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Go on a Wild Family Adventure ( 4 nights/5 days)

Little Roots Trip to Manas with a day trip to Bhutan and one night at Guwahati

 

Caught up in the daily grind of our urban routines, it’s not often that we get a chance to discover something magical with our kids. The thrill of encountering your first baby rhino as it straggles behind its mother amidst the tall grasslands of Manas National Park is incredible. As you peer into the treeline, it’s a pleasant surprise to catch sight of the magnificent golden langur, an endangered primate, staring back at you. Identifying bird calls and species (the park is home to 380 species!) can be a fun exercise on your jeep safari.

 

Exploring nature and the great outdoors is one of the best ways to engage and awaken one’s natural curiosity. The chance to travel and interact with other children in a group can be a rewarding experience for your child – picture impromptu rock-climbing sessions and spontaneous talent shows. A photographer accompanying you will also conduct an immersive 2 hour mobile film making workshop for those interested above the age of 9 years ,either on day one or two. She will also capture some memorable images of you and your family. The theme is “Capturing nature”

 

Picnicking by the clear waters of Manas River, sipping on tea and munching on a sandwich it’s easy to forget the chaos of city life. Choose to be lazy and skip a few stones across the river or participate in some fun activities. From a mobile film making workshop to instructions on how to start a fire in the wild – these useful skills will keep both adults and kids happily occupied. As you kick back and rest on the pebbled riverbank, you’ll notice the eastern Himalayas looming on your horizon. Don’t be surprised when your guide casually points out, “That’s Bhutan”. Of course, you’ll get a chance to visit the neighbouring country on a day-long trip to Panbang (a settlement in the south of Bhutan). It’s a scenic drive as you cross the border into Royal Manas Park in Bhutan and proceed towards the quiet little town of Panbang. Lunch at a local restaurant will allow you to sample traditional delicacies.

 

When not communing with nature, meet local Bodo villagers near Manas as they go about their daily lives – watch the women weave colourful, traditional patterns on handlooms and cultivate patches of kitchen garden. Before you make your way back home, catch a cultural Bodo performance, cruise along the Brahmaputra in Guwahati and enjoy a traditional Assamese meal of khar (a vegetable dish flavoured with banana peel ash extract), tenga (a light tomato based curry), local greens, freshly-caught river fish, pork curry and more.

 

We guarantee that these five days of fun and discovery will remain with you and your family long after you have left the land of the rhinos.

 

Please note - prices vary for children:

Child - 6 or below without extra bed Rs 11000/-

Child - 6 or more with extra bed Rs 20900/-

Adult - on twin sharing Rs 59,000/-

Itineraries

Day 1

Date : August 10, 2019

Time : 10:31 am

Guwahati airport - Manas

Arrive at Guwahati airport via a morning flight and transfer to Manas. The Drive is 3hrs approx. You will be met at the airport. We will have a porter available to help you with luggage should you need. The cars will have drinking water, light snack and juice. Check in to hotel for a late lunch. Evening tea picnic and activity has been planned on the riverfront . Generally unwind into holiday mode. Dinner at hotel.

Day 2

Date : October 3, 2019

Time : 10:06 am

Manas

Morning after breakfast visit a local Bodo tribe village and explore life in the village, meet weavers and see them weave. See one or two of their homes and what they cultivate. Enjoy a local village lunch and then return to the hotel. The afternoon jeep safari starts at 2.30pm. Before which you will have to report to the hotel front desk. A naturalist will accompany you. Evening enjoy a cultural performance at the hotel compound specially organized for you. Followed by Dinner at the hotel.

Day 3

Date : October 4, 2019

Time : 9:06 am

Panbang Town and The Royal Manas Park

After breakfast, go for a day trip to Panbang town in Bhutan. You will be crossing the border and entering the Royal Manas park at the check post where you will have to produce an id. Then continue towards the town. It is a very scenic drive with chances of spotting wildlife. Once you reach Panbang, take a walk around. Visit the local monastery and market. Lunch will be organized at a restaurant. Then drive back to the border, cross over and return to your hotel. Dinner will be at the hotel.

Day 4

Date : October 5, 2019

Time : 7:00 am

Manas - Guwahati

Early morning a jeep safari into the forest has been planned. Then return back to the hotel for breakfast and freshen up. Check out and proceed towards Guwahati. Drive is approx. 3 hrs. En route stop for lunch. Evening a cruise has been planned for you on the river Brahmaputra. The reporting time for the cruise is 4pm so depending on your journey you can first do the cruise and then check into the hotel. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 5

Date : October 6, 2019

Time : 10:30 am

Guwahati Airport

After breakfast check out and head for Guwahati airport. En route visit a few stores or the zoo from the list provided to you for activities in Guwahati. The trip concludes with the drop to Guwahati airport.
  1. Bhutan day visa is only for Indians with valid India id and for Foreigners an extra safari into the jungle will be arranged.
  2. Activity book for kids.
  3. Transportation via  SUV Innova.
  4. All meals except for lunch on the last day and snacks basket, drinking water during transfer.
  5. Accommodation –  ( room type – Grazing Rhino)Musa Jungle resort at Manas and  (deluxe) Guwahati address or similar in Guwahati
  6. All activities, safaris and performance mentioned in the itinerary.
  1. Airfare.
  2. Tips, laundry, snack or beverage unless specified not included.
  3. Shopping money.
  4. Any activity not mentioned in the itinerary.
  5. Last day lunch.
  • Pricing Name
    Start
    End
    Group (Min-Max)
    Pax
    Price
     
  • Pricing Name Family trip - adult
    Start Wednesday October 2, 2019
    End Sunday October 6, 2019
    Group (Min-Max) 1 Pax -
    Price 59,000.00 /Adult
  • Pricing Name family trip - child with extra bed
    Start Wednesday October 2, 2019
    End Sunday October 6, 2019
    Group (Min-Max) 1 Pax -
    Price 20,900.00 /Child
  • Pricing Name family trip - child with no extra bed (below 6/7 years)
    Start Wednesday October 2, 2019
    End Sunday October 6, 2019
    Group (Min-Max) 1 Pax -
    Price 11,000.00 /Child

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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 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 is to cover expenditure incurred for permits and entry fees that are higher for non-Indian travellers.

Is travel insurance necessary?
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 Gangtok and Kalimpong, the major restaurants, hotel and shops will accept credit cards but elsewhere you will need cash for transaction.

The hills will be pleasant during the day and cold at night. Carry at least one warm jacket and a thick scarf for yourself, and warm layers for the kids. Some clothes to play in the sand and water.

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

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

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

In Gangtok, Kalimpong 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.

These are hill roads so road conditions in parts can be poor.

Accommodations have been planned in heritage home stays and a lovely forest lodge. Properties are comfortable and fall in the 3-star range.

In Kalimpong and Gangtok, there is 24 hour emergency care available at the hospital. In Dzongu, there is a primary health centre which can address minor issues and the hospital is located at Mangan, which is approximately 2 hours away.

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 hotel in Gangtok will 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.