Duration : 13 Nights / 14 Days
Loction : North East India- Assam and Meghalaya Tour
Best Season : Mid October to April
Category : Cultural, Heritage, Nature and Wildlife
Covering : Delhi, Guwahati, Shillong, Cherrapunjee, Kaziranga National Park, Johrat, Majuli Islands, Dibrugarh
You can take it : As a private, personalised tour (tour dates would be of your choice)
Special About Tour :
This is the best tour to discover the enchanting land of the North East India on a tour to Assam and Meghalaya. The best of Assam and Meghalaya tour takes you on a journey of lifetime through the most picturesque and culturally diverse states of India. Providing the perfect opportunity for travellers to get a deep insight of the region’s rich indigenous culture, nature, wildlife, interaction with ethnic groups, enjoy folk songs, tribal dances, food, and crafts which remain distinctive, even today.
On this community based Assam and Meghalaya tour package we provides you the best experience including the local culture, food and insight to the day to day life of the locals from very closely and on the other hand it benefits the locals directly. A very important aspect of our responsible tourism 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 North East India tour with our English speaking guide/ tour escort throughout the tour or set off on a more independent trip with our English speaking driver. You can travel reassured, knowing our vast experience and provide you with around-the-clock support to smooth out anything unexpected. You visit the local villages’ tea plantations in the heart of Assam to have a tea processing tour and taste the fresh Assam Tea which is world famous for its quality. Learning to cook local food and join the villagers for the lunch is a fascinating authentic India tour experience that we offer you with your journey.
The Holiday tour to Assam and Meghalaya covers the best Cultural, Heritage, Nature and Wildlife sights. It takes you to explore the verdant valleys in the foothills of Himalayas, cruise on the mighty Brahmaputra River to Majuli Islands, listed as world's largest river island, a boat ride on India Bangladesh border on one of the cleanest rivers, with the famed tea towns, wild grass forests, temples at Guwahati, Sibsagar ( Sivsagar ) home to 600 years old Ahom architecture and the lesser known old colonial settlements of Shillong, Cherrapunji with living root bridges, Johrat, Dibrugarh the tea towns of Assam and Digboui the Asia’s first oil town. You explore the UNECO World Heritage site of Kaziranga National Park on the back of elephant/ jeep safari in search of one Horn Rhino, which is home to two-thirds of the world's Rhino population.
Treat the below the Best of Assam and Meghalaya Cultural, Nature and Wildlife Tour Package just as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you, around your interest and requirements. Summit Safari India will make your North East India tour a memorable and extra ordinary....!
Brief Itinerary : New Delhi (1 Night on arrival) > Guwahati (1 Night) > Shillong (2 Nights) > Cherraunji (2 Nights) > Kaziranga National Park (2 Nights) > Johrat (2 Nights) > Dibrugarh (2 Nights) > and fly back to New Delhi (1 Night at the end)
Today to start with your Tour, you will be met from your flight to New Delhi International Airport by Summit Safari’s representative and driver, and we will transfer you to your hotel in sNew Delhi. Rest of the day is free at leisure to relax after the flight.
Please Note: Instead of New Delhi you can start of Finish This Tour at Kolkata also. Kolkata international airport is in East Part of India, there are flights from Dubai (Middle East Asia) / Singapore (South East Asia). If you are coming from U.K / Europe or from Australia you can get your connecting flights from these places to Kolkata. We would like to discuss these things with you at the time of your booking of the holidays with us.
Today morning after breakfast we will transfer you to the New Delhi 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 provided a traditional welcome and will be transferred 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 visit 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 for dinner and overnight stay.
Today morning after breakfast at 08:00 AM 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 stay and dinner at the 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 after breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Dawki (85 kms / 3.30 hrs) a small town and the border crossing between India and Bangladesh. We will take the boat ride( 30 minute) on the Umangot River, in a small village near Dawki with greenish-bluish 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 08:30 AM drive to Kaziranga ( 310 kms/ 6 hrs). 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 PM 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.
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 around 11:00 A.M 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 return back to the hotel and rest of the time is free to relax.
Optional: You can have a second jeep safari to the Kaziranga national park in the late afternoon.
Please Note: The Kaziranga National Park remains open from 1st 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.
