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‘The Wheels of a bygone Era…’ ~ the Treasured Wheels Museum, Guwahati, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Perhaps the greatest example of a man’s power of dreaming, believing in his dream and working continuously to realize that dream is illustrated when you step foot into the ‘Treasured Wheels Museum’ near Guwahati in Assam. Mr. Piklu Deka or Piklu Da as everyone calls him is the man behind this dream. What started as a dream to own a vintage car thirty (30) years ago has finally transformed in the shape of a museum with a collection of over 50 vintage cars, 50 motorbikes and much more.

A short half an hour drive from Guwahati will reach you to the Treasured Wheels Museum. You are greeted at the Museum Entrance by a collection of helmets used by Soldiers during World War II announcing your expeditions across a huge campus filled with the memoirs of the War. From vintage Russian Army Trucks, American Motorbikes to Chinese Paratrooper Cycles you are sure to find them here. The amazing part is that all these Motorcars are in a perfect running condition.

The various collection of Antique Motorcars present in the museum are as below:

  • Renault 749 CC 1948 model (back engine) ,
  • Sunbeam 800 CC (convertible) of 1933,
  • Morries 800 CC (convertible) of 1948,
  • Perfect Ford (hard top) of 1948,
  • Volks Wagon (back engine) of 1949,
  • Ford Jeep of 1942,
  • Ford Care of 1939
  • Buick of 1945.

Motorbikes collection include-

  • Ariel 500 CC (Red Hunter) of 1944,
  • British-made Albion (belt model) of 1901,
  • Royal Enfield 350 CC (chain drive) of 1940,
  • Norton 650 CC (chain drive model) of 1932,
  • BSA 500 CC (Golden flash) of 1938,
  • BSA 500 CC (Gold Star) of 1940,
  • BSA 40 CC (Paratroopers) of 1938,
  • Royal Enfield 150 CC of 1948,
  • Paradrop Scooter (Paratrooper model) made in USA in 1933,
  • Sunbeam 500 CC (Swift Drive) 1942,
  • Triumph 350 CC (chain drive) of 1934 and several others.

Mr. Deka’s love or the environment can also be seen at the Museum that is covered with lush Green surroundings. Mr. Deka he has planted around 22,000 saplings of litchis, guavas, bay leaves and neem across the campus of the museum which now makes it an ideal retreat for a weekend getaway from the City. Adventure junkies can enjoy trekking and boating facilities. Stay is arranged at Tree houses in the campus and sumptuous Assamese Traditional Cuisine can be savored on prior request.

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Festivals of North East India, Tribes and Festivals of North East India, Meghalaya Traditional Festivals, Tribes and their culture of North East India

Indigenous Festivals of North East India and their relevance to traditional Agrarian Practices – the States of Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland, Incredible India!

Most of the traditional festivals of North East India have close connection with agriculture as the people are mainly agriculturists. Farmers here practice two forms of agriculture: ‘Jhum’ cultivation (shifting cultivation) and Wet cultivation. As these agrarian practices are mostly dependent on sun and rain, a good shower and subsequent sunshine are very much necessary for a good harvest. And as per the religious traditions, the farming community believe in appeasing God to seek blessings for an excellent harvest. That’s the reason that these farmers either at their individual capacity or at a community level perform certain festivals twice a year – one at the beginning of the cultivation and the other at the time of harvest. These festivals call for  time of merry making where arrangements range from food, music, traditional liquor, dances, community festivals and much more. For many years these celebrations were within a closed community but since the recent time visitors are warmly welcomed into these celebrations where they get to experience the rich and varied culture and traditions of the people of North East India.

All the North Eastern States of India have mainly two type of population: Tribal and non-Tribal. Similarly, in the early days, the people followed two different religions: Hinduism and Naturalism. The population of the people practicing Naturalism were converted to Islam and Christianity during the rule of the Mughals and British in India. The celebrations now have two aspects: one where people perform the traditional rites and rituals as per their religion and the other that forms the part of merry making where they eat, sing and dance without ignoring the religious aspect of each of these festivals.

In the State of Arunachal Pradesh, the Monpas and Sherdukpens of Tawang and West Kameng are the followers of Buddhism. The festival of religious importance to these tribal communities is the Losar, the festival of the Tibetian  New Year, that is celebrated on a grand scale in the Second Largest Buddhist Monastery in the World at Tawang. The tribes of Adis, Aptanis, Bangnis, Nishis, Mishimis, Tangsas, etc. worship the Sun (Donyi-Polo) and the Moon (Abo-Tani). Similiarly the Noctes and Wanchos of the Tirap district and adjoining areas of Nagaland practice Vaishnavism. These religious festivals are celebrated on a Grand scale for thanking the Gods for their providence and Bumper crops. The festivities continue throughout the year with each tribal community celebrating at different months. Animal sacrifices, dancing and singing in accordance with their traditional form accompany each of these festivals.

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The Losar Festival at the Tawang Second Largest Buddhist Monastery of the Monpa Buddhist People of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh

The State of Meghalaya is predominated by tribal people with a majority of the population practicing Christianity as their religion. The major tribes i.e. the Khasis, the Jaintiyas and the Garos were originally matriarchal but now matrilineal. Their festivals still have many aspects of their traditional life. The Garos have their traditional harvest festival Wangala. The Khasis celebrate Shad Suk Mynsiem and Ka Pamblang Nongkrem. The Jaintiyas have their traditional festival of Ka Chad Chiphiah and Ka Behdeikhlam.

