Trivia: The state is known for one of its kind Assamese golden silk called muga which is produced only in Assam
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The places have been chosen for you to experience the varied life in Assam. Over dinner at my aunt’s home in Guwahati interact with my friends to understand more about the region. Jorhat is at the heart of the tea industry in Assam, while river island Majuli is special for its beauty and the people who inhabit it (previous tour guests have said the highlight of their trip was interacting with members of the Mishing tribe). There’s also the fact that it might cease to exist in our lifetime. Everyone associates Kaziranga with the one-horned rhino, but a lesser-known fact is that it holds the record for having the largest number of tigers in a protected area the world over.

Food is an important part of any travel experience and my friend Kashmiri, a well-known Assamese chef, will conduct a tour of the oldest haat (market) situated by the river and cooking classes for those interested. I have arranged for lunch and provided you with the cost at certain places because I believe it will enhance your experience of Assam. 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.

The hotel in Guwahati is located in Uzanbazar, the oldest part of the city and a short walk from the waterfront. Great for an early morning stroll. Accommodation has been arranged in good properties and on twin 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. 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.

Please note: This tour can be replicated any time post the Monsoons and 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 incremental amount of Rs 6000/- for permits etc. For a current update on pricing please write to us.

Chota Assam Experience (also known as Chota Axom) gives you an experience of the state and its diversity

Itineraries

Day 1

Guwahati

Arrive at Guwahati airport and transfer to hotel. On route, visit the Kamakhya temple complex if time permits. Please note – this is just to walk around to get a feel of the place and not for darshan. Interact with Julie's friends over dinner at her aunt's lovely colonial style bungalow and sample bilati khana, introduced during the Raj era.

Day 2

Guwahati

Morning brings a few options to choose from. Go for an Assamese cooking class cum lunch (pay direct to vendor) with well-known Assamese chef Kashimiri Nath or visit the museum and the archaeological dig site in the very heart of the city. You can also opt for just the lunch at Kashimiri's (pay direct to vendor). In the evening, enjoy a sunset boat cruise and a sundowner. For those interested, visit to the emporiums and stores will be arranged.

Day 3

Jorhat

After breakfast, drive to Jorhat. On the way, get your first glimpse of the rhino from the viewpoint at Burrapahar. Spend the night at a tea estate, which has been partly cleared to create a hotel and golf course. An evening walk around the property is recommended.

Day 4

Majuli

Early morning drive to Nimati ghat to catch the public ferry to Majuli. Visit a Mishing village where 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. The sunsets here are gorgeous and those interested in bird-watching can accompany our local guide. You can rent bicycles and ride around one or two recommended routes. In the evening, enjoy a performance at a Satra (monastery) or join the Mishing Bihu dancers around a bonfire.

Day 5

Kaziranga

In the morning, visit one Satra (monastery) then return to the ferry point, cross over and drive to Kaziranga. Enroute, visit a tea estate for lunch and a tea tasting (pay directly to vendor). 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 goes for an elephant ride inside the sanctuary. After breakfast, visits can be arranged to the surrounding cottage industries or the orchid park. The evening jeep safari ride starts at 2pm. You can go to the tourist centre to watch the cultural performances or relax around the bonfire in the evening.

Day 7

Memories

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to the airport at Guwahati. On route, stop for a traditional Assamese thali.
  1. Accommodation in double/ twin bed room.
  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 fro 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’.
  1. Camera fee accompanied guide fee, tips, porter, laundry, etc.
  2. Lunch, snacks, any kind of beverages, any personal expenses.
  3. Any other expenses not specified in the cost inclusion.
  4. One lunch at a tea garden and tea tour (pay directly to vendor).
  5. Cooking class & lunch at Kashmiri’s (optional -pay directly to vendor).
  1. :

    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 35% fee will be deducted from your advance payment. • Cancellation with less than 10 days from date of departure will be charged at 55% of your total booking amount.

Yes, a good selection of locally sourced vegetables will be provided.

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.

Yes. the hotel provides Wi-Fi access in their premise.

The hotel will accept credit card but elsewhere i.e. the local markets, food stalls and performance venues will only accept cash. ATM outlets are available in the main towns of Manipur.

Yes, we do. The additional cost includes expenditure incurred for permits and other paper work that Indian traveler does not require.

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.