A Quick Guide to ChaloHoppo’s Trip Calendar for 2018 -2019

Over the last few days, we have been flooded with a lot of queries from all the travel enthusiasts on our Website, Facebook, and Instagram pages regarding what kind of trips we offer and how feasible are these for solo travellers and groups. As many of you have been asking for a Chalohoppo Trip calendar, we are delighted to present our quick guide which will throw insights on all our upcoming trips. This will help you choose the kind of trip you wish to. This guide has three parts to it:

A) You should book this trip if you: This is to give you an idea of your traveller persona and choose a trip based on the kind of experiences you would like to have.

B) The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list: This gives an overview of the places the trip will cover. It doesn’t specifically mention everything to do in that place.

C) Highlights of the trip: This tells you what experiences we will be crafting for you.

 Our Special Moment in 2018

In 2018, we had two amazing social personalities Tanya Khanijow and Ankita Kumar aka monkey.inc who joined us for our tours. Unfortunately Shramona Poddar popular as mishti.and.meat who was supposed to be a part of our trip could not make it due to certain unavoidable circumstances. These ladies have chosen a life that many of us dream of but probably aren’t bold enough to make a choice and persist with it. They have done it.

Our campers had the chance of interacting with Ankita and Tanya in the vivid setting of the golden paddy fields of Ziro. You can watch this beautiful vlog by Tanya Khanijow, where she shares her experience of travelling to Ziro Festival of Music with us.

Ankita was a part of our Nagaland and Manjuli trip, where she along with other travellers had the chance of meeting the last face tattooed headhunter or the king of a Konyak village. We cannot put into words the joy that we shared when they became a part of our camping experience. You can read this amazing blog by Ankita where she narrates her Nagaland experience with us.

Read this full blog to know these personalities better.

In 2019, we plan to bring some more amazing social media personalities like them with whom you can have great conversations and it might be the trigger to inspire you to do something differently. We are not talking about you quitting your jobs and turning into full-time travellers, but it could be one difficult conversation which you have been postponing, one major personal decision which you have been procrastinating or just meeting these people you usually see on Instagram and understand how they are normal humans, just like you.

For ease of navigation here is an index of all the trips, just click the one you are interested in to jump to that section.

List of our trips and their specialities

ChaloHoppo to Experience the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland, 2018

Anyone who manages to spend a reasonable time travelling across Nagaland, from the land of the Konyaks in Eastern Nagaland right up to the land of the Angamis in the state capital of Kohima will find the Naga people extremely hospitable. That green hills and crispy clouds give you company when you aren’t surrounded by these warm people is a bonus. For those who like their red meat, Naga cuisine should be right up there in the list of cuisines to try. Varieties of smoked and fresh meat, infused with local herbs and generous portions of bamboo shoot.

Hornbill festival brings all these little things together in one place for everyone to witness and it is definitely an event one shouldn’t miss. The other allure of attending Hornbill festival is –the trek to the carpet like Dzukou valley and a visit to the historical village of Khonoma. You need to have a really solid excuse to not attend this festival.

Tribes performing during the hornbill festival

You should book this trip if you

  • Have been ever told by someone that Nagaland is unsafe and you should avoid it
  • Enjoy camping and meeting like-minded travellers and getting to know them over a bonfire with a few rounds of rice beer
  • Are fascinated by tribal cultures, practices, traditions and unique dances
  • Have a tongue for non-vegetarian food
  • Are from a tropical region and want to enjoy the winter sun
  • Have heard a lot about Hornbill festival, seen it in movies but haven’t made it there yet
  • Have 3 nights and are looking for a unique way to spend it

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Kohima war cemetery
  • Kohima local market
  • Jakhama village walk
  • Kisama village – Hornbill festival venue

Highlights of the trip:

  • Camping in a village overlooking paddy fields
  • Camping in a place which has no shortage of running water, electricity and rice beer
  • Attending the Hornbill festival and seeing all the 16 Naga tribes relive their olden days
  • Lip Smacking platter of non-veg food
  • Musical evenings around the bonfire
  • Walking and exploring a modern Naga village

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ChaloHoppo to Explore a Lesser-Known Nagaland (December)

Starting from Kohima, the modern-day capital of  Nagaland, driving up to the picturesque town of Mokokchung, home to the Ao Nagas and the epicentre of the American Baptism movement to ultimately reaching the wild east where the last surviving tattooed headhunters live. This tour is about a journey. A journey that starts from the capital town of Kohima and ends up at one of the state’s only district that is stuck in time – Mon district. As you move eastwards from Kohima, you will feel that you are going further back in time. Till you reach Mon, where interactions with the elderly, as their tattoos hide behind their wrinkles, puts you in a time capsule.