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The Wangala Festival of the Garos in Meghalya. Source: nelive.in

In the State of Nagaland, the various Naga Tribes, who now practice Christianity as their religion, still have most of their old festivals observed in accordance to the traditions of each tribe. They are very rich in their traditional dance, music and dress which are still maintained in their festivals. Of course, the religious rites and rituals have been presently changed due to their adoption of Christianity. The Nagas are generally known to have strong national feelings for which they have not given up their traditional behaviors and customs. The festivals like Sekernyi of the Angamis, Moatsu of the Aos, Aoing of the Kanyaks, Tulini of the Semas, Manyu of the Phoms, Amongmong of the Sangtam are principal traditional festivals have close connection with the traditional customs and folk beliefs. Here in Nagaland too, animal sacrifice, drinking and dancing form an integral part of their festivities.

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The Moatsu Mong Festival of The Ao Tribes of Nagaland. Source: nelive.in

The State of Assam (the Gateway to North East India) also celebrates many festivals in accordance to their traditional practices and beliefs. The most important festival of Assam is the Bihu, which is observed during harvesting once at the beginning of cultivation in the spring season and another during the growth of crops. The festivities at the Bihu are well connected with the festivals reflecting the link with agriculture. The Tribal People perform rites as per their system of nature Gods and Goddesses like the Sun, Moon, Rain, Water, etc. The Non-Tribals perform such religious rites and rituals relating to the Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The social part of each of these festivals is related with merry-making like singing, dancing and eating. The festivals of Assam have an impact from the practices of Vaishnavism,  Saktism and Tantraism.

Bihu celebration in Assam
The Colorful Bihu Dance (Dance of the Golden Silk) is performed during the festival of Bihu in Assam. Image Credits: RITU RAJ KONWAR

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Reference: Souvenior Kamrupa Anusandhana Samiti (2012)

The Grand Tour of the Gateway to North East India – the Awesome State of Assam, Incredible India!

Itinerary of the Grand Tour of Awesome Assam ~

Day 1: Arrive at Guwahati Airport. On arrival you will be received by our representative at the airport offering a warm welcome in traditional Assamese style. From the Airport drive to the home-stay at Lokhra. In the afternoon we will visit the famous Basistha temple. Later we will spend our evening spoting bird species at the nearby Dipor Bil Wildlife Sanctuary. Later we will visit the holy Balaji Temple. Night halt at Guwahati at Lokhra Homestay. Enjoy your evening by the bonfire atop the roof of the home-stay and dinner served will be a traditional Bodo cuisine.

Day 2: Early morning we will depart to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary for a thrilling Jeep Safari to spot the one horned Rhinoceros of Assam, an endangered rhino breed indigenous to Assam. The Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary has the highest density of one horned rhinoceros population anywhere in the world. Also, visit the Mayong Museum. Mayong is the famous land of black magic in India. Although black magic is no longer practiced, you will find relics in the musuem showcasing these practices that were prevalent earlier. En-route back to Guwahati visit the Stone inscription at BurhaMayong. This stone inscription is the longest in Asia at a length of 3.85 meters. Afternoon lunch will be served at one of the best Traditional Restaurant in Guwahati. Later we will visit the Umananda Temple on the World’s smallest inhabited River Island of Umananda. Night halt at the Lokhra home-stay.

Day 3: Today we will visit the ancient temples and Satras of North Guwahati. At first, we will visit the Dol Govinda temple that is one of the most revered shrines of Lord Krishna. Historical reference to this temple dates back to more than two centuries ago. Later we will visit the Assamese Vaishnavite Monestary ‘the Auniati Satra’. In the afternoon we will visit the Architectural Marvel of the Mighty Ahom Dynasty under the regime of King Shiva Singha – the ‘Aswaklanta Temple’ built in 1720 AD. Our visit will end at the Dirgheswari Temple that has rock cut images that can be traced to 11th to 12th century AD. Night halt at the Lokhra Homestay.

Day 4: Early morning we will visit the Holy Shrine of Goddess Kamakhya on the revered Shakti Peetha on the Nilachal Hills – the Kamakhya Temple. Offer your worship at the holiest Temple Shrine of North East India. After breakfast we will depart to the Holy Land of Hajo where we will visit the Hayagriva Madhava Temple and the Poa Makka shrine. After lunch we will drive to Suwalkuchi – ‘The Manchester of the East’ and the Silk Town of Assam. Appreciate the Grandeur of the Assam Silk at Suwalkuchi. Night halt at the Lokhra Homestay in Guwahati.

Day 5: Today we will embark on our journey to Barpeta to visit the Neo Vaishnavite Monestary of the Barpeta Satra and then will halt the the National Park of Manas. Evening will be free at Leisure to visit the nearby Tea gardens. Night Halt at a comfortable Jungle Lodge.

Day 6: Early morning take a ride into the dense jungles of the Manas National Park aboard an Elephant Safari. Later in the day we will depart to the National Park of Nameri. Night halt at a comfortable Eco lodge/camp.

Day 7: Early morning trek to the interiors of the Nameri National Park along with a forest guard to admire the varied avi-fauna of the National Park. Later in the day return to Tezpur to visit the famous Agnigarh Fort and the Cole’s Park. Night halt at a comfortable hotel.

Day 8: Early morning we will depart to the National Park of Kaziranga. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kaziranga National Park is home to the highest population of one horned Rhinoceros anywhere in the world. On arrival check into a comfortable hotel and evening visit the Orchid park at Kaziranga and visit the nearby tea gardens. Evening Bon fire on request. Night halt at a comfortable hotel.

Day 9: Early morning go for an elephant Safari into the Kaziranga National Park. After breakfast proceed to visit the nearby tea gardens. In the afternoon take a thrill jeep safari into the Park at a different range. Later depart to Jorhat. Your stay at Jorhat will be arranged at a majestic Thengal Manor tea garden resort. Night halt at Thengal Manor.

