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Guwahati - Umiam Lake, Maa Kamakhya Temple, Umananda River Island & Temple, Science Museum, Assam Art Gallery, Srimanta Kalakhetra & Balaji Temple, Dinner Cruise

The Umiam Lake serves as a major tourist attraction for the state of Meghalaya. It is also a popular destination for water sport and adventure facilities. Tourists visit this spot for kayaking, water cycling, scooting and boating. The Kamakhya Temple also Kamrup-Kamakhya is a Hindu temple dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhya. It is one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Pithas. Umananda Devaloi  is a Shiva temple located at the Peacock Island in the middle of river Brahmaputra just opposite the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup or the Kachari Ghat in Guwahati. It was built by the Ahom King Gadadhar Singha(1681–1696), who was a devout Shaivaite. Science Museum includes Science models, an aquarium, a playground & outdoor sculptures, including a full-sized plane. Srimanta Sankaradev Kalakshetra commonly Kalakshetra is a cultural institution in the Panjabari ,named after the medieval poet-playwright and reformer Srimanta Sankardev. Balaji Temple known for its South Indian–style architecture, imposing stone idols & parklike grounds.

 

Kaziranga- Tea Garden, Kaziranga National Park, Orchid Park

Tea gardens are the pride of Assam. Assam tea is famous for its flavour and colour. While on a visit to the Kaziranga National Park, tourists must make it a point to visit a few tea gardens located closeby. The lush green small bushes rolling down the hills are a sight that everyone should witness once in a lifetime. Kaziranga National Park is one of the prides of Assam. It is noteworthy to mention that it is home to the endangered Indian one-horned rhinoceros and also declared as a tiger reserve in 2006, hosting the highest density of tigers in the world. The national park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a large park covering an approximate area of 429.93 sq km. It falls under two districts of Assam – Golaghat and Noagaon districts. Kaziranga tourism is not just about spotting one of the many one-horned rhinoceros or tigers that gracefully trudge the large grounds, but also to see the three large herbivores that live in the park, namely, the Asiatic Elephant, the Asiatic Water Buffalo and the Swamp Deer. The Kaziranga National Park has also been demarcated as an important bird-area by the Birdlife International for its effort to conserve avifaunal species. One of the many attractions in the Kaziranga National Park is travelling inside the park on elephants that are steered by trained mahouts.
 

Bhalukpong – Nameri Forest

A tiny red and green signboard at the side of the road to Bhalukpong, will lead you to this national park. Located around 38 km north of Tezpur, Nameri National Park is every wildlife enthusiast’s dream. The best part about being here is that your vehicle might be the only one as far as the eye can see. Divided by the Brahmaputra tributary of Jia Bhoroli, Nameri is a tiger reserve as well as home to many wild elephants. A seemingly unending kuchcha road, complete with bumps and potholes, will lead you deep inside the jungle, which might be troublesome if you are a first time visitor, as it is very easy to lose your way. You could base yourself in the tourist lodge, which offers comfortable cottages, or in the eco camp. Either way, you will be putting up well within the territory that tigers usually frequent, deep inside the jungle and far away from civilization. In the absolute dark, the silence can be deafening, with only the leaves rustling, which if you have unusual luck could be a Royal Bengal tiger! But the tigers are not the only animals to look out for. Nameri has the highest rate of human-elephant conflict. Even as you sit around the bonfire at night, it is quite usual to hear firecrackers from the nearby hamlet. This is an often-used trick to chase away herds of hungry elephants that trample through the paddy fields in search of food.

 

 

Dirang – Sessa & Tippi, Nag Mandir, Siang River, Kiwi Garden and Dirang Monastery

Sessa Orchid Sanctuary is a 100 km2 protected area of India in the Himalayan foothills in Bhalukpong Forest Division of West Kameng District. It conjoins Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary to the southwest. It is a part of the Kameng Protected Area Complex (KPAC), which is an Elephant Reserve. In 1979 the Government of Arunachal Pradesh established the Orchid Research and Development Centre (ORDC) at Tipi, and the Sessa Orchid Sanctuary 20 km away. The ORDC is actively engaged in exploration and collection of Orchid species, cultivation in orchidaria and gardens for their taxonomic study, conservation of rare and endangered species, creation of germplasm collections and multiplication of rare species through tissue culture techniques. The ORDC discovered the new species: Biermannia jainiana, Cleistoma tricallosum, Dendrobium kentrophyllum, Epipogium sessanum, Eria jengingensis, Eria lohitensis, Gastrodia arunachalenisis and Herminium longilonbatum. Nagmandir is located at Singchung block under West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. The place is 135 KM form Tezpur (Assam) beside Kameng River. Moving to the east, the main rivers in the Siang district are Siang and Siyom, flowing in a north-sough direction. The Siang, also called Dihang, is known as Tsangpo in its upper course in Tibet. The river, originating in Tibet, makes its way into the Indian territory east of Gelling. Dirang monastery is over 500 years old. It is frequented by those who follow Buddhism as well as others who love the serene atmosphere. Other attractions in Dirang include Regional Apple Nursery, Progeny Orchard and Kiwi Farms. 

