GLIMPS OF NORTH EAST INDIA

Day 01: Arrive Guwahati / Nameri National Park (255 kms, 5 hrs drive)
Arrive Guwahati by flight.
Meeting upon arrival and depart for Nameri National Park.
 
Nameri National Park: The Nameri National Park of 200 sq kms area is located in the Sonitpur district, bordering Arunachal Pradesh and it is also the core area of Nameri Tiger Reserve  (344sq kms). It is the home of  Mammals like Elephant, Tiger, leopard, Sambar,Barking deer, Hog Deer, Wild Boar,Gaur, slow loris,gaplangur,Burmese ferret badger, and over 350 species of birds including White-winged Wood Duck, Ibisbill (uncommon), Ruddy Kingfisher, Palla’sfishing eagle,Lesser Adjutant stork , Greater spotted eagle,Rufous necked hornbill, Great pied Indian hornbill, Wreathed hornbill, Long-billed Ringed Plover, Sultan Tit, and Yellow-bellied and White-throated Fantails. Another important wild life sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh The Pakhui (Pakke) wild life Sanctuary adjoins the Park on its North-Eastern point. The river Jia- Bhoroli and its tributaries namely the Diji, Dinai, Doigurung, Nameri, Dikorai, Kharietc crisscross the park. During rainy season A few jheels (during the rainy seasons) also dot the area. One can enjoy rafting in the Jia Bhoroli river in the south western boundary.
 
Arrive and check in at Eco Camp.
 
Rest of the time free at leisure
Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 02: Nameri National Park
Early morning go for the nature walk and the bird watching trip into the dense jungle of Nameri National Park with the forest guards.
 
Afternoon you can opt for mild river rafting in Jia Bharali river adjoining to the Nameri National Park. (Optional)
 
Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the camp.
Overight at the camp
 
Day 03: Nameri / Bomdila (125 kms, 4 hrs drive)

Morning after an early breakfast departs for Bomdila by the same vehicle.

En route visit
 
Bhalukpong: Situated on the Assam-Arunachal border, 250 kms from Guwahati, Bhalukpong is another picturesque spot for angling and leisurely picnics.
 
Tipi Orchid Sanctury and Research Center: An Orchidarium at Tipi (5 kms from Bhalukpong) on the way to Bomdila is the Botanical paradise. About 300 species of orchids can be seen in the flora – glass house. Some of them are rare and endangered species. By the side of the glass house there is an orchid museum too.
 
Arrive Bomdila and check in at hotel.

Bomdila: On the way to Tawang , situated at height of 8500 ft (distance from Tezpur 180 kms), Bomdila is a picturesque town in the foothills of Himalayas and the headquarter of West Kameng District the land of the Monpa, Sherdukpen, Aka (Hrusso), Miji and Bogun (Khawas) tribes. One can see the brilliant landscape and snow-clad Gorichen ranges of the Himalaya on a clear day. With its apple orchards, Buddhist gomphas and a magnificient view of the Kameng Valley Bomdila can be named as a mini paradise. Bomdila is also an ideal place for nature lovers with several trekking and hiking trails are now opened for the adventure seeker. 

Places of interest:
 
Later Visit

Bomdila Monastery: The monastery has been built under the guidance of Dalai Lama. It is a residence of more than 200 Buddhist monks. From the monastery one can have the breathtaking view of the entire Bomdila. The time of pray is in dawn and dusk, attending which, one can have the absolute peace of mind.

Also visit craft center, where very fine wooden carpets of colourful designs and Masks are produced.
 
Bomdila also offers a Bird's eye view of Kangto and Gorichen peaks (highest peaks in the state) amidst the Himalayan landscape and snow clad ranges.
 
Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 04: Bomdila / Tawang (180 Kms, 6 hrs drive)
Morning after breakfast ddepart by car for Tawang.
 
En route visit

Jaswant Garh: The war memorial is located 14 kms from Sella Pass on the way to Tawang. The memorial pay homage to Jaswant Singh Rawat, Mahavir Chakra Awardee posthumous (the second highest award from the Indian Army). In the famous battle of Nuranang against Chinese in November 1962, Rawat and two other soldiers from 4th Batallion Garhwal Rifles were instrumental in killing 300 Chinese soldiers in 72 hours.

Sella Pass: The entry point into the Tawang Valley is Sela pass at  an elevation of 13700 ft above the sea level.. Legend says that a monpa woman supported sepoy Jashwant Singh during his battle with the Chinese. She brought sepoy Jashwant supplies and used to heal his wounds. When Jashwant got martyrdom she killed herself as an act of loyalty.
The glimpse of Paradise Lake in the Sella Pass makes your visit worth. Most of the time the lake is covered with thick blanket of snow.

