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Amazing Northeast

Description

The North Eastern region of India not only is blessed with abundance of natural beauty but has many monasteries, wildlife sanctuaries and adventure activities. From the pristine range of Himalayas and hill stations, mighty Brahmaputra, ancient tribes, wild life sanctuaries to the living culture and emerald tea estates, North east of India is a hidden gem to be discovered. It has plenty to offer to tourists with varied interests. This tour is designed for you to explore the immense wealth of this region by visiting the Kaziranga and Nameri Wild life Parks, the famous monasteries in the Arunachal region and visit a number of tourist attractions that will make this trip an unforgettable one.

Itinerary

Destinations: Kolkata – Guwahati – Nameri National Park – Dirang – Tawang – Bomdila – Kaziranga National Park – Tezpur – Guwahati – Kolkata

Duration: 12 nights/13 days

Day 1

Arrive Kolkata

On arrival you will be met our representative who will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. He will assist you in the check in formalities and explain the itinerary to you. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2

In Kolkata

Post breakfast you will embark on a city sight tour of the City of Joy, Kolkata, once the capital city of the Britishers. Kolkata is culturally a vibrant city with its blend of British and Indian architecture. You will Mother’s House headquarters of the International religious congregation of the Missionaries of Charity which has been a home to Mother Teresa and her sisters since 1955, Marble Palace – a nineteenth century palatial mansion built in the Neo classical architecture style which houses many western sculptures, Victorian furniture, paintings by European and Indian artists and many varied artefacts. Then on to Victoria Memorial a large white marble building built between 1906 and 1921 dedicated to Queen Victoria now converted to a museum. Admire the splendid sculptures on the dome. Visit Parasnath Jain Temple built by Ray Badridas Bahadur in 1867which is one of the most revered shrines of the Jains in Kolkata known for its enthralling beauty with a scenic beautiful garden decorated with glass mosaics and silver European styled statues, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, Riverside (Princep Ghat), Jorashankho Thakur Bari (abode of the Nobel Laurate Rabindranath Tagore).
Drive Pass : General Post Office, Shaheed Minar, Eden Gardens, Akashvani Bhawan, Writers’ Building, Raj Bhawan, High Court, Maidan, Town Hall, Race Course, Lal Dighi Street, Andrews Church.
Drive over : Howrah Bridge or Vidyasagar Setu. Return to the Hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3

Kolkata – Guwahati – Nameri (By air)(240 kms 5 hours)

After your breakfast you will check out of your hotel and will be transferred to the airport to connect flight to Guwahti. Guwahati is a sprawling city beside the River Brahmaputra famous for its hilltop Kamakhya Temple and ancient Hindu Shrines and is thus popular as “City of Temples”. It fulfills every aspect of a metro city with its advanced transportation, communication and media and serves as a hub for business activity, education institutions, and administrative and political activities. On arrival at Guwahati airport you will be met by our representative who will give you a traditional welcome and you will then proceed to Nameri National Park, which is in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. It is famous for its flora and fauna comprising mainly of semi evergreen moist deciduous forests with cane and bamboo brakes and narrow strips of open grassland along rivers. It is home for orchids like Dendrobium, Cymbidium and Cypripediodeae. It is considered to be an elephant reserve and habitat for other animals including the tiger, leopard and sambhar, etc. Nameri is a Birdwatcher’s paradise with over 300 species of birds. Check into your camp resort and overnight at the camp.

Day 4

Nameri National Park

Today after breakfast you will spend the whole day in the Nameri National park . You can walk through thick jungles and dry riverbeds. Cross the river Jia Bhorolli by country boat and walk inside the forest with a forest guard. You can also do rafting on the river and possible see some ibisbills and white winged wood ducks. On a sunny day one can see the majestic snow capped mountains and possibly sight the Indian Pied Hornbills. You can also spend some time in angling. In the evening return to the resort camp. Overnight at the camp.

