Assam - Nagaland - Arunachal Pradesh - Meghalaya 19 Nights / 20 Days

Destinations Covered :
Guwahati - Hajo/ Sualkuchi - Guwahati -Shillong - Nameri Eco Camp (NEC) - Dirang - Tawang -Ziro - Kaziranga National Park (KNP)

Arrive Guwahati from Delhi / Kolkata. Meet and assist at the airport, transferred to the hotel. Guwahati is considered to be the gateway to North East India. It is situated on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra River. Srimanta Shankerdev 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 a greatest Vaishnava saint and the integrator of the Assamese society.Afternoon visit Shankerdev Kalashetra. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, visit the Kamakhya Temple, Kamakhya Temple, a centre of Tantricism, which dates back to the Vedic and Puranic times. One of the best known temples of Guwahati is Kamakhya, situated on Nilachal Hill, 8kms west of the city. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya. Later drive to Sualkuchi (40kms/1hr). Sualkuchi, situated on the North bank of the Brahmaputra River is the dazzling world of Assam's silk industry. Assam is reputed for its silk and the most prominent variety is muga, the golden silk exclusive only to this state. Enroute visit Hajo. Hajo - It has a number of temples and is the meeting point of Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu faiths on the North bank of River Brahmaputra. The bell-metal work of Hajo is renowned for the interesting artifacts made by the local craftsmen. Afternoon drive back to Guwahati. Overnight at the hotel in Guwahati.
After breakfast, drive to Shillong (100kms/3hrs). Meghalaya is one of India's prettiest states inhabited by the tribal groups 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. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Evening at leisure or option to visit the local market. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast, proceed for the full day sight seeing in and around Shillong. Shillong - the state capital of Meghalaya is known for its pine hills , singing brooks and crashing waterfalls. The Shillong Peak (1965mtrs) offers a view of the city spread out against its hill slopes. Amongst the popular waterfalls, close to the town is the Elephant Falls. The Butterfly Museum is worth visiting as it has a good collection of the winged beauties, many of which are facing extinction. In the afternoon, visit the DBCIC (Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Culture). Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Nameri Eco-Camp (280kms/7hrs). Nameri Eco-Camp (tented accommodation as well as some ethnic cottages with attached bathrooms).Nameri National Park is located on the banks of the river Jia Bhorelli on the northern side of the Brahmaputra. Situated on the foothills of the great Himalayas, is also a tiger reserve. Deciduous forests with the river Jia Bhorelli flowing by its side, have added a unique charm to it. A trek inside the forest enables good sighting of the White Winged Wood Duck. Reach late in the afternoon. Rest of the time is free for leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Early morning drive to Dirang (270 kms/7hrs), the sub- divisional headquarter of West Kameng district situated between Bomdila and Tawang. Steeped in scenic beauty, this town is situated in the valley of river Kameng This place is inhabited by the Monpa tribe. Enroute visit Tippi Orchiderium.Dirang , in Arunachal Pradesh is bound by China in the north, Myanmar in the east, Bhutan in the west and the states of Assam and Nagaland in the south. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, drive to Tawang (180kms/5hrs) - a scenic drive through the serpentine roads along the river Kameng with beautiful landscapes. There is a strong Tibetan presence in Tawang. Numerous prayer flags can be seen fluttering in the breeze. Cross the Sela Pass at 13,700 ft. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
At Tawang, visit the famous Buddhist Monastery which was in the route chosen by the Dalai Lama to enter India from Tibe t. A stunning 8 mtrs. high gilded statue of Buddha dominates the sanctum. Attached to the monastery, there is a Museum and a library with priceless collections. The monastery is one of the largest in Asia with 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 presents the rich cultural diversity of Tawang. Option to go shopping. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Dirang, 180 kms and 05 hrs drive. The journey is along a very scenic road traversing forested hills, and crossing over the Nichephu pass to the Tenga Valley. Traversing the Tenga Valley, the road climbs up through a series of hairpins to the town of Bomdila, located at a 2800m high passof the same name. hereafter the road descends to the picture postcard Dirang Valley at 1600 m, which is our destination for the day. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, drive to Nameri Eco Camp (270 kms/7hrs). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Later visit the Nameri National Park, covering an area of about 200 sq. kms is located at the foothills of eastern Himalayas about 35 kms from Tezpur, the nearest town. Overnight at the eco - camp.