In the middle of this journey, your pitstop at Mokokchung will give you an insight into the role of the Ao Nagas in the shaping of present-day Nagaland. How the Aos are different from the Angamis and finally the Konyaks. Through all this, you will see how Churches have replaced Morungs, the structure of pride in modern-day Nagaland. The one thing that you may also notice from an outsider’s perspective that unites Nagaland is their splendid non-veg cuisine.

You should book this trip if you

  • Want to combine a travel plan for your visit to the Hornbill festival in December
  • Aren’t satisfied with a staged representation of a tribal life
  • Want to go to the real villages where the Konyaks – face tattooed erstwhile headhunters live
  • Are keen on making a trip to the border of another country -Burma and see how borders have a different meaning in the ‘Konyak territory’
  • Like your meat and want to surprise your taste buds; with the Naga cuisine of the Angamis, the Aos, and the Konyaks
  • Want to spend two nights in a beautiful hill town where the grocery store sells an exotic item like marshmallows (they are considered exotic in towns)
  • Want to experience 2 nights in a wooden makeshift home overlooking clouds nestled in endless families of sub-tropical mountains
  • Want to meet tribal kings and have a cup of tea with them
  • Don’t mind driving over terrible roads to experience the lesser known

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Mokokchung
  • Ungma village
  • Longkhum village
  • Mon town
  • Hongphoi village
  • Longwa
  • Jakhama village

Highlights of the trip

  • Staying in handpicked stays with a perfect mix of comfort, authenticity and great views
  • Tete-e-tete with last of the surviving tattooed headhunters of Nagaland
  • Walking in the Ao village of Longkhum and listening to their folklores
  • Hiking up to the India- Burma border and even walk over to the other side of the border
  • Entering the house of a tribal king that is split equally between India and Burma
  • Meeting the village headman who is also the best gunmaker and seeing him work
  • Buying handicrafts from the hands and homes of master blacksmiths
  • Interacting with Browny- the dog who buys biscuits

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ChaloHoppo to a Frozen Dzukou Valley (December to January)

From the frozen rivers in the winters to rare lilies in the monsoons, Dzukou offers the trekker with something they’ll cherish for life. With the scenic and quaint villages of Jakhama and Viswema serving as bases for starting the trek, your experience of being one with nature starts the moment you arrive in Nagaland.

You should book this trip if you

  • Are adventurous enough to camp in extreme cold
  • Can carry your own firewood to camp overnight
  • Understand the spirit of camping and how everyone from porters to guides to guests works as a team to survive the night
  • Want to see and walk on a frozen river
  • Want to see how a normally flowing river transforms into ice overnight
  • Want to see a frost covered Dzukou valley instead of a flowering valley

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Kohima
  • Jakhama village
  • Kisama heritage village
  • Dzukou valley

Highlights of the trip

  • Camping in a pristine valley in extreme conditions
  • Learn to pitch tents during the experience
  • Explore Angami villages on foot
  • Visiting the heritage village of Kisama where the Hornbill festival takes place

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ChaloHoppo to Meet the Headhunters of Nagaland, find Peace in Majuli and spot the one-horned rhinos in Kaziranga(February)

Majuli island in Assam, the largest river island in the world may get submerged forever due to the rapid erosion happening in the island. You visit the Konyak tribe in Nagaland, the last of the feared tattooed headhunters who are octogenarians since the practice of headhunting and the consequent tattoos were abolished in the 1960s.

It so happens that these two cultures thrive in places of immense natural beauty and you get to see different terrains, different flora, while you are welcomed by the naturally hospitable Missing tribe and the Nagas!

