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India : Noordoost India

Voor de noordoostelijke staten van India hebben we reizen naar Arunachal Pradesh, Assam en Meghalaya. Voorbeeldroutes hebben we hier geplaatst.

Over de noordoostelijke staten van India

De Noordoostelijke staten, nog weinig door toeristen bezocht, met groene bergen, boeddhistische kloosters en minderheden in Arunachal Pradesh, overnachten op een theeplantage, een luxe cruise over de Brahmaputra en een verblijf in een van de wildparken van Assam, Sikkim en Darjeeling met de overwegend boeddhistische cultuur, kloosters en dorpen. Voor de stammencultuur kunt u terecht in Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura en Nagaland en Arunachal Pradesh.

Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh heeft prachtige bergen en een grote verscheidenheid aan minderheidsgroepen. U kunt boeddhistische kloosters bezoeken en bergdorpen van de verschillende adivasi. Ook kunt u te voet of per olifant door de natuur trekken, vooral ook voor vogelliefhebbers de moeite waard. Te voet en per auto kunt u de Siang Valley bezoeken. Tijdens een vijfdaagse trek wandelt u van Pasighat naar Pangin door regenwoud, steekt via hangbruggen de Brahmaputra over en kampeert bij Adi Minyong en Pangii dorpen. Daarna reist u per auto Simong en Passi dorpen en de Yamne vallei richting Dibrugarh in Assam. In het westen kunt u Bomdila en Tawang met het beroemde 400 jaar oude boeddhistische klooster bezoeken. Ook de omgeving met het Ptso meer met grote appelboomgaarden is bijzonder mooi.

Assam
In Assam kunt u theeplantages bezoeken en overnachten in sfeervolle ‘tea-estates’, koloniale huizen van de voormalige Engelse theeplantagebezitters. Een boottocht bij zonsopkomst naar Majuli of Rukmini eiland over de heilige Brahmaputrarivier biedt prachtige uitzichten. Majuli, het grootste eiland heeft tientallen hindoeïstische kloostergemeenschappen. Er is eenvoudige overnachtingsmogelijkheid bij de monniken. De Mishing, een minderheidsgroep afkomstig uit Arunachal, woont ook op dit eiland. Van de wildparken is Kaziranga, waar veel rhino’s, de eenhoornige neushoorn, zitten de bekendste. Meghalaya In Shillong, de hoofdstad van Meghalaya is regelmatig een grote markt waar vrouwen van de verschillende bergstammen hun handelswaar te koop aanbieden Vanaf Shillong kunt dan dagtochten maken naar Mawsynram, de natste plaats van de wereld, naar Cherrapunji, de op een na natste plaats en waar de kleurrijke Ka Jewbah Sohrarim markt gehouden wordt. Ook kunt u in deze deelstaat naar dorpen van verschillende minderheden zoals de Jaintia, Bhoi en de War. Door de vele regen die in deze deelstaat valt is er een schitterende, groene natuur met spectaculaire watervallen zoals de Nohkhalilai- en de Rengthiamwatervallen.

Vervoer
U kunt reizen met auto met chauffeur.

Meghalaya
In Shillong, de hoofdstad van Meghalaya is regelmatig een grote markt waar vrouwen van de verschillende bergstammen hun handelswaar te koop aanbieden Vanaf Shillong kunt dan dagtochten maken naar Mawsynram, de natste plaats van de wereld, naar Cherrapunji, de op een na natste plaats en waar de kleurrijke Ka Jewbah Sohrarim markt gehouden wordt. Ook kunt u in deze deelstaat naar dorpen van verschillende minderheden zoals de Jaintia, Bhoi en de War. Door de vele regen die in deze deelstaat valt is er een schitterende, groene natuur met spectaculaire watervallen zoals de Nohkhalilai- en de Rengthiamwatervallen.

Arunachal Pradesh

Vlucht via Calcutta naar Dibrugarh
Roing
Pasighat
Along
Daporijo
Ziro
Itinigar
Tezpur
Met bezoek aan theeplantages en dopren van verschillende minderheidsgroepen zoals de Adi,Galaong, Tagin, Hillmiri, Apatani, Dibbo, Hija, Hong, Bula-Hari.

Siang valley Village Trek, 8 daagse trek

Dibrugarh
Per ferry over de Brahmaputra naar Oyramghat,
Per auto naar Yembung over de Siang rivier
Start trekking
Door bossen naar Pangii en Adi Minyong village
Komsing, wandeltocht langs de Siang rivier
Jorsing, een Adi dorp
Riu
Dite Dime, einde van de trekking.
Per auto naar Pasighat, bezoek Renging

Overige routes

Manipur en Nagaland, de bergstaten op de grens met Birma: U bezoekt twee spectaculaire festivals, wandelt naar afgelegen dorpjes en maakt een korte trektocht naar Nagaland’s hoogste berg, Mt. Saramati (3841 m), waar u uitkijkt over Birma.
Ook mogelijk om te mountainbiken en wandelen over stille binnenwegen in Meghalaya.

