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Assam & Meghalaya Tour – 14nights 15days

Assam & Meghalaya Tour – 14nights 15days

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    Assam & Meghalaya Tour – 14nights 15days

    DAY 01: GUWAHATI – SHILLONG

    Arrive at Guwahati airport, received and transferred to Shillong ( 100 kms / 2 ½ hrs drive), enroute stop at the scenic view point of the Umiam lake ( the largest manmade lake in Northeast India), reach Shillong and check into hotel, after refreshment explore the local night markets of Shillong. Overnight in Shillong.

     

    Shillong is the capital and hill station of Meghalaya, also known as “The Abode of Clouds”, one of the smallest states in India. It is the headquarters of the East Khasi Hills district and is situated at an average altitude of 4,908 feet above sea level, with the highest point being Shillong Peak at 6,449 feet. Shillong is the 330th most populous city in India with population of 143,007 according to the 2011 census. It is said that the rolling hills around the town reminded the European settlers of Scotland. Hence, they would also refer to it as the “Scotland of the East”

     

    DAY 02: SHILLONG – CHERRAPUNJEE

    Today we will drive to Mawphlang Scared forest ( 35 kms / 02 hrs drive), then we will start a trek of known as David Scot Trail for 06 hrs, reach Mawladh and then you will be picked up and taken to Cherrapunjee, evening at leisure and overnight stay.

     

    DAY 03: CHERRAPUNJEE

    After breakfast set off on a trek to Nongriat village, A War-Khasi village situated at the bottom of a deep valley. Enroute meet local Khasi villagers in Mawshamok, Tyrna, Umsohphie and Nongthymmai.  See the longest Living Root Bridge, Double Decker Root Bridge and go for a swim in Natural Swimming Pools. It is a trek of about 3 to 4 hours. Evening get together and cultural interaction with the villagers of Nongriat.

     

    DAY 04: CHERRAPUNJEE – MAWLLYNNONG – SHILLONG

    Today after breakfast we drive to Mawllynnong (110 kms / 02 ½ hrs drive), explore the village and also trek for 10 min to visit the Single Decker Living Root Bridge in Riwai village, back to Shillong and overnight stay.

     

    Mawlynnong/Mawlynnong Village located in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, also referred as ‘God’s own garden’ has won the acclaim of being the cleanest village in Asia in 2003. The village known for its cleanliness is located around 90 kms from Shillong and is a community based eco-tourism initiative. The community has made collective effort to maintain the ambience of a clean village. The village offers picturesque natural beauty, a trek to the living root bridge at a neighbouring village Riwai. The village also offers a sight of natural balancing rock, a strange natural phenomenon of a boulder balancing on another rock.

     

    The adage “Neighbours envy, owners pride’ is apt for Mawlynnong as it has earned the distinction of being one of the cleanest villages in Asia, a fact that every Mawlynnong villager is proud of and other villagers are envy of.

     

    The village is quite pretty, especially in the monsoons when there is lush greenery all around, with waterfalls paving the way to small streams and abundance of flowering orchids dangling from the trees and hedges add to the beauty of the village.

     

    DAY 05: SHILLONG – GUWAHATI

    Today after a leisurely breakfast drive to Guwahati, explore local sightseeing in and around Guwahati and overnight stay.

     

    DAY 06: GUWAHATI – MANAS NATIONAL PARK

    Today we will drive to Sualkuchi village – 30 kms , explore the village and learn the Silk weaving culture of Assam, Sualkuchi is known as Silk Bowl of Assam, later transferred to Manas National Park (220 kms / 04 ½ hrs drive), reach Manas and check into hotel, evening at leisure. Overnight stay at Manas.

     

    DAY 07: MANAS NATIONAL PARK

    Today early morning go for an Elephant Ride inside the national park (timing: 06:00 AM / 07:00 AM ) for 40 min of ride, return back to lodge and after breakfast and refreshment go for a walk into nearby villages and also visit a Tea Garden, later after lunch go for a Jeep safari in the Mathunguri Range of the park, spend around 4-5 hrs inside the national park, back to lodge and overnight stay.

     

    DAY 08: MANAS – NAMERI

    Today after breakfast drive to Nameri National Park (325 kms / 07 hrs drive), reach Nameri and check into lodge, dinner and overnight stay.

     

    DAY 09: NAMERI

    Today go for a trekking trip inside the national park (only national park where you can walk with forest arm guard) for 03 hrs, back to Eco Camp and after having breakfast and refreshment go for a gentle boat ride in rubber dinghies in Jia Bhoreli River flowing along the national park ( 02 ½ hrs on the river). Afternoon you free at leisure or after lunch and refreshment go for a village walk in nearby villages. Overnights stay in Eco Camp.

     

    DAY 10: NAMERI – KAZIRANGA

    Today after breakfast you will be driven to Kaziranga National Park (100 kms / 2 hrs drive), reach Kaziranga and check into hotel, evening at leisure. Overnight stay at Kaziranga.

