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Arunachal Pradesh
is the eastern most state of India, bordering Burma in the East and China in the North. It is famed for its scenic beauty and colorful warrior tribes. Arunachal is perhaps a small bit of paradise that survived on earth. Nestling on the eastern Himalayas, it is watered by five major rivers cascading down from the Himalayan glaciers. The simple, friendly and hospitable people of Arunachal are of Mongoloid tribe with a glorious heritage of arts, crafts and enchanting folk songs.  The evergreen forests, the virgin floral and faunal varieties, the inspiring mountains, and snow clad peaks-all makes the state a unique attraction. The State has several wild flower species including over 500 orchids; insects of numerous species; more than 500 species of arifauna; hundreds of other animals, and perhaps several others not yet discovered and defined. This area has only recently been opened to foreign tourist, but in order to limit and preserve the tribal cultures, the government has fixed a high price of USD 150 per person per day for providing very basic transport and accommodation in the area.  The evenings can be spent singing and dancing with the tribal - each tribe having its own distinct music and culture. Assam is undoubtedly a paradise for the tourists.





 
 
ASSAM
Assam spread beneath the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas and sharing boundaries with the North Eastern states of India lies Assam.  Assam probably derives its name from Ahoms, the dynasty that ruled there from 13th to the early 19th century.  In 1228, the Ahoms, a Buddhist Taj tribe from North Thailand, entered Assam, defeated the Kamrupa ruler and established a kingdom, which was called Assam.Assam was known as Kamarupa where according to legend, Kamadeva, the God of love was reborn.  Guwahati, known in ancient times as Pragjyotishpura (the Eastern City of lights) is the capital of this state and finds itself frequently mentioned in the Mahabharat and other epics.  Today, Assam covers the plain of the Brahmaputra River along its whole course south of the Hill State of Arunachal Pradesh and the kingdom of Bhutan, till it turns South into Bangladesh. Since the days of Hiuen Tsang Assam has fascinated thousands of travelers with her aura of myth and mystery, history and folklore, art and painting, music and dances, handloom and handicrafts, panorama of nature and a plethora of rarest wild lives roaming through her vast and verdant forests.
 
 
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Total no of days: 21 
Itinerary
 
 
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel.  Overnight in Hotel.
 
 
arunachal pradesh tribal packageDay 2: Delhi
After breakfast we begin sightseeing tour of Delhi which includes, Red Fort, built by the great  Mughal  ShahJahan in the 17th century. Rising amid the  chaotic  huddle  of streets  is the Jama Masjid, India's most beautiful mosque,its black-striped  marble cupolas etched against the  skyline.  We'll visit  the Red Fort and explore the bustling Chandni  Chowk,  the best of all Asian bazaars.  Everything here contrasts vividly  with New  Delhi's  spacious gardens,sparkling ornamental  waters and immense formal vistas. Overnight at your hotel.


 
 
Day  03: Delhi-Guwahati(by air)-Kaziranga (by surface)
Arrive Guwahati. You are met on arrival at the airport and drive (261 Km,6 hrs) to Kaziranga  National Park. Overnight at Resort.
 
 
Day 04:    Kaziranga
Morning visit the Kaziranga National Park which is famous both for flora & fauna of Assam. Enjoy the great attraction of the rare One-Horned Rhino. Also the Sanctuary has Wild-Bufloes, Swamp Deer, occasionally Tigers, rare birds like the Florican and the Horn-Bill. In the evening explore the  National Park by jeeps. Overnight at Resort.

 
 
Day 05:  Kazoranga -Potasali - by surface (130 Km 3-4 hrs)
Morning drive to Potasali Eco Camp.  At Potasali, near the picturesque Jia Bhoroli river, a camping facility has been set up for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts called ECO CAMP.  Afternoon visit the Nameri Wildlife Santuary, which has recently come into international focus with several sightings of the rare and endangered White-winged Wood Duck. Besides Elephants, Tiger, Leopard, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild boar, Gaur, Bear and wild dog the forest abounds in a variety of birds including four species Hornbill. Later in the evening you may walk to the Jia Bhoroli river which forms the boundary of the Nameri Wildlife Sanctuary is the home of the prized game fish of the Indian sub-continent, the Golden Mahaseer. You may wish to "Angle to Conserve" or alternatively, you could take a float trip down the Bhoroli river. Overnight at Eco Camp.

 
 
 arunachal pradesh tribes tourDay 6: Potassali-Dirang by surface 140 kms; 6 hrs)
Early morning visit the Nameri Wildlife Santuary, which has recently come into international focus with several sightings of the rare and endangered White-winged Wood Duck. Besides wild Elephants, Leopard, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild boar, Gaur, Bear and wild dog the forest abounds in a variety of birds including four species Hornbill. Return to the camp for a late breakfast.  After an early breakfast drive to Dirang. Enroute visit Orchid Research Centre. Overnight stay in Inspection bungalow/guest house.


 
 
Day 07:  Dirang-Tawang by surface ( 178 Km, 6-7 hrs).
Drive to Tawang, enroute visit local tribal villages, high altitude yak breeding centre. Tawang, a Buddhist pilgrimage site, where the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetians goes to preach and pray.  Enroute visit Yak breeding centre. Evening free to rest and relax. Overnight stay in Hotel / Inspection bungalow.

 
 
Day 08: Tawang
Full day sight seeing of Tawang. Local sightseeing of Buddhist monastery, which is 400 years old, accommodates over 500 monks and houses priceless buddhist texts and scriptures.  Monastery which was constructed in the 17th century is even today the local point of Spiritual life of the Buddhist of the region. The  Monpas are simple, gentle and courteous people.  They are friendly and possess a rich heritage of culture.  They dress well in artistically designed clothes.  Their communal life is rich and happy.  They follow Buddhist religion and profess Mahayana Bhuddhism which centre around the Tawang Monastery.  Each house has a small chapel attached to it . After lunch drive to Peti Tso lake, an high altitude lake. Overnight stay in hotel/Inspection bungalow.

