Eastern Himalaya Tour


Duration

14 Nights / 15 Days


Destinations

Guwahati – Nameri National park – Bomdila – Tawang – Dirang – Bhalukpong – Kaziranga National Park – Shillong - Guwahati

Detailed Tour Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive Guwahati

Arrive Guwahati Airport.Upon arrival, meet & assist by our company representative and transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Guwahati is situated on the Southern bank of the mighty River Brahmaputra. Previously it was known as Pragjyotishpur (The City of the eastern Light) Guwahati is the fast growing premier city and it is also the gateway to the North Eastern states of India. This city subsequently got the name Guwahati (Guwa-means beetlenut and Hat –means market in Assamese)
Overnight at Guwahati hotel

Day 02 : Guwahati – Nameri National Park (255 kms./ 05 hours drive)

Post breakfast; check-out from the hotel and drive to Nameri National Park; home of Mammals like Elephant, Tiger, Leopard, Sambar, Barking Deer, Hog Deer, Wild Boar, Gaur, Slow Loris, Gaplangur, Burmese Ferret Badger and over 350 species of birds. The river Jia- Bhoroli and its tributaries namely the Diji, Dinai, Doigurung, Nameri, Dikorai, Kharietc crisscross the park.

Upon arrival; check-in to the Eco camp and rest of the time free at leisure.
Overnight at Eco Camp

Day 03 : Nameri National Park

Early morning go for the nature walk and the bird watching trip into the dense jungle of Nameri National Park with the forest guards.
Afternoon you can opt for Mild River Rafting in Jia Bharali river adjoining to the Nameri National Park.
Overnight at Eco Camp

Day 04 : Nameri – Bomdila (125 kms. / 04 hours drive)

Morning after an early breakfast departs for Bomdila. En-route visit to Bhalukpong; situated on the Assam-Arunachal border, 250 kms from Guwahati. Bhalukpong is another picturesque spot for angling and leisurely picnics. Also visit an Orchidarium at Tipi on the way to Bomdila. About 300 species of orchids can be seen in the flora – glass house. Some of them are rare and endangered species. By the side of the glass house there is an orchid museum too.

Upon arrival in Bomdila, check-in to the hotel. Bomdila; a picturesque town in the foothills of Himalayas and the headquarter of West Kameng District the land of the Monpa, Sherdukpen, Aka (Hrusso), Miji and Bogun (Khawas) tribes. One can see the brilliant landscape and snow-clad Gorichen ranges of the Himalaya on a clear day. Here we will visit Bomdila Monastery, built under the guidance of Dalai Lama. Also visit craft center, where very fine wooden carpets of colorful designs and Masks are produced.
Bomdila also offers a Bird's eye view of Kangto and Gorichen peaks
Overnight at Bomdila hotel

Day 05 : Bomdila – Tawang (180 Kms./ 06 hours drive)

Post breakfast; drive to Tawang. En-route visit to Jaswant Garh; The war memorial is located 14 kms from Sella Pass on the way to Tawang. Also visit Sella Pass; the entry point into the Tawang Valley is Sela pass at an elevation of 13700 ft above the sea level. Legend says that a Monpa woman supported sepoy Jashwant Singh during his battle with the Chinese. She brought sepoy Jashwant supplies and used to heal his wounds. When Jashwant got martyrdom she killed herself as an act of loyalty.

The glimpse of Paradise Lake in the Sella Pass makes your visit worth. Most of the time, the lake is covered with thick blanket of snow. Upon arrival at Tawang, check-in to the hotel and evening free at leisure.
Overnight at Tawang hotel

Day 06 : Tawang

Post breakfast proceed for a tour in Tawang visiting; Tawang Monastery (Vihar); about 400 years old, situated at an altitude of approximately 10,000 ft. is the second largest Buddhist monastery in India. Also visit Urqelling Monastery; the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama who is the only Indian to have risen to such a high position in Gelupka Sect of Buddhism so far. Later visit to the Craft Center; famous for beautiful masks, hand woven carpets, Jewellery in silver, coral and amber, 'chubas' the local dressand delightful affordable mementos.

Further continue your visit to Tawang War Memorial; dedicated to the martyrs of the 1962 Sino-Indian war. Also visit Sangestser Lake; also known as Madhuri Lake is located 35 kms away from Tawang near the China Border. The drive to Sangestser Lake is full of thrill and one can still see the war bankers that had been used during the Chinses aggression in 1962 and the beautiful PTSO Lake.
Overnight at Tawang hotel

Day 07 : Tawang – Dirang (140 kms./ 06 hours drive)

Post breakfast; drive to Dirang. En route visit to Nuranang falls. Upon arrival; check-in to the hotel.

