Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days
Loction : North East India - Arunachal Pradesh Assam and Meghalaya
Best Season : Mid October to April
Category : Cultural, Heritage, Nature and Wildlife
Covering : Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Cherrapunjee, Kaziranga National Park, Johrat, Majuli Islands, Zero, Balipara
You can take it : As a private, personalised tour (tour dates would be of your choice)
Special About Tour :
Join us on tailor-made private guided tour through the most amazing parts of Northeast India and explore the three states including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam Meghalaya and a couple of nights in the archetypal city of Kolkata. Enjoy the unspoiled natural beauty, tea plantations, and hospitality of the warm hearted ethnic people, indigenous culture, folk songs, tribal dances, food, and crafts on this Amazing Northeast Arunachal with Assam and Meghalaya tour.
The Amazing Northeast India tour package covers the best of Assam and Meghalaya with the less travelled state of Arunachal Pradesh. Visit the most vibrant city of India Kolkata, the land of the rising sun Arunachal, where dawn first greets the easternmost state of India. Cruise on the mighty Brahmputra River, visit the tea plantations, Majuli Islands listed as world's largest river island, Kaziranga National Park home to two-thirds of the world's Rhino population, visit to tribal villages all in Assam, pretty little Raj hill stations of Shillong and Cherrapunji with living root bridges, a boat ride on one of the cleanest rivers at Dawki village on India Bangladesh border in Meghalaya are just a few highlights of this amazing northeast tour package.
On this community based Amazing Northeast Assam Meghalaya with Arunachal cultural holiday tour we provides you the best authentic experience including the local culture, food and insight to the day to day life of the locals from very closely. You visit the local tribal communities, join them for cooking and culinary classes, and enjoy the dance and musical performances which all are a very important aspect of our responsible India tours. We ensure that the villagers and the local community benefit directly from your visit, so it is helpful to them to have you visit.
You can choose to travel on this private guided tour to Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal which covers the culture, nature, wildlife and heritage of the region of Northeast India with our English speaking guide/ tour escort throughout the tour or set off on a more independent trip with our English speaking driver.
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Brief Itinerary : Kolkata (2 Nights on arrival) > Guwahati (1 Night) > Shillong (1 Night) > Cherrapunji (2 Nights) > Kaziranga National Park (1 Night) > Johrat (1 Night) > Majuli Island (1 Night) >Zero (2 Nights) > Balipara (1 Night) > Guwahati (1 Night) > and fly back to Kolkata (1 Night at the end)
Today to start with your Amazing Northeast- Arunachal with Assam and Meghalaya Tour, you will be met from your flight to Kolkata International Airport by Summit Safari’s representative and driver, and we will transfer you to your hotel in Kolkata. Rest of the day is free at leisure to relax after the flight.
Today after breakfast we will take you for the private guided tour of Kolkata covering, the famous sights of Kolkata including the Victoria Memorial, Flower Market, Howrah Bridge, Marble Palace, Mother Terrace Home . We will also visit KumarTuli- literally means “Potters’ quarter”, ‘Kumar’ being a potter or artisan. Over time, it has morphed itself into a leading place for sculpting of idols for most major Indian festivals. This place today, is famous for its sculptures of the Goddess Durga (or Shakti) and even exports to a number of countries. You can have lunch with famous Nizam Kathi Roll. By evening return back to the hotel for second night stay in the same hotel in Kolkata.
Today morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and we will transfer drive to Kolkata airport from where you will board your flight to Guwahati the Capital town of Assam, also famous as the commercial capital of North East ( 7 sister states. On arrival at Guwahati you will be met by our driver and provided a traditional welcome. We will transfer you to the hotel. Evening we will drive you to visit the Kamakhya temple and take a walking tour around the local market in Guwahati. Return back to the hotel in the evening. Overnight in Guwahati.
Today after Breakfast at 08:30 A.M we will check out from the hotel and will drive you to Cherrapunji (155 kms / 5 hrs), also known as Shora, via Shillong the capital of Meghalaya State.
