Places Visited: Kolkata, Kohima, Tuophema, Mokokchung, Tuensang, Mon, Jorhat, Kaziranga National Park
Nagaland and Assam are the two least visited regions of northern India – not because they lack interest for travellers (on the contrary), but because of the insurgency that troubled this wild, forested border area for several decades. Thankfully, the unrest has ended in recent years, allowing anyone with a sense of adventure and desire to explore a truly remote part of India with plenty to look forward to.
On this two-week trip, you’ll visit Naga tribal villages where ‘head-hunting’ was practiced within living memory, enjoy performances of Krishna plays from the ‘Dancing Monks’ of Majuli Island, ride on elephant back through the Terai grasslands lining the Brahmaputra in search of one-horned rhinos and tigers, and explore impressive ruined temples and palaces in Assam. The tour is book-ended by stays in Kolkata, the former British capital on the Ganges, where Raj-era buildings form the backdrop to old-world Hindu shrines and markets.
Infrastructure, in terms of road conditions, accommodation and communications in parts of these remote regions of India is limited and basic in nature but the experiential value of the region far outweighs the transient loss in creature comforts.