The seven sisters of the North East and Sikkim showcase a veritable melting pot of diverse races, ethnicities, cultures, mores, practices, lifestyles and…
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The seven sisters of the North East and Sikkim showcase a veritable melting pot of diverse races, ethnicities, cultures, mores, practices, lifestyles and cuisines. It can be said that there is more diversity in the North East than there is in the rest of entire mainland India.
The Ahom dynasty which ruled Assam for 600 years up to 1826 has left a unique and indelible mark on the history and cultural milieu of Assam. The Ahoms had come to Assam across the Patkai mountains from Mongmao (region of Burma and eastern Thailand)
The Khasis of Meghalaya come from Austroasiatic stock. The majority have embraced Christianity but many continue to practice their old indigenous religion. The Khasis are a matriarchal society and inhabit the beautiful state which is called the “The abode of the clouds.”
Let your taste buds experience the huge range of flavours of the unique local cuisines of the places you visit. Bask in the scenic beauty with its breathtaking greenery. Explore a sacred grove and a national park. Catch a glimpse of endangered flora and fauna. Spend time watching the artisans create their craft and buy directly. Enjoy bonfires and conversations with locals. Catch performances by local artistes.
Simply put, come taste a slice of the North East.
Please note: This trip can be done anytime between mid-September and mid-May but the Kaziranga sanctuary is open only from the 1st of November to 30th of April. The price is based on the number of people traveling.
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Guwahati-ShillongLand in Guwahati on an early morning flight. Your guide will greet you at the airport and you will drive straight to Shillong. Each car will have a welcome basket with local fruits and snacks. En route stop for lunch at a boutique property overlooking the scenic Umiam lake, locally known as Barapani. An idyllic setting among pine trees and rolling hills to stretch your legs and let the holiday feeling sink in. After checking in at the hotel, you can relax until dinner. A sit down dinner will be planned for you in a regional cuisine. Driving time: 3 hours (120 km)
Shillong-Mawphlang-ShillongAn easy morning drive will take you to a small town/village called Mawphlang. En route, stop to take in the views of Elephant falls. The sacred forests/groves are central to the Khasi culture and still play an important role among the followers of the indigenous Ka Niam Khasi religion. Our local partner there will take you for a short walk inside the grove and explain its importance and also point out plants like the black cobra lily and a few varieties of mushrooms - including how to differentiate between the edible and poisonous ones. According to legend, the forest belongs to a local deity and nothing can be taken out of the forest. It is a lovely to walk through a forest which has remained relatively untouched for over 200 years. After the walk, you can take a look around the village and have lunch at a local home there. Depending on your mood we can plan an early evening visit to the market or to the museum. Dinner will be at a private residence along with a musical performance by a popular local indigenous band using traditional instruments. The meal planned is best described as a modern twist to the Khasi cuisine using local produce. The only problem will be telling yourself when to stop eating! Driving time: 1 hour (26 km)
Shillong – GuwahatiAfter breakfast, you will check out of the hotel, visit the Shillong cathedral and then head to Guwahati. En route there are places to stop for a cup of tea or a break. After you check into the hotel in Guwahati, you can choose from a list of options for a relaxed afternoon. If you are keen on going for the evening river cruise, we can arrange it if you if you let us know in advance. The river cruise starts at 4 pm. Dinner that evening will be hosted at a private residence. The hostess will provide you with information on the region. The menu will be based on what we Assamese call, "Bilaiti Khana"- a take on European cuisine influenced by the local cooks that were hired by the British.
Guwahati-KazirangaIn the morning, after a light bite, you will check out of the hotel. Visit a local market by the riverside in the oldest part of town where produce to sell is brought by boats from the south bank. We Assamese pride ourselves on our breakfast spread and you must try one. We will be arranging a Jalpaan (brunch) for you along with a tea tasting, after which you'll proceed towards Kaziranga. There are a few restaurants on the way if you want to stop for a cup of tea or snack. You will pass a few nice roadside stores selling cane and bamboo products. Keep binoculars handy for your first glimpse of the one-horned rhino from the viewpoint on the highway. In Kaziranga, dinner will be booked at an Assamese restaurant that specializes in grilling meat and vegetables in bamboo stems. Driving time: 4 hours (195 km)
KazirangaAn early morning elephant ride (6 am) or a morning jeep safari at 7.30 am are optional. Those who wish to go for either of these should inform us in advance. A visit to the Orchid Center has been planned. Here, you will see about 200 varieties of orchids along with the different types of rice grown in the region. The weaving center and cultural performances staged here are an added bonus. A basic local lunch will be arranged here. At 2.30 pm, you can take jeep safari ride in the national park along with a naturalist. On the way back to the hotel, stop by the organic tea shops to see the different varieties available. We recommend the hand-rolled green tea from the Karbi small growers retail store and the CTC tea from the Hatikuli tea store. Dinner has been planned at a local restaurant known for its local Assamese fare. We have asked them to prepare dishes which we feel you should taste as it will be your last traditional meal. There will be dishes like duck with black sesame paste, the bori tenga and the fiddle-head fern stir fry.
Kaziranga - Jorhat AirportCheck out after breakfast and proceed to the airport. Please book the late afternoon Jet Airways flight to Kolkata. Driving time: 2.5 hours (109 km)
1. Accommodation in double/ twin bed room.
2. All major meals included except for lunch on Day 3
3. Transfers by Innova(Shillong & Guwahati)
4. AC Deluxe bus (Guwahati-Kaziranga-Jorhat)
5. One English speaking guide throughout the trip & one local guide at Mawphlang
6.Two Jeep safari at Kaziranga
7. Entrance fees as mentioned in itinerary
8. One music performance, one tea tasting & one cultural show
9. Drinking water bottles during transit and welcome basket
2. Porter fees, tips
3. One lunch on day 3, snacks or drinks
4. Optional activities
5. Insurance, telephone charges
6. Any other activity not mentioned in the itinerary
7. Elephant ride
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 40% of your total booking amount.
If you cancel your booking 10 days prior to departure date, a 60% fee will be deducted from your advance payment.
Cancellation with less than 10 days from date of departure will be charged at 100% of your total booking amount.
Costs have been calculated on 6-7 adults traveling on twin sharing basis and 6-8 children. 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 includes expenditure incurred for permits and other paperwork 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.
The major restaurants, hotels and shops in Guwahati, Shillong and Kaziranga will accept credit cards but elsewhere you will need cash for transaction.
The weather (September, October / April, May) 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.
The weather (November to March) will be pleasant and cool during the day and cold at night. Carry at least one or two pairs of thermals, a very warm jacket, a woollen cap and a scarf.
Good sturdy walking shoes, woollen socks, gloves and body moisturiser is needed.
Carry sun cream, sun glasses, insect repellent, a cap, a pair of binoculars.
A valid photo Id (Passport with valid visa for foreign passport holders).
Carry cell phone and camera chargers. Some places you may not have access to Wifi.
Carry basic medicines and any medication that you might be using.
Yes. A good selection of locally sourced vegetables will be provided.
Roads are generally good. Parts of the roads are in poor condition and you might encounter road repair works during your trip.
It is safe.
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/-).
The hills will be pleasant during the day and cool at night (September, October / April, May). The weather (November to March) will be pleasant and cool during the day and cold at night.
No. Please carry your wifi hotspot or dongle.