Info for Visitors
How to get there –
Air – The nearest airports are Tezpur (60 km) and Guwahati (280 km). Recently, daily flights from some Indian cities to Tezpur have started operating that would decrease the travel time to Seijosa.
Rail – The nearest railway stations are at Choibari (36 km), Biswanath Charali (47 km) and Rangapara (60 km).
If you are flying in to North-east India, the best way to reach is to take a flight to Guwahati. Arunachal Pradesh State Transport (APST) as well as private bus services are available daily from Guwahati to Tezpur and Tezpur to Seijosa. One can also hire a cab from Guwahati directly (6-hour drive) to Seijosa. Info for Visitors One can also hire a cab from some of the other towns on the route: either from Tezpur (2-hour drive), Balipara (90 min drive) or Soibari (40 mins) to Seijosa.
Entry Formalities –
The Inner Line permit for Seijosa circle will be provided on arrival during the festival. However people who plan to travel to other districts in Arunachal before or after the festival are recommended to apply for the ILP online. arunachalilp.com/index.jsp
The various options available for stay are homestays, tents and Forest Department Rest house (limited). If you wish to book accommodation during the festival please visit the contact us section and write to us.
Accommodation costs and other details will be provided soon.
Weather – In January, it is winter and the temperature ranges from 10° – 27° C
It is mostly dry during this period with little chance of rain. However, given that this is Arunachal, it is best to carry along an umbrella or a rain jacket
Things to carry/bring –
-Inner Line Permit (ILP)
-Mosquito repellant/Tick repellant (although in winter, mosquitoes are not a problem)
-Medicines (if any) – The nearest Community Health Centre is at Upper Seijusa, 4 km from the festival ground. Medical centers are in nearby Assam towns and nearest hospital is in Tezpur.
-Info about the ATM – There is only one SBI-ATM in Seijosa and most places would require cash payment.
Recommended: Binoculars and bird guide – If you wish to go for wildlife safari or bird walks
Pakke Tiger Reserve: Pakke Tiger Reserve entrance is very close to the festival ground (~2Km) just across the Pakke River on the west bank. You can register for Bird walks, Wildlife safaris inside the park at the festival ground registration stall or while booking your accommodation. (Note -Park entrance fees/camera fees are additional)
Food- The local food in this part of Arunachal includes rice and lots of leafy vegetables that are preferred boiled than cooked any other way. Most dishes here use bamboo shoot, bhut jholokia (Naga king chilli) and local greens. Delicacy – Pork cooked with bamboo shoot. The use of mustard oil is common to intensify the flavor.
Apung (rice beer) is most important local traditional drink that is enjoyed by the locals on all occasions. Another similar drink called Marua (millet beer) is also widely enjoyed.