Shrouded by mighty Himalayan hills, the Northeast India is the home to almost 166 tribal groups, each having their own distinct culture. The dense forests lying in foothills of Himalayas are stunning in their natural beauty and are home to many of the wildlife parks including Kaziranga National Park - World Heritage Site.
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 Bhalukpong
Morning after breakfast drive to Bhalukpong - widely popular as nature’s paradise. Bhalukpong in Arunachal Pradesh is a compelling place for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers, adventurers, hikers, rafters and anglers. Bhalukpong is a doorway to admired destinations like Tawang and Bomdila. The charm of the place is amazing that compels people to visit and explore the beauty of the place. Apart from natural loveliness the culture of the place is quite interesting. The diverse culture of the city exists due to the existence of various tribes. The residents of Bhalukpong celebrate their ethnic culture and religion of the place. Tourists should read the travel guide to Bhalukpong to know more about the place. On arrival check into the hotel. Overnight stay at Bhalukpong.
Travel from Shillong to Bhalukpong
Day 4: Bhalukpong To Dirang
Morning after breakfast drive to Dirang. 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 Dirang - north eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh 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. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay at Dirang.
Travel from Bhalukpong to Dirang
Day 5: Dirang 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 Dirang 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 Bomdila
Morning after breakfast drive to Bomdila - Hooked amongst the mighty mountainous ranges of Himalaya, Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh is a mini paradise, with its Apple orchards, Buddhist gomphas and a magnificient view of the Kameng Valley. On arrival check into the hotel. Evening free at leisure. Overnight stay at Bomdila.
Travel from Tawang to Bomdila
Day 8: Bomdila To Kaziranga
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 at Kaziranga, check into the hotel. Later Jeep Safari in the Central Range. Jeep safari lasts 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.
Travel from Bomdila to Kaziranga
Day 9: Kaziranga To Guwahati
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. Later back to hotel and post 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 zoo 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 10: Departure
After breakfast transfer to Guwahati airport / Railway station for onward destination.