Delhi - Itanagar – Ziro - Doporijo – Along - Pasighat – Dibrugarh - Mon – Kaziranga
13 Nights / 14 Days
DAY 1 : Delhi/ Kolkata – Guwahati – ECO Camo Namari National Park
Guwahati: Met upon arrival and drive to ECO CAM for 5 hours. On the way we will cross Brahmaputra River on one of the two bridges which span this river. Overnight at TENTED ACCOMADATION.
DAY 2 : ECO Camp to Itanager
Morning visit Mishing and Assames Village. Drive to Itanager. Enroute visit tea garden. Over/ night/ hotel
DAY 3 : Itanagar – Ziro
Early morning visiting the Monpa Buddhist Monastery at Itanagar and State Museum local market. Driving along the Ranga River, we 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 at 5700 feet. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 4 : Ziro
Using Ziro as a base, the entire day is spent visiting the Hong and other Apatani Villages . Everywhere we go we are warmly welcomed. As E.T. Dalton noted in 1845, “The men do not rejoice in much drapery, they wear a girdle of cane work painted red which hangs behind in long bushy tail.” Just as the tail is the distinctive part of the male dress, so is the nose plug peculiar to the Apatani women. It is the ambition of each woman to wear the largest possible nose plugs, which are made of wood. Both sexes extensively tattoo their faces. Each sect has distinctive features. Their hats, clothes, ornaments, language and even physical features are totally different.
DAY 5 : Ziro – Doporijo
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 Nishis and the Hill Miris tribes. We 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 we 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.
DAY 6 : Doporijo – Along
Early morning visit Lida village of Adi-Gallong tribes. A short twelve-mile drive brings us to Tajipara, another Adi-Gallong tribal village. Adis are ery accomplished weavers of cane goods. They make baskets, hats, breastplates, shield, but the excellence of their cane work shines supreme in the famous cane suspension bridges of Arunachal Pradesh. “Marvels of untutored engineering skills,” was how a 19th-century British explorer described the bridges. The Adis also excel at weaving intricate patterns for their clothing, and we may see examples of their pottery today.
DAY 7 : Along
VISIT MOPIN FESTIVEL
Drive to Lower and Upper Bari village. On the way cross the river Yamgo. From here hike for one hour to Mobuk village which sits pretty on a saddle. Also visit Monku village. We will also organize cultural evening in the village here.
DAY 9 : Along – Pasighat
We drive back towards Along before heading east to reach the Brahmaputra River Valley. We continue to drive on a military road downriver to Pasighat. Pasighat is a fairly big town on the banks of the Brahmaputra. Here the mighty river exits the mountains to empty onto the Assam plains. From being a few hundred feet wide, it suddenly grows to six miles across. In the evening visit the local market here.
DAY 9 : Pasighat – Dibrugarh
Morning drive to the ferry point and board our ferry for about 4-5 hours as we cross the mighty Brahmaputra. As there are no bridges close by on Brahmaputra, the ferry becomes the life line of trade between northern and southern banks of the river. We will be joined by tribals, milkmen out to sell their milk to the big factories and migrant workers as we gently float on this mighty river. On arrival, transfer to the hotel.
DAY 10 : Dibrugarh – Mon
Early morning start your drive to Mon for 5-6 hours. After going through checking formalities at the border of Nagaland, we enter the state.
Visit first village at Phuktong village. It has two great Morungs (men’s dormitories). Also visit Angh’s (chief’s) residence. Overnight at local house / tented camp
DAY 11 : Mon
Two full days to explore this colorful tribal area of Konyak tribes who have been head hunters in the recent past. Visit Shangnyu village which is ruled by the Chief Angh and is a prominent village in Mon district. There is a wonderful wooden monument measuring 8 feet in height and 12 feet in breadth- believed to have been constructed by heavenly angels. Human beings and other creatures are carved on this monument. Memorial stones are also found in front of the Angh’s Palace. History records that good and friendly relationship existed between the Shangnyu and the Ahom Kings of Assam. Shangnyu Angh use to collect taxes from all the villages under his domain-extending from Sibsagar in Assam to the Wanchos in Arunachal. Also visit Sangha to see head hunting trophies and houses constructed in the true Konyak tradition with palm leaves roofing and the main pillars jutting out.
We will also organize a cultural evening in the village.
DAY 13 : Mon – Kaziranga
7hrs over/ night/ Wild Grass/ Hotel
DAY 14 : Kaziranga
Kaziranga/ Elephant ride and Jeep Safari inside the national park drive to Gawahati. Over/ Night/ Hotel
Morning visit Famous kamakhaya temple drive to airport by connected flight.
Inclusions and Exclusions
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis in double occupancy (single occupancy attracts a 15% supplement)
- All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Tea and Dinner)
- Drinking water
- Transfers to and from the airport
- Transportation by SUV (Innova or Xylo)
- Inner Line Permit/Protected Area Permit (for Arunachal Pradesh only)
- Rafting/Camel/Elephant Safari charges
- Porters and mules during trek
- Entry fee to all parks/monuments/folk dances
- English-speaking tour guide
Prices Do Not Include:
- Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours or extra meals ordered
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head "Prices include"
- Tips, insurance, laundry, phone calls, medication, visa fees
- Any kind of drinks (alcoholic, mineral, aerated)
- Connecting flights, trains or other conveyance
- Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
Terms & Conditions:
- Prices valid from 1st October 2016 to 31st March 2018.
- Prices valid for minimum 2 and maximum 4 pax traveling together in one vehicle.
- 50% non-refundable and non-transferrable advance payment to be deposited at the time of booking confirmation with balance due in cash on arrival.
- November to March Pangong Lake Journey will be done in one-day excursion.
- In April and October heaters will be provided in accommodation and vehicle free of charge.
- Our itineraries are conceived for adult travelers above the age of 15. Due to the remote geographical location of our tours, none is suitable for pregnant guests.
About the Guide
"I'm a woman entrepreneur from Austria and run a resort in Goa, India. I have rarely followed
the crowd, have always lived curiously and am unafraid to travel alone. But when the time came
for me to explore India, I wanted someone else to put together a fascinating itinerary and look
after the logistics for me so that I could totally let my hair down and have fun.
It was a huge stroke of good fortune that I found out about Sange Tsering - The Holiday Scout.
Highly knowledgeable about the natural, historical and cultural treasures of Northeast India,
well organized and committed to customer satisfaction in his approach, Sange is more than a
qualified travel guide.
Given his contagious enthusiasm for discovery, Sange encouraged me to try everything and what
started out as a tour quickly became a glorious pursuit of new life experiences which we found
and swallowed whole for eleven straight days! Northeast India is a truly mesmerizing region,
and I will surely return to travel with The Holiday Scout - the guide makes all the difference."
Erika | Austria | Solo Traveller