Explore West Arunachal Pradesh and Assam

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Best Season: – Nov. & Mar. – Apr.

Our trip unravels some of the North East’s well-kept secrets. What we find is a region which has so much to offer – the flora and fauna are amazing as can be expected from the lush green landscape, then we have tradition and culture – some of the most ancient and interesting tribes are to be found here. Tribes that show a diverse cross-cultural reference with our neighbours and still follow customs that will hold us spellbound. Then there is the ubiquitous Buddhist presence through numerous monasteries, gompas and chortens. Experience magic….

 

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All about the Explore West Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Visit the Nameri National Park a mecca for the wildlife enthusiast.
  • Visit Ziro, one of the most beautiful hill stations in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Visit the famous Tawang monastery.
  • Visit the World Heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park.
  • A visit to the largest river island, Majuli in the massive Brahmaputra river.

FACT FILE:

  • Type of Tour: Road Trip
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Maximum Altitude : 4176m/13,700 ft.
  • Tour Duration: 15 Nights
  • Best Season: – Nov. & Mar. – Apr.
  • Ex – Destination: Guwahati / Dibrugarh
  • Reporting Time & Venue : 14:00 hrs. at Guwahati Airport/Railway Station
  • Dispersal Time & Venue : 10:00 hrs. at Dibrugarh Airport/  Railway Station
  • Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel / Guesthouse – 15
  • Food Plan: Breakfast and breakfast basis.
  • Travel & Transport: Transfers and sightseeing in small vehicles.

 

  1. Day 1 Arrival in Guwahati

    Arrival in Guwahati. Transfer to the hotel. Evening visit Srimanta Shankerdeva Kalashetra. Overnight stay at the hotel in Guwahati.

    Guwahati: Situated on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra River in the Kamrup District of Assam, Guwahati is a fast growing premier city. It is the gateway to the North Eastern States of India and a principal centre of socio-cultural, political, industrial and trade and commerce of the entire region. Dispur, the capital of Assam is a part of Guwahati. Earlier, this city was full of areca nut trees rappled by pan creepers. Hence this city subsequently got the name Guwahati. The word ‘Guwa’ in Assamese means areca nut and Hat means market.

    Srimanta Shankerdeva Kalashetra – a multi-art complex portrays the rich cultural diversity and life of Assam as well as that of the North-east.  This art complex has been named after the greatest Vaishnava saint and the integrator of the Assamese society, which is why it is chosen as the venue for many cultural activities. Enjoy the sound and light programme on the history of the region here.

    Note: Srimanta Shankerdeva Kalashetra remains closed on Monday’s of the week.

     

  2. Day 2 Guwahati – Nameri (215 km; 6 hrs)

    After breakfast visit Kamakhya temple and transfer to Nameri National Park. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay at the Eco-Camp located on the outer fringes of the park at Nameri.

    Situated atop the Nilachal Hills, the foremost shrine of Assam, Kamakhya Temple dominates the life of Guwahati, as much as the great Brahmaputra River. Kamakhya is an ancient seat of tantric and Shakti cults of Hinduism. A rush of devotees throng the Temple during the Ambubachi Puja in June.

    Nameri National Park: is situated on the banks of the River Bhorelli at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. Nearly 400 species of birds can be seen here. Highlights of this area are Wreathed Hornbill, White Winged Wood Duck, Long-Billed Plover and Ibisbill. Nameri is the access point to Western Arunachal Pradesh.

  3. Day 3 Nameri - Ziro (320 km; 9 hrs)

    After breakfast, drive to Ziro, the headquarters of Lower Subansiri, at a height of 5754 feet from sea level on the Apatani plateau surrounded by pine mantled hills all around. Overnight stay at hotel in Ziro.

    Ziro: One of the most beautiful hill stations of Arunachal Pradesh, Ziro is located in the midst of the pine-clad mountains, and it is the headquarters of the Lower Subansiri District inhabited by more than 50,000 friendly Apatanis. This land of the Apatanis is a valley, uneven and dotted with a number of hillocks overlooking the lush paddy fields. On the east, a high ridge demarcates the plateau from the wooded hills of the lower region.

    The Apatani people design beautiful handloom and handicrafts, besides, practising the famous paddy – fish cultivation. The area is rich in biological diversity having varied flora and fauna as per altitudinal zonation- from subtropical to alpine forests.

     

  4. Day 4 Ziro Sightseeing

    Full day excursion at Ziro. Visit the museum, emporium, Hong, Hari and Hija Villages. Also, visit the local market. Overnight stay at hotel in Ziro.

    Hong village: Hong village is counted as the second biggest and most organised tribal villages in Asia. The unique feature of the Appertain tribe is the tattooing of the women’s faces and their nose plugs, which you will find different from the other tribes.

