Arunachal Adventures Special Two –An adventure of its own kind, an adventure in its own right – just visiting Changlang and Tirap and the Namdapha Wildlife Sanctuary they house is its own adventure. Visit places and people lost to time, hidden in areas not far removed, yet remote they have remained from today’s world. Watch wild life in its pristine and unpretentious ways – raw, as yet uninfluenced by man as is most of the planet. Parts of the area served the Allied cause well during World War II. No long treks, no rafts – just an adventure into a lesser known nature with some as less known people, tribes whose way of life may now not endure the century. The region is, as written by V Athriya, “… one large pulsating entity that fascinates and charms…”.
1. Intention. To undertake a journey into natures very own depths which the Tirap and Changlang districts of Arunachal Pradesh have kept concealed from the bulk of the human race till now. To be so close to nature is an adventure by itself, rare and special and for the fortunate, for they can never be the same again. To cherish this form of nature before it is also wrought in modern hues by time, by being with nature. To delight in nature at her un-spoilt best. To revel in nature’s grandeur as adventure alone offers us a chance to do in what is surely amongst the planet’s last untouched wonders.

2. Duration. 13 very special days of the most memorable experiences you can have in Arunachal Pradesh, to be treasured in the heart. Add three to four days for Delhi and visits to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, etc. In view of the special efforts to get Governmental permissions for this particular tour apart from the requirement for us to obtain Restricted Area or Inner Line permits and have them extended it is strongly suggested that registration requests are made about six months in advance as also mentioned in 8 (b) below.

3. Modes of Transportation. By road from Dibrugarh to Miao and within Namdapha Wildlife Sanctuary till where possible. Thence by road to Wintong and Pangsau Pass. By road further to Jairampur and Tirap via Ledo. Changlang and Khonsa by road. Road safari to Laju and Wakka. Safari again upto Pongchau. Return by road to Dibrugarh. Flight back to Delhi, or, if specifically requested by road from Dibrugarh to Kaziranga National Park and then by flight back to Delhi from Guwahati.

4. Best time. Nov to Feb.

5. Age Profile. 16 years upwards.

6. Broad Itinerary.(Refer Map)

(a) Arrive at Delhi, received, halt over at hotel to rest and recoup. Sightseeing in Delhi and a one day outing to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, etc. Flight to Dibrugarh. By road to Miao for a night over.

(b) Sub-Part I. The next day, the first day in the National Park is reserved for Miao itself, the gate way to the Namdapha Wildlife Sanctuary, and its interesting surroundings which include a museum and a Tibetan Refugee camp. The homes of the residents are to be visited as there is a diversity with many tribes represented. That evening we shift to Deban and stay in Camp Namdahpa or the FRH, both astride the lovely River Noa Dihing (or Diyun). An early morning walk along the river and we later cross it to spend two magical days in camps at Haldibari and Bulbulia, whose hot springs are very unique. The flora and fauna are unbelievably diverse and perhaps some luck may enable us to see one of the four big cat species that are the pride of this lush forested National Park which has a carpet of green above and below. After two nights camping out in these camps and having also visited Hornbill Camp and Rani Jheel, we return to Deban the third day and drive to where we can or journey on elephant back. The last night is spent in this magnificent Park, a little of which will remain with you forever. We prepare for a long safari on the morrow. (6 very special and precious days in Arunachal Pradesh so far).

(c) Sub-Part II. An early morning departure to Pangsau Pass over which went the famous Ledo Road, or the Stillwell Road during World War II. This road was built by the Americans and linked the Allied Forces with China through Burma when it was used to sustain the administrative and logistic Allied effort in pushing the Japanese out of Burma. Neglected over five decades the road is to be made serviceable again to support India’s future trade initiatives with Mynamar (Burma). The terrain is different from what we saw around Debanand the Lake of No Return is as visible today as it was in 1944 when whoever crossed the lake rarely returned by this route. By evening we are back at Jairampur where we visit the war cemetery associated with that war and halt for the night. The next days drive gets us to Tirap via Ledo in time for lunch and the night is spent at Changlang. The next day we drive to Laju and spend time with the Nocte tribe before leaving in the evening for Khonsa where w halt for the night. The next day is a foray to Wakka home of the Wancho tribe, country cousins of the Nagas. These tribes in this region are of fierce warriors. We return to Khonsa and on the morrow we start the long drive to Pongchau, passing through Niause, Mintong, Boniya, etc, all of the Wancho tribe. A night at Pongchau after an intimate study of the Wancho will be the high point of the stay in south-western Tirap and the next day we return to Khonsa. Khonsa is finally left the next morning and after visiting some schools in Bogapani enroute we head for Dibrugarh for a night stay. (7 more brilliant days spent in the region where Arunachal Pradesh meets Nagaland and the culture of the tribes changes).

(c) The next day we take the flight back to Delhi from Dibrugarh. If requested an additional three days can be spent visiting the Kaziranga National Park, which offers its own experience of wild life. Two to three days can be planned as per convenience and the exit to Delhi will be from Guwahati. Finally a brief halt at Delhi and the flight back home is taken but with plans for the next adventure trip in other parts of the very special Arunachal Pradesh, or elsewhere in India, already taking shape in the mind.

7. Accommodation and Cuisine.This will be a mix of hotels, rest houses/inspection bungalows, camps in tents, the odd home stay where viable. Changes can be made to suit specific participant requirements. Cuisine. Mainly Indian, with due care and regard to sensitivity to spices. Chinese or Tibetan fares are options.

8. Cost of Basic Itinerary above (Delhi airport back to Delhi airport).

(a) (a) Our plans are all inclusive in India and based on a group of about 10 for the basic itinerary suggested above. This includes airport transfers, hotel and basic sightseeing costs at Delhi, Agra and at all halts in Arunachal Pradesh, domestic air fares within India, tips, accommodation (twin sharing), water and all meals. It also includes all costs of treks/rafts including costs of English speaking trek leaders, guides and rafting boat-masters, equipment, porters and ponies, entry fees at various places/parks, road transport in exclusive jeeps, government royalties, and the costs of any special clothing that you want us to arrange for the duration of the trip. This requirement will be indicated to us when registering. However However international air-fares, airport taxes, visa charges, duty on any items and personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry, phone calls, tobacco, camera charges where applicable and individual expenses incurred away from the plan for the group are excluded.

(b) Registration.As this is a very special tour and requires permission from the Arunachal Pradesh Government, it is essential that Registration be done six months prior to arrival. Half the determined costs to be paid on registration and the balance to be paid a clear two months prior to arrival.

9. Changes in the itinerary, if requested, can be worked out and costs evaluated separately. Or, any other specified itinerary can be developed to match your interests.