     

    DAY 11: KAZIRANGA

    Today you will go for safaris and elephant ride inside the national park. Early morning go for an Elephant ride ( timing 5:00 AM/ 06:00 AM/ 7:00 AM) then return back to the lodge and after breakfast go for a Jeep Safari (timing  8:00 AM / 9:00 AM) for 03 hrs, after the safari come back to lodge. After lunch and refreshment go for another Jeep Safari in the Western/ Central range of the park (timing 2:00AM / 3:00 AM) for 02 ½ hrs ( also depending on the sunset as in winters the sun sets early in Northeast India), evening at leisure. Overnight stay at Kaziranga.

     

    DAY 12: KAZIRANGA – MAJULI – JORHAT

    After breakfast drive to Nimatighat (Jorhat) (104 kms / 3 hrs) and ferry to Majuli.

     

    MAJULI – perhaps the largest river island is a treasure of cultural heritage of the region. The founder of ‘Eka Naam Dharma’ Srimanta Shankardeva took shelter in Majuli in the Fifteenth Century and ever since that Majuli has emerged as the crowning glory of Vaishnavaite culture in Assam. Majuli has a unique treasure of natural and cultural attractions. A melting point of various tribes, Majuli is multifaceted in its attractions that unfurls to its vanity are the rare migratory birds like Adjutant Stork, Pelican, Siberian Crane, etc., traditional handicrafts and pottery,  the Mask – craft, ethnic culture and colorful festivals.

     

    At Majuli visit Kamalabari Satra, Garmur Satra and Auni Ati Satra. Afternoon enjoy the traditional Satriya dance (Gayan Bayan).Later journey back to Jorhat overnight at heritage tea bungalow.

     

    DAY 13: JORHAT – SIBSAGAR – DIBRUGARH

    After breakfast drive to Dibrugarh (135 kms / 03 ½ hrs).

     

     Enroute sightseeing at SIBSAGAR – Sivasagar was once the capital of the Ahom Kings. The Shans who came from Thailand through Northern Myanmar to this area in early 13th century, ruled for 600 years. The Siva Temple, built by the Ahoms, situated here is believed to be the tallest of all existing Hindu temples. The ruins of the Ahom palaces and monuments dot the landscape around this historical town. Centuries, before the arrival of the British, this part of the world was controlled by a number of tribal chieftains.

     

    In the town of Sivasagar, one can still see the remaining well preserved relics. The largest and the oldest ampi-theatre of Asia (Rang Ghar) is also another remarkable landmark in the history of Sivasagar. The Tai- Ahom Museum of Sivsagar contains some of the relics of the Ahom period like – swords, clothes, manuscripts and sundry artifacts.

     

    Lunch enroute, reach Dibrugarh and transferred to hotel, overnight stay.

     

    DAY 14: DIBRUGARH

    Today after breakfast we drive to Tinsukia (45 kms) and further to Ketatong (55 kms) and visit the Singpho village of Ketatong. Singphos are a tribe belonging to the Kachin of Burma and are ethnically related to the Jingpo of China. It is said that the English learnt about tea from the Singpho tribe and introduced the beverage to in India. Also visit the Organic tea garden of the Singpho people and explore the famous Organic Tea of the Singpho Tribes who do all by their hand and which is being practiced for many years.

     

    We will visit the Digboi War Cemetery (British Cemetery), thereafter drive back to Dibrugarh, Overnight stay at Dibrugarh.

     

    SINGPHO AND TEA HISTORY

     

    The role of Singpho tribe in discovery of tea in Assam and early development of tea industry in the state is most significant. The discovery of wild tea in Assam was because of the Singpho tribe, and there are records of their tea drinking habit, knowledge of medicinal properties and indigenous method of preparation.Singpho chief, Beesa Gaum, first showed a wild growing tea plant to Robert Bruce in 1823. Singpho is a tribe who lived  ‘intermixed with the Khamtis the country watered by the Burhi Dihing, the Noa Dihing and Tengpani, which formerly belonged to the Ahoms.  ‘The tea tree, the identical tea of China, grows as favourably upon the mountains possessed by the dependent hill tribes the Khangtis, Singphos and Muttucks, as in the adjoining provinces of China itself, …… Tea is the favourite beverage of these tribes and is constantly drunk by them.’15 It may be mentioned that ‘fanap’ was the word used for describing tea at that time of its discovery in Assam. It is a Singpho word used to describe the then tea plant at the time of handing over the seeds to Robert Bruce by the Singpho chief.

     

    The Singphos have long known and drunk the tea, but their mode of preparing is very different from that we have already described. The young and tender leaves are first plucked and dried in the sun; by some they are exposed alternately to the night dews, and the heat of the sun for three successive days; whilst by others they are put into flat hot fans and turned about till quite dry. This done the leaves are placed in the hollow of a bamboo and driven firmly down by means of a stick, the bamboo being at the same time held in the heat of a fire, when full, the ends of the bamboos are tied up with leaves, and hung up in places where they may be exposed to the smoke of the fire. Thus prepared, the tea is said to keep good for years.

     

    DAY 15: DIBRUGARH – FLY

    Today after breakfast drive to Dibrugarh airport for onward destination.

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