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Celebrating the Greatest Boon to Human Civilization ‘Agriculture’ – The ‘Ali Ai Ligang’ Festival of the Mishing Tribes, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

How would you feel if we tell you – “Bid Goodbye to the city hustle bustle and come lets seek a life by the Banks of one of the greatest Rivers in the World – the Mighty Brahmaputra. Lets spend our days fishing on the fresh waters of the Brahmaputra, practice the lost art of Pottery and Mask making, indulge in Organic Farming, weave out Exquisite Handicrafts of Bamboo and Cane and spend our evenings savoring freshly brewed fine local wine and Barbecued delicacies of meat and fish.” To some this piece of advice may seem to be one of the craziest in the World whereas to some it may seem like an endless pleasure to seek the utmost solace in their life. To tell the truth, this is the actual life of the Mishing Tribal people who inhabit one of the most pristine and breathtaking location in the World – the World’s Largest Inhabited River Island of Majuli surrounded by the magical waters of the River Brahmaputra. The traditional Mishing people of Assam are mostly farmers by profession and to thank the Almighty for a seasoned crop every year they celebrate the festival of ‘Ali Ai Ligang’ in February at Majuli in Assam.

The name of the festival ‘Ali Ai Ligang’ is made up of three terms, ‘Ali’, legumes, ‘Aye’, seed and ‘Ligang’, to sow summing up to add to each and every aspect of the practice of farming. The majorly cultivated crops by the Mishings are Paddy, Potatoes, Chilies, Sweet Gourd, Bitter Gourd, Brinjal, Sunflower, etc.

The festival begins on ‘Ligange lange’, the first Wednesday of ‘Gimur Polo’, which occurs in February in the Gregorian calendar or on Wednesday of the month of Fagun of the Assamese calendar and in the month of February in English calendar which lasts for five days. On the first day, the head of every household in the early mornings leave offerings to the Gods in the form of fruits at certain places in their fields. Every Mishing household organizes for a huge feast in the evening. The major attractions of this feast are locally brewed wine ‘Apong’, dishes cooked from fishes and pork and a special rice that cooked by wrapping it around leaves of the a special plant. Each household also make a separate offerings to their ancestors to seek their blessings. In the evenings the Mishing youth travel across the village and indulge in the household feasting.

In this festival a popular dance is performed by the young Mising people which is known as ‘Gumrag’. The formal dance of the festival starts from the easternmost house of the village and in the end it extending towards the field and the river. This dance is performed by encircling the courtyard of the house of the villagers. The songs of Ali-Aye-Ligang do not remain restricted to the songs of youth alone. The subjects and themes of the songs are varied. They include the life of a man, his sufferings in this life and his death. Apart from them, the songs describe the matters of individual love and affection including joy and pain. Mainly the songs of the festival speak of the various experiences of the Misings in their day to day life. The Music composed for these festivals consists of instruments like the drums, sifung (flutes), cymbal, gong and gungang (gagana).

The last day of festival called as ‘Lilen’ is observed with a grand community feast. During this festival, Mishings indulge in great banquet with the ‘Poro Apong’ or ‘Nogin Apong’ (homemade Rice wine) with various dishes, especially made with pork meat. ‘Purang Apin’ (packed boiled rice) is cooked in water with special leaves. This is a special dish prepared by Misings which is cooked only during Ali Aye Ligang.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to indulge in the festivities of Celebrating the Greatest Boon to Human Civilization ‘Agriculture’ – The ‘Ali Ai Ligang’ Festival of the Mishing Tribes, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: History of Sivasagar and Majuli

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Celebrating Indigenous people of the Legendary Tribes of North East India – the Tai Khamyang Tribes, 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.

Across a majority of the tribes of north east India one can find a close resemblance with the communities of South East India. One such tribal community of Assam are the Tai Khamyang tribes. Known to have migrated to Assam from the Kachin State in Myanmar the Tai Khamyang people derive their name from the Tai word ‘Khamyag’ meaning ‘people having gold'(‘kham’ meaning ‘gold’ and ‘yang’ meaning ‘to have’). Many Khamyangs have also historically used ‘Shyam’ as a surname, which is a cognate with ‘Siam’, the old word for Thailand.

The Tai-Khamyangs, represent a brethren of Great Tai/Thai family of South East Asia. They are numerically tribal group found in Tinsukia, Jorhat, Sivasagar and Golaghat districts of Assam as well as adjacent parts of Arunachal Pradesh. Their population totals about 7,000 of which only a small minority speak the native Tai Khamyang language. The Khamyang are followers of Theravada Buddhism and are closely related to the Tai-Khamti. They maintain good relations with other Tai Buddhist tribes of Assam.

