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Tour Duration: 7 Nights /8 Days

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Guwahati (1N), Kaziranga (2N), Kohima (2N) Jorhat (2N) (November to April)


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Itinerary

DELHI TO GUWAHATI (State: Assam) Arrive at Guwahati LGBI Airport. Our representative will receive you on arrival and proceed to your hotel. Guwahati - situated on the Brahmaputra valley with state administrative and commercial hub Guwahati, is a city of temples and a gateway to the natural and unique cultural land of northeastern India. Evening enjoy sunset River cruise on great River Brahmaputra. Brahmaputra River originates in the Chemayungdung mountain ranges which nearly sixty miles south-east of Mansarovar lake in the Mount Kailash range in Southern Tibet travels 2880 km from its origin through the Tibet and India and finally merges with the sea in Bangladesh. The river enters Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh near Gelling where it is known as the Siang or Dihang. The SiangRiver meets two other major tributaries of Brahmaputra, Dibang and Lohit in the west of Sadiya, at a place named Kobo. From this confluence point, the river is known as the Brahmaputra till it enters Bangladesh. Dinner and overnight at hotel at Guwahati.

GUWAHATI TO KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK - 230Km in 4 Hrs by car. Morning after breakfast proceed for boating excursion to kukurmara (35 kms apx. one way) for Gangetic dolphins (River Dolphin) sighting on a Country boat in river kulsi. Gangetic dolphin is aquatic animal. They were found in large numbers before a few years but their number has come down due to different human activities such as fishing, poaching and dumping into the River. Return back to Guwahati. After lunch drive to Kaziranga National park. On the way stop at Rhino view point. Kaziranga- The destination that drags the name Assam in the world Tourist map is Kaziranga national Park. A UNESCO World Heritage site and a Tiger Reserve the park is World famous of the one Horned Rhinoceros. Kaziranga also boast the highest density of tiger and was declared as a tiger reserve in the Year of 2006. The Park has more than 450 species of birds, 18 of them are globally threatened species. The Bengal Florican is the main attraction. Because of the varied habitat types that the Park comprises of, birding in Kaziranga is very special. Apart from the tigers and Rhino and different birds the park is also home to other animals like Buffalo, Asiatic Elephant, Sambar, hog deer, swamp deer and wild boar. The varied terrain provides habitat for wetland, grassland, and woodland species. Evening enjoy the cultural program perform by the locale people at Kaziranga. Dinner and overnight at Kaziranga.

KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK. Early morning Elephant ride (5.30-6.30 a.m. / 6.30-7.30 a.m.) in the Central range. Back to resort for breakfast followed by an exclusive jeep safari (7.30 a.m. onwards) in the central range. After lunch enjoy another jeep safari in the Western range (2.30 p.m. onwards) of the park - These ranges are good for big game like One Horned Rhinoceros, Water buffalo, Asian elephant and if you are fortunate then tiger also. You may also encounter Hog deer, swamp deer, Sambar and Wild boar. Apart from the Animals one can also spot birds such as Falcate Teal, White-eyed Pochard, Grey headed Fishing Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Pallas’s fish eagle, Greater/ Lesser adjutant stork, black necked stork, Woolly necked stork , Bar headed Geese , Whistling teals , Swamp francolin and Spot-billed pelican , Chestnut headed/ blue bearded bee eater , Cooper smith Barbets , Lineated barbet, Darter , Hornbill , Stork bill Kingfisher , Parakeets ,Indian roller , Brown fish Owlet , Asian barred owlet , Green billed Malkoha , common stonecahat , Golden fonted & green leafbird , crimson sunbird , slender billed vulture etc. Bengal Florican can also be seen in the central range. Evening free for rest and relaxation. Dinner and overnight at Kaziranga.

KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK, KOHIMA (Nagaland) 215 Km in 6 Hrs by Car. After breakfast drive to Kohima, Nagaland, inhabited by 16 major tribes along with other sub tribes, is a land of songs and music where we can hear folk songs praising the brave deeds of ancient warriors and heroes and tragic love songs. Kohima the state capital originally was settled by the Angami Nagas. But unfortunately the new generation in very much influenced by Christianity and Western culture both in their dresses and lifestyle. On the way you will cross Gramapnai Wildlife Sanctuary & Short halt for hot water Spring. On arrival at Kohima transfer to your hotel. Evening walk around the Kohima market. Dinner and Overnight at Kohima.