Assam en Nagaland 11 dagen, jeep tour
Assam, Nagaland: theeplantages, wildlife, Naga cultuur
Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, 22 dgn, jeep en 10 dgn wandelen,
Assam, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh,19 dgn, jeep en wandelen
Manipur, Nagaland, 21 dgn, jeep, festivals,wandelen
Meghalaya, 15 dgn, fietsen en wandelen
reizen mogelijk van oktober t/m april

Heeft u een eigen route ?

Assam en Arunachal Pradesh, jeep tochten en korte wandeltochten

Een reis met wandelen en jeeptochten, intensieve kennismaking met het gebied
22 dagen, waarvan 10 dagen wandelen/ trekking.

Route:  Dibrugarh – Majuli – Along – Mechuka – Pashighat – Roing – Hunli – Namdapha National Park– Dibrugarh

Mogelijke variant zonder trekking, 19 dagen
Route: Dibrugarh – Pasighat – Along – Daporijo – Ziro – Eco Camp –  Kaziranga National Park – Majuli – Jorhat

Omdat we deze reis geheel laten uitvoeren door onze (zeer deskundige) partner in Noordoost India hebben we de tekst exact overgenomen zoals hij dit aanbiedt. Mocht u problemen hebben met het Engels, laat het ons dan nog even weten. Dan sturen we u een andere, verkorte versie.

On this tour we take you to India’s easternmost parts, making a round trip through the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra. Starting off at Dibrugarh, India’s easternmost city situated amidst lush green tea estates we cross the Brahmaputra, one of the world’s last big untamed rivers, to Majuli Island. There we’ll walk and bicycle through traditional villages of the Mishmi tribe and witness a unique esoteric dance form performed by community of Vaishnavite (Hindu) monks. Traveling north into the forest-covered mountains of Arunachal Pradesh we’ll see the different cultures of the Adi Gallong and Mishmi. These people live ion large bamboo houses on stilts and are still largely self-sufficënt. The small hamlets of these beautiful houses surrounded by fields and forest are quite an idyllic sight, exuding an atmosphere of nature-based prosperity. Not far from the Tibetan border we’ll see the Buddhist culture of the Memba, as we walk to some of their remote villages. Coming down again we follow the Brahmaputra till where it exits the mountains and then travel even further west to Roing where the Idu Mismhi live. Here , from the 2655m high Mayodia Pass. From here we’ll make a two-day trek to pristine Mehao Lake, set among subtropical jungles in a protected reserve.

Traveling further south again and crossing some of the Brahmaputra’s bigger tributaries we reach Namdapha N.P. Here, close to the Birmese border, we make a 4-day trek though this magnificent park. Namdapha is one of the most biodiverse parks in Asia. It covers all altitude stages from 200 to 4700 m. It is extremely rich in birdlife, and has a healthy population of tigers. It is the only park in the world where tiger, leopard, clouded leopard and snow leopard can be found together.

What will make this trek extra special are the porters that will carry our luggage. These are of the four-legged kind, with a trunk. Yes: elephants will accompany us all the way. It is quite something to wake up to the sound of an elephant munching on its breakfast of freshly cut bamboo right next to your tent! It is also an awesome sight to see these huge animals negotiating steep hill tracks and deep rivers.

On this trip you’ll sleep in small town hotels, clean and welcoming family guesthouses, as well as comfortable lodges and tea bungalows in Assam. On the treks we use tents. Highlight among your accommodations will be, no doubt, be the luxurious and atmospheric Mancotta Tea Bungalow in Dibrugarh, where you start and end this journey through one of India’s most remote areas.

Route Assam en Arunachal

Omdat we deze reis geheel laten uitvoeren door onze (zeer deskundige) partner in Noordoost India hebben we de tekst exact overgenomen zoals hij dit aanbiedt. Mocht u problemen hebben met het Engels, laat het ons dan nog even weten. Dan sturen we u een andere, verkorte versie.

Routebeschrijving

Day 01: Arrival at Dibrugarh
Arrive Dibrugarh, you will be met by our representative and then transferred to the Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow. In the afternoon we’ll visit a tea garden, take a tea tour looking at various facets of tea manufacturing (tea factories closed from mid December to end March)

Day 02: Dibrugarh – Majuli (150 km drive, 2 hr ferry ride)
We drive west to take a ferry to Majuli Island. On the 2-hour ferry ride we cross the immense Brahmaputra and we get achance to see rare river dolphins. Majuli Island was until recently the largest river island in the world and it still is a very nice place to be. It has a very rural feel with tiny villages between fields and willow grovs and lots of wetlands teeming with birds and wild geese. As there are not many roads, most of them unpaved, it is ideal for bicycling.