 

Tawang - Sela Pass & Jashwanth garh , Bumla pass & Maduri lake, tawang monastary & evening war memorial show, Jang falls

This monastery is over 500 years old. It is frequented by those who follow Buddhism as well as others who love the serene atmosphere. Other attractions in Dirang include Regional Apple Nursery, Progeny Orchard and Kiwi Farms. Jaswant Garh is a famous tourist attraction in Arunachal Pradesh and it is widely visited all year round. Jaswant Garh was famously known as Jaswantgarh War Memorial and this memorial is garland in honor of late Jaswant Singh Rawat. He was an Indian rifleman of 4 Garhwal Rifles, Uttarakhand and for his bravery; Jaswant Rawat was honored by a memorial at the post where he fought the Chinese army. Today, you can notice Jaswant Garh flocking with visitors from different states. This is a majortourist attraction to visit in Arunachal Pradesh. At an elevation of 5,000 m above the sea level, the Bum La Pass marks the Indo-China border. A prominent attraction of Arunachal Pradesh, the place is a must visit but only when you have the special permit from Office of the Deputy Commissioner in Tawang District, and then Indian army cantonment of Tawang. The place instantly evokes a feeling of patriotism, especially after watching soldiers protecting the border that too in such nerve-wracking weather condition. Also, it was through this pass, Dalai Lama entered India. Formed by a flash flood after an earthquake in the year 1950, Madhuri Lake is originally known as Shonga-tser Lake, which is one of the most popular lakes in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. The lake was renamed so after the shooting of Bollywood movie Koyla, starring Madhuri Dixit, the beautiful actress. The lake has been surrounded by wonderfully lush valleys, and snow-capped mountains. A leisure walk is the best way to explore the picturesque surroundings of the lake.

 

Shillong - Elephant falls, Shillong peak, (Cherrapunji Sightseeings) Wah kaba falls, Noikhalia falls, Dainthlen falls, Ram Krishnan museum, Seven sister falls, Mawsami cave, Eco park, evening police bazaar, Mowlynong , living root bridge, Dawkee bridge, Clear water boating, Don Bosco museum, Wards lake, lady hydra park, golf course

Elephant Falls are dramatic, multi-tiered waterfalls in picturesque surrounds, with an easy walking trail and stairs. At the height of 6449 ft and 1965 m above sea level, shilling peak is the highest point of Shillong. It offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire city, the Himalayas, its waterfalls as well as of the Bangladesh plains. A telescope is available for tourists to get a bird's eye view. Trekking up to this semi-circular peak is highly recommended for the best views but it is often bounded by heavy fog. The Wah Kaba Falls is located ~22 kms from Duwan Sing Syiem bridge, in Sohra (Cherrapunji). It is easily accessible through Shillong-Sohra main road. The Wah Kaba Falls can be viewed from hill top. Scenic beauty of the water falls, hide and seek of clouds with hills are very enchanting. Situated around 6 Kms from Cherrapunjee, the Mawsmai Caves are a major crowd puller that leaves tourists spellbound. These  limestone caves have the distinction of being the only caves in Meghalaya that are lit enough to enable tourists to enjoy the natural formations in awe.Though the caves are long, only a distance of 150 meters is open for tourists, while the other section is closed. The stalactites and stalagmites caves have innumerable forms, shapes and sizes inside leaving one to imagine as many life forms as possible. This magnificent natural wonder is the handiwork of years of natural abrasion and underground water. Police Bazar is a one-stop market for every kind of tourist visiting Shillong. It offers several kinds of opportunities for shopping and entertainment. There are facilities for leisure seekers, shopping enthusiasts as well as food lovers. The market is known be a modern one which houses numerous hotels, shops and eating joints. But what makes this market more special is that along with the modern shops, one can also find an array of traditional shops selling exquisite handicrafts from Meghalaya. This makes the market ideal for a tourist looking for traditional shopping as well as those who want to shop from modern shops. It is a shopping heaven for girls as they can find indigenous ornaments and apparel here, and experiment with different products of fashion. The renowned double-decker root bridge near Cherrapunji, in northeast India's Meghalaya state, beckons outdoor enthusiasts with the opportunity to see a 150+ year old man-made natural wonder that's not only unique but astounding. While there are a number of single root bridges in the area, this is the only one that has two levels. The Do Bosco Museum in Shillong (known as Don Bosco Center of Indigenous Cultures) isn’t just a museum. It’s more of an institution with its own publications, research wing, newsletter and a calendar full of cultural activities. Arguably, one of the best museums in India.The Don Bosco museum has been toured by royalty.The princess of Thailand and Rajya Sabha MPs paid a visit and over 1 lakh visitors visited the place in 2016. Lady Hydra Park is a scenic, manicured green space with flowering gardens, a water feature & a modest zoo.

