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14-Day Tribes and Wildlife of North East India

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Day 1 : Arrival

Visiting: Kolkata

We will greet you upon arrival and transfer you to your hotel in Kolkata. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

  • Standard Lodging: Lytton Hotel or similar

Day 2 : Morning flight to Dibrugarh, Tea Tour, Sibsagar

Visiting: Kolkata – Dibrugarh - Sibsagar

You will take the morning flight to Dibrugarh where we will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. On the way to the hotel, we will see tea gardens. Assam tea is considered the finest strong tea and majority of Indians drink this tea. We will not be allowed to enter the tea gardens due to security measures, but we will have ample opportunity to see the workers in action.

After lunch, we will proceed to Sibsagar. Sibsagar was the capital of the Ahom kingdom in the 18th century when it was called Rangpur; several temples remain from that period. The town is now a tea-processing town. The most remarkable landscape of the town is the 200-year-old Sibsagar tank, a large rectangular reservoir. On Sibsagar banks are three temples - the Shivadol, the Vishnudol and the Devidol - all three built by Queen Madambika, wife of Siva Singha, in the year 1734. The Shivadol is believed to be the tallesst Siva temple in India, having a height of 104 feet and a perimeter of 195 feet.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Brahmaputra or similar

Day 3 : Phuktong Village

Visiting: Dibrugar - Mon

In the early morning, we will start our drive to the state of Nagaland (approximately 5-6 hours). After going through checking formalities at the border, we enter the Mon District. We will visit Phuktong Village, which has two great Morungs (men’s dormitories). We will also visit the Angh’s (chief’s) residence.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Local lodge/ tented camp

Day 4 : Village Tours / Konyak Tribes

Visiting: Mon

You will have two full days to explore the colorful tribal area of Konyak tribes who were head hunters in the recent past. We will visit Shangnyu village, which is a prominent village in the Mon district. We will see 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 used to collect taxes from all the villages under his domain, extending from Sibsagar in Assam to the Wanchos in Arunachal.

We will also visit Sangha to see head hunting trophies and houses constructed in the true Konyak tradition with palm-leaf roofing and the main pillars jutting out. You will finish your day with a evening cultural activity in the village.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Local lodge/ tented camp

Day 5 : Village Tour

Visiting: Mon

We will continue touring the area's remote local villages with your English-speaking tour leader.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Local lodge/ tented camp

Day 6 : Visit of Jorhat

Visiting: Mon – Jorhat

In the morning, we will drive to Jorhat. In the afternoon, you will join your guide for an eye-opening walk around the colorful bazaars of this compelling town.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Heritage or similar

Day 7 : Majuli Islands

Visiting: Jorhat - Majuli

In the morning, we will transfer you to the pier to connect with our boat to Majuli. We will ride the boat for about 2 hours to arrive at this unique island. On arrival, we will explore the Majuli islands. The world's largest river island is famous for its twenty-two 15th Century "satras." Satras are Hindu vaishnev (followers of Lord Vishnu) monasteries functioning as centers of Assamese arts. The worship of Lord Vishnu is through dance, music, and poetry. The satras take in young boys and groom them. The daily routine includes working in the fields, tending cattle, prayer, discussion, and study. The satras have also nurtured certain arts and craft traditions, which can now be found only here. In the Natun Samugri satra, for instance, one can still find the craft of mask-making; Kamlabari satra still makes the finest boats. We will also explore the villages of the Miri tribes who live on this island.

For added adventure and activity, you can cycle on Majuli island instead of doing the sightseeing by jeeps.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Private homes / simple guest house

Day 8 : Travel to Ziro

Visiting: Majuli - Ziro

In the morning, we will drive to Ziro. We will cross two small rivers by boat on our mountain road drive, which cuts through densely forested hills and slowly keeps gaining altitude until we reach the Apatani plateau at 6,000 feet.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Blue Pine

Day 9 : Discovery of Hong and other Apatani Villages

Visiting: Ziro

Using Ziro as a base, we will spend the entire day visiting the Hong and other Apatani Villages. Everywhere we go, we will be warmly welcomed. A s E.T. Dalton noted in 1845, “The men do not rejoice in much drapery, they wear a girdle of canework 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. Each woman aspires 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.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Blue Pine

Day 10 : Nameri Wildlife Park

Visiting: Ziro – Nameri Wildlife Park

In the early morning, we will drive to Nameri. In the evening, we will walk to see the bird life in this scenic wildlife area. Or if you are interested, you can do some game angling (catch and release) for Masheer fish (additional permit required).

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Tented Camp: Eco Camp or similar

Day 11 : Nameri & Kaziranga Wildlife Parks

Visiting: Nameri Wildlife Park – Kaziranga Wildlife Park

In the morning, we will take a bird walk around Nameri. Later in the morning, we will drive to Kaziranga National Park (approximately two hours).

In the afternoon, you will enjoy a jeep safari in the Kaziranga National Park. The park, sprawling over 430 square kilometers in the eastern state of Assam, is one of the last bastions of the endangered great Indian one-horned rhinoceros, whose population was believed to have dropped to just 12 in the 1950s, but has since increased to around 1500. Kaziranga’s stunningly beautiful landscape comprises savannah grassland, the green and fertile plains of the Brahmaputra River, as well as evergreen, moist deciduous and swamp forests, and is also a haven for over 300 species of birds, as well as wild elephants, Asiatic wild buffalo, tigers, leopards, sloth bears, and many deer species. The park is open from November 1st to June 30th.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Lodge: Wild Grass or Bonhabi or similar

Day 12 : Kaziranga Wildlife Park

Visiting: Kaziranga Wildlife Park

In the early morning, you will ride an elephant to spot wildlife. The elephants bring us very close to the big game animals of this park. You will also enjoy morning and evening jeep safaris in the park to see more wildlife.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Lodge: Wild Grass or Bonhabi or similar

Day 13 : Return to Kolkata

Visiting: Kaziranga Wildlife Park - Guwahati – Kolkata

In the morning, we will drive to Guwahati and then you will fly to Kolkata. Upon arrival in Kolkata, we will transfer to your hotel. You will have the afternoon at your leisure.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Lytton Hotel or similar

Day 14 : Departure

Visiting: Kolkata

We will transfer you to the airport for your departing flight.

  • Meals: B

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