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Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Tour

Arunachal PradeshCome to the land of unspoiled hills! Arunachal Pradesh is sure to leave tourists spellbound with its majestic beauty spread lavishly on the green hills. Arunachal provides a host of sites of tourist interest. A haven to impenetrable forests, deep gorges and wide rivers, Arunachal is the largest state in North Eastern India. There are 8 Wildlife Sanctuaries and 2 National Parks in the state. The wildlife of the region is rich and varied. Elephants, tigers and leopards, varieties of civets, the sloth bear and the Himalayan black bear, the red panda and many types of deer including the musk deer live in Arunachal's forests.

Also known as `Land of the Dawn-lit-Mountains' this is the first Indian soil to greet the morning sun. In addition to the forests, the rich handicrafts add to the ethereal beauty of majestic Arunachal Pradesh. Weaving is a very common craft in the region. Highly artistic carpets, shawls, gales and jackets are the high-quality fruit of its looms.

This land, blessed with the most breathtaking scenery, magnificent ancient ruins and charming tribal folk is any traveller's paradise.


Monastries and Tribal Tour of Arunachal

Iti - 01 : Arunachal Pradesh & Nagaland

Day 01 : Delhi / Kolkata - Guwahati - Tezpur : Arrive Guwhati and drive to Tezpur (Assam) 180km 5hrs drive. Sonitpur as ancient Tezpur was known in the olden days is a city steeped in mythology legend and folklore. The city of blood conjures up images of the romantic legend of Usha and Aniruddha and of the fierce battle between Hari and Hara. Evening in hotel.

Day 02 : Tezpur - Dirang : After breakfast drive to Dirang ( Arunachal Pradesh ) 160 Km 8hr drive.Enroute visit orchid research center at Tipi (Bhalukpong).Out of thousand species of orchids in India, over 500 are found in Arunachal Pradesh. Evening in Tourist lodge.

Day 03 : Dirang - Tawang : After breakfast drive to Tawang over Sela Pass 14000 ft. 140km, 6hrs drive. Enroute visit ,Monpa tribal villages, Tsela Lake at the height of 14000ft. Evening in the hotel Evening in hotel/Tourist lodge.

Day 04 : Tawang : Tawang the land of Monpa tribes and the major centre of the Mahayana Buddhism. After breakfast full day excursion to the famous Tawang Monastery. The 300 year old Monastery, locally called ‘Gompa’ is considered to be the oldest in India and second largest Monastery in Asia after Lhasa in Tibet. The Monastery is standing on the spur of a hill over 12000 ft. above the sea level. Over looking the wide valley and surrounded on all sides be towering mountains. 12 kms on the north west of Tawang is the Brandung Chung Ani Gompa, the monastery of the Nuns. Visit Tawang Monastery 400yrs old the study centre of Mahayana buddist, Museum, Emporium and local market. Evening in hotel/Tourist lodge

Day 05 : Tawang - Bomdila : After breakfast drive to Bomdila 160 km, 7hrs drive. Bomdila the head quarter of west kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh located at an altitude of 8000ft, has a marvelous view of the snow capped mountains and inhabitant of mixed tribal group of Monpa, Sherdulpen, Aka, Miji and Bhugun and Tibetains. Enroute . Enroute, visit to Jung waterfall & Jaswantgarh a 1962 Indo-China war memorial. Which is built in memory of a one brave Indian soldier named Jaswant who fought alone and manage to stop the Chinese army for 72 hrs in Indo-China war 1962. Evening in hotel / tourist lodge. In Bomdila, visit upper and lower gompa,(Buddhist monestry) local market, museum, emporium etc.

Day 06 : Bomdila - Itanagar : 200km, 8hrs drive. Itanagar the capital city of Arunachal is a modern settlement built in the vicinity of the ruin of the 14th century fort old capital. Itanagar has interesting museum known as Jawaharlal Nerhu Museum, time spent here can really acquaint you with the culture and tradition of this region. All prototype of the bamboo and cane architecture of dwelling of different tribes and apparel, design and functional tools and others handicrafts are display here. Evening in the hotel.

Day 07 : Itanagar - Ziro : After break fast visit local market, Museum and drive to Ziro 150km, 6hrs drive. Enroute Nishi tribal villages.( Long house) Evening in the hotel.

