Discover Eastern Arunachal Pradesh
The Far East
Miao - Namsai - Wakro - Wallong - Kibithu - Tezu - Roing
"The austere serenity of Shangri-La..." describes James Hilton in his 1933 novel, Lost Horizon, "allured by a land of milk and honey in a hidden valley in the Himalayas." Over the years, this has led explorers to venture deep into the Himalayas, scouting one valley after another, and founding their own perceptions of a paradise on earth. For some, this search brings them to Arunachal Pradesh.
Arunachal Pradesh, due to its easternmost location on the map of India, is called "the land of dawn-lit mountains". The entire terra firma falls under the eastern Himalayan landscape, a land of supreme natural beauty and rich in ancient traditions. The altitudinal and climatic variation of the state results in a variety of landscapes and forests which harbors one of the planet's last great biodiversity.
In this exploratory journey to the wildest frontier of India, the very east of Arunachal Pradesh and the Indian subcontinent, you will come across the 3 Mishmi sub-tribes. This region is the most remote frontier of India, supremely beautiful and picturesquely framed by large Eastern Himalayan Rivers such as the Lohit, Dibang, and the Dihing. The population of the region is the sparsest, with just 3 to 4 people living per square kilometer.
Starting from Dibrugarh in the eastern plains of Assam, you will first visit Namdapha National Park situated on both sides of the Dihing River as it emerges from the mountains. On a clear day, one can see the glorious Dapha Bum, the highest peak in this region. A visit to the national park will introduce you to the rare flora and fauna of the region, while you will also get to interact with the Sinpgho tribespeople who reside in this region.
After a short visit to the Theravada Buddhist pagodas and temples of Namsai and Chowkham, the journey will progress to the valley of the turquoise Lohit River. The important Hindu pilgrimage site of Parsuramkund is located right where the river touches the plains. You will follow the river upstream all the way to the border with China at Kibithu, the easternmost part of India. The mountains here are one of the remotest in the country and the landscape is very scenic. Enjoy leisurely walks in the highlands and visit the villages of the Meyor and the Miju Mishmi tribespeoples.
Returning to the plains, the last stop of your journey will be at Roing, located at the foothills of the Mishmi Hills, where the Dibang River emerges from its mountainous journey. The scenic laid back town and its surroundings remain home to the fascinating Idu Mishmi tribespeople. You will go on leisurely village walks and also get to visit the pretty Sally Lake.
While interacting with the Mishmis, you will find them to be as equally mysterious as the mountains they inhabit. Devoted animists, the Mishmis are superbly skilled craftsmen who use bamboo and cane extensively to live a sustainable life independent of modern influences.
This tour is one of the most offbeat and breathtaking experiences available in the country, a truly unique experience of visiting the very far east of the Indian subcontinent and escaping into blissful valleys, and jungles, and experiencing the frank nature and loving hospitality of simple tribal folk.
Day 1 | Dibrugarh - Miao
Upon arrival at the Dibrugarh Airport, drive to Miao (4-5 hours) located where the Namdapha National Park starts. The drive will be scenic, crossing numerous tea plantations and the fertile countryside of Assam, and eventually entering the forested areas as we travel closer to the mountains. The evening will be at leisure by the fire. Your stay will be in Namdapha Jungle Camp with comfortable rooms.
Day 2 | Miao - Deban - Miao
After breakfast, drive to nearby Deban (1 hour) thus officially entering the national park. You can get to see large groups of great hornbills in flight in this region. Deban is located right in the middle of the rainforest, giving you plenty of opportunities to be surrounded by astounding biodiversity of all kinds of birds, insects, animals, plants, trees, fungi, etc. The rest of the day will be at leisure where you can go on a hike inside the forest and learn about the jungle from your guide. Return to Miao for an evening at leisure. You can request a campfire.
Day 3 | Miao - Namsai - Wakro
After breakfast, continue on a scenic drive to Wakro (4-5 hours), the orange county of the east. The mighty Lohit River enters the plains in this region. En route, you will visit the Golden Pagoda of Namsai and other interesting Theravada Buddhism monasteries and temples in the town of Chongkham. Visit Parsuramkund where the Lohit emerges from the mountains in a splendid turquoise color. The kund is a Hindu pilgrimage area with mythology dealing with Lord Parsuram. In the afternoon, if interested you can go for a walk to the villages of the Miju Mishmi tribe. Evening at leisure. You can request a campfire. Your stay will be at Wakro Eco Camp with clean simple rooms.
Day 4 | Wakro - Walong
After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Walong (5-6 hours), located by the Lohit River in Namti valley. It is a small military cantonment and administrative town in the remote Anjaw District. Walong is the homeland of the Meyor tribe of Tibet which has settled here for centuries. Walong was also an important battlefield during the 1962 Indo-China war. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the incredible views of the eastern Himalayas or visit the War Memorial of Indian soldiers. Evening at leisure. Your stay will be in a clean and simple homestay.
Day 5 | Walong - Kibithu - Walong
A leisurely day to explore the valley. Visit Kibithu, the easternmost point of India. Go for a breathtaking hike to the highlands around Dong Village and also meet the villagers to learn more about their culture. Enjoy a bath in hot water springs. Evening at leisure with a campfire.
Day 6 | Walong - Roing
After an early breakfast, you will leave for Roing (8-9 hours), a small town that serves as the doorway to the mysterious Mishmi Hills and is inhabited by the Idu Mishmi Tribe. The scenic drive will cross verdant foothills and the Lohit Viewpoint from where one can see panoramic views of the Assam valley. En route, you will also visit Tezu, a small multi-cultural laidback town where you can walk in nearby villages of the Digaru Mishmi Tribe. There is also a Buddhist Monastery that can be visited in Tezu. Evening at leisure. You can request a bonfire. Your stay will be at Dibang Valley Jungle Camp with good standard rooms.
Day 7 | Roing
After a relaxed breakfast, you will go on village visits to Abango and Kuruno where you will learn about the fascinating culture of the Idu Mishmi Tribe. Later visit the very interesting indigenous museum run by RIWATCH, an NGO comminted to preserving indigenous knowledge of Arunachal Pradesh. You will also visit the local market and arts and craft shop. Spend the sunset at the beautiful Sally Lake. Evening at leisure. Bonfire can be requested.
Day 8 | Roing - Dibrugarh
After breakfast, leave for Dibrugarh Airport (4 hours) for your scheduled departure flight. Tour ends.
The Namdapha Jungle Camp located on the banks of the pristine Noa-Dihing River is run by a friendly Singhpo tribesman and offers spacious rooms that comes with a great outdoorsy atmosphere.
Homestays are important in promoting sustainable tourism. Your stay in Wakro will be with a local Mishmi family in clean and simple rooms and a view of the surrounding wildlife sanctuary.
The far-away town of Wallong in the very far-east of the Himalayas is as remote as it gets. Your stay here will be in the only comfortable homestay in town which covers spacious rooms and a good service.
Located midst breathtaking eastern Himalayan foothills, Mishmi Hill Camp is a delightful airy property run by a local family. It offers basic but clean cottages which have been built sustainably using local ways, apart from a few tents.
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