Trivia: Myoko is a celebration of friendship and harmony between various Apatani villages. The villages of the Apatani tribe are in the proposed list of UNESCO world heritage site as a living cultural scape.
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As you walk past the verdant paddy fields of Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh, one can’t help but notice that this is a valley in transition. Increasingly, traditional thatched bamboo huts are giving way to concrete houses. This change is reflected in the local tribe’s dress code and customs. You’ll notice that older women from Ziro’s Apatani tribe are distinguished by their tattooed faces and nose plugs; a practice that stopped in the 1970s after government intervention. A chance to interact with members of the tribe will allow a peek into a lifestyle that, though in flux, is still pretty unique. On a visit to an Apatani home, you can examine at close quarters their unique architecture – particularly, the traditional bamboo kitchen with a central fireplace over which racks are suspended from the ceiling to store firewood, dry meat and rice. Relish a traditional meal featuring meats and vegetables grilled in bamboo sleeves as our local acquaintances answer your questions and provide insight into their traditions including their ancient religion of nature worship known as Donyi polo.

 

Step out for a small trek to take in the views of the forest and surrounding hills and help clear the woods of the litter left by picnickers. A visit to the local market at Ziro is not to be missed, as you will find exotic things for sale.

 

In Assam, enjoy a river cruise along India’s mightiest river, Brahmaputra, against the backdrop of a setting sun. A special treat in the form of an elaborate dinner hosted by Julie’s aunt in her lovely colonial style bungalow will allow you to break the ice with your fellow travellers. In Kaziranga, elephant and jeep safaris through the famed Kaziranga National Park will allow you to catch the greater one-horned rhino in its natural habitat. Visit a tea plantation and see first-hand where your morning cuppa comes from.

 

Another highlight is the chance to visit the beautiful river island, Majuli, which may cease to exist in our lifetimes due to increasing water levels. Interact with local artists who have kept traditional performing arts alive in Assam and understand the life of a monk in a Vaisnavite monastery.

 

This nineday tour is a great mix of adventure and culture. From observing the fast-changing customs of the people in Ziro and Mishing to exploring the wild in Kaziranga, you’ll be armed with great stories to narrate for a long time to come.

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Itineraries

Day 1

Date : March 18, 2019

Time : 9:30 am

Arrive in Guwahati

Arrive at Guwahati airport. Receive and transfer to hotel. En route visit the Kamakhya Temple complex if time permits. In the afternoon, visit the Emporium & shops. Go for a river cruise on the Brahmaputra. Interact with the hosts over dinner hosted by Julie's aunt in her lovely colonial style bungalow .

Day 2

Date : March 19, 2019

Time : 9:30 am

Guwahati-Kaziranga

After breakfast, check out the museum and then drive to Kaziranga (193 kms / approximately 4 hours). Have lunch on the way. A visit to a tea plantation near Kaziranga has been planned. In the evening, a visit to the tourist center can be organized for those interested .

Day 3

Date : March 20, 2019

Time : 6:00 am

Kaziranga

Early morning go for an elephant ride inside the sanctuary. Return to the hotel for breakfast, rest a bit or visits can be arranged to the surrounding cottage industries. At 2 pm report at front desk for the evening jeep safari ride .

Day 4

Date : March 21, 2019

Time : 7:00 am

Kaziranga-Majuli

Early morning drive to Nimati Ghat (122 kms / approximately 3 hours). We will ask the hotel to provide us with packed breakfast. Cross over to Majuli via the public ferry. Visit a local monastery and a Mishing village near the hotel. The women here are skilled weavers and very friendly. Buy directly from them. Evening enjoy a bonfire under the stars or visit a Satra (monasteries) to interact with mask makers.

Day 5

Date : March 22, 2019

Time : 7:00 am

Majuli-Ziro

It is 156 kms away and approximately a 7 hour drive over roads that aren't in great shape but the views will make up for it. You will be driving through lush tropical rain forests with flora in every shade of green. We will stop for a picnic breakfast that the hotel would have packed for us. Once we get to Ziro, you can choose to wander around the market and grab a bite or head to the hotel. Early evening either go for a walk and take in the countryside or just relax.

Day 6

Date : March 23, 2019

Time : 6:00 am

Ziro

In the morning, catch a glimpse of the rituals and ceremonies of the festival. You can spend the whole day here or just the morning half. This year it's the turn of three smaller villages - Bamin - michi, Mudang - tage and Hiji dutta to host the festival. This is optional, those who don't want to witness the sacrifices can instead visit the technical center and museum. Then head out to Hari or Hong basti, village of the tribe. Walk around, the ways of the village are virtually unchanged for generations and visit one of their traditional homes. In the evening meet a few of my local acquaintances over dinner at the hotel, who can provide a good insight on the traditions of the tribe and their assimilation to modern times.

