Following our descent from the Himalayas on the road to Tawang, we ventured into the tribal areas of central Arunachal Pradesh. This area is not listed on permits and we weren’t supposed to be here, but as I always say – It’s good to know people…
Before setting off into the jungle, we spent the night in an Adi Galo village. The Adi are another of the Tibeto-Burman tribes in Arunachal Pradesh (like the Nyishi).
These villages are quite remote – no paved roads, no signs, no running water, no electricity (aside from the few people that have solar panels). Thus, the villages are relatively unspoiled by the modern world and it is easy to gain a good insight into the traditional way of life.
The traditional Adi homes are built on stilts and feature thatch roofs:
This is the home we stayed in… They have solar panels and are thus able to generate enough electricity to charge mobile phones and to occasionally watch TV. Note the drainage system designed to collect as much water as possible during rainstorms:
The interior of the Adi homes is open – grass mats arranged around a central fireplace made of stone:
The villagers are quite resourceful and manage to make just about everything they need:
Some of the people around Durpai:
These guys were coming in from the jungle where they had been out cutting leaves for the thatch roofs:
Some other views of the village:
A granary in Durpai: