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The north-eastern state of Assam opens up a whole new world for wildlife lovers, poetically removed from any wildlife tour that one may have experienced previously. The sobriquet ‘Blue Hill’ that was given to its misty mounds, is just a prologue to the book of adventure that the region promises to read out. Admittedly one of the richest biodiversity zones in the world, Assam has an ecosystem that includes tropical rainforests, deciduous forests, riverine grasslands and wetlands. In this wildlife tour you will visit Manas National Park and Kaziranga National Parks, both are Tiger reserves. You will get the opportunity to see many endangered and rare species of mammals and birds including one- horned rhinos, water buffaloes, wild boars, wild elephants, deer, etc. Kaziranga has the highest density of tigers. You will also get to visit the state of Meghalaya and trek the living root bridges. From jeep safaris to elephant rides, nature treks to boat rides we can assure you a wildlife trip like no other.
Guwahati – Manas National Park – Shillong – Cherrapunjee – Kaziranaga National Park – Guwahati
Map not to scale and only for reference
Map not to scale and only for reference
Early next morning, go for an elephant safari. After breakfast, go for a village walk to a nearby Bodo village, indigenous tribe of Assam, who have a rich culture of textile, handloom, dance and music and witness their way of life. In the afternoon go for a 4-hour long jeep safari that takes you through the deep of the jungle and drives you upto the Bhutan border.Day 3
After breakfast, start your journey towards Shillong (240 km., 6 hrs), the capital city of Meghalaya. On the way visit Lake Umiam, a beautiful tourist spot. Rest of the day relax in the hotel.Day 4
In the morning after breakfast visit the Don Bosco museum, which showcases the entire of North East under one roof. Then visit Elephant falls and Shillong peak and get a bird’s eye view of the entire city. After lunch visit a local Khasi marketplace and then go see a game of ‘Tir’ or archery gambling involving archers to shoot over a thousand colourful arrows to get the lucky number and learn about the mythical story behind this game. Evening in the hotel.Day 5
Drive to Cherrapunjee (60 km., 1.5 hrs), the erstwhile rainiest place in the world. On the way, experience the beautiful rolling hills, the flora and the waterfalls, most importantly the Nohkalikai or Seven Sisters Falls, a seven segmented waterfall which falls from a height of over a 1000 ft. Also visit Dawki lake near Indo- Bangladesh border. Overnight in Cherrapunjee.Day 6
In the morning, after breakfast, hike through meandering paths and thick tropical woods and little villages on the way down to the Double Decker Living Root Bridge. The War Khasis, the local tribe of the place discovered an indigenous form of making bridges by intertwining the roots of rubber tree and use trunks of betel nut tree as root guidance systems. Overnight in Cherrapunjee.Day 7
Leave for Kaziranga National Park (270 km., 6.5 hrs), home of the world renowned one-horned rhino. Check-in at a jungle lodge and the rest of the day at leisure.
The Park is divided into three regions- Western, Eastern and Central. The western range has maximum short grass areas, wetland, patches of tall grassland and woodland and is the optimum habitat for Rhino and Water buffaloes. The Eastern Range is situated towards the eastern part of the park, less frequented and the area is excellent for birding. It includes nesting of the globally threatened Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Spot-billed Pelicans, Migrant waterfowl, the drive through this range is very scenic and swamp forest elephants can be seen, as well Water Buffalo and Swamp Deer. The Central region is characterised again by short grass and it gives an ideal introduction to the park and its ecology as the route passes through the entire spectrum of habitat types prevalent in the Kaziranga area. Sightings include elephants and other big animals especially the swamp buffalo and rhino.Day 8
Early in the morning go for an elephant safari in the Western range, which is a good opportunity to see the animals from close. In the afternoon go for a jeep safari in the Eastern range, which takes you deeper into the jungle.Day 9
Go for an elephant safari in the Central range and after breakfast visit an ethnic village of the Mising tribe. In the afternoon go for a boat safari which takes place along the Eastern range.Day 10
After breakfast drive to Guwahati (180 km., 4 hrs). In the afternoon, visit Deepor Beel, a freshwater lake in a former channel of Brahmaputra river. Besides being a birding hotspot, it has a large no. of Aqua and land fauna. Overnight at a hotel in Guwahati.Day 11
After breakfast, you will visit Kamakhya temple, located atop Nilachal Hills on the Western part of Guwahati. The temple is one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Peethas and an important pilgrimage destination for general Hindu and especially for Tantric worshippers. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city from there. In the evening go for a river cruise and enjoy traditional folk dance and music and a buffet dinner on board.Day 12
The accommodation in this tour includes jungle lodges and hotels.Food
Food is Indian food, local cuisine, Continental and Chinese. If you have any dietary requirements, please mail us at the time of the booking and we will take care wherever possible.Climate
In the Assam plains, the days are going to be warm and evenings cooler, and you can expect a few showers in April. Carry jackets and fleece.Passport and Visa Requirements
A passport (with at least six months remaining validity) and a current Indian visa are required for this trip. Please note that you are required to have a passport with a machine-readable bar code. You will need to apply for your Indian visa in advance from the relevant issuing authority in your home country. British Passport holders can apply for an e-Tourist Visa, a single entry visa valid for 30 days. Please visit the website: www.hcilondon.in/pages.php?id=28Travel Insurance
It is recommended that you take out appropriate insurance to cover personal accident, medical costs, repatriation, loss of baggage and holiday cancellation.Vaccinations
Please visit your GP for guidance for vaccinations while travelling to India. Please also visit this website for more details: www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/india.aspxCurrency
The currency used is Indian Rupee.