Aoling Festival 2019

Adventure is worthwhile and for some of us, it is to seek other places, other lives, other souls. Breathe the air of new places as you join this tour in search of some of the most amazing tribes and their celebrations so wild and raw in their own nature. No books or photographs will be good enough as this experience is all about your presence. Discover India’s North East, beautifully organic and still mostly untouched by civilization. Witness the incredible tribe culture, the head-hunters of the yesteryears and the tattooed generations and their lifestyle.   

Aoling Festival 

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.

The Tour 

Duration: 3 Nights / 4 Days

Destinations: Mon, Nagaland

Dates: 4th April – 7th April 2019

The Passage 

Day 01 Dibrugarh – Mon 

Arrive Dibrugarh by air/train. Later drive on to Mon in Nagaland, the land of the headhunters, inhabited by the Konyak Tribes. This drive will be through the 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 headhunting culture that overrules all.

Day 02 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 today’s 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 03 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 headhunting 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 the local market. You will still find the festive spirit dawdle around the region.  Overnight back in your lodge.

Day 04 Mon – Dibrugarh  

Today after an early breakfast drive your way to Dibrugarh for your onward journey.

Tour Cost: INR 18,700 per person (5 pax)

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Inclusions:

  • Transfers and sightseeing in 01 AC Scorpio inclusive of fuel and driver allowance.
  • ILPs & Processing
  • Accompanying Escort and local guide at Mon.
  • Accommodation on double sharing rooms inclusive of breakfasts only at Mon.
  • Inclusive tolls & parking

Exclusions

  • Air/Train fare
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Entry fees at Monuments, Museum, Leisure Park
  • Tips, drinks, laundry
  • Insurance, telephone charge
  • Camera fees, if any
  • Any other services which are not mentioned in the ‘inclusions column’