    Note: Museums and emporiums of Arunachal Pradesh are closed on Sundays and Govt. Holidays.

     

  5. Day 5 Ziro – Nameri (320 km; 8 hrs)

    After breakfast, we drive to Nameri and check in at the Eco Camp. Overnight stay at Eco-camp in Nameri.

     

  6. Day 6 Nameri – Dirang (160 km, 6 hrs)

    After breakfast drive to Dirang. The drive takes you through a magnificent landscape alongside the Kameng River. Enroute we visit the orchid centre at Tippi. After lunch at Bomdila, we visit the Buddhist monastery. At Dirang visit the Dirang Monpa tribal village in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Dirang.

    Dirang lies between Bomdila and Tawang, with apple orchards and sheep breeding farms. A few kilometres from Dirang there is a hot spring where people go for a holy dip (people believe that taking bath in this hot spring cures skin diseases) and also visit the Kalachakra Gompa. Dirang, a small township with inhabitants of about 8000 people in the district of West Kameng, is considered as the best trade centre connecting the yak tracts.

    Dirang, an extremely picturesque valley lying at an altitude of 8500 feet has a pleasant climate where one can feel the essence of Buddhism in its air. The surroundings are covered with different vegetation including alpine forests. Dirang is the sub-division of West Kameng district.

  7. Day 7 Dirang

    Spend the day in Dirang. Overnight stay at the hotel in Dirang.

     

  8. Day 8 Dirang – Tawang (180 km; 6 hrs)

    Drive to Tawang with packed lunch. Overnight stay at the hotel in Tawang.

    The route to Tawang is a scenic drive through serpentine roads. Beautiful landscapes throughout the drive keeps one engaged. There is a strong Tibetan presence in Tawang. Prayer flags flutter in the breeze. Cross the Sela Pass at 13,700 ft. Enroute visit the Jaswant Garh War Memorial- to pay tribute to the brave soldiers who single-handedly tried to hold off the approaching Chinese from the pass during the 1962 Indo- Chinese War. The sinuous road to Tawang passes through the dragon gates at the awesome heights of the Sella Pass.

     

  9. Day 9 Tawang Sightseeing

    At Tawang, visit the famous Buddhist Monastery which was in the route chosen by the Dalai Lama to enter India from Tibet. A stunning 8-meter high gilded statue of Buddha dominates the sanctum. Attached to the monastery, is a museum and a library with priceless collections. The monastery is one of the largest in Asia, and it houses about a thousand monks. Visit the craft centre that sells beautiful masks, hand-woven carpets, tangkhas, and jewellery in silver, turquoise, coral and amber. The museum successfully presents the rich cultural diversity of Tawang. The stupa-like Tawang War Memorial, built recently, also salutes the heroes of the war. Overnight stay at the hotel in Tawang.

  10. Day 10 Tawang - Bomdila (185 km; 7 hrs)

    Drive to Bomdila with packed lunch. Later in the afternoon visit the Buddhist monastery and the local market. Overnight stay at the hotel in Bomdila.

    Bomdila is the headquarters of West Kameng district located at the height of 8500 ft above the sea level from where one can see the brilliant landscape and snow-clad mountains of the Himalayan Range. The Buddhist monastery of Bomdila is the repository of culture and is among the primary attractions of the area.

  11. Day 11 Bomdila – Kaziranga (250 km; 8 hrs)

    After breakfast drive to Kaziranga. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kaziranga.

    Kaziranga National Park: A World Heritage Site, is home to more than 75% of the world’s population of the great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros. Kaziranga has a wide variety of fauna and fauna in a unique habitat. Grasslands, mainly comprise close tangled and thorny rattan cane, elephant grass and tall trees of the evergreen forest, interspersed with numerous water bodies, marshes and shallow pools. The main wildlife besides the Rhino comprises of the Asiatic Water Buffalo, Elephant, Tiger, Leopard, Swamp Deer, Barking Deer, Hog Deer and Sambar. More than 400 species of birds are found in the park.

    Note: The park remains open from 1st Nov to 30th April only.

     

  12. Day 12 Kaziranga

    Early morning we take an elephant safari in the central range of the park followed by a jeep safari after breakfast to the Central range of the park. In the afternoon, we visit the western range of the park by jeep. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kaziranga.

    The Central Range passes through the entire habitat spectrum from ox-bow lakes, savannah woodland to Dillenia Swamp Forest. It is very good for mammal sightings as well as birds (Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Great Hornbill, Rufous Woodpecker, etc.). Driving along one can see rows of Indian Roofed and Tent Turtles (Kachuga tecta and Kachuga tentoria). Water Monitors Varanus salvator is sometimes seen in the beels. The elephant ride also takes place in this part of the park and one gets good views of the Rhino while traversing through its terrain of swamps and tall grass. It is also good for early morning photography of rhinos in the mist. There are chances of seeing Bengal Florican from the elephant.

