Monasteries & indigenous peoples in Arunachal Pradesh round trip
Translated from Sanskrit, the name of India’s north-easternmost state, Arunachal Pradesh, roughly means “land of mountains lit by the dawn”. And even if this description gives you a first hint of the beautiful mountain panoramas that you will admire on this tour, the reality is indescribably more impressive. One of India’s most sparsely populated regions, Arunachal Pradesh stretches over 84,000 km², from low-lying subtropical rainforests and cloud forests to eternally snow-covered heights of over 7000 m above sea level. Just as diverse as the landscape and nature is the culture of this dramatic region, which clearly shows the fine line between the mighty past and the progress of modernity. This sometimes inhospitable mountain world was first settled by indigenous peoples descended from the Tibetans, such as the Monpas and Sherdukpen, who continue to live predominantly in the Buddhist tradition and built some of the most powerful monasteries in India. Between 500 and 700 monks, for example, still live and teach at an altitude of 2800 m in Tawang Monastery, the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama.
The nearby women’s monastery Ani Gompa shows that the nuns here are also friendly towards Western visitors and are happy to provide an insight into their everyday life. And even though many monasteries used to function as forts and are still known today as dzongs, or monastery fortresses, today it is the smiles of the friendly and warm people that lend warmth to the cold walls and leave the most lasting impression on travelers.
The second part of the tour focuses on encounters with various tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. In the wide valley of Ziro, for example, live the Atapani where a special form of aquaculture is still practised today and the older women wear face tattoos and nose plugs.
We would like to round off our round trip through Arunachal Pradesh with a visit to the river island of Majuli in Assam and the land of the Konjaks in Nagaland. Although the Konyaks have renounced headhunting, every visit to their village is nevertheless surrounded by an air of pioneering spirit and a thirst for adventure, and our stay on the river island of Majuli in Assam, surrounded by the flowing waters of the mighty Brahmaputra, gives us an insight into the way of life of the Mishing tribe and the birthplace of Vishnuism.
A tour to Arunacha Pradesh requires a good dose of adaptability! Due to the remoteness, an easy standard of accommodation must be expected. We constantly check the possibilities and integrate the best options into your travel program.
We are happy to tailor your tour to your needs.
Combine your tour with other destinations or activities. For example, combine this tour with a “Meghalaya round trip” or add a luxurious stay in a tea garden or in the Kaziranga National Park in Assam. A visit to the Sualkuchi silk weaving mill or a visit to Hajo with its religious and architectural diversity can also be integrated into your travel program.
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