Day 08 : Ziro :Whole day at Ziro the headquarter of Lower Sabunsiri district of Arunachal Pradesh located at an altitude of 1560m, is a plateau surrounded by Apatani tribal villages, Dibbo- Hija- Bulla- Hari and Hong village. Hong village the second biggest and most organised tribal villages in Asia. The uniqueness of Apatani tribe is tatoo in women & man and its nose plug in women. Evening in the hotel.

Day 09 : Ziro - Daporijo : 180km 8hrs drive. Daporijo the headquarter of the Upper Subansri district of Arunachal Pradesh located at an altitude of 600m is an inhabitant of Tagin tribes. Enroute you can have visit to Hillmiri tribal villages. Evening in Circuit House / tented / paying guest.

Day 10 : Daporijo - Along : 160km 8hrs drive. Along the headquarter of west Saing district of Arunachal Pradesh located at an altitude of 300m inhabitants of Adi(Gallong) tribes. Adi sub tribe which differ from each others like Adi( Gallong, minyong, pasi, padam, Bori, and Boker),Enroute Tagin tribal villages. Evening in the hotel.

Day 11 : Along : Whole day programme at Along. Visit Adi Gallong tribal villages at Jirdin, Kabu, Kaying & Cane bridge on the Siang river, local made of cane and bamboo bridge around 60 to 70m long connecting to the others hill tribes, Adis are expert in making cane bridge. Evening in hotel.

Day 12 : Along - Pasighat : After breakfast drive to Pasighat the District headquarter of East Siang District. Enroute visit Adi (minyong) tribal villages. Evening in the hotel/Government Guest house.

Day 13 : Pasighat - Dibrugarh : After breakfast drive to ferry ghat to take aboat to Dibrugarh & Cross river Brahamaputra by country made ferry which take 5 to 6 hrs in the Brahamaputra river to reach Dibrugarh. The river Brahamaputra is the confluence of the Siang and Lohit river of Arunachal Pradesh. The ferry service Pasighat to Dibrugarh is a lifeline for this tribes. Evening in the hotel.

Day 14 : Dibrugarh - Mon : After breakfast drive to Mon 200 km, 7hrs, the District headquarter of Mon District situated at an altitude of 897.64 meters above sea level. It is the home of the Konyaks tribes. Here it is intresting to see the tattooed faces wearing feathered headgears and traditional dress. Konyaks are adept artisans and skilled craftsmen. Here you can find excellent wood carvings, daos (Machetes), guns, gunpowder, headgears etc. Evening tourist lodge.

Day 15 : Mon : Visit typical Konyak tribal village, Shangnyu. Ruled by the chief Angh, it is one of the prominent village of the Mon District. There is a wonderful wooden monument measuring 8ft. in height and 12 ft. bredth which is believe to be constructed by heavenly angels. Carvings of human beings and other creatures are engraved on this monument. Also visit to Konyak Murungs, where one can still see the collection of human skulls. Konyaks were headhunters in the olden days and used to keep the enemies head as a trophy.

Day 16 : Mon - Mokokchung : After breakfast drive to Mokokchung, the district headquarter situated at an altitude of 1325 meters above sea level. This picturesque town is the cultural centre of the AO Nagas. The AO warriors used to wear the beautiful black and red handwoven shawl with its white decorated band to signify their prowess over their enemies. The two main festivals of AO's are Moatsu in early May and Tsungremmong in August. Evening Circuit House.

Day 17 : Mokokchung - Kohima : After breakfast drive to Kohima the state capital and hill station which is situated at an altitude of 1444 meters above sea lavel 180km, 7hrs drive. Evening in the hotel.

Day 18 : Kohima : After breakfast visit to Khonoma, an Angami tribal village. 20 km towards the west of Kohima, the village has its own traditions of valour and courage. History reveals that khonoma provided protection to several villages in good old days. The village gate tells the story of the British infiltration into Naga .Hills. War Cemetry : A symbolic memorial raised as citation for the supreme sacrifices made by the officers and man during the IInd World War. Museum : The state Musuem treasures rare collection of articles of different tribes which speak about the history and tradition of the Nagas. Also visit to local market.

Day 19 : Kohima - Dimapur - Kolkata : After breakfast drive to Dimapur airport, 75km 2 hrs drive or continue for Kaziranga National Park and than to Guwahati.