Arrive Tawang and check in at hotel.
Evening free at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 05: Tawang

Morning after breakfast explore Tawang, visiting

Tawang Monastery (Vihar): Tawang Monastery about 400 years old, situated at an altitude of approximately 10,000 ft. is the second largest Buddhist monastery in India. It also holds the distinction of being the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama. The monastery is the house of more than 700 monks.  The monastery was founded by Merag Lama Lodre Gyamtso, in 1681 in accordance to the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama, Nagwang Lobsang Gyatso.  As per the legend, the site of the Monastery was chosen by the horse of Merag Lama. Merag Lama, who had been unable to decide a site to establish the monastery. One day he was praying in cave, seeking a divine guidance. When he came out after the prayers, he found his horse was missing. On search, the horse was located standing quietly on a hilltop. Considering that as the sign of divine blessing he decided to construct the monastery at the very spot. The monastery is also called Galden Namgey Lhatse meaning celestial paradise. There is a magnificent 8 meter high statue of Lord Buddha. The ancient library inside the courtyard has an excellent collection of  thangkas, painted with the blood from the nose of 5th Dalai Lamaand valuable Buddhist manuscripts mainly Kanjur and Tanjur numbering 850 bundles.

Urqelling Monastery: It is the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama who is the only Indian to have risen to such a high position in Gelupka Sect of Buddhism so far. Inside the monastery there are several Stupas (Vihar) and people from all walks of life visit this place during Buddhist new year to get the blessing for the coming year.
The Craft Center: The craft center in Tawang sells beautiful masks, hand woven carpets, jewellery in silver, coral and amber, ‘chubas’ the local dressand delightful affordable mementos. 

Tawang War Memorial: The memorial is dedicated to the martyrs of the 1962 Sino-Indian war. The memorial is 40-foot-high and like a stupa in design. It is locally called ‘Namgyal Chortan’. The  names of 2420 martyrs imprinted in gold on 32 black granite plagues.

Sangestser Lake: Popularly known as Madhuri Lake is located 35 kms away from Tawang near the China Border. The drive to Sangestser Lake is full of thrill and one can still see the war bankers that had been used during the Chinses aggression in 1962 and the beautiful PTSO lake

Day 06: Tawang / Dirang (140 kms, 5 hrs drive)

Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Tawang / Dirang (140 Kms, 6 hrs drive)
Morning after breakfast depart for Dirang.

En route stop at the Nuranang falls.

Arrive Dirang and check in at the hotel.

Dirang: Dirang 40 kms from Bomdila is situated at an altitude of 1497 meters. It is an ideal hill resort in West Kameng district with beautiful Apple Nursery, Kiwi Farm, Yak Research Centre, Buddhist Gompa, Hot Water Spring and ancient Dirang Jong (Fort). It is the base camp for trekking to Gorichen peak and other bird watching trails

Afternoon visit the natural hot spring, Apple gardens and the Yak Breeding farms.
 
Day 07: Dirang / Bhalukpong (140 kms, 5 hrs drive)
Morning after breakfast return to Bhalukpong.
Arrive and check in at the tourist lodge.

Rest of the time free to explore the nature by your own.
Overnight at tourist lodge.
 
Day 08: Bhalukpong / Itanagar (220 kms, 4 hrs drive)

Morning after breakfast depart for Itanagar.

Itanagar: The Capital of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar is situated at the foothills of Himalayas. The name Itanagar is derived from the historical Ita-fort (Ita meaning brick) which dates back between 14th and 16th century. The major tribe in Itanagar is the Nishies. Situated on the top of the hills the city offers a very pleasant climate. The Capital city is being divided into two zones by 10 kms Stretch. The other part is known as Naharlagun. It became the Capital of Arunachal Pradesh on 20th April 1974.
 
Arrive Itanagar and check in at hotel.
Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 09: Itanagar

Morning after breakfast city tour visiting:

Ita fort: The historical Itafort situated in the middle of the town. It is an fort of irregular shape built with more than 8 million pieces of bricks. The fort has been built during Jitari Dynasty which dates back to 1360 to 1550 A.D.

Ganga Lake: Situated in the foothills of the Himalays the lake is locally known as Gekar Sinyi (confined water) 

One can also visit Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum, Craft Centre, Emporium, Donyi – Polo Centre for hearing impaired etc.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Itanagar / Ziro (170 kms, 4 hrs drive)
Morning after breakfast drive to Ziro by the same vehicle.
 
