- Trip Outline
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Arunachal Pradesh “the land of the dawn-lit mountains” is one of India’s last unspoiled wilderness paradise. A wealth of fascinating cultures, peoples and tribes – plus a staggering five hundred species of orchid – are found in its glacial terrain, alpine meadows and subtropical rainforests.
The tribes have modernized but you can still see the cultural aspect in their villages, where people keep proudly their tradition. The most interesting aspect of the tribes is the Donyi Polo traditions to please the almighty and trying to cure the evil of their life hood through their process of sacrificing animals. On the other hand the Bodics or the Buddhism believers are quite different to the non bodics. This tour will take you through such a land where you will be enthralled by every aspect of life.
Arrival in Guwahati - Nameri NPWelcome at the airport and road to Nameri National Park on the foot hills of the Himalayas and bordering Arunachal Pradesh. If early arrival, you can enjoy a nature walk in the afternoon. Night in hotel or resort. Many activities can be organized around the park: angling, rafting, hikes...
Nameri NP - DirangAfter breakfast, you go to Dirang. In Bhalukpong, which is the border between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, you will ask permission to enter Arunachal. The journey is along a very scenic road traversing forested hills and crossing over the Nichephu pass to the Tanga valley. Traversing the Tanga valley, the road climbs through a series of hairpins to the town of Bomdila, located at 2800 m height pass of same name. En route, stop at Tipi to visit a greenhouse of orchids with more than 7,500 flowers. You will also stop in the temple of Nag Mandir in Dedza. Visit the village inhabited by the ethnic Rupa of Shertukpen. Lunch at Bomdila and will continue to Dirang. Night in hotel.
Dirang - TawangAfter breakfast, visit the hot springs of Dirang and then drive to Tawang, the birthplace of Mahayana Buddhism. On the way, you can visit the quiet Nyukmadung Village. To reach Tawang, you will go through the Sela pass (4170 m). Night in hotel or guest house. Option: Bailey Trail Trekking (8 to 11 days) or Nagigi Trekking (8 days)
TawangWalk for 30 minutes from the market in Tawang town and enter the Tawang monastery compound. Founded in AD 1680, Tawang Monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in India. Situated at an elevation of 3300 meters, the mesmerizing Buddhist citadel comprises 65 residential buildings which are home to 450 lamas. A centre for Buddhist cultural studies and a library with an invaluable collection of 400-year-old manuscripts are also found inside the compound. Also pay a visit to the museum and butter lamp house. Visit a craft center and emporium and shop for authentic woven goods and garments. Drive to the outskirts of Tawang town and visit Urgelling Monastery which was built around AD 1487. Almost two centuries later Tsangyang Gyatso, H.H. the 6th Dalai Lama, was born here in 1683. Pilgrims can burn incense and perform a candle lighting ceremony in which conical terracotta lamps are used. Next visit Khinmey Gompa which will impress with its kaleidoscope of glorious colors. Drive back to Tawang town for lunch. Visit the Ani Gompas or nunneries of Tawang are steeped in the same time-honoured Tibetan Buddhist traditions as their larger all-male counterparts. Night in hotel/homestay. Option: Explore villages around Tawang by walk (2/3 days)
Tawang - Zemithang - TawangFor a day trip, drive to Zemithang, an interesting and scenic village of the Monpa tribe (who are Buddhists), located very near to the border with China. You will also visit the Gorsam Chorten and the Pangchenpa tribe which is migrated from China. Return to Tawang by sunset. Night in hotel.
Tawang - BomdilaAfter breakfast, you go to Bomdila. En route you pass Nuranang Falls, the memorial of Jaswant Garh (in memory of the Indochina war) and the Dirang Ta Dzong (Tibetan old prison). Night in hotel or guest house.
Bomdila - ItanagarToday you drive to Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal, a modern enclave built where reside the ruins of the ancient capital of the fourteenth century. In the afternoon, stroll through the local markets. Night in hotel.
Itanagar - ZiroMorning visit of the Itafort, the museum and the Mahayana and Hinayana monasteries. Later on drive along the Ranga River, you quickly enter the extensive foothills of the Himalaya. The mountain road cuts through densely forested hills and slowly keeps gaining altitude till we reach the Apatani plateau. En route, visiting Nyishi tribes. Night in hotel/homestay. Option: Trekking in the Nyshyi Hills (7 to 9 days)
ZiroAfter breakfast, drive to the Shiv Mandir and then come back to the valley. After that you can visit the high altitude fishing farms where they grow fishes in the paddy fields. Then visit Hong and Dutta (Apatani villages) and the craft centre where you could do some shopping as well. Drive up to the view point near old Ziro and enjoy the view of the valley from top. Night in hotel or homestay.
Ziro - DaporijoDeparting 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 Nishis 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. 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. 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)
Daporijo - AlongEarly morning visit Lida village of Adi-Gallong tribes. A short drive brings us to Tajipara, another Adi-Gallong village. Continue to Along. Rest of the day, visit the local market and museum. Night in hotel.
AlongSpend the day exploring verdant villages around Aalo of the Adi Gallong Tribe such as Kabu, Jirdan an Kayin. Visit homes and interact with the villagers to gain more insight about the inter-relation of animist cultures present in Arunachal Pradesh. In Kabu cross a cane hanging bridge. Night in homestay/hotel.
Along - DamroToday, you visit several villages in Along area and head to Siang river to cross a 70 m bamboo bridge. You continue Northupto Yamne River. On the way, visit Adi Minyong, Adi Simong and Adi Karko villages. Night in Circuit House/ Village Camp.
DamroVisit the original village of the Adi Padam tribe and witness their age-old customs. The longest hanging bridge in Arunachal Pradesh at Damro sways gently over a silvery slash of the Yamne River as Adi Padam herders head to the forests with their mithun. A domesticated form of the gaur (Indian bison), these semi-feral bovines recognize their master’s call and lumber forth for salt. Night in Circuit House/ Village Camp.
Damro - PasighatAfter breakfast, drive to Pasighat. On the way, visit the tribal villages of Pado, Sili, and Bodak. In the afternoon you get to visit the Pasighat museum and handicraft centre. Night in basic hotel.
Pasighat - DibrugarhDrive 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.
Departure from DibrugarhTransfer to the airport. End of our services.
- Discover several tribes of Arunachal Pradesh: Sherdukpan, Monpa, Nyishi, Apatani, Galo (gallong), Tagin and Padum
- Visit Asia’s second largest Buddhist monastery in Tawang
- Drive through 4170 m pass once entry gate of Tibet
- Cross the mighty Brahmaputra river in a ferry