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Tribal Tour of North East India - An Unique Experience
[9 Nights 10 Days]

Tribal Tour of North East India – An Enchanting Experience [9 Nights 10 Days]

North East India is home to some of the most fascinating and unique tribes in the world. So, it is only natural that we, being a local eco-tour operator from North East India, offer multiple tribal tours focussing on each tribe of the region such as the Monpa Tribal tour to Arunachal Pradesh, the Ziro valley tribal tour, and the Nagaland tribal tour to name a few. However, a complete North East India Tribal Tour was missing.

Not anymore!

North East India Tribal Tour Itinerary

Let’s see what our North East Tribal Tour will look like.

  • Day 01 – Guwahati to Itanagar [~5.5 – 6 hours]
  • Day 02 – Itanagar – Ziro Valley Guided Tour [~ 3 hours]
  • Day 03 – Ziro Valley Full-Day Guided Tour
  • Day 04 – Ziro Valley – Majuli islands [~4 hours. Involves ferry crossing]
  • Day 05 – Majuli Guided Tour
  • Day 06 – Majuli – Mon [~4.5-5 hours. Involves ferry crossing]
  • Day 07 – Mon – Longwa village [~1.5 hours]
  • Day – 08 – Longwa – Hongpoi Village – Longwa
  • Day 09 – Mon – Jorhat [~5.5 hours]
  • Day 10 – Jorhat – Guwahati [~6-6.5 hours]

Day 01 – Guwahati to Itanagar [~5.5 – 6 hours]
Welcome to the gateway to North East India!
Get welcomed by our representative at the Guwahati airport. After a quick meet & greet, start for the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar, the gateway to Ziro Valley.

This transit drive is a beautiful one that takes you to the other side of the mighty Bramhaputra River, through the plains of Assam followed by negotiating through the green hills of Arunachal Pradesh.

tribal tour arunachal pradesh
One of the many Tribal Villages you encounter on the way

Overnight in a 3* hotel in Itanagar.

Day 02 – Itanagar – Ziro Valley. [~ 3 hours]
Meet your local guide and proceed for a village tour, meeting with the Apatani folk at their homes and fields. Spend time photographing and interacting with them. You will be staying at a local Apatani homestay which will also give you a chance to see, photograph, and sample their local delicacies.

The kitchen is the center of everything in an Apatani house, a fantastic place to see the local tribal folk ‘being themselves’.

old apatani lady in ziro valley hari basti
Old Apatani lady with the classic ‘Apatani nose pin’

Day 03 – Ziro Valley Guided tour
Visit the tribals of the Hong village and get to meet the Apatani men and women folk of the village. Also, get a chance to meet and interact with an Apatani shaman and get a chance to photograph Apatani shamanic practice. Based on your interest in photographing the tribal people of Ziro in their traditional attire, that can also be arranged.

Day 04 – Ziro Valley – Majuli islands [~4 hours. Involves ferry crossing]
Reach by evening and check in to a traditional Mising tribal bamboo cottage.

Day 05 – Majuli Guided tour
Your local guide will join you in the morning. Majuli is best done at an easy pace so, it will almost take you the full day today. You will start with visiting the Samaguri satra, home to Majuli’s famous mask-making satra. You will also visit monastery of bachelor monks and get to interact with them. We will then visit the Mising tribal village(s) and spend time with them.

The Mising tribal folk live in very minimalistic long huts and are great weavers. You will get to see, learn and photograph these aspects of the Mising people, in their village.

Day 06 – Majuli – Mon [~4.5-5 hours. Involves ferry crossing]
Leaving Majuli behind, you will take the morning ferry to cross over to Jorhat. After a relaxed and early lunch, we will start our journey towards Mon in Nagaland, home to the last surviving headhunters.

You should reach by late afternoon or early evening. Check-in formalities at the police station are to be done, our team will guide you. Time permitting, visit Mon village to get a feel of a Konyak tribal village.

Day 07 – Mon – Longwa village [~1.5 hours]
Today we will head deeper into Nagaland and towards the edge of India, to the Longwa village. Apart from being home to the last few surviving headhunters of the Konyak tribe, what also make the village unique is the fact that Longwa village stretches from India and into Myanmar. In fact, the Agnh’s (king) palace is equally divided between both countries.

Once in Longwa, start your village walk with your local guide. He will take you to meet the last surviving headhunters. While interacting with them, you will notice their fully tattooed bodies and faces. The old folk are always more than glad to show the same off 🙂

Spend time interacting with them, visiting their homes, meet the Angh and visit his palace.

For the night, your stay will be right infront of the Ang’s palace, at a simple guesthouse overlooking the entire village.
*Longwa sunsets are magical 🙂

Day – 08 – Longwa – Hongpoi Village – Longwa
Today, you will explore one more Naga tribal village, Honpoi, which also home to the last surviving headhunters. Spend the full day interacting with them, photographing them and listening to the stories of the times gone by.

Day 09 – Mon – Jorhat [~5.5 hours]
Start your journey back to the plains of Assam. You might wish to take a detour to the Mon village if you want to. By early evening, reach Jorhat.

Day 10 – Jorhat – Guwahati [~6-6.5 hours]
Assuming you will be flying out from Guwahati, as it has better and more frequent connections to other parts of the country, we will start after breakfast.

You should be in time for a late evening flight.

Tour ends 🙂

Pictures and videos (Please excuse the quality )
Nagaland
Majuli
Ziro Valley

Inclusions
A dedicated vehicle with a driver cum guide for the entire stay
Accommodation for all nights on a twin-sharing basis in local homestays/monasteries/hotels
Breakfast starting day 2 till the last day
Local guide wherever required
All toll charges as required
Inner Line Permit [Indian Citizens]

Exclusions
Any personal/sanitary/medical expenses
Any extension in the number of days stay
Food and snacks
Parking & entry fees anywhere
Anything that is not mentioned in the ‘inclusions’ section
5% GST

**Please note that most of the places you will be visiting are relatively remote places. Hence, the facilities are limited. While your hosts everywhere will go out of their way to keep you comfortable, sometimes, these areas do face data connectivity issues, and electricity/voltage issues. In such cases, most of our homestays have diesel generators that run for a limited time per day.

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