Arunachal, literally the land of the rising sun, is where dawn first greets the easternmost state of India. Tribal groups of Burmese and Tibetan descent, proud of their unique identities, live harmoniously in timeless settlements between the mighty Brahmaputra and the eastern Himalaya. Tawang is one of the most important Buddhist centres in the world; the monastery, half a millennium old, pulsating with spiritual life, holds a signi- ficant collection of scriptures, images and tankhas. Even our journey is sublime, taking us from tropical forests through tribal towns into the mountain roads and over the amazing Sela pass at 14,000 feet. We also visit tribal villages and stay in Nameri National Park, home to numerous bird species and the rarely spotted big cats. The accommodation in the main is basic to mid-range with some long, hilly drives.

Days 1, 2 Kolkata
Arrive into Kolkata, stay at the Fairlawns Hotel or Oberoi Grand, visit the city sights.

Day 3 Tezpur
Morning flight to Guwahati; drive on to Tezpur for a night at the Fern Residency.

Day 4 Bomdila
Drive to Bomdila visiting Tipi Orchidarium, stay at Tsepal Yangjom; visit the monastery and tribal villages.

Day 5, 6, 7 Tawang
Carry on to Tawang, crossing the 13,715 feet high Sela Pass; stay at Tawang Inn for three nights; at leisure to explore the imposing monastery.

Day 8, 9 Dirang
Drive to Dirang for two nights at Pemaling Hotel; visit tribal villages and the Shangtey Valley.

Day 10, 11 Nameri
To Nameri National Park for two nights at the Eco Camp; options for nature walk, angling and day hikes.

Day 12 Guwahati
Drive back to Guwahati for a night at the Prabhakar Guest House; visit the sights including Kamakhya temple.

Day 13 Kolkata
Fly back to Kolkata for a night before the onward flight.

Price indication: $2000 to $2500 per person for a private tour for two.