Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Welcome on Arrival and transfer to hotel . Day at leasure, overnight stay at hotel.
Day 02: Delhi – Kolkata
Morning after breakfst transfer to airport to catch flight for Kolkata, welcome on arrival and transfer to the hotel for check in. After Lunch enjoy the city tour of Kolkata.
Calcutta (or the new name Kolkata) is a city of glaring contrasts, a curious blend of the old and the new, partly feudal, partly born out of growing urbanization. It represents a mix of East and West; a graft of a European city imposed on an Asian landscape that gives Calcutta its bewildering charm, confusion and excitement. Founded 300 years ago by the East India Company, this was the British capital until 1911. It is still the creative capital of India, promoting art, music and drama and drawing the best from performers and their fans. While here you must visit the Victoria Memorial, Calcutta’s most imposing monument, opened by the Prince of Wales in 1921 and often called the “Taj Mahal” of the British Raj. Other fascinating sights include St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Indian Museum, with one of the best collections of Indian art in the whole of the subcontinent.
Overnight in the Hotel
Day 03: Kolkata – Dibrugarh – Sibsagar (95 kms – 2 hours)
Morning after breakfast transfer to airport to catch flight to Dibrugarh.On arrival transfer to the hotel enroute visit the various tea gardens for which this area is famous. Assam tea is considered the finest strong tea and majority of Indians drink this tea. We will not be allowed to enter the tea gardens due to extra security measures that are in place but we will have ample opportunity to see the workers from close and may be see them depositing the tea bags to their contractors which is always a very interesting event. After lunch proceed for the sightseeing of Sibsagar.
The Tai-speaking Ahoms came to the area from Yunnan, China, in the 13th century AD. Sibsagar was the capital of the Ahom kingdom in the 18th century, when it was called Rangpur; several temples remain from that period. The town is now a tea-processing town. The most remarkable landscape of the town is the 200 year old Sibsagar tank.
On its banks are three temples– the Shivadol, the Vishnudol and the Devidol- all three built by Queen Madambika, wife of Siva Singha, in the year 1734. The Shivadol is believed to be the highest Siva Temple in India, having a height of 104 feet and the perimeter 195 feet.
Also visit Rang Ghar where the kings would watch animal fights and other state events. Overnight in the Hotel
Day 04: Sibsagar – Mon (140 kms – 5 hours)
Morning after breakfast start drive to Mon for 5-6 hours. After going through checking formalities at the border of Nagaland, we enter the state.
Visit first village at Phuktong village. It has two great Morungs (men’s dormitories). Also visit Angh’s (chief’s) residence. Overnight in the Hotel
Day 05: Mon
Morning after breakfast full day to explore this colorful tribal area of Konyak tribes who have been head hunters in the recent past.
Visit Shangnyu village which is ruled by the Chief Angh and is a prominent village in Mon district. There is a wonderful wooden monument measuring 8 feet in height and 12 feet in breadth- believed to have been constructed by heavenly angels. Human beings and other creatures are carved on this monument. Memorial stones are also found in front of the Angh’s Palace. History records that good and friendly relationship existed between the Shangnyu and the Ahom Kings of Assam. Shangnyu Angh use to collect taxes from all the villages under his domain-extending from Sibsagar in Assam to the Wanchos in Arunachal.
Apart from it also visit Sangha to see head hunting trophies and houses constructed in the true Konyak tradition with palm leaves roofing and the main pillars jutting out. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 06: Mon – Jorhat (195 kms – 6-7 hours)
Morning after breakfast drive to Jorhat. After reaching Walk around the bazaars of this interesting town. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 07: Jorhat – Majuli (1 hour drive + 2 hours ferry ride)
Morning after breakfast transfer to the boat point to connect with our boat to Majuli. We will ride the boat for about 1 to 2 hours depending upon the water channels as we arrive at this unique island.
On arrival, explore the Majuli islands. The world’s largest River Island is famous for its twenty-two 15th Century “satras”. These are Hindu vaishnev (followers of Lord Vishnu) monasteries functioning as centers of Assamese arts. The worship of Lord Vishnu is through dance, music and poetry. The satras take in young boys and groom them. The daily routine includes working in the fields, tending cattle, prayer, discussion and study. The satras have also nurtured certain art and craft traditions, which can now be found only here. In Natun Samugri satra for instance, one can still find the craft of mask-making; Kamlabari satra still makes the finest boats.
We will also explore the villages of Miri tribes who live at this island.
Overnight in private homes / simple guest house. (Common Indian style toilets)
Overnight in the hotel.
Day 08: Majuli – Ziro (220 kms – 8 hours with two ferry crossings)
Morning after breakfast drive to Ziro enroute crossing two small rivers by boat. The mountain road cuts through densely forested hills and slowly keeps gaining altitude till we reach the Apatani plateau at 6000 feet.
Overnight in the hotel.
