Konyaks & the Rising Sun Circuit

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9 days
Dibrugarh, Assam
Arunachal Pradesh & Nagaland

Know about ways of surviving in the forest lands

Go far east to meet the Konyaks and witness the first sunrise of India

Why this experience is unique?

  • India's first village and first sunrise
  • Buddha statue made by bamboo
  • Stay with indigenous people
  • Travel to remotest villages
Experience Details

Travel to the far east region of India where the country receives the first sun rays before the rest of the country. It is a land Zekhring people that showcases a beautiful amalgamation of Tibetan Buddhism and Mishmi tribe culture. It also is a land of an ethnic tribe known for its tradition of headhunting. They reside in villages where the elders happily sing songs describing their culture. Getting a tattoo at different stages of adulthood is not just a ritual a festivity in the village. The big-hearted people that share dual citizenship of India and Mynamar are rich with their food, culture, and history. They live in their longhouses and gather in massive kitchen space where there is always a pot of tea boiling. Be part of their life for few days and closely experience an unadulterated lifestyle of people living in North East India. 

The journey you will be taking
Arrive and begin the rural journey: Day 1 to 3
  • Journey towards remoteness
  • Popular wildlife and archeological sites

Day 1Dibrugarh to Roing

Meet our representative in Dibrugarh and drive to Roing. It is a long drive of at least 7 hours where one can experience the hustle-bustle of the city changing into the serenity of remoteness. After a long drive, settle down in the comfort of a hotel room in Roing.

Day 2Roing exploration

Today is the day where you relax and take it slow in Roing that is located in Lower Dibang Valley. Post breakfast, go around to see wildlife sanctuary, archeological sites, or a famous sally lake as per your interest. Spend the evening at Idu Mishmi Tribal village and come back to your hotel in Roing.

Arunachal Pradesh Exploration: Day 3 to 5
  • 1962- Sino-Indian War Memorial
  • Witnessing first sunrise of India
  • India's first village in East

Day 3Roing to Walong

Post breakfast, get ready to drive further east and visit the region known for the wars, remoteness, and mesmerizing sunrise. On arrival, check-in to your homestay that set up to provide comfort and feel of local culture. Head to visit a 1962- Sino-Indian War Memorial. In the Battle of Walong, the Indian Army defended the country against China in all sectors except one — Walong. Post-visit, come back to enjoy the hospitality, traditional food, and charm of traditionally set up homestay to call it a day.

Day 4Walong exploration

Wake up almost at midnight and get ready to visit a village where the first sun rays of India hits. Take a short drive and reach Dong village before 3 AM in the morning to catch the ‘First Sun’ of India. Enjoy the moment and come back to have your breakfast in the homestay. Sip a tea with a view and chat with hosts who have plenty of stories to share about living in such remoteness. Post breakfast, drive to village Kaho, known as the First Village of India. It is the last border village on the Indo-China border and inhabited by Meyor Community. Visit an old Gompa here to see the amalgamation of Tibetan Buddhism and beautiful Meyor culture. Come back and rest in a homestay in Walong.

Day 5Walong to Namsai

After spending days in remoteness, it is time to come back to a town. Post early breakfast, start the journey towards Namsai. On arrival, settle in your hotel head to visit Golden Pagoda and World’s largest Buddha statue made of bamboo. Come back and relax in your hotel.

Nagaland Exploration : Day 6 to 9
  • House split in India-Myanmar
  • Story behind tattoos on body
  • Wood carving at Konyak king's house

Day 6Namsai to Mon

After spending a day in a town, it is time to head towards another splendid remote location of North East India. A lesser-known region of Nagaland – Mon that has plenty of well-kept secrets of Konyak Tribes. A long drive will take you to this main town of North Nagaland where you would rest for a day and get prepared to explore the interesting culture of the Konyak Tribe.

Day 7Mon to Longwa

After getting a good rest and post breakfast, head towards the village that is catching the attention of all the offbeat explorers. Longwa is a village where you will see the longhouse (Traditional Konyak Hut) that has its half part in India and half part in Myanmar. It is a tribe that follows a tradition of having a king – The Anghs in the village where beautifully carved wooden sculptures can be found. Shangnyu Village on the way to Mon is one popular for this artistry. Spend a day knowing about craft, hearing stories from locals about headhunting, and knowing about getting tattoos on different parts of the body at every stage of adulthood. Today you will stay with Konyak Tribe in a homestay where you can spend nice evening hearing stories from elders of the village.

Day 8Longwa to Sivasagar

After an enriching experience in Longwa, start your return journey via Assam. Drive to Sivasagar, a place is popular for the palaces of the Ahom Dynasty and a big lake. Visit these attractions on arrival and conclude the day in a comfortable hotel or a locally owned homestay.

Day 9Fly back

After breakfast, fly back from Dibrugarh Airport.

What it includes?

8 nights in hotels/village family homestay
All transportation in the destination location
All meals
Tour Guide
Entrance Fees
Responsible Traveller’s Kit

What it excludes?

Air fare
Travel visa and insurance
Bottled water
Room service
Any private expenses

Is this Experience right for you?

Are you travelling because you need some time away from your urban life? Does living a village life in the mud house in the mountains excite you? Are you ready to truly live the local lifestyle? If your answer is yes, take up this experience that will transport you to a different world. You might not get the internet here but you will also not feel the need for it as you will be busy exploring the unique sites, mountain views, and village life. The luxury here is living at the beautiful mountain destination, getting freshly cooked organic food at every meal, and having happy locals offering their warm hospitality.

Hear from communities

  • Guests like to eat our Ladakhi food. They say it is delicious, even when it is prepared by an elderly ama (mother) like me. I always make sure I serve them the cleanest and healthiest food. My husband is a copper artist. When guests leave us, they say ‘Julley’, and hug us. It makes us feel happy.

    Tsering Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Sumda Chun
  • I became a Mountain Homestay Host in 2018, and I have hosted many travellers since then. Running a homestay has helped me and my family a lot. Not only is the solar set up in our house useful for us, but even travellers prefer to stay in our homestay because of it.

    Rigzin Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Photolalok
  • The training we got in astronomy turned out to be a life-changing experience for our village. I felt happy and proud while mapping the position of the planets and sharing the secrets of the universe with the tourists. Tourists told me that even they didn’t know so much about the dark skies!

    Tsewang Dorjey
    Astropreneur - Maan
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