Received at Guwahati airport and later drive to Kaziranga National Park (220 kms/ 04 ½ hrs). Check in at hotel for 02 nights.
Guwahati: Situated on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra River in the Kamrup District of Assam, Guwahati is a fast growing premier city. It is the gate way to the North Eastern States of India and a principal center of socio cultural, political, industrial and trade and commerce of the entire region. Dispur, the capital of Assam is a part of Guwahati. Earlier, this city was full of areca nut trees rappled by pan creepers. Hence this city subsequently got the name Guwahati. The word ‘Guwa’ in Assamese means areca nut and Hat means market.
Kaziranga national PARK (100 mtr approx.) – is a World Heritage Site, where more than 75% of the world’s total population of the great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros can be found. It lies on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra River and is one of the oldest parks of Assam. Besides rhinos, the Asiatic Water Buffalo, Elephants, Tigers, Swamp deer, Barking deer and Hog deer can be seen. About 400 species of birds are found in Kaziranga National Park. Swamp Francolin, Great Hornbill, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Pied Falconets, Greater Adjutant Stork, Long Billed Vulture. There is no telling what one might find in Kaziranga but it is always a great experience. The specialty here is the Blue naped pitta among a host of Raptors and Waterfowl. The adjoining buffer areas are worth a try too, as numerous rare sightings are reported regularly.
Note: The park remains open from 1st Nov to 30th April only.
Day 02: At Kaziranga, Assam
Early morning go for an elephant safari followed by jeep safari post breakfast. Afternoon go for another jeep safari.
Timing (Kaziranga NP)
Elephant Safari – approx 45 mins duration
05.30 to 06.30
06.30 to 07.30
Forenoon : Entry time between 07:00 to 09:30 Hours. Visiting time till 12:00 Noon
Afternoon: Entry time between 13:30 to 15:00 Hours. Visiting time till sunset.
- Elephant safari for foreign nationals are held only on Kaziranga Range, Kohora (Central Range)
- Allocation of elephant riding seats and timings are regulated by the forest department, Kaziranga National Park, Government of Assam. The tickets for the same are issued only on the previous evening of the ride after 7:30 PM. We will try our utmost to avail the seats but cannot guarantee the same
Day 03: Kaziranga –Majuli, Assam
After breakfast we drive to Neematighat (80 kms / 02 hrs) for ferry crossing (1 hr downstream boat cruise- the time depends upon the water level of the river) to Majuli – the largest inhabited river island in the world and famous for the Vaishnavite Satras or monasteries (Kamalabari Satra, Auniati Satra, Benganti satra, and many more) and culture. It is nestled between the confluence of the Subansiri and the Brahmaputra River. Visit the monasteries and interface with the tribes on the island. Overnight at Majuli.
Majuli Island-A World Heritage Site, is located in the Brahmaputra River and is the largest inhabited riverine island in the world. The island has long served as a monastic retreat to the Vaishnavite community and is noted for its beautiful rural setting and the traditional Assamese and Mishing tribal architecture.
On arrival, you will be transferred by road to a monastery, enroute pass through both Assamese and Mishing Villages – the Mishing houses are typified by being built on stilts and their ‘long house’ style of design. At the monastery you will be given an orientation tour by one of the monks of the monastic cell and temple. (Please note that you will be expected to remove your shoes when entering the Vaishnavite monasteries). These Satras were set up by Srimanta Shankerdev, the leader of Vaishnavite revival in the 16th Century. These are active and nurture the traditional dance form ‘Satriya’ (which is the 5th nationally recognized dance form other than Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kathakali and Manipuri), music and crafts (mask- making), besides religious teachings.
Day 04: Majuli-Sivasagar-Dibrugarh, Assam
After breakfast ferry across to Neematighat (01 ½ hrs) and later drive to Dibrugarh (145 kms/ 03 ½ hrs). Enroute we visit the Ahom monuments and temples at Sivasagar which encompass the 600 year old history of the Ahom Dynasty. Check in at Mancotta/Chowkidinghee Heritage Chang Bungalow for 02 nights. Overnight at Chang Bungalow.
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
Dibrugarh is the gateway to the “Hidden Land” of Eastern Arunachal Pradesh and Northern Myanmar. The Ahoms from Thailand came through Northern Myanmar to this area in the 13th century to establish their Empire which thrived in the ancient land of Assam. It is the “Camellia” town of Upper Assam, an undisturbed haven, with its rich tea gardens resembling a lush green carpet. Experience and enjoy the richness of these tea gardens while staying at the Heritage Chang Bungalows. These are constructed on stilts and are situated in a serene atmosphere free from pollution.
