The Myoko Festival

by Eventours Travels

The Myoko Festival

Assam & Arunachal Pradesh 8 Rating

07 Nights / 08 Days

any time

₹ none / person

An experience of tribal cultures, mainly of the Apatani tribe of Arunachal Pradesh that celebrates the coming of spring. The journey along the way is sprinkled with Assam’s tea and colonial heritage, the river island of Majuli and offers an insight into the Tea Research Station at Toklai.

The Myokoh festival, celebrated by the Apatani tribe of Arunachal Pradesh, marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. As in cultures around the world, spring is symbolic of new beginnings and the Myokoh festival celebrates just that: new beginnings, new friendships, and new hope. This is also the time when prayers are made for better cultivation, protection of grain and livestock, and the wellbeing of the tribe. The Apatanis are noted for the large nose-plugs that their women wear –an age-old custom that is practiced in order to deliberately disfigure a woman’s beauty so that enemy tribes do not claim them as their own when marauding villages.

  • Stay at a Tea Garden Bungalow
  • Experience the colonial tea garden lifestyle
  • Visit the traditional Apatani Villages
  • Witness & participate with Myoko Celebrations
  • Explore scenic Ziro Valley and traditional farming techniques
  • Visit to one of the largest river island “Majuli”
  • Explore the assamese cultural hub in Majuli
  • Visit monasteries and meet the monks in the ‘satras’ 
  • Chance to visit Toklai Tea Research Centre in Jorhat
  • Stay at a heritage property in Jorhat
  • 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 Guwahati – Balipara           

Arrive Guwahati by air/train. Meet and assist by our staff and drive to Balipara. Check into your tea bungalow on arrival. Later walk into a tea garden nearby, evening at leisure. Overnight.

 

 

Day 02 Balipara – Ziro

Today after breakfast, drive to Ziro. En route visit Nyishi villages that you would cross along the way. Later on arrival, check into your hotel / lodge for your overnight stay. Evening time permitting visit local market in Ziro. 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 03 Ziro

Today after breakfast, visit Apatani Tribal Villages and participate in Myoko Festival celebrations.

 

 

Day 04 Ziro

Today after breakfast, visit Apatani Tribal Villages and participate in Myoko Festival celebrations.

 

 

Day 05 Ziro – Majuli

After breakfast, drive down to Dhunaguri Ghat (RiverBank) to cross the mighty Brahmaputra towards Majuli. The crossing of the river will be by small country boats which is always an experience over the river. You will be passing through areas with fields on all sides, fishermen fishing in the rivers and with a sunset on the horizon which makes Majuli a delight. On arrival, check into traditional Mishing village Huts.      

 

Majuli, one of the largest inhabited river islands in the world and the seat of Vaishnava culture in Assam. The great 15th century Assamese reformer and saint, Shankardeva came here and set up ‘satras’ or Vaishnavite monasteries to motivate people towards culture and religion. Also famous for its pottery and mask making, it possesses unique Hindu monasteries famous for their dance and drama performances – the whole island is now shortlisted for future UNESCO World Heritage status. 

 

 

Day 06 Majuli 

After breakfast, spend your day exploring the island, visiting ‘satras’ – monasteries, interacting with the monks. A walk through the village opens up a whole world of photography opportunities while the Monks in the satras introduce you to the way of life in the Island. Afternoon we will visit the Mishing tribal villages.  

 

 

Day 07 Majuli – Jorhat

Post breakfast, we will take a ferry across the Brahmaputra river to Jorhat. On arrival Check into a hotel/tea estate.  Afternoon go for a tea tour in a nearby tea garden and make use of this opportunity to encounter the famous tea growing region of India. Later walk around Jorhat town. Overnight.  

 

 

Day 08 Jorhat – Fly Out

Transfer to Jorhat airport for onward journey.

Wild Mahseer – Balipara  

Ziro Valley Resort | Sirro Resort – Ziro

Mepo Okum – Majuli

New Paradise Hotel / Heritage Tea Property – Jorhat

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