A Taste of North East
This trip is a perfect introduction to North East India - cultural interactions with tribes, safaris in Kaziranga and a ferry ride over Brahmaputra
- Best Season: November – April
- Region: Assam – Meghalaya
- Duration: 9 days
- Activity: Family
- Grade: Easy
Get ready to experience the vivid flavours of North East India through the eyes of the locals! Your North East India tour commences from Shillong – The Rock & Roll capital of India. A pleasant climate and pine covered hills give it the distinction of being dubbed as ‘The Scotland of the East’. From here your caravan rolls down to the grasslands of Kaziranga, home of the iconic one horned rhino. Your last destination brings you in the midst of the Brahmaputra – Majuli Island, the birthplace of modern day Assamese culture. Besides culture this island gives a wonderful feel of rural Assam to the discerning traveler.
- Walk in the Sacred forests of Mawphlang
- Visit the Cleanest village in Asia
- See a Living Root Bridge
- Jeep and Elephant safari in Kaziranga National Park
- Ride on the Brahmaputra River
- Travel to one of the largest river islands in the World
Day 1: Guwahati to Shillong
Pickup from Guwahati airport and drive to Shillong . O/n at a hotel in Shillong
Day 2: Shillong
There are numerous things to do and places to visit depending on your interest.
If you are interested in walking and nature you can start your day with a visit to the sacred forests of Mawphlang village. The Khasi tribe of Meghalaya were once animists, who believed in the spirits of the forest with every village maintaining a tract of forest called Sacred Groves . The forests of Mawphlang are one of the last surviving sacred groves in Meghalaya. On the way back stop at Shillong Peak from where you can enjoy grand panoramas of the city.
In the second half visit the Don Bosco Museum of Culture, considered one of the best ethnographic museum in the country. This seven storied museum showcases the culture of all the eight North Eastern states. Later in the afternoon you can head out to Polo grounds for a game of ‘Teer’, a local form of archery on which local gamble and is the post popular sport in Meghalaya. O/n at a hotel in Shillong.
Day 3: Shillong – Mawlynnong – Shillong
Drive to Mawlynnong village on the Indo – Bangla border. This picturesque village has been nominated as the ‘Cleanest Village in Asia’ . Walk through flower laden paths of the village, while interacting with the locals . On the way back stop at the neighbouring village of Riwai to walk to a Root Bridge .
By evening drive back to Shillong. O/n at a hotel in Shillong.
Day 4: Shillong to Kaziranga
Post breakfast commence your long drive to Kaziranga. En route take a break at Umiam Lake to catch a glimpse of the wondrous panoramas around there. O/n at a hotel in Kaziranga
Day 5: Kaziranga
Kaziranga has three main ranges where one can undertake jeep safari – The Central Range (Kohra), the Western Range (Baghori) and the Eastern Range (Agratoli).
Post breakfast go for a jeep safari in the Central range of the park with a good chance of seeing may herbivores. In the evening head out for a second jeep safari to the Western range which has a high density of Wild Buffalos, Rhinos and Swamp Deer. O/n at a hotel in Kaziranga
Day 6: Kaziranga to Majuli
Early in the morning go for a safari on Elephant back, getting up close to the Rhinos. After breakfast drive to Nimati Ghat from where you embark on a thrilling ferry ride over the Brahmaputra, to reach Majuli Island . O/n at Bamboo cottage in Majuli
Day 7: Majuli
In the morning visit some of the Satras to get an understanding of the Vaishanvite culture. Interact with the monks , learning about their simple way of life. Your next stop would be the mask making village where a family has been making masks for special dances, since four generations.
In the evening walk through a Mishing tribal village to bond with the locals over a cup of traditional rice beer. The Mishing are extremely hospitable people, have unique farming and fishing practices. O/n at Bamboo cottage in Majuli
Day 8: Majuli to Dibrugarh
This morning set off in small boats exploring the smaller channels of the Brahmaputra. This will provide an excellent opportunity to see birds like Spot Billed Pelicans, Open Billed Stork, Adjutant Stork , Bar Headed Geese and many more. Alternatively you can cycle around the idyllic roads of Majuli.
By afternoon take a ferry back to Nimati Ghat and continue driving to Dibrugarh. If time permits you can visit the ruins of the Ahom kingdom in Sibsagar. O/n at a hotel in Dibrugarh
Day 9: Dibrugarh
Drop to Dibrugarh airport
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