Cultural and Tribal Belt of Arunachal Pradesh

Destination:

GUWAHATI-NAMERI-DIRANG-TAWANG-BOMDILA-ITANAGAR-ZIRO-DAPORIJO-ALONG-DIBRUGARH

Duration:

11 Nights / 12 Days

Price:

On Request

Itanagar the capital city of Arunachal is a modern settlement built in the vicinity of the ruin of the 14th century fort old capital. The archaeological remains of this med review capital comprise of two brick wall ramparts. Itanagar has extremely interesting museum known as Jawaharlal Nehru 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.

ITINERARY

Day 01: DELHI/KOLKATA-GUWAHATI-NAMERI

Assistance on arrival and drive to Nameri (220km 6hrs). Check into Eco camp/ river view cottage, Nameri National Park. Evening nature walk in around campsite. Over night stay at the Camp.

Day 02: NAMERI-DIRANG

Morning drive to Dirang (200km 7hrs). Enroute visit Tipi Orchidarium, a glass house with over 7500 Orchids. Lunch at Bomdila and later drive to Dirang. Over night at Dirang.

Day 03: DIRANG-TAWANG (12000 Feet)

Morning visit typical Monpa village at Dirang. Monap live in cozy double-storied houses, constructed of stone with plank floors, often with carved doors and window frames. The Monapa are artistic by nature. Wood carving works, carpets and bamboo utensils made by them are exquisitely beautiful. They have earned a niche for themselves in Thank painting and hand made papermaking. Agriculture is their main occupation. The other occupation is trade and breeding of yaks and other cattle. Monpas are known for terraced cultivation and production of potatoes.

Later drive to Tawang (150 km 6hrs). Tawang, the major center of the Mahayana Buddhists which is standing on the spur of a hill at an altitude of 12000 ft. above the sea level. On the way to Tawang lies the world's second highest pass - the Sela Pass (14000 feet) which runs through a small ridge and along a placid Lake called the Paradise Lake. Over night stay at Tawang.

Day 04: TAWANG

Full day explore Tawang Monastery, founded by Mera Lama Lodre Gyaltso during 17th century A.D. a contemporary of the fifth Dalai Lama. Before the establishment of the Monastery, Tawang was a center of Tantric religion. The tribal mainly Monpa was divided into various religious sects and it was only after the monastery come up that the bulk of population converted to Mahayana sect and Buddhism was develop in the area. It is the one of the largest lamaseries of Mahayana sect in Asia and second largest monastery in the world (after Lhasa), which has also a center for Buddhist Cultural Studies where young monks are taught Arithmetic, English and Hindi besides traditional monastic education.

URGELLING MONASTRY

Evening visit, situated 5km to the south of Tawang Township stands the Urgelling monastery. It was first of the three monasteries built by Urgen Sangpo, the youngest brother of Terton Pempalingpo, the famous Treasure-Revealer. It was built sometime before the year 1489. It was here in 1683 Tsangyang Gyatso, the sixth Dalai Lama was born. Over night stay at Tawang.

Day 05 TAWANG-BOMDILA

Morning drive to Bomdila (190 km 7hrs), evening visit Upper Gonpa, Locally known as Gonpatse Gonpa, built by previous Rev. Gonpatse Rimpoche, and the new Gonpa is built by the present Rev. Gonpatse Rimpoche, the 15 recantation of Tsona Gonpatse Rimpoche of Tibet, Tsona is a place in Tibet. Later visit the Bazaar Gompa. Over night at Bomdila.

Day 06: BOMDILA-ITANAGAR

Morning drive to Itanagar (320km 9hrs 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. The archaeological remains of this med review capital comprise of two brick wall ramparts. Itanagar has extremely interesting museum known as Jawaharlal Nehru 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. Over night stay at Itanagar.

Day 07: ITANAGAR-ZIRO

Morning visit state museum and later drive to Ziro (150 km 6hrs) Enroute visit Nishi villages. Over night stay at Ziro.

Day 08: ZIRO

Full day explore Apatani tribal villages, like Hong-Dibbo- Hija- Bulla-Hari etc. The uniqueness of Apatani tribe is tooting on women face and its nose plug. You may visit museum, emporium and local market. Apatani, like other tribes also believe in sun and the moon as a god and have traditional altar in there home made up of Bamboo and Cane. Over night stay at Ziro.

Day 09: ZIRO-DAPORIJO

Morning drive to Daporijo (160km/7hrs) Enroute visit Nishi and Hill Miri Tribal villages like Raga, Tamin and mori etc. Evening free at local market. Over night stay at Daporijo.

Day 10: DAPORIJO-ALONG

Drive to Along (160km 7hrs), Along the headquarter of west Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh located at an altitude of 300m inhabitants of Adi (Gallong) tribes. Enroute visit tribal villages Tapi, Tribin and Bam, etc. Houses in these villages are artistically built on the hill slop without using nails but only of bamboo and cane. Evening free at Darka Village, one of the largest Adi (Gallong) tribal villages. Overnight at Along.

Day 11: ALONG-DIBRUGARH

Early morning drive and cross the Brahmaputra river on a ferry to reach Dibrugarh (175 Km 9hrs). Over night stay at Dibrugarh.

Day 12: DIBRUGARH-DELHI/CALCUTTA

Morning drive to airport to connect flight to Delhi/Calcutta. Here our service ends.