Textiles of the North East

17 Days

On this tour we will give an experience of the textile industry of North East India. Starting from Kolkata this tour takes you further to the silk producing states of the north east i.e., Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. Along with insight into the fabric manufacturing you also get to know the local history and cultural aesthetic of the region. You will see the versatility in fabric production and cultures within these short distances. Travel at the right time and you will have an opportunity to attend the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland, which will bestow you with Naga cultural ethics, food, customs, music and dance. Tip: Start this tour around 22nd November for it to coincide with The Hornbill Festival.

Day to Day Atractions

Day 1

Kolkata

You will be received at the airport and will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight stay at the same.

Day 2

Kolkata

Today you go on a full day city tour. You visit various architectural monuments from the British Era. In the evening you go for a sunset cruise upriver on the Hoogly River. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3

Kolkata

Today you will explore the textiles of Bengal especially the Eastern designs. You will set into a few Bengali villages which are renowned for their muslin cloth and their hand woven patterns. In afternoon you will visit the Gurusadav Museum which along with other artifacts of art and craft also has a vast traditional folk textile collection to savor on. You may also like to visit Kumartulli, famous for straw and clay idols. You visit the famous textile stores in the evening to shop and call it a day.

Day 4

Dibrugarh

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Dibrugarh. Upon arrival you will be transferred to a heritage tea estate with spectacular views of lawns, flowerbeds and tea gardens all around to check-in at. In the afternoon you will visit an Assamese silk weavers’ village to get to know the whole process of manufacturing this famous silk fabric.

Day 5

Dibang Valley

You leave Dibrugarh today and reach Soikhowa ghat from where you board a ferry for a cruise on the Brhamaputra river. Upon arriving Sadiya ghat you drive further through the rural regions of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to reach Dibang Valeey Jungle camp. Chcek-in upon arrival and vernight stay at the camp.

Day 6

Dibang Valley

Today you visit the Mishmi villages to see the textile weaving in these parts of the North East. It is mostly the women you weave here. They create very complex designs in black cotton with design colored in as per choice.

Day 7

Dibang Valley

Today you have a choice of going on a day long hike into the mountains and explore the flora and fauna around. You will also attend a coking session in the evening giving you an insight into the Mishmi cuisine and their ways. Apart from this you can just relax and enjoy little bird watching and walk in the tea estate itself.

Day 8

Dihing River Camp

After breakfast you will leave fir Dihing River camp, located on the side of Dihing river. Here you will stay in bamboo huts, Here you visit a traditional tribal village of Assam, enjoy a cultural program in the evening by a bonfire and try local food and drinks.

Day 9

Dimapur

Before leaving Dimapir you go to a nearby silk plantation in the morning. Here you can see the details of silk production.

Day 10

Kohima

You leave for Kohima this morning. Upon arrival you check in to your hotel. Thereafter you will be taken to Kimphama village- the home to Hornbill Festival and we be introduced to this huge cultural festival, in which sixteen major tribes take part. Return to hotel after attending the festival.

Day 11

Kohima

Apart from enjoying the vibrant festival for the coming two days you will also venture into the local villages around Kohima to see the various kinds of weaving styles of Nagaland. All sixteen tribes of Nagaland have its own different design and colors in their fabric, enabling you to see a lot within short distance.

Day 12

Kohima

Today we follow the previous days routine. We visit the nearby villages to see their textile weaving methods and also their crafts. Later enjoy the vibrancy of the culture of Nagaland at the festival. Visit the Kohima bazaar in the evening for shopping.

Day 13

Khonoma

Post breakfast you visit the Nagaland State Museum, having a vast and rare collection of articles from different tribes portraying the history and cultures of these tribes. Later you visit a World war II war memorial at the Deputy Commissioner’s Bungalow. In the afternoon you leave for Khonoma. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel and overnight stay at the same.

Day 14

Khonoma

Today the day is dovoted to explore the village nad the valeey around. Observing the flora and fauna of the landscape around. The landscape comprise of beautiful rice fields, mountains and dense forests. The village is known for its ecological consciousness, banning logging and hunting. It also has Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary nearby which you can visit.

Day 15

Majuli Island

Today you travel to India’s largest river island of Maujli via a ferry cruise on Bhramaputra river. On the way you will get spectacular views of rice fields and flowery water meadows. You visit Mishing, a tribal village in the afternoon to see their hand loom weaving. Futher on you visit a workshop of a tribal mask painter and a potter’s village to see their work and its methods. Along with all this Maujli is abundant with birdlife and is a paradise for one who adores them

Day 16

Guwahati

Today you will be transferred to Johrat airport for a quick flight to Guwahati. You will be transferred to your hotel on arrival. Post lunch you visit a village of Sualkuchi weavers. The village is a major production centre of Pat and Muga silk and their production can be seen at a very big scale here.

Day 17

Kolkata

You will be transferred to Guwahati airport for your flight to Kolkata.

MAPS & AREA

Map view for Textiles of the North East