Last Frontier - Jungles and Tribe of the Remote Himalaya Nov 20 – Dec 5
Nov 19 - Meet at our Hotel in Kolkata and take internal flight to Guwahati (Flight included).
Day 1 November 20 - Guwahati to Nameri.
The first day ride the winding roads of rural Assam, generally good condition but there are stretches with some potholes and dirt. We will stay at Nameri Eco Camp. It is eco style tented accommodation but with most modern facilities.
Tribal village for dinner to get a taste of the local cuisine.
Nature walk in the morning to spot some of the local wildlife.
Nov 21 - Day 2 – Nameri – Dirang.
Today we will enter Arunachal Pradesh. As soon as we cross the border town of Bhalukpong, the topography changes dramatically. We will hit the foothills of the Himalayas immediately after the border.
We will halt for the night at Dhirang.
Nov 22 - Day 3 – Dirang – Tawang
We will start early. Although the distance to be covered is only 145km it will take most of the day. We will cross Sela Pass (13,700ft) which was a scene of fierce battle between the Indian and Chinese troops.
We will ride down to about 10,000ft to Tawang and we should be there by late afternoon. Visit the 400 year old Tawang Monastery where HH The Dalai Lama took refuge when he fled Tibet.
Nov 23 - Day 4 – Tawang
We spend the day in Tawang and will ride up to see the beautiful P.T.Tso lake, go to the Chinese border at Bumla and return to Tawang.
The roads are poor but the views are absolutely amazing.
Nov 24 - Day 5 – Tawang – Bomdila
We will stay in Bomdila at a Monastery Guest House.
Nov 25 - Day 6 – Bomdila – Kaziranga
A long day today. We will reach Kaziranga late in the evening. We will be staying at an Eco camp set up in the middle of a small tea plantation.
Nov 26 - Day 7 – Kaziranga
We will go for an early morning elephant safari and try to spot tiger and Rhino. After that will leave for a Jeep safari that will last for about 2 hours.
Nov 27 - Day 8 – Kaziranga – Mon
We will ride on sealed roads for most of the way except the last 45 kms which turns to dust near the Burmese border. We will enter the area of the headhunters today.
On the way we will see some ruins of the Ahom Dynasty who ruled Assam hundreds of years back.
Since the ride will take most of the day, we will be reaching Mon late in the evening and stay at a hilltop accommodation.
Nov 28 - Day 9 – Mon
We will travel 42 kms from Mon town to reach Lungwa village. This village is caught in a time warp. The village shares the international border with Myanmar. The border passes right through the middle of the Chief’s (called Angh) house. Cheif Angh controls about 50 villages inside Myanmar.
The Konyak warriors practiced headhunting right up until the 1970's. A warrior who could bring the head of his enemy, during a battle, was decorated with tattoos in his body. The more heads he collected, the more intricate the tattoos grew and more his esteem rose in the society.
Since headhunting is a thing of the past, the tattoos are not done anymore. All the tattooed warriors are on the wrong side of 50 and in a few years’ time, there will be none left.
Interact with these real life warriors, see their tradition and culture. They are master craftsmen and make amazing artefact out of wood, bamboo, copper and bone. They have amazing handmade muzzle loading guns and manufacture their own gunpowder. They have been making guns even before the British landed in India.
You can fire these old guns also.
Nov 29 - Day 10 - Mon – Mokokchung
Today will be dirt road most of the way. We will take a back road to Mokokchung that will pass through some small villages and some dusty lonely roads. We will have some stopovers at some small stalls on the way that sells tea and few other surprises The last 60 – 70 kms will be on lovely mountain roads.
Mokokchung is the district headquarter and home to the Ao tribe of Nagaland.
Nov 30 - Day 11 – Mokokchung – Kohima
We will ride down to Kohima, the capital of Nagaland. The ride will be roughly be of 160 kms approx. of which will be a mixture of good and broken roads.
Kohima was a WW II theatre and some of the greatest battles of the Great War was fought here…battles that changed the course of the war.
Dec 1 - Day 12 – Kohima - THE HORNBILL FESTIVAL
Today is the opening day of the 7 day Hornbill Festival. This has become one of the most colourful and highly attended festivals in India.
Nagaland is home to 16 major tribes and a number of sub tribes. Each of these tribes has their own festivals at different times of the year. The Hornbill Festival brings all these Naga tribes under one umbrella and they showcase their amazing and colourful traditions and customs.
The Nagas are warrior tribes and it makes for amazing visuals when members of the different tribes perform their war dances….complete with war cries, gunfire and mock fighting.
You can try out Naga cuisine and they have a whole lot of variety. The different types of Naga rice beer is also much sought after. Check out the traditional handloom and handicrafts.
Dec 2 - Day 13 – Kohima
Spend another day at the festival. Maybe a day ride to another nearby village for those interested.
Dec 3 - Day 14 – Kohima – Dimapur
It’s a 2 and half hour downhill ride to Dimapur and we will leave Kohima by mid-day. Night halt at Dimapur.
Dec 4 - Day 15 – Dimapur – Guwahati
The home run. We will ride on some lovely gentle rolling hills and forested roads with very little traffic. It will take us about 5 hours to reach Guwahati.
Dec 5 – Day 16 – Guwahati – Morning return flight to Kolkata (included)