Day 10: After breakfast depart to Sivasagar – the land of the Mighty Ahom Kings. Spend your day admiring the Engineering marvels of the Talatal Ghar and the Rong Ghar at Sivasagar. We will also visit the ‘Dhekiakhua Bor Namghor – home to the oldest burning oil lamp in the world’. Return to Jorhat for night halt at Thengal Manor.

Day 11: Today we will embark on our journey to Majuli.  Spend the day at Majuli with the local people learning about their traditional arts & crafts. Spend time bird-watching and also learn about the lost art of Mask making. Evening, spend time savoring the locally brewed ‘Apong’ and other servings prepared by the locally by the Bon fire. Night halt at an Eco Stay in Majuli.

Day 12: Today we visit the Satras (Assamese Monasteries) and learn about the Neo Vaisnavite culture that is practiced by the monks. Go for bicycle rides and explore the mysteries of the island. Spend time spotting rare birds and fishing. Evening travel to Dibrugarh. Night halt at a comfortable hotel.

Day 13: Today we depart to Naharkatia to the Tai Phake Ecotourism Camp. Spend your day with the tribal community of the Tai Phake people and learn about their age old traditional practices. Trek along the forests and the beautiful countryside of the Eco camp. Night halt at the Eco camp.

Day 14: The first half of the day will be spent at the Eco camp and in the afternoon we will depart to Tinsukia. In the evening we will visit the Railway Heritage Park and Museum at Tinsukia. Night halt at the Heritage Wathai tea garden Bungalow.

Day 15: Early morning we will take a tour of the National Park of Dibru Saikhowa aboard a River Cruise. Breakfast/Lunch will be served aboard the River Cruise. After the River Cruise we will vist the Nao Pukhuri at Tinsukia and depart to the Legendary Oil town of Assam at Digboi . Night stay at a comfortable Guest House.

Day 16: After breakfast visit the War Cemetery at Digboi and visit Digboi Oil town – ‘Home to the oldest operational oil refinery in the World’. Later Depart to Tipong Colliery to see the Steam Locomotives here. We will visit the historic Lekhapani Railway Station and tread along the Stilwell Road to visit the border of the State of Arunachal Pradesh. Later we will return to Margherita. Night halt at the Singpho Eco Lodge at Margherita.

Day 17: Today we will visit the Historic Ledo Airstrip and the International Meditation Center at the Mounglang Buddhist Monastery. Later experience open cast coal mining at Tirap Colliery. Afternoon we will visit the Namdang Bibi Majhar and discover the exotic tea gardens at Namdang. The day will end with your visit to Asia’s oldest plywood factory at Margherita. Night halt at the Singpho Ecolodge at Margherita.

Day 18: In the morning we will visit the Singpho village near the Eco Lodge and learn about the practices and culture of the Singpho tribal people of Assam. Indulge in their daily activities of live like weaving on the Loom. Afternoon enjoy a traditional cuisine at the Singpho Villa Restaurant in Baragolai and visit India’s only Coal Museum at Margherita. This museum has many historical artifacts from the Second World War. Night halt at the Singpho Eco Lodge at Margherita.

Day 19: Early morning visit the Buddhist Monastery near the Eco Lodge and after breakfast we will enjoy a short trek across the nearby tea gardens. Later you will depart to Dibrugarh Airport for your onward destination. Trip Ends. Bid Adieu.

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Interesting & Unique Facts about India’s ‘Paradise Unexplored’ – the Incredible North East of India, the States of Arunachal, Assam and Meghalaya!

‘Paradise Unexplored’ is how India describes its eastern most region, the North East India. And very true to this description, North East India is a land of breathtaking landscapes un-adulterated by the rapid globalization of the world economy. The region comprises of seven Indian states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Agartala also known as the ‘Seven Sister States’.

With each of these states having more than 60% of their area under forest cover North East India comprises of a wide variety of Flora, Fauna and Avifauna. The region is the second largest hotspot (Indo-Burma) in the world having 8,000 of the total 15,000 species of flowering plants in India. There are 850 species of birds in the region – the like of white-winged wood duck, Great Indian Hornbill, Jungle-fowl, Pheasant, Siberian Crane, Indian Gray Hornbill, etc. The diversities of the animal kingdom includes the like of the famous One Horned Rhinoceros, clouded Leopards, Elephants, the Royal Bengal Tiger, Asian Black Bear, Indian Bison, Swamp Deer, Barking Deer, Capped Langur, Pygmy Hog, Pig tailed Macaque, Hollock Gibbon, etc.

North East India is home to over 200 tribes. Each tribal community have their own distinct culture and traditions. They speak different languages, have different religious practices, wear clothes with distinct patterns and also have different ways of celebrating. These celebrations form a part of their festivals where these communities performs colorful dances, showcase their traditional cuisines and source of livelihood like their agrarian practices and their handlooms and handicrafts.

Some Interesting & Unique facts about three (3) of the States of North East India are:

1| the State of Arunachal Pradesh, Incredible India:

  • Receives the first sunlight in India, hence called the ‘Land of Rising Sun’. Just like sunset in Kanyakumari, sunrise in Arunachal is wonderful view to witness.
  • It shares international borders with China, Bhutan & Myanmar.
  • The Tawang Monestary at Tawang in Arunachal is the Second Largest Buddhist Monastery in the World and the Largest in India.
  • It has the maximum number of regional languages in India
  • The Pangsau Pass is located at the Indo Burma Border near Arunachal Pradesh and is also known as the ‘Hell’s Pass’. The Historic Stilwell Road runs through the Pangsau Pass.
  • The Namdapha National Park is the third largest National Park in India and is home to the big four cat species –  Snow leopards, Clouded leopards, Common leopards and Tigers. The Majestic Hornbill Species is also sure to be spotted here.