 

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Day 1 - Arrival to Guwahati

Arrive to Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport. Meet and greet at airport. Check in hotel & rest for the evening. Night stay at Guwahati. 

 

Day 2 – Guwahati to Kaziranga (194 km approx)

Today after breakfast, transfer to Kaziranga. Enjoy the panoramic view. En-route take lunch. After reaching, visit nearby tea garden. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay at Kaziranga.

 

Day 3 – Kaziranga Sightseeing

Today early morning enjoy elephant safari. Then return back to the hotel, take delicious breakfast. Then take rest at hotel. Afternoon proceed for Jeep Safari. Evening visit Kaziranga Orchid park. Night stay in Kaziranga.

 

 Day 4 – Kaziranga to Bhalukpong (107 km approx)

Today after breakfast, proceed to Bhalukpong via Nameri forest visit. En-route take delicious lunch nearby Tezpur. After reaching the hotel, evening is free. Overnight stay at Bhalukpong.

 

Day 5 – Bhalukpong to Dirang  (139 km approx)

 Morning after breakfast, transfer to dirang via sessa & tippi. & Nag Mandir. Reach by afternoon & check in hotel. Night stay in dirang. Lovely evening walk near side by of Siang river & Kiwi Garden.

 

Day 6 – Dirang to Tawang (144 km approx)

Today after breakfast, proceed to Tawang. En- route visit Sela Pass & Jashwanth garh.Reach Tawang by evening & night stay at Tawang.

 

Day 7 – Tawang Sightseeing

After breakfast, visit Bumla pass & Maduri lake. Afternoon visit tawang monastary & evening war memorial show. Evening visit local market for shopping. Overnight stay in Tawang.

 

Day 8- Tawang to Dirang (144 km approx)

Today after breakfast, visit Jang falls and transfer to Dirang. En-route lunch. Reach by evening & check  in hotel for night stay.

 

Day 9- Dirang to Shillong (407 km approx)

Today after breakfast, visit Dirang monastery. Then proceed to Shillong. En- route lunch. Reach Shillong by evening. Check in to hotel. Night stay at Shillong

 

Day 10 – Shillong Sightseeing

Morning after breakfast, visit elephant falls, Shillong peak, followed by Cherrapunji sightseeings -  Wah kaba falls, Noikhalia falls, Dainthlen falls, Ram Krishnan museum, Seven sister falls, Mawsami cave, Eco park. Visit evening police bazaar, later back to hotel for peaceful sleep.  

 

Day 11 – Shillong Sightseeing

Today after breakfast, visit Mowlynong ,living root bridge, Dawkee bridge, Clear water boating. Visit Don Bosco museum, Wards lake, lady hydra park, golf course .Evening back to hotel for night stay.

 

Day 12 – Shillong (Sightseeing) to Guwahati (99 km approx)

Today after breakfast, transfer to Guwahati. Enroute Umiam Lake. Lunch at Umiam lake. Reach Guwahati by evening. Drop at bazaar for shopping. Overnight stay at Guwahati.

 

Day 13 – Guwahati Sightseeing

Morning Maa Kamakhya temple visit. Back to hotel for breakfast & get ready for guwahati local sightseeings – Umananda River Island + temple, Science museum, Assam Art Gallery, Srimanta Kalakhetra & Balaji Temple. Dinner Cruise- starts with welcome soft drink, cultural nite – bihu dance & live music band program closing with buffet dinner. Back to hotel for night stay.

 

Day 14 – Guwahati (Shopping) – Proceed for return journey

 Today after breakfast, get ready for check out. Time free for shopping. After Lunch transfer to airport airport via Deepor Bill for final departure.

 

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Destinations & Night Stays:

Guwahati, Assam- 3 Nights

Kaziranga, Assam- 2 Nights

Bhalukpong, Arunachal Pradesh- 1 Night

Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh- 2 Nights

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh- 2 Nights

Shillong, Meghalaya- 3 Nights