The Tai Khamyangs, in the Patkai Mountain Range, got divided into two groups namely the Maan Nam or Pani Nora (Low Land Nora) and Maan Loi or Dum Nora (Upper land Nora). These settlements lies near the great lake ‘The Lake Of No Return – India’s Bermuda Triangle’. In the mid eighteenth century, due to the critical surrounding for the presence of couple of Cobras in the lake and problems faced from the Kachins, the Tai-Khamyangs crossed over the Patkai hill and settled in a fertile valley of Arunachal Pradesh. It is said that they constructed a pagoda which is still present near the ‘Lake of no return’.

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 Tai Khamyang Tribe, Tinsukia District, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

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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 the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary 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 museum showcasing these practices that were prevalent earlier. Also visit the Stone inscription at Burha-Mayong. This stone inscription is the longest in Asia at a length of 3.85 meters.

Night Stay: Jungle Resort at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 ~

Early morning go for a thrilling Jeep Safari into the interiors of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary to spot the flora and fauna at Pobitora. Later in the day 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. Return to Guwahati.

Night Stay: Comfortable Hotel/Homestay at Guwahati

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 ~

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 Stay: Comfortable Hotel/Homestay at Guwahati

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 ~

Today we will embark on our journey to Barpeta to visit the Neo Vaishnavite Monastery of the Barpeta Satra and then will halt at the Manas National Park. Evening will be free at Leisure to visit the nearby Tea gardens.

Night Stay: Jungle Resort/Cottages at Manas National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 ~

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 Nameri National Park.

Night Stay: Jungle Resort/Cottages at Nameri National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 ~

Early morning trek to the interiors of the Nameri National Park along with a forest gaurd to admire the varied avi fauna of the National Park. Later in the day depart to the Kaziranga National Park.

Night Stay: Bonroja Motel at Kaziranga National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 ~

Early morning we will go for an Elephant Safari into the interiors of the Kaziranga National Park . A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kaziranga National Park is home to the highest population of one horned Rhinoceros anywhere in the world. Later visit the Orchid park at Kaziranga. Depart to Majuli Island.

Night Stay: Eco Resort/Homestay at Majuli Island

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 ~

Spend the day at Majuli visiting the Neo-Vaishnavite Satras of Majuli Island. Spend time birdwatching and also learn about the lost art of Mask making. Return to Jorhat and on the way visit the ‘Dhekiakhua Bornamghor – home to the oldest burning oil lamp in the World’.

Night Stay: Hotel MDs Continental at Jorhat

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 ~

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 Rang Ghar at Sibasagar. Later depart to Naharkatia to the Tai Phake Ecotourism Camp.

​Night Stay: Tai Phake Eco tourism Camp at Naharakatia

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 ~

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 Ecocamp. Later in the afternoon we will depart to Tinsukia. In the evening we will visit the Railway Heritage Park and Museum at Tinsukia. Arrive at the Dibru Saikhowa National Park.

Night Stay: Banashree Eco Camp at Dibru Saikhowa National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11 ~

Early morning we will take a tour of the Dibru Saikhowa National Park aboard a River Cruise. Breakfast/Lunch will be served aboard the River Cruise. After the River Cruise we will visit the Nao Pukhuri at Tinsukia and depart to the Legendary Oil town of Assam at Digboi .

Night Stay: Namdang Guest House at Digboi

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 ~

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 Stay: Singpho Eco Lodge at Margherita

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 ~

Today we will visit the Histoic Ledo Airstrip and the International Meditation Center at the Mounglang Buddhist Monestary. Later experience open cast coal mining at Tirap Colliery. Afternon 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 Stay: Singpho Eco Lodge at Margherita

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 ~

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 traditonal cuisine at the Singpho Villa Restaurant in Baragolai and visit India’s only Coal Museum at Margherita. This museum has many historical artefacts from the Second World War. Night halt at the Singpho Eco Lodge at Margherita.

Night Stay: Singpho Eco Lodge at Margherita

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 15 ~

Early morning visit the Buddhist Monestary 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Traditional Tribes of Assam, North East India Indigenous Tribes and Festivals, Ecotourism Homestays and Cottages in Assam, Assam Countryside life, Faneng Ecotourist Village, Tipong Colliery Assam

Celebrating Indigenous people of the Legendary Tribes of North East India – the Tai Phake Tribe, Faneng Village, 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 Tai Phake Tribal group belong to the better known Tai tribe of Assam and they inhabit the Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts of Assam and the Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh in the north eastern most corner of India principally along the banks of the Dehing River that serves as a lifeline to the people of Upper Assam. Known to have migrated to Assam from the Shan Kingdom of Myanmar in the 18th century the Tai Phake people settled in the rich south bank of the Buridihing River, which came to be known as ‘Nam Phake’.

The Tai Phake tribal community ’til today rely on Agriculture as their primary occupation. They cultivate crops such as rice paddy, mustard, potatoes. Besides agriculture they also have other subsidiary sources of income from which the people earn good income. They also rear cattle, buffaloes. Fishing is a also major practice of the Tai Phake tribal people.