When the British established their tea plantations in the mid-19th century they quickly built comfortable bungalows designed to make life as pleasant as possible in what, was to them, a hostile and strange land. One of the main features of these buildings has given rise to their name – Chang bungalows. Chang in the local language means “raised on stilts” and the design served multi purposes- to keep the house cool by allowing the breeze to blow underneath and to keep both water and animals out!
Day 05: At Dibrugarh, Assam
Post breakfast, take a tea tour around a tea estate known for producing high quality CTC teas. Know all about tea – its origin, how it is grown, all about tea tasting and its quality. Later in the afternoon we visit Mancotta Tea Estate known for its Orthodox type of tea. Take a tea walk and enjoy a sundowner or a cup of tea on a tree house. Evening enjoy a dance performance (Bihu Dance) by an ethnic dance group on the bungalow lawns. Overnight at the Heritage Chang Bungalow.
A tea tour through a 157 years old heritage tea garden gives an insight into the different activities that vary from season to season. It teaches us all about tea- its origin, how it is grown, tea tasting and its quality.
CTC (Crush, Tear and Curl) tea is a method of processing tea. In this process the leaves instead of being rolled, are passed through a series of cylindrical rollers with hundreds of small sharp “teeth” that Crush, Tear, and Curl.
This style of manufacture has the advantage that the finished product brews quickly, gives a dark infusion rapidly, is well suited for tea bags, and yields more cups per kg. In the Indian domestic market, this type of manufacture has virtually taken over – over 80% of tea production is of the CTC type.
CTC teas produce a rich red-brown color when they are boiled, which adds a beautiful color to tea made in the Indian style. This is done by boiling leaves in a mixture of milk, water and sugar and some spices (producing Masala Chai). With this production method, the tea does not get bitter, and its red colour comes through the white of the milk.
Orthodox tea : The manufacturing process of orthodox tea is similar to that of CTC tea. Instead of the tea leaf been crushed, the leaves are rolled in a machine that twist and break the leaves to release the natural chemicals that later react with oxygen in the air and give the tea its characteristic aroma and taste. It is the leafy variety of tea.
Bihu is the most popular folk dance of Assam. The people of Assam are very proud of its unique position among all other such dances of India. Except Bhangra (the popular folk dance of Punjab), no other folk dance in India can compete with the rhythmic exuberance of the Bihu dance. ‘Bihu’ performed by young men and women reflects youthful passion and joy rejuvenating life during the spring season, accompanied by songs woven around the theme of love and physical yearning. The dance is performed by all irrespective of caste, creed and religion.
Note: Visit to tea factory is subject to being operational on the day of the visit. There is no tea plucking between December till mid March and hence the actual manufacturing process of tea cannot be demonstrated when one visits the factory during this period. Factory also remains closed on Monday’s of the week.
Day 06: Dibrugarh-Wakro, Arunachal Pradesh
After breakfast drive to Wakro (190 kms / 4 hrs). Enroute visit Empong Village to see the Khampti tribes and also visit the Buddhist Gompa. Check in at Mishmi Retreat, Wakro. (Traditional Mishmi huts) for 02 nights.
Khamptis are one of the major tribal inhabitants of the Lohit District. They are deeply influenced by buddhist ethics and morality. The Khamptis are Buddhists of the Theraveda School. They are the only tribe in Arunachal Pradesh who have their own script for the language. Traditionally, they live on the cultivation of paddy and other crops. The social structure of the Khamptis is well organized on the basis of clan or village determined by kinship or locality.
Wakro (maximum valley altitude 2000m) is the homeland of the “Mishmis” one of the Mongoliod tribes of Tibeto-Burman origin. They speak their own dialect which varies from different groups. The three major Mishmi groups are “Idus” “Tarons” and the ‘Kamans’. Mishmis are very rich in culture and may be termed as a festival loving people. They believe any day of the year is auspicious for a ceremony if provisions exist. On these days animals are sacrificed. Mishmis are nature worshipers.
