The Chota Assam Cultural Experience

Destinations

Guwahati – Dinner with a local family. Optional activity according to interests.

Kaziranga – Wildlife Safaris in this world renowned National Park.

Majuli – A day spent with the Mishing Tribe and the local monks at a Vaishnavite monastery. Catch a few performances.

Jorhat – Visit the oldest tea laboratory and the Gibbon Sanctuary.

This tour can be operated any time between November 1st and April 30th as the National Parks are open during these months. Please note that the sun sets here at 4.45 pm so daylight hours are precious.

This itinerary showcases the varied life in Assam. Over dinner with a family in Guwahati, chat with your hosts to gain an understanding of the region. In Guwahati, the experience will be tailored to your clients interests.

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. Our naturalist will accompany your guests during the safari rides. The river island Majuli is special for its beauty and the Mishing Tribe who inhabit it. Stay on a houseboat and enjoy the views of the mighty Brahmaputra. Understand how the Vaishnavite Monasteries are at the centre of Assamese culture and catch a performance or two.

Jorhat is at the heart of the tea industry in Assam – learn all about the research and blends that go to make a perfect cup of tea. Food is an important part of any travel experience and what ties this tour together. We will ensure that your clients get to sample the different cuisines of this varied region based on their dietary restrictions.

Day 1 – Guwahati

Arrive at Guwahati airport and en route to the hotel, visit the Kamakhya Temple complex. Please note – this is just to walk around to get a feel of the place and not for Darshan. In the evening, interact with your hostess over dinner at a private residence.

Day 2 – Guwahati

Your clients can choose from a list of activities. Some of them need to be arranged in advance i.e. tea tasting, learning to use natural dyes, cooking class. In the evening, enjoy a sunset boat cruise on the river Brahmaputra and visits to retail stores.

Day 3 – Kaziranga

In the morning, drive to Kaziranga. (193 km / approximately 4 hours) with a stop en route for a light bite or tea. Your clients will pass vendors on the roadside selling baskets and souvenirs all made of cane and bamboo. Keep your binoculars handy for the first glimpse of the one horned rhino from the view point.

Day 4 – Kaziranga

Early morning safari 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 and you will be taken to another part of the forest. Later, you can go to the tourist center to watch the cultural performance or relax at the hotel.

Day 5 – Majuli

Early morning drive to Nimati Ghat (122 km / approximately 3 hours) and local boats will ferry you to Majuli. (Option to stay in a houseboat ) Visit a Mishing village where you can buy directly from the weavers. People are friendly and they invite you into their homes to taste rice beer. It is possible to rent bicycles and ride around one or two recommended routes. In the evening enjoy a performance at a monastery or join the Mishing Bihu dancers.

Day 6 – Majuli – Jorhat

In the morning, visit a Vaishnavite Satra (monastery). These monasteries are very interesting and they have kept alive many Assamese performing arts by practicing them. Visit a local factory that produces mustard oil. After lunch proceed to the river front and cross over. Check into the hotel at Jorhat.

Day 7 – Jorhat

Early in the morning, visit the Hoollongar Gibbon Sanctuary (21 km / approximately 1 hour) with a ranger. It is home to the Hoolock Gibbon, the only gibbon found in India. After that you’ll return to the hotel for a leisurely breakfast. Visit the Tocklai Tea Research Institute and learn all that goes into making a perfect cup of tea. Later, you can wander around Jorhat town, have lunch there, and visit a few shops.

Day 8 – Jorhat

You will take a morning drive to Sivasagar (56 km / approximately 1.5 hours) to see the ruins of the Ahom empire. Enjoy a local meal there. Evening at leisure at the hotel.

Day 9 – Memories

Check out after breakfast and proceed to the airport (25 mins away) to board your return / onward flights.

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