2| the State of Assam, Incredible India:

  • It has the largest inhabited river island in the world ‘Majuli’ on the mighty Brahmaputra River.
  • It is home to the largest density of endangered one horned Rhinoceros population in the world at the ‘National Park of Kaziranga’.
  • Assam is also the birthplace of Indian Oil industry in Digboi and the Oldest operational Oil Well in the World.
  • Assam provides the largest tea production in the world.
  • Assam is also home to India’s only Coal Museum and one of the oldest coal mines in India.
  • Assam was a prime spot for the Allies in crushing the Japanese forces during World War II and the Historic Stilwell Road originates at Ledo in Assam.
  • The three famous Silks of the World ‘Muga’ (Golden), the ‘Pat’ (White) and the Warm ‘Eri’ is indigenous to Assam.
  • The ‘Kamakhya’ Temple is a revered ‘Shakti Peetha’ and is a famous Tourist attraction in the State.
  • The ‘Rang Ghar’ at Sivasagar is the first Amphitheater of Asia.
  • The State hosts the only market where Barter Trade (sale in exchange of goods) is practiced at the ‘Jonbeel Mela’ Festival.
  • ‘Mayong’ is the Magic capital of India and also home to the longest stone inscription in Asia that measures 3.95 meters.
  • The ‘Umananda’ island is the Smallest inhabited river island in the world on the mighty Brahmaputra.

3| the State of Meghalaya, Incredible India!

  • Meghalaya has the World’s highest rainfall at Cherrapunji and Masynram.
  • ‘Meghalaya’ means ‘Abode of the Clouds’ and the Capital City of Shillong is called the ‘Scotland of the East’.
  • Shillong Golf link is the 2nd largest natural golf course in Asia. Shillong is also the Rock capital of India.
  • The Village of Mawlynnong was awarded the cleanest village in Asia.
  • The Living Root Bridges of Cherrapunji are a well known tourist attraction of the State.
  • The ‘Nohkalikai’ Falls at Cherrapunji is the tallest plunge waterfall in India.
  • The city of Shillong has India’s only Glass mosque the ‘Madina Masjid’.
  • The State of Meghalaya is the only State in India where the custom of Matrilineal society is practiced.
  • The ‘Bara Bazaar’ is one of the oldest and the largest marketplaces in North East India where most of the Shopkeepers and Traders are women.
  • Bamboo is found in abundance in Meghalaya and the extrinsic bamboo crafts of Meghalaya are renowned around the World.
  • Mawphlang is a famous site of the Khasi Hills Sacred Groves and is the hub of Khasi Culture in Meghalaya

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness the Grandeur of the States of Arunachal, Assam and Meghalaya, Incredible India!

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Celebrating Indigenous people of the Legendary Tribes of North East India – the Sumi Naga Tribe, Tipong Colliery, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

North East India is home to over 200 tribes. Each tribal community have their own distinct culture and traditions. They speak different languages, have different religious practices, wear clothes with distinct patterns and also have different ways of celebrating. These celebrations form a part of their festivals where these communities performs colorful dances, showcase their traditional cuisines and source of livelihood like their agrarian practices and their handlooms and handicrafts.

The ‘Sumi Naga’ is one of the major tribes of the State of Nagaland – ‘the Land of the Warrior Tribes’. The Sumi Nagas mostly inhabit the central and southern regions of Nagaland in the Zunheboto and Dimpaur districts. Although not many in number, a small population of the Sumi Nagas inhabit a small village in the eastern most corner of the State of Assam at Tipong Colliery. A right turn from the Historic Stilwell Road at Lekhapani will lead you to the Sumi Naga Tribal Village at Lalpahar in Tipong Colliery. The Sumi Nagas of Tipong Colliery still practice traditional customs and have kept the age old practices of the fierce Naga Warrior Tribes alive. Keeping alive their traditional customary practices specially of Weaving on the Loom, the female members of the Sumi Naga society weave out exquisite wonders from their traditional ancestral looms at the small village.

The Sumi Nagas are one of the most united and most aggressive Naga nations. Since times immemorial, other Nagas have feared the Sumi Nagas. Despite their ferocity and aggressive nature in warfare, the Sumi Nagas are known for their simplicity and honesty.

The two major festivals of Sumi Nagas are: Tuluni and Ahuna. Celebrated in the month of July, the ‘Tuluni’ is a festival of great significance for the Sumi Nagas. This festival is marked with feasts as the occasion occurs in the bountiful season of the year. Drinking rice beer indispensably forms as part of the feasts. Rice beer is served in a goblet made of bamboo or made from the leaf of plantain. This drink is called Tuluni which gives the festival its name. Tuluni is also called “Anni” the word of which denotes the season of plentiful crops. This midyear festival is a time of communal harmony and merry-making for the Sumi community.

Celebrated in Novmeber, the ‘Ahuna’ is a traditional post-harvest festival of the Sumi Nagas. Ahuna signifies the celebration of the season’s harvest in ‘Thanksgiving’, while invoking the spirit of good fortune in the New Year. On this occasion, the entire community prepares and feasts on the first meal of rice drawn from the season’s harvest cooked in bamboo segments. The receptacles for cooking or serving on this occasion are freshly made, curved or cut, from locally available resources prolific and abundant in the countryside.

During your visit to the Lalpahar Sumi Naga village you may also interest yourself in visiting one of the oldest underground coal mines of India at Tipong Colliery. Started by the AR&T company during the British rule, the Tipong Colliery boasts of Colonial Bungalows of the British Era and one of the oldest operational Steam Locomotives in the world of the likes of ‘796’ and ‘David’ manufactured by W G Bagnall of Stafford in England in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The charming and warm hearted people, the lush greens and majestic mountains and the gushing waters of River Tipong will surely make your visit to Tipong Colliery one of the most memorable one of your lifetime!

