DALAI LAMA'S TRAIL

The Dalai Lama's Trail provides travellers with a fascinating insight into the melting pot of cultures in East India. Start your tour in the colonial city of Kolkata and move to the lofty hills of Arunachal Pradesh, where prayer flags rustle in the breeze and yaks are a common sight. Learn more about the 500-year old history behind the Tawang Monastery, the second largest one in the world, as you marvel at the 8-feet high golden statue of Buddha and intricately painted thangkas. The spartan accommodation of this region can often be overlooked when a plate of hot dumplings and five cups of tea are on offer! Discover the lifestyles of the tribes of Monpa, Mishing, and Angami as you are welcomed into their villages and get intimate with nature and wildlife in Nameri National Park.

16 days  |  Kolkata – Guwahati – Nameri National Park – Bomdila – Tawang – Dirang – Wild Mahseer – Kohima 
  • Visit Victoria Memorial, a colonial building made entirely of white Makrana marble

  • Bengali cooking session with a local family

  • Be awed by the 8-feet high golden state of Buddha in Tawang

  • Enter the world's second largest Buddhist monastery

  • Track rhinos at Nameri National Park

  • Stay in a heritage tea bungalow and participate in tea-tasting

  • Learn more about tribal cultures on walks through idyllic villages

Highlights

Itinerary

DAYS 1 to 3 | KOLKATA

Heritage city walks | Victoria Memorial | Boat ride on the Hooghly river | Old Market visit | Wander the imperial neighbourhoods of Kolkata | Cooking session with local family

DAYS 4 & 5 | GUWAHATI - NAMERI NATIONAL PARK

Fly to Guwahati | Transfer to Nameri National Park | River rafting | Tribal village visit | Birdwatching | Easy hikes

DAYS 6 | BOMDILA

 

Largest orchid range in India | Overnight in a local town of Arunachal Pradesh

DAYS 7 to 9 | TAWANG

Drive up to Tawang at 10,000 ft | 500 year old Buddhist monastery | Monpa tribe village | Easy hikes

DAYS 10 & 11 | DIRANG

Dirang Dzong visit | Sangti Valley | Hot water spring

DAYS 12 & 13 | WILD MAHSEER

Experience a colonial tea planter's lifestyle | Tea garden visit | Local market visit | Cycling

DAYS 14 & 15 | KOHIMA

Drive to Kohima | Angami tribal village visit | Explore local market | Tragopan Sanctuary

DAY 16 | DEPART

Fly to Delhi or Kolkata | Alternatively check our river cruises or overland tour extensions

All our tours can be tailor-made for you. Please contact us for a detailed itinerary or to discuss how we can better assist you in crafting the perfect itinerary - our friendly travel specialists are here to help!

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