To get some international perspective, here’s how ‘The Lonely planet’ exudes Majuli’s charm, “The island is a relaxed, shimmering mat of glowing rice fields and water meadows bursting with hyacinth blossoms.” On the other hand, this is what famous historian William Dalrymple writes about his visit to Mon, “By the time we had risen into the heights of the easternmost ranges of the Himalayas, the old men all wore elaborate body tattoos, while many had inserted antlers and tusks into their ears and noses. The young men carried shotguns slung on their backs as they rode around scowling on Enfield Bullet motorcycles. It felt properly wild, a real borderland…”

You should book this trip if you

  • Are intrigued by diverse tribal cultures
  • Are fascinated by tattoos and want to know what different patterns mean
  • Have heard about the erstwhile headhunters of Nagaland and want to meet them
  • Want to go to some of the most remote villages of Nagaland to meet old men who take you back in time
  • Want to visit the world’s largest river island
  • Like the idea of crossing a river on a ferry with the locals, not just any river but the Brahmaputra
  • Want to meet the author of the book titled “The Last of the Tattooed headhunters”
  • Know the joy of camping in a place overlooking tea gardens on hillocks
  • Want to walk to a different country (Burma) for the joy of it
  • Cherish a photo of yours with the last of face tattooed Konyak king (Angh)

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Majuli river island
  • Mon town
  • Hongphoi village
  • Shiyong village
  • Wakching village
  • Longwa
  • Angh’s house split between Burma and India
  • Rang ghar in Sivasagar

Highlights of the trip

  • Meeting the last face tattooed king of the Konyak tribe
  • Spending two nights on the world’s largest river island
  • Tasting the authentic food of the Mishing tribe in Majuli
  • Spending two nights camping in the farmhouse of Phejin Konyak, the author of “The last of the tattooed headhunters”
  • Meeting the gun-maker of Longwa
  • Buying Konyak handicrafts from the artisans home in Longwa village
  • Visiting the king’s home in Longwa split equally between India and Burma
  • Experiencing all modes of transport – jeeps, scooters, ferries, trains
  • Staying in traditional Mishing huts, to camps, to wooden home-stay

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ChaloHoppo to an Arunachal Full of Oranges (January)

Dambuk is special. You may not have heard about it and it doesn’t yet feature in the traveller’s list of top places to visit in the Northeast of India, but the promise of Dambuk is real. Dambuk happens to be a small region in the Lower Dibang Valley of the most unexplored state in the country, Arunachal Pradesh. Comprising mainly of Adis and some Idu Mishmi tribes, Dambuk becomes a prisoner of nature from early April to late October when two rain-fed rivers – Dibang in the east and Sisar in the west – wall it in with water. (a beautiful description we found from a journalist’s notebook) The only way one gets to visit Dambuk in the summer is on a country boat, a helicopter or on elephant back. In the winters, however, nature allows you to drive to this magical village using the dry river bed as a road (an experience we can promise is going to thrill you).

You should book this trip if you

  • Want to visit a geographic location that remains cut off from the rest of civilisation for half the year due to the lack of a motor-able land
  • You have an appetite for oranges!
  • Think driving over a river bed accessible only in winters is good enough reason to travel to a remote destination
  • Crave for organic fruits and can pluck your own oranges and eat them
  • Stay in huts facing a river whose colour is so blue that you will probably start singing the blues!
  • Don’t mind having any poor connectivity for 5 days
  • Want to raft on the mighty Dibang river

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Dambuk
  • Bomjir
  • Mithun camp
  • Dibang river

Highlights of the trip

  • Living in huts overlooking the Dibang river for 2 nights
  • Casual rafting on the Dibang river
  • Feeding salt to the state animal of Arunachal Pradesh, locally known as ‘Mithuns’
  • Driving over a riverbed that looks like the Rann of Kutch
  • Visiting orange orchards and buying them in organic bamboo baskets

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ChaloHoppo to a white Mechuka (January)

From a complete shift in architectural pattern, with wood replacing brick and mortar and herds of stray horses interrupting your path or seen grazing at a distance, replacing the usual cow herds seen on Indian roads, you slowly tend to relate to the deep-rooted Tibetan influence that you have read online about.

The trip gets better when you are received by your warm home-stay hosts.

Traditional food preparation sessions, long nature walks and exploring Memba heirlooms( the major tribe inhabiting the valley) punctuate your Mechuka experience.

Mechuka turns fluorescent green from May right till August. September marks the beginning of Autumn and everything turns brown and stays that way until December.

January brings in snow and then spring comes. Regardless of the season, you visit it in, the place offers breathtaking beauty.

