ASSAM ARUNACHAL & MEGHALYA

Key Info

  • DURATION 15 nights / 16 days
  • ACTIVITY GRADING Tough
  • BEST TIME TO TRAVEL October to April

Highlights

  • Explore the tribal lifestyle of North east India.
  • Temples of North East
  • Safari to Kaziranga national park.

DAY 1:

Arrive Kolkata

Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Leave for a sightseeing of Kolkata.

After breakfast visit the flower market then walk across the Howrah Bridge [the Busiest bridge of the World & a Gunnies World Record]. Walk past Howrah railway station – the second oldest in India. Visit the old Calcutta by local commuter ferry to visit the Kumartully [Idol maker's colony].

Afternoon, proceed to the Calcutta's largest mosque The Nakoda Mosque rickshaw or by car. Walk to enjoy the interesting Muslim dominated area of the city. Continue to the largest fruit market to witness the daily trading. Proceed by foot to enjoy the busy & the interesting narrow side streets of the famous Burabazar to see the different products on sale. Evening proceed by car to the river side to enjoy the spectacular sunset on the river Hoogly.

DAY 2:

Kolkata – Dibrugarh flight

Transfer to Kolkata airport to connect flight to Dibrugarh.

On arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel.

Dibrugarh, situated on the banks of mighty river Brahmaputra, is the main tea town of Upper Assam and a main commercial place with historic importance. Lunch and then visit a local Assamese village to know more about the lifestyle and the culture of the Assamese people.

DAY 3:

Dibrugarh – Duliajan – Meerbeel–Dibrugarh

After breakfast drive to Duliajan (55 kms/1½ hrs) to visit the Bell temple. It is believed that if someone ties a bell here their wishes come true. From here proceed to the Nam-Phake village where a community named Tye-Phake resides. It is said that about 1000 years back this community moved from Thailand and settled down here. Visit the Monastery to view the life style of these local people. After this drive to Meerbeel, an eco-tourism village. The name Meerbeel means surrounded by lake (Beel).

Evening drive back to Dibrugarh.

Days 4

Dibrugarh – Wakro (160 Km / 5 hour)

Early breakfast and then drive to Wakro (160 km / 5 hours) in Arunachal Pradesh via Namsai - the land of the Khampti tribe who are believed to be the descendants of the Tai Ahoms. Khamptis are one of the major tribe inhabitants of the Lohit District. They are deeply influenced by Buddhist ethics and morality. The Khamptis are Buddhists of the Theraveda School. They are the only tribe in Arunachal Pradesh who have their own script for the language. Traditionally, they live on the cultivation of paddy and other crops. The social structure of the Khamptis is well organized on the basis of clan or village determined by kinship or locality. They migrated from Thailand during the early part of 13th century to the Lohit district. On the way also visit the Buddhist monastery at Chowkham.

On arrival check in at the camp.

After lunch, visit the local village in Wakro which is the homeland of the "Mishmis" one of the Mongoliod tribes of Tibeto-Burman origin. They speak their own dialect which varies from different groups. The three major Mishmi groups are "Idus" "Tarons" and the 'Kamans'. Mishmis are very rich in culture and may be termed as a festival loving people. They believe any day of the year is auspicious for a ceremony if provisions exist. On these days animals are sacrificed. Mishmis are nature worshipers.

DAY 5:

Wakro – Roing (100 Km / 4 hour)

Then proceed to Roingin the Debang valley of Arunachal Pradesh. En-route visit Parasuramkund, a pilgrimage site for the Hindus. Also visit the tribal museum at Tezu.

DAY 6:

Roing

After Breakfast visit a local village and interact with the Mishmi tribes of this region and see the life style of these tribal people and enjoy a local lunch.

DAY 7:

Roing – Dibrugarh (210 km / 05 hour)

This morning drive back to Dibrugarh. On the way, visit a tea garden for which Assam is world famous. Know about the process of manufacturing of tea by visiting a tea factory. Thereafter, proceed to Dibrugarh.

Days 8

Dibrugarh – Sibsagar – Mokokchung

Morning proceed to Sibsagar, the ancient capital of the Ahom rulers of Assam, who ruled Assam for 600 years, before the advent of the British. Explore the monuments like Ranghar, Talatalghar, and Siva Dol there and then after lunch drive to Mokokchung.

Day 9

Mokokchung – Tuophema

After breakfast, sightseeing of Mokokchung. Visit the local villages and then drive to Tuophema Tourist village. On arrival, check in at the Village. Touphema is run by Angami Naga village community showcasing the traditional Angami Naga culture. Dinner and stay at Tuophema Tourist village.

