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Enchanting Northeast India: A 21-Day Cultural and Natural Odyssey



Day 1: Arrive in Guwahati


Upon your arrival at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati, our representative will greet you with a traditional Assamese welcome. You'll be presented with a traditional Assamese scarf, known as a "gamosa," as a token of warmth and hospitality. Our representative will then assist you with your transfer to the hotel, where you'll receive a refreshing welcome drink. After completing the check-in process, you can relax in the comfort of your room and acclimatize to the surroundings. In the evening, you have the option to take a leisurely stroll around the hotel's garden or enjoy a cultural performance showcasing the vibrant traditions of Assam. Dinner will be served at the hotel's restaurant, where you can savor local Assamese cuisine.


Day 2: Guwahati – Shillong (100 km / 3 Hrs approx.)


After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you'll embark on a scenic drive to Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. En route, we'll make a stop at the Kamakhya Temple, one of the most revered Hindu shrines in India. Here, you can participate in the morning prayers and soak in the spiritual atmosphere of the temple.


As you continue your journey to Shillong, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of lush green hills and pristine landscapes. Upon reaching Shillong, you'll check into your hotel, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding hills. The hotel is designed to blend modern comforts with traditional Khasi architecture.


In the evening, you can explore the local markets in Shillong, known for their vibrant handicrafts and traditional Khasi attire. You'll have the opportunity to shop for souvenirs and interact with the friendly locals. Dinner will be served at the hotel's restaurant, where you can relish a mix of regional and international cuisines.


Day 3: Shillong – Cherrapunjee – Shillong (54 km / 2 Hrs approx.)


After a hearty breakfast, you'll set out for a day trip to Cherrapunjee, which holds the distinction of being one of the wettest places on Earth. The journey takes you through winding roads with stunning vistas of steep valleys and cascading waterfalls. Along the way, you'll visit the Nohkalikai Falls, the tallest plunge waterfall in India, and marvel at its sheer grandeur.


Next, you'll explore the Mawsmai Caves, a complex of limestone caves known for their unique rock formations and intricate passageways. It's a fascinating experience as you venture into the cool, dark depths of the cave system with the assistance of local guides.


Continuing your exploration of Cherrapunjee, you'll encounter the Living Root Bridges, an engineering marvel created by the indigenous Khasi tribes. These bridges are formed by training the roots of rubber trees over centuries to interconnect and create sturdy bridges across streams.


After a day filled with natural wonders, you'll return to Shillong in the evening. Dinner at the hotel will feature a selection of local Khasi dishes, allowing you to savor the flavors of Meghalaya.


Day 4: Shillong – Mawlynnong - Shillong (78 km / 2.5 Hrs approx.)


Today, after breakfast, you'll embark on a journey to Mawlynnong, often referred to as the "Cleanest Village in Asia." This charming village is known for its immaculate cleanliness and eco-friendly initiatives. Upon arrival in Mawlynnong, you'll receive a warm welcome from the villagers.


Your visit to Mawlynnong will include a walk through the village, where you'll witness the meticulous cleanliness and well-maintained gardens that have earned it its reputation. You'll also have the opportunity to interact with the locals and learn about their sustainable practices.


One of the highlights of Mawlynnong is the stunning Living Root Bridge, similar to those you saw in Cherrapunjee but with its own unique charm. Take a leisurely walk across this living marvel and soak in the serene ambiance of the surrounding forest.


Lunch will be a traditional Khasi meal prepared by a local family, providing an authentic taste of the region's cuisine. After lunch, you'll have some free time to explore the village at your own pace.


In the late afternoon, you'll return to Shillong, where you can relax at the hotel. Dinner will be served, allowing you to enjoy more of the delicious Khasi cuisine.


Day 5: Shillong- Bhalukpong (300 km / 7 Hrs approx.)


Today, after breakfast, you'll embark on a scenic drive from Shillong to Bhalukpong, a charming town situated on the border of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The journey takes you through picturesque landscapes, with the road winding alongside the Brahmaputra River. En route, you'll pass through quaint villages, lush tea gardens, and dense forests.


A mid-journey stop will be made at a local restaurant where you can savor Assamese cuisine for lunch, featuring flavorsome dishes like Assam Laksa and Assam Tea.


Upon arriving in Bhalukpong, you'll check in at your riverside resort, which offers stunning views of the Brahmaputra. After settling into your accommodation, you can take a leisurely walk along the riverbank or simply unwind in the serene surroundings.