You should book this trip if you

  • Want to visit a destination that is not on the regular tourist’s map
  • Have 9 days off or want to take 9 days off and go as a far away from the city life as possible
  • Want a holiday where you stay in people’s homes, eat with them and live like them
  • Are looking for places which have less than 1500 hashtag mentions on Instagram (look for #Mechuka) and compare it to #Tawang which has 34,000 mentions!
  • Love hiking to reach viewpoints which take your breath away
  • Crave for organic fruits and can pluck your own oranges and eat them
  • Can chases wild horses roaming in tableland at 6000 feet
  • Want to feel the chilly winter winds and get soothed by bonfires
  • Stargaze for pleasure with the backdrop of snow-capped peaks shining under the moonlight
  • Don’t mind having any phone connectivity for a week

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Pasighat
  • Siang riverside
  • Kinker Moniyong hanging bridge
  • Along
  • Siko Diko waterfalls
  • Mechuka valley

Highlights of the trip

  • Momo making sessions with the locals of the Memba tribe
  • Hiking to a 400-year-old monastery
  • Relishing a ‘langar’ in a Gurudwara in the land of the Memba people
  • Staying in beautiful and comfortable homestays
  • Lunching in front of a waterfall, yes right in front of it, as the water sprays over you
  • Travelling on the roofs of Tata Sumos

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ChaloHoppo to Shnongpdeng for a Weekend Getaway (December to March)

Camping next to a river that you can see through accompanied by a beautiful drive is a promise. The unending meadows, camping by the riverside and some adventurous dives are on the cards Roll your sleeves already!

You should book this trip if you

  • Don’t believe that the waters of the Umngot river are as transparent as they look
  • Want to camp by the riverside, stargaze at night and swim in the morning
  • Want to have a relaxing weekend by the river
  • Like to relax but also would love to zip line, kayak, scuba dive, snorkel and jump off cliffs
  • Think you want to try your hands at barbecuing your fish
  • Like to catch fishes and crabs at night with bare hands
  • Love bonfires and would spend the whole night sitting next to one
  • Would like to visit the Bangladesh border, just for kicks

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Shnongpdeng
  • Dawki
  • Tamabil

Highlights of the trip

  • Camping beside Umngot river with western toilets and shower stations
  • Midnight fishing and crab hunting
  • Learning to make a bonfire so that you convert from a cool traveller to a person who can set things on fire
  • Fresh fish barbecue for non-vegetarians
  • Acoustic boat ride with Tenny
  • Jamming with the camp band Tenny and boys
Shnongpdeng camping can be organised every day at Camp Fabian. If you are looking at organising an event at the camp, even that is possible.

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Chalohoppo to an Emerald Meghalaya (November to April)

A trek that will make you go weak in the knees both literally and figuratively, a village that will make you lose track of time and a river that is filled with as much adventure as the fishes; will make you wonder if you should cancel your tickets! Nothing is an exaggeration but only an expression of what the travellers so far have felt. We haven’t yet mentioned the butterflies that will greet you on your treks and the sweet folks who will offer you kwai. May we say that it would be a food-venture for those who like their meat and those who love their veggies shall not go hungry either.

A unique Meghalaya expereince

You should book this trip if you

  • Have the mental fitness to trek down 3600 steps
  • Enjoy water-based activities
  • Are passionate about classic rock and want to hear local musicians jamming to it
  • Are comfortable experiencing different kinds of stay options from tents, to boutique cottages to run down rest houses in the middle of a jungle
  • Prefer experimenting with local food

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Jowai
  • Shnongpdeng village
  • Dawki viewpoint
  • Nongriat village
  • Nohkalikhai falls
  • Arwah caves
  • Dainthlen falls
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Hidden turquoise rock pools
  • Sai Mika cafe and resort

Highlights of the trip

  • Staying in one of the most remote villages accessible only on foot
  • Tasting the authentic Khasi cuisine and cooking a meal in the open
  • Swimming in turquoise waters
  • Boating on a transparent river
  • Listening and jamming with a local band in Cherrapunjee playing in an equally interesting cafe
  • Travelling on the rooftop of a ‘traveller’
  • Staying in a farmhouse in the middle of paddy fields, only accesible on foot.

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ChaloHoppo to Mizoram, the land far east (February – March)

Ever wondered what Mizoram is like? A state which has got less recognition in books and lesser on the internet. Leave the stereotypes behind and explore the unexplored!

