This itinerary showcases the varied life in Assam.
Kaziranga is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is famous for the ‘Big Five’ – the one horned rhino, tiger, Asian elephant, wild water buffalo and the swamp deer. The park also has 478 recorded bird species.
The river island of Majuli is special for its beauty and the Mishing Tribe who inhabit it. Visit a Satra, a Vaishnavite monastery, which are at the centre of Assamese culture and catch a performance of a masked dance.
Jorhat is in the heart of the tea country in Assam – learn all about the research and blends that go to make a perfect cup of tea, while staying in an old colonial tea planter bungalow. We will also visit nearby Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, which is home to India’s only primate species, the Hoolock Gibbon.
Food is an important part of any travel experience and we will ensure that you will get to sample the different cuisines of this wonderful state, which is the gateway to the Northeast.
Kaziranga National Park – Spot the one-horned rhino on a jeep safari in this world renowned National Park. Visit an orchid park.
Majuli Island – visit the largest river island in the world. Spend the day at a Mishing weaving village and the local monks at a Vaishnavite monastery. Watch a masked dance performance. Meet the Forest Man of India.
Jorhat – Visit the oldest tea laboratory in the heart of Assam tea country. Visit the Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary.
This itinerary is suitable any time between November 1st and April 30th as the National Parks are open during these months. Please note that the sun sets at 4.45 pm so daylight hours are precious and early starts are recommended.
Arrive at Guwahati airport, met by your driver and transfer by road to Kaziranga. Eroute stop at the NEDFI Research and Development Centre to see products prepared out of Water Hyacinth. Transfer will take about 4.5 hours.
Optional early morning go for a jeep safari inside the park,
Midday visit to the orchid park that houses over 300 varieties of orchids from all across the region. It also houses a small craft museum where you can see a live demonstration of the local weaving techniques.
Afternoon jeep safari.
After breakfast drive to Nimati Ghat to board the public ferry to Majuli Island.
This ferry ride provides you with beautiful views of the Brahmaputra and its vast expanse.
Evening your local guide will take you for a walk to the local market before going to a Mishing village to sample the local homemade rice beer. Enjoy a traditional dinner at the home of a local weaver.
Today offers a great opportunity to buy handmade textiles direct from the weavers.
Enjoy an early morning bicycle ride or walk with your guide near the numerous water bodies to see the bird life.
Mid morning set off with your local guide to visit a Vaishnavite Satras (monastery). The guide will walk you through the life of a monk and how the monastery operates. Also see the unique form of mask making using bamboo and mud.
Lunch will be arranged at one of the Satras.
Later visit a village where they still practise the very old methods of making terracotta products without using a pottery wheel. You will get to try your hand at creating a piece.
Evening catch a performance – a dance cum chanting session at a monastery known as Gayen Bayen.
Dinner will be arranged with an Assamese family.
After breakfast head to the ferry point to catch your ferry to Jorhat.
Check in to a Boutique tea bungalow property.
Today meet, Jadav Payeng, also known as The Forest Man of India. Over the course of several years he has planted and tended trees along a sandbar of the river Brahmaputra which now encompasses an area of 1360 acres. With your guide take the ferry across to visit the forest and meet this inspirational environmentalist.
Early in the morning, visit the Hoollongar Gibbon Sanctuary with a ranger. It is home to the Hoolock Gibbon, the only primate found in India.
Afternoon drop at airport for return flight.