The Grand Tour of the Gateway to North East India – the Awesome State of Assam, Incredible India!

Itinerary of the Grand Tour of Awesome Assam ~

Day 1 ~

Arrive at Guwahati Airport. On arrival you will be received by our representative at the airport offering a warm welcome in traditional Assamese style. From the Airport drive the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary to spot the One Horned Rhinoceros of Assam, an endangered rhino breed indigenous to Assam. The Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary has the highest density of one horned rhinoceros population anywhere in the world. Also, visit the Mayong Museum. Mayong is the famous land of black magic in India. Although black magic is no longer practiced, you will find relics in the museum showcasing these practices that were prevalent earlier. Also visit the Stone inscription at Burha-Mayong. This stone inscription is the longest in Asia at a length of 3.85 meters.

Night Stay: Jungle Resort at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 ~

Early morning go for a thrilling Jeep Safari into the interiors of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary to spot the flora and fauna at Pobitora. Later in the day we will visit the ancient temples and Satras of North Guwahati. At first, we will visit the Dol Govinda temple that is one of the most revered shrines of Lord Krishna. Historical reference to this temple dates back to more than two centuries ago. Later we will visit the Assamese Vaishnavite Monestary ‘the Auniati Satra’. In the afternoon we will visit the Architectural Marvel of the Mighty Ahom Dynasty under the regime of King Shiva Singha – the ‘Aswaklanta Temple’ built in 1720 AD. Our visit will end at the Dirgheswari Temple that has rock cut images that can be traced to 11th to 12th century AD. Return to Guwahati.

Night Stay: Comfortable Hotel/Homestay at Guwahati

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 ~

Early morning we will visit the Holy Shrine of Goddess Kamakhya on the revered Shakti Peetha on the Nilachal Hills – the Kamakhya Temple. Offer your worship at the holiest Temple Shrine of North East India. After breakfast we will depart to the Holy Land of Hajo where we will visit the Hayagriva Madhava Temple and the Poa Makka shrine. After lunch we will drive to Suwalkuchi – ‘The Manchester of the East’ and the Silk Town of Assam. Appreciate the Grandeur of the Assam Silk at Suwalkuchi.

Night Stay: Comfortable Hotel/Homestay at Guwahati

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 ~

Today we will embark on our journey to Barpeta to visit the Neo Vaishnavite Monastery of the Barpeta Satra and then will halt at the Manas National Park. Evening will be free at Leisure to visit the nearby Tea gardens.

Night Stay: Jungle Resort/Cottages at Manas National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 ~

Early morning take a ride into the dense jungles of the Manas National Park aboard an Elephant Safari. Later in the day we will depart to the Nameri National Park.

Night Stay: Jungle Resort/Cottages at Nameri National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 ~

Early morning trek to the interiors of the Nameri National Park along with a forest gaurd to admire the varied avi fauna of the National Park. Later in the day depart to the Kaziranga National Park.

Night Stay: Bonroja Motel at Kaziranga National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 ~

Early morning we will go for an Elephant Safari into the interiors of the Kaziranga National Park . A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kaziranga National Park is home to the highest population of one horned Rhinoceros anywhere in the world. Later visit the Orchid park at Kaziranga. Depart to Majuli Island.

Night Stay: Eco Resort/Homestay at Majuli Island

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 ~

Spend the day at Majuli visiting the Neo-Vaishnavite Satras of Majuli Island. Spend time birdwatching and also learn about the lost art of Mask making. Return to Jorhat and on the way visit the ‘Dhekiakhua Bornamghor – home to the oldest burning oil lamp in the World’.

Night Stay: Hotel MDs Continental at Jorhat

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 ~

After breakfast depart to Sivasagar – the land of the Mighty Ahom Kings. Spend your day admiring the Engineering marvels of the Talatal Ghar and the Rang Ghar at Sibasagar. Later depart to Naharkatia to the Tai Phake Ecotourism Camp.

​Night Stay: Tai Phake Eco tourism Camp at Naharakatia

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 ~

Spend your day with the tribal community of the Tai Phake people and learn about their age old traditional practices. Trek along the forests and the beautiful countryside of the Ecocamp. Later in the afternoon we will depart to Tinsukia. In the evening we will visit the Railway Heritage Park and Museum at Tinsukia. Arrive at the Dibru Saikhowa National Park.

Night Stay: Banashree Eco Camp at Dibru Saikhowa National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11 ~

Early morning we will take a tour of the Dibru Saikhowa National Park aboard a River Cruise. Breakfast/Lunch will be served aboard the River Cruise. After the River Cruise we will visit the Nao Pukhuri at Tinsukia and depart to the Legendary Oil town of Assam at Digboi .

Night Stay: Namdang Guest House at Digboi

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 ~

After breakfast visit the War Cemetery at Digboi and visit Digboi Oil town – ‘Home to the oldest operational oil refinery in the World’. Later Depart to Tipong Colliery to see the Steam Locomotives here. We will visit the historic Lekhapani Railway Station and tread along the Stilwell Road to visit the border of the State of Arunachal Pradesh. Later we will return to Margherita.

