The Mopin festival

by Eventours Travels

The Mopin festival

Assam & Arunachal Pradesh 8 Rating

11 Nights / 12 Days

3rd April – 14th April 2019

₹ none / person

A meandering experience of Along, West Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh, celebrated by the Adi Gallo tribe as a ritual to drive away evil spirits and bad luck. An experience instilling the feel of Mystics and Assam’s history with the Tea industry.

The festival of the Adi Gallo tribe is celebrated chiefly at Along, West Siang District beside the Siang River. Mopin is celebrated  to drive away evil spirits who bring bad luck with them and pose a lot of obstacle. The local folks pray during the festival known as Mopin in Arunachal Pradesh so that even the cursed shadow of any devastating natural calamity does not come near them and they can lead their lives peacefully and prosperously.

  • Explore the diverse and unique tribal culture 
  • Visit the least explored West Siang District of Arunachal
  • Enjoy the pristine landscape of this area
  • Be a part of Mopin Celebrations
  • Explore Adi, Galo, Memba, Nishi, Apatani tribes
  • Ziro Valley and Apatani Tribes
  • 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

Not Includes

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

Day 01 Arrival Dibrugarh               

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 – Along                                                  

Today we will cross the mighty Brahmaputra by ferry and then drive to Along in Arunachal Pradesh. The main tribe of this area is Adi Gallong. Check in at tented accommodation that have been set up especially for your stay. Evening enjoy ‘Mopin festival’ as today is the first day of this colourful festival. Dinner and overnight.

 

Mopin festival: is celebrated for the desire of wealth and prosperity as well as universal happiness. Smearing of rice powder on each others faces marks the beginning of the festival which is celebrated for five days. The Mopin festival plays an important role in the cultural scenario of Gallo Adi Tribes. Tribal people dazzle in their traditional costumes and organize the amazing 'popir dance', greatly performed by the female folk. With positioning themselves in a circular queue, they create the roaring sound of their rhythmic steps. One group assemble themselves and chant the sweet words of Ja-Jin-Ja and Baryi folk song, while the following participants complements their song with dancing. Tribal folks don themselves in white clothes and elaborate head gears. Their dangling multi-colored beaded ornaments glitz according to their foot-steps and the sparking sun-rays.

 

The tribal culture is submerged with strange myths which are very much linked with the existence of evil spirits. One prime purpose behind organizing this function is to get away from evil shadow and to receive the blessing of God for universal happiness.

 

Day 03 Along                                                                                                                 

Whole day at Along visiting villages and enjoying ‘Mopin festival’.

 

 

Day 04 Along                                                                                                                 

Whole day at Along visiting villages and enjoying ‘Mopin festival’.

 

 

Day 05 Along – Mechuka                                                   

Drive to Mechuka. The main tribe of this area is ADI GALLONG and MEMBA. Membas practice Tibetan Buddhism. On reaching Mechuka we will check into tented accommodation that have been set up especially for your stay in the midst of very beautiful scenery. Late PM walk about the village, interact with local people and visit local market. Dinner and overnight.

 

 

Day 06 Mechuka                                                                                                                           

Whole day at Mechuka, visiting different villages of different tribes. The Gompa at Mechuka is one of the oldest monasteries called Samten Yongcha of Mehayana sect located at a hilltop in the western most part of Mechuka, a place of tourist interest in the district of West Siang. This Gompa as per oral history of Membas is a contemporary of the great Tawang monastery. Dinner and overnight.

 

 

Day 07 Mechuka – Along                                                                                                         

Drive to Along. On the way visit ‘Gallong’ villages. On arrival check into tented accommodation that have been set up especially for your stay. Evening visit local market. Dinner and overnight.

 

 

Day 08 Along – Daporijo                                                     

After breakfast drive to Daporijo. The main tribe of this area is Nishi tribe. We will visit Tagin village on the way. Check into Ligu Village Guest house. Walk around Daporijo and visit market. Dinner and overnight.

 

 

Day 09 Daporijo – Ziro                                                         

Drive to Ziro and visit Hill Miri villages on the way. Check in at Hotel Blue Pine or similar. Evening visit local market. Dinner and overnight.

 

Ziro is home to the Apatani tribes and it is located in an extremely picturesque valley called Apatani Plateau surrounded by pine-covered mountains. The Apatani tribes themselves are Ziro's greatest attraction. The older men-folk tie the hair in top-knots and tattoo the faces. Apatani women wear wooden nose plugs and tattooed their faces. However, new generation of Apatani men and women have stopped this practice of tying hair knot, nose plugs and face tattooing since early 1970s. The Apatani are good cultivators and practice both wet and terrace cultivation. Paddy cum fish culture is very popular among them.

 

 

Day 10 Ziro                                                                                                                                        

After breakfast we will be visiting APATANI villages. Ziro is one of the most traditional areas in Arunachal Pradesh. Dinner and overnight.

 

 

Day 11 Ziro – Tezpur                          

Morning after breakfast, drive to Tezpur – the mythological ‘City of Blood’. Check into hotel on arrival. PM, time permitting, go for a city sightseeing which will includes the Cole park, Agni Ghar and the local market. Dinner and overnight.

 

 

Day 12 Tezpur – Guwahati – Delhi              

Transfer to Guwahati airport for your onward journey.

Tea County – Dibrugarh | Heritage Tea Bungalow – Dibrugarh

Hotel Toshi Palace | Hotel West – Along  

Homestays | Tourist Lodge – Mechuka

Singhik Hotel & Resorts – Daporijo

Ziro Valley Resort | Sirro Resort – Ziro

Hotel Fern Residency | Hotel Centre Point – Tezpur

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