Aoling Festival

by Eventours Travels

Aoling Festival

Assam & Nagaland 8 Rating

10 Nights / 11 Days

2nd April – 12th April 2019

₹ none / person

A journey of insights from former head-hunters, river islands and wild life sanctuaries.

Stretched over six days, the Aoling Festival provides an excellent insight into the rich cultural heritage of the Konyak tribes. The Konyaks come from a strong practice of head-hunting. You will find shelves stocked with skulls in testament to their many victories. This festival marks the big spring feast that takes place immediately after the jhum crop has been sowed, and in this case lasts for a full six days. Witness the religious ceremonies, dances and attires, traditional cuisines and drinks of the Konyak Tribes and get a chance to observe the sustainable lifestyle of this age old tribal community.

  • Explore the unbeaten lands of the head hunters
  • Namphake strolls for a day
  • Visit to one of biggest river island Majuli
  • Wildlife safaris and game drives inside the Kaziranga National Park
  • Fully escorted tour with local guides wherever necessary

Includes

  • Airport pick up & transfers in Air Conditioned Vehicles
  • All accommodation in double / twin share rooms
  • Meals inclusive as per request
  • Ferry transfers and charges inclusive
  • Jungle safaris in elephants and jeeps inside Kaziranga National Park

Not Includes

  • Air/train fare
  • Entry fees at monuments, museum, Leisure Park
  • Escort / guide throughout.
  • Tips, drinks, laundry
  • Insurance, telephone charge
  • Camera fees, if any
  • Any other services which is not mentioned in the ‘includes column’

Day 01 Dibrugarh Arrival

Arrive Dibrugarh by air/train. Check into your hotel/lodge on arrival. Assam’s original tea city, known for it beautiful tea gardens and its bungalows. Later take your time to the nearby local markets. Overnight.

 

 

Day 02 Dibrugarh – Day visit to the Thai village of Namphake

Today after breakfast you will drive about 40kms to Namphake - a traditional village of the Tai Phake community located in Assam. Tai Phake is the branch of the great Tai race that entered Assam in the latter half of the 18th century. About 150 Phakial families of this village keeps alive their unique identity, customs and traditions. Witness the conservation of the Thai as well as the Assamese Buddhist culture in this picturesque village with an enticing old world charm.  Later you will return to your hotel/lodge for your overnight stay in Dibrugarh.

 

 

Day 03 Dibrugarh – Mon

After an early breakfast today you will visit the ruins of Ahom dynasty who ruled over Assam for six hundred years in Sivasagar, also the then capital during the Ahom rule in this region. Later drive on to Mon in Nagaland, the land of the head hunters, inhabited by the Konyak Tribes. This drive will be through lush green valley of the tea estates of Assam. Check into your lodge on arrival, this is a small town, so accommodation will be basic but there is a great opportunity for you to explore the head hunting culture that over rules all.

 

 

Day 04 Mon

‘Konyak’ are seen as one of the antiquated tribes of the sixteen Naga tribes in Nagaland and can be perceived as the most traditional of all the tribes. They have given up their head-hunting ways in todays age and are adept artisan and skilled craftsman. Find yourself around with some excellent woodcarving, doas (machete) guns, gunpowder, head brushes necklace etc.

 

Spend your full day at this big spring feast with religious ceremonies, dances and attires, traditional cuisines and drinks of the Konyaks.

 

 

Day 05 Mon

After an early breakfast you will be driven to Longwa village with packed lunch. True tradition is seen here where people are still untouched by modern ways. Meet the village folks, see their way of life and we bet you will have an interesting conversation listening to their head hunting days. This is one of the biggest Konyak villages and on the border ridge between India and Myanmar (Burma). Later return to Mon and visit local market. You will still find the festive spirit dawdle around the region.  Overnight back in your lodge.

 

 

Day 06 Mon – Majuli

Today after an early breakfast drive your way to Jorhat in Assam, take a ferry crossing the mighty Brahmaputra River to Majuli Island. The island being one of the largest inhabited river island in the world and the seat of Vaishnava culture in Assam. Later take walks to the nearby village, right behind the place of your stay. Overnight will be at the traditional Mishing Huts.

 

 

Day 07 Majuli

This morning you will be driven to the eastern side of Majuli to visit the Satras. You will have enough time to interact with the monks and know their lifestyle and the origins of this island.  Later make this important visit to the mask making and pottery village, extreme display talent and old age tradition still kept alive even today among the inhabitants. Return to a Mishing village, one of the ethnic tribe inhabitants of this island.  Back to your traditional huts for your overnight stay.

 

 

Day 08 Majuli – Kaziranga National Park

Today after a leisure breakfast, you will be driven to the riverbank to get your ferry back to Jorhat. A two hour drive and you will reach Kaziranga National Park. Check into your jungle lodge/hotel. A world heritage site hosting two-thirds of the world’s Great One-horned rhinoceros, it also boasts the highest density of tigers among the protected areas in the world and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. Later time permitting go for your first game drive inside the park. Feel your senses as you connect to nature at its best. Overnight in your hotel.

 

 

Day 09 Kaziranga National Park

Early morning explore the National Park (Central range) on elephant back. Apart from the Rhino, other species found are hog deer, swamp deer, wild buffalo, and elephants and if you are lucky, yes the tiger. It is virtually a paradise for bird watchers, with a variety of migratory and resident birds darting from tree to tree. We will return to the lodge for breakfast. Later visit the park with jeep safaris inside the park until dusk. Overnight.

 

 

Day 10 Kaziranga National Park - Guwahati

After an early breakfast drive to the Guwahti airport for your onward journey.

Tea County – Dibrugarh | Heritage Tea Bungalow – Dibrugarh

Theja Cottage – Mon

Mepo Okum – Majuli

Iora Resorts – Kaziranga National Park

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