India’s North East is a land of undulating hills and plains with luxuriant green cover and a wide variety or rare and exotic flora and fauna. The Bramhaputra valley with its near tropical climate is a fertile plain on the basin of one of the largest rivers of the world. The hilly terrain of the region ranges from Nagaland in the east to the Meghalaya in the west the Mizoram lies in the south while in the north lies the Arunachal Pradesh extends to the snow-clad ridges of the great Himalayas.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Guwahati To Shillong
Arrive Guwahati Airport / Railway Station. Your tour begins in the beautiful North East. Our local office representative shall meet and greet you at airport / station and you shall be transferred to Shillong. Enroute visit Umiam Lake - more popularly known as Barapani, this is the biggest artificial lake in the State. Surrounded by sylvan hills and wrapped in the beauty of an assortment of green Khasi-pines and the azure blue skies is the majestic Umiam Lake. Developed upon the reservoir of the Umiam Hydro Electric Project, the Water Sports Complex provides a choice of row-boats, paddle-boats, cruise boats, sailing boats, water scooters and speed boats. On arrival Check in at the hotel and later visit Botanical garden that houses an extensive range of exotic plants and flowers. Don Bosco Museum - a unique venture of the Salesians of Don Bosco in North East India to develop expert facilities for the preservation and promotion of numerous beautiful and diverse indigenous cultures of the region. The Museum exhibits cultural artifacts thematically arranged from floor to floor in the different galleries along with excellent paintings depicting various aspects of the cultures of North East India forms the first and most visible aspect of Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures. Overnight stay at Shillong.
Day 2: Excursion To Cherrapunjee
Morning after breakfast, proceed for an excursion to Cherrapunjee , blessed with many breathtaking views of nature in her pristine beauty with cool springs, mind soothing waves of thick green jungle foliage, gurgling mountain streams finding their way through rocks, enthralling milky white waterfalls leaping into deep gorges in a thunderous applause to the record-breaking rainfall that resounds through the valley. Cherrapunjee has the distinction of being the wettest place on Earth, having the highest recorded rainfall, year after year. Later return to Shillong. Evening visit Local markets in Shillong (Bara Bazzar and Police Bazzar) for the best shopping experience. Overnight stay at Shillong.
Day 3: Shillong To Pobitora
Morning after breakfast check out and proceed towards Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a 2.30 hour drive through a road passing by River Brahmaputa and a small portion of the village of Mayong. It has a dense population of the Great Indian one-horned Rhinoceros. Pobitora is running a successful Rhino breeding program within its sanctuary. Places to see in Pobitora include Haduk Hanging Bridge and Garanga Beel pond. Elephant rides and Jeep safaris are major activities which are held by management. Besides 1-horned Rhinoceros, the other animals are Leopard, Wild boar, Barking deer, Wild buffalo etc. On arrival check in at the hotel. Later in the evening jeep ride or elephant ride in the sanctuary. Evening back to hotel. Overnight stay at Pobitora National Park.
Travel from Shillong to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
Day 4: Pobitora To Bomdila
Morning enjoy elephant ride, expect to see 5 -10 Rhinos at close range. Also see a good lot of migratory birds. Back to hotel check out and proceed towards Bomdila. Enroute visit Tipi Orchid Centre – Arunachal Pradesh is known for its rich orchid flora and has more than 500 species of orchids. Check in at the hotel on arrival at Bomdila. Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh is a mini paradise, with its Apple orchards, Buddhist gomphas and a magnificent view of the Kameng Valley. On arrival check into the hotel. Evening free at leisure. Overnight stay at Bomdila.
Travel from Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary to Bomdila
Day 5: Bomdila To Tawang
Morning after breakfast drive to Tawang. Enroute witness the snowcapped Sela Pass at 14000 ft, it is the second highest motorable road in India and the Jaswantgarh War Memorial. Check in at the hotel on arrival at Tawang - The beautiful land of the Monpa tribes with the “Galden Namgyal Lhatse” Monastery - one of the largest Lamaseries of Mahayana sect in Asia. The birth place of the 6th Dalai Lama, the Monastery is 400 year old and is adorned with the 18 feet high statue of Lord Buddha. ‘The Land of Dawn-lit Mountains’ at 3500 mts gives you unparalleled purity of nature. Overnight stay at Tawang.
