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Destination                     Covered:   Guwahati - Balipara – Kaziranga – Mon - Shillong – Cherrapunjee                                                  
 9 Nights/ 10 Days

Highlights: Seeing the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, Elephant safari in Kaziranga National Park (a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site), Get a first hand experience of how opium and guns are made at Shangnyu village, walk over the living roots bridge near Cherrapunjee, grand finale with a cruise on the mighty Brahmaputra.      


Day 1: Guwahati – Tezpur - Balipara (190 kms/5 hrs): You will be picked up from Guwahati airport and proceed towards Tezpur crossing the Brahmaputra river via Saraighat Bridge. Situated on the north bank of the Brahmaputra, Tezpur is a beautiful and multifaceted city steeped in mythology and history. The city abounds in archaeological sites, lakes, hills and gardens. Visit the attractions of Tezpur. Visit the 6th century Shiva temple (constructed during Gupta dynasty rule). The other historic temple in Tezpur is the Mahabhairav temple. The stone Shivling at this temple apparently grows over time and is currently the largest naturally occurring shivling in India. Later drive to Balipara and on arrival, check in at your hotel. After brief leisure visit a tea garden & factory at Balipara to see how tea is processed. Stay overnight in your hotel.



Day 2: Balipara – Kaziranga (102 kms/2 hrs): Early morning proceed for a 2 hours trek inside Nameri National Park with an expert guide cum naturalist. Located on the banks of Jia Bhoroli River and on Assam-Arunachal border, it opened in Nov 1998 and is home to the Barking Deer, white winged duck, Sambhar, Hog Deer and Elephants. The place has over 350 species of birds. Return to your hotel for lunch. Post lunch, drive to Kaziranga National Park – a UNESCO world heritage natural site and tiger reserve. Reputed to be a mini Africa in the Indian sub-continent, the Park has more than 70% of the world's one-horned rhino population, 70% of the world population of the Eastern Swamp Deer and 75% of the world's wild Asiatic water buffalo. It has a significant population of the Asian Elephants. Moreover, the Park has more than 483 species of birds, 18 of them are globally threatened species. On arrival at Kaziranga, check in at your wildlife resort. Remaining time is at leisure till next morning.


Day 3: Kaziranga (Elephant and Jeep safaris): Morning proceed for an elephant ride in the dense forest of Kaziranga. Elephant safari is the most enjoyed safari to explore the wide varieties of wildlife in the Kaziranga National Park. The vast area covered by the Elephant Grass can be best viewed when you are on an elephant's back. Here you get the opportunity to see the One-horned Rhinoceros, Elephants and many other wild animals from a very close distance. Return back to your resort for breakfast. Post breakfast, proceed on a jeep safari to Eastern range. The Eastern Range is good for water birds viz. White-eyed Pochard, Falcated Teal and Spot-billed pelican. After lunch, proceed for a safari into Central range. The nearby Panbari Reserved Forest is good for primates such as Hoollock Gibbon and Capped Langur and also woodland birds such as Yellow-vented Warbler, Dark-Necked Tailorbird, Grey-bellied, Great Hornbill and Slaty-bellied Tesias. Evening return back to your resort and enjoy campfire, followed by dinner at your hotel.


Day 4: Kaziranga – Mon (254 kms/7 hrs): Morning after breakfast drive to Mon. Home of the Konyaks, the town was established at the land of Chen and Mon villages. Situated at an altitude of 2,945 ft (898 m) above sea level, it is centrally located for the coronation of Anghs (chiefs). The place has always aroused a sense of awe and wonder in the minds of people. Colorful life and culture are an integral part of the 16 officially recognized Naga tribes of Nagaland. These 16 tribes are different and unique in their traditions and customs. These rituals are further translated into festivals which rotate around their agricultural cycle. Nature has been kind to the Nagas and their land. In the afternoon, go for a walk through the Mon market. Return to your guesthouse and stay overnight.


Important: Please ask for permission before you click a picture of Nagas.



