Tucked away in the far north-east of India, wedged between the borders of Bhutan, Burma and Tibet, Arunachal Pradesh is India's newest and least-known state, also known as the "North East Frontier Agency" or the "Northeast States" along with Assam and Nagaland. Except for occasional forays by administrators and anthropologists during the time of the British, nothing much was known about this area for most of the 20th century!
These lands never belonged to ancient India. They were, and still are, peopled by unique Mongoloid and Mon-Khmer peoples. The people here are animists (except the area of Tawang where they adopted Buddhism); in the Highlands, wild tribes enthusiastically practiced indiscriminate headhunting until as late as the fifties! To the north, Mongoloid tribals are today still new to encountering travelers from "civilization".
Your journey will introduce you to the Nagaland and hilltop villages. Along the way you'll see an Assam tea plantation, Konyak "head hunter" tribes, the Majuli islands, as well as Hong and other Apatani Villages.
This adventure comes to a close with several days devoted to spectacular wildlife. The Nameri Wildlife Park is fantastic for viewing rare birds. The Kaziranga Wildlife Park, sprawling over 430 square kilometers, is also home to over 300 species of birds, as well as wild elephants, Asiatic wild buffalo, tigers, leopards, sloth bears and many deer species. It is also the habitat of the endangered great Indian one-horned rhinoceros. Here you will embark on a jeep safari and on a morning safari on an elephant ride!
Season: November through June
- For added adventure and activity, we can include cycling on Majuli island. Instead of doing the sightseeing by jeeps, we will do the sightseeing by local cycles.
- Chances of seeing wildlife: The chances of seeing a rare horned rhino are 99%! The chances of seeing tigers though are only about 10% due to the high wild grass. The other animals that you'll have a very good chance of seeing are include Asiatic elephants, wild buffalo, hollock Gibbons and the great Indian hornbill among many others.
Itinerary in Brief
- DAY 1: Arrival
- DAY 2: Morning flight to Dibrugarh, Tea Tour
- DAY 3: Phuktong Village
- DAY 4: Village Tours/ Konyak Tribes
- DAY 5: Village Tour
- DAY 6: Visit of Jorhat
- DAY 7: Majuli Islands
- DAY 8: Travel to Ziro
- DAY 9: Discovery of Hong and other Apatani Villages
- DAY 10: Nameri Wildlife Park
- DAY 11: Nameri & Kaziranga Wildlife Parks
- DAY 12: Kaziranga Wildlife Park
- DAY 13: Return to Kolkata
- DAY 14: Departure
- The best cultural trip AWR offers!
- Visits to Nagaland and Apatani Villages where time has stood still
- Nameri Wildlife Park (premier birding)
- Kaziranga Wildlife Park (home of the endangered Indian one-horned rhinoceros among other animals)
LOCATIONS: India's North East Frontier Agency