Tribal festivals & camel fairs celebrated year round
Once known as the ‘Hidden Land’, Arunachal Pradesh was completely closed to all outsiders. A limited number of travelers are now being permitted to visit this beautiful region covered by natural forests, turbulent streams, roaring rivers, deep gorges and the lofty Himalaya. A sentinel of the country in the northeast, this ancient land has been mentioned in the Hindu epics.
About 25 different tribes inhabit Arunachal Pradesh. Due to its closure and remote location, these tribes have retained their intrinsic heritage and remain untouched. It has a patriarchal society where most locals practice polygamy. Head hunting has long since ceased and these are peace-loving people. In January you can participate in the ‘Reh Festival’ at Pasighat, celebrated by the Idu Mismi tribe to thank for a bountiful harvest. The priest dance climaxes with great fanfare on the sixth day. Celebrate the unity among men with the Hill Miris at the ‘Boori Boot Festival’ in Daporijo. In March see ‘Mopin Festival’ of Adi (Hillman) tribes proficient in weaving, the Tagin with their unique slant thatch-roofs, the Nishi and the enterprising Apa Tani tribes of Ziro.
Admire the temples and sunset views over the Bhramaputra River and drive through pine forests and hills covered with heather, orchids, pineapple and betel nut plantations to the quaint hilly town of Shillong, inhabited by 3 ethnic tribes. Drive to Cherrapunjee, the world’s wettest place with its orange groves and orange honey, set amidst gorges and waterfalls. End in Calcutta, the grand old city of the British Raj.
Calcutta * Reh * Ziro * Nameri * Shillong * Cherrapunjee
Oct - May
(Land & Internal Air)
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