    The Western Range has the highest density of Rhinos, as this part is swampier with extensive Haemarthia compressa stands. It is also good for grassland birds and raptors (Swamp Francolin, Pallas’s Fish-Eagle). Smooth Indian Otters Lutrogale perspicillata is sometimes seen fishing in the ox-bow lakes.

     

  13. Day 13 Kaziranga – Majuli – Jorhat

    After breakfast we drive to Neematighat (90 km; 02 hrs) for ferry crossing (2 hrs upstream boat cruise – the time depends upon the water level of the river) to Majuli – the largest inhabited river island in the world and famous for the Vaishnavite Satras or monasteries (Kamalabari Satra, Auniati Satra, Benganti satra, and many more) and culture. It is nestled between the confluence of the Subansiri and the Brahmaputra River. Visit the monasteries and interface with the tribes on the island. Return to Jorhat and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

     

    Majuli Island – A World Heritage Site is located in the Brahmaputra River and is the largest inhabited riverine island in the world.  The island has long served as a monastic retreat to the Vaishnavite community and is noted for its beautiful rural setting and the traditional Assamese and Mishing tribal architecture.

     

    On arrival, you will be transferred by road to a monastery, en route pass through both Assamese and Mishing Villages – the Mishing houses are typified by being built on stilts and their ‘long house’ style of design. At the monastery, you will be given an orientation tour by one of the monks of the monastic cell and temple.  Please note that you will be expected to remove your shoes when entering the Vaishnavite monasteries. These Satras were set up by Srimanta Shankerdev, the leader of Vaishnavite revival in the 16th Century. These are active and nurture the traditional dance form ‘Satriya’ (which is the 5th nationally recognized dance form other than Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kathakali and Manipuri), music and crafts (mask- making), besides religious teachings.

  14. Day 14 Jorhat – Sibasagar – Dibrugarh (140 km; 3 hrs)

    Today we leave for Dibrugarh after breakfast. Enroute visit Sibasagar. Overnight stay at the hotel in Dibrugarh.

     

    Sibasagar was once the capital of the Ahom Kings. The Shans who came from Thailand through Northern Myanmar to this area in the early 13th century, ruled for 600 years. The Siva Temple, built by the Ahoms, situated here is believed to be the tallest of all existing Hindu temples. The ruins of the Ahom palaces and monuments dot the landscape around this historical town. Centuries, before the arrival of the British, this part of the world was controlled by a number of tribal chieftains.

     

    In the town of Sibasagar, one can still see the remaining well-preserved relics. The largest and the oldest amphitheatre of Asia (Rang Ghar) is also another remarkable landmark in the history of Sibasagar. The Tai- Ahom Museum of Sibsagar contains some of the relics of the Ahom period like – swords, clothes, manuscripts and sundry artefacts.

     

    Dibrugarh is the gateway to the “Hidden Land” of Eastern Arunachal Pradesh and Northern Myanmar. The Ahoms from Thailand came through Northern Myanmar to this area in the 13th century to establish their Empire which thrived in the ancient land of Assam. It is the “Camellia” town of Upper Assam, an undisturbed haven, with its rich tea gardens resembling a lush green carpet. Experience and enjoy the richness of these tea gardens while staying at the Heritage Chang Bungalows. These are constructed on stilts and are situated in a serene atmosphere free from pollution.

     

    When the British established their tea plantations in the mid-19th century, they quickly built comfortable bungalows designed to make life as pleasant as possible in what, was to them, a hostile and strange land. One of the main features of these buildings has given rise to their name – Chang bungalows. Chang in the local language means “rose on stilts” and the design served multi purposes- to keep the house cool by allowing the breeze to blow underneath and to keep both water and animals out!

  15. Day 15 Dibrugarh

    Post breakfast we take you to a tea tour around a tea estate to learn all about tea – its origin, how it is grown all about tea tasting and its quality. Later we drive to Tai Phakial village (80 km; 2 hrs) – an ethnic village. The villagers still maintain their age-old culture – a village worth exploring. We return to Dibrugarh late in the afternoon. Enroute we visit the Bell’s Temple. Evening enjoys a dance performance by an ethnic dance group on the bungalow lawns. Overnight stay at the hotel in Dibrugarh.

     

    A tea tour through a 157 years old heritage tea garden gives an insight into the different activities that vary from season to season. It teaches us all about tea- its origin, how it is grown, tea tasting and its quality. During the winter months, the dormant bushes are pruned to ensure vigorous growth during the warmer months. Once the rains begin, and the temperature rises, the gardens come alive with teams of colourfully dressed tea pluckers, predominantly ladies as they are said to be better able to pluck the delicate buds and leaves. The harvest, which goes on continuously from March to November, is taken every day to the factory where it undergoes an age-old process of being turned into the finished product. All stages of the process are carefully controlled to ensure that the tea that leaves the factory is only of the highest quality, a quality that has made Assam tea world famous.