 

You should book this trip if you

  • Always wanted to explore the less known Mizoram
  • Want to experience living  in a different country within a state
  • Want to challenge your taste buds
  • Think you have satisfied your thirst for adventure
  • Want to sit on thought-provoking mountains
  • Want to board a two-wheeler taxi
  • Want to Celebrate Chapchar Kut, the festival of Spring with the whole of Aizawl
  • Want to chug down pints of the Zufang, Rice Beer
  • Want to drive away from an organised modern city life into the airy outskirts of Mizoram
  • Want to walk along with your camera in a small village full of ponds and fields.
  • Witness a waterfall from behind.
  • Want to shop from a shopkeeper less Shop!

The locations and spots you will get ticked off the list

  • Aizawl
  • Reiek
  • Khaungchera Puk
  • Falkawn Village
  • Hmuifang
  • Sialsuk
  • Thenzawl
  • Turi hiau Waterfall
  • Vantwang Waterfall

Highlights of the trip

  • Capturing the most beautiful night view of a city in North East
  • Tasting the most challenging delicacies present in the North East
  • Getting to hop onto a two-wheeler taxi
  • Trekking to the mystic peak of Reiek
  • Living one of the hardest caving experiences
  • Walking into the old traditional Mizo Village
  • Shopping from a shop without a shopkeeper
  • Meeting the cowboy collector of Aizawl
  • Exploring the second-hand markets of Aizawl
  • Beholding the view of the largest waterfall of Mizoram
  • Drive over the longest river in Mizoram
  • Walking on the empty peaks covered with spring grass to pen down your unborn thoughts
  • Meditating while listening to the sound of wind on small hills
  • Capturing the view of a waterfall sitting right behind it
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ChaloHoppo to a Mythical Mizoram (February – March)

Mizoram a land of majestic landscapes is filled with uncountable mythical folklore. Greet your mornings to a sight of Burma, while tasting the traditional Mizo air. Leave the modern Mizoram, it’s time to head to land where the stories still reside in distant villages.

You should book this trip if you

  • Always wanted to know about the less known Mizoram
  • Want to live your backpacking dream in Mizoram
  • Want to live, eat, and stay in the far-off eastern villages of Mizoram
  •  Are fans of mythical stories and want to live the aura around it
  • Want to get yourself clicked roaming around in the neverending rice fields
  • Feel like challenging the inner Traveller in you, on the bumpy Mizo roads
  •  Want to Celebrate Chapchar Kut, the festival of Spring with the whole of Aizawl
  •  Are up for chugging down pints of the Zufang, Rice Beer
  • Love to drive away from an organised modern city life to the far-off Eastern side of myths     Won’t mind a walk along the small ways in a distant village with kids teaching you the local lingo
  • Want to go for a night crab hunt in the river, to hunt the crabs with the locals.
  • Don’t mind waking up every day to a sight of a series of Burmese ranges
  • Want to spend time cleaning the small school campus of 119 kids and teach them
  • Love to sip some Thengpui San (Laal Chaa) while learning how to make Mizo cuisines.
  • Love a story walk up to the Mythical hills of Mizoram
  • Want to just walk in Burma and fancy a pint of Myanmar Beer next to RihDil
  • Want to keep your checklist away, cause it will overflow

The locations and spots you will get ticked off the list

  • Aizawl
  • Champhai
  • Zokhtwar
  • Rikhtwar
  • Rihdil Lake
  • Dungtlang Village
  • Lianchhiari Lunglen Tlang
  • Village Ruins of Dungtlang
  • Vaphai Village
  • Thasiama Seho Nehina.
  • Tan Tlang
  • Fiara Tui
  • Tam Dil

Highlights of the trip

  • Capturing the most beautiful night view of a city in North East
  • Tasting the most challenging delicacies present in the North East.
  • Getting to hop onto a two-wheeler taxi.
  • Staying in a distinct village close to Burma, with only 120 households
  • Walking into Burma and exploring the town on the other hand
  • Visiting the pious heart-shaped lake, Rih Dil, in Burma
  • Living, eating and sharing with Mizo families
  • Learning how to make the Mizo cuisines
  • Riding the Mizo Cart with the Mizo Kids
  • Night Crab Hunting with the villagers
  • Knowing and listening to experiences with the Mizo’s of the land
  • Exchanging currencies, shopping and having a local drink in the local shady bar in Burma
  • Meeting the cowboy collector of Aizawl
  • Exploring the second-hand markets of Aizawl
  • Trekking to taste the tastiest water on Earth (according to Mizos)
  • Living a moment with the view of Burmese hills that would give you numb thoughts
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ChaloHoppo to an Unorthodox Tour of Sikkim 

In a state where the most difficult terrains have been tamed and homestays are as common as rhododendron flowers in spring, can one still find places that can be termed offbeat and experiences that are handpicked? Find out.

