- Gain a unique insight into the charismatic tribes of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh
- Spend time in the Ziro valley at the Apatani tribal villages of Hong, Hari and Hija
- Visit Pasighat, the gateway to Arunachal, renowned for its waterfalls and hanging bridges
- Journey through breath-taking landscapes, from mountain passes to riverbeds
Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland are India’s last frontiers and are home to a way of life that is fast disappearing. As you travel through these regions, discover regions of India engulfed in mystery, inhabited by vibrant and zealous people, and journey through landscapes vast and largely explored.
Begin your journey in Arunachal Pradesh, known as ‘the land of dawn-lit mountains’. A land of supreme natural beauty and rich ancient traditions. This region of India feels like an entire world of its own. Nine large Himalayan rivers flow through this area, on their course to the plains of Assam, and each of these form spectacular valleys inhabited by a variety of fascinating tribes. This pioneering journey continues, via Assam, into the state of Nagaland. Among other tribes, Nagaland is home to the fierce Konyak warrior tribe who’s facial tattooing and recent history of headhunting make them an extraordinary people to spend time with. Warm and welcoming they will invite us into their homes and meeting halls – an opportunity that will soon vanish as most of these former headhunters are in their seventies.
As with our other Pioneering Group Tours, this trip will be accompanied by one of the Steppes’ team. This not only means that a friendly face will be there at all times – willing to help out and deal with any issues that might arise – but it also gives us the chance to explore a destination that is just as new for us as it is for you.
This trip will be joined by Joe Parkes, one of Steppes’ India Travel Experts. Joe has travelled extensively in India and has a passion for sharing his knowledge and experience of this magnificent country with others.
Why join this group tour to Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland?
One of the key highlights of this tour is the privileged visits to the local tribes of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. Astoundingly, in a single state as small as Arunachal Pradesh, more than 100 tribes and sub-tribes live here, tracing their indigenous history to faraway places in Mongolia and Southeast Asia.
In Nagaland, spend time in the presence of the Konyak tribe, former head-hunters, where you will be able to spend time sitting talking to the elders – an incredible experience.
This tour is for anybody wanting a fascinating yet sensitive insight into the world of north-east India’s last tribal elders.
Is it safe to travel to Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland?
Yes. Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh are both politically sensitive areas with certain groups campaigning to be a separate state and not part of India. However, this situation rarely impacts on tourism and when it does is more likely to be in the form of peaceful roadblocks or protests rather than anything more sinister. The people of this region are very friendly and welcome tourists. However, please note that unforeseen road closures may mean altering the itinerary.
What will the road conditions be like in Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland?
Road conditions are very poor in this region of India, so road journeys may take a long time and are likely to bumpy and windy at times. We have detailed rough journey times in the day to day itinerary, seven hours being the longest journey, from Dibrugarh to Mon. It is advisable to pack a travel pillow or cushion. As above, road closures do happen and this can mean last minute changes to the planned itinerary. All part of a pioneering journey.
What is the accommodation like in Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland?
Accommodation in these two areas of north-east India is rather simple but rooms are clean and have private bathrooms. Hot water is sporadic at times and will occasionally be provided in a bucket. It is suggested that you pack a sleeping bag liner and a travel pillow. WIFI is not always available but is surprisingly common.
Is this tour suitable for solo travellers?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour Lecturer.
If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.
How fit do I need to be to enjoy this tour?
You need to be relatively fit to enjoy this tour, there will be a number of walks to the local tribal villages, which may be up steep slopes and over uneven ground. In addition, there are several long travel days, which can be tiring, so we have taken this into consideration when rating the activity level for this tour. You will be in remote areas during this trip with limited/basic/no medical facilities.
Please make sure you bring a good comfortable pair of walking shoes as some of the cities and areas we visit will have uneven surfaces.
What is the food like in Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland?
The staple food in Arunachal Pradesh is rice along with fish, meat and green vegetables. The Arunachali’s prefer not to have their meat fried, and it is therefore either boiled or smoked. The most common meat is that of an animal called Mithun (Bos frontalis), a member of the cattle family found only in the North East.
Nagaland is the home of the fiery Naga King Chilli, one of the hottest in the world. Naga chilli chutney is everywhere but tread carefully, it is ferocious. Dishes tend to involve pork or chicken and rice but with plenty of fresh local vegetables as well.
This won’t be a tour for ‘foodies’ and eating can get slightly repetitive. It’s worth bringing a few favourite snacks from home e.g. cereal bars, sweets, nuts, as road journeys are long and opportunities to stop can be few and far between. Packed lunches will be provided where possible and where lunch stops at restaurants cannot be guaranteed.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.