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Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Tribes of Assam

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The Sumi Naga Tribal People at the Lalpahar Village in Tipong Colliery

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Tribes of North East India

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The Sumi Naga Tribal people celebrating at the Tuluni Festival in their local village

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Indigenous Tribes of Assam and North East India, Traditional Festivals of North East India, Ecotourism Homestays in Assam, Handlooms and Handicrafts of North East India, Tribal Practices of North East India Tribes
The Sumi Naga Tribal People in the Traditional attire and Head gear at the Lalpahar Sumi Village

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Indigenous Tribes of Assam and North East India, Traditional Festivals of North East India, Ecotourism Homestays in Assam, Handlooms and Handicrafts of North East India, Tribal Practices of North East India Tribes
The Sumi Naga Tribal Lady at the loom that weaves out Exquisite North East India Handlooms

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Indigenous Tribes of Assam and North East India, Traditional Festivals of North East India, Ecotourism Homestays in Assam, Handlooms and Handicrafts of North East India, Tribal Practices of North East India Tribes
The Akhame – the Bamboo fish trap used by the Sumi Naga people for fishing at Lalpahar Village in Tipong Colliery

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The Colonial Bungalows of the British Era at Tipong Colliery

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The famous David Steam Locomotive at Tipong Colliery in Assam

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The 796 Steam Locomotive at Tipong Colliery in Assam

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Sumi Naga Tribal folks in Traditional Attire at Lalpahar Village in Tipong Colliery during the Tuluni festival. Image Credits: Mr. Arif Sidiqui
Sumi Naga Tribes, Ahuna Festival Sumi Naga, Tuluni Sumi Naga, Tipong Colliery
Sumi Naga Tribal girls at Lalpahar Village at Tipong Colliery. Image Credits: Mr. Arif Sidiqui
Sumi Naga Tribes, Ahuna Festival Sumi Naga, Tuluni Sumi Naga, Tipong Colliery
Sumi Naga Tribal girls at Lalpahar Village at Tipong Colliery. Image Credits: Mr. Arif Sidiqui
Sumi Naga Tribes, Ahuna Festival Sumi Naga, Tuluni Sumi Naga, Tipong Colliery
Sumi Naga Tribal folks in Traditional Attire at Lalpahar Village in Tipong Colliery. Image Credits: Mr. Arif Sidiqui
Sumi Naga Tribes, Ahuna Festival Sumi Naga, Tuluni Sumi Naga, Tipong Colliery
Sumi Naga Tribal girls at Lalpahar Village at Tipong Colliery. Image Credits: Mr. Arif Sidiqui
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Celebrating Indigenous people of the Legendary Tribes of North East India – the Deori Tribe, Tinsukia District, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

North East India is home to over 200 tribes. Each tribal community have their own distinct culture and traditions. They speak different languages, have different religious practices, wear clothes with distinct patterns and also have different ways of celebrating. These celebrations form a part of their festivals where these communities performs colorful dances, showcase their traditional cuisines and source of livelihood like their agrarian practices and their handlooms and handicrafts.

In our quest to showcase the rich culture and traditions of the Tribes of Assam and North East India we are writing this short note on another important Tribal community of Assam – the Deori Tribe. The Deori Tribal people are one of the major ethnic ethnic tribes of Assam inhabiting the Sivsagar, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia districts of Assam and Lohit, Changlang Districts of Arunachal Pradesh.

Historically, the Deoris have been known to live in the upper plains of the Brahmaputra Valley. The Deoris belong to the Sino-Tibetan family of Mongoloid stock. In the ancient times of Ahom and Sutiya kingdoms, the Deoris used to serve as priests in the temples of their kingdoms and therefore the origin of the name ‘Deori’ – that means ‘Priest’ in the local dialect. The Deori Tribal people of Assam have maintained their racial traits, languages, religion and folk tales, beliefs through centuries.

The word `Deori’ comes from the word ‘Deu’ meaning Great, Wise and O and R meaning Male and Female respectively. The term ‘Deori’ thus refers to a ‘Great’ or ‘Wise’ male/female human being! The Deori people are expert craftsmen who make exclusive bamboo handicrafts and their handlooms are well renowned across the State of Assam in North East India.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East and be a part in Celebrating Indigenous people of the Legendary Tribes of North East India – the Deori Tribe, Tinsukia District, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

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Deori Tribal Lady at the Loom that weaves out extrinsic Handlooms

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The Deori Tribal people in their local village in Assam

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Legendary Tribes and Festivals of Assam and North East India, Assam Ecotourism Destinations, Tribal Handicrafts and Handlooms of North East India, Indigenous Festivals of North East India
The Deori Tribal people celebrating by drinking locally brewed alcohol in their traditional village home

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Legendary Tribes and Festivals of Assam and North East India, Assam Ecotourism Destinations, Tribal Handicrafts and Handlooms of North East India, Indigenous Festivals of North East India
The Deori Tribal Lady at the Village in Assam

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Ecotourism in North East India at welcoming Homestays and Cottages in the midst of the ‘Paradise Unexplored’!

Ecotourism is a conscious and responsible travel to natural areas in order to enjoy and appreciate nature that promotes conservation, has a low visitor impact and provides for a beneficially active social-economic involvement of local people. Ecotourism involves travelling to relatively undisturbed natural areas with the specific object of studying admiring and enjoying the scenery and its wild plants and animals, as well as enjoying the exciting cultural aspects (both of the past and present) found in the areas of ecotourism. The concept of ecotourism is booming up as the fastest growing sector in international tourism. 