Mishmi are the inhabitants of Lohit Districts and the border area of adjoining district. Mishmis are animist and believe in a number of higher spiritual beings. Kabeya, or Pharai in their traditional village council who exercise the judgment of any disputes comes to their society. The Mishmi society is divided into numbers of sub-tribes such as Idu -Mismis, Digaru Mishmi, Miju Mishmi with more or less distinctive characters on its dresses among themselves. This tribe can be easily distinguished from other by their typical hairstyle
Their dresses reflect the artistic taste and the cultural thinking of the society. The male dress of Miju and Digaru consist of a sleeveless black or maroon coloured cloth with ornamental boarders and waist cloth with a embroidered flag in the front. They wear a head dress of woven cane. The women wear black skirts with coloured stripes reaching above the ankle and a beautiful embroidered bodice and a shawl. The also wear beautiful ornaments made of silver. The women keep themselves busy in weaving. The men are involved in making cane and bamboo products. The puffing of opium with the help of silver or wooden pipes by both men and women is the part and parcel of their tradition. These people may be termed as festive tribe. Reh is the most important festivals celebrated by Idu-Mishmis during 1st week of February.
Mishmi Retreat : Surrounded by enchanting nature, this campsite comprises of four Mishmi traditional huts, each with two rooms one double bedded and one twin bedded. It can cater to a maximum group size of 16 pax. Four western toilets with provision of showers are not en-suite but conveniently located behind the huts. Hot waters will be provided in buckets. There is a gazebo which provides for the common seating and dining area – an ideal getaway for the nature lover.
Day 07: At Wakro, Arunachal Pradesh.
Today we visit the local Mishmi tribal villages to learn about their rich culture and traditions and interact with the Mishmi tribe. Also visit Parasuramkund- a pilgrimage site where thousands of pilgrims come every year during Makar Sankranti to take a holy dip in the Lohit River
20 km from Wakro is the Parshuram Kund, one of the most revered spots for Hindus. Also known as Brahma Kund, this is the spot where the river Lohit descends to the plains, and flows free and forceful as the Brahmaputra. Thousands of pilgrims flock to this picturesque spot every year during Makar Sankranti in mid January for a dip in the swirling waters. It is said that all one’s sins are washed away once a dip is taken. There is mention of this place in the Kalika Purana, as well as the Mahabharata, where it is linked to the story of Parshuram. Legend has it that Parshuram killed his mother with an axe at the behest of his father, Jamadagni. Impressed with his commitment, Jamadagni grants three boons to his son. Parshuram asks for his mother’s life to be restored. This done, Jamadagni nevertheless asks his son to take a dip in the Brahma Kund to wash away his sins. In another version of the same tale, the axe that Parshuram used to kill his mother gets stuck to his hand as a reminder of his ghastly act. He travels across the country and visits several holy places to atone for his sins, but the axe remains resolutely stuck until he arrives at the Brahma Kund and takes a dip in the pool on the advice of sages. The axe immediately comes undone after his dip in the holy waters. Parshuram, in his exhilaration flings the axe as far as he can into the mountains. The axe splits the mountains, and the spot where it struck is believed to be the source of the Lohit river.
Day 08: Wakro-Tinsukia, Assam
After breakfast drive to Tinsukia (140 kms/3 hrs). Later visit Digboi , the first oil town of South Asia. Visit the Oil Museum and the 2nd World War Allied Forces Cemetery where 200 graves are permanently maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Check in at Wathai Heritage Bungalow Limbuguri Tea Estate and hotel for 02 nights. Overnight at the Bungalow.
Steal yourself away to a ‘Wathai Heritage Bunglow, Limbuguri Tea estate– this plinth bungalow will allow you to rejuvenate your senses. Located just 5km from Dibru Saikhowa National Park, it is the ideal retreat for a birding break. This ‘Managers Bungalow’, defines serenity and you will most certainly leave revitalized. It has been recently renovated and is the ideal base whether on a quest for quietude or seeking refuge whilst on an explorative ornithological voyage at the neighboring Dibru Saikhowa National park . Although reverine in nature, this park remains open most of the year with innumerable varieties of colourful birds chirping at various pitches and hopping from branch to branch. It is indeed an orinthologist’s delight. Endangered species like Gangetic Dolphin and Feral Horses are common sights in Dibru- Saikhowa.
Fresh tea can be enjoyed in the ‘jali room” to the front of the bungalow in a peaceful atmosphere overlooking the manicured gardens, while meals are served in the spacious dining room complete with an original fireplace. The family room and two large bedrooms complete with ensuite enables eight people to sleep here very comfortably.
Day 09: At Tinsukia, Assam
Today early morning we visit Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and Magori Bheel for a full day birding programme. We take several boat rides on the Dibru River, go for jungle walk, bird and Gangetic Dolphin sighting. Overnight at the Bungalow.