You should book this trip if you

  • Want to see Sikkim from a different perspective
  • Love the idea of homestay hospitality
  • Want to visit a part of India where drivers don’t even honk at blind curves
  • Love walking and exploring a hill town
  • Are fascinated with the thought of spending 2 nights in a resort only accessible by 4 by 4 vehicles or on foot where the clouds float into your wooden cottages
  • Think you can finish a wooden tumbler full of millet beer before dinner and then continue drinking it after dinner as well
  • Want an unorthodox tour of Sikkim beyond the usual places it is known for, on the internet
  • Don’t mind experiencing subzero temperatures and walk through snow to get a cup of hot tea
  • Understand that counting how many frozen lakes and viewpoints you have ticked off isn’t the same as having an immersive travel experience
  • Would like a hot spring bath in the cold month of January
  • Would rather avoid the peak season where tourists would clamour for space and be a traveller instead

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Lingtam village
  • Zuluk loops(Old Silk Route)
  • Gnathang valley
  • Dzongu
  • Mantam beach
  • Gangtok
  • Nathula Pass
  • Tsongmo lake
  • Baba mandir

Highlights of the trip

  • Driving up the historic and stunning silk route through Zuluk famously known as the Zuluk loops
  • Hiking up through the hills of Dzongu to bathe in the warm waters of a natural hot spring
  • Spending 2 nights in beautiful wooden cottages at Dzongu where you are greeted by clouds and enjoy great food
  • Day picnic at the Mantam beach that was formed as a result of a massive destruction that submerged half a village
  • Exploring the beautiful capital of Gangtok and go café and bar hopping
  • Cooking traditional Bhutia meals at Dhungkar homestay in Lingtam
  • Stopping over for lunch at the gorgeous Gnathang valley situated at 13500 feet where freezing temperatures and great sights hypnotise you
  • Bathing in the natural hot spring bath in Dzongu
  • Hiking up to the Agamlok monastery in the morning

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ChaloHoppo to Tawang (March)

Embark on a journey through the white snowy road that once was a bloody battlefield, to ultimately reach a monastery where you experience absolute calm. The beautiful valleys that precede the mountain town quietly invite you to stay a little longer. Don’t book your return tickets yet!

Tawang is truly mesmerising. With frozen lakes, snow-capped peaks and the second largest monastery in the world to boast about. But the experience of Tawang is accentuated by the journey that leads you to it. Stop and admire the towns of the valley of Sangti and Dirang, live in homestays and be at the receiving end of Monpa hospitality before you drive higher to listen to the tales of the brave men in camouflage. Everything about the road to Tawang is heartwarming as long as you are prepared for the freezing temperatures.

You should book this trip if you

  • Think that Tawang is only about the snow, cold temperatures and whatever else you’ll find on most other tourist itineraries
  • Love learning more about the culture and practices of local communities of places you visit
  • You get excited at the idea of high altitudes (read 15200 feet, which also means challenging roads)
  • Have a curious tongue
  • Enjoy the journey and not just the destination

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Mukto
  • Se La
  • Bum la
  • Sangti
  • Bomdilla
  • Nameri
  • Tawang

Highlights of the trip

  • Learning how to make momos and Thukpa from a local family
  • Camping by the river in a beautiful valley
  • A session with the military personnel at the military pass that the Chinese used to invade India in 1962
  • Making traditional paper with the locals
  • Chanting with the monks during the morning prayers at a monastery
  • Camp next to Kameng river
  • Trying the local brew of the Monpas
  • Driving through one of the highest motor-able roads in the world
  • Visiting the historic Bum la (pass) situated at 15,200 feet
  • Experiencing Monpa hospitality

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ChaloHoppo to a Festive Manipur! (March)

It has been too long that one aspect of the state’s problems have been emphasised on so much, that even people living right across the border have been successfully convinced to not travel to Manipur. But the reality is different and a trip to the bejewelled land during the colourful Holi will present that alternate reality.

