MYOKO FESTIVAL OF ARUNACHAL PRADESH

Somewhere above the clouds in the hills of Arunachal Pradesh lies Ziro, a pine-clad valley that's famous for its rice cultivation. The home of the Apatani tribe, the Myoko festival is a time to renew and revive old and new friendships and offerings are prepared to present before Donyi Polo (the deity worshipped by the Apatanis) for a prosperous year ahead. This is the time of the year when the Apatanis also pray to ensure better cultivation, protection of the grains from the elements, and the well-being of villagers and livestock.

Aside from participating in the festivities of Myoko, this tour also gives travellers a deep insight into the culture of the Apatani tribe, known for their distinctive facial tattoos and wooden nose plugs, as well as that of the Mishing weaver tribe of Majuli. 

Visit the tea gardens of Assam and experience what life was like in the colonial days by staying in a heritage bungalow. Discover the peaceful sect of Vaishnavism in Majuli, one of the world's largest river islands, and go back in time as you visit its monasteries.

For those looking to travel to little-known places that are untouched by modern tourism, this is the tour for you!

10 Days |  Ex Delhi/Kolkata – Guwahati – Balipara – Ziro – Majuli – Jorhat
  • Immerse yourself in tribal culture by participating in the Myoko Festival of Arunachal Pradesh

  • Learn about the Apatani tribes and visit their villages to get an insight into their way of life

  • Visit Majuli, one of the world's largest river islands, and experience the way of life of the Mishing tribe

  • Discover a peaceful sect of Vaishnavism and visit their simple yet elegant satras or monasteries

  • Experience a tea planter's life and stay at two heritage tea bungalows

  • Marvel at the rich tapestry of colours through your photographer's lens

Highlights

Itinerary

DAY 1  |  GUWAHATI - BALIPARA  |  18 MARCH 2018

Fly to Guwahati from Delhi or Kolkata | Drive for 5 hours to Balipara | Check-in at a heritage tea bungalow

DAY 2  |  ZIRO  |  19 MARCH 2018

Drive 8 hours to Ziro, tucked away in the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh  |  ​Enroute, visit Nishi tribal villages

DAYS 3 to 5  |  ZIRO  |  20 to 22 MARCH 2018

Visit the various Apatani tribal villages  |  Participate in the Myoko festivities

DAY 6  |  MAJULI  |  23 MARCH 2018

Drive down to the plains of Assam for 5 hours and then take a short ferry to Majuli, one of the world's largest river islands |  Rest of the day at leisure to explore the bucolic scenes of this island

DAY 7  |  MAJULI  |  24 MARCH 2018

Visit the satras or monasteries of the peaceful Vaishnavite sect  |  Interact with monks  |  Mishing tribal village visit  |  Observe their customs and way of life

DAY 8  |  MAJULI  - JORHAT  |  25 MARCH 2018

Visit more satras and Mishing tribal villages in Majuli  |  Take a ferry for 1.5 hours and drive to Jorhat  |  Check-in at a heritage tea bungalow

DAY 9  |  JORHAT  |  26 MARCH 2018

Morning visit to a tea garden  |  Visit a tea research centre

DAY 10  |  DEPART |  27 MARCH 2018

Transfer to Dibrugarh airport to fly to Delhi or Kolkata  |  Alternatively, check our river cruises and overland tour extensions

All our tours can be tailor-made for you and, where possible, we can be flexible with our tour departure dates too.

 

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!

Note: All driving times are approximate.

Suggested tour date: 18 March to 27 March 2018

Learn more about how the practice of Apatani women tattooing their own faces and wearing wooden plugs originated. Watch a short film here >

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