(A Twelve day tour of Assam covering a Singpho Village and
their Tea, Buddhist Tai Phakial Village, Royal remains of the
mighty Ahom kingdom, Tea Tour with stays in Heritage Tea
Garden Manager's Bungalows, Majuli Island, Buddhist Tai Turung
village, World Heritage Site Kaziranga National Park, Nameri
National Park and Rafting on the Jia Bhoroli River, Short
Cruises on the Mighty River Brahmaputra, Guwahati and
Surroundings including Silk Village Sualkuchi)
Day 01: Arrival at Dibrugarh airport from Delhi:
Our Tour Manager will welcome you upon your arrival at
Dibrugarh airport in Eastern Assam. Later transfer to a
heritage tea garden bungalow. Dibrugarh is one of the main tea
belts in Assam.
Assam is the largest producer of tea in India with a share of
over 50% of its total production. Unlike many tea producing
nations in the world, the Tea Gardens in Assam are fairly big
in size covering several hectares. Assam tea is known for its
Black Teas-Orthodox and C.T.C.
Day 02: Dibrugarh-Singpho village-Dibrugarh:
Early morning have a tea tour. If plucking season is on you
can check how that magical ‘one bud two leaves’ are picked by
the tea pickers with precision. You can also visit the tea
factory to see how that ‘cup that cheers’ is processed.
After breakfast we take up an excursion to visit a Singpho
tribal village near Eastern Arunachal border. The Singphos are
of Tibeto-burman stock and they are the original tea drinkers
of Assam. It was through one of the heads of the Singphos,
that the British rulers learnt about tea and soon after they
started cultivating tea commercially in Assam, paving the way
for a new beginning in the world of tea.
We visit the village and interact with the people. We check
how the Singphos have been making their own brand of
traditional organic tea. Of late this traditional tea is being
exported to some countries like Canada. Later return to the
Dibrugarh tea garden bungalow.
Day 03: Dibrugarh-Namphake village-Dibrugarh:
After breakfast we have an excursion to Namphake village, a
village of the Tai(Thai) Phakial tribe. They are Buddhists of
the Hinayana sect and still live in houses raised on stilts
and follow their own traditions and cultures. Later return to
the Dibrugarh tea garden bungalow.
Day 04: Dibrugarh-Sivasagar(2 hr)-Sangsua/Gatoonga Tea
After breakfast we move to Sivasagar, the power centre of the
mighty Ahoms who ruled Greater Assam nearly 6 centuries.The
Tai(or Thai) Ahoms belonging to the Shan race migrated to
Assam from the Yunan province of China in 1228 A.D.and were in
power till Assam fell to the British in 1826 A.D.This Ahom
rule is the golden era of Assam history where Assam witnessed
a high level of civilization.The Ahoms were successful in
repulsing as many as 18 attacks from the Mughal rulers and
thus prevented the Muslim expansion to China and the
South-East Asia. Sivasagar is dotted with wonderful Ahom
monuments reflecting a powerful empire.
We start off with Charaideo Maidam(burial vaults where Tai
Ahom royals were buried in mounds),Gargaon Palace, Shiva Dol (temple),massive
Sivasagar and Joysagar Water tanks, Ranghar (Amphitheatre) and
Talatal ghar (palace having underground storey and tunnels
connecting Gargaon Palace some 16 km away and Dikhow river 3
km away now kept blocked).
Later transfer to Sangsua/Gatoonga tea estate near Jorhat,
another important tea belt in Assam. Overnight at the heritage
tea garden bungalow at Sangsua/Gatoonga.
Day 05: Sangsua/Gatoonga-Majuli Island-Sangsua/Gatoonga:
Early in the morning we have a tea tour. Later take a short
drive and a ferry ride in a chartered motorized boat
mighty river Brahmaputra to visit the largest river island in
the world, the Majuli Island. It is the centre of Assam’s
famous Vaisnavite form of Hinduism. The religious and cultural
traditions are kept alive by the dedicated monks living in the
monasteries locally known as Sattra. The ‘Sattriya dance’ of
this sect is the latest entry into India’s recognized
We shall visit some monasteries and interact with the celibate
monks. In the late afternoon we return the same way to Sangsua/Gatoonga
Day 06: Sangsua/GatoongaT.E.-Tai Turung Village(9o min.)-Kaziranga
National Park (02 hr):
After breakfast we move to a Tai Turung village. The Tai
Turungs having a small population are Hinayana Buddhists who
migrated to Assam from Burma during the later part of the Ahom
Later transfer to Project Tiger Kaziranga National Park, a
UNESCO World Heritage Site and the home to the endangered one
horned rhinoceros (2048 rhinos as per 2009 census). Besides,
the park has several species of mammals and birds. The park
has 70% of the world population of the Asiatic Water Buffalos
and the Eastern Swamp Deer. The Park has the highest density
of the endangered Royal Bengal Tigers in India with a number
of 32 tigers per 100 sq.km against 20 in Corbet NP as per a
census report in April,2010. Amongst birds, the park has 25
globally threatened bird species. Overnight at Wild Grass
Resort/ Bonhabi Resort.
Day 07: Kaziranga National Park:
Full day at 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. Overnight at
Wild Grass Resort/ Bonhabi Resort.
Day 08: Kaziranga National Park-Nameri National Park ( 02
After breakfast we enter the park again in a jeep this time
covering the Eastern range of the park. Later after lunch
transfer to Nameri National Park near Western Arunachal
The Nameri National Park is the home of the near extinct White
Winged Wood-Duck. Besides, the park abounds in Elephants,
Tiger, Leopards, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild Pig, Gaur, Wild
Dogs and a variety of birds including four species of
Hornbill. Overnight at Eco Camp, a camp resort.
Day 09: Nameri National Park:
Early morning you can have a walk inside the park. Later after
breakfast we gear up for a river rafting down the sparkling
river Jia Bhoroli which forms a boundary to the park.
Overnight at Eco Camp, a camp resort.
Day 10: Nameri National Park-Guwahati (04 hr):
Transfer to Guwahati. Overnight at Brahmaputra Jungle Resort/
Day 11: Guwahati-Sualkuchi-Modon Kamdev-Guwahati:
After breakfast we take a cruise in a chartered vessel down
the mighty river Brahmaputra to Sualkuchi, the famous silk
village of Assam producing Mulberry, Muga and Eri silk
products. From Sualkuchi we take a drive to Modon Kamdev to
see the archaeological ruins of an ancient temple. The erotic
carvings there indicate the strong tantric traditions of the
region. Later drive back to Guwahati & visit the famous Shakti
temple of Kamakhya atop Nilachal Hill.
In the late afternoon, visit Assam Govt. Emporium if you are
interested in taking home some mementos from Assam’s famous
handloom & handicraft products. Overnight at Brahmaputra
Jungle Resort/ hotel Nakshatra(3*).
Day 12: Guwahati airport transfer:
Transfer to Guwahati airport on time for your departure
The end of the tour.