Night Stay: Singpho Eco Lodge at Margherita

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 ~

Today we will visit the Histoic Ledo Airstrip and the International Meditation Center at the Mounglang Buddhist Monestary. Later experience open cast coal mining at Tirap Colliery. Afternon we will visit the Namdang Bibi Majhar and discover the exotic tea gardens at Namdang. The day will end with your visit to Asia’s oldest plywood factory at Margherita.

Night Stay: Singpho Eco Lodge at Margherita

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 ~

In the morning we will visit the Singpho village near the Eco Lodge and learn about the practices and culture of the Singpho tribal people of Assam. Indulge in their daily activities of live like weaving on the Loom. Afternoon enjoy a traditonal cuisine at the Singpho Villa Restaurant in Baragolai and visit India’s only Coal Museum at Margherita. This museum has many historical artefacts from the Second World War. Night halt at the Singpho Eco Lodge at Margherita.

Night Stay: Singpho Eco Lodge at Margherita

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 15 ~

Early morning visit the Buddhist Monestary near the Eco Lodge and after breakfast we will enjoy a short trek across the nearby tea gardens. Later you will depart to Dibrugarh Airport for your onward destination. Trip Ends. Bid Adieu.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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‘Rongali Bihu’ – the Assamese New Year, Guwahati, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

The State of Assam is the central state in the North-East Region of India and serves as the gateway to North East India and is a jewel in the crown of the Seven Sister States. The land of red river, blue hills & lush green tea gardens, Assam comprises of three main geographical areas: the Brahmaputra Valley, the Barak Valley and the intervening Karbi Plateau and North Cachar Hills. Dispur is the capital of Assam and the largest city of the state is Guwahati, which is also one of the fastest growing cities of the world. Famous for its freshening world class tea, the Muga (Golden) and Eri (Ahimsa) silk, Natural resources like Coal, Petroleum products and minerals, Assam can truly be described as a state bestowed with breath-taking natural beauty, vast reserves of natural resources and a rich bio diversity. Assam is also home to the endangered one horned rhino species and Kaziranga National Park is home to two-third of this species in the world. The river Brahmaputra (the only male river in India) flow across the heart of the state and is a lifeline to the people of Assam just as Nile is to Egypt. The Brahmaputra River in Assam is also host to the World’s largest inhabited river island ‘Majuli’ and the World’s smallest inhabited river island ‘Umananda’. The second hottest pepper in the world, the ‘Bhut Jolokia’ is also native to Assam and is grown extensively by the village folks across the State.

The ‘Rongali Bihu’ marks the agricultural New Year at the advent of seeding time and is celebrated as the Festival of merriment. Rongali Bihu is celebrated with greatest excitement as it marks the arrival of spring – the agricultural season. People of all faiths and creed celebrate Bohag Bihu by singing traditional Bihugeets and performing group folk dances. At the time of Rongali Bihu people welcome the spring season and pray for a bountiful and rich harvest. Bohag Bihu falls in the first month of the Assamese calendar called Bohag. This corresponds to mid-April according to English calendar year. Rongali Bihu normally starts from the 13th day of April. To celebrate the joyous Rongali Bihu festuival, people of Assam wear new and colourful clothes. People visit their neighbours, friends and relatives and distribute sweet as they greet each other a Happy Bihu. Many people also organize grand feasts in the house to celebrate the occasion. Traditional festive food of ‘Rongali Bihu’ is the special cake known as the pitha.

Colorful rituals mark the first day of ‘Rongali Bihu’ celebrated as ‘Goru Bihu’. This day is dedicated to the cattle and livestock. The rest of the week long celebrations of ‘Rongali Bihu’ are known as ‘Manuh Bihu’. A mood of festivity and gaiety is seen throughout Assam during the seven days of Rongali Bihu.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness the Assamese New Year – the ‘Rongali Bihu Festival’ at Guwahati, the State of Assam, North East India – the ‘Paradise Unexplored’, Incredible India!

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RONGALI BIHU CELEBRATION ON THE OCCASION OF ASSAMESE NEW YEAR IN GUWAHATI PHOTO: RITU RAJ KONWAR

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The ‘Pepa’ is a musical instrument used to compose eloquent sounds during the Bihu Dance

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The Goru Bihu is the first day ritual of the Rongali Bihu celebrations in Assam

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The Dance of the Golden Silk ~ the Bihu Dance during the Rongali bihu celebrations performed by local youth

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The Dance of the Golden Silk ~ the Bihu Dance during the Rongali bihu celebrations performed by local youth

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The Dance of the Golden Silk ~ the Bihu Dance during the Rongali bihu celebrations performed by local youth

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The Dance of the Golden Silk ~ the Bihu Dance during the Rongali bihu celebrations performed by local youth

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The Dance of the Golden Silk ~ the Bihu Dance during the Rongali bihu celebrations performed by local youth

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Ladies performing the Majestic Bihu Dance of Assam ~ Guwahati ~ Assam ~ India

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Ladies performing the Bihu Dance aka the Dance of the Golden muga Silk of Assam ~ Guwahati ~ Assam ~ India

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