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