Day 5: Excursion to Shangnyu & Longwa Villages: Morning proceed for an excursion to Shangnyu village. There is a wonderful wooden monument measuring 8 feet in height and 12 feet in breadth and is believed to be constructed by the heavenly angels. The Konyak warriors were basically headhunters. It is said that the current chief beheaded 36 enemies & during his reign 130 were beheaded by the village warriors. If you are lucky and brave hearted, you can check out the 480 skulls that have been gathered as war trophies over the period. Further, visit a gun making workshop. After lunch, drive to Longwa village, on the border of India and Burma. In this village one can also see the traditional form of making opium. The Longwa chief's house is half on the Indian side of the border and half on the Burmese side. He also has some villagers living on the Burmese side of the border. Evening return back to your guest house in Mon and stay overnight.


Day 6: Mon - Kaziranga National Park (250 kms/7 hrs)

Morning after breakfast checkout from your guesthouse and drive back to Kaziranga National Park. Arrive and check in at your wildlife resort. Remaining time is at leisure till next morning. Overnight stay at Kaziranga.


Day 7: Kaziranga – Shillong (300 kms/7 hrs): Morning proceed to the land of mountains and mist i.e. Shillong. It is often referred as “Scotland of the East”. Cool colonnades of tall pine trees clad with whispering green leaves glistening in the sun surround the city. Shillong has several beautiful waterfalls such as Eagle falls, Elephant Falls, Beadon Falls etc. Shillong with its veritable beauty spots like Ward’s Lake, the Lady Hydari Park with its mini zoo, and its 18-hole Golf Course, attracts tourists from all over the world. On arrival at Shillong, check in at your hotel. Enjoy the evening free to explore this beautiful city. Stay overnight at Shillong.


Day 8: Excursion to Cherrapunjee (57 kms/2.30 hrs): Morning proceed for an excursion to beautiful Cherrapunjee – the wettest place on the earth. This lovely town is also famous for its limestone caves and orange honey. En-route visit Elephant Falls and Shillong Peak (highest point in Meghalaya). On reaching Cherrapunjee, visit Nohkalikai Falls (the fourth highest fall in the world), Mawsmai Cave, Mawsmai Falls, Thankarang Park from where you will get a panoramic view of Bangladesh and Khrem falls. Stay overnight in Cherrapunjee.


Day 9: Cherrapunjee – Shillong (57 kms/2.30 hrs): Morning proceed to see the root bridge of Cherrapunjee with a local guide. The roots of Indian Rubber Tree are directed in the desired direction across the river, by passing them through hollowed out betel nut trees. These then take roots in the soil once they reach the desired destination. These bridges are so strong that they can carry the weight of 50-60 people at a time. Later visit the “Umshaing Double Decker Root Bridge”, which is unique- a one of its kind in the entire world. Evening drive back to Shillong and stay overnight in your hotel.


Day 10: Shillong – Guwahati (168 kms/5 hrs): After an early breakfast, depart for Guwahati. If time allows, visit the famous Kamakhya temple. Dedicated to Goddess Kali, this temple is located atop Nilachal Hill overlooking Guwahati. Later visit Sualkuchi silk village. Located 35 km ahead of Guwahati on the northern bank of the river Brahmaputra, is the renowned silk-weaving centre Sualkuchi. Often known as the Manchester of the East, it is one of world's largest weaving villages. Sualkuchi is famed for its 'Muga' silk, i.e the natural golden silk (not dyed) of Assam which is not produced anywhere else in the world. In the afternoon, enjoy a 1 hour long cruise on River Brahmaputra. Later you will be transferred to Guwahati airport for your onward journey. Tour ends.

Services Included :- Hotels/Lodging, Sightseeing Tour, Car Rental, Guide services, Flight/ train

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Trip Activities:  Culture/Heritage, History, Sightseeing, Shopping

Trip Types: Casual Vacation, Family Vacation, Romantic Gateway

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