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We begin our journey with an arrival transfer to our hotel from the airport.
Today is a free day to adjust to your new surroundings before we head off on our great adventure.
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your domestic flight to Dimapur. On arrival at Dimapur airport you will be met and transferred by road to Kohima for the night. Overnight-Cimorb
This morning we take a sightseeing tour of Kohima, the capital of Nagaland. The main tribe in the area are the Angami but there are also both the Rengma and Zeilang tribes here too. The village also has a World War II memorial which is well worth a visit. The state museum of Kohima is a great place to learn more about the Naga tribes and their unique ways of life. Later on we drive to Khonoma Village where we begin our 2 night stay with a local tribal family. Overnight-Khonoma Home Stay
This morning we take a walk around the village and learn about different aspects of their lives and how they are unique. The Angami Naga is known to be the last bastion of the Naga warriors and there are a number of memorial stones that celebrate their achievements. The village also has a very interesting water system where the water is piped long distances using bamboo. This village is very iconic in that it is surrounded by green rice terraces. Overnight- Khonoma Homestay
Today we drive to Tuephema, another Angami tribal village where we spend the next 2 nights. Tuephema has a number of chalets built in traditional Angami fashion and guests will be greeted with superb Angami hospitality. Overnight- Heritage Tourist Villiage
We continue our stay in Touphema with guided walks to to nearby peaks and paddy fields. We have the opportunity to visit local homes and gain a fascinating insight into the wonderful myths, legends and stories of the Angami people. There is also a museum displaying traditional jewellery, clothing and other artifacts. Overnight- Heritage Tourist Villiage
We say good bye to Touphema and drive to Mokokchung. On the way we stop at Wokha which is the district headquarters of the Lotha Nagas. The Lothas are famed for their splendid colourful dancing and singing. After a visit here we head onto Mokokchung for the next 2 nights. Overnight- Tourist Lodge.
We start today in the village of the Ao Naga tribe. The majority of this tribe are Christians and have been since about the 19th century and they are one of the most literate tribes of all the Nagas. We also take a visit over to the small village of Mopunchukit. Despite its size Mopunchukit has an informative museum and a church in the village. The last stop of the day is to the village of Longkhum. Longkhum is a hill top village once used as the battle ground for the infamous head hunters. It is commonly believed that the spirits of dead people are manifested in the local eagles that nest here. They also recommend that visitors come through the village twice as the first time one’s soul is often left behind. Overnight- Tourist Lodge.
After breakfast we drive to Tuensang, the largest district of Nagaland, which borders Myanmar in the east. Located in the foot hills of Mount Saramati - the highest peak in Nagaland, Tuensang is a region of outstanding natural beauty with lush valleys and rugged hills. The main Naga tribes of the region are the Chang, Yimchunger, Khiamungan, Sangtam and Phom Nagas, each with their own colourful dress and rich cultural heritage. Overnight- Government Circuit House
On Day 11 we discover the fascinating tribal villages of Tuensang. In this region mithuns (a cross between a water buffalo and a cow) can often be seen wandering in the surrounding forests. The highlight of the day is seeing the giant monoliths in Longtrok village. Overnight- Government Circuit House
This morning we depart on our journey to the last of our tribal villages. The district of Mon is both the most northern and the most eastern of all the districts in the Nagaland. It is home to the Konyak Nagas who are by far the largest in numbers of all the different Nagas and also the most recognisable. They have tattoos all over their face and hands and as a tribe are famous for their muzzle loading guns. The Konyaks are the only part of the Naga tribes that use the institution of village Angh (hereditary chief). Overnight- Paramount Lodge
On our second day in the village we take a visit to the chief’s house in Shangnyu village. Moving on we pop into Longwa, this is the biggest village in Mon and stretches across into neighbouring Burma. The Angh of this village has jurisdiction on both sides of the border. Overnight- Paramount Lodge
Our final day in Mon continues on from the second with more exploration of the local villages. Overnight- Paramount Lodge
Another road journey today takes us to Jorhat. Jorhat quite simply means two markets, back in the 18th century there were two markets on either sides of the Bhogdoi River which flows through Jorhat. Overnight- Banyan Grove
The next two days are free to explore Jorhat at your leisure. Overnight- Banyan Grove
Jorhat is surrounded by sprawling tea gardens and is home to the Tocklai Research Association, the largest and oldest tea research station in the world. Today spend the afternoon at leisure. Today we take a guided tour of the tea plantation. Overnight- Thengal Manor.
Today we travel approximately 20 kms out of Jorhat to the Hoollongapur Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary. Originally established in 1881 when land was put aside for the purpose of preservation. The area is rich in biodiversity and is home to the Western Hoolock Gibbon, India's only gibbon. The area is also home to other memebers of the primate family such as the Stump Tailed Macaque, Rhesus Macaque, Northern Pig-tailed Macaque, Eastern Assamese Macaque and Capped Langur. The park is also home to Indian elehants, tigers, leopards, boar and 219 species of bird. Overnight- Thengal Manor.
This morning we take a visit to one of the local silk farms and silk weavers' villages. Silk is historically one of the most important industries in India and still is with over 700,000 families working in the trade. This afternoon we visit Shivsagar, the once capital of the Ahom Dynasty which ruled Assam for over 600 years until the arrival of the British. Located in the area are several ancient monuments, temples and palaces, all testament to the architectural skills of the Ahoms. Overnight- Thengal Manor.
Today take an excursion to Majuli Island, India's largest river island. Shortlisted by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site the Majuli island is only accesible by ferry, due to this inaccessibility the culture and uniqueness of the people has been preserved and offers visitors a fantastic chance to experience old customs still intact. On the island we will visit the Vaishnovite monasteries, locally known as Satras and dating back to the 16th Century. We will also visit the agrarian Mishing tribal villages situated on the river banks before enjoying a local vegetarian lunch. Overnight- Thengal Manor.
Today we say goodbye to Jorhat as we are transfered to Jorhat airport for a domestic flight to Kolkata. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel.
Today is free to mingle with the locals and explore local culture and way of life at your own leisure.
After a day to relax a representative will meet you at the hotel to take an over night journey to Sunderbans. On arrival enjoy a bird and villiage walk and a local boat ride to see the best the Sunderbans has to offer. Overnight - Sunderbans Jungle Camp
This morning we have breakfast at the hotel before having more time to explore the Sunderbans. This afternoon we will head back to Kolkata for the remainder of our journey.
The rest of our journey is spent in Kolkata with free time to unwind and relax. Our tour concludes on our final day (17th) with an onward transfer to the airport.