Day 7

Date : March 24, 2019

Time : 8:30 am

Ziro

The countryside is gorgeous and depending on how the day pans out , a small trek is planned to take in the views of the forest and the surrounding hills .We will ask the hotel for a packed lunch. In the evening visit the local market at Ziro. It is not to be missed, as sometimes you find very exotic things for sale.

Day 8

Date : March 25, 2019

Time : 8:30 am

Ziro-Tezpur

After breakfast, start the drive down to the plains. We will be heading to the town of Tezpur (266 kms / approximately 8 hours) Three cultural icons of Assam- Jyoti Prasad Agarwala , Bishnu Prasad Rabha and Dr. Bhupen Hazarika grew up here . Hence, Tezpur is known as the culture capital of Assam.

Day 9

Date : March 26, 2019

Time : 8:30 am

Memories

Those flying out of Tezpur will be dropped to the airport. For the rest, after breakfast check out and head towards the airport at Guwahati (196 kms / approximately 4 hours). En route stop for lunch .
  1. Accommodation in double/ twin bed room.
    • Guwahati: Prabhakar Guesthouse
    • Tezpur – Fern/ KRC
    • Ziro – Siiro resort / Blue pine
    • Majuli – Deka Sang resort
    • Kaziranga – Infinity resorts/ Iora
  2. Breakfast and dinner. Beverage on the first night.
  3. All transfer by Innova (maximum 03 or 04 pax in one vehicle).
  4. Local guide at Ziro.
  5. Public ferry service to and fro Majuli.
  6. One Elephant ride and one jeep safari at Kaziranga.
  7. One sunset boat cruise at Guwahati.
  8. Inner line permit for Arunachal Pradesh.
  9. Drinking water, a basic medical kit and tissues will be provided in the cars.

Please note:

#Elephant safaris are subject to availability and permission granted by forest dept.

  • Road conditions are unpredictable in this region and could be under repair. Re-routing or itinerary changes can be made by the guide. Also, there will be short distances of dirt road between villages.
  • Itinerary changes are made to improve your overall experience
  • Price might change if there is a hike in fuel, hotel rate or taxes.
  • Clients must be insured to cover the costs of medical emergencies/ expenses incurred due to weather conditions, prevailing road conditions, political situations, natural calamities, change in flight schedule, mechanical malfunction, or any such unanticipated events or any events termed as ‘Acts of God’.
  1. Airfare
  2. Porter fees or tips
  3. Cultural activities apart from those mentioned above
  4. Camera charges, snacks, any kind of beverages, laundry and lunch
  5. Insurance, telephone charges
  6. Any other expenses not specified in the cost inclusion
  • Pricing Name
    Start
    End
    Group (Min-Max)
    Pax
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  • Pricing Name Indian Nationals
    Start Monday March 18, 2019
    End Tuesday March 26, 2019
    Group (Min-Max) 1 Pax -
    Price 76,000.00 /Adult
  • Pricing Name Foreign Nationals
    Start Monday March 18, 2019
    End Tuesday March 26, 2019
    Group (Min-Max) 1 Pax -
    Price 81,000.00 /Adult
  1. :

    I had the opportunity to travel with Julie on this curated trip. It was well planned and executed. The itinerary was ever so interesting and varied. Introduction to the tribes of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh were fascinating. The accommodation at Guwahati,Kaziranga,Ziro and Tezpur were good. The one in Majuli needs to be spruced up. Overall a great trip and I would recommend this trip and company to those desirous of venturing into the north east.

    • :

      I loved your enthusiasm and how you got everyone to explore more. Hope we get to travel again. Warm regards

  2. :

    Firstly, thanks so much Julie for throwing open the NE in such a splendid
    and curated fashion 🙂
    The tour provided an amazing experience and was a total eyeopener for me, it allowed me to experience all facets of the wonderful NE – the hospitality of the locals, the spectacular nature, the tangy cuisine, the range of awesome textiles and the incredible flora and fauna! Have exhausted all my adjectives right there 🙂
    Also, interacting with the tribe folk in Majuli and with the Apatamis in Ziro, seeing their simple, eco-friendly sustainable living first-hand, was truly humbling.
    I thoroughly enjoyed myself, it was serendipity and a total getaway! As an aside, in the process, peeled off a few layers and discovered a bit of the ‘real me’ too! How about that now?!!
    Signing off and wishing you all the very best in your upcoming tours, hope to be a part of one in the not-so-far future!