Iti 02 : Arunachal

Day 01 : Delhi / Kolkata - Guwahati - Tezpur :
Day 02 : Tezpur - Dirang :
Day 03 : Dirang - Tawang :
Day 04 : Tawang :
Day 05 : Tawang - Bomdila :
Day 06 : Bomdila - Itanagar :
Day 07 : Itanagar - Ziro :
Day 08 : Ziro :
Day 09 : Ziro - Daporijo :
Day 10 : Daporijo - Along :
Day 11 : Along :
Day 12 : Along - Pasighat :
Day 13 : Pasighat - Dibrugarh
Day 14 : Transfer to Airport. OR continue for Kaziranga National Park and than to Guwahati

Itinerary 03 : Arunachal & Nagaland

Day 01 : Delhi / Kolkata - Guwahati - Tezpur :
Day 02 : Tezpur - Itanagar :
Day 03 : Itanagar - Ziro :
Day 04 : Ziro :
Day 05 : Ziro - Daporijo :
Day 06 : Daporijo - Along : .
Day 07 : Along : .
Day 08 : Along - Pasighat : .
Day 09 : Pasighat - Dibrugarh : .
Day 10 : Dibrugarh - Mon : .
Day 11 : Mon :
Day 12 : Mon – Mokokchung
Day 13 : Mokokchung
Day 14 : Mokokchung - Kohima :
Day 15 : Kohima :
Day 16 : Kohima - Dimapur - Kolkata : OR continue for Kaziranga National Park and than to Guwahati.

Itinerary 04 : Arunachal

Day 01 : Delhi / Kolkata - Guwahati - Tezpur :
Day 02 : Tezpur - Itanagar :
Day 03 : Itanagar - Ziro :
Day 04 : Ziro :
Day 05 : Ziro - Daporijo :
Day 06 : Daporijo - Along :
Day 07 : Along :
Day 08 : Along - Pasighat :
Day 09 : Pasighat - Dibrugarh :
Day 10 : Dibrugarh – Airport : OR continue for Kaziranga National Park and than to Guwahati.

Suggested itinerary 05 : Nagaland

Day 01 : Delhi / Kolkata - Dibrugarh :
Day 02 : Dibrugarh - Mon :
Day 03 : Mon :
Day 04 : Mon – Mokokchung
Day 05 : Mokokchung
Day 06 : Mokokchung - Kohima :
Day 07 : Kohima :
Day 08 : Kohima - Dimapur - Kolkata : OR continue for Kaziranga National Park and than to Guwahati.


Tribal Festivals form an essential aspect of the socio-cultural life of the people of the state. As a matter of fact, festivals are the mirror of the people's culture. Since agriculture is the mainstay of the population, naturally, the festivals celebrated by the people are closely connected with their occupation. Such festivals are celebrated at a larger sale for thanking the Gods for their providence and for saying a prayer a prayer for a bumper crop. Throughout the year festivals are celebrated by some tribe or the other.

1. Aoling : The "AOLING" festival the entire Konyak community of Nagaland, observed Aoleang Monyu in the month of April every year since from time immemorial. It is observed with the following great significance. Aoleang is observed after completion of sowing seeds in the new fields and to mark the end of the old year and entering the new year beginning with spring and riot of flowers white, pink, blue and yellow; and asking Almighty God for bountiful of crops in that very year. The Aoleang Monyu is celebrated for six days.
Date : 4th & 5th April
Place : Mon (Nagaland)
Tribe : Konyak
Activities : Traditional dance.

2. Boori Boot : The "BOORI BOOT" is a very popular community festival of the Hill Miris of Subansiri, which is celebrated, in the last week of the month Lake Polo (February) for three or more days. At Raga and Daporijo, it is performed in a grand scale for the entire Hill Miri community. A little while before the festival, a committee works out the whole programme and requisite materials are collected from all over the area.
Bori Boot means to get together irrespective of age, sex, caste to hail the spring and successful harvest. The festival also invokes the spirit of Bori Boot to bless them with prosperity and free from diseases of any kind. The festival is performed collectively. The young members do all the work under the elders guidance. The Nibu (priest) performs Puja as well as conduct sacrifice. 'Etting' is co piously applied on one and all. The festival is of three days duration.
Date : 6th February
Place : Ziro & Daporijo (Arunachal)
Tribe : Nyisi, Hillsmiri
Activities : Traditional dance, Animal Sacrifice.

