Myoko Festival of Arunachal Pradesh is a new year celebration of the Aptani tribe, where traditions and animism have co-existed with recent conversions to…
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Myoko Festival of Arunachal Pradesh is a new year celebration of the Aptani tribe, where traditions and animism have co-existed with recent conversions to Christianity. They still follow a lifestyle in close relationship with the natural elements in one of the last Asian paradises, between green mountains full of forests and bamboos, terraces of sun-kissed rice and the Himalayan tributaries. A large part of the tribe still continue to follow an ancient religion known as Donyi Polo ( sun & Moon) that worships nature.
The places have been chosen for you to experience the varied life in the North East of India. Over dinner at my aunt’s home in Guwahati interact with my friends to understand more about the region. Everyone associates Kaziranga with the one-horned rhino but a lesser-known fact is that it holds the record for having the largest number of tigers in a protected area the world over. River island Majuli is special for its beauty, the people who inhabit it (guests have said that the highlight of their trip was interacting with members of the Mishing tribe) and the probable fact that it might cease to exist in our lifetime.
Ziro situated in Arunachal Pradesh is home to the Apatani tribe. Wearing of circular nose plugs and tattooing of faces is the most characteristic aspect of ornamentation of older Apatani women. The newer generation has stopped these practices since the early 1970s.
Myoko is their annual New Year festival where they offer sacrifices to show their gratitude and the shaman plays an important role in the month-long festivities. The festival venue rotates every year among their villages. During this trip you will get to experience the age-old lifestyles of the tribe and their transition to a more contemporary one. Meet the locals and interact over a meal. We can arrange for cooking classes for those interested.
The drive from the plains to Ziro and back will be the longest – 7-8 hours. Please note that the sun sets here at 4.45pm so daylight hours are precious.
Accommodation has been arranged in good properties and on twin sharing basis. Those interested in single occupancy please write to us and we will arrange for it at a supplementary cost. Most meet the standards you would expect in a 3-4 star hotel. The hotels at Majuli and Ziro, though charming and among the best properties there, provide only the basic comforts.
Please note: The tour dates are fixed and the cost in March 2018 for a group of 9 Indian passport holders is Rs 82,000/- per person. Foreign passport holders are charged an incremental amount of Rs 6000/- for permits etc. For a current update on pricing please write to us.
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GuwahatiArrive at Guwahati LGB airport. Receive and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, explore the State Museum and Emporium. In the evening, enjoy a river cruise on the Brahmaputra followed by dinner at a private residence.
KazirangaCheck out after breakfast. Visit the archaeological dig site in the heart of the city and then proceed to Kaziranga (193 kms / 04hrs). En route, stop for a traditional Assamese thali lunch and catch your first glimpse of the rhino from the viewpoint along the highway. Visit a tea factory and, in the evening, a trip can be arranged to the tourist centre to watch the evening performance.
KazirangaEarly morning elephant ride (5.30-6.30 am/ 6.30-7.30 am) inside the park. Back to resort for breakfast and refreshment. Trips can be arranged for those interested in visiting the local shops or the Orchid Centre. After lunch, enjoy a jeep safari inside the park (2.30 pm onwards) on a separate route from the morning ride.
MajuliVisit Majuli, a river island, on the Brahmaputra. Drive to Jorhat Nimati Ghat (126 kms / 03 hrs) to catch the public ferry to cross the river. Here you can explore scenic Majuli, its Satras (monasteries) and the Mishing tribal villages. The women are skilled weavers and you can buy directly from them. Expect an invitation from the friendly villagers to their homes to taste rice beer. The sunsets here are gorgeous and those interested in bird-watching can accompany our local guide. You can rent bicycles and ride around one or two recommended routes. In the evening, enjoy a performance at a monastery or join the Mishing Bihu dancers around a bonfire.
ZiroEarly morning, we embark on a long but scenic drive to Ziro (220km/ 07hrs) with a packed breakfast. The headquarter of Lower Subansiri district in Arunachal Pradesh and located at an altitude of 1560 metres, the Ziro plateau is surrounded by Apatani tribal villages. On the way, feast your eyes on ferns in many different shapes and colours as well as a waterfall or two. Once we reach Ziro, you may opt to wander around the market or check into the hotel.
ZiroThe Myoko festival begins with the main priest chanting and blessing the animals followed by the slaughtering of pigs and chicken as sacrifice at 5am. A visit will be arranged for those who wish to witness this. Later on, visit Hong and Hari basti, the larger of the Apatani villages. The museum and technical centre at Ziro is informative and a visit can be arranged. A local guide will be accompanying us. Over dinner at the hotel, interact with a few friends to understand more about the tribe and their ways.
ZiroExplore the countryside around Ziro – depending on the weather and how the day pans out, we can organise a small trek. There’s also the option of visiting the festival. In the evening, a visit to the local market is recommended as you may find some very exotic things for sale.
TezpurIn the morning, drive to Tezpur (261km / 08hrs) located in the plains of Assam. Three cultural icons of Assam – Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Bishnu Prasad Rabha and Dr. Bhupen Hazarika – grew up here. Hence, Tezpur is known as the cultural capital of Assam. Those interested can explore the town in the evening.
GuwahatiThose flying out of Tezpur will be dropped to the airport in the morning. For the rest, we check out after breakfast and head towards the Guwahati airport (204 kms/04 hrs). Enroute, stop for lunch.
- Accommodation in double/ twin bed room.
- Meals on MAP (breakfast & dinner)
- All transfer by Innova (maximum 03 or 4 pax in one vehicle)
- Local guide at Ziro
- Public ferry service to and fro Majuli
- One Elephant ride and one jeep safari at Kaziranga#
- One sunset boat cruise at Guwahati
- One performance at Majuli
- One tea plantation visit
- Inner line permit for Arunachal Pradesh
- Drinking water, a basic medical kit and light snacks will be provided for long journeys
#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’.
- Camera fee, accompanied guide fee, tips, porter, laundry, etc.
- Lunch, snacks, any kind of beverages, any personal expenses.
- Any other expenses not specified in the cost inclusion.
Yes, we do. The additional cost includes expenditure incurred for permits, entry fees and other charges that Indian traveler does not require.
Since it is a limited number of travelers 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 12% of your total booking amount.
If you cancel your booking 10 days prior to departure date, a 35% fee will be deducted from your advance payment.
Cancellation with less than 10 days from date of departure will be charged at 55% of your total booking amount.
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