You should book this trip if you

  • Have seen enough pictures of the Loktak lake and now you feel it’s high time your naked eyes see it
  • Know the significance of Holi for the people of Manipur and the gusto they celebrate it with, and hence want to be a part of it
  • Are curious to experience staying on a floating homestay on Loktak lake
  • Want to walk over to Burma for half a day while eating great food and quenching your thirst with some nice Burmese beer
  • You want to meet Tamilians and eat sambhar rice at a South Indian hotel at the border town of Moreh (trust us, you will be fascinated)
  • Want to walk down the historic battle site in Imphal and relive the days of World War 2
  • Are keen to visit the village where the world famous and one of its kind black pottery originated and pick up beautiful creations from the hands of the people who make it
  • Are/aren’t aware that Manipur has a hilly side and valley side to it and both are distinctly beautiful with different cultural nuances

The locations and spots you will get to tick off the list

  • Imphal
  • Ima market
  • Loktak lake
  • Kangla fort
  • Ukhrul
  • Longpi
  • Moreh
  • Tamo (Burma)
  • Keibul Lemjao national park
  • Phangrei hill

Highlights of the trip

  • Play Holi in Imphal
  • Live in floating homestays
  • Visit the Keibul Lemjao national park and spot the Sangai deer
  • Go canoeing on the Loktak lake
  • Crossover to Burma on foot and explore the town of Tamu and shop if you feel like
  • Camping for a night at Phangrei hill overlooking the Ukhrul town
  • Go on a historical journey of Imphal during world war 2
  • Visit Longpi village and interact with women who make the unique black pottery and buy the crafts from the hands of the people who make it.
Detailed itinerary for Manipur will be shared soon.

Or head back to the top of the page.

That’s the list of our all the major upcoming trips for 2018 -2019. If these dates do not match your planned dates then do not worry. You can always get your trips customised. Send in your enquiries to experiences@chalohoppo.com. If you like what you see here and want to get on a call to discuss this please dial 9476692487!

15 thoughts on “A Quick Guide to ChaloHoppo’s Trip Calendar for 2018 -2019
  • Harshita Gogoi
    5/5

    The calender is well organized and very informative. Just one suggestion - it would be great if the highlights of the trips could be illustrated more through pictures, as they are ...

    • Nishant Sinha
      5/5

      Hey Harshita, That's a brilliant idea. If not for this calendar we will definitely do it for the next one. I know exactly what you mean. If I get the time before the next trip, I'll ...

  • Urmi Chakraborty
    5/5

    A very illustrative and informative calendar altogether. The itineraries and destinations chosen are very appealing. I would love to travel with you guys at least once.

    • Nishant Sinha

      Hey Urmi, Thank you for appreciating the calendar! We are motivated by reading this and want to see you this side soon! ...

  • Rozalin Nayak Sarkar
    4/5

    Hey this is awesome! I was telling my college friends that we should plan a trip and visit one of these places soon.

    • Nishant Sinha

      Hey Rozalin, Thank you for your appreciation. You seem like a wise person and your friends must listen to you? Choose a trip and we'll see you this side :)

  • Asha Singha
    5/5

    Vicky your guide book is brilliant. I want you to choose a doable trip for me and your papa. I am proud of your work, passion and involvement.

    • Nishant Sinha
      5/5

      Yes, ma, Sikkim is where we will go. Thank you for being so supportive! Couldn't have done this without your support.

  • 5/5

    Dear Mr.Nishant Sinha, Congratulations on your initiative. You have discovered yourselves in doing your passion. 15th August 2001 I had first seen the Double Decker Root Bridge ...

  • Srinivasan Subramanian
    5/5

    Wonderfully written and can't be more impressive and makes us feel the thirst to visit such a beautiful place that is North East. Best wishes. Will surely catch up with you guys.

  • 5/5

    Wow! Such awesome tips in regard to Chalohoppos trip, I love traveling in different places. My next travel destination is Chalohoppos But I was worried about Chalohoppos travel ...

    • Gargi Sinha

      Thank you...You can get in touch with us and probably plan a trip. We can assure that you won't regret it :) For queries send email to experiences@chalohoppo.com ...

  • 5/5

    How do I sign up for updates on The Mizoram tours?

    • Gargi Sinha

      An email has been sent to you regarding this. Also our 1st itinerary of Mizoram is on the website.

  • Shweta Gupta
    5/5

    Do you have dates finalized for the Mizoram OR Manipur trips?

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