Dibru-Saikhowa National Park has the most distinct and vibrant wilderness on earth and is known for its pristine scenic beauty. The forest in this park ranges from semi-evergreen to deciduous to littoral to swampy marshes with patches of wet evergreen jungles Dibru-Saikhowa is a safe haven to many rare and endangered species of over 350 birds and is a must visit site for target-list birders. The big four here are Jerdon’s Bushchat, Black-breasted Parrotbill, Marsh babbler and Jerdon’s bushchat. Several other rarely observed species can be found in the extensive grasslands, wetlands, and riverine forests. These include Baer’s Pochard, Bengal Florican, Pale-capped Pigeon, Falcated duck, Baikal teal, Chinese spotbilled duck and Rufous vented prinia etc. Dibru-Saikhowa is a haven for an incredible no of Waders ,Ducks , Raptors and its specialty grassland birds.
Day 10: Tinsukia- Dibrugarh Fly out, Assam
Morning at leisure. Later in time transfer to Dibrugarh airport (45 kms / 01 hr) to board flight for onward destination.
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Note : Foreign Nationals would require Restricted Area Permit to visit Wakro, Arunachal Pradesh. The same is issued for minimum group size of 02 or more pax travelling together
Following documents are required in order to process the permit. The documents may be scanned and forwarded by email.
1 Copy of recent passport size photograph of each person.
- Copy of the valid Indian Visa
- Copy of the valid passport
- RAP processing requires a minimum lead time of 4 weeks. Hence the above requirements should be scanned and forwarded to us accordingly.
- See the world famous one horned rhinoceros.
- Ride an elephant and discover wildlife in Kaziranga National Park.
- Visit Majuli- the largest inhabited river island in the world.
- Live in colonial splendor
- Visit to a Tea Plantation. Experience how different varieties of tea are processed in surrounding plantations.
- Explore local villages and sights.
- Enjoy a local dance performance.
- Drive on a trail of orange plantations & butterflies
- Learn about the Mishmis and the Khamptis (the original keepers of domestic elephants). Appreciate their culture, food and also unearth unknown Buddhist monasteries.
- Participate in community driven tourism projects at Wakro.
- Visit to Oil Museum in Digboi, the first oil town in South Asia.
- Visit to Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.
Rates and other details
- Acommodation and other facilities including food and beverages in the sector especially Majuli and Wakro would be basic. Facility of central heating / room heaters , laundry service is not available at some of the hotels. Similar category of rooms may not be possible for all the guests depending upon the group size. Hot waters at some of the hotels will be provided in buckets. May I therefore request you that you pre inform the guests of the same. This is necessary in order to avoid any complaints / refunds etc after the tour. Our accompanying escort will however always be at the guests service and try to make them feel comfortable as far as possible and would be carrying required logistics during the tour
- Accommodation at Dibrugarh needs to be split in two different Chang Bungalows which is 04 kms apart depending upon the group size. Similar category of rooms may not be available for all guests at the Chang Bungalow. Presently we have 06 rooms (02 AC DBL + 02 AC Twin + 02 Non AC Sgl) at Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow and 03 rooms (01 AC DBL + 01 AC Twin + 01 Non AC Twin) at Chowkidinghee Heritage Chang Bungalow. All meals will however be served at Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow.
- Accommodation at Tinsukia also needs to be split between Wathai Heritage Bungalow and Padmini Resort which is approximately 10 mins drive from one another. Presently we have 03 rooms at Wathai Heritage Bungalow (01 family room with 01 King Size bed and attached children room with 02 single beds + 02 Twin rooms). All meals will however be served at Wathai Bungalow.
- Mishmi Retreat : Surrounded by enchanting nature, this campsite comprises of four Mishmi traditional huts, each with two rooms one double bedded and one twin bedded. It can cater to a maximum group size of 16 pax. Four western toilets with provision of showers are not en-suite but conveniently located behind the huts. Hot water will be provided in buckets. There is a gazebo which provides for the common seating and dining area – an ideal getaway for the nature lover. .
- Visit to tea factory is subject to being operational on the day of the visit. There is no tea plucking between December till mid March and hence the actual manufacturing process of tea cannot be demonstrated when one visits the factory during this period. Factory also remains closed on Monday’s of the week.
- Facility of money exchange is not easily available at all sectors. Suggest to do the same prior to arrival .
