Major Attractions: 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, Shillong
For the adventurous traveler, India's North-East remains one of the world's lesser-known yet exciting destinations. Arunachal Pradesh, an authentic treasure house of nature, tucked away in the northeastern tip of India, invites tourists to relax in its picturesque hills and valleys surrounded on three sides by Myanmar, China, and Bhutan.
Unexplored passes, Snowy mist, famous monasteries, and tranquil lakes come together to form some of the prettiest mountain trails in Arunachal Pradesh. For a tourist, the options are varied, each more luring than the other.
You will beassisted at Guwahati airport and drive straight to Shillong, en-route visiting Kamakhya temple situated in Nilachal hill. The rock inscription on the eastern slope of this hill indicates 5th century AD, but temple construction activity on this hill was definitely of earlier origin. At present, only 9 old temples remain and all of these were reconstructed during the late medieval period. In recent times a few have been thoroughly restored. Later proceed to Shillong- one of the most beautiful hill stations of India. On arrival, check in at your hotel. Remaining time is at leisure till next morning.
Excursion to Cherapunjee
After breakfast depart for Cherrapunjee (52 km), en- route visiting Myllien (a village of blacksmiths), situated at an altitude of 1720 m and is 16 km from Shillong. Later continue driving further, 2 kms before Cherrapunjee you can visit Ram Krishna Mission (was established in 1913). It has an interesting museum with Khasi/Garo/Jaintia artifacts. Later proceed to view the Nohkalikai Falls, said to be the fourth highest falls in the world. Evening return back to Shillong and stay overnight.
Shillong - Nameri
After breakfast drive down to Nameri. 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. On arrival, check in at your camp. After brief leisure proceed by surface for around 8 km and then take a boat downstream on fast flowing snow-fed Himalayan river with option of angling on catch and release basis. It is a good place for Angling. The best Angling spots are approachable by boats. Overnight in tented camp.
Nameri â€“ Dirang
Morning after breakfast proceed for an uphill drive to Bomdila. On arrival at Bomdila, visit the upper and lower Gompa, museum, local market, emporium etc. Later drive further to Dirang, en-route visiting Tipi Orchid Park which is situated on the banks of the Bharali River. Tipi is known for the widest assortment of orchids found in India. It is astonishing to know that more than 500 species of orchids are found here. On arrival at Dirang, check in at your hotel. Dirang is famous for its apple orchards, sheep breeding farms and natural hot springs. Dirang is ideal place for adventures like trekking and hiking. Stay overnight at Dirang.
Morning proceed to visit Sangti Valley, situated along the shores of Sangti river. The Sangti Valley is one of the seasonal homes of the majestic creature called the black-necked crane that flies across from China and perhaps Leh, right into its laps. Later visit the Sheep Breeding Centre, Dirang Dzong, horticulture garden, monastery, a local Gompa, Yak research centre, Dirang village and Khaso village. Evening return to Dirang and stay overnight in your hotel.
Dirang â€“ Tawang (180 kms/7 hrs)
Morning proceed towards Dirang enjoying the scenic views of the valley which is one of the highlights of your tour. Stop at Sela pass (14000 ft.) for some time. Later proceed further passing through the spectacular Nuranang waterfalls. Overnight stay at your hotel in Tawang.
Morning proceed for a full day excursion including a visit to the famous Tawang Monastery/Gompa. The 300 year old Monastery, locally called "Gompa" is considered to be the oldest in India and second largest Monastery in Asia after Lhasa in Tibet. The Monastery stands on the spur of a hill over 12000 ft. above the sea level. It accommodates over 500 monks and houses priceless Buddhist texts and scriptures. Later visit the some beautiful lakes including Pangong Tang Tso lake and afterwards Craft Center and traditional Monpa Village. Stay overnight at Tawang.
Tawang - Dirang (6hrs)
Morning start driving back to Dirang. Track the sights you might have missed out before. Arrive Dirang and check in at your hotel. You may enjoy your day strolling and interacting with locals. Stay overnight at Dirang.
Dirang â€“ Tezpur (6 hrs)
Morning drive down to Tezpur. 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, hills, lakes and gardens. On arrival, check in at a beautiful tea garden bungalow. After brief leisure visit the tea factory to see how tea is processed. Stay overnight at Tezpur.
Tezpur â€“ Kaziranga (3 hrs)
Morning after breakfast checkout and proceed towards Kaziranga. Kaziranga is the largest undisturbed representative area of Brahmaputra. 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.
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.
Morning after breakfast checkout and you will be transferred to Guwahati airport for your onward flight. Tour ends.