Tea, Tribes, Rhino & Island of Assam

Tour Type:
Private Escorted Tours
Start:
Guwahati
Duration:
7 Days
End:
Dibrugarh
Departs:
Daily

Starting From

NZ$ 2629
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In the North East region, Assam is the land of unspoiled natural beauty, teeming wildlife, immaculate tea gardens, and beautiful people of various ethnic, religious, linguistic backgrounds making it mosaic of various culture. This is an unexplored paradise and no wonder then that Assam is said to be like a miniature of the whole country itself.

Itinerary

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DAY 1

Today arrival at Guwahati. TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS executive will welcome you at the airport. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer to the hotel, check-in at the hotel. Afternoon/Evening visit to the Kamakhya Temple, on Nilachal hill, 08 km west of Guwahati city, is one of the most venerated shaktipeeths in India. The temple is dedicated to goddess Kamakhya an incarnation of Sati. It is on Nilachal hill, says the Shiva Purana, that the creative organ of Sati fell when Vishnu, in a bid to save the world from the Shiva’s tandava nrittya or dance of destruction, cut her dead body into 51 pieces with his suddarshan chakra. The garbhagriha deep inside the temple marks the sacred spot and is kept covered with a red silken cloth. Note: Foreigners (Non-Hindus) are not allowed to visit the main sanctum.

DAY 2

Rhinos & Wildlife This morning after breakfast drive to Kaziranga National Park, famous for its one horn Rhinos. It is spread over 850 sq. km. across Golaghat, Nagaon and Sonitpur districts. Kaziranga National Park is also designated World Natural Heritage sites by UNESCO in 1985. Originally established as a reserve forest in 1908, Kaziranga has declared a sanctuary in 1916 to counter excessive poaching, especially of its most prized inhabitant, the rhinoceros. Arrive Kaziranga and transfer to your hotel for two nights stay. Later enjoy Jeep Safari in Kaziranga National park. Rest of the evening is free for your own activities.

DAY 3

Go for an early morning safari searching for a family of Rhinos as well as spotting many wild animals, reptiles, and birds. Enjoy breakfast on your return and day is free to relax until your afternoon jeep safari in the national park.

DAY 4

After an early breakfast drive to Nimati Ghat (near Jorhat) and then board the local ferry. Note: Cruise sailing is approx. 1 ½ hrs to Majuli. Majuli is the largest fresh Water mid-river deltoid island in the world. It is situated in the upper reaches of the river Brahmaputra in Assam. This Island, with a population of 1.6 Lakhs, the majority being tribal, is endowed with rich heritage and has been the abode of the neo-vaishnavite culture. The island is a biodiversity hotspot and has rich ecology with rare species of flora and fauna. Majuli for the past five centuries has been the cultural capital of Assam. The main depositories of cultural and spiritual heritage are the Sattras, which are just like Gurukul (hermitages) of yore. Here up to 400 celibates' stay for life-preserving spiritual and cultural heritage, renouncing worldly desires. From the time of the great Vaishnavite renaissance of 14th and 15th century AD, under Srimanta Sankardeva, Srimanta Madhab Deva and other saints this island became the seat of Vaishnavite religion, art and culture. The famous Satriya Nritya (Dance) and Ankiya Bhaona (Traditional Drama) created by Sankardeva are now internationally acclaimed and nationally honoured. Majuli is equally famous for Tribal Folk Culture and Heritage. It is said to be the cradle of Missing and Deori cultures. Explore in and around Majuli. Afternoon visit Satras, Missing tribal village, Mask making village & Pottery village. Overnight at Majuli.

DAY 5

Morning after breakfast transfer to Ghat to catch your return ferry to Nimatighat. Arrive Nimatighat and straight drive to Sivsagar. Sivasagar was the capital of the Ahom rulers from 1228 to 1826 AD. Sivasagar got its present name from Sivasagar Tank, excavated by the Ahom queen Ambika. The tank was named after her husband, Shiva Singha. Sivasagar tank is also known as Borpukhuri, literally, big lake. Shiva Dol, Vishnu Dol, and Devi Dol are the three temples on the banks of Sivasagar. After reaching Sivasagar check-in at your hotel and proceed to visit the Gurgaon Raj Palace, Rang Ghar–the royal observatory, Talatal Ghar and Shiva and Vishnu Temples & Sivasagar Tank. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 6

Morning after breakfast drive to Dibrugarh, a Tea city of India. It owes its moniker to the fact that it serves as the gateway to Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, and Sivasagar, the three districts which produce almost 50% of Assam tea. The Assam Medical College, established here in 1902, was the first medical college in North East India. After reaching Dibrugarh, check-in at your hotel and after some relax visit Tea gardens & Planter’s Golf club. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 7

Have your leisurely breakfast. After check out, assisted transfer to airport to board your flight for onward destination.

Inclusion


Hotel accommodation with private facilities

Private air-conditioned car with driver

Meals as specified

Private English speaking tour guide

Entry fee and monument charges

Sightseeing as specified

Shared Jeep wildlife safari

Return Ferry tickets to Majuli Island

Visit a Tea garden

A bottle of water while travelling

Assistance and transfers

All current collectable taxes

Exclusion


Any international or domestic airfares

Train fares other than specified in the what's included section 

Airport taxes, visa & passport fees

Extra baggage charges

Early check-in or late checkout

Meals other than specified in the what's included section

Tips & gratuities

Travel & medical insurance

Camera & video permits

Expenses incurred due to flight/train cancellation or delay

Any expense of a personal nature, like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, mini bar, postage etc

Any optional excursion or tour

Entry charges at monuments/forts etc

Any other expense not mentioned in the what's included section