Day 5

Nameri – Dirang (160 kms 6 hours)

Post breakfast today you will leave for Dirang, a tribal village in Arunachal Pradesh on the banks of the river Jia Bharali and the view of the valley is mesmerizing. The architecture of this village is stunning with houses more than 500 years old. En route you will visit Tipi Orchid Centre, this glass house has more than 7500 species of orchids. Next you will visit Sherdupkens, a tribal village situated at Rupa. Overnight at a Hotel In Dirang.

Day 6

Dirang – Tawang (145 kms 7 hours)

Have your breakfast. You will then leave for Tawang, a small hill town in Arunachal Pradesh which is inhabited by the Monpa people who are primarily tribals. Tawang was historically a part of Tibet but subsequently became a part of British India in 1914. Bhutan forms the border to the West and Tibet is to the north of Tawang. Tanwang is famous for its 17th century Buddhist monastery . You will drive on Sinuous Road and cross the Dragon Gates on the awesome heights of the Sela Pass (13714 ft), You will see the Sela Lake and visit Jaswantgarh, a memorial dedicated to the soldiers who bravely fought the Chinese war in 1962. You will also see the mesmerizing Nuranang Waterfalls which is on the way. On arrival at Tawang you will check into your hotel.Overnight at the hotel

Day 7

Tawang

This morning after breakfast you will emabark on a sight seeing tour of this beautiful town. First you will visit Tawang Monastery known as the Golden Namgyal Lhatse, located in picturesque surroundings perched at a height of 3000 mtrs above sea level, and recognnised as the 2nd largest monastery in the world. This 500 years old monastery built as a large mansion is an abode for over 300 monks and lying amidst the Himalayan ranges, it offers spectacular view of the Tawang Chu Valley. Next you will visit Urgeiling Monastery, known to be the birthplace of the Sixth Dalai Lama. Next visit the Gyanganga Ani Gompa which is one of the oldest nunneries in the area and home to more than 100 nuns. You can visit the Madhuri Lake or the Shungatser Lake , one of the remotest lakes , situated amidst the rocky mountains at an altitude of 12000 ft with a breathtaking beauty. Return to your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 8

Tawang – Bomdila (185 kms 8 hours)

Today after breakfast you will cross Sela Pass again, en route Dirang to reach Bomdila, a small town perched amidst the panoramic settings of the lofty ranges of the eastern Himalayas and Known for its scenic environs alongwith Buddhist monasteries and apple orchards. It has numerous trekking and hiking trails, thus is a major attraction for the adventure seekers. On arrival check into your hotel. You can explore the local markets in the nearby areas. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9

Bomdila

After your breakfast you will set out on a sight seeing tour, first visiting the Bomdila Monastery known to be an exact replica of Tsona Gontse Monastery, Tibet. Inaugurated in 1965 it is an abode to many monks and lamas. Go to the Bomdila View point with the clouds kissing the ground, and the massive Himalayas towering all around see the panoramic view of the Kemeng valley that will leave your spellbound. Then visit the Upper Gompa located atop a steep hill, which has a Prayer hall and a Buddhist Temple in its premises. This Gompa showcases the various shades of life and Buddhism. Then onto the Lower Gompa located at the end of the famous Bazar Street. The main attraction is the marvelous Tibetan architecture and the massive Prayer Hall inside. Must visit the Crafts Centre opposite it. You will then visit the Tipi Orchid Garden which is an Orchid Research Centre houses a large number of orchid species. It has a glass house with a display gallery, a central pond with fountain and around 1000 species of Orchids hanging in pots or baskets. Return to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10

Bomdila – Kaziranga National Park ( 240 kms 7 hours)

Today post your breakfast you will proceed to the world famous Kaziranga National Park, known for its largest population of the one horned rhino. En route make a stop a Tezpur, a beautiful city on the banks of the Brahmaputra river, and also known as “Cultural capital of Assam”, famous for its many historical sites. You will visit Agnigarh, believed to be site of the fortress built by Banasura to keep his daughter Usha in Isolation, Visit the Lord Shiva Temple, the Ghats of the River Brahmaputra. Continue your journey to Kaziranga National Park. On arrival check into the resort. Overnight at the resort.

