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Tribal tours of North-East

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 5 months ago

A visit to the tribal villages of northeast India is the perfect holiday during which you can imbibe the culture of the land and experience the magic of community life. There are a number of circuits which fall under tribal tours of the northeastern India

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 Northeast India

 Arunachal Pradesh:

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 State houses.


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