Drive past Shillong City the capital of Meghalaya and take a walking tours with the local guide at the Mawphlang sacred forest. There is only one rule, however, to be followed in this sacred forest. And, that is – “You cannot take anything out of this forest, else the deity gets upset”. Removing even the tiniest thing from the forest means you’re disrespecting the deity. It is said that whoever attempts to break this rule is punished with illness, which can even lead to death. It isn’t just the legends and myths of the sacred forest that attracts tourists, its physical majesty is also a crowd puller. The entry to the forest is marked by lush green branches and as you step inside, you will see an inter-connected network of trees and plants – some of which are said to be over 1,000-years-old. It is an amazing visual spectacle, plus there is a widespread belief that some of these plants possess medicinal properties, including the ability to cure tuberculosis and cancer. In addition, there are monoliths inside the forest that are considered to be the spot for sacrifices. The local tribal people sacrifice animals here to make their wishes come true.
Later continue your drive to Cherrapunji the small hilly village 56 kms from Shillong. It is one of the most visited tourist place of North East India at a height of 1300 metres and is one of the wettest places on earth.
The old Cherra or Sohrarim was the original Chera village, but the British Established their headquarters further south and village came to known as Shora. The narrow winding road from shilling is quiet picturesque. The entire region teems with gushing waterfalls, plunging into deep gorges. On arrival at Cherrapunji visit the Arwah Cave. The Arwah caves are limestone caves known for its fossil formations, limestone structures and stalagmite and stalactite formations which are believed to be millions of years old and are naturally carved. It houses many narrow passages and chambers as well as a stream that flows inside the cave.
We will also Nohkalikai water fall- - one of the highest waterfalls in India (115 feet / 340 metres) from the view point. The view point also offers the finest views of the plains of Bangladesh. By evening check into the hotel. Overnight stay at Cherrapunji.
Today morning after breakfast at 08:00 A.M drive to Terla village (20 minutes) from where you will start your walk to Nongriat and will visit the Living Root Bridges in the area (trekking 2 hrs down hill and 2.30 hrs uphill back). You have to walk 3000 steps downhill and uphill to reach these beautiful living root s bridges. Living root bridges are one of the major highlights during the Assam and Meghalaya Cultural, nature and wildlife tour. You will visit a couple of living root bridges in the area and the most famous among all is the Double Decker Living Root Bridge at Nongriat. Walking to Nongriat will take minimum 5-6 hrs both ways as you will stop for various pictures break and will also have lunch in the village. Return back to Cherrapunji by evening. Second night at the same hotel in Cherrapunji.
Please Note: alternative sightseeing or change of tour plan would be suggested during the time of planning your tour with us, for the people who do not want to do this hike to the Living Root Bridge at Nongrait Village (5-6 hrs of walking down and up both ways).
Today morning 7:30 A.M check out from the hotel and drive to Dawki (85 kms / 3.30 hrs) a small town and the border crossing between India and Bangaldesh. We will take the boat ride( 30 minute) on the Umangot River, in a small village near Dawki with greenish-blueish water so clear that one can see the bottom of the river even from as high as the bridge over the river. You can have lunch here and later continue your drive to Shillong ( 85 kms/ 3 hrs) the Capital town of Meghalaya. Evening you are free to walk around the Police bazaar and the local market in Shillong. Overnight in hotel in Shillong.
Today morning after breakfast at 08:45 A.M drive to Kaziranga (310 kms/ 6 hrs). Before leaving Shilliong we will visit Don Bosco center of Indigenous culture. Just out of Shillong we will stop at the Umiam Lake view point. The Lake was created by damming the Umiam River in the early 1960s for the purpose of Hydro Electricity project.