Early morning drive to Ziro (180kms/ 6hrs) - the headquarter of Lower Subansiri. It is at a height of 5754 feet from sea level on the Apatani plateau surrounded by hills all around. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Later free time for leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast, full day excursion at Ziro. Visit Hong village - the largest Apatani tribal village in this plateau and interface with the tribes to know their rich cultural tradition and customs. Both men and women tattoo themselves and the women are distinctive with their great nose plugs made of bamboo and face tattoo. Overnight at the hotel.
Early morning drive to Kaziranga National Park, home to the Indian Great one-horned rhinoceros (440kms/8hrs). Kaziranga is a title of a remarkable success story of conservation of the One Horned India Rhinoceros and other wild lives in the North East India. It is not only the homeland of the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros, but also provides shelter to a variety of wild lives. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the time is free for leisure or relax at the jungle resort. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Early morning, go for an elephant safari to the central range of the park. Kaziranga national Park - is a World Heritage Site, home to more than 75% of the world's total population of the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros. It is on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra River. Besides Rhino, 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. Full day visit the Kaziranga National Park. Overnight stay at the jungle resort.
After breakfast, drive to Kohima (270kms/6hrs). Kohima, now the state capital of Nagaland, is situated at an altitude of 1495 mts. above sea level. This hill station, with a panoramic view of the rugged Naga Hills was witness to a fifty day and night non-stop fighting between the Japanese and Allied forces during the 2nd World War. Visit and discover this "Battle of Tennis Court !" Enroute see the Kachari monuments at Dimapur. DIMAPUR, 80kms northwest of Kohima, is Nagaland's largest and most industrialized town. Standing on the riverside edge of the town, Dimapur's mushroom-like monuments, date back to the Kachari Kingdom. It was the capital of the Kachari rulers. The ruins date back to the 13th Century. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel. At Kohima, visit the 2nd World War Cemetery. Visit the State Museum that showcases some of the most fascinating aspects of Naga tribal life in all its variety and wealth of tradition. It also houses some of the ancestral weaponry, carved gateposts, and traditional Naga costumes and jewellery. In short, it gives an overview of the tribal lifestyle and the history of the Nagas. Option to visit the handloom and handicraft emporium.Afternoon drive to Tuophema village (40kms/2hrs). Afternoon enjoy a local cultural programme. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Early morning drive to Mokokchung (142kms/5hrs) via Wokha. Mokokchung - this picturesque town at an altitude of 1325mtrs is the cultural centre of the Ao Nagas.Wokha region is home to the Lotha tribe. It is located at an altitude of 1314mts. above sea level. Lotha Nagas are well known for their folk songs, colourful dresses and dances. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Dibrugarh (260kms/7hrs). Enroute visit Aliba village to see the largest log drum in the world. Their valor is reflected in the gorgeous hand- woven woolen shawls. It is situated at an altitude of 1325 mts. above the sea level. Dibrugarh is the gateway to the "Hidden Land" of Eastern Arunachal Pradesh. It is the "Camellia" town of Upper Assam, 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. When the British established their tea plantations in the mid-19th century they built comfortable bungalows designed to make life as pleasant as possible. One of the main features of these buildings has given rise to their name - Chang bungalows. Chang in the local language means "raised 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! Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Nam Phake village - an ethnic Tai village. Enroute visit a tea estate to know the origin and the history of tea - how it is grown, all about tea tasting and its quality. Enjoy the tea tour through a 157 years old heritage tea garden gives an insight into the different activities that vary from season to season. 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 and the gardens come alive with teams of colorfully dressed tea pluckers to pluck the delicate buds and leaves. The harvest, which goes on continuously from March to November, is taken everyday 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.Nam Phake village - a village worth exploring, situated near the River Buri-Dihing. The villagers still maintain their age-old culture. A Buddhist Monastery dots the village which belongs to the Hinayana sects. The monks in the monastery offer a warm welcome to the visitors and are always eager to explain their scriptures. Tai translation of the Ramayana written on handmade paper has been newly discovered in this village. The structures of the houses are unique as the walls are made of bamboo and the roof is of palm leaves (Toko), mounted over a Chang or stilt. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to the Dibrugarh (Mohanbari) airport (14kms/ 30mints) for onward destination.

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