Alumni Travel in India
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Look east! India’s North-eastern states are the hidden treasures of powerhouse travel experience. Mesmerizingly scenic drives through lush green tea gardens, rustic countryside and windy hilly roads that stand strong through the vagaries of nature, take you to the fresh and liberating rural landscape, away from the hue of cry of a busy urban life. This is indeed the paradise unexplored. Our select destinations offer a unique combination of indigenous tribal culture, nature and wildlife and advents you into lifestyles that are different at every point of the way, yet have simplicity as a common factor.
Kolkata – Ziro – Majuli – Sibsagar – Mon – Jorhat – Kaziranga – Guwahati – Kolkata
Day 01 International Departure
Departure for Kolkata.
Day 02 Kolkata
We will arrive in Kolkata and will be met by our representative and transferred by an air-conditioned vehicle to Hotel Oberoi Grand for 02 nights to check-in, and will have the rest of the day to relax and catch up on sleep after your flight.
Day 03 Kolkata
Full day in Kolkata gives we the opportunity to see and witness a variety of experience -flower Market, heritage walking tour of Dalhousie Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, Victoria Memorial, Mother’s House of Missionaries of Charity are scheduled for this day.
Day 04 To Ziro via Lilabari
It will take an early morning flight from Kolkata to Lilabari and 05 hours driveto reach the Apatani valley – Ziro. Your stay will be arranged in attractive log cabin at the Siiro Resort for 03 nights. For the remaining of the day, you can choose to stretch your legs with a walking tour of Ziro’s fruit and vegetable market.
Day 05-06 Ziro
Using Ziro as a base, we will spend a full visiting Hong and Hari, two nearby Apatani villages and an excursion to Raga – a village of the Hill Miri (Now called Nyishi) Tribes.
Day 07 To Majuli via River Brahmaputra
Majuli, world’s largest river island, is a colourful contrast of cultures and the journey to the Island is and magical experience in itself. It takes 5-6 hours to drive to the bank of the River Brahmaputra. We then embark on a ferry and take a one-hour ride across the river; further a short drive to reach a Mishing village where we will check into the cottages of Me Po Okum for 02 nights.
Our host and owner of this small thatched ‘happy house’ contributes in his own way by providing free accommodation to school going girls. These young girls come from further remote areas of Majuli, and this dormitory endows them with a safe place to stay and hygienic food to eat. After a late lunch, take a walk around the village and interact with the community.
Day 08 Majuli
Explore the villages of the vibrantMishing tribes who live on Majuli. Visit satras (monasteries) of the Vaishnavite monks. Natun Samugri Satra, is renowned for mask making; Kamalabari Satra still produces the finest boats. See the masks used not for decoration but for their original purpose in worship, during a masked dance performance.
Day 09 To Sibsagar
After a relaxed morning and breakfast we will board the ferry to cross the river to Neamatighat (1-2 hours, depending on the water level) and drive on to Sibsagar (2 hours). Check into Hotel Brahmaputra for 01 night. The ancient kingdom of the Ahoms, which thrived for 600 years in the medieval period. This afternoon’s sightseeing should be very interesting for both history and architecture lovers. The 200 year old Sibsagar tank, the temples — the Shivadol, the Vishnudol, and the Devidol, Rang Ghar (the royal sports pavilion) and Kareng Ghar (also known as Gorgaon Palace).
Day 10 To Mon
After breakfast, we will start the drive to Mon, which should take 6 hours. A few bureaucratic formalities are required at the border with Nagaland, and then you’ll cross into the state. We will also pay your respects to the Angh (King) if he is available, and then continue our drive to Mon in the extreme north-eastern part of Nagaland, is home to Konyak tribe – the head hunters with tattooed faces. Check in at Helsa Morung for 03 nights.
Day 11 – 12 Mon
Spend two days visiting villages inhibited by the Konyak Nagas. Each of the villages has a unique identity – Longwa is a last frontier village in Indo-Myanmar border. The Angh (king) whose home is half in India and half in Myanmar, rules over 75 villages, including some in Burma. Shangnyu and Chui villages have been declared as ethnic villages providing a rich educational research work for anthropologists; the last tattooed Angh was from Hongpoi. Every tattoo has a head hunting story to tell – more the number of tattoos more the number of heads collected!
Day 13 To Jorhat
To break the 6-7 hours drive we will break the journey en route with a visit to Charaideo Maidam, the sacred burial grounds of Ahom kings and queens and stop at Nazira for lunch, and then be in Jorhat – the land of tea. We will stay in Kaziranga Golf Resort for 01 night. In a laid back evening, we will witness a pre arranged cultural presentation by the tea tribes, before calling it a day.
Day 14 To Kaziranga
Morning is time to visit a tea processing centre for a tour; then drive on to the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Kaziranga National Park (approx. 2 hours) which homes Great Indian One horned Rhinoceros, Indian Elephant, Royal Bengal Tiger, Eastern Swamp Deer and Wild Water Buffalo and a rich variety of migratory and resident birdlife. On arrival, check in to IORA The Retreat for 02 nights. Afternoon jeep safari to the western range of the national park
Day 15 Kaziranga
Venture into the national park again – either ron elephant back or on jeeps.
Day 16 To Guwahati
One before the last day in Assam, we will drive (approx. 5 hours) to the gateway to North East India – Guwahati and check in at the impressive Taj Vivanta for 01 night. For the afternoon we have Kamakhya Temple on Nilachal Hill and Umananda Temple in Peacock to visit.
Your final dinner — a feast of Assamese cuisine — will be at Vivanta by Taj.
Day 17 To Kolkata
Before taking a flight out of Guwahati, explore the nearby village of Sualkuchi noted for its community of weavers, who are said to produce some of the best quality silk in the state. We will be able to watch the weavers at work, and learn how they produce silks of different styles and qualities. We can buy the beautiful indigenous Muga and Pat silks directly from the artisans, or from the government-run stores. A silk shawl or jacket is the perfect souvenir to take home.
From here we move on to board your flight to Kolkata at 1850 hrs. Arrive Kolkata at 2000 hrs. Arrival at Kolkata.Trasfer to Viceroy hotel for overnight stay.
Day 18 Departure from Kolkata
Best time to visit: The ideal weather is from October to March.
Duration: 18 days
Themes: Tribal, culture, people, wildlife.
Regions you will discover:
Transport within India:
Private air-conditioned chauffeur-driven car for independent travellers.
Coach travel for Groups. We take a maximum 16 pax on a group tour.
Price: Available on request for relevant travel month
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