Northeast India Minorities Tour
Duration: 25 Nights / 26 Days
Places Covered: Delhi or Kolkata - Guwahati - Nameri - Dirang - Tawang - Kaziranga - Jorhat - Majuli – zero - Daporijo - Along - Damroh - Pasighat - Sibsagar - Mon - Dibrugarh - Kolkata or Delhi
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Nestled in the pristine mountain and surrounded by natural beauty, the North East India is one of the least explored destinations that have plentiful to offer. Buddhist monasteries, mountainous landscape, indigenous people, dense forests and natural calamity make this a favorite destination among the travelers. The minority tour also takes you through some of the unexplored places like Mon, Longwa, Daporijo, Ziro, Kaziranga, Dirang, Majuli and many others that have their own values and culture. What's more the North-East India Minorities Tour is ready to welcome you with the warmth of Blue Mountains, wildlife sanctuaries, living culture and breathtaking greenery, when you make your way to this amazing place.
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The gateway to the northeast and the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the region, Guwahati serves as the starting block for most Northeast itineraries.
Nearest Airport: Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport
Languages Spoken: Assamese, English
STD Code: 0361
Best Time to Visit: April
Arrival Kolkata or Delhi: Upon arrival at Kolkata or New Delhi international airport, meet to our representative and transfer to hotel for rest of the night.
Flight to Guwahati: Morning flight from Delhi or Kolkata to Guwahati, the largest city of Assam . On arrival meet to our representative and transfer to hotel. Guwahati was once called Pragjyotishpura (eastern city of light), it is situated on the south bank of the Brahmaputra. Later visit the Kamakshya temple built on a hill, which is a seat of Tantric Hinduism. Goats are regularly offered (sacrifice) here. Drive back to hotel en route visit local vegetable and fish market.
Guwahati – Nameri National Park (225 Km): After breakfast drive to Nameri, on arrival check in Eco Camp, these lodging is set along with the Bhorelli river. Nameri National Park is home of endangered species such as the rhinoceros, hornbill, tigers & elephants. Dinner and Overnight at Eco Lodge.
Nameri National Park – Dirang (165 Km): Breakfast at Eco lodge later drive to North Assam road going to Dirang. Now you will be cross the mountains, enter in Arunachal Pradesh and leave the plain of Assam. Through the head quarter of West Kameng “Bomdila” this town is inhabited Monpa Sherdukpen & Tibetan Buddhism. En route visit a Tibetan Buddhist monastery (Gelugpa School) in Bomdila. On arrival at Dirang, check in hotel or guest house.
Dirang – Tawang (195 Km) Over Sela Pass (4250m): After breakfast drive to Tawang. Before leaving the Dirang valley, we will discover the beautiful village of Chug. Then we cross the Sela Pass (4249 m) which gives access to Tawangchu valley where is located the Tawang Monastery, close to the border with Bhutan (east) and just south of the border with Tibet. The 14th Dalai Lama came to India from Tibet in March 1959 by the same way, and stayed there some time in this monastery before going to Dharamsala. Overnight hotel at Tawang.
Tawang: After breakfast visit Tawang monastery, built in 1680 by the Tibetan Buddhist school Gelugpa ("yellow hats"), which dominant the position as a fortress, because at that time it was necessary to protect against attacks by some monks rival schools, as Drukpa, Nyingmapa & Karmapa.
The monastery is full of an interesting collection of sacred Thangka and large library of books, some of which are written in gold letters and a large golden statue of Buddha in the prayer room. Later visit the Brandung Chung Ani Gompa (Nunnery) & the house where 6th Dalai Lama was born. Overnight at hotel.
Around Tawang: After breakfast commence local sightseeing around Tawang as Zimithang, close to the border with Bhutan, following the valley of a river which then irrigate the country. That's what this valley originated Tsona Gontse Rimpoche, where he also visits occasionally. Visit Gorsam Chorten, large chorten with two eyes as in the Kathmandu. You also discover the villages that is dominant Monpa ethnic group in the region, around Lumla. Overnight hotel at Tawang.
