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N.B - Tea factories are also functioning between March to December. Digboi Centenary Oil Museum close on every Monday and Friday. Museums of Arunachal Pradesh closes on Monday All the shops and other monuments/museums/emporiums remain close on all national holidays.
Day 1 : Arrive at Dibrugarh
Received and transferred to a Heritage Chang Bungalow (14kms/30 mints) in the midst of a rolling tea garden. After lunch go for a tea tour around a tea estate to learn all about tea - its origin, how it is grown and all about tea tasting and its quality. Overnight at the Chang Bungalow.
Dibrugarh- the Tea Hub of upper Assam and gateway to “the Hidden Land of Eastern Arunachal Pradesh is located on the Southern bank of the mighty Brahmaputra River. Located in the lush green environment of tea gardens, Dibrugarh is the original home of the beverage. It is the centre for Heritage Tea Tourism.
Day 2 : Drive to the land of the Khampti tribe
Drive to Namsai - the land of the Khampti tribe who are believed to be the descendants of the Tai Ahoms and migrated from Thailand during the early part of 13th century (120 kms/3 hrs) to the Lohit district .At Namsai, we facilitate a full day visit to Empong village, to learn about their culture and also visit the Buddhist gompa which is considered to be the largest of its kind in the North-east. Traditional lunch at a local house. In the afternoon option to take an elephant ride. Drive on to Wakro (66 kms/2hrs) (enroute visit Chowkham village to see the Buddha Mahotsav which falls on 13th of March). Stay overnight at the Government Circuit House or with a Mishmi family (Basic)
Khampti is one of the major tribe inhabitant of Lohit District is deeply influenced by Buddhist ethics and morality. The Khamptis are Buddhists of the Theraveda School. They are the only tribe in Arunachal Pradesh who have their own script for the language. Traditionally they live on cultivation of paddy and other crops. The social structure of the Khampti is well organized on the basis of clan or village determined by kinship or locality.
Sangken is the important festivals and is observed at the juncture of Chaitra and Baisakh corresponding to March – April.
N.B – Purva is also one of their important festivals held in the month of Oct/Nov.
Day 3 : At Wakro – the home of Mishmi tribe
Wakro - situated in the Lohit district is home to the colourful Digaru and Miju Mishmis. At Wakro visit Mishmi Tribal villages to know about their rich culture and traditions. After lunch drive onto Tezu (60 kms/2hrs). Overnight at Government Circuit House (Basic).
Miju and Digaru Mishmis believe in a supreme impersonal creator and nature worship. They believe in spirits and deities which reside in trees, water, air and the sky. These tribes have rich heritage, unique folklore, customs and practices.
Day 4 : Drive to Hayuliang (via Tezu)
Drive to Hayuliang also inhabited by the Digaru and Miju Mishmis (160 kms/5 hrs). This drive will take you through the lower hills covered with deciduous forests. ‘Hayuliang’ in the Digaru dialect means “the place of my liquor”. It is ideally placed at an altitude of 762 meters above sea level. Enroute interface with the tribes. Overnight at Government Guest House or camping (Basic)
Day 5 : Drive to Walong
Drive on to Walong (100 kms/4 hrs). Explore the most scenic view of the Mishmi hills and experience their rich tribal heritage. Walong circle is distinct in many ways from other parts of the Lohit valley. It was the scene of a fierce battle between the Indian and the Chinese army in 1962. The “Namti Plains” where the fight took place still exists in its original form. A visit to the War Memorial is also worthwhile. There are sharp cultural, social and linguistic variations – the area by and large is inhabited by the Meyors and Zakharings, tribes of Tibetan origin. They are all Buddhists, unlike the Mishmis, who are still animist by faith. Overnight at Government guest house or Camping. (Basic)
Day 6 : Drive to Tezu
After lunch drive back to Tezu (200 kms/7 hrs).Evening at leisure. Tezu is inhabited by the Digaru Mishmis (Tarons) and Miju Mishmis. Overnight at a Government Guest House (Basic).
Tezu – the headquarter of the Lohit district is home to the Digaru and Miju Mishmis. Interact with them and enjoy the drive with the natural view of the foothills of the Himalayan range.
Day 7 : Drive to Dibrugarh
Drive back to Dibrugarh (200 kms/5hrs) Enroute stopping at Tinsukia for lunch and drive to Tai Phakial village- an ethnic village whose kith and kin date back to the Ahom period. The villagers still maintain their age-old culture - a village worth exploring. It is situated near the River Buri-Dihing with plenty of green vegetation. A Buddhist Monastery dots the village which belongs to the Hinayana sects. Tai translation of the Ramayana written on handmade paper has been newly discovered in this village. The monks in the monastery offer a warm welcome to the visitors and always eager explain their scriptures. The structures of the houses are unique as the walls are made of bamboo and the roof is of palm leaves (Toko), mounted over a Chang or stilt. Each family has one or two big Chang houses wit ha large court yard. Cattle are kept below the Chang. Their main occupation is paddy cultivation. The people of the village speak Assamese and are very loyal.
Overnight at the Chang Bungalow.
Day 8 : Drive to Digboi
After breakfast drive to Digboi (90Kms/2hrs). A beautiful and famous oil-town, also being Asia’s oldest and continuously producing oilfield at the extreme north-eastern corner of India. History was created here in the adjoining dense jungles with the discovery of oil. Visit the Oil Museum which was set up to mark the100th Anniversary of the Digboi Oil Refinery. Some of the very old, original machines are on display here.
Visit Digboi War Cemetery that lies about two miles east of the Assam Oil Company Campus. It has 200 graves of different Allied Forces personnel from UK, India, West Africa, Burma, Belgium, USA and Italy who sacrificed their lives during the 1939-1945 War. It is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. There is a Golf Course in Digboi Club with 18 holes, also situated near the Oil India Guest House.
Drive back to Dibrugarh enroute visit a weaving centre at Tinsukia option. In the evening, enjoy a Bihu dance (an Assamese Folk Dance) on the Bungalow lawn. Overnight at the Chang Bungalow.
Bihu is the most popular folk dance of Assam. The people of Assam are very proud of its unique position among all other such dances of India. Except Bhangra (the popular folk dance of Punjab), no other folk dance in India can compete with the rhythmic exuberance of the Bihu dance. ‘Bihu’ performed by young men and women reflects youthful passions and joys rejuvenating life during the spring season, accompanied by songs woven around the theme of love and physical yearning. The dance is performed by all irrespective of caste, creed and religion.
Day 9 : Departure
Transfer to the Mohanbari airport (14km/30mins) to board flight for onward destination.
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