Trivia: The state is known for the hoolock gibbon, the only kind of ape found in India. The Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary has a very rich biodiversity and is situated in Jorhat district of Assam.
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The places have been chosen for you to experience the varied life in Assam. Over dinner at a private residence in Guwahati interact with contemporaries to understand more about the region. Jorhat is at the heart of the tea industry in Assam and it is delightful to spend a night at a tea estate bungalow here. The sanctuary  here is home to the Hoolock Gibbons which are the only Gibbons found in India. While river island Majuli is special for its beauty and the people who inhabit it both the Vaishnavite monks and indigenous tribesmen  (previous tour guests have said the highlight of their trip was interacting with members of the Mishing tribe). The fact that the island might cease to exist in our lifetime adds to the experience. Everyone associates Kaziranga with the one-horned rhino, but a lesser-known fact is that it holds the record world over for having the largest number of tigers in a protected area.

Food is an important part of any travel experience and we organise market visits, tea tastings and include various cuisines from the region in our package. Visits to weaver’s homes to see them practise their craft and an opportunity to buy directly from them has been planned. In Guwahati ( optional) we arrange a visit to the co operative store that sells the famed Assamese bell metal products. At Jorhat we organise (optional) a visit to Sivasagar to see the ruins of the Ahom kingdom who ruled Assam for 600 years.  At Majuli special demonstrations and performances for you at the monasteries.

The drive from Guwahati to Jorhat will be the longest – six hours with a break for tea and lunch. Please note that the sun sets here at 4.45pm so daylight hours are precious. Accommodation has been arranged in good properties and on twin/ double sharing basis. Those interested in single occupancy please write to us and we will arrange for it at a supplementary cost. Most meet the standards you would expect in a 3-4-star hotel or a boutique homestay. The hotel at Majuli, though charming, is a bit rustic and provides only the basic comforts. But it comes with a great location and delicious food inspired by the Mishing cuisine.

Great breakaway to relax, soak in the local culture, capture the scenic beauty through a photographer’s lens or sketches. Travel back in time to bygone eras of tribal life and the British Raj.

Please note: This tour can be replicated any time between November 1st and April 31st as the Kaziranga National Park is open during these months. The price is based on the number of people traveling.

In December 2017 for a group of 10, pricing was Rs 72,000/- per person for Indian passport holders. Foreign passport holders are charged an additional amount for  entry fees and permits that Indian travellers do not require. For a current update on pricing please write to us.

Chota Assam Experience gives you an experience of the state and its diversity

Itineraries

Day 1

Guwahati

Arrive at Guwahati airport and transfer to hotel. En route, visit the view point above Kamakhya temple complex. Please note – this is just to walk around to get a feel of the place and not for darshan. After lunch relax and in the evening, enjoy a sunset boat cruise and a sun downer. For those interested, visit to retail stores will be arranged. Interact with your fellow travellers over dinner at a lovely colonial style bungalow and sample bilaiti khana, introduced during the Raj era.

Day 2

Jorhat

Morning after breakfast, start the drive to Jorhat (305 kms / approximately 7 hours). The journey takes you through the plains of the Assam valley filled with paddy fields, little villages and small forest clusters. On the way, get your first glimpse of the rhino from the viewpoint at Burrapahar. There will be stops for tea and lunch. Spend the night at a charming tea estate and reminisce the bygone colonial era of the tea life.

Day 3

Jorhat

Early morning visit the Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary (22 kms / approximately 45 minutes). The sanctuary contains the Hoolock Gibbons which are the only Gibbons found in India and also the only nocturnal primates found in the north east – The Bengal Slow Loris. or go for a walk around the tea garden and relax in the property. Mid morning around 10.40am drive to the Tocklai Tea Research Centre to learn all that goes into the making of a perfect cup of tea. It is the oldest research centre of its kind in the world. Lunch will be arranged in Jorhat town, after which visit a few local stores. Return to the tea estate to enjoy a cup of tea or an evening stroll around the property.

Day 4

Majuli

Carry a packed breakfast and head to Nimati ghat (16 kms / 31 minutes) to catch the morning ferry to the island of Majuli. Check into the resort. Freshen up and go for a short walk around a Mishing tribe village. The women are skilled weavers and you can buy products directly from them. People are friendly, and they’ll invite you to their homes to taste rice beer. Early evening you can rent bicycles and ride around one or two recommended routes or visit a monastery where they make traditional masks. In the evening, enjoy a performance at a Satra (monastery) or learn a step or two of the local Mishing Bihu dance.

Day 5

Kaziranga

In the morning, visit one Vishnavite Satra (monastery) then return to the ferry point, cross over and drive to Kaziranga (153 kms / approximately 4.5 hours). You have an option to relax till dinner or book a massage at the hotel spa (pay directly to vendor).

Day 6

Kaziranga

Early morning go for an elephant ride inside the sanctuary. After breakfast, visits will be arranged to the surrounding cottage industries and the Kaziranga National Orchid and Biodiversity Park. The evening jeep safari ride starts at 2 pm. You can go to the tourist centre to watch the cultural performances or relax at the hotel.