Tawang – Dirang (195 Km): After breakfast drive back to Dirang by the same route as on the way, crossing the Sela Pass (4249 m) and descent into the Dirang valley. On arrival at Dirang check in hotel, later hiking in the valley towards Sangti Monpa villages. You will see the architecture and in the dialect spoken by the Monpa in this region. Overnight hotel at Dirang.
Dirang – Kaziranga (250 Km): Drive back to Bhalukpong and cross Tezpur city in Assam. Continue to the Kaziranga National Park, on the other side of the Brahmaputra, which is the last major habitat of horned rhinoceroses in India (there are around 1500). Overnight at hotel.
Kaziranga – Jorhat (115 Km): Very early in the morning elephant ride in the Kaziranga National Park (around 2 H) closer to wildlife, especially rhinos can be seen in the tall grass. Then departure by road to the east, still in Assam, Jorhat, Overnight at eco-lodge.
Jorhat - Majuli Isalnd: After breakfast transfer to the another side of Jorhat, cross Brahmaputra by boat to enter the Majuli island, situated in the middle of the Brahmaputra. This large river island of 577 square kilometers, is home of 23 villages and composed by Mishing, Kachari and Deori ethnicities, and of course the Assamese. These are derived from a mixture of Shan populations from Burma and Bengali. An amazing Vaishnavite Culture (dedicated to Vishnu) remains with even with 21 satra (monasteries) still active, where the monks learn the dance, music and the arts. We discover the island of Majuli with its villages and satra. Satra nights in the house of Ananda. Overnight at hotel.
Majuli – Ziro (240 Km): After an early breakfast crossing the Brahmaputra river toward north. We leave again the plains of Assam and mount theArunachal Pradesh. We discover along the way a few longhouses isolated from the Nishi tribe. On arrival at Zero in the heart of Apatani communities, we walk through the villages of the Apatani tribe. The women of this ethnic group have the custom to adorn their nostrils with rattan discs painted black and some tattoos. The Apatani still practice divination and shamanism. They were much more peaceful than their neighbors Nishi and Miri. They live in a very concentrated, unlike all other ethnic groups. The lanes are sometimes quite narrow and the houses are tightened to each other, separated by bamboo fences. Only 5 villages are open the tour tourist , which has about 22,000 inhabitants in Arunachal. Overnight hotel.
Ziro: After breakfast full day in the Ziro and visit Apatani Tribal villages, meeting with a shaman of this ethnic group in the evening, but also visit Nishi villages located about twenty kilometers from Ziro, with some hiking. The Nishi are about 116,000, almost 11% population all total of Arunachal Pradesh. This is the main ethnic group of any state except Adi tribes. Their habitat are more dispersed than the Apatani. The Nishi are polygamy and once lived in longhouses up to 60 meters long. Nowadays, houses are smaller, but there are still some more longhouses. During the holidays, Nishi men wear a sort of woven rattan helmet on his head, adorned with a large beak giant hornbill. These hornbills, called rhinoceros hornbill, this hornbills are endangered and Nishi begin to replace an artificial beaks made of fiberglass etc. Overnight at hotel in Ziro. (In month of March there is a festival called “Myoko”).
Ziro – Daporijjo (230 Km): Morning drive to Daporijo through the mountains. En route hiking to see the "Hill Miri," ethnic villages as Raga etc. That is to say Miri opposed to their cousins who live in foothill of Assam . The Hill Miri represent around 13 000 inhabitants, among the poorest ethnic groups in the region. As Nishi men, they still carry a helmet on the head, but not decorated with hornbill beak as Adi. Daporijo is located in the valley of Subansiri river, which originates in Tibet, in the Lhuntse region. On arrival check in hotel or guest house (very very basic) for overnight stay.
Daporijo – Along (170 Km): Breakfast at hotel or guest house, later proceed to Along through the mountains. On the way cross Subansiri River & Siyom River. In-around of Along, visit a large village of Adi Gallong. This subgroup of the Adi tribe, the richest and most influential in the Adi communities. Their houses are very well decorated because these tribes are well known for architecture. In the region find other subgroups of the Adi tribe, such as Minyong, Pasi and Padam, who live in the surrounding mountains. They all have Mongoloid features and are still mostly animists. The Adi across the Arunacahl Pradesh around 160,000 inhabitants, that is to say about 15% of the population of Arunachal. Overnight in hotel or local hotel.