Dirang; is an ideal hill resort in West Kameng district with beautiful Apple Nursery, Kiwi Farm, Yak Research Centre, Buddhist Gompa, Hot Water Spring and ancient Dirang Jong (Fort). It is the base camp for trekking to Gorichen peak and other bird watching trails.
Afternoon; visit to natural hot spring, Apple gardens and the Yak Breeding farms.
Overnight at Dirang hotel

Day 08 : Dirang - Bhalukpong (140 kms. / 05 hours drive)

Post breakfast; drive back to Bhalukpong. Upon arrival; check-in to the Tourist Lodge. Rest of the day free at leisure for own activities.
Overnight at Tourist Lodge

Day 09 : Bhalukpong – Kaziranga National Park (135 Kms./ 02 hours drive)

Morning after breakfast; depart for Kaziranga National Park. Kaziranga National Park; home of Horn Rhinoceros and also a home of may other threatened species including Indian Elephant (Elephant Maximus), Tiger(Panthera Tigers), Hoolock Gibbon (Bunipithecus hoolock), Ganges dolphin (Platanista gangetica),Sambar (Cervus unicolor), Barasingha or Swamp Deer (duvauceli), Hog Deer, Indian Muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak), Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) and Gaur (Bos frontalis)etc.

There are also over 500 species of birds have been recorder in the park including 25 specis of globally threatened category. Over and above there are 21 rare and endangered species. In winter one can observe a large breeding population of Spot Bill Pelicans about one thousand breeding nests are found in a place which has been named as Pelican Colony in the Eastern Range.

Among the reptiles species like Water Monitor Lizard (Varanus salvator), Indian python (Python molurus), Cobra (Naja naja) and the King Cobra are found.

Upon arrival at Kaziranga; check-in to the hotel and rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at Kaziranga Resort

Day 10 : Kaziranga National Park

Early morning enjoy the elephant safari in the central (Kohora) range of Kaziranga. Later return to the resort for breakfast.
Afternoon enjoy the ethnic cuisine in the Natundenga Karbi village adjoining Kaziranga National Park.
Late in the afternoon enjoy the exclusive Jeep safari in the western (Bagori) range of Kaziranga.
Overnight at Kaziranga Resort

Day 11 : Kaziranga – Shillong (285 Kms./ 5 hrs drive)

Post breakfast; drive to Shillong, also known as The Scotland of East. En-route visit to Barapani (Umiam Lake); as per the legends, two heavenly sisters decided to make their way to Meghalaya. However, one of them had reached the destination and the other could not due to some reason. So the former could not trace out her sister and started crying with her broken heart. She cried so much that a lake was formed with her tears. Locally known as Umiam Lake, Barapani means vast waters.

Today it becomes a hub for the water sports activities such as speed boats, sailboats and water scooters. Adjoining to the lake, the Nehru Park offers an aviary and a collection of orchids and butterflies.

Upon arrival at Shillong, check-in to the hotel. Shillong is one of the major tourist destinations in North East India. The British loved this place so much that they had established its Capital for Eastern Bengal and Assam. For its climate and unique topographical features the British referred Shillong as the "Scotland of The East".
Overnight at Shillong hotel

Day 12 : Shillong – excursion to Cherrapunjee (56 Kms. / 1.5 hours drive)

Post breakfast; proceed for a full day excursion to Cherrapunjee. Cherrapunjee; locally known as 'SOHRA' Cherrapunji offers a panoramic view of the hilly terrains, deep gorges and valleys with its spectacular waterfalls. It was once having the record of being the wettest place on earth, with an average rainfall of about 1150ms.

Here in Cherarpunjee, we will visit Nohkalikai falls; known to be the fourth longest fall in the world.
Also visit Mawsmai Cave; 250m long cave is the major attraction for the tourists in Cherrapunjee. Later visit to Thangkharang Park; house of various orchids and birds. One can see the 180 degree view of the plains of Bangladesh on a clear day.Evening return back to Shillong.
Overnight at Shillong hotel

Day 13 : Shillong

Post breakfast; proceed for a tour in Shillong visiting Shillong Peak; it is the highest point of Shillong, located in the upper Shillong an an altitude of 1961 meters (6,433 feet). Later visit to Elephant Falls; one of the majestic waterfalls in Meghalaya. The water of this three steps falls comes down in flows from different levels over the fern-covered rocks and falls into the canyon down below. Also visit to Wards Lake and Cathedral of Mary Help of Christian. Evening visit to Shillong Golf Course; termed as the "Glen-eagle of the East" at the United States Golf Association Museum. It is the third oldest Golf Course in India.
Overnight at Shillong hotel

Day 14 : Shillong - Guwahati (95 Kms. / 02 hours drive)

Post breakfast drive back to Guwahati. Upon arrival; check-in to the hotel and later proceed for a guided tour visiting Kamakhya Temple; an ancient seat of Tantric and shakti Cults of Hinduism. The original temple was destroyed by the invading Muslims in their crusade against Hindu temples and idols in the early part of 16th century. Ultimately it was restored from ruins by King Naranarayan of the Koch dynasty and rebuilt in its present forming 1665 AD. Later visit to Shankardev Kalakshetra; a place where Assamese history and culture is depicted in a sprawling open enclosure. It has a beautiful museum where they preserved the masks (these masks are made in Majuli island), the traditional dresses and jewellery of the entire North East India. A Namghar (Assamese prayer Hall) and an open air theatre has been constructed to perform the plays and other cultural activities during festivals.

Rest of the day free at leisure for own activities.
Overnight at Guwahati hotel

Day 15 : Guwahati – Departure

Post breakfast; check-out from the hotel and transfer to Guwahati airport to board the flight to onward journey.