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Nagaland Voyage: Land Of The Naga Warrior

Nagaland Voyage lets you embark on an adventure to the Indian state famous for the fierce and distinctive Naga warriors and various ethnic communities. We’ll sail through in the high water season from mid-August to Mid-October aboard Kalay and Zawgyi Pandaws. With their ultra-low drafts, these two small ships are the only ones who can journey north beyond Homalin.

Along the way, we will pass through the Chindwin River surrounded with the dramatic scenery of dense jungles, high cliffs, and deep gorges. We will then visit remote villages each with a unique way of life.

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An Expedition Rich In History And Culture

We’ll have a chance to see the Sitthaung located near the mouth of the Yu River which drains the Kubu valley. We’ll also see Toungdoot or Hsawng-hsup in Tai, which is an ancient Shan enclave.

Our ship will then pass the Uyu River, which was worked by gold washers on route to Homalin, the furthest navigable point on the Chindwin for vessels of our size.

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Things To Remember

The itinerary for this Nagaland Voyage is indicative only and subject to reconnaissance. As we travel to remote areas, changes to the itinerary will inevitably occur. A flexible approach is required if you book this cruise.

Please note that Chindwin expeditions need special permits which can take up to 3 weeks. We kindly ask you to contact us via EMAIL or PHONE for short notice bookings.

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UPSTREAM ITINERARY

D1

KALEWA

Transfer to the your Pandaw. Explore ashore visiting the local market and enjoying panoramic views over the Chindwin from top of a hill.

D2

MAWLAIK

Set sail to charming Ma Sein Village and continue to Mawlaik, the former seat of the Bombay Burma Corporation’s timber extraction operations for the Chindwin Area. The old Headquarters building still stands here.

D3

KINDAT

Sail to Kindat (translated in Burmese meaning a military outpost), with its old colonial post office (now a school). Also visit the tiny village of Yuwa, where previous Pandaw travellers report a delightful atmosphere from friendly locals.

D4

SITTHAUNG

Continuing upstream we sail to Sitthaung, the final resting place of a number of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company steamers scuppered there in 1942 in an ‘act of denial’ from the advancing Japanese who were a matter of hours behind. Remains of these ships can be found here. It was from here that the survivors of the Japanese invasion marched out to Tamu on the India border. Pantha was an important oil refinery belonging to the Indo-Burma Petroleum Co (Steel Brothers). We also explore Paungpyin village and take a walking tour including a visit to the market and the attractive wooden houses.

D5

TOUNGDOOT

Morning visit to Toungdoot or Hsawng-hsup in Tai, is an ancient Shan enclave who in British times still had a ruling Sawbwa complete with palace and court. It will be interesting to see what has become of the royal family and their home and to see these Shan people so far from their Tai-Shan homelands. Alistair McCrae wrote of his visit there 1935 ‘I loved the atmosphere of quiet and peaceful living there. At night I could hear greylag geese as they came in to the flooded land around us from far away north.

D6

KHAMTI

Scenic explorations upstream into the remote Nagaland. Afternoon arrive at Khamti, known as ‘the land full of gold’ due to the prevalence of gold panning in the nearby tributary of the Chindwin. We visit the town, the monastery meet local Tai speaking peoples.

D7

NAGALAND

Morning visit to Khampti market and sail the Chindwin today towards Homalin stopping at villages not used to western travellers.

D8

HOMALIN

Morning visit Homalin, an interesting town close to the Indian border with attractive forested mountains on either side – some rising to over 9,000 feet. Irrawaddy Flotilla Company used to visit here and during World War II, Homalin was occupied by the Japanese. In the afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight.

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DOWNSTREAM ITINERARY

D1

HOMALIN

Fly to Homalin and embark your Pandaw for your 7-night cruise.

D2

NAGALAND

Sail northbound into Nagaland, a remote and fascinating tribal area. As we will be the first luxury vessel to venture this far north, we will stop at villages not used to receiving international guests. Our arrival will no doubt be something of an occasion.