Today morning after breakfast checkout out from the hotel and we will drive you for Johrat (110 kms/3.30 hrs), famous for the Assam Tea Plantations where we will stay overnight in a tea Bunglaow. Enroute we will visit Kaziranga Orchid Park cum Biodiversity Conservation Centre -the basic purpose of opening this park was to conserve local varieties of orchids, flowers, fruits, fish and also to spread cultural awareness knowledge . Check in to the hotel and later afternoon free to walk around the tea plantations and even can enjoy golf here. Arriva Johrat by late afternoon and check to your tea bungalow. Evening you are free to walk around the tea garden/ or can even play golf in a golf course next to your hotel, set up in a tea estate. Overnight in Johrat.
Today after early morning breakfast at 7:00 A.M we will drive you to Nimati Ghat ( 45 minutes) 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 centres 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, Govenda is worshipped through dance, drama, music and poetry. Late afternoon take a ferry back to Nimati Ghat and drive back to Johrat for second night stay at the hotel in Johrat tea Estate.
Today morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Dibrugarh (140 kms/ 4 hrs) with an Enroute break at Sivasagar- once the capital of the Ahom Kings. The Shans who came from Thailand through Northern Myanmar to this area in the early 13th century, ruled from here for 600 years. Thus the ruins of Ahom palaces and monuments dot the landscape around this historical town. The Siva Temple situated in Sibsagar ( Sivasagar) was built by the Ahoms and is believed to be the tallest of all existing Hindu temples. Centuries, before the arrival of the British, this part of the world was controlled by a number of tribal chieftains. We will visit the Ahom monuments including Shiv Dol temple, the water tank, the Rang Ghar and the Talatal ghar here.
Later continue drive to Dibrugarh, a "Camellia" town of Upper Assam, an unspoiled paradise on earth with breath- taking scenic beauty surrounded by a lush green expanse of tea plantations. Experience and enjoy the richness of these tea gardens while staying at the Heritage Tea Bungalows for 2 nights.
Today after breakfast we will take you for a tea tour around a tea estate known for producing high quality CTC teas- Ethelwold Tea Estate. Also experience a tea tasting session of different types of tea with a knowledgeable person in the field of tea / practicing estate Manager. Later drive to visit the beautiful Namphake village a home to Tai Phakes community. These people have kept their unique identity, traditions and customs alive. We will also visit the beautiful Buddhist monastery and meditation centre here in the village. Later return back to Dibrugarh for the second night stay in the heritage bungalow.
Optional: If interested one can even plan a visit to Digboui , takes pride in having the second oldest oil refinery in the world and the first oil town in Asia, which is still partially operational and it also has the distinction of establishing the first oil museum in India. Its 18 hole golf course is an added attraction which lies adjacent to the Upper Dehing Reserve Forest. This golf course is known for its scenic beauty. A visit to the nearby 2nd World War Cemetery and the centenary park offers a unique experience.
Important Note:There is no tea plucking between November end to Mid March. Visit to the tea factory a tea factory is subject to it being operational on the day of the visit. There is no tea plucking between December till mid March and hence the actual manufacturing process of tea cannot be demonstrated when one visits the factory during Mid March to Mid November. The tea factory also remains closed on every Monday.
Today morning after breakfast, as per your flight schedule we will drive you to Dibrugarh airport from where you will board your fight back to New Delhi. . On arrival at New Delhi you will be met by our driver and we will transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the time is free to relax or if interested we can suggest you optional evening tour in Delhi.
Today morning after breakfast, check out from the hotel and as per your flight schedule we will transfer you to the international airport in New Delhi, from where you will board your flight back to home.
End Of The tour and the services....!
This is the tour itinerary for the best of Assam and Meghalaya tour package which 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.
Pre and Post India Extension Tours:
Darjeeling with Himalayan Mountain Railways tour India
3 Nights/ 4 Days
If you choose the above tour as an extension pre or post tour,it would be only 3 Nights extra in the total number of your the best of Assam and Meghalaya Tour Package, making it 15 nights 16 days tour, as per the below details:
Day 12: Fly from Dibrugarh to Bagdogra and drive to Darjeeling
Day 13: Darjeeling local sightseeing tour
Day 14: Darjeeling local sightseeing with Darjeeling Himalayan Mountain Railways tour
Day 15: Drive from Darjeeling to Bagdogra and fly back to New Delhi
Day 16: Fly back to your country
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, Majuali, Dimapur, Kohima is by a private chauffeur-driven SUV car / similar vehicle.
Travel between Johrat to Majuli Island is by a Ferry on River Brahmputra. Internal Flights will be provided to travel from New Delhi to Guwahati and from Dibrugarh to New Delhi back at the end of the tour.
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 comprises variety of deluxe and budget hotels, guest houses, home stay with local people, 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.