Mopin Festival

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Gallongs in the Along-Basar-Bame areas celebrate Mopin festival in the first five days of April. Mopin is thought to bring wealth and prosperity to the village but also drive the evil shadow away and receive the blessing of God for universal happiness.

During this festival, the Adi Gallong villages come alive with the dancing and chanting of their rhythmic songs made livelier by smearing of rice powder on each other’s faces.

The Mopin festival plays an important role in the cultural history of the Gallong tribe.

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Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival in Dibrugarh

Welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Night in hotel.

Day 2

Dibrugarh - Pasighat

We leave the hotel at 6:30 AM for the Dibrugarh ferry terminal. A two-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, we transfer to a bus for the journey to Arunachal Pradesh's border post. There we clear entry with our Restricted Area Permits, and continue on to reach our hotel in Pasighat by early afternoon. The afternoon is free to explore Pasighat's traditional market, buy souvenirs, and explore. Night in basic hotel.

Day 3

Pasighat - Along

Today you will move to Along. Enroute visit Adi (Minyong) tribal village to see the colourful peoples, their dances and culture. Night in hotel.

Day 4 & 5

Along

You’ll experience life in a hospitable Galo household preparing for the Mopin festival. Witness tribal rituals, taste festive dishes and delicious rice and home-brewed local rice wines that are available only during this festival. You participate in the festivities with your hosts, helping out with the preparations and cooking, amid cross-cultural conversations and generally immerse yourselves into their way of life during your stay here, joining in with their traditional costume dances and general revelry of course! You’ll meet animist shamans, priests and tribal community leaders for conversations about both traditional contemporary aspects of their culture, and optionally, trek to a remote village to experience tribal culture. Night in hotel.

Day 6

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 7

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 8

Departure from Dibrugarh

Transfer to the airport. End of our services.

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