- Entries formalities at Police Stations / Forest check post etc sometimes takes more time than anticipated. Hence request you to kindly brief the guests accordingly.
- Itinerary is subject to last moment changes due to local strikes, political disturbance etc which is beyond our control
- Mobile phone service is available in the region for selective networks only. It may not be active at all destinations. Some international connections do not work in the sector.
The Package includes:-
- 09 nights accommodation at hotels mentioned above on twin sharing
- All meals starting from lunch on day of arrival and ending with lunch on day of departure
- All land transfers
- Entry fees and Monuments fees
- 01 Elephant Safari and 02 Jeep Safari at Kaziranga. Jeep Safari using Open Jeep (04 pax to a jeep)
- Public ferry charges to and from Majuli Island. Visit to Majuli Island by Non AC Tata Sumo or Similar
- Tea Tour, 01 Cultural programme at Dibrugarh
- Permit Charges for visiting Wakro, Arunachal Pradesh
- Visit to Dibru saikhowa National Park using Country Boat.
- Services of accompanying English speaking escort from arrival till departure and local guide wherever necessary.
The Package does not include:
- Any Camera/Video Camera Fees other than those mentioned above
- Any Insurance
- Any Airfares
- Any meals other than those mentioned above
- Any expenses of personal nature like laundry, phone calls, beverages, snacks or refreshment, room service orders, mini bar usage, conveyance, porter age etc apart from those clearly mentioned above.
- Any other expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances
- Any change / new tax imposed by the Government
- Supplement charges charged by hotels during Christmas, New Year’s Eve, festival time, if any.
- Any other services not mentioned in the “package include” section.
- Service Tax as applicable which is presently charged @ 3.09% on total bill amount
Other Administrative Details:
- Full advance payment should be made within the due date in favour of “Purvi Discovery Private Limited”
- Money Changing facilities are not available every where. Hence, we would advice you to change money before commencement of the tour.
- Credit Cards / Travellers Cheque’s are not freely accepted.
- Mobile phone service is available in the region for selective networks only. It may not be active at all destinations.
- In India there is no relevance between the distance and time of travelling, as it depends upon the condition of the roads and congestion of the traffic.
- Kaziranga National Parks opens from 1st Nov to 30th April only.
- Hotel Check in / Check out time : 12 noon
- Prices are subject to change with any increase in the cost, forest fees, game drives, fuel cost, amendment in Government taxes etc.
- Itinerary is subject to last minute change due to local strikes etc.
- Requirements for Restricted Area Permit (RAP) / Protected Area Permit (PAP) for visiting Arunachal Pradesh are as follows:
- Copy of the valid Indian Visa.
- Copy of the valid Passport.
- RAP/PAP processing requires a minimum lead time of 4 weeks. Hence the above requirements should be sent accordingly. You may scan and email all the required documents to us for processing the permit.
- Following documents would be required in order to process the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for Indian National visiting Arunachal Pradesh
- Copy of Photo ID Card such as Driving License, Passport etc. of each person. (Pan Card is not accepted)
- Father’s name of each person
- Residential Address of each person
- Two recent coloured passport sized photograph.
Terms & Conditions :
- Reservations can only be confirmed on receipt of an advance amount @ 20% of the total tour cost within 30 days from the date of the confirmation of the tour. Final balance amount is payable 30 days before commencement of the tour. Failure to pay may be treated as a cancellation, and our cancellation terms apply as follow.
More than 6 weeks before departure: 20 % of total package cost.
Between 4 and 6 weeks before departure: 30% of total package cost.
Between 2 and 4 weeks before departure : 50% of total package cost
Less than 2 weeks before departure: 100% of total package cost.
- While every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of local strikes etc which are beyond our control all schedule and itineraries are subject to last moment changes.
- Clients must be fully insured as the company cannot accept liability for loss or damage to client’s property, medical emergencies or any other loss suffered by the client whilst on tour.
Hotels suggested :
|Place||Name of the Hotel||Nights|
|Kaziranga||Iora-The Retreat / Infinity Resort (Standard AC room||02 nights|
|Mazuli||Mepo Okum Eco Lodge (Mishing Cottage Non AC)-room||01 night|
|Dibrugarh||Mancotta & Chowkidinghee Heritage Chang Bungalow (AC/Non AC||02 nights|
|Wakro||Mishmi Retreat (Non AC Cottage)-room||02 nights|
|Tinsukia||Wathai Heritage Bungalow & Padmini Resort (AC/Non AC room||02 nights|