Day 09: Ziro
Today after breakfast the entire day is to visit the Hong and other Apatani Villages. Anywhere we go we are warmly welcomed. As E.T. Dalton noted in 1845, “The men do not rejoice in much drapery, they wear a girdle of canework painted red which hangs behind in long bushy tail.” Just as the tail is the distinctive part of the male dress, so is the nose plug peculiar to the Apatani women. It is the ambition of each woman to wear the largest possible nose plugs, which are made of wood. Both sexes extensively tattoo their faces. Each sect has distinctive features. Their hats, clothes, ornaments, language and even physical features are totally different. Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 10: 13 Nov’11: Ziro – Nameri Wildlife Park (300 kms – 8 hours)
Early morning after breakfast drive to Nameri. We will leave Arunachal Pradesh and reenter Assam. Take an evening walk to see the bird life in this scenic wildlife area. Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 11: Nameri – Dirang (170 kms – 6 hours)
Morning after breakfast drive to Dhirang enroute visiting Rupa valley of sherdukpa tribes. After crossing Bomdila arrive at a small pass from where beautiful views of Mt Sela, Mt Kangto & Mt Gaurichen can be seen. Further on arrive at Dhirang village which has a beautiful ancient fortress.We are now in Monpa tribe territory. The Monpa are an ethnic group of Tibetan descent in the Indian territory of Arunachal Pradesh, with a population of 50,000, centered in the districts of Tawang and West Kameng. Another 25,000 of them can be found in the district of Cuona in Tibet, where they are known as Menba.. A small number of them is found in the eastern Bhutan valley of Sakten and Merak.
The Monpa are mainly followers of Tibetan Buddhism of the Gelugpa sect, although some members of the Bhut Monpa are followers of Bön and Animism. In every household, small Buddhist altars placed with statues of Buddha are given water offerings in little cups and burning butter lamps.
The traditional dress of the Monpa is based on the Tibetan Chugba, although woolen coats and trousers maybe worn as well. The men wear a skull cap of felt with fringes or tassels. The womenfolk tend to wear a warm jacket and a sleeveless chemise that reaches down to the calves, tying them round the waist with a long and narrow piece of cloth. Ornaments that include silver rings, earrings made of flat pieces of bamboo with red beads or turquoises are worn as well. One can see a person wearing a cap with a single peacock feather round their felt hats.
Due to the cold climate of the Himalayas, the Monpa, like most of the other Buddhist tribes, construct their house with stone and wood with plank floors, often accompanied with beautifully carved doors and window frames. The roof is made with bamboo matting, keeping their house warm during the winter season. Sitting platforms and hearths in the living rooms are also found in their houses.
Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 12: Dirang – Sela Pass (13,700 feet) – Tawang (10,000 feet) (140 kms – 6 hours)
Morning after breakfast drive to Tawang via Sela passes (13714 feet). The spectacular view of Tawang monastery is visible from the base of this pass even though the monastery is still 70 km away!
Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 13: Tawang
After breakfast full day sight seen of Tawang. Visit Tawang Monastery, the birthplace of the 6th incarnation of the Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso (1683-1706 AD). It was here that the present Dalai Lama crossed the border into India after fleeing Tibet in 1959.
Founded by the Mera Lama Lodre Gyasto in accordance to the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama, Nagwang Lobsang Gyatso, The Tawang monastery of the Gelugpa sect is the largest Buddhist monastery in India. The name Tawang means Chosen Horse. It is also known in another Tibetan name known as Galden Namgey Lhatse, which means a true name within a celestial paradise in a clear night. Located at an elevation of 10,000 feet (3,300m) in the district capital, Tawang, it is home to more than 600 Lamas.
It has also a houses the Parkhang library. A collection of the 400-year-old Kangyurs which consists of 110 volumes with 400-500 pages in each bundle in addition to invaluable manuscripts. The lamas would get ready on ceremonial occasions for their dances and prayers. Dances and ceremonial celebrations are held in the courtyard, the most important of which is held on the night of Buddha Purnima. Other large collections include the Sutras, Tangym, Sungbhum, old books and other manuscripts, both handwritten and printed, many of them in gold. The collection has a total of 850 bundles.
It also houses a small printing press, which is meant for printing books to literate monks for religious services and their own education. The most fascinating part is or the assembly hall – a three-storied building housing the temple and the 8.3-m high Golden Buddha. Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 14: Tawang – Bomdila (190 kms 8 hours)
Morning after breakfast drive to Bomdila. Time permitting visit the local handicraft center ,museum, the local market and monastery here.
Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 15: Bomdila – Tezpur-Guwahati (340 kms 8 hours)
Morning after breakfast drive to Guwahati. En-route stop at the ancient ruins around Tezpur including the 6th century Da Parbatia temple. Later proceed to Guwahati. On arrival, check in at the hotel.
Late afternoon visit local bazaars. Overnight in the Hotel.
Day 16: Guwahati – Kolkata
Early morning Kamakhya Temple. The Kamakhya Temple is a shakti temple situated on the Nilachal Hill in western part of Guwahati city in Assam, India. It is the main temple in a complex of individual temples dedicated to different forms of the mother goddess that include Bhubaneshwari, Bagalamukhi, Chinnamasta, Tara, etc. It is an important pilgrimage destination for general Hindu and Tantric worshipers.
Day 17: Kolkata – Delhi
Moerning after breakfast transfer to airport to catch flight for Delhi. On
arrival transfer to hotel , day at leasure. overnight stay at hotel.
Day 18: Delhi
Morning after breakfast transfer to airport to catch flight for onwards destination.