Majuli is the seat of Vaishnava culture in Assam. The great Assamese reformer and saint, Shankardeva came down here in the 15th century and set up ‘satras’ or Vaishnavite monasteries to make the people motivated towards culture and religion. We will be visiting these ‘satras’ and interact with the monks. We’ll explore the island by jeep, on walks and on bicycle. Dinner and overnight at Mising Cottages.

Day 03: Majuli
After breakfast we visit a village inhabited by Mishing tribe. The Mishings are expert weavers and we can see looms at almost all households. After interacting with the village folk we will visit a ‘Satra’. We will take a round of the monastery and be enthralled by a ‘Satriya’ or monastic dance performance by the monks. After a simple lunch at the satra we drive or cycle through the country side to the pottery/mask making villages. Dinner and overnight at Mising Cottages.

Day 04: Majuli – Silapathar via North Lakhimpur (150 km, 5 hr)
We drive north for 50 km and then turn east at the town of North Lakhimpur and continue on to Silapathar, a small, bust town near the Arunachal Pradesh border. Overnight at Hotel Nova (2 star equivalent).

Day 05: Silapathar – Along (140 km/ 5 – 6 hr)
We drive upto Along in Arunachal Pradesh. After brief entry formalities at the Assam – Arunachal Pradesh border (you need a so-called Restrcted Area Permit ot enter A.P.) we drive on to our hotel, Toshi Palace.

Day 06: Along
We spend most of the day on a wonderful walk along the river between the beautiful traditional Adi villages of Kabu and Paya. In the villages you’ll experience the customs and traditions of this tribe. In the evening we have arranged a traditional dance in a nearby village. The Adi women will be in their traditional dress dancing and singing while refreshments (along with local wine, if you are interested) will be served.

Day 07: Along – Mechuka (186 km/ 7 – 8 hr)
Today after an early breakfast drive to Mechuka. Mechuka is a small town. The name Mechuka derived its name from Men (medicine), Chu (water) and Kha (snow), means the water flowing from snow has medicinal value. On arrival check into simple tourist lodge or private guest house.

Day 08: Mechuka (walks)
After breakfast walk to the Gompa Samden Yangchak on the right bank of river Yargap-Chu, which is situated on a top of a hillock and is believed to be constructed in the 17th century by Lopen Pema Jungne. Guru Padma Sambhava in the course of his sacred odyssey of spreading the wheel of Dharma reached Mechuka (Bajashiri) and blessed for the construction of this gompa.
In the afternoon we walk towards the west of Mechuka along a trail that leads to a settlement of the Memba tribe. The Memba’s are the main group in this area. There are believed to eb of Tibetan origin, though they may have rached this area from Tawang in western Arunachal Pradesh. Dinner and overnight at Mechuka.

Day 09: Mechuka (walks)
Today we walk towards the east going a little uphill for a commanding view of the town below. This is a pristine area with no settlements, but pure nature. Return to Mechuka. Overnight.

Day 10: Mechuka – Along
After breakfast we drive back to Along. On arrival we check in to Hotel Toshi Palace for dinner and overnight.

Day 11: Along – Pasighat (140 km, 5 – 6 hr)
Drive to Pasighat going along a scenic road with the Siang river to your left most of the time. On arrival check into Hotel Aane. Afternoon visit a Adi Minnyong tribal village.

Day 12: Pasighat – Roing, (100 km, 5 hr)
We drive northeast and as we leave the town of Pasighat we come upon the bridge over the Siang River. We continue on to Roing going over dry or very shallow riverbeds (in the winter months). During not so dry periods we follow a higher, but longer road. On arrival at Roing we check into Mishmi Hills cottages, a simple but decent accommodation consisting of large tents.  In the afternoon we visit a Idu Mishmi village nearby.

Day 13: Roing – Mayodia – Roing (90 km, 4 hr)
Today we drive up to the Mayodia pass at 8500 ft (2655m). On the way we get good views of the Brahmaputra plain below and the minor contribuatries streaming through it. Also there are good chances of meeting up with mituns, the cross-breed between domestic buffalo and wild gaur (an Indian bovine comparable to the bison). This creature is unique to Arunachal and its bordering areas. From Mayodia Pass we make a walk through the forest. There is some good birdlife here and there are chances of seeing hornbills. We return to Roing for dinner and overnight.

