Day 1: Dibrugarh
Pick-up from Dibrugarh airport and check into your hotel. In the evening go for a walk on the bank of the Brahmaputra River. O/n in Dibrugarh Club House or similar
Day 2: Excursion to Nam Phake
Drive to Nam Phake village on the banks of the BuriDihingriver. The village is home to the Tai Phake community which originally came down from Northern Thailand via Myanmar sometime in the 16th century. They still maintain their distinctive culture and language, along with their food habits.
Start with a visit to the village monastery of theTheruvada sect of Buddhism. From there continuewalking around this serene village, interacting with the friendly locals. We visit one of the local houses where we have a traditional meal prepared with different kinds of vegetables and foraged greens, infused with local herbs. The vegetables are served with a ball ofricethat is wrapped in a leaf and steamed, locally called Tupula Bhat. They are also known for the unique preparation of fish and pork that tastes as good as it looks- a true feast for the senses.
By evening drive back to Dibrugarh. O/n stay in Dibrugarh Club House or similar
Day 3: Dibrugarh to Kaziranga Drive time: 5.5 hours
Drive down to Kaziranga, on the way visit the ruins of the Ahom kingdom in Sibsagar. In the afternoon have a traditional Assamese thali..
A typical Assamese thali begins with khar, which is alkaline in nature and prepared by filtering water through the ashes of a banana tree. Khar is accompanied by two kinds of Dal and fresh vegetables. A side dish called aloopitika– a mash of potatoes with raw onions, chilly and mustard is also a staple. For meat we will be relishing duck meat which is considered a delicacy in Assamese cuisine. One of the most important items in their cuisine is fish ideally prepared in a sour gray called Maas’orTenga. We end the meal with a kheer which is a dessert made of brown rice .
In the evening walk around a nearby tea estate .O/n at Wild Grass Resort or similar
Day 4: Kaziranga
Early in the morning go for a safari on Elephant back to get up close with the world’s great one-horned Rhinos at the Kaziranga National Park. After breakfast, drive to Panbarivillag to soak in the culture and food of the Mishing tribe. Mainly residing on the banks of the Brahmaputra, the members of this are experts at farming and fishing, though the womenfolk are equally skilled in weaving. Walk around the village understanding the unique culture and agricultural practices of this friendly community.
Food and drink are an integral part of theMishing tribe’s culture and they probablymake the best rice beer in Assam. They will demonstrate how they extract rice beer from cooked rice giving us an opportunity to taste this smooth milky brew. Fish forms a big part of the diet, which will be evident during our meal. Besides various preparations of fish, we will have foraged vegetables and locally prepared chicken as well.
In the afternoon we go for a jeep safari in the Western range of the park, where you will see lots of herbivores like the Rhino, Swamp Deer, Hog Deer, Water Buffalo and Wild Boar. O/n at Wild Grass Rresort or similar
Day 5: Kaziranga– Rajgarh -Nameri
Start early in the morning for our drive to Rajgarh , a small village inhabited by the Bodo tribe. Over here we will have an opportunity to experience the rural Assamese way of life by participating in farming activities and cooking with the locals.
After a cup of tea with traditional rice cakes called Pitha , we set out to get our hands dirty. We get busy in the fields, plucking the greens and vegetables for lunch and learning how to harvest paddy.
Now begins the fun part when we learn to make a traditional side dish called TilBilahi Chutney (Sesame and Tomatoes Chutney) along with preparations of the freshly plucked vegetables. Our lavish lunch spread will consist of TekeliPitha [Rice cake], Tribal Style chicken preparation, barbeque pork on skewers, freshly plucked vegetables and adifferent type of alkali, locally called Khar.
By late evening drive to Nameri . O/n at Nameri Eco camp.
Day 6: Nameri
Nameri National Park is located on the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. Most parts of Nameri are covered bymoist evergreen deciduous forests with over 600 species of plants to be found in the area. The park is noted for its vibrant bird life which numbers more than 400 species.
In the morning relax around the campsite and go for a walk in the nearby forest. In the second half go rafting on the tranquil waters of the JiaBhorali riverNavigate through the spectacular landscapein the company of water birds like the Ibisbill, Egrets, Herons and Teals. O/n at Nameri Eco camp or similar
Day 7: Nameri to Guwahati 208 kms; Drive time: 5 hours
Drop to Guwahati airport