Ancient Tribes of the Hidden Northeast:

Travel to Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam

Our Nagaland tour includes the tribal states of Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.

Bordering Bhutan, China and Burma, the states of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh are some of the most remote in India. Mon Village in Nagaland and the state of Arunachal Pradesh have been closed to visitors until about 15 years ago.

Hence, their lush landscape and native cultures have remained virtually untouched allowing their peaceful existence to now be enjoyed by small groups of adventurous travelers.

There are approximately 76 different tribes in this region and 80% of the land is still forested so there is a great deal of the natural beauty of India.

Additionally, on the Nagaland, Arunachal, Assam tour you will experience its’ rich and diverse culture. The communities live close to nature, nurtured by ancient tribal knowledge systems.

Enjoy the beauty of Assam including Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary, Majuli Island and Guwahati.  Famous for its population of the Great One-Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tigers are also present in sizable numbers in this Tiger Reserve.

The tribal folk culture experienced during this guided tour include the Mishi, Deori, Apantani, Monpa and the polyandrous Adi ethnic groups.

The beautiful hand loom textile work of these tribes is coveted and not to be missed.

Your experience of this remote region of India with an Original World / Spirit of India small group tour will truly be extraordinary!

  • Explore secluded ancient tribal villages with our knowledgable guide
  • Attend Sekrenyi Festival in February and Hornbill Festival in December in Nagaland
  • Embark on two safaris through the pristine natural beauty of UNESCO Heritage Kaziranga National Park
  • Engage with numerous diverse ethnic villages including Majuli Island, the world’s largest river island
  • This trip is a once-in-a-lifetime experience ideal for adventurous travelers who are comfortable with long scenic drives and rustic accommodations
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  • 1
    Kolkata, India
    Day 1-2: Arrival in Calcutta

    Our tour begins with a visit to the fascinating city of Calcutta (Kolkata).

  • 2
    Nagaland, India
    Day 3-9: NAGALAND

    The tour group visits various tribal villages of the Naga tribes. The tour in February will attend Sekrenyi Festival; the December tour attends the Hornbill Festival.

  • 3
    Assam, India
    Day 10: Tribal Villages of Assam

    Tour members meet Assamese families and stay at a beautiful tea estate.

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    Arunachal Pradesh, India
    Day 11-15: Tribal Villages of Arunachal

    We cross the Brahmaputra River by ferry and climb up the lower Himalaya through thick tropical forest to Along where we visit the Bokar, Ramo and Gallong tribal villages. We continue over the next five days to Daporizio and Ziro where our guided tour group interacts with Adis, Tagins, Hill Miris and the Tamens tribal members.

  • 5
    Assam, India
    Day 16-17: Assam Tribals and Wildlife

    Our guide leads us to numerous diverse ethnic villages including Majuli Island, the world's largest river island.

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    Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India
    Day 18: Kaziranga National Park

    Our group tour enjoys two safaris through the pristine natural beauty of UNESCO Heritage listed Kaziranga National Park. Famous for its population of the Great One-Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tigers are also present in sizable numbers in this Tiger Reserve. A wide variety of bird species native to India can also be seen as you travel from tall elephant grass to marshland and then dense tropical broadleaf forests.

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    Day 19: Guwahati

    Early morning elephant safari. This is a thrilling highlight! The one-horned rhinoceros are startling. After breakfast drive to Guwahati, the largest city of Assam and a main river port city located on the south bank of the Brahmaputra River.

    This afternoon, we'll visit Umananda Temple, located beautifully in the riverine of Peacock Island and Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra which houses a cultural museum where we attend a dance performance.

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    Day 20: Guwahati-Calcutta - Home

    This morning we visit Nabagraha, an ancient center of astrological and astronomical research. The temple is enshrined with nine Shivalingams, representing the nine Celestial bodies and a Shivaligam in the center symbolizing the Sun. Then we drive to the top of Nilachal Hill to visit Kamakhya Temple, be the most revered among the tantric shrines of Shakti worship. Animal sacrifice is a common practice here.

    Next, a brief visit to the Assam State Museum well-known for its varied collection of antiques of the prehistoric times, archeological displays of the rich cultural heritage of the area.

    Transfer to the airport for flight to Calcutta, Delhi or Mumbai for your flight home.

  • Trip Length

    20-day trip begins and ends in Calcutta

  • Dates

    December 2-21, 2024 with Hornbill Festival
    February 22-March 12, 2025 with Sekrenyi Festival

  • Land Cost

    December 2024: $5975 per person based on min of 4 people; Single Room Supplement: $1410
    February 2025: $5980 based on min 4 people; Single Room Supplement: $1410

  • Accommodations

    4-star hotels in Calcutta, best available guesthouses in tribal region, five star at Kaziranga National Park

  • Group Size

    4-12 guests

  • Included Meals

    All breakfasts, all meals days 2-18

  • Duration

    20 Days

  • Reading List

    Suggested Reading

Calcutta, West Bengal, India

Nagaland, India

Assam Tribal Development Authority, Guwahati, Assam, India

Arunachal Pradesh, India

Assam Wildlife Rescue And Research, Bihpuria, Assam, India

Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India

Guwahati, Assam, India

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