Arunachal Tribes & Namdapha National Park
- Tribes and Tribal Life
- Apatani plateau & Tribal home
- Traces of lush tea gardens
- The only Park in the country inhabited by the four felines
- Noadihing River by boat
|Title||Arunachal Tribes & Namdapha National Park|
|Details||Kolkatta – Tezpur – Itanagar – Ziro – Daporijo – Along – Pasighat – Dibrugarh – Namdapha National Park – Dibrugarh – Kolkatta|
|Duration||15 Nights / 16 Days|
"Its land is not like our land, its sky is not like our sky," wrote Mullah Darvish of Herat, after visiting the fringes of what is today Arunachal Pradesh."…its roads are frightful like the path leading to the nook of death…. Its forests are full of violence like the hearts of the ignorant / Its Rivers are beyond limit and estimate, like the minds of the wise."
Today, of course, Arunachal's roads are no more frightful, and its forests no longer full of violence. But its "otherness" still remains; Arunachal, or NEEFA as it was called before, still seems so uncannily different form mainstream India, so enchantingly mysterious. As darkness fell and our vehicle negotiated hairpin bends, a thousand twinkling stars flashed from the roadside forest, a thousand tiny fireflies. There was a buzz of a million insects, adding to a continuous drone at places. And ever so often, the headlights picked out the lumbering mithuns, huge strange cow-like animals (a cross between the wild gaur and the buffalo) that are of great religious and economic value to the tribesmen.
The tribesmen, more than Arunachal's eerie jungles, its blue-green rivers and wild tangle of mountains, make this remote corner of northeast India so amazing and wonderful. Arunachal is home to about two dozen major tribes, each with its own language, culture and attire. But if there are differences, there are also similarities. Apart from the Monpas and other tribal groups of Tawang and adjoining western districts, who are Buddhists, most Arunachal tribes are animist, believing in a supreme god called Doni-Polo (Sun-Moon).
You will be received on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Depending on the time of your International flight you will have a half-day city tour.
You will be transferred in time to the Airport to board your flight for Guwahati from where you proceed by surface to Tezpur for your night halt. You would be arriving at Tezpur by the evening and on arrival you check in to your hotel.
You next journey to the capital of Arunachal, Itanagar, and the biggest town in the state. Here you may stumble upon some of the Nyishi tribes who live around here.
Your next halt is at picturesque Ziro which is situated on the Apatani Plateau (in lower Subansiri region) & surrounded by pine-mantled hills all around. It is a spectacular sight. A visit to an Apatani tribal home is a must.
Today you have the full day to explore the villages around Zero to interact with the Tribals. Around 12 km from your hotel is Hong Village (Apatani Tribe
After breakfast you drive out of Ziro to proceed to Daporijo, which is home to the Tagin and Miri tribes. It is the district headquarters of Upper Subansiri. Daporijo is a visitor’s delight with its dazzling landscapes and tribal culture.
Having arrived at Daporijo in the evening you first spend some time to explore the place before setting out on your days’ journey. After breakfast you drive to Along. Enroute you stop at Bam Village (Adi Galong Tribe).
The drive today is on a road that hugs the Subansiri River & is a pure delight. Pasighat is Arunachal’s oldest town & also the district headquarters of East Siang. The region is home of the Adi tribe who are remembered for their colourful Ponung dance. The Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary is 13 km away.
On the way you first visit Renging Village (Adi Tribes) which is 21 km from Pasighat, way of life
From Arunachal Pradesh you now enter Assam. You first drive from Pasighat to a ferry site on the Brahmaputra River and cross the mighty river by ferry, which takes about an hour. There after a short drive brings you to Dibrugarh.
Today you drive to Namdapha National Park; your drive takes you via Miao to Deban. This National Park has the distinction of being the only Park in the country inhabited by the four felines (tiger, leopard, snow leopard and the clouded leopard).
Today you travel deeper in to the national park to Haldibari. Enroute you would be crossing the Noadihing River by boat.
You would be passing through thick jungles and as you proceed you would see the hornbill, hillock gibbon, monkeys and deer’s and of course you would be on the lookout for the ever elusive feline species.
Having spent three nights at the Namdapha National Park, today you retrace your steps to Deban.
From the National Park you drive back to Dibrugarh. Overnight stay in a Chang Bungalow.
Today you drive for an excursion to Tai Phake Village. It is an ethnic village situated near the River Buri-Gihing.
You will be transferred in time to the airport to board your flight for Kolkatta. At Kolkatta you will be received and the rest of the day is at leisure for you to indulge in some last minute shopping. After a farewell dinner in a local restaurant you will be transferred in time to the International Airport to board your flight back home.