     

    Tai Phakial village is situated near the River Buri-Dihing. A Buddhist Monastery dots the village which belongs to the Hinayana sect. Tai translation of the Ramayana written on handmade paper has been newly discovered in this village. The structure of the houses is unique as the walls are made of bamboo and the roof is of palm leaves (Toko), mounted over a Chang or stilt.

     

    The story behind how this Bells Temple was born goes back to about 50 – 60 years, where a man had a dream where he was told to tie a thread around the tree. On doing this, his wish was fulfilled. One night he again dreamt that as a thanksgiving, he should hang a bell on the tree. So he did just that. Today, one can see thousands and thousands of bells of different sizes hung around the tree. The banyan tree is right in the middle of the temple, a huge tree, with a band of red thread around it.

     

    Bihu is the most popular folk dance of Assam. The people of Assam are very proud of its unique position among all other such dances of India. Except for Bhangra (the popular folk dance of Punjab), no other folk dance in India can compete with the rhythmic exuberance of the Bihu dance. ‘Bihu’ performed by young men and women reflects youthful passion and joy rejuvenating life during the spring season, accompanied by songs woven around the theme of love and physical yearning. The dance is performed by all irrespective of caste, creed and religion.

  16. Day 16 Dibrugarh; Final Departure

     

    Early morning we get transferred to the airport for final departure.

     

Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel / Guesthouse – 15

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
  1. Accommodation & Food:
  • Nameri: In a Deluxe tented campsite on twin sharing basis / Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • All other places: In a hotel on twin sharing basis / Bed & Breakfast basis.

 

  1. Travel: All transfers in SUV/MUV (Scorpio / Tavera / Sumo)

 

  1. Others:
  • Nameri National Park entry fees
  • Entry Fees, Village visit & local sightseeing as per the itinerary.
  • 01 Elephant + 02 Jeep Safaris at Kaziranga Park.
  • Ferry charges to & from Majuli Island (Public Ferry)
  • Local English speaking guide for the tour.
  • Necessary permit charges
  • Goods & Service Tax as applicable.
  • Travel to Guwahati & from Dibrugarh.
  • Lunch & dinner expenses.
  • Camera Fees.
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry, liquor, etc.
  • Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
  • Tips for hotel staff, drivers, guides etc.
  • Any extra costs incurred due to extension/change of the itinerary because of natural calamities, flight delays, roadblocks, vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond the control of “Countryside Adventure Holidays Pvt. Ltd.” and its associates.
  • Items not specified in the above in “Cost Includes”.

 

We can customize a similar tour to suit your requirements or if you are an independent traveller you can check our Fixed Departures.

TOUR EXTENSION:

Shillong & Cherrapunjee:

Shillong, the capital, is often referred to as the “Scotland of the East”. We can choose to take an excursion to Cherrapunjee, world renowned for being the wettest place on earth. On the way back, visit Mawphlang, the sacred-grove that have been preserved since time immemorial.

This tour is recommended for people with a good level of physical fitness. We do not recommend this tour to people with chronic problems like epilepsy and those related to blood pressure or heart or diabetes.

 

It’s mandatory that all the participants carry a valid photo id., (Driving License, Voter Id., Passport or Adhar Card) for issuance of permits and 02 passport size photographs.

For accompanying children above 12 yrs (who do not have a Passport or Adhar Card), it’s mandatory to carry the School Id. Card/College Id. Card along with 02 passport size photographs.

This tour is a high altitude tour and the maximum height gain will be approx. 4176m. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) can be caused due to high altitudes. The AMS may be avoided by taking precautions given in the document attached on high altitudes, please read the document carefully. The high altitude can cause Acute Mountain Sickness and may lead to serious critical medical conditions such as cerebral or pulmonary edema.

 

The weather can change dramatically causing rain, thunder storm, flash floods, cloud burst and severe drop in temperatures, causing severe physical hardships.

 

We don’t offer any guarantees for sightings of wild animals.

All activities in the National Park and Sanctuaries mentioned are conditional to weather and entry time restrictions.

Elephant ride & Jeep safari in Kaziranga National Park are subject to availability of elephants for safaris & jeeps.

In this region there are no relevance between the distance and time travelling as it depends upon the conditions of roads and congestion of traffic.

 

Our effort is to give a clear idea about the various aspects of the tour, to avoid any misunderstanding during the tour. We request you to please read the General Information, Booking Conditions, Travel Information for Assam & Arunachal Pradesh.

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