Dinner will be served at the resort's restaurant, allowing you to relish the peaceful atmosphere by the river.


Day 6: Bhalukpong – Dirang (140 km / 4.5 Hrs approx.)


After a wholesome breakfast, you'll leave Bhalukpong and continue your journey to Dirang, a picturesque town nestled in the Himalayan foothills. The drive will take you through winding mountain roads with captivating views of the Kameng River and dense forests.


En route, you'll visit the Tipi Orchid Research Center, which houses a stunning collection of rare and exotic orchids. The lush orchid gardens are a visual treat, and you'll have the opportunity to learn about these unique flowers from knowledgeable guides.


Upon reaching Dirang, you'll check in at your hotel, which offers a tranquil ambiance amidst the mountains. The rest of the day is at your leisure, allowing you to explore the surrounding area or relax at the hotel.


Dinner will be served at the hotel's restaurant, featuring a selection of regional and continental dishes.


Day 7: Dirang – Tawang (135 km / 4 Hrs approx.)


Today, after an early breakfast, you'll embark on a scenic drive to Tawang, one of the most stunning destinations in Arunachal Pradesh. The journey will take you through steep mountain roads, lush valleys, and dense pine forests.


A major highlight of this route is the Sela Pass, situated at an altitude of 13,700 feet above sea level. You'll make a stop here to admire the breathtaking vistas of snow-capped peaks and frozen lakes. The pass is often covered in a blanket of snow, offering a surreal winter wonderland experience.


As you continue your journey, you'll visit the Jaswantgarh War Memorial, dedicated to the brave Indian soldiers who fought valiantly during the 1962 Indo-China War. The memorial provides historical insights and offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.


Upon arriving in Tawang, you'll check in at your hotel, which boasts magnificent views of the Tawang Valley. The evening is free for you to relax and acclimatize to the high-altitude surroundings.


Dinner at the hotel's restaurant will feature a mix of local and continental cuisines, allowing you to savor the flavors of Tawang.


Day 8: Tawang Sightseeing Tour


After a hearty breakfast, you'll set out to explore the enchanting town of Tawang. Your first stop is the Tawang Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in India and an architectural marvel. The monastery houses a priceless collection of thangkas, scriptures, and ancient artifacts. You'll have the opportunity to interact with the resident monks and learn about their way of life.


Next, you'll visit the Tawang War Memorial, dedicated to the martyrs of the 1962 Indo-China War. The memorial is surrounded by serene landscapes and offers a quiet place for reflection.


In the afternoon, you'll have the option to visit the Urgelling Monastery, the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama, or explore the local markets for souvenirs and handicrafts.


The evening is at your leisure, allowing you to relax and enjoy the serene ambiance of Tawang. Dinner at the hotel's restaurant will feature a blend of Tibetan and Indian cuisine.


Day 9: Tawang – Bomdila (177 km / 5 Hrs approx.)


After breakfast, you'll bid farewell to Tawang and embark on a scenic drive to Bomdila, another picturesque town in Arunachal Pradesh. The road offers breathtaking views of the Eastern Himalayas, with opportunities to spot yaks grazing in the high-altitude meadows.


Upon reaching Bomdila, you'll check in at your hotel, which provides panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. You can spend the evening exploring the local markets or simply enjoying the tranquility of the Himalayan setting.


Dinner at the hotel's restaurant will introduce you to the flavors of Arunachal cuisine, which is influenced by Tibetan and Monpa traditions.


Day 10: Bomdila – Kaziranga (243 km / 7 Hrs approx.)


Today, after breakfast, you'll leave the hills of Arunachal Pradesh and head towards the lowlands of Assam. Your destination is Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its incredible biodiversity and as the habitat of the one-horned Indian rhinoceros.


En route, you'll make a stop at Tezpur, a historic town on the banks of the Brahmaputra River. Here, you can visit Agnigarh, a hill fortress with panoramic views of the river and explore the local markets for souvenirs.


Lunch will be at a local restaurant in Tezpur, where you can savor Assamese delicacies.


Upon arriving in Kaziranga, you'll check in at your jungle resort, which is nestled in the heart of the national park. The evening is free for you to relax amidst the natural surroundings or take a leisurely walk in the resort's vicinity.


Dinner at the resort will feature a selection of Assamese and Indian dishes, allowing you to savor the rich flavors of the region.


