Trivia: Assam follows 'tea garden time' where people set their clocks an hour ahead of IST as the sun rises much earlier than several other parts of the country. This has been practised for more than 150 years, since the British times.
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The colonial rule played a very important part in the north east and it is most visible in Upper Assam. It was for the sake of the coal, oil and tea that the East india Company was reluctant to give up its rule over the region.

During the second WW the battle of Kohima and Imphal were fought to keep the Japanese from gaining control of this region and its natural reserves. Great examples of colonial architecture, tea estates, coal and oil refineries set up during the British rule still exist.

To top it, the Singpho tribe who live around the town of Margherita love to regale their visitors with stories of how their ancestors introduced tea to the British.The women of the tribe hand weave exquisite pieces which are a real treat to the eye as is the natural landscape where this is set. The Tai Phakes maintain the unique identity which provides a good insight into the ways of our forefathers.

The ruins of the Axom Kingdom tell a tale of alternate, sustainable building material which have lasted 600 years.

Kaziranga is one of India’s best national parks and is a delight to visit.

Guwahati is the melting pot of the north east and the trip ends here with a delightful dinner at a private residence.

Please note: This trip can be replicated any time between November 1st and April 30th as the Kaziranga National Park is open during these months. The price will be based on the number of people travelling.

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Itineraries

Day 1

Dibrugarh

Land in Dibrugarh via the midday Kolkatta flight. Transfer to Mancotta heritage chang bungalow or Chowkidingee heritage hotel. Both are old tea estate bungalows set in-between tea plantations and are quite quaint and lovely. Evening walk is highly recommended.

Day 2

Margherita-Dibrugarh

After breakfast drive to Margherita (100 kms / approximately 2.5 hours) named after an Italian queen consort. There, visit the Singpho tribe, an indigenous tribe who claim to have introduced tea to the British. Their villages are a fascinating study of architecture and exquisite weaving. Enjoy a typical Singpho lunch, a cup of the famous phanap smoked bamboo tea and stories about the brew. Proceed to Digboi (17 kms / approximately 30 minutes) where the first oil refinery was set up outside of America. Visit the oil refinery there and learn about how the town got its name. Visit the war cemetery to understand the significance of the second world war in this region.

Day 3

Dibrugarh

Start the day with a tour of the estate and factory. Try your hand at plucking the perfect three leaf and a bud. Later drive to Namphake village (50 kms / approximately 1.5 hours). The village in the riverine area of Buridihing, near Dibrugarh is home to a small population of Tai Phakes. About 150 Phakial families of this village are keeping alive their unique identity, customs and traditions. Lunch will be arranged at a private residence. Drive back to Dibrugarh.

Day 4

Kaziranga

After an early breakfast, check out and head to Kaziranga National Park (250 kms / approximately 5.5 hours), home of the famous one horned Rhino. En route at Sivasagar (80 kms / approximately 2 hours) stop to see the architectural remains of the Ahom empire who ruled Assam for 600 years and originally came from the Burma - Thailand border. After lunch continue to Kaziranga. Evening witness the cultural show.

Day 5

Kaziranga

Optional early morning elephant ride inside the sanctuary. This is your chance to spot the rhino up close. After breakfast visit the National Orchid and Biodiversity Park which houses over 500 varieties of orchids, all the varieties of rice grown in the North east, see how the muga and eri wild silk is extracted from the cocoon for the famed mehkla chador. Report to the front desk of your hotel for the jeep safari with a naturalist at 2 pm. The Safari ride is about 2 hours. After the ride visit the local market. Here, we recommend a visit to the small growers’ association tea retail to see the different varieties of hand rolled tea and the Hatikuli organic tea shop. To encourage local artisans, you can also buy hand carved souvenirs to take home.

Day 6

Memories

After breakfast, check out and en route to the Guwahati airport (170 kms / approximately 4.5 hours) visit the Kamakhya Temple Complex. Please note: this is just a visit to get a feel of the place and not for actual darshan. If you are interested in doing a darshan, please let us know in advance so that we can arrange a separate car to take you early to the temple and a priest to guide you there. Cost for this will be charged separately.
  1. Accommodation in double/ twin bed room. 
    • Dibrugarh –  Mancotta heritage chang bungalow or Chowkidingee heritage hotel
    • Kaziranga: Iora/similar
  2. All three meals.
  3. Transfer by Innova.
  4. Entry fees for activities proposed.
  5. One elephant ride and a jeep safari at Kaziranga with a naturalist.#
  6. Local guide for village visits.
  7. Drinking water, basic medical kit and light refreshment for the  journey.

Please note:

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

 

  1. Airfare
  2. Tips, porter charges, laundry, camera charge
  3. Meals or drinks unless mentioned above
  4. Cultural activities unless mentioned above
  5. Insurance
  6. Telephone charges
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    Group (Min-Max) 1 - 8 Pax
    Price 72,700.00 /Person

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.

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 Dibrugarh and Kaziranga, 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 Dibrugarh and Kaziranga, 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 temperature 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 no offer tours then.

Yes. The hotel in Dibrugarh and Kaziranga 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 Wifi.