Travel from Bomdila to Tawang
Day 6: Tawang Sightseeing
Morning after breakfast, visit the Monastry - The Tawang Monastery stands on the start of a hill, about 10,000 ft above sea level and has ravines in the south and west, narrow ridge on the north and a gradual slope on the east. It offers an imposing and picturesque view of the Tawang-Chu valley. The monastery appears like a fort from a distance, as if guarding the admirers in the wide valley below. Also visit the War Memorial - a 40 foot high multi-hued memorial, has a structure constructed in Stupa design. Dedicated to the martyrs of Sino-India War held in 1962, this memorial is nestled among beautiful peaks, which overlooks the Tawang-Chu valley. Popularly known as Namgyal Chorten, the memorial has names of 2,420 dead soldiers. Evening free for shopping. Overnight stay at Tawang.
Day 7: Tawang To Dirang
Morning after breakfast drive to Dirang - Hooked in the the mighty mountainous ranges of Himalaya, Dirang boasts of picturesque natural beauties with snow wrapped mountains, roaring rivers, lush green valleys and its huge collection of flora and fauna. It is very popular for its hot water springs, sheep rearing farms and apple orchards. The hot water springs are considered holy by some who travel to them for a dip. On arrival check into the hotel. Evening free to explore on own. Overnight stay at Dirang.
Travel from Tawang to Dirang
Day 8: Dirang To Kaziranga
Early morning after breakfast drive to Kaziranga - Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 for its unique natural environment Kaziranga National Park is situated in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam. It is one of the last areas in eastern India undisturbed by a human presence. It is inhabited by the world's largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as many mammals, including tigers, elephants, panthers and bears, and thousands of birds. Later on arrival in Kaziranga, check into the hotel. Overnight stay at Kaziranga.
Travel from Dirang to Kaziranga
Day 9: Kaziranga Sightseeing
Early morning go for Elephant Ride at 5:00 AM. This is one of the most enjoyed safari to explore the wide varieties of wildlife in the Kaziranga National Park. The vast area covered by the Elephant Grass can be best viewed when you are on an elephant's back. The elephant ride is best enjoyed in the early hours of dawn. Return for breakfast. Later Jeep Safari n the Central Range. Jeep safari last for 3 to 4 hours. The main attraction of it is one horned rhinoceros with wild buffalo, Elephant, tiger, a variety of deer, Bear, Python and prehistoric looking monitor lizard. The Kaziranga wildlife is also adorned with the crested serpent eagle, Pella's fishing eagle and Grey headed fishing Eagle with a number of other Bird species like the Jungle fowl, Bengal florican and water fowl, goose, a large number of pelicans, Black naked stork, Snake Bird and so on. Overnight at Kaziranga.
Day 10: Kaziranga To Guwahati
Morning after breakfast check out and proceed towards Guwahati. Later visit Kamakhya Temple - Situated atop the Nilachal Hill in Guwahati, this temple is one of the 108 Shakti Peethas of the country. Rising to a modest height of 562 feet above the mighty river Brahmaputra, the hill on which the temple stands commands a magnificent view of the entire city, Navagraha Temple - dedicated to the nine planets in the solar system this temple was built by the ruler Rajeswar Singh in late 18th century AD. It is a center of astrological and astronomical research, State Zoo - Spread over an area of 130 hectares, Assam State Zoo is the only zoo in India where a natural forest still exists. It is one of the major zoos of the country and boasts of a unique diversity of animal habitat. The botanical garden located within the same vicinity is called Guwahati’s green retreat. In the evening enjoy the river cruise over the river Brahmaputra (Optional cost). The longest river in India, the Brahmaputra, runs through the spectacular scenery of Assam and is an ideal introduction to river cruising in India. Overnight in Guwahati.
Travel from Kaziranga to Guwahati
Day 11: Departure
After breakfast transfer to Guwahati airport / Railway station for onward destination.