Day 11: Kaziranga Sightseeing Tour


Your day in Kaziranga begins with an early morning elephant safari, offering you the best chance to spot the one-horned rhinoceros in its natural habitat. The park is also home to a variety of other wildlife, including tigers, elephants, wild buffalo, and numerous bird species.


After the safari, you'll return to the resort for a hearty breakfast.


Later in the morning, you'll embark on a jeep safari through the central range of Kaziranga National Park. This safari provides an opportunity to explore different ecosystems within the park, including grasslands, wetlands, and dense forests. The knowledgeable naturalist guide accompanying you will share insights into the park's unique biodiversity.


Lunch will be served at the resort's restaurant, allowing you to relax and savor the flavors of Assam.


In the afternoon, you can choose to visit the nearby Karbi Anglong Hills to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, visit a local village to interact with indigenous communities, or simply unwind at the resort.


Dinner at the resort's restaurant will feature a variety of regional dishes, allowing you to sample the diverse flavors of Assam.


Day 12: Kaziranga – Majuli (243 km/ 7hrs approx.)


After breakfast, you'll leave Kaziranga and drive to Majuli, the world's largest river island. The journey will take you through scenic countryside and picturesque tea gardens.


Upon reaching Majuli, you'll check in at your island resort, which offers comfortable accommodation amidst the natural beauty of the island. The evening is free for you to explore the surroundings or simply relax by the riverside.


Dinner at the resort will feature a mix of Assamese and Indian cuisine, allowing you to savor the flavors of the region.


Day 13: In Majuli


Today, you'll have the entire day to explore the unique island of Majuli. Majuli is not just known for its natural beauty but also for its rich cultural heritage.


Your exploration of Majuli will begin with visits to the satras (monasteries) that dot the island. These satras are centers of Assamese Vaishnavite culture and offer a glimpse into the traditional dance, music, and art forms of Assam. You'll witness the monks performing the mesmerizing Sattriya dance and learn about the religious and cultural significance of these institutions.


Lunch will be served at a local restaurant on the island, where you can savor traditional Assamese thali (platter) featuring a variety of flavors and dishes.


In the afternoon, you can explore more satras, visit the Samaguri Satra known for its mask-making tradition, or take a leisurely walk along the riverbanks to enjoy the serene landscapes.


Dinner at the resort's restaurant will offer a blend of local and Indian cuisine, allowing you to continue your culinary journey through Assam.


Day 14: Majuli – Kohima (232 km / 7Hrs approx.)


After breakfast, you'll leave Majuli and head to Kohima, the capital of Nagaland. The journey will take you through picturesque landscapes, crossing the mighty Brahmaputra River by ferry.


Upon arriving in Kohima, you'll check in at your hotel, which offers comfortable accommodation in the heart of the city. The evening is at your leisure to relax or explore the local markets.


Dinner at the hotel's restaurant will feature a variety of Nagaland's tribal dishes, allowing you to experience the flavors of the state.


Day 15: Kohima Sightseeing Tour


Today, you'll explore the historical and cultural attractions of Kohima. Your first stop is the Kohima War Cemetery, a solemn memorial dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives during World War II. The beautifully landscaped cemetery is a serene place for reflection and pays homage to the bravery of those who served.


Next, you'll visit the Naga Heritage Village, an open-air museum that showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Nagaland tribes. Here, you can observe traditional Naga architecture, art, crafts, and artifacts. You'll also have the opportunity to witness traditional Naga dance performances, providing insights into the diverse tribal cultures of Nagaland.


Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Kohima, featuring Nagaland's indigenous dishes.


In the afternoon, you'll explore Kohima's local markets, known for their vibrant handicrafts, traditional attire, and unique souvenirs. You can interact with local artisans and shop for authentic Nagaland products.


Dinner at the hotel's restaurant will offer a fusion of Naga and Indian cuisine, allowing you to continue your culinary journey through Nagaland.


Day 16: Kohima –Touphema Village – Kohima (34 km / 1 hour)


After breakfast, you'll take a short drive to Touphema Village, an eco-tourism destination that offers a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the Angami Naga tribe. Upon arrival, you'll be warmly welcomed by the villagers and given a traditional Angami Naga shawl.


Your visit to Touphema Village will include a guided tour of the village, where you can witness the unique architecture, crafts, and agricultural practices of the Angami people. You'll have the opportunity to interact with the villagers, learn about their customs, and participate in traditional activities.