3. Myoko : The "MYOKO" is celebrated each year at beginning of the agricultural cycle corresponding to the months of March. The performance of Myoko, apart from its ritualistic character, also assumes the nature of a social obligation, following a fixed pattern of observance from time immemorial. Domestic animals such as Cow, Chicken and Pig are sacrificed during the festival.
Date : 21st to 23rd March
Place : Ziro (Arunachal)
Tribe : Apatani
Activities : Religious Ceremony, Animal Sacrifice .

4. Mopin : Mopin is another popular festival of the Adis, mainly of the Gallong community of the Arunachal Pradesh. This is normally celebrated in order to get rid of natural calamities diseases, effects of evil spirits and for good harvest, health, wealth and prosperity. In this festival Mopin, the Goddess of welfare, peace, wealth, prosperity and wisdom is propitiated in grand celebration. The festival lasts for five days from the eighth of April before, sowing of paddy. The popir dance is the most popular dance during the festival.
Date : 4th & 5th April
Place : Along (Arunachal)
Tribe : Adi Gallo
Activities : Traditional dance.

5. Dree : The Apatanis observe a series of agriculture rites and festival by sacrificing domestic fowls, animals and eggs in different times, starting from the sowing to the harvesting periods for ensuring of bumper yield of crops in the year such as Dree, Tamu, Metri, Chandii and Yahung etc. Chandii Tamu rite is performed during the sowing period, Dree during every growing periods of crops and Yahung just before the harvest. The literary meaning of 'Dree' is one who borrows or purchases food grains from others in order to meet out the shortage by addition to one's old and new stock of food grains.
Date : 4th & 5th July
Place : Ziro (Arunachal)
Tribe : Apatani
Activities : Traditional dance, Relegious ceremony, Animal sacrifice.

6. Si- Donyi : It is the most significant relegious festival of the Tagin tribes of Arunachal Pradesh and is celebrated in January. Si signifies the earth and Doni is the sun. The Tagin tribes believe that, the sun, the moon, the earth and the natural elements around them play a vital part in their day to day functions. It is with these factors in back ground that their important festivals are performed. During the festival 'Etting', rice powder mixed with Apong (locally made rice-beer) is made to a paste and everyone liberally applied with it. Si-Doni festival being conducted on a large scale cannot be performed individually due to huge expenditure involved. Hence it is celebrated collectively. The local youths work day and night for about a month in preparation of the festival. The elderly person who form the members of the Si-Doni committee direct the operations and the selected Nibu (priest) guides and performs the Si-Doni festival. It is understood that by celebrating the Si-Doni festival the creators Si and Doni would not only be satisfied but also bless the people with good crops and prevent diseases. In fact Si-Doni festival is the festival for prosperity, plenty and success. During this festival traditional rituals are performed, animals are sacricifed, and traditional local dances are performed by boys and girls in colourful local traditional dresses and split bamboo head gears (Donger).
Date : 6th February
Place : Daporijo
Tribe : Tagin (Arunachal)
Activities : Traditional dance, Animal sacrifice, Relegious ceremony.

7. Nyokum : The month of August every year is the time for celebrating Nyokum or the worship of goddess of crops (Lakshmi) and other Gods and Goddess. On the first day, before an altar of images and symbols of the gods and goddess, the priest starts the Puja by chanting prayer and girls dance and sing to propitiate the unseen god and goddess. They sing about abundant crops and good will, health and unity among all the people, joy and mutual co-operation and peace and plenty every year. On the second and concluding day, the villagers of the neighbouring villages perform their Puja in their villages and come in long procession. The sacrificial animals like dogs, pigs and chicken are either carried or hung in long bamboo poles. On the arrival at the place of worship the people go round the altar chanting and the atmosphere seems to be sur-charged with a feeling of devotion and godliness. The animals are sacrificed and after invocation of the blessings, the Puja comes to a conclusion.
Date : 26th February
Place : Itanagar & Ziro
Tribe : Nyishi (Arunachal)

Activities : Traditional dance, Animal sacrifice,