Explore West Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya
Best Season: Nov. & Mar. – Apr.
Our trip unravels some of 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….
Meghalaya – The Abode of Clouds, is a land blessed with abundant natural beauty spread across a diverse canvas of landscapes. High mountain plateaus, dense forests narrow valleys with gushing rivers, mighty waterfalls and an intricate network of limestone caves. This amazing variance in the landscape also makes it the ideal playground for the adventurous.
This thrilling trip gives you an opportunity to experience Meghalaya while correlating the essence of their culture with the land and explore Cherrapunji.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCustomized Packages
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
- Visit the famous Tawang monastery.
- Visit the World Heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park.
- Shillong sightseeing
- Visit the picturesque village of Mawlynnong, acclaimed to be the cleanest one in all of Asia.
- Visit the living root bridge
- Cherrapunji sightseeing.
- Type of Tour: Road Trip
- Grade: Moderate
- Maximum Altitude : 4176m/13,700 ft.
- Tour Duration : 12 Nights/ 13 Days.
- Best Season: – Nov. & Mar. – Apr.
- Ex-Destination :
- Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel – 12
- Food Plan: Hotel – Bed & Breakfast basis
- Travel & Transport: Transfers and sightseeing in SUV/MUV.
Arrival in Guwahati; Drive to Nameri (215 km; 6 hrs)
Arrival in Guwahati 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.
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, etc. Nameri is the access point to Western Arunachal Pradesh.
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.
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.
It’s 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. Overnight stay at the hotel in Dirang.
Dirang – Tawang (130 km; 6 hrs)
Post breakfast, drive to 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. En-route 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. Overnight stay at hotel/guesthouse in Tawang.
Post breakfast, visit the Penga Ten Tso Lake. Further 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 hotel/guesthouse in Tawang.
Tawang – Bomdila (176 km; 6-7 hrs)
Post breakfast, drive to Bomdila. En-route visit Jung Water Falls and Kiwi Garden. Later in the evening, visit the Buddhist monastery and the local market.
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.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Bomdila.
Bomdila – Kaziranga National Park (250 km; 8 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Kaziranga. En-route visit Nag Temple and Orchidarium at Tipi. 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 flora 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.
Kaziranga National Park
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.
Kaziranga National Park – Shillong (224 km; 5-6 hrs)
Post breakfast, drive to Shillong. En-route you will visit the largest manmade lake of Northeast India – Umium Lake as time permits, and Cathedral of Merry Church. Overnight stay at the hotel in Shillong.
Post breakfast, we embark on a sightseeing tour of Shillong. We visit Lady Hydari Park, Ward’s Lake, Cathedral Catholic Church, Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, Shillong Peak. Overnight stay at the hotel in Shillong.
Lady Hydari Park: A popular spot both with locals and tourist, it is located in the heart of the city with an abundance of plants and flowers.
Ward’s Lake: A beautiful man-made lake named after Sir William Ward, the then, Chief Commissioner of Assam. A beautiful little lake with short garden walks and boating facilities. This is a popular spot for both local and visiting tourists.
Cathedral Catholic Church: In the heart of the city, there stands a beautiful cathedral of Roman Catholics.
Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum: For those interested in ethnic tribal culture and tradition this Govt. Museum under the control of Art and Culture Department offers insights to the lifestyle of the people. This museum is in the State Central Library complex where monuments for the great patriots of the state had been erected besides the statue of Smt. Indira Gandhi and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures: A three-in-one Institution combining a museum with a research and publication centre, for promoting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of North East India -a unique fusion of the entire sister states under one roof.
Shillong Peak: An ideal picnic spot, 1965m above sea level and 10 km from the city, offers a panoramic view of the countryside, and is also the highest point in the State. Obeisance is paid to U Shulong at the sanctum at the peak’s summit every springtime, by the religious priest of Mylliem State. In the evening the city lights below appear like a star-studded abyss.
Shillong – Mawlynnong (80 km; 2 hrs) - Cherrapunji (82 km; 2½ hrs)
After breakfast we drive to the picturesque village of Mawlynnong, acclaimed to be the cleanest one in all of Asia. Walk through this flower laden village, interacting with the locals to understand what motivates them to keep their village spick and span. Crank up the excitement with a walk to your first ever Root bridge in the neighbouring village of Riwai.
Living Root Bridges are unique live bridges found only in the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. The secondary roots of a species of Indian Rubber Tree Ficus Elastica- are trained over 20-25 years to form these living bridges to cross fast flowing rivers and streams. Some of these bio-engineering wonders are 53 feet, 70 feet, 100 feet long. The Double Decker Root Bridge has two levels. The bridge is strong enough to carry the weight of 50 people at a time and some of the bridges in that area may be well over 500 years old one such bridge is the Umishiang Double-Decker Root Bridge which is believed to be the only one of its kind in the world.
After enjoying our local meal in Mawlynnong, continue to Cherrapunji. Overnight stay at the hotel in Cherrapunji.
Post breakfast we visit Noh Kalikai Falls, Kshaid Dain Thlen Falls & Mawsynram. Overnight stay at the hotel in Shillong.
Cherrapunjee (Sohra): Better known as Sohra, Cherrapunjee is situated 56 km from Shillong and 1,300mt above sea level and is known all over the world as the rainiest place on the planet. Besides a number of roaring waterfalls, including the famous Nohsngithiang falls the lovely town is also famous for its limestone caves, orange, honey, a headquarter of the Syiem of Sohra and a Centre of the Khasi Culture and literature.
Kshaid Dain Thlen Falls: Located near Sohra, meaning the falls where the mythical monster of Khasi legend was finally butchered. The axe-marks made on the rocks where Thlen was butchered are still intact and visible.
Mawsmai Cave: This 250m long cave is the major attraction for the tourists in Cherrapunjee. This cave is located 6 km away from Cherrapunjee near to Mawsmai village. This natural limestone cave is wide enough for a person to walk comfortably, and one can see the myriads of stalagmites and stalactites all over the caves which are growing gradually. The caves are dark inside and electric torches are installed for the convenient of the tourists.
Cherrapunji - Guwahati (148 km; 5½ hrs)
Post breakfast drive from Cherapunji to Guwahati. On arrival in evening at Guwahati visit Kamakhya temple, Tirupati Balaji Temple and take an evening cruise on the mighty river Brahmaputra. Overnight stay at the hotel in Guwahati.
After Breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Airport/Railway Station for your return onward destination.
Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel – 12
- Accommodation & Food: At all places in hotels on twin sharing basis; Bed & Breakfast basis.
- Transport: All transfers in SUV/MUV.
Note: Vehicle is not at disposal basis.
- Nameri National Park entry fees.
- Inner line Permit Fees.
- Entry Fees, Village visit & local sightseeing as per the itinerary.
- 01 Elephant + 02 Jeep Safaris at Kaziranga Park.
- Goods & Service Tax as applicable.
- Travel to & from Guwahati
- Lunch & dinner expenses.
- Elephant Safari at Kaziranga (INR 1100/- per person)
- Monument / sight-seeing visit fees.
- 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.
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.
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 Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & Meghalaya