Lunch will be a traditional Angami Naga meal, allowing you to savor the authentic flavors of Nagaland.


In the afternoon, you can choose to take short hikes around the village, visit the community kitchen to observe traditional cooking methods, or simply relax and enjoy the serene ambiance.


In the evening, you'll have the option to participate in a traditional Angami Naga dance performance around the campfire, accompanied by traditional Naga music.


Dinner at the village will feature Angami Naga dishes, providing an authentic culinary experience.


Day 17: Kohima – Imphal (138 km / 4 hrs approx.)


After breakfast, you'll bid farewell to Touphema Village and drive to Imphal, the capital of Manipur. The journey will take you through scenic landscapes, crossing the Manipur River.


Upon arriving in Imphal, you'll check in at your hotel, which offers comfortable accommodation in the heart of the city. The evening is free for you to relax or explore the local markets.


Dinner at the hotel's restaurant will introduce you to Manipur's culinary delights, featuring flavorsome dishes like Eromba and Iromba.


Day 18: Sightseeing Tour of Imphal


Your day in Imphal begins with a visit to Kangla Fort, a historic and cultural complex with immense significance to the people of Manipur. Explore the ancient temples, shrines, and archaeological relics within the fort, while learning about the history and legends associated with it.


Next, you'll visit Ima Keithel, also known as the "Mother's Market." This unique all-women market is one of the largest of its kind in Asia and offers a fascinating array of local products, including traditional Manipuri textiles, handicrafts, and fresh produce. You'll have the opportunity to interact with the women traders and learn about their role in the society.


Lunch will be at a local restaurant in Imphal, featuring Manipuri cuisine that combines aromatic herbs and spices to create flavorful dishes.


In the afternoon, you'll visit the Manipur State Museum, which houses a rich collection of artifacts, manuscripts, and historical exhibits showcasing the culture and heritage of Manipur.


Dinner at the hotel's restaurant will feature a mix of traditional Manipuri and Indian dishes, allowing you to continue your culinary exploration of the region.


Day 19: Imphal Tour


Today, you'll have the opportunity to explore more of Imphal's attractions and natural beauty.


Your first stop is Loktak Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India. Here, you'll visit Sendra Island, which offers panoramic views of the lake and the unique floating phumdis (islands) that dot its surface. You can take a boat ride on the lake to get closer to these floating islands and learn about the unique biodiversity of the area, including the endangered Sangai deer, which is endemic to Manipur.


Next, you'll visit Keibul Lamjao National Park, the only floating national park in the world. This park is home to the Sangai deer, often referred to as the "dancing deer" due to its graceful movements. You'll have the opportunity to observe these rare and beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.


Lunch will be served at a local restaurant near Loktak Lake, featuring Manipuri specialties.


In the afternoon, you can choose to explore more of Imphal's cultural and historical sites or simply relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the region.


Dinner at the hotel's restaurant will feature a variety of Manipuri dishes, allowing you to savor the unique flavors of the state.


Day 20: Imphal – Moreh – Imphal (108 km / 3Hrs)


After breakfast, you'll take a day trip to Moreh, a town located on the India-Myanmar border. Moreh is known for its bustling markets and trade with Myanmar, offering a unique cross-border experience.


During your visit to Moreh, you'll have the opportunity to explore the local markets, where you can shop for a wide range of products, including textiles, electronics, and traditional handicrafts. You'll also witness the vibrant atmosphere of cross-border trade, with merchants from both sides of the border engaged in commerce.


Lunch will be at a local restaurant in Moreh, featuring a mix of Indian and Burmese cuisine, allowing you to savor the flavors of the region.


In the afternoon, you'll return to Imphal, where you can relax at the hotel or explore any remaining attractions or markets.


Dinner at the hotel's restaurant will offer a blend of Manipuri and Indian dishes, allowing you to relish the diverse culinary offerings of the region.


Day 21: Imphal Departure


After breakfast, you'll check out from the hotel and proceed to Imphal International Airport for your onward journey. As you bid farewell to this enchanting region, you'll carry with you cherished memories of your Northeast India adventure, filled with cultural experiences, natural wonders, and the warm hospitality of the people. Our representative will assist you with your departure and ensure a smooth transition to your flight. We hope you return home with a deep appreciation for the rich cultural diversity and natural beauty of Northeast India.

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