01 Day: Arrival Kolkata
Welcome to the mesmerizing land of India. As per your scheduled flight, our representative will assist and escort you by a/c Car and transfer to the hotel, whilst the room key and check-in is organized. You will be briefed about the tour and services. All documents will be handed over to you with traveling brief and interaction for any query in terms of tour and services. Evening is free for visiting local market and rest and relaxation. Overnight at the hotel.
Kolkata: Grown from mangrove swamps, Kolkata is the largest metropolis in India. Kolkata's role in the national economy is of crucial importance as the Gateway to Eastern India. Ships were the beginning of Calcutta's history & the river Hoogly was the key to the city's fortunes. Vishnupur is famous for the exquisite 17th & 18th century terracotta temples, Seat of classical music. The Stylized, "Bankura horse" symbolic of excellence in rural handicrafts is native to this district. Belur Math is a modern temple within the grounds of the Ramakrishna Mission. Dakshineshwar Temple, dedicated to Kali is built in the architectural style of Bengal.
02 Day: Kolkata – Dimapur (By Air) – Khonoma village (80 kms: 2 - 3 hrs)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to airport to board the schedule flight for Dimapur. On arrival, drive to Khonoma village. Khonoma is peopled by Western Angami Tribes. Evening is free for relaxation and individual acitvites. Dinner and overnight at village home stay.
03 Day: Khonoma – Village exploration walk
After breakfast a chance to peep into local agricultural methods. The village is well known for fallow management of its Adler trees, see the beautiful terraces carved out of the hill slopes. These terraces grow over 40 varieties of paddy at different elevations. Further a field is the Khonoma Nature conservation and Trogopan sanctuary (KNCTS) This is part of the Khonoma green village project, managed by the Village Tourism Board as a community conserved area. This project aims to conserve the Blyth’s Trogopan- an endangered pheasant of the state, as also many other endemic, endangered, vulnerable and rare species of plants and animals. In the afternoon you can participate in the local games ‘Kene’. Join your hosts for a cultural gathering. Dinner and overnight at village home stay.
04 Day: Khonoma – Kohima (20 kms: 1 hr) – Touphema (60 kms: 2 hrs)
After breakfast check out and explore the village on foot. Morning is the best time to catch all the villagers. After the village exploration drive to Jakhama Village, enroute visit Kohima, the capital city, visit the local market where many insects and variety of food products that the Nagas call ‘delicacies’ are sold. We later visit the Second World War Cemetery and memorial where the famous ‘Tennis Court’ battle took place, which many historians have called the ‘ bloodiest battle’. It was here that the Japanese invasion of India was halted. Also visit the handicraft emporium and the state museum. There after continue to Touphema village. This is a northern Angami tribal village resort where the community plays a very important role in running this place. You will be staying in Naga huts with modern toilets. Dinner and overnight at the village resort.
05 Day: Touphema: Nature Walk and Angami Tribal Village
After breakfast explore Tuophema village and trek to the neighbouring Angami tribal village Gariphema. The trail is soft trekking and will reach the village in 3.30 hrs. Take a tour of this village. In the evening enjoy traditional folk songs and dancing followed by dinner. Overnight at the village resort.
06 Day: Touphema – Wokha – Longkhum (101 kms: 2 hrs)
Early morning check out and drive to Longkhum, a village in Mokokchung district. This village is a vanguard village of the Ao tribe in the days of head hunting. The Ao’s have a belief that Longkum is the resting place for the spirit of the dead soul on their onward journey to paradise. The approach road to the village is lined with cherry trees and make a very interesting drive. Enroute visit Lotha tribal villages and Wokha market – the home of the Lotha tribe. Longkhum is strategically located at an altitude of 1846 m. On a clear day the snow ranges in distant Arunachal Pradesh are visible. Rhododendrons bloom in Feb-March. Handicrafts and handloom items are locally made and can be purchased. Dinner and overnight at village homestay.
07 Day: Longkhum – Mokokchung – Jorhat (120 kms: 4 hrs)
After breakfast check out of the hotel and drive to Jorhat, enroute visit Ungma village & Mockuckchung Bazar. Picnic around the foothills of Nagaland near the border with Assam. Cross into Assam and head for the city of Jorhat – a hub of the tea industry. These are “Raj” era tea bungalows. Stay at one of these Heritage bungalows in a tea garden enables you to relive the days of the British tea planters. Dinner and overnight at Thengal House or at Bara Sahab’s Bungalow at the outskirt of Jorhat town. Dinner and overnight at village homestay.
