TOUR CODE: AS-022: 1 Sister # ASSAM
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TOUR CODE: AS – 022
TOUR DURATION: 12N &13D
STATES COVERED: ASSAM
DESTINATIONS ENVISAGED: Guwahati – Manas(2N)- Guwahati (1N) – Nameri (1N) – Kaziranga (2N) – Jorhat (2N) – Majuli (1N) – Dibrugarh 3N With Namphake Village (Ex-Guwahati Package)
DAY 01: ARIIVE GUWAHATI– MANAS N.P(150 KMS/ 3.20 HRS DRIVE)
Arrive Guwahati Airport / Railway Station……..your tour begins in the beautiful North East!!!! Our local office representative shall meet & greet you @ airport / station & you drive to Manas.Enroute visit KAMAKHYA TEMPLE - KamrupKamakhya has been the seat of the powerful tantrik cult in India. Situated atop the Nilachal Hill in Guwahati, this temple is one of the 108 Shakti Peethas of the country. Rising to a modest height of 562 feet above the mighty river Brahmaputra, the hill on which the temple stands commands a magnificent view of the entire city. Highlight: - Shakti Peeth – Kamakhya Temple
DAY 02: MANAS LOCAL
Early morning go for Elephant ride @ 6AM. Slow-paced Elephant-rides through the high grasslands is the most ethnic and exciting way of exploring Manas National Park. You get to go deep into the natural habitat of the wildlife to observe them from close quarters like never before. Elephant-rides at dawn - navigating through grasslands - with an element of uncertainty and surprise are an awesome experience in the Park. Return for Breakfast and Jeep safari in the Range. Exploring the wilderness of the Manas Jungle in an open 4-wheel drive jeep is a mighty thrilling experience - especially for those who love to drive on different terrains and also like to watch wildlife in their natural habitat. Overnight stay at Manas. Highlight: - Jeep and Elephant Safari
DAY 03: MANAS N.P – GUWAHATI (150 KMS/ 3.40 HRS DRIVE)
Morning after breakfast drive to Guwahati. On arrival check into hotel, later visit NAVAGRAHA TEMPLE - dedicated to the nine planets in the solar system this temple was built by the ruler Rajeswar Singh in late 18th century AD. Also known as the Abodes of Surya, the Navagraha Temple or the temple of the nine celestial bodies is located in the south eastern part of Guwahati, on a hill by name Chitrachal. It is a center of astrological and astronomical research, STATE ZOO - Spread over an area of 130 hectares, Assam State Zoo is the only zoo in India where a natural forest still exists. It is one of the major zoos of the country and boasts of a unique diversity of animal habitat. The botanical garden located within the same vicinity is called Guwahati’s green retreat. In the evening enjoy the RIVER CRUISE over the river Brahmaputra (Optional cost). The longest river in India, the Brahmaputra, runs through the spectacular scenery of Assam and is an ideal introduction to river cruising in India. Overnight in Guwahati. Highlight: - Local Guwahati sightseeing
DAY 04: GUWAHATI TO NAMERI(220 KMS / 5 HR)
Morning after breakfast drive to Nameri National park.On arrival check into the hotel Nameri National Park (Suggested by Lonely Planet). Later proceed for afternoon Jungle safari & River Rafting. Return to hotel. Overnight stay at Nameri Highlight: - Jungle Safari & River rafting
DAY 05: NAMERI N.P – KAZIRANGA N.P
Morning after breakfast departs for Kaziranga National Park. Kaziranga National Park: Kaziranga National Park has become synonymous with successful conservations of Great One Horn Rhinoceros (from the Greek word, "rhino" means nose and "ceros" means horn) / Unicornis (from the Latin word, "uni" means one and "cornis" also means horn) and also a home of may other threatened species including Indian Elephant (Elephant Maximus), Tiger (Panthera tigris), 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 ther 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. Arrive Kaziranga and check in at the Jungle Resort. Overnight at resort
DAY 06 : KAZIRANGA
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 (Optional) Late afternoon enjoy the exclusive Jeep safari in the western (Bagori) range of Kaziranga. Overnight at the resort.
