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CENTRAL ARUNACHAL PRADESH TOUR OF TRIBES
APATANIS, TAGINS, ADIS AND THE MISHMIS
9Nights/10Days


Description

Central Arunachal Pradesh can be considered as the tribal heartland of Northeast India. A land of many indigenous tribes, all of whom live a lifestyle in close relation to natural elements. The landscape of central Arunachal Pradesh is equally fascinating, of lush green mountains filled with rainforests and Himalayan rivers.

In this tour of central Arunachal Pradesh, you will visit the areas of Ziro, Daporijo, Along and Pasighat. In Ziro you will get a chance to meet the people of the Apatani Tribe who have one of most fascinating of cultures. Some of the women wear intriguing huge nasal plugs and have tattoos on the faces and bodies. The Ziro valley is famous for rice cum fish cultivation, where the Apatanis have managed to grow rice and at the same time harvest fish in the farms – an example of sustainable living at its best. In the Daporijo area, you will meet the fierce Tagin Tribe who are equally fascinating. It is in these remote lands that the turquoise River Subansiri makes its way from China to flow into the mighty Brahmaputra River. The river is a great place to fish some fighter freshwater fishes such as the elusive Golden Mahseer. The river also offers a beautiful rafting experience through some spectacular scenery. After spending time interacting and observing the lifestyles and villages of the Tagin Tribe, the journey will continue east into Along area, which are the territory of the once warrior Adi Tribe. The Adis live in beautiful bamboo houses and practice terraced rice farming. A walk through these high Himalayan and remote fields is a memorable and peaceful experience. They form great frames for landscape photography. From the Adi heartland, the road will join the mightiest of all northeastern rivers, the Siang, which after traveling thousands of miles through Tibet eventually becomes the mighty Brahmaputra River when it touches the plains. The Siang on its downhill course in the Pasighat area forms some formidable landscape of gorgeous mountains of farmlands, tribal villages and rainforests. The Siang is great for angling and is considered one of the toughest challenges when it comes to white water rafting and kayaking. You will also come across the Mishmi Tribe in the Siang Valley who are one of the oldest of Arunachal’s tribes. They along with the Adis have much folklore about the Siang River, interesting tales of magic, sorcery, Buddhism and nature.

Highlights

Exceptionally scenic boat ferry ride over the mighty Brahmaputra River of Asia.

Visit to villages of the fascinating Apatani Tribe and get to interact with them.

Visit high altitude rice cum fish terraced farms which are spread out all across the Ziro valley.

Visit high altitude fishery.

Visit to villages of the Tagin Tribe who occupy the valleys of the Subansiri River.

Visit to villages of the Adi Tribe who occupy the valleys of the Siang River.

Experience a thrilling walk across a hanging bamboo bridge.

Spend some time in Dibrugarh Town which is the tea capital of India.

Tour Availability

Throughout the year. June and July though are very rainy months.

Minimum persons required - 1

Itinerary

Itinerary


Day 1

Arrive at Dibrugarh Airport. Drive to Dibrugarh town for overnight stay. Apart from being a river town, Dibrugarh is famous as the tea capital of the world and the finest of Assam Tea is grown in the areas around Dibrugarh. Evening will be free to explore the ambient market area of the town.

Day 2

After your breakfast, leave for Ziro (7-8 hours), the valley of the very fascinating Apatani Tribe. En route you will be catching a scenic ferry ride over the mighty Brahmaputra River to arrive at its north bank. Evening will at leisure. Stay will in a home-stay/guesthouse.

Day 3 & 4
Visit the high-altitude fish farm of Tarin, pine groves and craft center. Later drive down to the rice paddy fields which are carved in terraced fields all over a valley. These fields are world known and are a beautiful sight to look at. In these fields, the Apatani Tribe practice rice cum fish farming, which are a sustainable method of living. Get to meet the Apatani Tribe, unarguably one of the most fascinating tribes of northeastern India. Learn about their customs and lifestyle. Participate in their indigenous activities. And if it happens to be festival time, you’ll be overwhelmed by all the fun.

Day 5

After breakfast, drive from Ziro to Daporijo (6 hours), which is the headquarters of the Upper Subansiri District. En route you will get to visit villages of the Tagin and Apatani Tribe. Interact with them and learn about their cultures. Overnight will be in a homestay/guesthouse with basic amenities.

Day 6

Sightseeing in and around Daporijo. Located beside the beautiful emerald Subansiri River, quaint villages fill the landscape here. There are also a few caves around. You’ll visit the villages of the Tagin Tribe and get to know about their unique tribal culture and way of living. There are also a few picnic spots near Daporijo located at breathtaking locations. Lunch can be had on such place on request.

Day 7

After an early breakfast, drive from Daporijo to Along (5-6 hours), headquarter of the West Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh. Stay will be in a hotel with basic amenities. En route you will be visiting villages of the Tagin and Adi Tribes. Little later after freshening up, you can visit the Ramakrishna Ashram. You will get to walk in a hanging bridge made of cane and bamboo, a beautiful example of sustainable architecture. Overnight will be in a hotel with decent amenities.

Day 8

After early breakfast, continue to Pasighat (6 hours), headquarter of East Siang District and the land of the once-warriors Adi Tribe. The drive will pass through some breathtaking scenery of the valleys of the ever-mighty Siang River. These valleys are inhabited sparsely by the Minyong and Gallong Adi Tribes. They practice high altitude terraced farming, and their crop fields and villages form perfect landscape photographs. Pasighat town is located beside the feared Siang River (Brahmaputra River) at the foothills of the eastern Himalayas. Spend the day visiting a few villages of the Adi Tribe and knowing about their culture. Local sightseeing of Pasighat if time permits. Stay will be in a clean and comfortable hotel.

Day 9

After early breakfast, drive down to the river port to catch a long and exceptionally scenic ferry ride to Dibrugarh Town. Arrive at Dibrugarh and check in to 3 star luxurious hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure in Dibrugarh Town. Maybe indulge in a last moment shopping or try eating at any of Dibrugarh’s good restaurants.

Day 10

You may want to go for an early morning stroll in the tea gardens of Dibrugarh, which provide an almost therapeutic relief to the soul. Drive to Dibrugarh Airport for departure flight. Tour ends.

Accommodations

Accommodations


Since Arunachal Pradesh is a remote region with limited infrastructure, the accommodations provided in this tour will mostly be basic. In Ziro though, you will be staying in pretty cottages with decent amenities. In Daporijo, Along, and Pasighat, your stay in a homestay and a hotel will both be basic but clean and comfortable. In Dibrugarh Town, your stay will be in a 3 star hotel with luxurious amenities.


Ziro Cottages


Ziro room


Ziro guesthouse-homestay


* Accommodations are subject to availability.

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