08 Day: Jorhat – Majuli – Jorhat (45 kms: 1½ hrs: one way)
Today we will proceed towards Neemati Ghat, from here we will take a ferry across the mighty river Brahmaputra to one of the biggest river islands in the world and also the heart of the Assamese culture – Majuli. Here in Majuli, we will be exploring this cultural place and the seat of Vaishnava culture in Assam. The great 15th century Assamese reformer and saint, Shankardeva had come down here and set up ‘satras’ or Vaishnavite monasteries to make the people motivated towards culture and religion. We will be visiting these ‘satras’ and interact with the monks and other locales there. Afternoon visit a tribal village of the Mishing - the Mishing tribes migrated all the way down from the hills of Arunachal Pradesh. They are found settled on the outer rim of this island or near rivers and water bodies in general. Very good fisherman – they are well known for their skill in navigation on the ever changing sand banks of the Brahmaputra. Afternoon return to Jorhat. Dinner and overnight at the bamboo hut.
09 Day: Jorhat – Kaziranga National Park (115 kms: 3 - 4 hrs)
After breakfast transfer to Kaziranga National Park - Kaziranga- a world heritage site, spread over 858 sq.kms and is located in the floodplains on both sides of the Brahmaputra. The park hosts two-thirds of the world’s Great One-horned rhinoceros. The park is divided into five ranges - Central (entry point at Kohora), Western (entry point at Bagori), Eastern (at Agratoli), Western-most Burha Pahar (at Ghorakati) and Northern. The first four lie on the southern side of the river while the last is on the northern bank. It is also home to nine of 14 primate species found across south india, the purest breed of Asiatic water buffalo and one of the largest herds of Asian Elephants. Evening you can visit Tea Garden, Orchid Garden and Coffee Garden. Dinner and overnight at Kaziranga.
10 Day: Kaziranga National Park
Early morning go for Elephant ride (subject to availability) at 5AM. Back to Hotel for Breakfast. After breakfast go for Jeep Safari in the Central Range. Dinner and overnight stay.
11 Day: Kaziranga National Park – Shillong (252 kms: 6 hrs)
Early morning Elephant Ride in the Park. After breakfast, transfer to Shillong. On the way visit the holy shrine of Maa Kamakhya, a famous Hindu pilgrimage site and later enjoy the ‘Umiam Lake’ near Barapani. Check into hotel on arrival. The city of Shillong derives its name from "Leishyllong" - the Superpower or God who is believed to be residing on the Shillong Peak overlooking the Shillong City. The general area of the state of Meghalaya is often referred to as the "Scotland of the East" in the olden days due to its striking similarity with the Scottish Highlands. Dinner and overnight stay.
12 Day: Shillong – Cherrapunjee – Shillong (53 kms: 2 hrs: one way)
After breakfast drive to Cherrapunjee, (1300 m) and its surroundings areas are blessed with many breathtaking views of nature in her pristine beauty with cool springs, mind soothing waves of thick green jungle foliage, gurgling mountain streams finding their way through rocks, enthralling milky white waterfalls leaping into deep gorges in a thunderous applause to the record-breaking rainfall that resounds through the valley. During the monsoon months it is a thrill to catch sight of nature in the prime of her beauty when the clouds lift their mantle over her for fleeting moments. Cherrapunjee has the distinction of being the wettest place on Earth, having the highest recorded rainfall, year after year. The Caves of Cherrapunjee- Mawsmai and Mawmluh, are the longest limestone caves in India, formed over 3500 years, a must go destination for cavers and adventurists. Other attractions - Cherrapunjee View Point, Nohkalikai Falls, Seven Sister Falls and Eco Park Back to Shillong, Dinner and overnight at Shillong.
13 Day: Shillong – Guwahati (100 kms: 2 - 3hrs)
After breakfast check out and drive to Guwahati on arrival transfer to the hotel, after refreshment, take sightseeing tour of Guwahati including the Kamakhya temple, The Umananda temple, the astronomical temple of Navagraha and evening is free for visit the local market. Overnight at Guwahati.
14 Day: Guwahati – Kolkatta (By Air) – Hometown (By Air)
After breakfast transfer to Guwahati airport to board the schedule flight for Kolkatta. On arrival take connecting flight to onwards journey/hometown. On departure, the tour concludes with the happy memories.
Since the precise cost of a customized tour is subject to specific accommodation choices, travel period (date/month/year), nos of pax travelling together and other custom preferences. However, to enable you to chalk out your holiday plan, we suggest following budget guidelines (minimum 2 people are travelling together & sharing one double room) for a customized tour: