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Wandering around North-East India in December 2016

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December 2016 was marked by the third tour to the 'wild' North-East India. The group was very composed and we were able to do everything as planned and even more:) We had a lot of beautiful moments. We wandered into a distant village on Majuli island where local people literally ran to see us; an elephant was assisting his family to cross the road in Kaziranga National Park; we were lucky to reach an old palace near Shivsagar right before the sunset and had just enough time to explore the labyrinths of rooms inside — that was the first time the group had enough time to make it that far! It was also the first time for my group to see the tea factory while operation — unfortunately we were not allowed to take any photos inside but I will remember that wonderful tea smell forever. I liked Shivadol temple in the morning and a talk to the pandit there. I liked the amazing sunrises on Majuli island and also our bamboo huts at the pond in the paddy fields. And an ancient temple ruins we saw on the way to Nagaland. A merry crowd at the Hornbill festival. And I remember the faces of my ladies at the market in Shillong — they finally satisfied their passion for exotic things and strong desire to 'be closer to the people'))) Lastly we were welcomed to the amazing landscapes of Meghalaya. One of the ladies separated from us here for an individual 2 day journey I prepared for her. The rest 4 of us went trekking into a canyon near Cherrapunji. These places are some of the best discoveries of my traveling life. I was happy to share this beautiful experience with you!

P.S. I have to admit, this tour was not easy for me — because of the notorious money reform in India started in November, because of misfortunes and accidents in the lives of the people close to me. But during the hard times one finds real friends (or realizes that some of the friends are real people, worthy people whom one can rely on
). It was my great luck to see that I have many good friends! I'm very grateful to them. Thanks to them I could settle the troubles beforehand and I with my group didn't face any money issues during our tour. Everything went very well!

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trip → Mystery worlds of North-East India in December 2017

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Guwahati – Kaziranga National Park – Majuli Island – Shivsagar and Assam tea plantations – Kohima and Hornbill Festival – Shillong – Cherrapunji – Guwahati

 November 25 — December 9, 2017 

You will not see a single UNESCO world heritage architectural monument on this trip. And most probably not a single foreigner. We will see alternative India — absolutely different. To get the idea how DIVERSE and BEAUTIFUL this land is. We will enjoy the nature and get to know the 'real' people, tribal people — their lifestyle, beliefs — that’s the main point of this trip. We’ll go to the farthest North-East of India — the land between Bhutan, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh. We’ll see 3 out of 7 ‘sister’-states located here — Assam, Nagaland and Meghalaya.

—Tribes with strict patriarchy and matriarchy living side by side.
—Rhinos emerging out of the fog just before the dawn and birds soaring above the Brahmaputra waters at the sunset.
—Tea from famous Assam tea plantations — the most favourite of the British settlers.
—Bloody tantric cults of Shakti and music&theatre worship at the satra-monasteries.
—Living root bridges and the largest river island in the world.
—Hornbill — colorful tribal festival in Nagaland, the heaven for a photo-lover.
—Christianity neighboring shamanic cults and tribal chiefs authority inside a democratic state.

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trip → Mystery worlds of North-East India in December 2016

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Guwahati – Kaziranga National Park – Majuli Island – Shivsagar and Assam tea plantations – Kohima and Hornbill Festival – Shillong – Cherrapunji – Guwahati

 November 26 — December 10, 2016 

You will not see a single UNESCO world heritage architectural monument on this trip. And most probably not a single foreigner. We will see alternative India — absolutely different. To get the idea how DIVERSE and BEAUTIFUL this land is. We will enjoy the nature and get to know the 'real' people, tribal people — their lifestyle, beliefs — that’s the main point of this trip. We’ll go to the farthest North-East of India — the land between Bhutan, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh. We’ll see 3 out of 7 ‘sister’-states located here — Assam, Nagaland and Meghalaya.

—Tribes with strict patriarchy and matriarchy living side by side.
—Rhinos emerging out of the fog just before the dawn and birds soaring above the Brahmaputra waters at the sunset.
—Tea from famous Assam tea plantations — the most favourite of the British settlers.
—Bloody tantric cults of Shakti and music&theatre worship at the satra-monasteries.
—Living root bridges and the largest river island in the world.
—Hornbill — colorful tribal festival in Nagaland, the heaven for a photo-lover.
—Christianity neighboring shamanic cults and tribal chiefs authority inside a democratic state.

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Exploring North-East India in February 2016

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This was the second time we went wandering around North-East India during the winter of 2015—2016. It was so delightful!!! Words are not enough to describe this beautiful experience. The group felt very friendly and comfortable with each other since 3 out of 4 guests came to travel with me for the second time. We were having fun with elephants, rode bicycles, swam in waterfalls, fought leeches, tried home-made rice beer, listened to fascinating sounds of subtropical jungles and communicated to so many different people — unbelievably different in 3 individual worlds of Assam, Nagaland and Meghalaya. I want to thank all the travelers. It was great! Thank you!!!

