annual celebration in Ziro Valley, especially by three indigenous tribes namely Diibo-Hija, Hari-Bulla and the Apatani. It’s a 10-day celebration; it goes on from March 20 – 30 every year 

What language is spoken in Arunachal Pradesh?

The number and diversity of languages/dialects spoken in Arunachal Pradesh are not conclusively known. 30, possibly 50, distinct languages/dialects. However Hindi and English are the main languages in Arunachal Pradesh.

Is there any restrictions on doing the tour?

As Arunachal Pradesh falls under restricted area, any domestic tourist coming to Arunachal Pradesh has to obtain an Inner Line Permit (ILP). The Permit is granted as a routine for the tourists. We arrange the permits for the tour. However, Only fully vaccinated tourists (persons who have taken both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine) would be allowed to visit the state at this point of time.


Do we need travel insurance?

Yes you do. We do not recommend travelling without it and require it for our tours. Accidents, medical emergencies, travel delays or other problems can occur in any country and the resulting costs can be significant. Here is  a link if you do not already have your own preferred provider.