KOHIMA. After breakfast drive to Khonoma village (20Km) is inhabited by people from the Angami tribe , in the year 1879 the tribals surrendered to the British army after years of battle and made peace. At the far end of the village is a memorial which was the place where many Nagas were brutally killed. Some were even made to dig their own grave and shot at point blank range. Khonoma is also known for its fighting prowess and as a living evident. In the history, it is written that Khonoma village protected numerous villages in its previous good time, it is village of Angami tribes having the customs of courage & valour, we shall come across ceremonial, morung, meet local craftsmen, etc. Afternoon back to Kohima. Post Lunch visits World War II Cemetery – located at the centre of Kohima town lies on the battle ground of Garrison Hill is a memorial of the British and allied forces who died during the Second world against Japanese troops. The Japanese troop arrived Kohima on April 1944 and attempted to capture Kohima ridge. But the allied force halted Japanese advance into India at Kohima and Garrison Hill. The cemetery is maintained by commonwealth war graves commission. One can also see the famous Kohima Epitaph “When You Go Home, Tell Them of Us and Say, For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today". If time permits also visit and Kisama village - it is a Naga Heritage Village and the venue for Hornbill Festival, which comprises of a number of beautifully-built traditional houses and morungs (Naga boys’ dormitories). Dinner and Overnight at Kohima.

KOHIMA TO JORHAT. After breakfast drive to Jorhat situated on the south bank of the river Brahmaputra. O arrival at Jorhat transfer to your tea bunglow/ cottage. Jorhat is one of the major town of Assam and gateway to the Upper Assam and the state Nagaland. It is also one of the largest tea producing centre of Assam with beautiful tea garden all around and tea bungalows. You can walk around the tea garden to see the plucking tea leaves by the tea tribe whom are brought by british from different parts of India such as Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal have engaged themselves in tea garden and subsequently settled in Assam permanently. TheTocklai Tea Research Institute - The beginning of a new era of tea research in India was marked by the establishment of the Scientific Department of Indian Tea Association (ITA) in the year 1900. This was consolidated with the creation of the Tocklai Experimental Station in 1911. The formation of the Tea Research Association (TRA) in 1964 with Tocklai at the centre of all activities further expanded the horizon of tea research to cover the entire Northeast India. Research on all aspects of tea cultivation and processing is carried out at Tocklai Experimental station, Jorhat the oldest and the largest research station of its kind in the world. Evening walk around the tea garden. Dinner and overnight at Tea Bunglow at Jorhat.

JORHAT, MAJULI, JORHAT (½ Hr. DRIVE + 1 ON Ferry) one way. Proceed for day excursion to Majuli, a river island amid the River Brahmaputra. Drive to Nimati Ghat to catch the public ferry to cross the river. Explore Majuli, its Satras, Mishing Tribal villages and its unique lifestyle of Assamese villages. Majuli -The founder of Eka Naam Dharma Srimanta Shankardeva took shelter in Majuli in Fifteenth Century and ever since that Majuli has emerged as the crowning glory of Vaishnavaite culture in Assam. The dance forms which are a treasure house of the various Satras in this place are the unique contributions of the great saint. Satra: The Satras are vaishnavaite monastery established in the 16th century by the saint and cultural reformer Srimanta Sankaradeva. Apart from offering the religious prayers the Satras are also a center for performing and practicing different form art and performances like Satrya dance, mask making, Bhaona (drama related to Hindu mythology) and religious songs.At Majuli visit the Garmur Satra, Uttar Kamalabari Satra famous for the Satriya dance and Shamaguri Satra: A store house of famous mask craft. These satras are the epitome of the Assamese culture. Late afternoon return back to Jorhat. Dinner and Overnight at Jorhat

JORHAT AIRPORT. After breakfast proceed to Jorhat Airport for your onward flight to Kolkata. Tour concludes on arrival at the airport.

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