Along - Damroh: After breakfast visit some villages in the valley of Alon, before join the another valley called Siang. Meanwhlie cross a large bridge around 70 m. over the river Siang. This bridge was make of bomboo and hay, now it is iron cables. Continue drive to Damroh. En route visit some Adi Minyong ethnic group villages. Furthre visit another ethnic group as Adi Simong & Adi Karko, speciall in the village Yingkiong. The ethnicity Adi was came from Tibet by the banks of the Brahmaputra. Overnight at local hosue.
Damroh: We spend two full days in the Damroh area to explore this beautiful region and the villages of Adi Milang and ethnicities. As we have Damroh lodge as a base, it is possible to organize different types of tours according to the desires of the tourist, with some shorter or longer hikes to the villages Milang to see the Dalbin and Pakimodi ethnic grouops. In Damroh, there is a large bridge around 300 meters long which is over the river Yamne. Overnight homstay or lodge.
Damroh - Pasighat: After breafkast drive to Pasighat, and terminate the voyage in Damroh. Drive to South of Arunachal Pradesh, inhabited by the subgroup of the Adi tribe called Padam, but you will find there another tribes group called Mishmi Idu. The Mishmi are another important ethnic group of Arunachal, which occupies the entire eastern part of the region, on the border with Burma and Tibet, separated into several sub-groups such as Adi. Discover some villages of these ethnic groups, especially the Mebo and Siluk. Then drive to Pasighat, a small town near to where the Brahmaputra leaves the Himalayas to spread out in the plains of Assam. Pasighat is in the plain, but always in Arunachal.
Pasighat - Dibrugarh - Sibsagar (Assam): After breakfast leave and descend to Pasighat by ferry over the Brahmaputra to the South, to Dibrugarh. This is a good opportunity to discover the river activity. Dibrugarh is a large city of eastern Assam, located near the mountains of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, on the banks of the Brahmaputra River. Transferring to Sibsagar. Visit on the way of a plantation of tea, famous tea from Assam, if time permits. Overnight hotel in Sibsagar.
Sibsagar - Mon (Nagaland): Morning visit Sibsagar, former capital of the Ahom kingdom, later drive to Mon through the hills of Nagaland. We enter the region Mon, located in the southern part of the Patkai Mountains chain, about 20 kilometers from the Minmyar (Burma) border, mainly inhabited by the tribes of Konyak Naga ethnic group. The Konyak are often regarded as the fiercest of Naga. They obey the Angh system, which are the hereditary chiefs, which allowed them to retain more of traditions and customs. Some Konyak men tattooed face. Visits to villages in the region of Mon particularli interesting morung. The morung were a kind of young to dormitories and meeting places of each neighborhood. Overnight at hotel in Mon.
Mon & Longwa Region: After breakfast visit Longwa village, which is one of the largest in the region. Located on a ridge, it is crossed by the official border between India and Burma. The Angh, hereditary chief of the village, his residence just between the two contries India and Burma. Overnight stay near by his house, but the Burmese side. Discover this village, one of the finest and best preserved of all the Naga Hills. Walking through the village, vast, and even Burmese side below the ridge. The Burmese soldiers are not present at the border ....... ! Hiking around & meet Naga on trails and near the village hunters, women bringing wood in baskets or water in bamboo tubes, cultivators, etc.
Visit also other important Naga villages including Shangnyu, which houses a stunning carved wooden panel. The Angh this village plays a very important role in this remote region of northern Nagaland, close to Arunachal Pradesh and Burma. Discover also the village of Chui, which houses some longhouses, and another further along the road Tuensang, which still houses human skulls dating from the time. Formerly, they were stored on shelves. Longwa first night, next to the house of the village chief, and second night at the hotel or guest hous in Mon.
Mon - Dibrugarh - Flight Delhi or Kolkata: Early in the morning drive to Dibrugarh, on arrival board flight Delhi or Kolkata. On arrival meet to our representative and transfer to hotel.
Delhi or Kolkata Sightseeing: After breakfast proceed to full day Delhi or Kolkata sightseeing. After farewell dinner transfer to internatinal airport & board flight to onward destination.