More than two thousand kilometers from its source in
eh Tibetan plateau, he Tsang-po river forsakes its arid
environs and enters India near Gelling. For the next
three hundred kilometers as it passes through the hills
of Arunchal Pradesh, it is known as the Siang (The heart
of water). In the plains of Assam it meets the Lohit
River, and from this union is born the mighty Brahmaputra-
the son of God.
The Siang River complements its valley. Sometimes it
races through deep gorges, now and then it rumbles through
exhilaration rapids. For the most part it flow serenely,
n stately splendor, the surrounding hills sloping steeply
and deferentially down to its banks.
This valley is home to the Adi
people, who live in the hills that line its course,
and along its tributaries. Their many sub-tribes are
bound together by shared bonds of origin and culture,
and by centuries of co-existence. The Adis are a hardworking
and cheerful people, who have long learned to live with
and respect their environs, the elements and the forest.
This tour is planned to bring
to acquaint you with the Adi way of life, and to unveil
the splendor of the Siang and its valley.
field in Siang
||Padam Abor Festival
|Cane & Bamboo bridge
|Padam Abor couple
||Oranges of Siang
SONG OF SIANG
into Dibrugarh, the aircraft skimming over a manicured
sea so tea bushes. Afternoon tea- and cucumber sandwiches-
at an old style colonial planter’s bungalow.
along on a ferry on the Brahmaputra- upstream, and
hard going. Sandwiches and beer on board. A warm
traditional welcome at Pasighat, the gateway to
the valley of the Siang,and home to the Adis. Stay
at the Siang House, an excellently maintained Government
and around Pasighat – to the craft centre
and the museum. Across the Siang river, and a boat
ride away is Mebo, the grainary of the Siang. Visit
a Padam village and further on to Aohahi village
of Idu Mishmi
the hills, following the right bank of the Siang.
Cross a fifteen hundred foot long cane suspension
bridge at Pangin, one of many such structures that
stretch and sway gracefully across the valley.En
route visit Kekar Monying the site of the Anglo-Abor
battle of 1911. Then trek to Minyong village of
Komsing (3/4 hrs). Overnight at village.
the Siyom river to Along the home of Adi Gallongs.Visit
to villages and cultural programme in the evening.
on to Daporijo. Meet the Hill Miri and Tagin tribes,
legendary warriors of yore, and now peaceable farmers.,
picnic lunch on the river bank. Stay at Daporijo
to Ziro, in the valley of the Apa Tanis. Spectacularly
forested, this is a unique bio-diversity zone,.
The Apa Tanis are famed farmers, originators of
a distinctive system of mixed paddy and fish cultivation.
Stay Blue pine hotel.
in the Talle valley, returning to a walkabout through
an Apa Tani village. Large parts of the Talle valley
national park are still unexplored!
to Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh. Enjoy
the evening with a live band, a bar, and snooker-preceded
of course by a long and luxuriant bath. Stay at
to Guwahati and fly out to Delhi/Kolkotta..