Ziro, a small picturesque town situated at an altitude of 5000 feet with Pine and Bamboo groves, villages, a craft centre and high altitude Tarin Fish Farm is an ideal place for relaxation.
Places of interest:

Arrive Ziro and check in at hotel.
Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 11: Ziro
Morning after breakfast visit Tarin, the high altitude fish farm, a famous whispering pine grove and the craft center. From a hill top, catch the first rays of dawn lighting up the stunning emerald patchwork quilt of nature.
 
Later visit Talley Valley:  Tally valley is located 30 Kms away from Ziro.  Tale in Apatani dialect is the name of a plant and to many other tribes the word means paradise. The local population grow paddy in tarraced fields all over the valley. The Apatanis, the main tribe of this region grow rice by terrace farming and their indigenous irrigation system is unique amongst the Arunachal tribals. The Apatani village comprises of long rows of houses with a fertility totem in front of each house. They use an indigenous herbal salt that's rice in iodine whick is quite unique. As a real nature lover, for every tree they fell, five fresh saplings are planted. The Apatani women are very skilled in handicraft and handloom as one can be see from the wonderfull JIKHE pattern, woven jackets and intricately patterned JILANG shawls. The men are expert in metallurgy and bamboo craft.

Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 12: Ziro / Daporizo (170 kms, 5 hrs drive)

Morning after an early breakfast drive to Daporizo.
 
Daporizo: Daporizo is a district headquarter of Upper Subansiri District. It is a beautiful place on the right bank of Subansiri river with picturesque villages and also to see are the caves(a few kms away). Languages spoken here are Tagin, Hill Miri, Adi(Gallong), Hindi, Assamese and English.
 
Arrive Daporizo and check in at hotel.
 
Later sightseeing of Daporizo After breakfast, enjoy a full day visit to the Tagin Tribal Villages to get an insight into the unique day-to-day life of the tribals.
 
Daporijo forms a beautiful picnic spot. It is well placed on the right bank of Subansiri river. This mesmerizing land houses many wonderful villages. A few kilometers ahead, one comes across many caves that are a treat to the eyes.
 
Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Daporizo / Along (180 kms, 5 hrs drive)
Morning after an early breakfast depart for Along by car.

Along: Along the headquarter of West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh located at an altitude of 300 m from the sea level. Sitting amidst abundant natural surroundings, Along in Arunachal Pradesh is a small town with beautiful villages. Along Arunachal Pradesh is a most ideal place to spend the hot summer seasons. The picturesque surroundings laced with brilliant plantations makes Along in Arunachal one of the most perfect health resorts of India.
Arrive Along and check in at hotel.

Later visit:

Ramakrishna Ashram:
This is nice place to visit in Along. The place provides items related to Ramakrishna Paramhansa. Maa Sharada and Swami Vivekananda.

Hanging Bridge: Hanging bridge on the Siang river is another thing to see at Along. This bridge is local made of cane and bamboo. The bridge is around 60 to 70 m long connecting to the others hill tribes, fishing are the sports for these tribe.
 
Day 14: Along / Pasighat (130 kms, 4 hrs drive)

Morning after breakfast drive to Pasighat.
 
Pasighat: The district headquarter of East Siang district, the oldest administrative center of erstwhile NEFA, situated on the bank of mighty river Siang, the main tributary of Brahmaputra and bounded by snow-clad peaks, rocky mountains, virgin floral and faunal diversity. This region is the home of the Adi tribe who are remembered for their colourful Ponung dance.
 
Arrive Pasighat and check in at hotel.
 
Later visit:
 
Kekar Monying (Black Rock):
It is one of the important memorials of the State eracected in memory of Adis who fought with the british at this site on 4 th December 1911 and who died a heroic death.
 
Komsing: The British had eracected the epitaph/ memorial stone of Sir Neol Williamson killed by Narmi Manmur Jamoh.
 
If time permits visit
 
Dr. Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary:
A rich habitant of many unique plants, birds and wild animals such as hog deer, hispid, hare, Bengal lioricans, raptors and migratory water birds.
 
Mouling National Park:
Situated in the Upper Siang district, covering an area of 483 sq kms, is a home of the rarest wild animals such as Takins, Serow, Goat, Clouded Leopard, Black Bear, Leopard, Red Panda etc. During winter large number of migratory birds are seen in this park.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Pasighat / Dibrugarh (110 kms, 4 hrs drive with 2 hrs ferry ride)
Morning after breakfast in time transfer to the Ghat (river port) to catch the ferry for Dibrugarh. Arrive Dibrugarh and check in at the hotel.
 
