Start and end in Guwahati! With the adventure tour The Best of Northeast India, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Guwahati, India and 7 other destinations in India. The Best of Northeast India includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.
After arriving at Guwahati airport, drive to Shillong (3 hours), the capital of Meghalaya. It is a historic hill station established by British and is also referred to as ?Scotland of the east?. Shillong was also the former administrative capital of entire north-eastern region, then known as Assam during British rule and still has an old charm. On the way, halt at the scenic Umiam Lake, also locally known as Barapani. One can enjoy boating in the pristine lake surrounded by beautiful pine forests of the Khasi hills. The panoramic vista of the lake is spectacular from the viewpoints on the highway. Your stay will be in Kaizun Bed and Breakfast, a homely property with standard amenities.Start point Pick up from airport, Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (GAU), Borjhar, Kamrup, Assam, India
Explore the charming town and enjoy local sightseeing, visit places such as Lady Hydari Park, Ward?s Lake and old churches. Don Bosco Musuem, the largest cultural museum in India, is also worth a visit for those interested in learning about the indigenous cultures of the tribes of Northeast India. Later, visit Shillong Peak, the highest point on the Khasi hills which offers a panoramic view of the town. Also visit the majestic Elephant Falls nearby, the stones of the cascades resemble like large elephants. If time permits, witness Siat Khnam archery, which is a unique way of local gambling where Khasi men shoot arrows in a haystack. Evening will be free at leisure in the upbeat Police Bazar market area, one can also buy handicrafts and souvenirs from the handloom emporiums.
In and around MawlynnongAfter an early breakfast, leave for Amlarem (1-2 hour) and walk down to the spectacular Krang Suri falls hidden in the middle of nature. Then, continue traveling to Dawki (1 hour), a beautiful picnic spot near Bangladesh border. Rejoice a ride in country boats in the clear waters of the Umgnot River which are surrounded by steep gorges. Later after lunch, drive to the village of Mawlynnong (1 hour), considered to be Asia?s cleanest village. En route you can stop for a short fun hike to the secretive Bardaw Falls and enjoy a swim. Evening at leisure. Experience a rural homestay and learn more about Khasi traditions from the host family. Your stay will be in a clean and comfortable family run guest-house or homestay.
In and around CherrapunjiSpend the morning to explore the beautiful village, interact with the friendly Khasi villagers and also enjoy the panoramic view of Bangladesh plains below from the Skywalk. Also, visit the living Root Bridge at Riwai village nearby. After lunch, proceed to Cherrapunji (2 hours), renowned as one of the wettest place in the world and is well known for its serene landscape. It was historically known as Sohra, the land of oranges in native Khasi dialect and was once the capital of the region during the British era. Bonfires can be arranged in the evening. Your stay will be at Kutmadan Resort, a charming cliffside property with standard amenities.
A leisurely day to explore the highlights and secrets of Cherrapunji. Explore the beautiful waterfalls and caves, which are the main attractions of Cherrapunjee. Visit the Seven Sisters Falls, Dainthlen Falls and Nokhalikai Falls. Also walk through the stalagmites of the intriguing Mawsmai and Arwah caves, visit Ka Khoh Ramrah monolith, landscape viewpoints and Eco Park. You can take a short fun hike to the secretive and mesmerizing Wei Sawdong Falls. Evening at leisure with bonfire.
After breakfast, travel to the biodiversity hotspot of Kaziranga National Park (6-7 hours), one of Indias best kept national park and famous for its large herds of one-horned rhinos. Kaziranga was declared a protected forest area by Viceroy Lord Curzon in 1904 and later became a UNESCO heritage center for its unique environment and successes on the conservation front. Evening at leisure can be enjoyed with a bonfire. Your stay will be in Wildgrass, a boutique jungle lodge with standard amenities.
After breakfast, go for a jeep safari in the western range where it is common to see large herds of rhinos, elephants and deer, wild buffaloes besides having the opportunity to spot sloths, jungle cats, mongoose and birds such as pelicans, parakeets, eagles and drongos. Midday will be at leisure where you may go on a stroll along the Kohora river, shop for souvenirs or explore the rubber plantations, orchid gardens, Karbi villages and the tea gardens nearby. After lunch, go for jeep safari in the eastern range, which hosts many migratory birds and offers an opportunity for a rare sighting of the Bengal Tiger. Evening at leisure.
In and around DirangEnjoy a thrilling elephant safari in the early morning. After an early breakfast, ?leave for Dirang (7-8 hours) a tiny village in the Kameng Valley. Your journey will thus enter the lush and pristine Himalayas of Arunachal Pradesh. En-route visit Tipi Orchid Center that has an amazing diversity of orchid species. Evening at leisure. Your stay will be in Norphel Retreat, a charming property with standard amenities.
Spend the day in and around the scenic village of Dirang and go for an excursion to the scenic Sangti Valley where you can learn about the local life and visit Kiwi Farms. Also visit the ancient fort of Dirang Dzong with a fell of bygone era and the local ancient monastery. Evening at leisure can be enjoyed with a bonfire.
In and around TawangAfter breakfast, drive to Tawang (7-9 hours), a sacred and hidden Buddhist highland where the essence of ancient Buddhist preaching and spirituality have flourished since ages. The testimony to this stands the beautiful Tawang Monastery, a center for deep Tibetan learning. Drive through the scenic Himalayan landscape, halt on the way at the high altitude Sela pass (4000m), Jung waterfalls and Jaswant Garh War Memorial. Enjoying hot tea and snacks served at the army camps for travelers. Evening will be at leisure. Your stay will be at Hotel Yangzom with standard amenities.
Spent the day visiting the significant monasteries and nunneries located in and around the town, with further visits to markets and craft centers that will help understand the lifestyle and skills of the towns people. Evenings at leisure where you may taste some steamy hot Tibetan food in the busy market area.
The day will be spent in an extremely scenic outing. You will drive to Zemithang an interesting scenic village of the Monpa tribe, located near to the tri-border with Tibet and Bhutan. Located right at the secluded frontiers of the Himalayas, the village is an example of traditional Monpa living where nature provides for the community. You will also visit Jhamtse Gatsal en route, a local sustainable community or rather a school of life, which is doing commendable and heartwarming work for local children and allows for interaction with travelers. Return to Tawang by evening at leisure.
In and around BomdilaAfter breakfast drive to Bomdila (7-8 hours), a scenic mountaintop town which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding snow-clad mountains on a clear day. Evening will be at leisure or you can explore the upbeat market area of the town. Your stay will be at Dhe Dhen Gatsil Homestay with clean simple rooms.
Visit the monastery to observe early morning activities of the monks. Later after breakfast, drive to Guwahati (8-9 hours) thus returning to the plains of Assam. Evening will be at leisure or if time permits you can explore old temples or go on a walk along the Brahmaputra riverside and visit local markets. Your stay will be at The Riverside Lodge with clean simple rooms.
After breakfast, drive to Guwahati Airport as per your departure schedule. If time permits, you can visit some places in Guwahati as time permits. Recommended spots of interest are the historical Kamakhya Temple, the Umananda Temple at Peacock Island right in the middle of mighty Brahmaputra River, the city museum, cultural center of Kalashetra and local emporiums. ?Tour ends.End point Drop at the airport, Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (GAU), Borjhar, Kamrup, Assam, India