TRIBES, CULTURE & HISTORY OF ASSAM & NAGALAND
ABOUT THE TRIP:
It is an Incredible Tour covering lots of Villages in Nagaland. A home of near about 16 tribes, the Nagaland state has much more to explore. Tribe and clan traditions and loyalties play an important part in the life of Naga People. Weaving is a traditional art handed down through generations in Nagaland. Each of the tribe has its own unique designs and colors, producing shawl, shoulder bags, decorative spears, table mats, wood carvings, and bamboo works. Also the Historical Monuments in Sivasagar of Assam, Culture & Lifestyle of Majuli River Island, Wildlife experience of Kaziranga NP and Weaving Tradition in Sualkuchi will be prime attractions of the Trip.
Assam – Nagaland Road Trip
Historical Monuments of Sivasagar in Assam.
Tribal villages of Nagaland including Touphema, Hongphoi, Longwa, Mopungchuket etc.
Culture & Lifestyle of Majuli River Island of Assam.
Rhino Trail in Kaziranga National Park.
Visit Silk City of Assam, Sualkuchi.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: November to April
ROUTES: Dibrugarh / Sivasagar / Mon / Mokokchung / Touphema / Kohima / Majuli River Island / Kaziranga NP / Guwahati/ Sualkuchi Village / Guwahati Airport
DURATION: 14 Nights/15 Days
Day 1: Arrival at Dibrugarh Airport, Assam
Post arrival at Dibrugarh Airport, transfer to Hotel. Remaining time is free for you. Overnight.
Day 2: Dibrugarh to Sivasagar Historical Place (2 Hours drive)
Early breakfast and move to Sivasagar, the Historic City of Assam. The drive to this town is a wonderful experience – Assamese Village life, paddy and Tea Gardens and sightings of Lesser Adjutant Storks etc you will encounter. The Attractions in Sivasagar:
A) Shiva Dol, at 55 meter in height, is the tallest of these structures.
B) Kareng Ghar, this brick palace is a unique four storey structure shaped like a sharpened, stepped pyramid. Dating from 1752 it’s the last remnant of the Ahom Capital that preceded Sivasagar.
C) Talatal Ghar, it was the defence head quarter.
D) Ranghar, its a unique amphitheatre/Royal Sports Pavilion built during 1744-50.
E) Joy dol (temple) and Joysagar pukhuri (Largest pond in the World).
Overnight stay in Sivasagar.
Day 3: Sivasagar to Mon in Nagaland, Apprx. 6 Hours drive
This day, drive to Mon District in Nagaland, the stronghold of the proud Konyak tribe, one of largest tribes of Nagaland. The road is bumpy and takes time to reach Mon from Sivasagar. Remaining time is free for you and Overnight stay.
Day 4: Explore Mon
Full day explore Mon including Chui and Longwa villages.
Here former head-hunters with their tattood faces and big horns in their ears can still be admired. Mon offers the best opportunity for finding semi-traditional villages and tattooed warriors in loincloths. They are famous for their craftsmanship in making woodcarvings, necklaces etc. The Mon landscape has the densest landscape in Nagaland and the plains of Assam can be delightfully viewed from high up in the hills.
The district’s largest village, Longwa, is situated right on the Myanmar (Burma) border. Konyaks are still ruled by hereditary chiefs known as Anghs. The Angh (king) of Longwa commands about 50 villages from both the side. Experience the rural atmosphere of palm-roofed Konyak houses and encounter old village folk with tattoos on their faces and bodies.
Overnight stay at Mon.
Day 5: Mon to Mokokchung (7 hours)
Morning move to Mokokchung, the home of Ao tribe of Nagaland, is situated at an altitude of 1,325 Meters above the sea level. Mokokchung town is the third most important urban hub in Nagaland. They are famous for their colorful dances.
Before dark reach Mokokchung and overnight stay.
Day 6: Explore Mokokchung
Explore Mokokchung. Visit Mopungchuket Village, perhaps the best kept village in Nagaland. Often referred to as Ao heartland, you can absorb yourself in tribal culture here. Every house opens onto a well tended garden, and the people are accustomed to visitors and welcome a chat. Also visit Longkham village. The villagers are very friendly in nature and they feel proud to showcase their rich handicrafts and handlooms to the visitors.
Overnight in Mokokchung.
Day 7: Mokokchung to Touphema Village (5 hours)
Drive to Touphema (Land of Angami Tribe) in Kohima District via Wokha district, the land of Lotha Tribe. Reach Touphema by afternoon and check into neatly appointed huts built in the traditional Angami Naga style. Post arrival have a Guided walks through the village. Evening, if possible, enjoy Angami Naga dance and also ethnic food with rice beer.
Overnight in Touphema Village.
Day 8: Touphema to Kohima (Around 2 hours drive)
Drive to Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland located at an altitude of 1,444 meters. Those who’re interested in history will find a visit to the “Kohima War Cemetery” worthwhile. This cemetery is a tribute to the soldiers who laid down their lives pushing back the Japanese army during World War II. The bodies of around 1,100 British and 330 Indian soldiers are buried there. After that, if time permits, visit Kisama Heritage Village for Hornbill Festival.
Overnight stay in Kohima.
Day 9: Kohima to Majuli River Island, 7 Hours drive
Drive to Majuli River Island in Assam. Reach Nimati Ferry Point in afternoon to catch Ferry for the Island. Reach and Overnight stay.
Day 10: In Majuli Island
Visit the ancient Satras (Monasteries) such as Auniati Satra, Samaguri Satra, Garhmura Satra etc. The Mask culture of Samaguri is very renowned. Also visit the Tribal Villages in nearby areas.
Day 11: Majuli Island to Kaziranga National Park (Assam), 3 Hours drive
Drive to Kaziranga National Park. Afternoon avail, One Round of Jeep Safari in inside the National Park. Overnight stay.
Day 12: At Kaziranga National Park (1 Elephant ride and 2 rounds of Jeep safari)
Early morning explore Kaziranga National Park on Elephant Back. Post Breakfast avail one round Jeep safari in Western range and post lunch avail one more round of Jeep safari in Eastern range.
Day 13: Kaziranga to Guwahati
Morning avail Jungle Trail inside the park. Post lunch, move to Guwahati and reach by evening. Evening is free for you.
Check in hotel.
Day 14: Guwahati – Sualkuchi – Guwahati (Silk City of Assam)
Drive to Sualkuchi, also called as the Manchester of Assam.
It is situated on the north bank of the river Brahmaputra, about 35 km from Guwahati. It is World’s one of the largest weaving villages where the entire population is engaged in weaving exquisite silk fabrics. A renowned centre for Silk production, particularly known for Muga, the Golden Silk of Assam which is not produced anywhere else in the World. Walk and drive around the Sualkuchi Village. Afternoon back to Guwahati. Visit Handucraft emporium in Guwahati and evening avail Brahmaputra River Cruising with Dinner.
Back to hotel and overnight stay.
Day 15: Drop at Guwahati Airport
Post breakfast, as per flight schedule, drop at Guwahati Airport for onward journey.
Tour ends here.