Ecotourism works as a change agent. Such tourism is likely to have the greatest socio-cultural impact on small, isolated communities which may themselves be one of the tourist attractions (Pearce, 1994). The potential benefit of such tourism not only improves the socio economic status but also gives a sense of pride to the inhabitants of the area under operation. Well planned and managed ecotourism can serve as an ecologically, economically and culturally viable alternative to the utilization of natural resources by non-sustainable, consumptive methods (Whelan, T. 1991).

Since time immemorial the North Eastern Region of India is inhabited by both tribal and non-tribal community living harmoniously with their unique cultural and traditional values. The warm hospitality of the people and their mouth-watering ethnic delicacies always offer a warm welcome to any outsider. The awesome landscape of this area painted with the lush green tea gardens along the road, the hillocks, the bountiful flora and fauna, the dark green forest, the streams, enchanting blue hills, flowing rivers, the mysterious clouds that bring rain to the valley, the rich bouquet of art and cultures of the different community etc. will never fail to beckon tourists to this beautiful area throughout the year. This valley has resources immersed in it that can enthral an eco tourist. It’s a futile attempt to narrate the beauty of the North East India in a short paragraph because this region is a nature’s paradise and one can certainly cherish the beauty of God’s creation in this heavenly abode.

1| The Singpho Eco Lodge and Faneng Village, Margherita, the State of Assam, India

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The Beautiful Singpho Eco Lodge at Margherita

The Singphos are an important tribe inhabiting the North East residing in the Tinsukia district of Assam and Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. The Singphos are divided into four major groups namely Numhpuk Hkawng, Diyun Hkawng, Tieng Hkawng and Turung Hkawng. ‘Hkawng’ means an area and each of these groups is named after a local river. The word ‘Singpho’ literally means ‘man’ and is derived from the Tibetian term ‘sin-po’ which means man of shrewed.

The Singpho’s are mostly an agrarian community and their economy is focussed on cultivation of Paddy, tea and kitchen gardens. They are a culturally rich community with ‘Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi’ being the major festival celebrated by the Singphos. During this festival the Singpho youths in their traditional wardrobe display colourful dances and the community displays a wide variety of traditional cuisines and liqour. 

With eagerness of spreading knowledge of their culture around the world a group of Singho youths formed the Singpho Community based Ecotourism socitey (SCES) in 2006. With an aim to showcase the culture of their community while preserving it too they built the Singpho Ecolodge at Inthong village 7 kilometers from Margherita under Dehing Patkai belt of Tinsukia district in Assam. A long driveway through tea bushes lead to the thatched building built along the lines of a traditional Singpho house on the slits. This lodge has eleven spacious double bedrooms, one seperate kitchen, on large dining hall which follows a low seating pattern where guests are served an elaborate, yet organic and eco-friendly Singpho dinner that consists of delicacies such as rice steamed in bamboo sticks, spicy tomato chutney, fresh eggplant, greens and potato preparations and yam soup.

Very close to this place is the Buddhist monastery in the village established in the year 1891. This place of worship has retained its rustic touch. Any visitor to this spot will instantly feel the solace that is so typical of the village. A walk along the village road that will unfold the way of living of the Singpho community is enough to lift the depressed soul.

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2| The Tai Phake Ecotourism Camp, Naharkatia, the State of Assam, India

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Eco Cottages at the Tai Phake Ecotourism Camp

India North East has a vast Tourism potential and this can be seen once you travel across the remote places of the region. One perfect example of this is the Tai Phake Ecotourism Camp at Tipam near Dibrugarh, Assam. The state of Assam is the pride of the North East. A land of majestic landscapes and warm hearted people the beauty of this state can be quoted from the words of Swami Vivekananda “next only to Kashmir, Assam is the most beautiful place in India.”

It’s good to know that locals have realized the tourism potential of the state and are now initiating the up-liftment of eco-tourism sector in the state. The Tai-Phake community of Tipam Village without any form of help from the government has transformed the remote and jungle village into a spot of attraction for home and foreign tourists. Tipam, one of the seven Tai-Phake villages in Dibrugarh district situated Naharkatia has a large Buddha temple, Trekking, Fishing and River Boating facilities. Stay for tourists is arranged at the traditional Bamboo Cottages at the village which the villagers have constructed. There are provisions to accommodate a total of sixteen guests at the village. During their stay tourists are offered traditional cuisine that is served by the women folk of the village.

To reach the village you need to cross the dense forests of the Dehing Patai Wildlife Sanctuary. If you are lucky you can spot majestic deer species on your way. At the Tai Phake Eco Camp modern amenities are hard to find which is covered up by the love of the village folks. There are no security problems for the tourists as the villager’s themselves provide security to them. It would be worth mentioning that without visiting the village it cannot be imagined what is being done by these poor and remote villagers for the upliftment of ecotourism in the state.

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3| Bedazzled Bird watching at Chandubi Eco Camp and the Saraighat Homestay, Guwahati, the State of Assam, India

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Experience Bedazzled Bird Watching at Chandubi Lake

The State of Assam is the central state in the North-East Region of India and serves as the gateway to North East India and is a jewel in the crown of the Seven Sister States. The land of red river, blue hills & lush green tea gardens, Assam comprises of three main geographical areas: the Brahmaputra Valley, the Barak Valley and the intervening Karbi Plateau and North Cachar Hills. Dispur is the capital of Assam and the largest city of the state is Guwahati, which is also one of the fastest growing cities of the world. Famous for its freshening world class tea, the Muga (Golden) and Eri (Ahimsa) silk, Natural resources like Coal, Petroleum products and minerals, Assam can truly be described as a state bestowed with breath-taking natural beauty, vast reserves of natural resources and a rich bio diversity. Assam is also home to the endangered one horned rhino species and Kaziranga National Park is home to two-third of this species in the world. The river Brahmaputra (the only male river in India) flow across the heart of the state and is a lifeline to the people of Assam just as Nile is to Egypt. The Brahmaputra River in Assam is also host to the World’s largest inhabited river island ‘Majuli’ and the World’s smallest inhabited river island ‘Umananda’. The second hottest pepper in the world, the ‘Bhut Jolokia’ is also native to Assam and is grown extensively by the village folks across the State.