A special attraction of the Tai Phake Tribal villages are their traditional houses. The houses of the Tai Phakes are chang-ghars. Built on piles of wood above the ground locally known as “Haun Hang”. Materials is like takau (toko paat) leaves, timber and bamboos are used in the construction of their houses. There are two hearths in each house and the inside one is considered as sacred. Every house has a drawing room called “Kan Nok”, a prayer room called “Khok Tang-som” with a kitchen called “Haun Aom”. Each tribal home offers a traditional meal to a visitor at their village. This meals consist of cooked or steamed rice wrapped in banana leaves that known as “Khau How” and boiled vegetables. Moreover, many wild leafy vegetables such as “pukut”, “khi kai” etc. are also served. Beside this the meal also comprises meat, fish, eggs, steamed rice, dry fish, sour fish, dry meat, rice cakes. Also served regularly is the savory Assam Tea which is also the favorite beverage of the Tai Phake people.

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 Tai Phake Tribe, Faneng Village, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Tribes of Assam

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The Tai Phake Tribal people of Faneng Village in their Traditional attire in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Tribes of North East India

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The Traditional Chang Ghar made out of Bamboo at Faneng Tai Phake Village in Assam

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The Tai Phake Tribal Lady at the loom weaving out exclusive handloom fabric

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Tribes of North East India

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The Bamboo Bridge on the River Buridihing serves as a mode of communication with the outside World at Faneng Village in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Tribes of North East India

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The Traditional Tai Phake Village Homes at Faneng Village in Assam

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Agriculture is still the primary occupation of Tai Phake tribal people of Faneng Village in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Tribes of North East India

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The Tai Phake Elderly at Faneng Village in Assam

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The Beutiful Countryside of Faneng Village in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Tribes of North East India

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The Tai Phake Elderly in their traditional homes at Faneng Village in Assam

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Celebrating Indigenous people of the Legendary Tribes of North East India – the Rabha Tribe, Jagun and Chandubi Lake, 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.

Rabhas are among the nine plan tribe and fourteen hill tribes of Assam. The Rabhas belong to the Indo-Mongoloid group of people and have similarities with other members of Bodo group such as Garos, Kachari, Mech, Koch, Hajong and others.

The traditional economy of the Rabhas in general, is based on agriculture, forest based activities and weaving. In the past, the Rabhas used to practice shifting cultivation. They continued to cultivate the land with Gogo or bill-hook. Later they took up the job of settled cultivation and started cultivation with plough. Besides cultivation, hunting was also an old practice of Rabha people. Weaving was a traditional occupation of the Rabha women.

Like in most tribal communities, dances and music play an important part in the lives of the Rabhas. After every ritual they perform various dances to ingratiate their deities. Most of the Rabha women can both sing and dance. Like most tribal dances, those of the Rabhas are connected to some daily agrarian activity. They have a unique dance form named “Nakchung Reni” to celebrate fishing in the forest rivulets. Rabha women of all ages take part in this dance whole-heartedly.

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 Rabha Tribe, Jagun and Chandubi Lake, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Tribes of Assam

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Rabha Tribal people in their traditional attire at the Rabha Village in Jagun

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Tribes of Assam

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Rabha Tribal Lady at the Loom in Rabha Village at Jagun

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The Tirap River flows across the Rabha Tribal Village in Jagun in Assam

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The Tirap River flows across the Rabha Tribal Village in Jagun in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Tribes of Assam

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Rabha Tribal practice drying of fish in the sun to make a spicy chutney that they serve with rice

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Tribes of Assam

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Traditional Rabha Home in the Rabha Tribal Village at Jagun in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Tribes of Assam

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Rabha Homes in Tribal Villages have huge fields for growing Organic Vegetables that serve a part of their daily cuisine

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Tribes of Assam

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The Beautiful entrance to the Rabha Tribal home at their village in Jagun

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Rabha Homes in Tribal Villages have huge fields for growing Organic Vegetables that serve a part of their daily cuisine

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The Traditional Hat of Assam – the “Jhapi” kept at all tribal homes in Assam villages

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Rabha Homes in Tribal Villages have huge fields for growing Organic Vegetables that serve a part of their daily cuisine

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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!

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 Sumi Naga Tribe, Tipong Colliery, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

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

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

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The Sumi Naga Tribal People in the Traditional attire and Head gear at the Lalpahar Sumi Village

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The Sumi Naga Tribal Lady at the loom that weaves out Exquisite North East India Handlooms

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Tribes of North East India

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

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Tribes of North East India

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 Colonial Bungalows of the British Era at Tipong Colliery

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Tribes of North East India

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 famous David Steam Locomotive at Tipong Colliery in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Tribes of North East India

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 796 Steam Locomotive at Tipong Colliery in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Tribes of North East India

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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
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

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!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Tribes

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
Deori Tribal Lady at the Loom that weaves out extrinsic Handlooms

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Tribes of North East India

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 in their local village in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Tribes of North East India

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

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Tribes of North East India

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

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Tribes of North East India