Evening free at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 16: Dibrugarh / Mon (210 kms, 5 hrs drive)
Morning after breakfast depart by car for Mon.
 
Arrive at Mon and check in at hotel.
 
Mon: Situated at an altitude of 897.64 meters it is the land of the Konyaks (One of the fiercest tribes in the world). Even though there is a legal administrative system, but actually it is ruled by tribal chiefs called Anghs (locally known as ‘Wang’ meaning the beginning of everything). Mon is the only district in Nagaland to have this unique institution of Anghship. The word of his is law in these parts. His succession is hereditary in nature.The Konyaks believe that they were direct descendants of Noah, for they have Biblical names like Mosa, Kaisa, Aron and so on. The konyaks are famous for their tattooed faces , blackened  teeth and barbaric practice of Headhunting.
 
Afternoon visit Chui village.
 
Chui village: Located about 8 kms away from Mon town on the Tuensang – Mon road Chui village still preserves its old charm. One can see the Konyak traditional houses built with palm leaves roofing with protruding out the main pillars. Chui is also famous for ethnic craftsmanship. The skill of the villagers is not confined only on bamboo and woodworks but they are prowess in gun and gunpowder making.
 
Overnight at hotel in Mon.
 
Day 17: Mon / Longwa / Mon (42 kms one way, 2 ½ hrs drive)
Morning after an early breakfast excursion to Longwa, which is 42 Kms from Mon. (3 hrs drive)
 
Longwa Regarded as one of the biggest villages in Mon the unique feature of Longwa is it shares the international boundary of Myanmar and India (Half of the chief Angh's house falls in the Indian side and the other half falls in Myanmar). The Angh takes his food in India and sleeps in Myanmar’s territory. Even though there is a village council to administers the village, the Angh’s word is conclusive.
 
Later return to Mon.
Overnight at hotel
 
Day 18: Mon / Mokokchung via Jorhat (220 kms, 6 hrs drive)

Morning after an early breakfast depart for Mokokchung, the headquarters of Ao Nagas. It is situated at an altitude of 1325 metres above the sea level.

Mokokchung: Situated at an altitude of 4347 feet, Mokokchung is the home of the Ao Naga tribe. According to the legends the Aos sprung up from “Longtrok” which means “six stones”. In the past, Mokokchung was one of the preliminary locations in the Naga Hills, where the British had established their presence in the late 19th century. Later on, arrival of Christian missionaries  to Mokokchung had brought a different image in the field of education and today it is having the highest literacy in the state with an average literacy rate of 84 %.
 
Arrive Mokokchung and drive to the beautiful modern village of Mopungchuket and check in at the small but beautiful lodge constructed and maintained by the village youth of Mopungchuket.
 
 
Evening free at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 19: Mokokchung

Morning after breakfast visit

Mopungchuket Village: 20 kilometers from Mokokchung, Mopungchuket is a modern village and the center of missionary activities. The village is famous for the two lovers Jina and Itiben. A library cum museum has been constructed and maintained by the village youth which is having a good collection of books regarding the history and the culture of the Nagas. Some efforts have been taken to construct the Morungs, (Bachelor’s dormitory) carve the Time Pillar and to preserve some artifacts in the village museum.

Longkhum village: Situated at an altitude of 1846 meters Longkhum village is a forefront village with a primitive history of headhunting. The Aos believe that Longkhum is the resting place of the dead spirit onward journey to the heaven. Few people of this village still believe in the animistic religion and still worship their god “Longlanpa Tsungrem”. The villagers are very friendly in nature and they feel proud to showcase their rich handicrafts and handlooms to the visitors.

Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 20: Mokokchung / Kohima (160 Kms, 5 hrs drive)

Morning after breakfast depart for Kohima, the state capital and the hill station which is situated at an altitude of 1444.12 metres.

Kohima is derived from the word "Kew Hi Ma" which means the men of the land where the flower Kew Hi grows. Situated at an altitude of 1444 m above sea level, Kohima is the Capital of Nagaland. Like other Naga settlement Kohima shares the same feature standing on top of the surrounding mountains. In true sense, fusion of different culture with a blend of modernasim turns Kohima to a fast growing city.
 
Arrive Kohima and check in at Japhu Hotel.
Evening free at leisure.
 
Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 21: Kohima
Morning after breakfast visit
 
The Kohima War Cemetary:

 
When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say,
For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today”

Constructed in the memory of the officers and soldiers who made supreme sacrifices during World War II, the war cemetery attracts hundreds of visitors every year including the relatives of those martyrs. Maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the cemetery witnessed more than 2000 graves, on each grave there are beautiful epitaphs carved in bronze. 