Day 14: Roing – Mehao Lake (trekking 25 km/7 hr)
Today we embark on a tw-day trek. We star rioght from Mishmi Hill Cottages and follow a large stream up into Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary. After diverting form the river we follow small trails made by the locals through thick forest. Sometimes we have to cross small make-shift scaffoldings to traverse places where the trail has been swept away by rains. This is not dangerous, just slightly adventurous. The ascent is quite steep and there are occasions where we will have to pull ourselves up with the help of tree roots and lianas. The distance is almost 25 km, with lots of ups and downs, and when we reach the pristine lake set amidst the jungle at 1630 m you’ll be happy to crash out near the campfire.

Day 15: Mehao – Avango (trekking 15 km/ 5 hr)
We trek west for about 15 km steadily descending through beautiful pristine forest till we reach the small town of Avango.  The descent is partly steep but and again lianas and roots will have to come to our rescue.  Our jeeps will await us at Avango and take us back to Mishmi Hills cottages, where we spend the night again.

Day 16: Roing – Namdapha, 240 km drive/ 1 hour ferry
We come down from the Arunachal hills and move on to Assam plains crossing the Lohit River by ferry. Continue on to Namdapha and our first stop is Miao, where we obtain our passes for entry into the park and seize the opportunity to have a quick look at the small but quaint ‘wild life’ museum. It has been lovingly designed and maintained by the local naturalist and tiger specialist . We proceed to Deban, 20 km away inside the park, for overnight stay at the Forest Rest House or tented camps. Deban is a picturesque area, a clearing in the forest surrounded by trees overlooking the Dehin River.

Namdapha N.P. is a true hidden gem in the crown of Indian nature. It is India’s easternmost park, its largest as well, and it harbours also the most northern lowland evergreen rainforest in the world. The major part of the immense park has not been explored properly, as it is hard to access due to lack of trails. Biologists suspect that hitherto unknown species are waiting to be discovered there. Its spectacular biodiversity is partly explained by its remoteness (less logging and poaching) but also by the fact that park spans an altitudinal range of almost 4400m. Its lowest point is approximately 200 m asl, while its highest is the snow-covered Dapha Bum at 4571 m.
Though Namdpaha is famous for Hoolock gibbons and tigers, its bird fauna is also exceptional. Birds of Namdapha include beautiful nuthatch, beautiful sibia, ibis bill, golden-fronted barbet, hooded pita, blue-napped pita, Siberian thrush, tawny-breasted rain babbler. Five species of hornbills can be found: rufous-necked, grey, wreathed, pied and great hornbill.

Day 17: Deban – Haldibari (trekking: 10 km/ 3 hr)
We cross the Neo Dehing River and climb for about 300 m, before you walk along a ridge to reach Haldibari. The walk is made more amazing with birdcalls. We reach Haldibari around noon. Today we will trek to Hornbill, an open place in the forest where we can look around for birds and other wild life. Its name refers to the rufous-necked and hgreat India hornbills that can be seen here. We spend the night in trekkers tents.

Day 18: Hornbill – Firmbase (trekking: 12 km/ 4-5 hr)
From Hornbill we climb to a ridge which we follow for a while before steeply dropping down to an amazing forest of tall bamboo. Many of the bamboo has died here a while ago and the many bamboo sticks hanging over the path makes the going a bit tough. Coming down at the river bed of the Nmadapha River we enter some very tall grassland where we have to watch out r steps as large predators and wild elephants roam the area. We cross the wide pebble plain of the river and make camp its shore.

Day 19: Firmbase 
The day will be spent exploring the Dehing River which is joined not far from camp by the Namdapha River.

Day 20: Firmbase – Deban (trekking: 18 km/ 6 hr)
As we follow the Dehing River downstreams the walk takes us through an array of different landscapes. Walking the big stones of the riverbed first, then traversing tall grasslands and after crossing the river (a small adventure in which we may need the help of the elephants if the river is too deep) we climb up through steep forest covered hills. Here we get some good views of the snow-covered Dapha Bum (4571 m) on the Birmese border. Late afternoon we reach Deban again.

Day 21: Namdapha – Dibrugarh (160 km/ 6 hr)
In the morning we cross the river by boat and walk through mustard fields to two local villages of the Lama and Chakma tribes. These are both Buddhist peoples. While the Lamas are believed to have come from Nepal, the Chakma originate in Bangladesh. After this we board the jeeps for the long ride to Dibrugarh, where we check in to Mancotta Tea Bungalow again.

Day 22: Flight Dibrugarh – Delhi
Early morning we board the plain at Dibrugarh Airport for the flight to New Delhi.

Er is een 19 daagse variant mogelijk, zonder trekking:
Dibrugarh – Pasighat – Along – Daporijo – Ziro – Eco Camp –  Kaziranga National Park – Majuli – Jorhat

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