The land of 20 major tribes, Arunachal Pradesh is right at the top of North-East India. Also known as the ‘Land of the Dawn lit Mountains’, it is home to immense natural beauty, tribal history and notable as the first Indian land to welcome the morning sun. Considered as a place full of hidden treasures, this tour is an awe-inspiring excursion through deep gorges, mesmerizing mountains, evergreen forests, and numerous streams. It is a treasure trove of an outstanding array of flora and fauna, flourishing amidst glacial terrain and alpine meadows.
Enjoy thrilling safaris in the Namdapha and Kaziranga National Parks, to spot the famous one-horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger, leopard, elephant, and hundreds of varieties of birds. Explore the lives of the local Mishmi Tribal people, still living a traditional life, far away the fast encroaching modern world.
Kolkata – Dibrugarh – Namdapha National Park – Wakro (Mishmi Tribal Village) – Roing – Dibrugarh – Jorhat – Kaziranga National Park – Kolkata
Day 1. To Kolkata
Departure from your home country to Kolkata.
Day 2. Kolkata
Early morning arrival in Kolkata. Afternoon city sightseeing includes the beautiful Jain Temple, Victoria Memorial, National Museum and Mother Teresa’s Orphanage. Overnight at Hotel Kenilworth.
Day 3. To Dibrugarh
Morning fly to Dibrugarh. Stay in the Chang Bungalow, the restored home of the former British Tea plantation managers. Chang in the local dialect means ‘raised on stilts’, a precaution to keep animals at bay.
Day 4. To Namdapha National Park
Morning drive to Deban and visit the Namdapha National Park, famed for its elusive snow leopards. The park is also home to wild elephants, Himalayan black bears, wild goats (peculiar to the Patkoi range) and the red pandas. Primates include the Assamese macaque and the hoolock gibbon. Overnight at either the Forest Lodge or Camp at Deban.
Day 5. Namdapha National Park (Terk to Hornbill)
Early morning trek along the River Noa-Dihing, a tributary of the great Bhramaputra river. Overnight in a tent at Hornbill.
Day 6. Namdapha National Park (Trek to Haldibari)
Trek to Haldibari. The area is a birdwatchers’ paradise with 400 recorded species, including many native to the area. Look out for ibisbills and white-bellied herons, Blyth’s Tragopans and snowy-throated Babblers. Overnight Camp at Haldibari.
Day 7. To Wakro Village
After breakfast trek back to Deban and drive to the Wakro village. Two nights in a traditional Mishmi tribal hut.
Day 8. Excursion to Mishmi Tribal Village
After breakfast, visit the local Mishmi tribal villages to learn about their rich culture and traditions. The Mishmi are of Tibeto-Burman origin, speaking their own dialect – slightly different from the other three major groups, Idus, Tarons and the Kamans.
Day 9. To Roing via Parasuramkund
Drive to Roing en route visiting Parasuramkund. During the Hindu auspicious occasion of ‘Makar Sankranti’ thousand of pilgrims come to take a bath in the Holy water of the Lohit River. After lunch continue travelling to Roing. Two nights at Purvi Nefa Camp.
Day 10. Roing
Early morning drive to Mayodia Pass, a beautiful journey climbing to 7,000 feet through lofty hills, lush green forests and enchanting landscapes. Return to Roing and visit the local village.
Day 11. To Dibrugarh
Drive back to Dibrugarh through a land of natural beauty. Overnight at the Chang Bungalow.
Day 12. To Jorhat via Sivasagar
Drive to Jorhat, en route visit Sivasagar where the Ahom Rulers reigned from 1228-1826 AD after which the area fell to the British. The mighty Ahom Rulers left behind numerous fascinating monuments, including a man-made reservoir commonly referred to as ‘Tank’ with three temples on its bank. Overnight at the Heritage Thengal Manor.
Day 13. To Kaziranga via Majuli
After breakfast drive to Neematighat for ferry crossing to see Majuli- the largest inhabited river island in the world. It is famed for the Vaishnavite Satras (monasteries). Continue the drive to Kaziranga. Two nights at the IORA – The Retreat.
Day 14. Kaziranga
Early morning elephant safari to the central range of the park followed by a jeep safari after breakfast. After lunch, go for another jeep safari. Marshland, grassland and tropical semi-evergreen forests on the southern banks of the Brahmaputra lend this park abundant biodiversity. It is home to the rare one-horned Indian rhino.
Day 15. To Kolkata
Morning drive to Jorhat Airport for your flight to Kolkata. Overnight at the Hotel Kenilworth.
Day 16.To your home country.
Fly back to your home country.
Suggested extensions: Andaman Islands (various other extensions are available on request).
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Best time to visit: The National Parks of Kaziranga in Assam and Namdapha in Arunachal Pradesh are open from November to April every year.
Duration: 16 days
Themes: Wildlife, Nature treks, Tribal village walks, Religion and spirituality, Culture, Heritage.
Regions you will discover: Kolkata, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam
Transport within India:
Private air-conditioned chauffeur-driven car
Jeeps for safaris
Price: Available on request for relevant travel month