DAY 07: KAZIRANGA / GIBBON WILDLIFE SANCTUARY - JORHAT
Morning after breakfast departs for Jorhat. Arrive Jorhat and check in at nature resort. Overnight at nature resort
DAY 08 : JORHAT - HOOLONGAPAR GIBBON SANCTUARY - JORHAT
Post Breakfast visitHoolongaparGibbon park Named after the only Ape (Hoolock Gibbon) found in India, Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary is a small Sanctuary of 20.98 sq. kms. inJorhat district of Assam. Later Visit Jorhat City’s historical places like ChandrakantaHandiquebhavan, Namghar, Tea Garden & Tea Reseachcenter later come back to hotel Overnight stay at Jorhat. Highlight: - Jeep Safari at Hoolock Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary
DAY 09 : JORHAT TO MAJULI ISLAND
Morning after breakfast depart for Majuli Island. Majuli Island: The largest inhabitant river line island in the world Majuli has been the hub of Assamese neo-vaishnavite culture and it is the cultural capital and the cradle of Assamese civilization for the past 500 years, by the revered Assamese saint SrimantaSankardeva and his disciple Madhavdeva. The first vaishnavite monastery was at Belaguri in west Majuli. After that 65 Monasteries (SATRAS) were set up. Today only 22 of the original 65 are survived. The main tribe of Majuli is Mishing. They comprise of about 47% of the population of Majuli. The term Mishing is also made up of two words- 'mi' means people and 'yassing' means fine, and that's why they call themselves fine people. Other comprises Chutias, Deoris, SonowalKacharies, Koches, Naths, Kaivarttas, Mattaks, Ahoms, Kalitas, Brahmins etc. Arrive and check in at traditionally built bamboo hut. Later explore the traditional roots of Assamese society by visiting the vaishnavite monasteries of Majuli. Overnight at MAJULI Highlight: - VaishnaviteSatras (SATRAS are charged additionally & Need to be Pre-Booked)
DAY 10: MAJULI TO DIBRUGARH
Proceed to Dibrugarh . On arrival check into the hotel later proceed to visit Koli Aai Thaan Koi Aai Thaan is a very famous tourist spot of Dibrugarh, which is dedicated to Koli Aai, the daughter of the head priest of the Dibaru Satra of Assam, Sarumechlow and Bormechow Maidam These two maidams are found in the Lengeri mouza locality of Dibrugarh city and are said to be the graveyards of Sarumechlow and Bormechow, who were the queens of King Sukhampha Khura (1552 – 1611) of the Ahom regime.
DAY 11: DIBRUGARH
Morning after breakfast proceed to visit Barbarua Maidam At a distance of 14 km to the south of Dibrugarh, just adjacent to the NH37, there are two ancient graveyards that were raised to honor two officials of the Ahom Dynasty. Historian Sarbananda Rajkumar believes that these two maidams or graveyards were erected for Bura Dihinigia Barbarua and Deka Dihingia Barbarua. Apart from these, there are several other smaller maidams at the same site, which were constructed to honor other soldiers of the same regime. Dehing Satra The ruins that are seen on the banks of the Dehing River under Larua mouza in present Dibrugarh, was a very famous satra during the rule of the Ahom king Rajeswar Singha. During the famous Moamoria revolution, the satra received royal support from Rajeswar Singha and also from a number of other kings like Lakhi Singha and Gaurinath Singha.
DAY 12: TAI PHAKI VILLAGE AND NAMPHAKE VILLAGE VISIT
visit Tai Phakial Village. Thai Phakial – (The Tai words 'Pha' meaning wall and 'Ke' meaning ancient or old.) The Phake is also known as the Phakial, they had migrated from Thailand to Assam in 18th century, they speak Thai language. Even during the modern time they still follow their traditional culture. They have a fine tradition to keep their family record, the name of the record is Ho Likboi, generally the elder of the family known as the Pathek is well versed prepare the record. They practice Buddhism, there is a Buddhist monetary in Namphake village established in 1850 the monks in the monasteries is known as CHOW MOUN . They also have the sound knowledge in Pali language. The residence claim to be 100% literate. One interesting fact is that the villager claims the police had never entered the premises as because the Monks settled the disputes among the villagers, they also rely on Herbal cure. They marry within their community only but there is no restriction if someone wants to marry from outside. They are basically patriarchal society the son inherits the fathers property. Though few in number and in spite of an identity crisis, the Tai Phakes have been able to maintain their glorious legacy. Back to hotel and overnight stay at Dibrugarh.
DAY 13: DEPARTURE
After breakfast transfer to Dibrugarh airport to depart for onward destination.