Day 10

Touphema – Kohima

This morning have a leisurely walk in the village to explore the local Naga village life. After breakfast, drive to Kohima (2 hours), the capital of Nagaland.

On arrival, check-in at Hotel.

Afternoon sightseeing of Kohima. Visit the local market, the catholic cathedral, WW II Cemetery, nestled in the heart of Kohima town, where one of the fiercest battles of WWII was fought. Also visit State Museum which gives you a peep into the various aspects of Naga Culture.

Day 11

Kohima – Dimapur – Kaziranga (180 Km / 5 hour)

Today we proceed to Kaziranga National Park, a world heritage site and famous for the one horned Rhino. On arrival, check-in at the lodge. Afternoon visit a traditional tribal village.

Day 12

Kaziranga

Get up very early in the morning for an exciting elephant ride. Enjoy an hour ride through the Park to appreciate the beauty of famous one horned rhino, wild elephant, swamp deer, samba, hog deer, etc.

After breakfast go exploring the Central range of the park on a Jeep safari. It is an ideal introduction to the park and its ecology as the route passes through the entire spectrum of habitat types prevalent in the area. There is a possibility of sighting elephants as well as the other Mega herbivores and the famous Rhino.

Afternoon go on another Jeep safari inside Western range of the National Park to enjoy the wildlife of the park. The route traverses the southwest portion of the park. This range has maximum short grass areas and is the optimum habitat for Rhino and Water Buffalo.

Day 13

Kaziranga – Shillong (280Km / 7 hour)

Today drive to Shillong, the Scotland of the East. On the way, visit the Umiam lake.

Day 14

Shillong– (Excursion to Mawlynnong)

This morning drive to one of the cleanest villages in Asia. This village borders Bangladesh and you can have a great view of the plains of Bangladesh from here. On the way, visit the Shillong Peak (1965 m) which offers breathtaking view of the city below. Trek to the living Root Bridge which is a real delight to see. Walk to the Bangladesh view point and explore the village and interact with the local locals. Then drive back to Shillong.

Day 15

Shillong – Guwahati (110 Km / 4 hour)

After breakfast go sightseeing of Shillong visiting the serene Ward's Lake, Museum and the Cathedral. Thereafter drive back to Guwahati arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Day 10

Guwahati – Kolkata flight

Morning visit the famous Kamakhya temple. This temple dates back to the Vedic and the Puranic times and is the center for Tantricism.

Thereafter transfer to the airport for your flight back to Kolkata.

Our representative will meet you at the airport to assist you in check-in for onward flight.



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DELHI

India's capital city, Delhi is the second most widely used entry point into the country, being on the route of most major airlines. It is well linked by rail, air and road to all parts of the country. The remains of seven distinctive capital cities – among them Shahjahanabad and QutabMinar – can be seen. Here, museums, art galleries and cultural centers attract the finest exhibitions and performances from India and abroad. Shopping encompasses virtually everything that can be bought in the country; hotels range from the deluxe to the more modest. Most fascinating of all is the character of Delhi which varies from the 13th century mausoleum of the Lodi kings set in a sprawling park to ultra modern chrome and glass skyscrapers; and from imperial India's Parliament House and the President's Palace to the never ending bustle of the walled city surrounding Jama Masjid. Delhi also makes the ideal base for a series of short excursions to neighbouring places, all connected by road.

The capital of India, Delhi blends an historic past and a vibrant present. The Imperial city planned for the British by Lutyens is set in parks and shaded avenues. Legend has it that Delhi, then called Indraprastha, was originally founded around 1200 B.C. by the Pandavas, the august heroesof the epic Mahabharata. Present day Delhi is built around the ruins of seven ancient cities

HARYANA

This state could well be called a perfect vacation land: A state that blazed a trail of holiday traditions, with its highway tourism policy. The bird named complexes of Haryana Tourism dot the five national highways passing through the state. They also await the holiday maker at district headquarters towns and place of tourist interest. Here you get in touch with Nature. Kick off your shoes and relax with pampered treatment. Eat out at well appointed restaurants. Crowd the icecreamparlours. Gift shops, bars.

Whereas the seventies saw the initial establishment of the tourism strategy and infrastructure, the eighties saw Haryana Tourism concentrate on promoting cultural and pilgrim tourism. The nineties brought in Adventure and Golf Tourism. The turn of the century is seeing Haryana Tourism venturing into privatization, village tourism, development of new locations and the opening of crafts centres. Beginning with one resort in 1966, today Haryana Tourism runs 44 tourist complexes dotted all over the State. The resorts provide a wide range of tourist facilities such as a hotel, motels, restaurants, bars, fast food centres, health clubs, conference halls and recreational facilities like lakes for boating, picnic hides and children's parks. 777 guest rooms are available in the resorts run by Haryana Tourism.

