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Arunanchal exotic trails

KOLKOTA-GUWAHATI-BALUKPONT-DIRANG-TAWANG-BOMDILA-TEZPUR-KOLKOTA

Introduction
Recently opened to tourists, bordering China and Mayanmar, Arunanchal Pradesh is the largest Northeastern state with over 125 tribes. It is also the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama and has thick vegetation including some rare orchids and birds. Special permits are still required to visit the state and can be easily obtained from the Indian High Commission. Usually they do not allow less than four people to travel together. The accommodation is rather basic where we occasionally use camps. This is essentially an experience holiday where the tribes of Aruanchal are a major attraction. Spectacular views of snow capped mountains; terraced paddy fields in the valleys dotted with waterfalls are part of your journey.

It is famed for its scenic beauty and colorful warrior tribes. Arunachal is perhaps a small bit of paradise that survived on earth. Nestling on the eastern Himalayas, it is watered by five major rivers cascading down from the Himalayan glaciers. The simple, friendly and hospitable people of Arunachal are of Mongoloid tribe with a glorious heritage of arts, crafts and enchanting folk songs.  The evergreen forests, the virgin floral and faunal varieties, the inspiring mountains, and snow clad peaks-all makes the state a unique attraction. The State has several wild flower species including over 500 orchids; insects of numerous species; more than 500 species of arifauna; hundreds of other animals, and perhaps several others not yet discovered and defined.

  The evenings can be spent singing and dancing with the tribal - each tribe having its own distinct music and culture.

Assam spread beneath the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas and sharing boundaries with the North Eastern states of India lies Assam.  Assam probably derives its name from Ahoms, the dynasty that ruled there from 13th to the early 19th century.  In 1228, the Ahoms, a Buddhist Taj tribe from North Thailand, entered Assam, defeated the Kamrupa ruler and established a kingdom, which was called Assam.

Assam was known as Kamarupa where according to legend, Kamadeva, the God of love was reborn.  Guwahati, known in ancient times as Pragjyotishpura (the Eastern City of lights) is the capital of this state and finds itself frequently mentioned in the Mahabharat and other epics.  Today, Assam covers the plain of the Brahmaputra River along its whole course south of the Hill State of Arunachal Pradesh and the kingdom of Bhutan, till it turns South into Bangladesh. Since the days of Hiuen Tsang Assam has fascinated thousands of travelers with her aura of myth and mystery, history and folklore, art and painting, music and dances, handloom and handicrafts, panorama of nature and a plethora of rarest wild lives roaming through her vast and verdant forests.

 
Jewel of Information
The Adi Tribals of arunanchal – are famous for their engineering skills and build superb bridges of bamboo over rivers. Their handicrafts are also very popular especially the wood and metal pipes.

Day 01 Arrive Kolkota
Meeting assistance at arrival and transfer to your hotel. Welcome dinner.

Day 02 Kolkota
Morning is at leisure. Afternoon visit the sights of Kolkata including the Victoria Memorial, Flower market near Hoogly river, St Paul’s cathedral and the Indian Museum.

Day 03 Kolkota-Guwahati
Fly to Guwahati this morning. Visit the Khamakhya temple and the Shiva temple in the afternoon.

Day 04 Guwahati
Explore the city. You may like to visit the Forest museum and the Botanical gardens / Zoo.

Day 05 Guwahati - Balukpont
Drive to Bhalukpong, surrounded by blue hills and evergreen forest.  It is situated on the banks of the river Jia Bhoroli.  Bhalukpong is famous for its natural beauty and angling.  Just 7 kms away from Bhalukpong is Tipi Orchid centre, where more than 500 species of Orchids have been collected.

Day 06 Balukphont- Dirang
After an early breakfast drive to Dirang. Enroute visit Orchid Research Centre.

Day 07 Dirang - Tawang
Drive to Tawang, enroute visit local tribal villages, high altitude yak breeding centre. Tawang, a Buddhist pilgrimage site, where the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetians goes to preach and pray.  Enroute visit Yak breeding centre. Evening free to rest and relax. Overnight stay in Hotel / Inspection bungalow.

Day 08 Tawang
Full day sight seeing of Tawang. Local sightseeing of Buddhist monastery, which is 400 years old, accommodates over 500 monks and houses priceless buddhist texts and scriptures.  Monastery which was constructed in the 17th century is even today the local point of Spiritual life of the Buddhist of the region. The  Monpas are simple, gentle and courteous people.  They are friendly and possess a rich heritage of culture.  They dress well in artistically designed clothes.  Their communal life is rich and happy.  They follow Buddhist religion and profess Mahayana Bhuddhism which centre around the Tawang Monastery.  Each house has a small chapel attached to it . After lunch drive to Peti Tso lake, an high altitude lake. Overnight stay in hotel/Inspection bungalow.


Day 09 Tawang – Bomdila
After early breakfast drive to Bomdila.  It is 8500ft, a pictureque mountain covered with snow alomost all the year.  Tribes Monpa of this area are found in the Jang villages. In this region are the Mahayana Buddhist.  The Mijis are a small tribes numbering a few thousand of souls.  Their tradition says that they were originally settled in the plains of Assam.  They have also come under the influence of Bhuddhism though they are not Bhuddhist in strict sense.  Evening witness the tribal dance and explore the surroundings.  Overnight at tourist Lodge.


Day 10 Bomdila – Tezpur
Drive on to Tezpur today. Visit the city sights in the afternoon.

Day 11  Tezpur – Kolkota
Fly back to Kolkata today. The day is at leisure. You may wish to visit the Missionaries of Charity founded by Mother Teresea.

Day 12 Leave Kolkota
In time transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
 

 

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