In addition to the various tourist spots and places of historical and cultural interest, the state of Assam is a perfect destination for bird watching. During the winters migratory birds from across the planet come to the serene water bodies across the National Parks and Lakes of Assam. National Parks like Manas and Nameri are excellent spots for bird watching where ornithologists flock in many to study the species of birds. The state is also home to the famous ‘Jatinga Valley’ in Haflong where every year during the month of October birds come and commit what people call as mass suicide.

When in Guwahati, the perfect location to enjoy bird watching is the Chandubi Lake. A lake that is crystal clear at certain places and covered in other places with thick growth of the ‘arali’ grass that keeps changing its location is all set to change a nondescript area inhabited by Rabha community. Not too far from the bustling capital city of Guwahati, this place is trying its best to emerge as one of the hottest eco-tourism spots in the entire Northeast while providing the city dwellers with a rejuvenating retreat. This lake was created by the devastating earthquake of 1897. It is around 65 Km from Guwahati city. The lake is at the base of Garo hills bordering Assam and Meghalaya. The place is surrounded by deep forests, tea gardens and small and discrete villages and is an ideal place for a day out and picnic. Efforts have been put by the local people at Chandubi towards the development of eco-tourism near the lake.

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4| Wildlife Wilderness at Manas National Park, Manas-Maozigendri Ecotourism Society, the State of Assam, India

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Homestay Cottages at the National Park of Manas

The State of Assam is home to five (5) of the National Parks of India. These national parks are home to the famous and endangered one horned rhinoceros of Assam, the big four cat species, a variety of primates, herds of elephants, deers, various species of birds, etc. The National Park of Manas in Assam is famous for its population of tigers, rhinos, hillock gibbons, langurs, etc. The National Park is situated at a distance of 176 kms from Guwahati – the commercial capital of Assam.

To protect the rich diversity of Manas, the area has been declared a Wildlife Sanctuary and a National Park, it is both a Project Tiger, Elephant and Rhino Reserve, and since 1985 it is inscribed in the List of the World Heritage. The Protected Area supports 22 scheduled species, and, according to World Conservation Monitoring Center, it is the richest in species of all Indian wildlife areas.

The Manas Maozigendri Jungle camp is a small setup with four cottages and a dining cum commons area in ethnic style architecture. In the near-by village two guesthouses can accommodate 20 guests and for those who prefer immediate insight into a Bodo household homestay facilities are available.

The project currently engages a pool of 31 local people as staff (service, housekeeping, gardening, and maintenance) and guides. Whenever tourists visit, the members of this staff pool independently manage their schedule according to their vacancy. This extended staff pool is an excellent model to guarantee best service quality to the customers’ 24/7.The local cuisine uses rice and fresh vegetables. Pork, chicken and fish are common, as the Bodos traditionally are non-vegetarians. The favourite drink of the Bodo’s is a rice-wine named ‘Zu Mai’.

The Bodo culture is a rich blend of colours, sounds and dances. The growing of silkworms is common and from young age on girls are educated in the weaving of the colourful cloths that later become ‘dokhonas’ and shawls, the traditional customer. Almost every household owns a loom and handing over a shawl or a ‘dokhona’ to a visitor is an honour. Moreover, the Bodo are expert craftsmen in Bamboo.

The conservation volunteers of the Manas-Maozigendri Ecotourism Society (MMES) daily go out for patrolling in the National Park and since poaching activities and the extraction of timber have decreased significantly. The entry points to the National Park are permanently guarded, and park management activities like controlled burning of grassland habitats are carried out.

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5| Eco Stay at the World’s Largest Inhabited River Island, Majuli, the State of Assam, India

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The Le Maison De Ananda at Majuli. Source: natgeotraveller.in

The State of Assam, in addition to being bestowed with wonders of Nature is also rich in culture and heritage. From being the home to the fierce ‘Ahom Dynasty of Kings’ who were the only ones to beat the Mughals at the fierce ‘Battle of Saraighat’, it is also the land of the famous ‘Muga’ (Golden) and the ‘Eri’ (Ahimsa) silk. These silk are indigenous to Assam and the originals cannot be found anywhere in the world as the silk wormed survive only in the conditions of Assam. In addition, the world’s largest inhabited river island ‘Majuli’ and the world smallest inhabited river island ‘Umananda’ have made Assam their home.

The island of Majuli, has a very rich heritage and has been the abode of Assamese Vaishnavite culture with tremendous option for spiritual and eco-tourism. This island has been the cultural capital and cradle of Assamese civilization for the past five hundred years. The ‘Satras’ of Majuli preserve antiques like weapons, utensils, jewellery and other items of cultural significance. The handloom work of the tribal people of Majuli mostly the Mishings are renowned internationally. Although handloom is a major occupation of the people of Majuli it is mostly a non-commercial occupation. Weaving is exquisite and intricate with the use of a variety of colours and textures of cotton and silk, especially the Muga Silk. Fishing, dairying, pottery, boat making and mask making are the other important economic activities of this island.

