ETHNIC & NATURAL TREASURES

Guwahati - Tezpur - Ziro - Daporijo - Along - Pasighat - Dibrugarh - Sivasagar - Kaziranga NP - Barapani Lake - Cherrapunjee - Shillong - Guwahati

(A 16 day visit covering Assam, Remote Areas of Arunachal and Meghalaya visiting Tribes, Monuments, National Park and Natural Treasures.)

Day 01: Guwahati-Tezpur (04 Hrs)

Arrive at Guwahati airport. Drive straight to Tezpur and overnight at hotel Luit or Government Tourist Lodge.

Day 02: Tezpur-Ziro (07 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh. Enroute we’ll visit the villages of the Nishi tribe. At 5754 ft., Ziro is almost a level valley enclosed on all sides by pine-clad low stooping hills. This area is the home of the Apatani tribe and is famous for paddy cum fish culture.

The traditional Apatanis wear their hair in a topknot with cane helmets & a brass skewer struck through their ears. It is the ambition of each woman to wear the largest possible nose plug which are made of bamboo/wood. Overnight at Ziro Valley Resort.

Day 03: Ziro

Full day excursion to the interior of Arunachal Pradesh. Using Ziro as a base the entire day is spent visiting the Hong village, one of the largest tribal villages in Asia and other Apatani villages like Bulla village.

Day 04: Ziro—Daporijo (05-06 hrs)

Departing early after breakfast we descend from the Ziro Plateau & drive along the Kamla river valley through dense jungle country, passing picturesque villages of the Nishi & the Hill Miri tribes. Enroute we will visit TAGIN & HILLMIRI TRIBES.

Daporijo is a fairly large village on the banks of the Subansiri river. It is the junction of three important tribes: Hill Miri, Tagin & Adi-Gallongs. Overnight at I.B or Village Lodge.

Day 05: Daporijo

Full day excursion to the interior of Arunachal Pradesh. A 16 km. drive followed by 02 hrs. trek brings us to Tajipara, an Adi-Gallong tribal village. Adis are very accomplished weavers of cane goods. The excellence of their cane work shines supreme in the famous cane suspension bridges of Arunachal Pradesh.

Day 06: Daporijo—Along –(05 hrs)

After breakfast we drive to Along in the Siang River Valley. It is the territory of the Adi tribe, one of the largest tribes in Arunachal, with lots of sub groups. On the way to Along, we pass through many small villages (Kabu, Kayin etc.) that we can stop & visit. Overnight at Holiday Cottage.

Day 07: Along

Full day excursion to the interior part of Arunachal Pradesh. We follow the river Siang in the northern direction & visit the Bori & Pailibo sub groups of the Adi tribe. After having packed lunch at the Bori-Adis village we will hike back to the road head & drive back to Along.

Day 08: - Along-Pasighat-( 03 hrs)

After break fast drive to Pasighat. Enroute we visit Minyong-Adi villages. Pasighat, located on the right bank of the river Siang, is the oldest town in Arunachal. Overnight at Hotel Aani or similar.

Day 09: Pasighat-Aohali-Pasighat:

After breakfast leave for Aohali to see Idu Mishimi tribal villages. Overnight at Pasighat.

Day 10: Pasighat-Dibrugarh-Sivasagar (05 hrs ferry & 1 hrs drive)

After 05 hrs of ferry ride, reach Dibrugarh in Assam & lunch. Later, drive to Sivasagar and check in at hotel Shiva Palace or similar. In the late afternoon visit Shiva Dol. which is believed to be the highest Shiva Temple in India with its height of 104 ft. By the side of this temple is the massive Sivasagar tank covering an area of 257 acres of land out of which 129 acres are filled with crystal clear water. Sivasagar, the seat of the Ahom kingdom who ruled Assam for 06 centuries till Assam fell in the hands of the British, is dotted with monuments reflecting a powerful empire.

Day 11: - Sivasagar---Kaziranga ( 03 hrs)

After breakfast visit some more monuments. These will include Rang Ghar, the oldest amphitheatre in Asia; Kareng Ghar with four stories above and three below the ground and two underground tunnels of 03 km & 16 km in length; Joysagar tank, possibly the biggest man- made tank in the world with an area of 318 acres of land out of which 155 acres is filled with crystal clear water. Later, transfer to Kaziranga National Park in central Assam.

Kaziranga NP is a World Heritage Site & also the first NP in Assam covering an area of 860 sq.km. It is the home of the one-horned rhino. Apart from the rhino the park abounds in elephants, buffalos, boars, tigers, leopards, 04 species of deer etc. Overnight at Bonhabi Resort or Government Tourist Lodges.

Day12: - Kaziranga

We start our Jungle Safari on elephant back early in the morning in the central range of the park, for one hour. Afterwards, back to hotel and breakfast. After breakfast we take you deep inside the central range of the park in a jeep. Then, we come back for lunch and rest for two hours. Again in the afternoon ,we take up another jeep safari this time covering the western range of the park.

Day 13: - Kaziranga—Barapani Lake (Shillong): 06 hrs.

After breakfast, we drive to Barapani Lake, half an hr drive from Shillong in the state of Meghalaya. Barapani is a huge artificial lake. We check in at Orchid Lake Resort.

Day 14: - Barapani Lake—Cherrapunjee: 02 hrs.

After breakfast we drive to Cherrapunjee, famed for receiving the highest rainfall in the world. Cherrapunjee posseses some exotic waterfalls & impressive limestone caves. En route visit Smit village which is head of the traditional Kingship of Khyriem of the Khasi tribe. At Cherrapunjee we visit Nohkalikai Falls, Mawsmai Falls,& Mawsmai cave which is one of the 100 odd limestone caves in Meghalaya. Later, we check in at Cherrapunjee Resort/ Ken & Twill (Saimika Park).

Day15: - Cherrapunjee—Shillong-(90 minutes)

After breakfast drive back to Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya & the most popular hill station in North East India. Enroute visit the exotic Elephant Falls and Shillong Peak.

We check in at Ken & Twill Guest House/ Rosa Villa Guest House. Afterwards, take a 30 min. drive to Mawphlang, site of Khasi Sacred Forest. Here we will have a Khasi person leading a walk into the Forest & explaining some of the Khasi traditions and folklore, as well as the significance of the sacrificial sites and the significance of the sacred forest to Khasi society. We come back to Shillong and after lunch, gear up to visit some places of interest in the city- the placid Ward’s Lake, Golf links, All Saints Cathedral and St. Paul’s Cathedral, one of the region’s oldest places of Christian worship and the local market.

Day 16: - Shillong—Guwahati—(03 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Guwahati. Lunch at Guwahati & after lunch drive to airport to catch your flight. Enroute visit Assam Govt. Emporium if you’re interested to take home some mementos from Assam’s famous handloom and handicraft collection.

The Tour Ends Here.

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Season of Visit : October - April

Prices quoted valid until April, 2017

 
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