Tirbal Trails Tours
India, along with Africa, has the largest tribal population in the world. The statistics are quite astonishing: the 533 different tribes, made up of more than 80 million tribals, represents almost 10% of India's population. The lives of the tribes in India are closely tied to nature, and they inhabit some of the most pristine and picturesque environments in the country. Largely unaffected by the modern world, they're very simple and often curious people, who have retained their rituals and customs. Here are five of the best places to tour tribal India, and get an unforgettable insight into their existence.1. Nagaland and Northeast India
There are 16 major tribes in untamed Nagaland, which shares a border with Myanmar in remote north east India. Whether you venture to the villages just a few hours from Kohima, or to the far-off districts of Mon and Mokokchung, you're sure to be engaged by the fascinating tribal village life in Nagaland. Many people prefer to take an organized tour, but it's not a must if you're adventurous. For a real tribal treat, don't miss the Hornbill Festival, held every December in the Kohima district. Tours: Greener Pastures offer many different tribal tours. Their newest tour is an extensive 32 day Tribal Frontiers of Northeast India tour through Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, and Nagaland.2. Orissa
The largest number of tribes, 62, can be found in Orissa. These ancient people with mystical ancient ways dwell in Orissa's remote, deep forests and hilly interiors. Most of them are in the southwest part of the state. You'll need to go on an organized tour to visit the tribes in Orissa as some tribal areas are quite inaccessible and require permits, and language is also a barrier. Puri is the best place to arrange tribal tours. Tours run for at least five nights/six days, due to the amount of travel involved. Tours: Heritage Tours operate 14 and 16 day tribal tours that also include other attractions in Orissa. Also try community-based Grass Routes Journeys in Puri, which run 13 day tribal trail tours.