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Tribal Festivals Of Arunachal Pradesh - 8 Nights / 9 days

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Duration :8 Nights / 9 days
Places :Dibrugarh->Pasighat->Aholi->Yembung->Daporijo->Ziro->

FESTIVAL DATES:  Reh – 1st and 2nd February 2001

Boori Boot – 5th and 6th February 2001

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to DIBRUGHAR, drive to PASIGHAT

Arrive Dibrughar by air from Delhi or Calcutta. Cross the Brahmaputra by ferry and arrive at Pasighat, a unique settlement at the exit of the gorge from which the Siang river flows. The Siang is an extension of the Tsangpo river with its origins at Mansarover in Tibet and one of the five major tributaries which form the mighty Brahmaputra river. Overnight in the Government Circuit House or Inspection Bungalow.


After breakfast drive for an hour to Ranighat, take a one-hour boat ride across the river and drive for 2 to 3 hours to the village of Aoholi. Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 3: At AOHALI – Reh Festival

Spend the day participating in the Reh festival. Festivals form an essential aspect of the socio-cultural life of the people of Arunachal Pradesh. Since agriculture is the mainstay of the population, the festivals celebrated by the people are closely connected with their occupation, thanking the gods' providence and prayers for bumper crops.

Most festivals have common rituals such as sacrificing of animals, particularly the "Mithun", in the non-bodic tribes. These rituals are generally performed by priests, assisted by some select male members of the community. The special attraction of the Reh Festival, celebrated by the Idu Mishmis, is the priest dance performed through the six-day festival, which comes to an end with great fanfare. Overnight camping.

Day 4: Drive to YEMBUNG

After breakfast cross the Siang river and drive to Yembung. There is a spectacular 300-meter long cane bridge near Yembung. Dinner and overnight camping.


Spend the day exploring the nearby villages. The Adi, meaning "hillman", is the most prominent, forward looking and independent minded of all the tribes in Arunachal Pradesh and neighbouring areas. Both men and women wear their hair close cropped. Polygamy is widely practiced.

The Adis have two main divisions - Bogum and Onai - and under each there are a number of sub-tribes - the Gallong being the most prominent. Adi houses are very much like those built by the Nishi tribe. Adi villages are well organized, as is the council called Kibong and are generally situated on the spurs of hills.

The main feature of the Adi villages is the dormitory club for boys and men called Moshup. Some villages also have a separate club for girls called Rishong. The main deity is Donyi Polo (Sun Moon God), a compound deity who is regarded as the eye of the world and is the upholder of moral laws. All meals and overnight camping.

Day 6: Drive to DAPORIJO

After breakfast drive to Daporijo, headquarters of Upper Subansiri district, situated on the right bank of the Subansiri river. Tagins, Hill Miris and Adi (Gallong) constitute its mixed population.

Polygamy is customary among the Tagin tribe. Their villages are situated on slopes and under the shadow of hills, to secure a natural protection. Some Tagin villages are so small that they only consist of a house or two.

A Tagin house is usually built on the slant and is thatched with leaves, unlike other tribal houses. It has its own distinct features - rectangular in shape, the floor is made of split bamboo supported by wooden pillars. One end of the house rises straight, the other may rise up to about one meter only. A Tagin house may have a storeroom in one corner of the house and often a pigsty under the floor of the house. Overnight camping.

Day 7: At DAPORIJO – Boori Boot Festival

Spend the day witnessing the Boori Boot festival. This is the main religious festival of the Hill Miris, celebrated for three days in the month of Loke Polo, corresponding to February.

The festival signifies unity among men and implies that all should join together to worship God, who is known as Boori Abo, for the welfare of the people. Boori Abo presides over other deities on Vayoos, who are propitiated on this occasion. The myth on why and how Boori Boot came to be celebrated is that Abo Tani has many children - Nishi, Hill Miri, Apatani, Adi, etc. Some of them did not obey him or respect their elders and started quarrelling amongst themselves.

Abo Tani got angry and caused them to suffer from diseases. The Nish Nile, Nee Niri, Niboom, Nido, Nik Tilli and other spirits sat together to decide what to do about this situation. They agreed that the displeasure of their father should be removed. Priests were consulted, onions on eggs and livers of fowl were taken and it was decided that a big ceremony with many sacrifices should be held, to appease the spirits of Si Donyi, Kri Pirte, Tinle and others. All meals and overnight in camp.

Day 8: Drive DAPORIJO to ZIRO

After breakfast drive 6 hours to Ziro, the headquarters of the Lower Subansiri district and one of the most beautiful hill stations in Arunachal Pradesh. Situated in the heart of the Apa Tani Valley, at an altitude of 1,572 m, Ziro is fringed by lofty mountains. The drive is through lush forested hillsides and past tribal settlements of the Nishi and Hill Miri.

Usually set amidst green surroundings, Nishi settlements consist of widely dispersed long huts made of twilled mats, thatched roofs and flooring of flattened bamboo and are identified by the profusion of pigs and fowls revelling on heaps of rubbish everywhere. A short distance away lie the granaries.

The Hill Miri villages are much smaller, with an average village consisting of 8 to 9 houses built on hill slopes. Varying from 15 to 20 m. in length, the longhouse can shelter up to 40 persons. Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 9: At ZIRO

After breakfast visit the nearby villages of Bela and Hare, which offer a glimpse at, close quarters, of the culture and lifestyle of the Apa Tani, an enterprising and industrious tribal community which inhabits this valley.

The Apa Tani villages are remarkable in a country where settlements are not permanent and tribal groups seem to be continuously on the move, for they are all concentrated in this valley.

Seven villages, all situated within an hour's walking distance of each other, consist of houses built on wooden pile a few feet off the ground. Unlike the Nishi, the Apa Tani are generally polygynous. The men have elaborate tattoos on their faces and wear their hair in a top-knot. The women wear characteristic circular nose plugs. Dinner and overnight in camp.

Day 10: Drive ZIRO to ITANAGAR

After breakfast depart on the 6-hour drive to Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh. In the afternoon visit the Buddhist monastery, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial museum, the Zoo and the Craft Centre at Naharlagun. Overnight Hotel Subansiri.

Day 11: Drive ITANAGAR to TEZPUR

After an early breakfast depart on the 5-hour drive through lush forests and verdant tea plantations to Tezpur in time to board the flight to Calcutta. Connect with the onward flight.



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