 
 
Day 09: Tawang-Bomdila by surface (190 km, 7-8 hrs).
After early breakfast drive to Bomdila.  It is 8500ft, a pictureque mountain covered with snow alomost all the year.  Tribes Monpa of this area are found in the Jang villages. In this region are the Mahayana Buddhist.  The Mijis are a small tribes numbering a few thousand of souls.  Their tradition says that they were originally settled in the plains of Assam.  They have also come under the influence of Bhuddhism though they are not Bhuddhist in strict sense.  Evening witness the tribal dance and explore the surroundings.  Overnight at tourist Lodge.
 
 
Day 10: Bomdilla-Bhalukpong by surface. (100 kms ;3-4 hrs)
Drive to Bhalukpong, enroute visit local villages.  Bhalukpong is surrounded by blue hills and evergreen forest.  It is situated on the banks of the river Jia Bhoroli.  Bhalukpong is famous for its natural beauty and angling.  Just 7 kms away from Bhalukpong is Tipi Orchid centre, where more than 500 species of Orchids have been collected.  Overnight stay in hotel/Inspection bungalow.
 
 
Day 11: Bhalukpong-North Lakhimpur by surface (217 kms 7-8 hrs)
Early morning drive to North Lakhimpur.  Enroute visit Tea Gardens. Also vist the local bazaars in the evening and local Museum /Handicraft  Evening free to explore the downtown.  Overnight stay in guest house or hotel.

 
 
Day 12: North Lakhimpur-Zero by surface (126 km, 5-6 hrs)
Zero at the height of 5000 feet, is almost a level valley enclosed on all the sides by pine clad low slopping hills. This area is also called Apatani Plateau which is famous for paddy cum pisiculture.  Overnight stay at inspection bungalow/circuit house.
 
 
Day 13: Zero
After breakfast sightseeing of Zero.  Visit Apatani villages.  The Apatanis are settled agriculturists inhabiting the valley around Zero- the headquarters of Lower Subansiri district.  The men folk tie the hair in top-knots and tattoo the faces.  Wearing of circular nose plugs is the most characteristics aspect of ornamentation of Apatani women.  The Apatanis are good cultivators and practise both wet and terrace cultivation.  Paddy cum fish culture is very popular among them.  Unlike other tribes of Arunachal their econiomy is stable..  Also visit Tarin fish farm, Emporium, museum and local market.  Visit Hong-Hari-Bulla-Bamin Michi villages of Apatani tribes. Evening traditional cultural programme and dinner.  Overnight stay in your inspection bungalow/circuit house. 
 
 
Day 14: Zero-Daporijo by surface (190 kms; 8 hrs)
After breakfast proceed to Daporijo.  Enroute visit Hill Miri villages and tribal villages.  The hill Miris are divided into three groups viz., the Panibotia, the Tarbotia and the Sarakdwar Miris.  They had intimate contacts with plains of Assam from long past.  They look attractive in their dress.  They also tie hair in knots above the forehead.  The Hill Miris women wear an attractive crinoline of cane rings which serve the purpose of a blouse. Evening check into the Govt. circuit house/Guest house.

 
  Day 15: Daporijo-Along by surface (158 kms; 7 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Along.  Enroute visit Tagin tribal villages and Adi Along tribe.   The Tagins are main inhabitant of Upper Subansiri district.  Their main occupation is agriculture.  The dress is very simple consisiting of only one piece of cloth. Overnight at the Dak bungalow / Guest House.
 
 
Day 16: Along-Passighat by surface (140 kms;6hrs )
After breakfast drive to Passighat.  Enroute visit Adi Along tribal villages of Kabu.  The Adis have a number of subtribes.  The  Minyongs, Karkos, Shimongs, Bomdo, Janbos, Panggis, Pailibos, Bogums, Padams, Milangs & so on from one group; while the Gallong and seven other groups constitute another group of Adis.  The Adis by nature are democratic and have an unique sense of  history.  They have a well organised village council called Kebang.  Their traditional dance called Ponung is famous in the whole of Arunachal Pradesh.  Adi villages aresituated generally on the spurs of hills. Adi women are very good weavers and weave cloth with highly artistic designs..  Evening check into Government Circuit house. 

 
 
Day 17: Passighat-Dibrugarh by surface
Early morning departure by surface to Sonarighat/Oyanghat and to Dibrugarh by ferry, the mighty Bhramaputra which forms by the confluence of Siang and the Lohit river forms the mighty Bhramputra river.  Ferring across the river is the predomination factor in the beauty of this region.  Extremely beautiful the Siang river originates at mansarover in Tibet and travels into India to join the Lohit River to form the Bhramaputra river.  Evening free to explore the surroundings.  Overnight in hotel.
 
  Day 18: Dibrugarh-Delhi by air (S2 512 : Dep 1240 hrs : Arr 1625 hrs)
In time transfer to the airport to board your flight for Delhi.  Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel.  Overnight in hotel
 
  Day 19: Delhi-Agra- by surface.
Drive to Agra. Afternoon visit the world famous Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Evening free to explore the downtown. Overnight a hotel.
 
  Day 20: Agra-Delhi by surface
Morning excursion to Fatehpur Sikri. After visit drive to Delhi. Late in the evening transfer to airport to connect flight back home.
 
  Day 21 : Fly back home.
 
 
 
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