Northeast India is easily one of the most Ethnic, Linguistic and Cultural diverse region in the Indian sub-continent. With over 200 Tribes, most with numerous sub-tribes each with their distinct culture, traditions and dialects. These tribes provide a cultural bridge between India and south East Asia, China, Inner Asia and Burma by ethnic and linguistic angles, as most of these tribes migrated here from the North and the East over the centuries.
These eight states in themselves constitute a single linguistic region with about 220 languages in three different language groups (Indo-Aryan, Sino-Tibetan and Austric).
The earliest recorded history can be traced back only to the Ahom kings (16thAD) who ruled the Brahmaputra valley. Unlike the rest of India, majority here bear Mongoloid features.
This tour is set in the Buddhist dominated Western Arunachal Pradesh. The region west of the Kameng River, which includes Bomdila and Tawang, is popularly referred to as West Arunachal. This part of Arunachal is mainly dominated by the Monpas, a benevolent Buddhist tribe, residing in one of the most spectacular mountain landscapes. This region bordering Bhutan and Tibet has deep historic ties with both the neighbouring countries.
BRAHMAPUTRA VALLEY AND THE PATKAI HILLS
This tour takes you across the easternmost areas adjoin Myanmar and the mighty Brahmaputra valley of Assam. The first phase takes us through the territories of the Theravada Buddhist related tribes. Following this we make for the hills of Nagaland to the last of the headhunters. Here we will experience life in the border villages of India snd Myanmar. The last phase takes us back to the Brahmaputra valley to one of the largest river islands of the world and a wildlife park along the river Brahmaputra.
THE ANIMIST BELT
The central belt of Arunachal Pradesh is home to the Animist tribes. This tour takes you through the Tani belt of Central Arunachal and the Mishmi tribes of Eastern Arunachal. Just for comparison we will also visit the more settled plains tribes.