FESTIVAL TOUR WITH TRIBES & WILDLIFE OF NORTH EAST INDIA

Festival Tour with Tribes Wildlife of North East India

ABOUT THE TRIP:

AOLING FESTIVAL :
The Aoling Festival (sometimes spelt as Aoleng) is a festival celebrated by the Konyak Naga people and held in the first week of April in the Mon district of Nagaland. The Konyak people are the largest of 17 officially recognized tribes in Nagaland and are the most well known due to their tradition of head hunting. The Aoling Festival celebrates the arrival of spring and prays for a good upcoming harvest. The celebrations are held in the first week of April and coincide with the start of the Konyak New Year. During Aoling the Konyaks perform different rituals like animal sacrifices, agriculture related activities, dancing and feasting. One day is also reserved for cleaning the houses and the village

MOPIN FESTIVAL :
The Mopin festival is an important festival of Galo tribe of Arunachal Pradesh which is celebrated in the month of April every year. It is celebrated with much gaiety for wealth, good health and universal happiness. As a matter of fact, festivals are mirror of people’s culture. Such festivals are celebrated at a large scale for thanking gods for their providence and for a bumper crops. During the Mopin festival, smearing rice powder in each other faces marks the beginning of the festival and animal sacrifices are the ritual of the Mopin festival. Another feature of the Mopin festival is that a dance known as Popir is performed in a very elegant way. They dance on their best traditonal costumes and adorn themselves with multi-colored beaded ornaments. During this festival rice wine (apong) is served, prepared by the women of Galo community.

RONGALI BIHU FESTIVAL :
Rongali or Bohag Bihu is bring celebrated on mid of April. It is the new year for Assamese Calendar. It is being celebrated in all over Assam. People sing bihu songs, perform bihu dances in all parts of Assam. It is the biggest and main festival of Assam. On 1st Day people wash their cattle in pond with some herbs and sing some local passage. People use to go to the household and perform Bihu Dance which is called as Husori.

Nagaland – Arunachal Pradesh – Assam Road Trip

HIGHTLIGHTS:
Tribes and remote villages of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh
Aoling Festival of Konyak Tribes of Nagland
Mopin Festival of Galo tribes of Arunachal Pradesh
Rongali Bihu Festival of Assam
Elephant and Jeep safari in Kaziranga National Park

BEST TIME TO VISIT: April of each year (31st March to 16th April)

DURATION: 16 Nights/ 17 Days

ROUTES: Dibrugarh Airport- Mon- Along-Daporizo-Ziro-Kaziranga NP-Majuli-Jorhat Airport

DETAIL ITINERARY:

DAY 1: DIBRUGARH AIRPORT (ASSAM)
Our representative will welcome you at Dibrugarh Airport and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 2: DIBRUGARH TO MON OF NAGALAND (150 KMS / 6 TO 7 HRS)
Drive to Mon. Late afternoon, visit nearby Mon village. Today is the first day of the AOLING festival.

DAY 3: DAY TRIP to LONGWA & LANGMEANG VILLAGE
Early morning drive to Longwa Village situated on the India-Myanmar border to observe the Festival there. Experience the rural atmosphere of palm-roofed Konyak houses and encounter old village folk with tattoos on their faces and bodies. From here, drive to Langmeang village. Evening at Mon to enjoy the festival.

DAY 4: AT MON
Full day sightseeing at Mon.

DAY 5: MON to DIBRUGARH
Post breakfast drive to traditional Konyak Tribal Village, the Shangnyu. Drive back to Dibrugarh in Assam.

DAY 6: DIBRUGARH TO ALONG OF ARUNACHAL PRADESH (180 KMS / 6 HRS)
Drive to Along of Arunachal Pradesh. Post entering to Arunachal Pradesh border, visit Basar Village, a traditional stronghold of the Adi & Galo Tribes. Observe the MOPIN festival being celebrated by the villagers.

DAY 7: ALONG
Full day spend in Along. Walk around Adi Tribal Villages and experie their customs and traditions. Enjoy the Mopin festival.

DAY 8: ALONG TO DAPORIJO (160 KMS / 6 HRS)
Drive to Daporijo. On the way, visit Tagin and Hill Miri tribal villages. Overnight stay in Daporijo.

DAY 9: DAPORIJO TO ZIRO (130 KMS / 5 HRS)
Drive to Ziro. Situated at an altitude of 5000 feet, this is the highest place on this tour. Spend the afternoon visiting Apatani tribal villages and the local market.

DAY 10: ZIRO
Spend the day visiting some Apatani and Nishi Tribal Villages, Museum and handicrafts Centre.

DAY 11: ZIRO to KAZIRANGA (360 kms / 8 to 9 hrs)
Drive to the plains of Assam. Reach Kaziranga NP by evening.

DAY 12: KAZIRANGA
Enjoy an early morning elephant safari and an evening jeep safari in Kaziranga National Park.

Day 13: 12th April: Kaziranga to Majuli (120 KMS/3 Hours Drive)
Morning move to Nimati Ghat to take a ferry for Majuli. If time permits then visit Some local sightseeing places. Overnight.

Day 14 : 13 April : At Majuli
We will see the Satras of Majuli. Then we will see Misging Tribal Villages and Musk Culture. Overnight.

Day 15 : 14 April : At Majuli
This day we will enjoy Bohag Bihu. The Bohag Bihu coincides the Assamese New Year. On the 1st Day of Rongali Bihu is dedicated to the caring upkeep of livestock and a cattle show. Typically the collective cattle of a village are brought to a water source like a pond or a river. The cattle are washed with a combination of symbolic herbs and people sing some traditional passage. Evening we will enjoy Bihu Dance programme (Which is known as HUSORI in Assamese). Overnight.

Day 16 : 15 April Majuli to Jorhat ( 1 hr)
After breakfast move to and check in into a Tea Bungalow. You can relax on this day. Overnight.

Day 17 : 16 April : Departure
Morning move to Jorhat Airport for return journey.

Tour ends here.

NOTE: The above itinerary is not fixed and can be changed as per your convenience. Please do let us know via mail if you need any changes.