Day 11

Kaziranga National Park

Early morning today you will explore the park on elephant safari. Kaziranga National Park – a UNESCO World heritage site, spread across the floodplains of the Brahmaputra river. Its forests, wetlands and grasslands are home to tigers, elephants and the world’s largest population of the one horned rhino. Ganges River Dolphins swim in the park’s waters. Many rare species of birds like gray pelicans can be found here. You will pass through the eastern part of the forest which is best for birding. Crested serpent eagle is common while Palla’s eagle and Grey Headed Fishing eagle is frequently seen. Others include Adjutant Stork, Bar Headed Geese, Whistling Teel, Pelicans, etc. If you are lucky you can spot the endangered Bengal Floricans. Return to your hotel and have your breakfast. Then you will proceed for sight seeing of the nearby areas like the orchid gardens, tea gardens and the ethnic village. Post Lunch you will proceed again on a Jeep safari on the central or western part to explore the wildlife. Have a close encounter with the One horned rhino, Wild Buffalo, Swamp Deer, Python and pre historic looking monitor lizard. Have a look around at the various species of flora and fauna and experience a thrilling adventure in the Park. Return to the Hotel and overnight.

Day 12

Kaziranga – Shillong (280 Kms 7 hours)

This morning after your breakfast you will drive to Shilloing, which is a hill station in the Khasi Hills and the capital of Meghalaya and known as “Scotland of the East” by road. You will visit the Umiam Lake – the biggest artificial lake in the state created by damning the Umium River in the 1960s. The lake is known for water sports and adventure facilities. You can take a boat ride on the lake. Also visit the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous culture offering an exclusive display of the heritage and varied culture of entire North East. See the Ward Lake – a horseshoe shaped lake surrounded by lush green gardens, and the Butterfly Museum. Check into your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel

Day 13

Shillong – Cherapunjee – Shillong

Have your breakfast and get ready for an excursion to Cherapunjee, a altitude town in Meghalaya known for its living root bridges made from rubber trees. Cherapunjee has multiple times held the record for the highest rainfall in the world. Enroute you will visit Shillong Peak. On arrival at Cherapunjee visit the Elephant Waterfalls, a multi tiered waterfall in the picturesque surrounds with an easy walking trail, The Nohkalikai Falls, which is the tallest plunge waterfall in India falling from a height of 1115 ft. You will thereafter visit the Seven Sister Falls - a seven segmented waterfall which is one of the highest in India falling over limestone cliffs in a beautiful surroundings. On your way back you will stop to visit Mawsmai Caves, rugged limestone cave which has an amazing entrance with dark magical mystery inside that will leave you fascinated. Return to Hotelf and overnight at the Hotel.

Day 14

Shillong - Guwahati (100 kms 3.5 hours)

This morning have your breakfast and check out of the hotel to proceed to Guwahati. On your arrival at Guwahati you will visit the Kamakhya Temple a Hindu Temple dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya and is one of the oldest of 51 Shaktipithas. Situated on a hill it is the main temple in the complex of many temples. Its an important pilgrimage destination expecially for tantric worshippers. Then take Boat ride on the Brahmaputra river to reach Umananda Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated on the Peacock island in the middle of the river. This island is known to be the smallest island in the world. Later you will check into your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15

Guwahati – Kolkata (by air)

Have your breakfast and check out of your hotel. You will be transferred to the airport to connect flight to Kolkata. On arrival at Kolkata airport you will be met by our representative who will meet you and assist you in the airport to connect your flight for your onward destination. If you have time you can visit some local markets for shopping of souvenirs and silk saris and fabrics and other artefacts. And later on transfer to the airport for connecting your flight to your onward destination or back home with fond memories

The above is only a suggestive itinerary. The duration of the tour can be modified and customization done to suit your specific requirements.

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