Assam - Meghalaya 9 Nights / 10 Days

Destinations Covered :
Dibrugarh- Digboi - Dibrugarh - Sivsagar - Jorhat -Kaziranga - Shillong -Cherrapunjee - Shillong - Guwahati

Arrive at airport, meet and assist, then transfer to the hotel. Later option to go for a Tea Tour. Dibrugarh is the gateway to the "Hidden Land" of Eastern Arunachal. The Ahoms from Thailand came through Northern Myanmar through 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 heaven, with its rich tea gardens resembling a lush green carpet. Experience and enjoy the richness of these tea gardens while staying at Dibrugarh. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast, visit the Kamakhya Temple. Then drive on to Shillong (100kms/3hrs/1496mtrs), the state capital of Meghalaya. ". Meghalaya, swaddled amidst wraith-like mists is aptly called "the abode of clouds". It is one of India's prettiest states inhabited by the Khasis, Jaintias and Garos. It is known for its matrilineal society, which governs lineage and ancestral inheritance through the female line. It stands out for its traditional and natural beauty among the other states. Its historical strengths have been irreversibly linked with its superlative natural setting. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight at a hotel.
After breakfast drive to Jorhat (120kms/4hrs). Enroute visit Siva sagar to see the monuments and temple of medieval period of Assam. Sivsagar was once the capital of the Ahom Kings. The Shans who came from Thailand through Northern Myanmar to this area in 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 Siva sagar, one can still see the remaining well preserved relics. Palaces, tanks, forts, places of worship and burial sites (vaults) at Charaideo present the richness of this highly evolved and advanced civilization. The largest and the oldest amphi-theatre of Asia (Rang Ghar) is also another remarkable landmark in the history of Siva sagar. The Tai- Ahom Museum of Sivsagar contains the some of the relics of the Ahom period, like - swords, clothes, manuscripts and sundry artefacts.Jorhat (55kms/1hr from Sivsagar) is another tea hub in the Upper Assam region. It is the headquarters of the Jorhat district and is the gateway to Majuli Island. Many small and big tea estates surround this town which was planted in the British days. The Gymkhana Club still exists actively which was once the centre of the social evenings and sports in the British days. Jorhat also boasts of the Tea Experimental Station at Tocklai where tea scientists continuously endeavour to introduce new and better plantation practices including developing new clones and saplings. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast drives to Neematighat (12kms/20mints) and take a boat cruise to Majuli (2hrs upstream boat cruise- the time depends upon the water level of the river) - the largest inhabited river island in the world and famous for the Vaishnavite Satras or monasteries and its culture. Visit the monasteries and interface with tribes in the island.Afternoon cruise back to the mainland. Enroute there is a possibility of sighting flocks of migratory water birds and the Gangetic River Dolphin. Drive to Kaziranga National Park (90kms/2hrs). Majuli Island-a World Heritage Site, is located in the Brahmaputra River . The island has long served as a monastic retreat for 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, enroute 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 of the monastic cells and temple.. These Satras were set up Srimanta Shankerdev, the leader of Vaishnavite revivalism 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. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Early morning, go for an elephant safari to the central range of the park. And later explore the park twice by open jeep. Kaziranga national Park - is a World Heritage Site, where more than 75% of the world's total population of the great Indian One horned Rhinoceros can be found. It lies on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra River and is one of the oldest parks of Assam. Besides rhinos, the Asiatic Water Buffalo numbering over 1200, elephants over 1000, tigers more than 81, Swamp deer, Barking deer and Hog deer can be seen. About 400 species of birds are found in the Park. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast drive on to Shillong (320kms/6hrs). Shillong - is the state capital of Meghalaya known as "the abode of clouds". It is one of India's prettiest states inhabited by the tribal group of Khasis, Jaintias and Garos. They are known for the matrilineal society, which governs lineage and ancestral inheritance through the female line. It stands out for its traditional and natural beauty among the other states. Its historical strengths have been irreversibly linked with its superlative natural setting. Rest of the day is free for rest at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Full day site seeing in and around Shillong. Shillong is known as one of the prettiest hill station. Its natural beauty is most conducive for extended holidays continuing to be a hot favourite. The scenic Khasi Hills looks magnificent with its smoky blue hills thick with pine and orchids, singing brooks and crashing waterfalls. The Shillong Peak (1965mtrs) offers breathtaking views of the city spread out against its glorious hill slopes. Amongst the popular waterfalls, close to the town is the Elephant Falls. In the afternoon, visit the DBCIC (Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Culture). Evening, go for a walk around the serene Ward's Lake. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Early morning drive on to Cherrapunjee (55kms/2hrs/1300mt) - the place which once received the heaviest rainfall the world. The drive gives a spectacular view of deep gorges and the rolling hills luxurious with tropical vegetation that boast an innumerable variety of ferns, moss and orchids. Cherrapunjee's numerous falls are most impressive during the steamy monsoon season when awesome torrents of water plunge down to the Bangladeshi plains. At Cherrapunjee, explore the lime- stone caves. Return to Shillong in the evening. Enroute visit David Scott's Trail, popularly known as the 'Sacred Forest'. Overnight at the hotel at Shillong.
After breakfast drive to Guwahati (120kms/3hrs). Afternoon, visit Sualkuchi and Hajo. Guwahati is considered to be the gateway to North East India.At Sualkuchi, explore the dazzling world of Assam's silk industry, on the North bank of Brahmaputra River. Assam silk is one of the hottest souvenirs to take home. Assam is reputed for its silk and the most prominent variety is muga, the golden silk exclusive only to this state. Apart from muga, there is paat, as also eri, the latter being used in the manufacturing of warm clothes for winter. Hajo - the meeting point of Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu faiths on the North bank of river Brahmaputra. It has a number of temples, the chief among them being the Hayagrib Madhab Temple - a place of pilgrimage both for the Hindus and the Buddhists. Hajo's bell-metal work is renowned for the interesting artefacts made by the local craftsmen. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast drive to the airport (25kms/40mints) to board flight for onward destination.

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