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This program introduces you to the Apatani tribe of Arunachal Pradesh, which is one of the benevolent people of the area and worship Donyi-Polo (Sun and Moon). The Apatani tribe has a long cycle of agricultural rites and festivals. The agricultural rites or festivals of the tribe begin by sacrificing domestic fowls, animals and eggs at different times, starting from the sowing to the harvesting periods to ensure a bumper yield of crops in the year. This festival is organized to appease Gods; Tamu for protection of crops from pest and insect, Metii for rejecting famine and disease, Danyi for protection and prosperity of mankind and Harniang for keeping the soil stable and wet for the paddies. The spot for the festival is selected by the priest and is decorated with branded bamboos. Women prepare lots of local beers called Apong distributed among the community.

 

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival in Dibrugarh

Welcome at airport and transfer to Hotel. Evening at leisure. Night in hotel.

Day 2

Dibrugarh - Ziro

We leave the hotel at 6:30 AM for the Dibrugarh ferry terminal. A one-hour, local ferry across the braided flow of the Brahmaputra awaits us. Keep an eye out for freshwater dolphin during the winter months! After reaching the other side of the Brahmaputra and continue on to reach our hotel in Ziro by late afternoon. Night in hotel or homestay.

Day 3 and 4

Ziro

2 days to experience Dree Festival. Interact with the villagers and witness the chaman performing rituals. Visit of the craft center and the Apatani villages of Hong and Dutta. Night in hotel or homestay.

Day 5

Ziro - Daporijo

Departing early in the morning, we descend from the Ziro plateau and drive along the Kamla River valley through dense jungle country, passing picturesque villages of Nyishis and the Hill Miris tribes. You will visit Muri Mugli, a Hill Miris tribe, and if road conditions are good we will continue another eight miles on a mountain dirt road to Noori, a small traditional village of the same people. Continue driving to Daporijo on the banks of the Subansiri River. Daporijo is the junction of three important tribes; Hill Miris, Tagins and Adi-Gallongs. Night in hotel. Option: Siyum - Mechuka Trek (8 days) The Ghansi sect of the Miris that we encounter here are of short stature, scantily dressed with a sleeveless jacket and loin cloths. They will usually carry woven cane knapsacks and a dao (broad sword) along with bow and arrows. The Panibotias, another sect of the Miris that you will meet, are just the opposite: tall, well-built people.

Day 6

Daporijo - Along

Morning drive for Along. En route, visit of the tribal villages. The main tribe of this area is Adi Gallong. Rest of the day, visit the local market and museum. Night in hotel. Option: Excursion to Mechuka (3/4 days)

Day 7

Along

Exploration of Along and surroundings. Night in hotel.

Day 8

Along - Pasighat

Today morning leave for Pasighat enroute visiting more tribal villages. On arrival, check-in at your hotel. Evening sightseeing of Pasighat town. Night in basic hotel. Option: Trekking to Komsing Village (2 to 4 days)

Day 9

Pasighat - Dibrugarh

Drive upto Oiramghat where we enter Assam to take the ferry across the braided flow of the Brahmaputra. Keep an eye out for freshwater dolphin during the winter months! After reaching the other side of the Brahmaputra, drive to Dibrugarh. Evening walk around town. Night in hotel.

Day 10

Departure from Dibrugarh

Transfer to the airport. End of our services.
  • Experience the colorful Dree Festival
  • Discover the lifestyle of the Apatani tribe
  • Cross the mighty Brahmaputra in ferry and spot the Gangetic dolphins

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