Kohima village: Popularly known as Bara Basti (Big Village) the Kohima village is one of the largest village in Asia. Inhabited mainly by the Angami tribes it is divided into 'khels' or localities. A large traditional wooden gate welcomes you to the village which is elaborately carved with warriors and weapons and the skull of the mithun, a symbol of prosperity.
  
Khonoma Green Village:
Located 21 kms away from Kohima town the Khonoma village is the first "green village" of Nagaland. The village is well known for the legendary leader Angami Zapu Phizo who was the founder of the Naga movement. It is in this place where the Naga warriors made their last endeavor against the British aggression in 1879.'Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary' (KNCTS) was initiated to create the environmental awareness among the inhabitants and reserved about 70 sq km of its village forest. The village is also famous for the fallow management of its alder trees which balances nature in the surrounding areas.

Tuephema Tourist Village: Lying between Mokokchung and Kohima highway Tuephema is a unique village resort in the midst of blue hills. It is a good example of eco and rural tourism where one can experience modern and hygienic accommodations in the traditional huts in an ethnic setting. The local villagers show cases their culture through traditional dances and ethnic foods including rice beer.  

Overnight  at hotel

Day 22: Kohima / Kaziranga (210 Kms, 6 hrs drive)
Morning after breakfast depart for Kaziranga National Park.

Kaziranga National Park: Kaziranga National Park has become synonymous with successful conservations of Great One Horn Rhinoceros (from the Greek word, "rhino" means nose and "ceros" means horn) / Unicornis (from the Latin word, "uni" means one and "cornis" also means horn) and also a home of may other threatened species including Indian Elephant (Elephant Maximus), Tiger(Panthera tigris), Hoolock Gibbon (Bunipithecus hoolock), Ganges dolphin (Platanista gangetica),Sambar (Cervus unicolor), Barasingha or Swamp Deer (duvauceli), Hog Deer, Indian Muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak), Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) and Gaur (Bos frontalis)etc.

There are also over 500 species of birds have been recorder in the park including 25 specis of globally threatened category. Over and above ther are 21 rare and endangered species. In winter one can observe a large breeding population of Spot Bill Pelicans about one thousand breeding nests are found in a place which has been named as Pelican Colony in the Eastern Range.
 
Among the reptiles  species like Water Monitor Lizard (Varanus salvator), Indian python (Python molurus), Cobra (Naja naja) and  the King Cobra are found.
 
En route stop at the natural hot spring at Garampani.
Arrive Kaziranga and check in at the Jungle Resort.
 
Overnight at resort
 
Day 23: Kaziranga
Early morning enjoy the elephant safari in the central (Kohora) range of Kaziranga. Later return to the resort for breakfast.

Afternoon enjoy the ethnic cuisine in the NATUNDENGA Karbi village adjoining Kaziranga National Park (Optional)

Late afternoon enjoy the exclusive Jeep safari in the western (Bagori) range of Kaziranga.
 
Overnight at the resort.
 
Day 24: Kaziranga / Guwahati (215 kms, 4 hrs drive)

Morning after breakfast depart for Guwahati.

Guwahati is Situated on the Southern bank of the mighty River Brahmaputra in Kamrup district of Assam.  Previously it was known as Pragjyotishpur (The City of the eastern Light) Guwahati is the fast growing premier city and it is also the gateway to the North Eastern states of India.This city subsequently got the name Guwahati (Guwa-means beetlenut and Hat –means market in Assamese)

Arrive Guwahati and check in at hotel.

Afternoon visit:

Kamakhya Temple: The origin of Kamakhya Temple is pre Aryan situated atop the Nilachal Hill. The formost shrine of Assam, The Kamakhya is an ancient seat of Tantric and shakti Cults of Hinduism. The original temple was destroyed by the invading Muslims in their crusade against Hindu temples and idols in the early part of 16th century. Ultimately it was restored from ruins by King Naranarayan of the Koch dynasty and rebuilt in its present forming 1665 AD.

Shankardev Kalakshetra: a place where Assamese history and culture is depicted in a sprawling open enclosure. It has a beautiful museum where they preserved the masks (these masks are made in Majuli island), the traditional dresses and jewellery of the entire North East India. A Namghar (Assamese prayer Hall) and an open air theatre has been constructed to perform the plays and other cultural activities during festivals.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 26: Guwahati depart
Morning after breakfast in time transfer to Guwahati airport for the onward destination
 
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