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Morungs, Kohima, Nagaland, India

Tribes of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh

  • EXPERT-LED GROUP TOUR
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11/15/21 11/30/2116 days $6,344 ex. flights $8578 Max AVAILABLE Reserve place

This tour is new and exciting. It offers privileged visits to local tribes who can often trace their indigenous history to faraway places in Mongolia and Southeast Asia. Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland are India’s last frontiers and are home to a way of life that is fast disappearing. 

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Hornbill Festival, Kohima, Nagaland, North East India, India 1

Charismatic Tribes

Privileged visits to the local tribes of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, rarely visited by foreign travellers.

Sunrise view of tea plantation landscape, Assam tea Plantation, India 2

Tea Country

Discover Dibrugarh, Assam’s original tea city, located on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River.

Beautiful Valley of Rice Fields in Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh 3

Incredible Scenery

Journey through a variety of landscapes, from mountain passes to riverbeds.

Morungs Tribes,Kohima, Nagaland, India 4

Pioneering

An emerging destination, to be accompanied by a friendly and helpful face from Steppes.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Delhi

  • Day 2

    Delhi - Guwahati - Tezpur

  • Day 3

    Tezpur to Ziro

  • Day 4

    Ziro

  • Day 5

    Ziro to Majuli Island

  • Day 6

    Majuli Island

  • Day 7

    Majuli Island to Pasighat

  • Day 8

    Pasighat to Damro

  • Day 9

    Pasighat to Roing

  • Day 10

    Roing Tribal villages

  • Day 11

    Dibru-Saikhowa National Park

  • Day 12

    Dibrugarh to Mon

  • Day 13

    Mon

  • Day 14

    Mon to Dibrugarh

  • Day 15

    Dibrugarh - Delhi

  • Day 16

    Delhi

Day 1

Delhi

Bara Gumbad, Delhi, India

Arrive into Delhi at anytime today. Not only the Capital of India, but Delhi is also one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world.

Day 2

Delhi - Guwahati - Tezpur

Glimpse of the Golden hour in Koliabhomora Ghat, Brahmaputra River, Tezpur, Assam, India

Fly from Delhi to Guwahati, from here drive to Tezpur. Situated on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra, Tezpur is a beautiful and multifaceted city steeped in mythology and history. Tezpur is a pleasantly laid-back town with some well-kept parks, attractive lakes and beguiling views of the mighty Brahmaputra River as it laps the town’s edge.

Day 3

Tezpur to Ziro

Beautiful Valley of Rice Fields in Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

Travel from Tezpur to Ziro. One of the most beautiful hill stations of Arunachal Pradesh, Ziro is located in the midst of the pine-clad mountains and is the headquarters of the Lower Subansiri District inhabited by more than 50,000 friendly Apatanis.

Day 4

Ziro

Pongal Festival, Kerala, Iindia

Spend time in the Ziro valley, with the Apatani tribal villages of the Hong, Hari and Hija. These villages are rarely visited by foreign travellers, so it will be a unique experience and an honour to visit them.

Day 5

Ziro to Majuli Island

Majuli Island, Assam, India

Travel to Majuli Island, a World Heritage Site nestled between the confluence of the Subansiri and the Brahmaputra River and is the largest inhabited riverine island in the world.

Day 6

Majuli Island

Majuli Island, Assam, India

Spend a full day exploring Majuli Island and The Mishings.

Day 7

Majuli Island to Pasighat

Sunrise view of tea plantation landscape, Assam tea Plantation, India

Travel from Majuli Island to Pasighat, Arunachal’s oldest town, founded in 1911. It is referred to as the gateway to Arunachal Pradesh and is in an area of natural beauty, known for its many waterfalls, hanging bridges and mountain cliffs.

Day 8

Pasighat to Damro

Naga Hills, Mon, India

Drive to Damro. On arrival, hike from the longest hanging bridge in Arunachal Pradesh and visit Adi Padam Tribal village to learn about their unique Donyi-Polo culture.

Day 9

Pasighat to Roing

Elkaduwa forest, Sri Lanka

Drive from Pasighat to Roing. This region is well known for its largest cover of thick green forest with almost 80% of the area being notified as reserved forest, wildlife sanctuaries or unclassified state forests.

Day 10

Roing Tribal villages

Tribes, Hornbill Festival, Nagaland, India

Full-day excursion to Wakro, a journey time of around three hours. Enroute visit Empong Village inhabited by the Khampti tribes and also visit the Golden Pagoda at Chowkham.

Day 11

Dibru-Saikhowa National Park

Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is a national park in Assam, Inda

Visit Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and Magori Bheel. Enjoy a boat ride on the Dibru River, looking out for birds and dolphins along the way. From here, take a short walk through the jungle.

Day 12

Dibrugarh to Mon

various animal skulls and armory, decoration for longhouse, Longwa, Nagaland, India

Depart Dibrugarh and drive to Mon, on poor quality, dirt roads. Visit the village of the Konyaks, one of the main Naga tribes.

Day 13

Mon

Wodden long house in Longwa tribal village, Mon, Nagaland, India

Visit the village of Lungwa, situated on the Myanmar border. Here you will visit the Chief’s house. The chief has dozens of wives and his house is decorated with trophies of various animal skulls. Experience the traditions and hospitality of the Naga Konyak tribe.

Day 14

Mon to Dibrugarh

Naga Boy, Nagaland, India

Drive from Dibrugarh to Mon. En-route visit the Ahom monuments and temples at Sivasagar that encompass the 600-year-old history of the Ahom dynasty.

Day 15

Dibrugarh - Delhi

Travel to a local tea estate to gain an insight into the 160 years old heritage tea garden and learn all about tea, its origin, how it is grown and it’s quality. In the afternoon, fly to Delhi.

Day 16

Delhi

Jama Masjid Mosque, Old Delhi, India

Transfer to the airport to catch your onward flight.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Very Active
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of 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 expert.

Flexibility

To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf, please get in touch with our travel experts for a quote. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accommodation as indicated
  • Internal flights within India
  • Meals as indicated
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accompanied by Joe Parkes throughout
  • Accompanied by a local English speaking guide
  • Entrance to all sites mentioned
  • Hotel accommodation with meals as stated
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and porters
  • £25 to help fund the communities, conservation agencies and NGOs that we work with
  • £25 contribution to ‘Trees and Science’ in mitigation of your carbon emissions

What is excluded

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Items of a personal nature
Longwa Village, Mon, Nagaland, India
Mon, India

Accommodation

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.

Beautiful Valley of Rice Fields in Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
Ziro, India

Arunachal Pradesh

Begin your journey in Arunachal Pradesh, known as ‘the land of dawn-lit mountains’ and 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.

Khonoma Tribes, Kohima, Nagaland, India
Khonoma Tribes, Kohima, India

Nagaland

This pioneering journey continues, via Assam, into the state of Nagaland. Among other tribes, Nagaland is home to the fierce Konyak warrior tribe whose 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.

Morungs Tribes,Kohima, Nagaland, India
Nagaland, India

Pioneering

As with all 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 tour is for anybody wanting a fascinating yet sensitive insight into the world of north-east India’s last tribal elders.

Group Tour FAQs

Why should I travel with Steppes Travel to India?

This tour is for anybody wanting a fascinating yet sensitive insight into the world of north-east India’s last tribal elders.

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.

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.

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 of 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 expert.

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.

Is the food different in this region of India?

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.

Do I need to be physically fit 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.

Can I extend my time in India?

Yes, this can easily be arranged at the end of the tour. Private travel arrangements with a car and driver will be provided and a private guide arranged for sightseeing.

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Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

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We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

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