Heritage Assam Tour
This tour brings out the true essence of Assam by balancing the culture heritage with the natural diversity of the land
- Best Season: November – April
- Region: Assam
- Duration: 10 days
- Activity: Culture
- Grade: Easy
In spite of being the most well connected and traversed of all the northeastern states, Assam still holds many secrets for travellers looking to go off the beaten path. The land of tea and one-horned rhinos is also home to about 13 different communities, each with their own histories, cultural heritage and traditions. What binds them all together is the mighty Brahmaputra, the only male river in India.
The natural heritage of Assam is no less rich with two world heritage sites; Manas and Kaziranga. It is one of the richest biodiversity zones in the world consisting of tropical rainforests, deciduous forests, riverine grasslands, and numerous wetland ecosystems.
The Heritage Assam Tour is a medley of nature and culture, characterising the true essence of Assam. Starting from the capital city of Guwahati, your road winds up the course of the Brahmaputra all the way till Dibrughar in Upper Assam. En route experience the Assamese way of life; its rich weaving heritage, Vaishnavite culture, stunning wildlife and rolling tea gardens.
- Jeep and Elephant safari in Kaziranga National Park
- Ferry Ride on the Brahmaputra
- Visit and stay in a Tea Garden
- Visit villages of Mishing and Tai Phake community
- Eat traditional Assamese and tribal food
- Visit ruins of the Ahom kingdom
- Learn the culture of the Assamese people
Day 1: Guwahati
Pickup from Guwahati airport and check into hotel. In the evening visit Umananda temple situated the middle of Brahmaputra. O/n at a hotel in Guwhati
Day 2: Guwahati – Sualkuchi & Hajo
Ride across the Brahmaputra in a country boat to reach the town of Sualkuchi which is world famous for weaving sarees of Muga silk. Visit some of the handlooms to interact with the artisans. Drive to the nearby village of Hajo to admire some historic temples and a Muslim shrine. O/n at a hotel in Guwahati
Day 3: Guwahati to Kaziranga
Post breakfast leave for Kaziranga. In the evening go for a jeep safari in the Central range of the park which has a high density of Rhinos and other herbivores like Swamp Deer, Hog Deer, Water Buffalos and Wild Boars. O/n at a hotel in Kaziranga
Day 4: Kaziranga
Early in the morning go for an Elephant safari in the Central Range of the park. The safari through the grasslands will give you a brilliant opportunity to get up close to the Rhinos. After breakfast go for a jeep safari in the Western range of the park. This range has maximum short grass areas and is the optimum habitat for Rhino and Water Buffalo.
In the afternoon proceed to the Eastern (Agaratuli) Range for a jeep safari. This area is excellent for birding, with nesting of the globally threatened Pallas’s Fish Eagle and a colony of Spot-billed Pelicans found over here. There is also good chance of seeing herds of wild Elephants. O/n at a hotel in Kaziranga
Day 5: Kaziranga to Majuli
Early in the morning set out on elephant back for a different view of Kaziranga. After breakfast we drive to Nimati Ghat from where we take a delightful ferry ride over the Brahmaputra to Majuli Island . O/n at Bamboo cottage in Majuli
Majuli, one of the largest river island in the world is a storehouse of art and culture. The name is a conjunction of Ma which denotes Laxmi (the godess of prosperity) and Juli meaning granary. The island has been the hub of Neo-Vaishnavite culture since the 15th century, when it was initiated by the revered Assamese saint Sankardeva.
Day 6: Majuli
In the morning we visit some of the Satras to learn about the Vaishanvite culture. Interact with the monks, who lead a very simple life. From here drive to the mask pottery village, where a family has been making masks for special dances , since the past four generations. In the evening get cosy around a bonfire. O/n at Bamboo cottage in Majuli
Day 7: Majuli
In the morning we set out in small country boats , navigating the smaller channels of the river to see migratory birds like Open Billed Stock, Adjutant Stock ,Pelican, and Whistling Teal. OR you can cycle around the idyllic roads of the island , exploring the smaller village roads.
In the second half visit a village of the Mishing tribe, one of this most hospitable community in all of Assam. Mainly residing on the banks of the Brahmaputra they are expert at farming and fishing, though the womenfolk are equally skilled in weaving. Also taste some of their rice beer, for which they are well known. O/n at Bamboo cottage in Majuli
Day 8: Majuli to Dibrugarh
After breakfast take a ferry back to Nimati ghat from where you continue driving up to Dibrugarh in Upper Assam. On the way visit some of the glorious ruins of the Ahom kingdom which ruled Assam in the 15th century . Sibsagar was the capital of the Ahom kingdom from 1699 to 1788, having many archaeological sites like Rang Ghar, Shivaldol, Talatak Ghar and Kareng Ghar.
Upper Assam is the tea capital of India, accounting for more than 50% of the domestic tea production. In the go for a relaxed walk in a tea garden, while learning about the picking process. O/n at a tea estate in Dibrugarh
Day 9: Dibrughar
Drive to Digboi, where the first oil refinery in Asia was setup . The Oil museum over here makes for a very interesting visit as you will get to learn about the history and process of oil refining.
From here drive to the village of Namphake, home to a small population of Tai community who came to Assam sometime in the 17th century from Myanmar. Learn about the history and unique customs of this community as you walk through the village and interact with the people. Have a traditional lunch after which you drive back to Dibrugarh. O/n at a tea estate in Dibrugarh
Day 10: Dibrugarh
Drop to Dibrughar airport
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