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Wild Life Assam Nagaland Tour

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. Before the region was elevated to statehood in 1986, Arunachal Pradesh, along with Assam, Nagaland and 4 other states was known as the North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA). 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. The isolation of the North East Frontier Agency was legally safeguarded by India's own government; before laws permitting limited tourism were passed in 1995, even Indian citizens were not allowed to visit.

The North East Frontier Agency lands never belonged to ancient India. They were, and still are, peopled by Mongoloid and Mon-Khmer austere stock, far removed from Aryan-Dravidian blood of the mainstream. People here are animists (except the area of Tawang where they accepted Buddhism); in the Highlands, wild Burmese tribes enthusiastically practiced indiscriminate headhunting until as late as the fifties. To the north, Mongoloid tribals, bare-bodied in breech-clouts, are today still encountering “civilization".

Nagaland is almost entirely inhabited by 16 groups of Tibeto-Burmese tribes. Among them are Angamis, Aos, Konyaks, Kukis, Lothas, Semas and Wanchus.

The Nagas, who were once head hunters, have been known for their fierceness and the regular raids they made on Assam and Burma. The warring tribes believed that since the enemy’s animated soul, waha, was to be found at the nape of the neck, it could only be set free once beheaded. However, since the spritual soul, mio, resided in the head and brought good fortune, enemy heads (and those of dead comrades) were prized as they could add to a community’s own store of dead ancestors.

The hilltop villages are protected by stone walls. The morung, a meeting house, acts as a boy’s dormitory, and is used for storing weapons and once displayed the prizes of war i.e. the enemy heads. The huge sacred drum, which stands by each morung is hallowed out tree trunk carved to resemble a buffalo head.

  • Day 1: Arrive Guwahati - ECO Camp (By surface approx. 260Kms/6 Hrs)

    • You will be welcomed by our accompanying local guide at Guwahati airport and visit Kamkaya temple and Shulkuch village famous for silk drive back to eco camp Namari. On arrival, check-in to the Namari eco camp.
  • Day 2: Eco Camp to Ziro(By surface approx. 36Kms/07-08Hrs)

    • Enroute visit Buddhist monastery and measum local market. Later drive to Ziro. On arrival, check-in to the hotel. One of the most beautiful hill stations of Arunachal Pradesh located at about 1500 meters above mean sea level in the midst of the pine clad mountains. Ziro is the headquarter of Lower Subansiri District inhabited by more than have 50,000 friendly Apatani’s people. The land of Apatani’s is a valley, uneven and dotted with a number of hillocks beneath the lust paddy field.
  • Day 3: Overnight in the Hotel Blue Pine/ Zirovelly resort

    • Early morning drive to Raga which is 60km 2 hrs drive visit Festival and back to Ziro. There is no accommodation in Raga Village. They have only government guest house. Difficulties can arise to get accommodation if client wants to stay. Local houses can be arranged or tented.
      VISIT BORI BOOTH FESTIVAL AT RAGA VILLAGE Dated of Bori Booth Festival from 3/2/2015 to 6/2/2015 every Year they celebrated.
  • Day 6: Ziro

    • Using Ziro as a base, the entire 02 days are 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 7: 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’ll visit MuriMugli, 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 loincloths. 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 8: 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 very 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 9: Monku village

    • 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 10: Pasighat – Dibrugarh

    • Morning drive 2 Drive to the ferry point and board our ferry for about 2 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. Check in hotel. In the afternoon visit Local Market
  • Day 11: Mon

    • Drive to Mon for 7 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) reside.
      Overnight in the HelsaResort or Helsa Cottage
  • Day 12: After breakfast visit Longwa Village

    • After breakfast visit Longwa Village, bordering India and Burma, situated about 50 km from the district headquarters of Mon. Longwais, one of the biggest villages in the district, some portions of this village lie in India and some in Myanmar. However, it is controlled by a chief known as Angh. Half of the house of the chief falls in India and the other half in Myanmar. The lucky villagers enjoy two citizenships, one of India and the other of Burma. It is the place where coal mine was discovered in 1907. A visit to the village will acquaint you with the culture of the tribe. They are skilled in making exquisite handicrafts. Afternoon visit Mon Village, here also you will find tattooed Konyaks. Overnight in Mon.
  • Day 13: Mon To Jorhat over/ night DonyAgam Bamboo Guest House

    • Enroute visit SibsagerSivadol / KarangerGhar / Rang Ghar and drive to Jorhat Over/ night hotel New park.
  • Day 14: After breakfast drive to Majuli Island,

    • The world’s largest River Island is famous for its twenty-two 15th Century "satras". These 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 art and craft traditions, which can now be found only here. In NatunSamugrisatra for instance, one can still find the craft of mask-making. Kamlabarisatra still makes the finest boats.
      On arrival in Majuli, check in to the lodge for overnight stay.
      We will also explore the villages of Miri tribes who live on this island.
      Overnight in the Denny’s Lodge /DonyAgom Bamboo house
  • Day 15: Majuli to Kaziranga

    • Majuli to Kaziranga 160km 3 hrs drive over/ night Hotel
  • Day 16: Elephant Ride and Jeep safari Inside national Park

    • Elephant Ride and Jeep safari Inside national Park
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