In December 2017 my wife and I joined a group heading to ‘Awesome Assam’ curated by Julie Kagti. The Assam landscape felt eerily similar to Kerala but with prettier ladies! Our brief stay at Guwahati was highlighted by the amazing river cruise on the Brahmaputra and ending with a fabulous dinner and evening at Julie’s aunts plantation style house where the food served were the remnants of the British Raj influenced by Indian ingredients… it was fabulous!

The next day we headed out for a long drive along the length of Assam through countryside and tea plantations on our way to one of the largest river island in the world, Majuli. Two days there and the best part of the trip unfolded in Kaziranga. The Kaziranga wild life preserve is simply amazing. We did an early morning elephant ride and an afternoon jeep safari. We saw many of the endangered one horned Rhinoceros and some at nearly just 20 feet away.

Going to a place with someone who has lived there is really a different experience. Julie is DNA Assam… her connections and language skills ensure that you have a super experience. We had private elephants and private safari jeeps to take us into Kaziranga. We were guided skillfully through monasteries and tea plantation tours. The cars were good with skillful drivers and the entire trip went really well.