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Assam Nagaland Festival Tour

  • Day 1: Arrived Delhi / Kolkata to Dibrughar

    • Over/night/ hotel
      Afternoon visit tea garden and local market
  • Day 2: Majuli Island

    • Full day to explore the 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 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 Miri tribes who live on this island.
  • Day 3 - 4: Majuli

    • Visit RAS Festival Majuli Island
  • Day 5: Majuli to Ziro

    • After breakfast drive to Ziro. Enroute cross the local tributaries of Brahmaputra River by local made ferry. Check in to the lodge for overnight stay. Overnight in the option local house or hotel blue pain.
  • Day 6 - 7: 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 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. 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 8: Ziro to Namari national park Eco camp

    • Over/ night/ tented accommodation
      Enroute visit tea Garden
  • Day 9: Namari - Dirang (By surface 170 Kms/06 Hrs)

    • Morning walk around Park and visit small village of Miri. Drive to Dirang
      The journey is along a very scenic road traversing forested hills. And crossing over the Nichephu pass to the Tanga valley. The road climbs through a series of hairpins to the town of Bomdila, located at 2800m height pass of same name. In the afternoon, visit the local handicraft center and museum as well as the local market and monastery here.
      Over/ night hotel Samdrupkhang
  • Day 10: Dirang – Tawang (By surface 140 Kms/06-07 Hrs)

    • Drive to tawang 140km our enchanting , journey to tawang continues over the 4150 meters high Sela pass which was once the battle ground between the Indian and Chinese army. Enroute visit and alpine lake sela pass temple and marvel at scenery there are photo opportunities at every turn and visit the mind hogging road.
  • Day 11: Tawang

    • Exploration of the 400 years old Tawang monastery and have an audience with Rimpoche in afternoon. Visit Urgelling Monastery dating back to 1489 followed by the Seru Monpa village craft center and museum.
      The famous Gelden Namgyal Lhatsa, Popularly known as Tawang monastery was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyamsto in the years 1860-1881. This monastery is the largest of the country and is the second largest in Asia. This Monastery is fountain-head of the spiritual life of gelukpa sect of mahayana a school of buddhism. The inner walls of the Dukhang, the assembly hall, are printed with murals of various divinities and saints. The silver casket wrapped in silk, containing the thankas of godess of Sri Devi (Palden Lhamo) is the principal deity of the monastery and is kept here. It was given to Merak Lama by the 5th Dalai Lama. The thankas are printed with blood drown from the nose of the 5th Dalai Lama. A colossal richly gilded statue of Lord Buddha occupies the middle of the northern side. It is the largest image of the monastery and is about 20 feet high.
      Visit of the Urgelling monastery, the birth place of the 6th Dalai Lama at 5 km south of Tawang. The Urgelling monastery traces its roots tot the 15th century when around 1489 it was established by Urgen Sangpo as a Buddhist spiritual centre. The monastry became a sacred place for Buddhists since 1683, the year when the 6th Dalai Lama Ngawang Gyatso was born. The monastry was restored and enlarged in 1699 by Gesi Sangye Gyamtso. The glorious days of the monastery came to an end in 1706 when the Dalai Lama was deposed by Lajang Khan, and subsequently, in 1714 it was destroyed by one of his forces, all valuable possessions of Urgelling monastery like scriptures, statues and other were taken to Tawang monastry. The ka-gyur (scriptures) written out in gold and silver came at Tawang monastry, where they are preserved until today. Today a modest gompa stands at this place.
  • Day 12: Tawang - Zemithang - Tawang (By surface 88 Kms/03 Hrs, one way)

    • OAfter breakfast, full day excursion to Zemithang to witness the Gorsam Kora festival at Zemithang Gorsam Chorten. This is the largest Buddhist stupa of the entire area. Believed to be constructed in the early part of 12th century, it is founded by a Monpa monk, Lama Pradhar. On the top of the chorten is a semi circular dome that rests up on a three-terraced plinth. In addition, on the lower most terrace of the plinth, there are four miniature stupas standing erect on the four corners.
      We will also visit Pangchenpa tribe, which is migrated from China and later drive back to Tawang.
      Overnight in the Tara guest house
  • Day 13: Tawang - dirang (By surface 190km/7 Hrs)

    • After breakfast drive over the Sela pass to Dirang. On the way, stop at village or jungle to explore another Monpa village and visit Indo-China war memorial. On arrival, check in to the hotel
  • Day 14: Sangti valley

    • Today we will spend to explore this picture post card valley. Visit of an ancient Monpa village and gompa, the Kalachakara monastry. Visit of Sangti valley to get a view into the life styles of monpas and see their unique method of agriculture.
      AFTERNOON: Drive to Namsu (60 km) an ancient Monpa village. Spend the day exploring the exquisite buddhist gompa (Kalkaling Gate), Chusker (a traditional water mill) and village houses. Meet the people and get an idea of their lifestyles. Return to Dirang and visit dzong. Overnight at hotel in Dirang.
  • Day 15: Dirang to Kaziranga 270km 7 to 8 hrs drive over/night wild grass

    • Enroute visit bomdila Genden monastery and local market.
      Drive to kaziranga
  • Day 16: Kaziranga

    • Morning Elephant Ride and afternoon Jeep Safari inside the national park.
  • Day 17: Kaziranga to Kohima

    • over/ night / local house or panguest / hotel
  • Day 18 - 19: Kohima

    • Visit Hornbill Festival
  • Day 20: Kohima to Sibsager

    • over/ night / hotel Brahmaputra after noon visit Ahom King place / karang Ghar/ Rang Ghar / shivadol
  • Day 21: Sibsager - 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. On arrival, check in to the lodge.
      Overnight in the Kalsa Cottage (B, L, D)
  • Day 22 - 23: Mon

    • Full day 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.
      Overnight in the Kalsa Cottage (B, L, D)
  • Day 24: Mon - Dibrugarh (By surface 140 Kms/05-06 Hrs)

    • Enroute visit famous tea garden
  • Day 25: Kolkata / Delhi

    • Fly to Kolkata/ Delhi by connected flight.
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