Travel to Northeast India and Visit Remote Villages of Diverse Tribal Groups in Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam


Estelle, a former Original World client, who went on the tour.


Twice a year, in February and December, we embark on an adventurous journey to the remote regions of Northeastern India, where we encounter and interact with diverse tribal groups of Nagaland, Arunachual Pradesh and Assam.

Arunachal Pradesh and Mon Village in Nagaland have been closed to foreigners for much of the past 50 years.  As a result, their lush landscape and native cultures have remained virtually untouched.

Woman with tattoo and nose piercing

 One highlight of this tour is attending a traditional festival in Nagaland. In February, we attend the Sekrenyi Festival and on our December tour, we attend the Hornbill Festival.

Hornbill Festival is celebrated every year traditionally from December 1-7, but due to the popularity of the festival and the increasing number of visitors each year, the Government of Nagaland has extended the festival 3 more days. Though any date December 1-10 will offer a good experience in terms of culture, zest and color, we have scheduled our visit to be in Kohima when the Hornbill festival is on full swing.

You will witness different Naga tribes, dressed in traditional attire, there will be singing, dancing and many people participating in indigenous sports.

The festival is named after the Indian Hornbill, the large and colorful forest bird, displayed in the folklore of most of the state’s tribes.

Yellow Billed Hornbill

The great Hornbill’s impressive size and color have made it important in many tribal cultures and rituals.


Throughout the journey, we meet and interact with diverse tribal ethnic groups in their villages. The ancient cultures seen in this tour are virtually untouched by westernization; each of the tribes of India has certain distinct characteristics in language, dress and cultural mores. They present an astounding array of tattoos, hairstyles, embroidery, and costume.


We embark on an early morning safari to find the one-horn rhinoceros, located only in this area of India. The Indian rhinoceros, also called the greater one-horned rhinoceros and great Indian rhinoceros, is a rhinoceros native to the Indian subcontinent. Wikipedia Scientific name: Rhinoceros Unicornis; Speed: 34 mph (Maximum, Running)


Visiting the tribal regions is a step back in time and a true “off the beaten path” experience for the adventurous traveler. Experience village life in India on one of our fabulous small group tribal India tours, offered in December (during the Hornbill Festival) and February or create your own custom journey with the help of our expert India travel specialists from Spirit of India / Original World.

Editors Note:  Original World/Spirit of India offers a tour to Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam twice annually, in Feb and Dec to coordination with traditional festivals. Our next tour is December 3-22, 2017.
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