    • :

      Thank you Harini. I am glad you enjoyed the trip and found a Mooga sari you liked. Look forward to traveling together again.

  3. :

    The operative word in the itinerary that Julie had sent us before setting off on our North East sojourn was ‘curated’ – for indeed, Julie had carefully planned each day with sensitivity, offering us a vast array of experiences which none of us would have had as ordinary tourists.The pace was full but not exhausting, the accomodation the best available in each place, uniformly clean and comfortable……this is a journey each one has to experience and allow to seep into one’s being, no words can do it justice. I strongly recommend it to anyone of any age – there is another world waiting for you out there!
    March 2018

  4. :

    My wife Pramila and I traveled with Julie this March on this tour . We spent 9 wonderful days on a really well curated tour . It was out first holiday in the north east of India – and we are so glad it was with Julie and Curtain call . Fantastic landscapes , very interesting people and stimulating conversations….. in addition to the unbelievable flora and fauna .
    We had so much fun!
    Thank you Julie ….

    • :

      it was a pleasure travelling with Pramila and you. Looking forward to more travels and great photos.
      Warm Regards
      Julie

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Since it is a limited number of travellers and we do have fixed costs, there is a cancellation charge.

If you cancel your booking 45 days prior to departure date, you will be charged 40% of your total booking amount.
If you cancel your booking 10 days prior to departure date, a 60% fee will be deducted from your advance payment.
Cancellation with less than 10 days from date of departure will be charged at 100% of your total booking amount.

Costs have been calculated on 6-7 adults traveling on twin sharing basis and 6-8 children. It will change depending on the number of people travelling and mode of transport if you wish to change it.

Yes, we do. The additional cost is to cover expenditure incurred for permits and entry fees that are higher for non-Indian travellers.

Yes. Clients must be insured to cover the costs of medical emergencies/expenses incurred due to weather conditions, prevailing road conditions, political situations, natural calamities, change in flight schedule, mechanical malfunction, or any such unanticipated events or any acts of God.

In Guwahati, Kaziranga and Tezpur, the major restaurants, hotel and shops will accept credit cards but elsewhere you will need cash for transaction.

The hills will be pleasant during the day and cold at night. Carry at least a light jacket and a scarf for the day; a warmer jacket and thick shawl for the evening.

There might be a few mild showers so carry a waterproof jacket and good sturdy walking shoes are a must.

Sun screen, sun glasses, insect repellent, a cap and a pair of binoculars are recommended.

A valid photo Id (Aadhar card, Voter's Id or driving license. Passport with valid visa for foreign passport holders).

Carry cell phone and camera chargers.

In Guwahati, Kaziranga and Tezpur the major restaurants, hotel and shops will accept credit cards but elsewhere you will need cash for transaction.

Carry basic medicines and any medication that you might be using.

Yes. A good selection of locally sourced vegetables will be provided.

The roads in the plains are good though in small patches road repair work is going on. The mountain roads like the roads all over the Himalayas are prone to landslides during the monsoons and are not in good shape. Hence, we only use Innovas and experienced drivers for these roads to provide comfort. We factor in small stops and carry light snacks and juices for the journey. As a policy we do not drive on the highway post sunset and make the most of day light hours.

In Guwahati, it is a small boutique home stay.

In Majuli, the accommodation is basic and provides clean comfortable rooms.with attached bathroom. with mineral drinking water, fresh towels and bed linen. Hot water showers are available. Tea, coffee and snacks can be ordered from the menu. There are no television, Wi-Fi, complimentary shower gels etc.

In Ziro, your accommodation will be at a comfortable, good standard hotel.

In Tezpur, you will be staying at a 4-star property.

Access to medical facilities is available in all locations.

Tips: hotel staff for a 3 night stay Rs. 200 – Rs. 250/- and driver for a week Rs. 1000 – 1500/-.
Restaurant: a meal for 4 (Rs. 2500 to 8000/-).

In Assam, mild showers and a few thunderstorms start from the month of March but the weather otherwise remains pleasant till early May. The best time to visit Arunachal Pradesh is in spring between March and October. With the temperature ranging between 20 degrees Celsius and 32 degrees Celsius, mornings and evenings are both pleasant and comfortable. However, Ziro will be much cooler, where the average temperature is between 6 and 20 degrees Celsius. Carry a warm jacket and thick shawl.

Yes. The hotel will provide Wi-Fi access on their premises but for elsewhere please carry your Wi-Fi hotspot or dongle. Some places you may not have access to Wi-Fi.