We do stop for comfort breaks and will arrive Kaziranga National park by late afternoon. Kaziranga National park is a world heritage site famous for the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros. The landscape of Kaziranga is of sheer forest, tall elephant grass, rugged reeds, marshes and shallow pools. Kaziranga also has a good number of Tigers and is home to large breeding population of Elephants, Wild Water Buffalo and Swamp Deer. Check in to the hotel and later evening 6.30 P.M we will take you to visit the Cultural Dance performance at the where you can enjoy a couple of Assam cultural performances by the local artist. Overnight stay in Kaziranga.
Please Note: Don Bosco center of Indigenous culture: Timing: During Summer (February 01-November 30), it is open from 09:00 am to 05:30 pm. During Winter (December 01 to January 31), it is open from 09:00 am to 04:30 pm. The Museum remains closed on all Sundays.
Today early morning we will take you to visit the Kaziranga National Park by jeep/ Elephant depends as per the availability of the tickets for elephant ride which is very limited in number, otherwise jeep safari tickets are available. You would be able to see the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros, Elephants, Wild Water Buffalo and Swamp Deer.
Later we will return back to the hotel for breakfast and later check out from the hotel and around 11:00 AM we will drive you to visit a nearby village for the authentic India travel experience, where we will join a local family for the cooking classes and lunch. Interaction with the locals will provide you the insight of Assamese culture. Late afternoon continue our drive to Johrat (110 kms/ 3 hrs) where we will arrive by evening. Check to your tea bungalow with a golf course in the middle of the tea plantations. Two nights in Johrat.
Please Note:The Kaziranga National Park remains open from 01st Nov. to 30th April every year. But from last year government was able to open it one month earlier from 1st Oct to Mid May depending on the monsoon. We are hopeful that the government / forest department would be able to open it as per the dates of previous year but the dates can be confirmed just a month is advance depending on the weather and the monsoons in the area.
Kaziranga Wildlife National Park is a title of a remarkable success story of conservation of the One Horned Indian Rhinoceros. It is not only the homeland of the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros, but also provides shelter to a variety of wild lives.
Today after early morning breakfast at 7:30 AM we will drive you to Nimati Ghat (1hrs) to board the ferry to Majuli Islands (1 hrs drive and 1 hrs by ferry). The ferry departs every after 1 hrs to Majuli Islands, carrying the passengers, cars/ bikes on the river Brahmaputra. On arrival at Majuli Islands proceed for a tour around the Island and observing the life of the local tribal people the most famous among the missing tribe the Tibeto-Burman clan of the Mongoloid race.
Majuli Islands located in Brahmputra River Assam, listed as world's largest river Island (1250 sq) in Guinness book of world's record. Majuli, is the largest freshwater river island (1250 sq km) in the world and is contesting for a position in the "World Heritage” list. Since water bodies cover most of the island, it attracts a number of local and migratory birds. About twenty six Satras (cultural houses of power ) are located in Majuli. These Satras propogate the religious ideology of medeival Assam’s Vaisnavite saints like Sankardev and Madhavdev.
At Majuli we will visit the Potters house where you will experience how clay pots are still made using traditional techniques. We will also visit Mr. Goswami a famous Mask making artist from the Area. We will visit a Satra also- The satras are not just monasteries, but centers of traditional performing arts. The songs and dances initiated by Shri. Sankaradeva the father of Assamese culture. The satras consist of a large prayer hall facing a simple shrine, surrounded by dormitories and bathing tanks for monks. Here, Govinda is worshipped through dance, drama, music and poetry. Overnight in Majuli Island.
After breakfast check out from hotel and drive to board the ferry to cross the Brahmaputra River from the other side of Majuli Island. Reaching the other side we will drive you to Ziro ( 250 kms/ 6.30 hrs including river crossing time) – the home of the Apatani tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. Check into the hotel. Overnight in Ziro
After breakfast, we will take you for the sightseeing tour around ziro visiting the local museum, emporium and villages inhabited by Apatani tribe. We shall also walk out to the paddy fields to see the unique ‘pisci culture’ – the villagers breed fish and grow rice in the same plot of land. Second night in the same hotel in Ziro.