Day 7

Memories

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to the airport at Guwahati (212 kms / approximately 5 hours). En route, stop for a traditional Assamese thali.
  1. Accommodation in double/ twin bed room.
    • Guwahati: Prabhakar Guest House/Guwahati Address
    • Jorhat: Puroni Bheti Retreat
    • Majuli: Deka Sang
    • Kaziranga: Iora Resort /  Infinity Resort
  2. Meals on MAP (breakfast & dinner)
  3. All transfer by Innova (maximum 03 or 4 pax in one vehicle)
  4. Local guide at Majuli
  5. Public ferry service to and for Majuli
  6. One Elephant ride and one jeep safari at Kaziranga#
  7. One sunset boat cruise at Guwahati
  8. One performance at Majuli
  9. One tea garden visit

Please note:

#Elephant safaris are subject to availability and permission granted by forest dept.

Road conditions are unpredictable in this region and could be under repair. Re-routing or itinerary changes can be made by the guide. Also, there will be short distances of dirt road between villages.

Itinerary changes are made to improve your overall experience

Price might change if there is a hike in fuel, hotel rate or taxes.

Clients must be insured to cover the costs of medical emergencies/ expenses incurred due to weather conditions, prevailing road conditions, political situations, natural calamities, change in flight schedule, mechanical malfunction, or any such unanticipated events or any events termed as ‘Acts of God’.

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  2. Porter fees, tips, laundry or camera charges
  3. Cultural activities apart from those mentioned above
  4. Snacks, any kind of beverages and lunch unless mentioned above
  5. Insurance
  6. Telephone charges
  7. Any other expenses not specified in the cost inclusion
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    This was our first visit to Assam and in Julie we found the perfect guide/host. From the leisurely river boat cruise on the Brahmaputra to the early morning elephant rides at Kaziranga, this was a truly memorable experience. Our personal highlights were dinner with Julie’s aunt. A lovely lady with a wonderful home in the middle of Gwahati.

    The food was exceptional and the company delightful. Our walk through the Mishing village in Majuli was also a wonderful experience. To see the ladies weaving beautiful fabric on their looms and to share a rice beer with these lovely people in their homes was an unforgettable memory. All in all a great holiday.

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Since it is a limited number of travellers and we do have fixed costs, there is a cancellation charge.

• If you cancel your booking 45 days prior to departure date, you will be charged 12% of your total booking amount.
• If you cancel your booking 10 days prior to departure date, a 40% fee will be deducted from your advance payment.
• Cancellation with less than 10 days from date of departure will be charged at 60% of your total booking amount.

Costs have been calculated on 8 adults traveling on twin sharing basis. It will change depending on the number of people travelling and mode of transport if you wish to change it.

Yes, we do. The additional cost is to cover expenditure incurred for permits and entry fees that are higher for non-Indian travellers.

Yes. Clients must be insured to cover the costs of medical emergencies/ expenses incurred due to weather conditions, prevailing road conditions, political situations, natural calamities, change in flight schedule, mechanical malfunction, or any such unanticipated events or any acts of God.

In Guwahati, Kaziranga and Jorhat the major restaurants, hotel and shops will accept credit cards but elsewhere you will need cash for transaction.

The weather will be pleasant during the day and cold at night. Carry at least one warm jacket and a scarf.

There might be a few mild showers so carry a waterproof jacket and good sturdy walking shoes are a must.

Sun screen, sun glasses, insect repellent, a cap and a pair of binoculars are recommended.

A valid photo Id (Aadhar card, Voter's Id or driving license. Passport with valid visa for foreign passport holders).

Carry cell phone and camera chargers.

In Guwahati, Kaziranga and Jorhat the major restaurants, hotel and shops will accept credit cards but elsewhere you will need cash for transaction.

Carry basic medicines and any medication that you might be using.

Yes. A good selection of locally sourced vegetables will be provided.

Accommodations have been planned in boutique heritage properties and 4 star hotels.

Access to medical facilities is available in all locations.

Tips: hotel staff for a 3 night stay Rs. 200 – Rs 250/- and driver for a week Rs. 1000 – 1500/-.
Restaurant: a meal for 4 (Rs. 2500 to 8000/-).

November is the start of the winter season. Day time is very pleasant. You will need a cap or scarf to protect you from the sun and may require a light jacket. The evenings can be a slight bit nippy so a warmer jacket or thick shawl for the evenings.

Mid December till mid February is the coldest with temperatures dropping to 11 degree Celsius at night. We advise clients to carry their warmer woollens.

Mild showers and a few thunderstorms start from the month of March but the weather otherwise remains pleasant till early May. Monsoon season begins mid May till early September and we do not offer tours then.

Yes. The hotels in Guwahati and Kaziranga provide Wi-Fi access on their premises but for elsewhere please carry your Wi-Fi hotspot or dongle. Some places you may not have access to Wi-Fi.