7-Day (11th – 17th January, 2012)Naga Land & Naga Warriors ‘ New Year Festival
Living in remote mountainous area, sharing border with India in the west, with little access to the outside world, the Naga people have little understanding of what is beyond their emerald mountains surrounding them. For centuries the Naga people here have survived, living only on this isolated land and preserving their ways of life.
Every January of the year, the Naga people from different part of their region gather at one of their towns to celebrate their Naga festival. They have to walk several days over mountains and through valleys in order to celebrate the Naga New Year Festival if the festival is held far away from where they live. The festival lasts two days and it is only recently that the foreigners can visit and enjoy in their festival. The Naga Nationals, however, are not performing any shows for the visiting outsiders but enjoying what they perform for the New Year since the time of bygone ancestors.
There is many a clan that speaks their respective native languages. And also their customs and traditions may also differ, but they live by the concept that they are brothers to the spirit of nature. They prefer the wild jungle and remote mountaintops to the comfortable and modern lives of the City.
Naga Festival Adventure trip
Day 1: Yangon Arrival(11th January 2012)
Upon arrival at airport, after luggage collection, you will be welcome by local tour guide. Depending on the arrival time, these visits can be included; Downtown Area with the Old City Hall and take a stroll along Colonial Buildings ending at the old Strand Hotel, the adjacent Australian Embassy, Her Majesty British Embassy, and Red-bricked General Post Office, Mawtin Jetty to enjoy the riverside activities, Kandawgyi Park to relax, Chaukhtetgyi Reclining Buddha image which is the biggest one in Yangon, and evening visit to the most significant pagoda, Shwedagon, which the global scholars describe as One of Wonders In The World. Shwedagon plays very important role in the Old Burmese History not only standing as the holiest structure for the Buddhist all over the world. Enjoy the sunset from nearly 26-century years old Most Glorious Buddhist Shrine.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 2: Yangon-Homalin-Htamanthi-Leshi(12th January 2012)(B,L,D)
After breakfast, transfer to Yangon Airport for the flight to Homalin via Mandalay. Upon arrival at Homalin, take a boat to continue to Htamanthi along the Chindwin River, the 3rd longest river in Myanmar. Enjoy lunch on board the boat while enjoy the boat ride that will take approximately 4 hours. Upon arrival at Htamanthi, drive by 4-wheeled truck to Leshi, the town where Naga people live in the mountains. Dinner and overnight at one of the Naga traditional houses.
Day 3 . Layshi(13th January 2012-Visits to Nearby Naga Villages)(B,L,D)
Layshi, the twon was established on the same date of Kohima in India by British in the colonial time . Most of the Naga people are animists and depend religiously on the nature. They are normally the hunters and so they are called worriers of western Myanmar. In our sightseeing in the villages, we will visit some of their traditional houses decorated with skulls, horns, animal teeth, and bones which were hunted by them. They are really proud of all these decorations on display right in front of their houses. It will be the whole day trekking around Layshi visiting tribal villages. After dinner at a traditional house, chatting with local people will give you the impression that you are one of them, a Naga national.
Day 4. Layshi(14th Jan, 2012-Naga New Year Festival)(B,L,D)
Today, you will be able to take part in the Naga Traditional Pole Erection Ceremony that starts from morning 8 am to 11 am. The festival lasts two days and you can enjoy the celebration of the Naga New Year aiming to get good luck in the coming year for hunting and farming for all Naga clans. They pray to get the prosperity for the region in their festival. The Naga Nationals, however, are not performing any shows for the visiting outsiders but enjoying what they perform for the New Year since the time of bygone ancestors. Enjoying lunch, you may observe the auction show of Naga Traditional household goods in the dinning all after lunch. Overnight at Layshi.
Day5. Lahe-Naga Villages-Lahe(15th Jan, 2012-Naga New Year Festival)(B,L,D)
After breakfast, the present visitors can take the place on the Festival Ground to attend the opening ceremony of Naga Traditional New Year commencing at 8:30 am in the morning. In the afternoon, enjoy the Naga Traditional Food and also Rice Wine on the basis of self-help system. At night, the Bonfire Ceremony is held to welcome the Naga New Year and the Naga People dance around the fire. The visiting guests will also be able to participate in the dance from 7 pm until 10 pm. Overnight at Leshi.
Today highlights are visiting to Ma Kyan and Santo Naga villages.
After breakfast, we will proceed to the village by motor-bike and full-day trekking. These two villages are on the best location of the mountain ranges and still maintain their tradition and culture. In the evening, drive back to Lahe. Dinner and overnight at the Lahe village.
Day 6. Leshi – Yangon (16th Jan, 2012)(B)
Early morning around 4 am, enjoy the breakfast and then transfer to Homalin and take the flight back to Yangon.
Overnight in Yangon.
Day 7: Yangon Departure Day(16th Jan, 2012)(B)
Depending on your International Departure Flight time, visits in Yangon can be included; Scott Market which sells many Myanmar Traditional Handicrafts, namely, Pan Sai Myo, 10 kinds of flowers; Blacksmith, Goldsmith, Coppersmith, Stone Carvings, Wood Carvings, Lacquer Wares, and so on (Scott Market is off every Monday!). Visit the Colonial British Built Train Station and can enjoy the train ride on one of City Circling train(one-hour clockwise ride from the station to Insein Station is recommendable!)
Then, transfer to Yangon International Airport for the flight back.
End of Naga Festival Tour provided by Ayuda Myanmar Travel Co. Ltd.,
PACKAGES PRICE Nett PER PERSON (for High Season from 1st October, 2011 – 30th April, 2012) AT
|Group of 2 Persons||US$ 2042.00 / person||US$ 2065.00 / person|
|Group of 3-4 Persons||US$ 2030.00 / person||US$ 2053.00 / person|
|Group of 5-6 Persons||US$ 1991.00 / person||US$ 2014.00 / person|
|Group of 7-10 Persons||US$ 1978.00 / person||US$ 2001.00 / person|
|Group of 11-14 Persons||US$ 1941.00 / person||US$ 1964.00 / person|
|Single Supp. (if requested)||US$ 80.00||US$ 100.00|
|Services Included||Services not Included|
|-Bed and breakfast in twin or double sharing room||-Myanmar visa|
|-Domestic flight by Air Bagan, Air Mandalay, or Asian Wing||-Early check-in and late check-out fees at the hotels|
|-Air-con cars for site visits and transfers in Yangon and cars only in Naga Land||-Drinks & other meals|
|-Entrance fees for the mentioned places above..||-Other personal expenses|
|-Porter fees||-Travel insurance|
|- Boat for Homalin-Htamanthi||-Early check-in and late check-out|
|-Meals mentioned in the program||-Tipping/gratuities|
|-English speaking local station guide||-International Flight Tickets from and to Yangon International Airport|
|-Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus||-International airports tax of 10 USD per person at Yangon International Airport|
|-Entrance fee for extra site visits|
for more information and reservations, contact us to
Ayuda Myanmar Travel Tour Agency