All complexes are dotted with beautiful lakes, picturesque landscaping, golf courses, bath complexes, tennis and billiards facilities. Here Adventure sport means canoeing & kayaking, trekking & rock climbing, camping and river rafting.

HIMACHAL PRADESH

Himachal Pradesh is a tiny hill state whose pleasant summers make it a popular holiday resort. The Raj still lingers in Shimla, the state capital and former summer capital during British rule. Kullu-Manali are neighbouring resorts, surrounded by pine covered hills and lush meadows. Himachal has, in addition to popular resort towns, a series of secluded hill retreats ideal for interested anglers, trekkers and those wanting a quiet getaway. Many of these include: from Shimla – Mashobra, Kufri, Naldehra; those around Kullu-Manali include Manikaran, Naggar and Brighu Lake; the barely accessible valleys of Lahaul and Spiti are a trekker's delight.

JAMMU & KASHMIR

Jammu and Kashmir, India's fascinating northernmost state consists of three regions differing in topography and culture. Jammu was the stronghold of Hindu Dogra kings and abounds with popular temples and secluded forest retreats. Kashmir's capital city, Srinagar offers delightful holidays on the lakes with their shikaras and houseboats.

Ladakh is the northern most province of the state, with a bleak terrain of barren mountains. Hilltop monasteries and a colourful way of life, completely at one with the surroundings, make Ladakh one of the best living traditions of Tibetan Buddhism in the world today.

Amongst the three regions of Jammu & Kashmir State, Jammu, perhaps, offers the widest diversity of terrain and beauty. The entire region is pocketed with lakes and valleys, some still little explored. The foundation of the settlement of Jammu is attributed to King Jambulochan of the 9th century BC. In 1730 AD, it came under the Dogra rule of Raja Dhruv Deva and Jammu became an important centre for arts and culture, now renwned as the Pahari School. Religion, too, played an important part in its development, so beautifully evidenced in its various shrines and temples spread throughout the region.

PUNJAB

Punjab, the land of five rivers and integrated cultural history,is a treasure trove for an avid tourist.For this land of the great gurus not only boasts of ancient monuments but throbs with historical embodiments.It is no secret that whoever comes to this land of yellow fields with blue mountains providing the romantic and picturesque backdrop has never gone back without imbibing the essence of Punjab.

There is no dearth of breathtaking palaces,for Punjab was the seat of royality,as the imposing Quila Mubarak will tell you. Museums galore and so are the religious places with the Golden Temple offering succour to the mind and soul of any one visiting. If you are a wild life freak, then Punjab can take you on a tour of the sanctuaries,which are hot favourites with migratory birds.Since this state borders Pakistan,there are two main posts from which you can peep into the land that was once an integral part of Punjab and experience the feelings of the people separated by a line. The much truncated India's portion of present Punjab is divided into three natural regions :theMajha,theDoaba and the Malwa. Punjab, the chief wheat producing area of the country, is the overland entry point into India. The state is also known for its production of sports and hosiery goods. The holiest shrine for the Sikhs is the Golden Temple in Amritsar, so called because the dome is covered with gold leaf.

AMRITSAR

Amritsar - the holy city of Sikhs, has grown from a sacred village pond intoa spiritual temporal centre of Sikh culture. The city gets its name from thepool-Amritsar (Pool of Nectar), which was constructed by the fourth religiouspreceptor of the Sikh faith. It also lies on the Asain Highway.

CHANDIGARH

The city of Chandigarh lies in the valley surrounded by Shiwalik Hills that hem the great Himalayas. From here one can travel northwards to the hill resorts of Shimla Kulu, Manali, Dharmashala and Dalhousie. Chandigarh is not only the most modern city in the country but has been planned to perfection by the world famous French architect le Corbusier.

RAJASTHAN

Rajasthan, India's desert state, was once a collection of princely kingdoms where feudal traditions still carry on amidst forts and palace hotels.

Bharatpur is famous for its 29 sq km bird sanctuary which has the largest concentration and variety of birdlife in Asia. Throughout the year Bharatpur's native population of tree and water birds can be seen, the latter breeding in July-August. However, the sanctuary has gained worldwide attention as being the winter home of several migratory species including the endangered Siberian crane.

