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Arunachal Pradesh and the Reh Festival

16 days from £3995 per person

Arunachal Pradesh is not only North East India's largest and most remote state but is also one of the least densely populated. Stretching from the foothills of the eastern Himalayas to the mountainous peaks of the north, the state has a truly rich tribal heritage with strong links to neighbouring Burma. Starting in neighbouring Assam, this itinerary combines staggering scenery and the wonderful national parks of Kaziranga and Dibru Saikhowa with the tea estates of Dibrugarh and the villages of Wakro and Roing - heartland of the Mishmi tribe and setting for the colourful Reh Festival.

Route: Kolkata – Guwahati – Kaziranga National Park – Dibrugarh – Wakro – Roing – Tinsukia – Dibrugarh – Kolkata

Itinerary Highlights

Hosting two-thirds of the world’s population of one-horned rhinos, Kaziranga National Park consists of elephant grass and marshlands, ideal for buffalo, deer and rare birds.

Known as the ‘tea city’ of India, Dibrugarh is the centre of the Upper Assam region. Take time to explore one of the estates and enjoy learning about the tea-producing process.

Roing in the Lower Dibang Valley, is the home of the Idu Mishmi and Adi tribes. This pleasant town surrounded by high mountains and rivers is the setting for the renowned Reh Festival.

Itinerary: Arunachal Pradesh and the Reh Festival

Today depart the UK on the Emirates flight to Dubai. (N)
Arrive into Dubai and connect onto the Emirates flight to Kolkata in the heart of Eastern India. One of the forward-thinking intellectual capitals of India, the city has long been noted for its wonderful architectural landmarks—many of which date from the period of the British Raj. Kolkata is also known as the 'soul of India', one of the most populous urban areas on earth and an intensely human city. (N)
Accommodation in Kolkata: Oberoi Grand Hotel (or similar)
This morning transfer back to Kolkata Airport in good time to catch your onward flight to Guwahati. Holding a commanding location on the banks of the Brahmaputra River, the city of Guwahati is a gateway to the North East of India and the commercial, cultural and political centre of the entire region. On your arrival in Guwahati visit the Kamakhya Temple which is located atop Nilachal Hill and is believed to be an ancient Khasi sacrificial site before continuing to your accommodation. (B/D)
Accommodation in Guwahati: Dynasty Hotel (or similar)
Leave Guwahati and cruise by country boat upon the Brahmaputra River towards Kaziranga National Park stopping en-route at the island temple of Umananda, Sualkuchi, which is the centre of Assam's silk industry, and Hajo—a meeting point and place of pilgrimage for Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. Later leave the river and continue by road to Kaziranga National Park. A World Heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park is located in a beautiful setting on the banks of the Brahmaputra River and covers a vast area. Predominately swamp with tall thickets of elephant grass, Kaziranga provides the ideal habitat for the Indian one-horned rhinoceros. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Kaziranga National Park: Diphlu River Lodge (or similar)
Today enjoy early morning and evening game safaris by jeep and on elephant back. Aside from the one-horned rhinos, Kaziranga is also home to over 1,000 wild buffalo, sambar, swamp deer, elephant, python and tiger. There is also a wide variety of birdlife as well as river otters and dolphins which are regularly seen. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Kaziranga National Park: Diphlu River Lodge (or similar)
After breakfast leave Kaziranga and drive to Sivasagar where a series of Ahom monuments, tanks and temples encompass the 600 year old history of the Ahom dynasty. From here continue on to Dibrugarh, the starting point for all visits to the 'hidden land' of Arunachal Pradesh. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Dibrugarh: Heritage Chang Bungalow (or similar)
Today explore Dibrugarh and visit the Mancotta Tea Estate to learn all about tea—from its origin to how it is grown to its processing and tasting. This area of India is one of the oldest tea producing regions in the country and plenty of time will be spent enjoying the estate's 157 year old tea gardens. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Wakro: Mishmi Retreat (or similar)
This morning leave Dibrugarh and Assam and enter into Arunachal Pradesh. En-route to Wakro stop will be made to visit the village of Empong which is inhabited by the Khampti tribe as well as a Buddhist Gompa close to Namsai which is considered to be the largest of its kind in North East India. From here continue to Wakro, centre of the Mishmi tribe, where you will stay for two nights. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Wakro: Mishmi Retreat (or similar)
The area surrounding Wakro is the heartland of the Mishmi tribe and today there are plenty of nearby villages to explore and a chance to understand their rich cultural traditions. Believed to be of Tibetan-Burmese origin, the villages are colourful, artistic and welcoming and provide a wonderful chance to experience their culture at first-hand. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Wakro: Mishmi Retreat (or similar)
This morning, leave Wakro and drive to Roing stopping en-route to visit the pilgrimage site of Parasuramkund located alongside the Lohit River. Set in the Himalayan foothills, Roing is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, rivers, valleys and an abundance of rich flora and fauna. Known for its thick forests, the district is predominantly home to the Idu Mishmi tribe and is the setting for the Reh Festival—one of the most important in Arunachal Pradesh. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Roing: Mishmi Hill Camp (or similar)
Over the next two days attend the colourful Reh Festival. This annual event commences every year on the 1st February with the celebrations generally lasting for three days. Held in honour of their 'creator', the festival promotes Mishmi culture and society with prayers, dances and feasting. It is also possible to visit the spectacular Mayodia Pass which, at an altitude of 7,000 feet, offers wonderful views of the surrounding landscape. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Roing: Mishmi Hill Camp (or similar)
Today leave Roing and drive south towards the Brahmaputra which will be crossed by local ferry. Upon leaving the ferry continue by car to Digboi, South Asia's first oil town and location of a World War II Allied Forces Cemetery. Leaving Digboi, travel the short distance to Tinsukia to stay overnight at the charming Wathai Heritage Bungalow set on the Limbuguri Tea Estate close to Dibru Saikhowa National Park. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Tinsukia: Wathai Heritage Bungalow (or similar)
This morning it is an early start for a full day visit to Dibru Saikhowa National Park. Dibru Saikhowa is a bird watchers paradise with over 350 species calling it home, however, this pristine and little visited national park also provides the perfect habitat for tiger, leopard, sloth bear, slow loris and, along the river, Gangetic dolphin. Ranging from semi-evergreen jungle to swampy marshland, the park will be explored on foot and by small country boat. In the late afternoon continue to Dibrugarh where you will stay overnight. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Dibrugarh: Heritage Chang Bungalow (or similar)
After lunch you will be met and transferred to Dibrugarh Airport in good time to catch your onward flight to Kolkata. On your arrival you will be met and transferred to the Swissôtel Kolkata which is ideally located close to the international airport and where you will stay overnight. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Kolkata: Swissôtel Kolkata (or similar)
Today transfer back to Kolkata Airport to catch the Emirates flight to Dubai. On your arrival connect onto the onwards Emirates flight to the UK. (B)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Domestic flights
  • Private car with English speaking driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Accompanying tour escort
  • Wildlife viewing with local naturalist
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

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