At Majuli, although there are many options of stay with the locals one noteworthy accommodation is that of La Maison de Ananda. Located in the by-lane of a small village in India’s largest river island, Majuli, staying in the eco-friendly property of La Maison de Ananda is definitely the best way to experience local culture and hospitality. Constructed by a French couple, Jim Chauvin and Maka Korbaa in 2005, it is now looked after by the head caretaker Monjit Risong, who lives next door with his family, and a small, affable staff. The other half of the eco-friendly property across the lane, built a few years later and renovated last year, is the contribution of an Englishman, Ian McCarthy. The cottages and rooms (except for one concrete cottage) have all been built of bamboo and stand on stilts, replicating the traditional houses of the local Mishing community. The in-house restaurant serves some delicious Assamese and Mishing cuisine and even a glass of the local rice brew, apong, on request. While here, visit the Neo-Vaishnavite monasteries to learn about Assamese culture, opt for birdwatching or a boat ride in Luit Ghat or rent a cycle to make your way towards small streams that lie across paddy fields and make for perfect sunset spots. Monjit gladly guides guests to local festivals and around Mishing villages on request, showing you sides of the island that not many travellers have seen.

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6| Homestay at Khasi Hills Sacred Groves, Mawphlang, the State of Meghalaya, India

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The Maple Pine Farm Homestay. Source: natgeotraveller.in

The State of Meghalaya (meaning abode of the clouds) has never failed to thrill its visitor’s. From pleasant weather, beautiful landscapes, majestic waterfalls and breath-taking scenery, a visit to Meghalaya will surely fill your heart with solace. Shillong aka ‘the Scotland of the East’ and ‘India’s Rock Capital’ is the capital of state of Meghalaya where you see a blend of the cultural past and modern civilization. Shillong is also the District Headquarters of East Khasi Hills District and is situated at an altitude of 1,496 metres above sea level.

Meghalaya’s main ethnic communities, each having its own distinctive customs and cultural traditions are the Khasis (of Mon-Khmer ancestry), the Garos (of Tibeto-Burman origin) and the Jaintias said to be from South East Asia. The common trait binding all three communities is its matrilineal system in which the family linage is taken from the mother’s side. The people of Meghalaya are known to be hospitable, cheerful and friendly.

The State of Meghalaya is also home to the ‘Wettest place on Planet Earth – Cherrapunjee’. Cherrapunjee records the maximum rainfall anywhere in the world. The Majestic ‘Nohkalikai’ waterfall at Cherrapunji is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. The living root bridges at Cherrapunjee is also unique to the place that thrills most visitors visiting the place.

Mawphlang is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya state in north-eastern India, 25 kilometers from Shillong. The word ‘maw’ means ‘stone’, ‘maw phlang’ means ‘grassy stone’, and is one of many settlements in the Khasi hills named after monoliths. Mawphlang is the site of one of the Khasi Hills sacred groves. Khasi heritage village- located in the Mawphlang district is considered to be the hub of Khasi culture.

Maple Pine Farm is a beautiful self-sustained farmhouse in Mawphlang, a village that lies a half-hour drive away from Shillong. The family of James Perry, a Canadian who’s spent most of his life in Northeast India, lives in the same property and there are log cabins, which he’s built with his own hands, available for guests. The property is completely off-grid, with electricity harnessed through solar panels and windmills, and with limited or no phone and internet connectivity at most times. It lies encircled by a stream and you can sit outside for hours watching the grazing horses, fluttering butterflies and the locals go about their daily lives. If you enjoy walking, you’re in for a treat as the Sacred Grove, one of the most beautiful forests, lies a short hike away.

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7| Homestay at Asia’s cleanest Village, Mawlynnong, the State of Meghalaya, India

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The State of Meghalaya (meaning abode of the clouds) has never failed to thrill its visitor’s. From pleasant weather, beautiful landscapes, majestic waterfalls and breath-taking scenery, a visit to Meghalaya will surely fill your heart with solace. Shillong aka ‘the Scotland of the East’ and ‘India’s Rock Capital’ is the capital of state of Meghalaya where you see a blend of the cultural past and modern civilization. Shillong is also the District Headquarters of East Khasi Hills District and is situated at an altitude of 1,496 metres above sea level. The capital city has a bracing climate throughout the year. This city has been the seat of Government since the consolidation of the British administration in this part of India more than a century ago.

Meghalaya’s main ethnic communities, each having its own distinctive customs and cultural traditions are the Khasis (of Mon-Khmer ancestry), the Garos (of Tibeto-Burman origin) and the Jaintias said to be from South East Asia. The common trait binding all three communities is its matrilineal system in which the family linage is taken from the mother’s side. The people of Meghalaya are known to be hospitable, cheerful and friendly.

The State of Meghalaya is also home to the ‘Wettest place on Planet Earth – Cherrapunjee’. Cherrapunjee records the maximum rainfall anywhere in the world. The Majestic ‘Nohkalikai’ waterfall at Cherrapunji is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. The living root bridges at Cherrapunjee is also unique to the place that thrills most visitors visiting the place.

Mawlynnong (located 90 km from Shillong, along the India-Bangladesh border) is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya state, India. Mawlynnong is famous for its matrilineal society as well as having been dubbed Asia’s cleanest village. At Mawlynnong there are about 95 households. A striking feature of this small village is that the literacy rate is 100%. Agriculture is the chief occupation of the local population, with betel nut being the main crop. The people residing in the community are mostly Khasi people.

Mawlynnong is known for its cleanliness. The waste is collected in the dustbins made of bamboo, directed to a pit and then used as manure. The travel magazine Discover India declared the village as the cleanest in Asia in 2003, and the cleanest in India in 2005. The phrase has since caught on. Moasunep Kichu’s documentary on the village, for instance, is called Asia’s Cleanest Village. (Wikipedia, 2015)

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