The capital city, Jaipur, was the stronghold of a clan of rulers whose three hill forts and series of palaces in the city are important attractions. Known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city, Jaipur's bazaars sell embroidered leather shoes, blue pottery, tie and dye scarves and other exotic wares. Western Rajasthan itself forms a convenient circuit, in the heart of the Thardesert which has shaped its history, lifestyles and architecture. Jodhpur's exquisitely lovely fort, now a museum; art deco royal palace converted into a hotel, and quaint markets, all vividly testify to the history of the princely state. Jaisalmer, in the heart of the desert, is surrounded by sand-dunes which rendered the sand coloured fort impregnable. Today it is an inhabited city whose chief attraction is lacy filigree of pierced stonework facades of private houses, and a series of ornately carved Jain temples.

Bikaner too has echoes of the past in its sandstone palace, temples and cenotaphs. In the north of Rajasthan, Shekhavati is approachable by road from Jaipur. The greatest attraction here are the deserted mansions of local merchants decorated with a profusion of wall paintings. The subjects and styles vary greatly, and are not encountered elsewhere in India. Nearby Dundlod and Mandawa are forts, now converted into charming hotels. Bundi is remarkable for its palace fort and gallery of fine frescoes, executed in the style for which the state is famous.

Approachable by road from Jaipur are Ajmer and Pushkar. Ajmer's pre-eminence is due to the shrine of a Muslim saint who is believed to fulfill one's wishes. Nearby Pushkar has one of the very few temples dedicated to Brahma the Creator. The sleepy town with its placid lake is catapulted into prominence for 10 days every November as India's most splendid camel fair takes place here, attended by thousands of locals flashing jewellery and exuding colour. For the thousands of tourists who visit Pushkar, accommodation is in the form of tents which cater to all budgets.

Also in Rajasthan is the wildlife sanctuary of Sariska where a royal hunting lodge has been converted into a hotel. Sariska's wildlife includes the tiger, panther, deer and antelope.

UTTARAKHAND

Uttarakhand became the 27th state of the Republic of India in November 2000. Carved out of the state of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand mainly comprises the hilly regions of Uttar Pradesh. The state borders Himachal Pradesh in the north-west and Uttar Pradesh in the South, and has international borders with Nepal and China. A picturesque state, Uttarancahal has magnificent glaciers, majestic snow-clad mountains, panoramic views of the Himalayas, dense forests and the valley of flowers, as well as some of Hinduism's most sacred pilgrim sites. The State's 13 Districts can be grouped into three distinct geographical regions, the High mountain region, the Mid-mountain region and the Terai region. This is the land where the Vedas and Shastras were composed and great Indian epic, The Mahabharatha, was written.

The state is very rich in natural resources especially water and forests as it has many glaciers, rivers, forests, mountain peaks. The famous peaks of Uttarakhand are Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Trishul, Bandarpunch and Mt Kamet. The major glaciers include Gangotri, Pindari, Milam and Khatling. The Ganga, The Yamuna, Ramganga and Sharda are principal rivers of this region.

The name Haridwar means "gateway to God", and it is from here that the pilgrimage to two famous temples, Kedarnath (Lord Shiva) and Badrinath (Lord Vishnu) starts. It is situated on the banks of river Ganga, at the foothills of the Shivalikmountains. It is one of the four places where the Kumbhmela is held every 12 years. During this fair, millions of devotees take a holy dip in the river Ganges to wash away their sins. It is said that the pitcher of Amrit was kept in hiding here by Devtas when it was unearthed from SagarManthan. The same pitcher was taken to the other places, i.e. Allahabad, Ujjain and Nasik. In the struggle with Asuras the pitcher broke spilling some sacred water (amrit), since then these places became very holy and the Kumbhmela is held every 3 years in these cities in succession. Every evening, after sunset, aarti of the Ganga is performed in Har-ki-Pauri.

UTTAR PRADESH

In Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow was associated with the princely court of Oudh and then with the British, both traditions lingering on in the city whose finest monument is the Bara Imambara. Further east, Varanasi is the oldest city in India. An important centre of Hindu pilgrimage, it is believed that those who die in Varanasi will be released from the cycle of rebirth. Pious Hindus still come to Varanasi to spend their last days, living in spartan communes run by a multitude of religious trusts. The focus of interest to a visitor is the sacred River Ganga. At the series of steps leading down to it, people come to wash away their sins by bathing in the river, the dead are cremated and holy men meditate. In the narrow bylanes of the city are crowded bazaars selling brassware and silk brocades.