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Wandering around North-East India in December 2015

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‘Wild’ North-East India feels dearer to my heart with each time I go there. The people are absolutely wonderful. The nature’s beauty is fascinating. This relatively small territory encompasses unbelievably different realities, sometimes even contradicting to each other, but the most amazing aspect about this region is how it has very little in common with the general image most of us might have of India. That is what I like most about it; that is what I admire — India allows people to be the way they are. These people are ‘tribal’ aboriginal people, but they were never moved to special reservations. No one tried to eradicate them, which was generally the case historically of some ‘civilized’ countries. They were allowed to remain as themselves, having been given a special status in the constitution of India. Of course, today’s progress and economic development can be seen everywhere and globalization is slowly penetrating this region as well, but, nonetheless…I’m happy to see them going their way all by themselves.
And, meanwhile, we go our way! This trip was important for me as I was presenting these places to someone else for the first time, and I am especially pleased that my first guests for the new tour were real men who tolerated all minor difficulties as they presented themselves. Many Thanks to Vladimir and Dmitry and because of them there were no worries and no fears even when we discovered a couple of human scalps on the wall in our guest house ;).

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trip → Mystery worlds of North-East India in February 2016

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Guwahati – Kaziranga National Park – Majuli Island – Shivsagar and Assam tea plantations – Kohima and Sekrenyi Festival – Shillong – Cherrapunji – Guwahati

 February 20 — March 5, 2016 

You will not see a single UNESCO world heritage architectural monument on this trip. And most probably not a single foreigner. We will see alternative India — absolutely different. To get the idea how DIVERSE and BEAUTIFUL this land is. We will enjoy the nature and get to know the 'real' people, tribal people — their lifestyle, beliefs — that’s the main point of this trip. We’ll go to the farthest North-East of India — the land between Bhutan, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh. We’ll see 3 out of 7 ‘sister’-states located here — Assam, Nagaland and Meghalaya.

—Tribes with strict patriarchy and matriarchy living side by side.
—Rhinos emerging out of the fog just before the dawn and birds soaring above the Brahmaputra waters at the sunset.
—Tea from famous Assam tea plantations — the most favourite of the British settlers.
—Bloody tantric cults of Shakti and music&theatre worship at the satra-monasteries.
—Living root bridges and the largest river island in the world.
—Sekrenyi — colorful tribal festival in Nagaland, the heaven for a photo-lover.
—Christianity neighboring shamanic cults and tribal chiefs authority inside a democratic state.

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The Konyak Tribe in Nagaland

Konyaks occupy the territory close to both sides of the Indo-Myanmar border. These photos are taken in the Mon province in Nagaland, India.

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The Konyak people have a reputation of being main head hunters in Nagaland. I'd like to believe that now they hunt only animal prey. These are hard to be seen at all, by the way — I have neither seen a single bird in the sky, nor heard birds' chirp even once for the whole week I was there, in the countryside.

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Naga houses in Mon province, Nagaland

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The houses are usually large and are divided into 2 sections each of which would have a fireplace. One section can be described as common area where everyone can enter and spend time as they wish. The other section is for the family. Family kitchen and bedrooms (if they are separate) are located here. This is where women reign and entrance here is restricted. All of the following photos are taken in the common section of the house. One can see fascinating wood carving work. It's not found in all the houses, only in wealthy ones. They're also decorated with buffalo sculls — to indicate the social position of the family. If they cut a buffalo it means they have shared it with other families which they can afford.

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Once upon a time in Nagaland

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Once we were taking photos of the kids jumping over a horizontal bar in a Nagaland village. They were really good at it. It was the first time I saw children playing such a game. A group of men approached us. The usual conversation began — what is your name, where are you from... Have you seen how the naga people smoke opium? No, we haven't. Do you want to see it?! Why not))

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A Naga Man about Women

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— The problems start when the woman starts earning money, — said our local guide at Longwa village in Nagaland, that is right next to the Indian border with Myanmar. He is a pleasant young guy, well-educated. He came to this village from the town and teaches English at the local school. Then he dwells on the topic how a man is the the head of the family and a woman should sit at home and keep silence. I tried to reason with him that it's not like that everywhere, that there used to be matriarchy. Even now, for example, in Bhutan, women are the owners of the land and when they get married it is a man who moves in to live with his wife's family. My friend got angry and obviously didn't believe me. What I didn't know is that the described social order is a norm in the neighboring Meghalaya state...

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