D3

KHAMTI

Visit Khamti, known as ‘the land full of gold’ due to the prevalence of gold panning in the nearby tributary of the Chindwin. We visit the town, the monastery meet local Tai speaking peoples. Later sail downstream to Homalin.

D4

TOUNGDOOT

Today we explore Homalin, an interesting town close to the Indian border with attractive forested mountains on either side – some rising to over 9,000 feet. Irrawaddy Flotilla Company used to visit here and during World War II, Homalin was occupied by the Japanese. We continue to Toungdoot or Hsawng-hsup in Tai, is an ancient Shan enclave who in British times still had a ruling Sawbwa complete with palace and court. It will be interesting to see what has become of the royal family and their home and to see these Shan people so far from their Tai-Shan homelands. Alistair McCrae wrote of his visit there 1935 ‘I loved the atmosphere of quiet and peaceful living there. At night I could hear greylag geese as they came in to the flooded land around us from far away north.

D5

SITTHAUNG

An enjoyable day exploring the lesser visited villages along this beautiful stretch of the Chindwin River. We sail to Paungpyin village and take a walking tour including a visit to the market and the attractive wooden houses. Continue to Sitthaung, the final resting place of a number of Irrawaddy Flotilla Company steamers scuppered there in 1942 in an ‘act of denial’ from the advancing Japanese who were a matter of hours behind. Remains of these ships can be found here. It was from here that the survivors of the Japanese invasion marched out to Tamu on the India border. Pantha was an important oil refinery belonging to the Indo-Burma Petroleum Co (Steel Brothers). We continue downstream and moor up overnight at the village of Yuwa.

D6

KINDAT

Morning walking tour of the tiny village of Yuwa and sail to Kindat (translated in Burmese meaning a military outpost), with its old colonial post office (now a school) and friendly welcoming villagers.

D7

MAWLAIK

Morning visit to Mawlaik, the former seat of the Bombay Burma Corporation’s timber extraction operations for the Chindwin Area. The old Headquarters building still stands here. We then cruise to Kalewa, and explore the area of the gateway to the Chin State. Kalewa has beautiful wooden architecture. We will visit the local market and enjoy panoramic views over the Chindwin from top of a hill.

D8

KALEWA

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport in Kalay for your domestic flight.

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INCLUDED

    Cruise Price Includes: Domestic flights Yangon/Mandalay to Kalewa and Homalin to Mandalay, entrance fees, guide services (English language), gratuities to crew, main meals, local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes. Quality mountain bikes available for independent exploration on the Kalay and Zawgyi Pandaws.
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NOT INCLUDED

    Cruise Price Excludes: International flights, port dues (if levied), laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), all beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

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TRANSFERS & JOINING

DAY 1 KALEWA

Fly from Yangon or Mandalay to Kalay and transfer to your your ship in Kalewa.

    For flight from Yangon: Registration at 10:30am at Sule Shangri-La Hotel.

    For flight from Mandalay: We will pick you up from your hotel in Mandalay between 12:30 and 13:00.

    Please note that flight times might change.

    Yangon – Kalay: K7-226 1300-1530 (Via MDL)
    Mandalay – Kalay: K7-226 1440-1530 (Direct)

DAY 8 HOMALIN

Morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Mandalay. Please note that flight times might change.

    Homalin – Mandalay: UB-616 0915-1050 (Via Monywa)

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Set Tour Packages

From
To
Standard of accommodation
Number of People (price per person)
2 Adults
2 Audits
22 Jul 19 29 Aug 19 Upstream RV Zawgyi Pandaw$5088
25 Jul 19 01 Aug 19 $5088
27 Jul 19 03 Aug 19 $3958
07 Sep 19 14 Sep 19 $6785
19 Sep 19 26 Sep 19 $5088
21 Sep 19 28 Sep 19 $5088
18 Jul 19 25 Jul 19 Downstream RV Zawgyi Pandaw$5088
03 Aug 19 10 Aug 19 $5088
15 Aug 19 22 Aug 19 $5088
12 Sep 19 19 Sep 19 $5088
Prices are in NZ dollars per person, subject to availability at time of booking.

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Mandalay or Yangon Any city hotel

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