Today after breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Balipara (255 kms/ 6 hrs). En-route visit some of the tribal villages. On arrival at Baliara check into hotel. Evening free to the nearby area. Overnight in Balipara.
Please Note: Balipara has limited accommodation options, f not available at the time of booking your tour than instead of Balipara we will stay overnight in Tezpur which is another 21 kms / 45 minute from Balipara.
Today morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and check out from hotel and then drive to Guwahati ( 190 kms/ 5.30 hrs). En-route sightseeing of Tezpur - visit Da Parbatia - the 6th century rock craving of a temple gate, later visit Cole Park – to see the historical relics like the inscription of Bhomoraguri, and two massive and well decorated stone pillars have been brought in from the Bamuni hills. Later drive to Guwahati. On your arrival check into hotel and evening take a walking tour around the local market in Guwahati. Overnight in Guwahati.
Today morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and as er your flight schedule we will transfer you to Guwahati airport from where you will board your flight back to Kolkata. On arrival at Kolkata airport you will be met by our driver and we will be transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Kolkata.
Optional: Tonight from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM you can go for the Dinner on the Cruiser : MV Millennium for the Ganges tour followed by the dinner on the cruise.
Today morning after breakfast, check out from the hotel and as per your flight schedule we will transfer you to the international airport in Kolkata, from where you will board your flight back to home.
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This is the tour itinerary for the Northeast- Arunachal with Assam and Meghalaya tour we run it regularly. It can be altered & customised as we like to discuss plans with clients and can make suggestions about special places to visit depending on our clients’ interests, and available time. You can get an idea of your holidays from the mentioned tour. The itinerary is planned in such a way that while travelling you get a good time to experience India and see the real life of Indian people from much closer.
Whether you choose to be on a privately guided tour to India or set off on a more independent trip, with local guides available wherever required, you can travel reassured, knowing our vast experience and provide you with around-the-clock support to smooth out anything unexpected. The safety and well-being of our guests is paramount.
You will follow the itinerary as a Private tour accompanied by one of our excellent Guides/ tour escorts throughout the trip. Internal travel by road from Guwahati to Cherrapunji, Shilliong, Kaziranga National Park, Johrat, Majuli, Zero, Balipara by a private chauffeur-driven SUV car / similar vehicle.
Travel between Johrat to Majuli Island is by a Ferry on River Brahmputra. Return internal flights will be provided to travel from Kolkata to Guwahati.
These destinations are still hidden by groups of tourist, but still a good number of tourists come to explore these beautiful parts of the North East India. These places have plenty of hotels which are well equipped with all modern amenities and comprise variety of deluxe and budget hotels, guest houses, home stay with local people, and fixed luxury tented accommodation in Kohima during the Hornbill Festival Tour Nagaland India. Most of these are run by the locals of these areas. One can choose the place of accommodation according to one’s requirement and budget.
You stay in comfortable Neat and Clean local hotels , guest houses including some charming home stay properties and in a luxury tented camp all as preferred by you.
Your living arrangements are not going to be 5 star on this tour, but we do believe that we cater to people requiring different levels of comfort, and most importantly where you stay is CLEAN and COMFORTABLE. We would like to discuss and make suggestions about accommodation at the time of planning your holidays with us.
Meals Plan: Room + Breakfast + Dinner
Cloths: Cottons with light woollens
The Cost would be provided on Request.
Please Note: The Cost of our each tour is based as per individual requirements, interests and budget of the client. The tour cost depending on the hotel accommodations you choose, food plan, mode of transportation you choose, whether you choose to include Escorted guide throughout the tour or set off on a more independent trip, with local guides available wherever required during the tour. This all we discuss with you while planning your tour and work out the best cost for your tour, accordingly.
We'll work with you until you’re satisfied with every detail of your India Holiday Tour. We'll then manage all your reservations and logistics in India, so that you’re taken care of from the moment you landed in India until your return back. The safety and well-being of our guests is paramount.