The places have been chosen for you to experience the varied life in Assam. Over dinner at my aunt’s home in Guwahati interact…
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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 between November 1st and April 30th as the Kaziranga National Park is open during these months. The pricing is based on the number of people traveling. For a current update on pricing please write to us.
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GuwahatiArrive at Guwahati airport and transfer to hotel. Enroute visit the Kamakhya temple complex. Please note - this is just to walk around to get a feel of the place and not for Darshan. Early evening visit a few retail stores. Interact with your hostess over dinner at a private residence.
GuwahatiIn the morning go for a market visit and an Assamese cooking class and lunch. After which visit the museum and archaeological site. Evening go on a sunset boat cruise on the river Brahmaputra. Interact with a textile designer at his store.
KazirangaWe Assamese pride ourselves on our Jalpaan which can be a lunch or a high tea. The homestay where you will be staying makes a great one. After that check out and drive to Kaziranga. (193 kms / approximately 4 hours). En route stop for a light bite or tea. You will pass vendors on the roadside selling baskets and souvenirs all made of cane and bamboo. Keep your binoculars handy for your first glimpse of the one horned rhino from the view point.
KazirangaEarly morning go for an elephant ride inside the sanctuary. After breakfast, visits can be arranged to the surrounding cottage industries or the Kaziranga National Orchid and Biodiversity Park. The evening jeep safari ride starts at 2 pm. You can go to the tourist center to watch the cultural performance or relax at the hotel and indulge at the hotel spa in the evening.
MajuliEarly morning drive to Nimati Ghat (122 kms / approximately 3 hours) and catch the public ferry to Majuli. Visit a Mishing village. You can buy directly from the weavers, people are friendly and they invite you to their homes to taste rice beer. You can rent bicycles and ride around one or two recommended routes. In the evening enjoy a performance or join the Mishing Bihu dancers around a bonfire.
MajuliIn the morning, visit one Vaishnavite Satra (monastery). These monasteries are very interesting and they have kept alive many Assamese performing arts by practising them. The sunsets here are gorgeous and those interested in bird watching can accompany our local guide. Evening witness a demonstration and performance on the traditional masking making or a gain bayen, a dance and chant ritual at one of the monasteries.
JorhatEarly morning after breakfast check out and take the ferry back to Nimati Ghat (31 kms / approximately 1.5 hours). Then proceed towards Jorhat (14 kms / approximately 30 minutes). Check into retreat. You can have lunch there but you need to order in advance. So let us know and we will do so for you. Then visit the Tocklai Tea Research Institute and learn all that goes into making a perfect cup of tea. Wander around Jorhat town and visit a few outlets.
JorhatAfter breakfast visit the Hoollongar Gibbon Sanctuary (21 kms / approximately 1 hour) with a ranger. It is home to the hillock gibbon, the only gibbon found in India. Then proceed to Sivasagar (56 kms / approximately 1.5 hours) to see the ruins of the Ahom empire. Enjoy a local meal. Evening at leisure in the retreat.
MemoriesCheck out after breakfast and proceed to the airport (25 mins away) to board your ongoing flights.
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