Tribes of Central Arunachal

Tribes of Central Arunachal


Amazing Arunachal Pradesh gloriously perched at the top of Northeast India is known for its scenic beauty as well as its rich culture. This trip is a delightful experience of both the road journey through the heart of Arunachal Pradesh while discovering the life and ways of the central tribal belt that inhabited by worshippers of Donyi-Polo.

In the spectacular landscapes of Ziro Valley, you will meet the Apatani tribe noted for their facial tattoos and nose plugs. These peaceful people give a lot of importance to sustainable ways of living and that can be seen in their traditional houses built of bamboo and wood. In the Subansiri Valley, you will come across the Tagin and Adi Tribes. The Adis by nature are democratic and have a unique sense of history. They also have well-organised village council called ‘Kebang’.

The region remains the treasure trove of ancient traditions and the diversity in nature and culture is quite valuable. In this tour, meet the ethnic tribes of Arunachal Pradesh and apart from the cultural exchange, also explore the surrounding mountains by enjoying short hikes through the bamboo and pine plantations. And please remember, love and responsibility towards nature and culture have sustained these tribes and the same is expected of the visitors to these places.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 | Welcome to Ziro Valley (Itanagar – Ziro, 6 – 7 hours)

On arrival at Itanagar, you will drive to Ziro, a beautiful valley surrounded by pine and conifers forests. Ziro is the home to the Apatani tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. At Ziro, walk through pretty rice fields, learn about the unique farming practices of the Apatanis; trek through Blue Pine forests, admiring at the natural beauty; and visit the villages of Hari and Hong to understand the lifestyle of the Apatani tribe.

Day 2 | The Land of Apatanis (Ziro)

Spend the day exploring the tribal villages of Ziro Valley like Hong, Hari and Bulla. In the villages, the houses are built adjoining each other. You will also see the Apatani women wearing nose studs. You will see that the Apatani people still lead a very traditional life. Visit the local market, where the women come to sell the agricultural product. If time permits, visit the Paddy cum fish culture, Tarin Fish Farm and Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary.

Day 3 | A beautiful drive (Ziro – Daporijo, 6 – 7 hours)

After your breakfast at Ziro, drive towards the beautiful Arunachal lands to Daporijo. It is the headquarters of the Upper Subansiri district. You will visit will the villages of the Nyishi, Tagin and Apatani tribes enroute.

Day 4 | Land of the Tagins (Daporijo)

Visit the villages of Daporijo. Daporijo is a small scenic town where one can see suspension bridges over Subansiri River made from bamboo and cane – a testimony of rich tribal craftsmanship. The town is the home to large number of ethnic groups having their distinct culture and tradition. Daporijo is also famous for beautiful lush green surroundings and picturesque locations. Close to Daporijo town there are a few caves which are visited by the tourist. You may also enjoy trekking at some trekking spots around the town of Daporijo.

Day 5 | Drive to Aalo (Daporijo – Aalo, 6 hours)

After breakfast, leave for Aalo, the home of the Adi tribes. On the way visit the villages of the Gallong tribes. The Gallong houses are peculiar as they are built on stone without the use of nails.

Day 6 | Land of the Adi-Gallong (Aalo)

Spend the day exploring the beautiful villages of the Adi Gallong tribe like Kabu, Jirdan and Kayin. Visit the Patum Bridge over Yomgo River, Museum and Donyi-Polo Dere, an animistic temple.

Day 7 | Scenic drive across the Siang (Aalo – Pasighat, 6 – 7 hours)

After breakfast, leave for Pasighat. The drive is going to be a beautiful one. En route, visit Adi (Minyong ) tribal villages like Yaksi and Panging. Also visit the traditional Bamboo Hanging bridge over Siang river.

Day 8 | Bid adieu to Arunachal Pradesh (Pasighat – Dibrugarh)

The time to bid goodbye to Arunachal Pradesh has come. After breakfast, you will drive towards Dibrugarh with pleasant memories.

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