The northeastern part of India is relatively unexplored and
is rich in heritage and scenic beauty. This surreal beauty combined with the
cultural heritage of the land makes it an ideal destination for travelers who
wish to interact with the local tribes and learn about their way of life. The
tribes predominately inhabit the forests and hills of Arunachal Pradesh and
Nagaland, so book North East India tours to explore this beautiful region.
Discovering the Tribal Circuits of
This region hosts about 26
major tribes and quite a few sub tribes. The major tribes of this region
include Adis, Mishmis, Monpas, Apatanis, Singphos, Nyishi, Yobin, Tagins,
Hrusso, Buguns, Noctes, Wanchos, Khamtis and Sherdukpens. Here you can interact
with the tribes and learn about local practices such as handloom, fish
cultivation and handicraft designing.
You can also enjoy boat rides on the
Brahmaputra River, trekking at Bomdila and Ziro, a visit to the beautiful
Tawang monasteries, Elephant rides and cultural performances by the tribal
folk. The art of haunting is extremely popular in these villages. Water sports
can also be enjoyed in this region.
The most popular tribe which inhibits this region is the Pochury tribe. They
celebrate the festival of Nazu which takes place in the month of February for a
period of ten day before the sowing of seeds. The tribe dances to folk songs
and beautiful melodies. Khupielilie is a popular dance form performed by the
women of the tribe. The highlight of the dance is the coordination between the
hand and leg movements to different beats.
The tribes residing in Mizoram are
mainly Christians who speak English and Mizo. You can learn about their
agricultural techniques which mainly include terrace and jhum cultivation.
Cottage industries, handloom, food processing and grain mills are also found
here in abundance.
Pawl Kut and Chapchar Kut are the major harvest festivals
celebrated by the Mizos. The famous bamboo dance called the Cheraw and Khuallam
serves as a welcome dance. The major tribes of the region include Himar,
Paithes, Kuki, Ralte, Chakma and Pawi. When on holidays in these regions, tourists are also advised to take a trip to Gangtok in Sikki.
Things to Remember before Journeying to the North East
Some states in the Northeast require innerline permits or
restricted area permits for both domestic and international tourists
respectively. Take care of these formalities with your travel agent or the