HERITAGE TEA TOUR

Day 01: Arr. Dibrugarh
Meeting upon arrival and transfer to Mancotta Tea Estate.

Arrive and check in at Mancotta Chang Bunglow Guest House. This 157 year old bunglow was built by British tea planters is located in the middle of Mancotta tea estate, just outside Dibrugarh.

Overnight at Guest House.

Day 02: Dibrugarh
Morning after an leisurely breakfast explore the Mancotta Tea Garden. Take a Jeep and drive inside the garden to see the tea plantation. Later go to the tea factory to witness the processing of tea.

Evening enjoy a joy ride in River Brahmaputra.
Overnight at guest house.

Day 03: Dibrugarh / Jokai / Dibrugarh
Morning after breakfast visit Jokai rain forest and botanical garden.

Jokai: This forest located just 7 Kms away from Dibrugarh town is one of the last virgin rain forests in Assam. Jokai is rich in biodiversity the home of several endangered species.

Afternoon visit "Dikom Tea Estate" and "Jamirah Tea Estate" and see the plantation of organic tea. Also pay a visit to the office of Assam Bought Tea Leaf Manufacturers Association.

Evening enjoy the cultural shows orgainsed by the local Tea tribesmen.
Overnight at Guest House

Day 04: Dibrugarh / Shivasagar / Jorhat (150 Kms, 4 hrs drive with stop)
Morning after breakfast drive to Jorhat.

En route visit Shibasagar

Sibasagar: Situaterd 369 Kms east of Guwahati Sivasagar erstwhile Rangpur is full of historic relice. Bearing testimony of 600 years of Ahom rule. Rangpur became THE 4TH Capital of Ahom Kingdom. The name of the town and the district originated from the Sivsasagar Tank and temples.

In Sibasagar visit 

Rang Ghar: An antique two storied imposing structure the Rang Ghar (‘Rang’ means enjoyment ang ‘Ghar’ means house in Assamese language)happened to be the royal sports pavilion (lile wrestling, bird fight, buffalo fight etc) of the Ahom Kings. It was constructed by the 34th Ahom king Pramatta Singha in 1746.

Tolatol Ghar: Originally constructed by the Ahom king Rudra Singha in 1699 the present palace made of bricks and indigenous type of cement constructed by King Rajeswar Singha in 1751-69). Known as the seven storied Kareng Ghar of which four were over ground and remaining three were underground, it was the Capital and the military station of the Ahom kings.

Shiva Dole: The Shiva Dole, Vishnu Dole and Devi Dole constructed by second queen of Shiva Singha known as Ambika in 1734. This reputed to be the tallest Shiva Temple in North East India. The Shiva Dole 180 feet in height and 195 feet in diameter caped by seven feet height golden dome.     

Shivasagar Tank (Barpukhuri): Constructed by second queen of Shiva Singha queen Ambika in 1734, covers an area of 129 acres. The water level of the tank never changes and remains above the level of the town all the time.

Kareng Ghar (The Gargaon Palace): The original structure had been made of wood and stones. In 1747 King Pramatta Singha constructed the brick wall of about 5 kms.The present surviving Brick palace was rebuilt by king Rajeshwar Singha in 1752.

Later drive to Jorhat.

Jorhat: The name “JORHAT” or “JOREHAUT” delived from two hats or markets which subsist on the two banks of the river Bhogdoi during the 18th Century, Jorhat was the last capital of the Ahom Kingdom(erstwhile ”Rangpur”). This  flourishing town was completely destroyed by the Burmese invasions in1817 till the arrival of the British in 1824 under the leadership of David Scott and Captain Richard.

There are about 135 Tea Gardens in and around Jorhat.

Arrive and check in at Thengal Manor or Bura Sahib Bunglow. Both are heritage tea garden Bunglow.
Overnight at Guest House.

Day 05: Jorhat
Morning after breakfast visit

Jorhat Gymkhana Club: Built in 1876 by D. Slimmon, it is the oldest planter’s club in Assam and still maintains its heritage.

Tokolai Tea Research Center: The Tocklai Experimental Station, Jorhat is the oldest and the largest research station of its kind in the world.

Afternoon free at leisure.
Optional: Visit a nearby golf course and try your hand in Golf.\

Overnight at Guest House.

Day 06: Jorhat / Kaziranga (96 Kms, 2 hrs drive)
Morning after breakfast depart for Kaziranga National Park by car. 

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 there 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.
 
.Arrive Kaziranga and check in at the Jungle Resort.
           
Overnight at resort

Day 07: Kaziranga National Park
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 08: Kaziranga / Guwahati (215 Kms, 4 ½ hrs drive)
Morning after an leisurely breakfast depart for Guwahati.

Arrive 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 09: Guwahati depart
Morning after breakfast in time transfer to Guwahati airport for the onward destination
 
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