Northeast India's Allure

Northeast India's Allure

 Day 01: Upon landing in Guwahati, embark on a scenic 3-hour drive to Shillong, Meghalaya’s capital and the ‘Scotland of the east’ built by the British. Once the administrative heart of the northeastern region during British rule, Shillong maintains its historic charm. En route, pause at Umiam Lake, locally known as Barapani, for a serene boating experience amidst the picturesque Khasi hills. Your cozy accommodation awaits at Kaizen Bed and Breakfast, offering a homely atmosphere and standard amenities.

Day 02: Discover the enchanting town, and delight in local attractions like Lady Hydari Park, Ward’s Lake, and ancient churches. Immerse yourself in the rich cultures of Northeast India at the Don Bosco Museum, the country’s largest cultural museum. Ascend Shillong Peak for a breathtaking view of the town, and marvel at the Elephant Falls with stones resembling large elephants. If time allows, experience Siat Khnam archery, a unique local gambling tradition. Enjoy a free evening in the vibrant Police Bazar market, where you can shop for handicrafts and souvenirs at the handloom emporiums.

Day 03: Embark on an early adventure to Amlarem (1-2 hours) for a refreshing start. Explore the mesmerizing Krang Suri falls nestled in nature’s embrace. Head to Dawki (1 hour) for a delightful picnic near the Bangladesh border. Glide on country boats in the crystal-clear waters of the Umgnot River amidst steep gorges. Post-lunch, drive to Mawlynnong (1 hour), Asia’s cleanest village. Take a short, fun hike to Bardaw Falls for a swim. Enjoy a leisurely evening, experiencing rural life during a homestay and immersing yourself in Khasi traditions.

Rest in a cozy family-run guesthouse or homestay for a unique stay.

Day 04: Embark on a delightful morning exploring the enchanting village, engaging with the welcoming Khasi locals, and soaking in the breathtaking view of Bangladesh plains from the Skywalk. Don’t miss the unique living Root Bridge in Riwai village. After a satisfying lunch, head to Cherrapunji, famed for being one of the world’s wettest places, boasting a serene landscape. Formerly known as Sohra, the land of oranges, it served as the capital during the British era. Enjoy the evening with optional bonfires at Kutmadan Resort, a cliffside gem with all the essential amenities.

Day 05: Embark on an enchanting journey through Cherrapunji’s wonders. Discover the allure of Seven Sisters, Dainthlen, and Nokhalikai Falls. Traverse the mysterious Mawsmai and Arwah caves, witness the Ka Khoh Ramrah monolith, and enjoy panoramic views at Eco Park. Take a whimsical hike to the captivating Wei Sawdong Falls. Conclude the day with a relaxing evening by the bonfire.

Day 06: Embark on a journey to Kaziranga National Park, a biodiversity gem (6-7 hours from breakfast). Home to abundant one-horned rhinos, this park gained protected status in 1904, later achieving UNESCO heritage recognition for its conservation triumphs. Unwind at Wildgrass, a boutique jungle lodge, and savor a leisurely evening by the bonfire.

Day 07: Start your day with a hearty breakfast, then embark on a thrilling jeep safari in the western range. Marvel at the sight of rhinos, elephants, deer, and wild buffaloes. Keep an eye out for sloths, jungle cats, mongoose, and a variety of birds, including pelicans, parakeets, eagles, and drongos. Enjoy a leisurely midday, with options like a riverside stroll, souvenir shopping, or exploring nearby rubber plantations, orchid gardens, Karbi villages, and tea gardens. After lunch, head for another exciting jeep safari in the eastern range, known for migratory birds and a rare chance to spot the elusive Bengal Tiger. Your evening is free for relaxation.

Day 08: Embark on an exhilarating elephant safari at dawn, setting the stage for a captivating adventure. Following a delightful morning meal, venture towards Dirang, a quaint village nestled in the Kameng Valley, marking the gateway to the untouched Himalayas of Arunachal Pradesh. Along the way, explore the Tipi Orchid Center, showcasing a stunning array of orchid species. Unwind in the evening at your leisure.

Experience a cozy retreat at Norphel Retreat, a delightful property equipped with all the essential amenities.

Day 09: Explore the picturesque Dirang village and venture into the charming Sangti Valley to discover local life and Kiwi Farms. Discover the historical Dirang Dzong fortress, and visit the ancient monastery, capturing the essence of a bygone era. Unwind in the evening with a cozy bonfire.

Day 10: Embark on a scenic 7-9 hour drive after breakfast to Tawang, an enchanting Buddhist highland resonating with ancient teachings. Explore the Tawang Monastery, a hub of Tibetan wisdom. Marvel at the Himalayan beauty, stopping at Sela Pass, Jung Waterfalls, and Jaswant Garh War Memorial. Savor hot tea and snacks at army camps. Your evening is free, and you’ll rest at Hotel Yangzom with standard comforts.

Day 11: Explored the town’s prominent monasteries and nunneries, delving into local markets and craft hubs to grasp the community’s lifestyle and talents. Enjoy your evenings savoring delicious Tibetan cuisine in the bustling market.

Day 12: Embark on a picturesque journey to Zemithang, a captivating village nestled at the crossroads of Tibet, Bhutan, and the Himalayas. Immerse yourself in the traditional Monpa way of life, surrounded by nature’s bounty. Along the way, explore Jhamtse Gatsal, a remarkable school of life dedicated to the well-being of local children. Conclude the day with a leisurely return to Tawang in the evening.

Day 13: Embark on a scenic 7-8 hour drive to Bomdila after morning nourishment. This mountaintop town provides stunning vistas of snow-covered peaks on clear days. Enjoy a leisurely evening or explore the lively town market. Unwind at Dhe Dhen Gatsil Homestay, featuring tidy and uncomplicated rooms during your stay.

Day 14: Explore the monastery at dawn to witness the monks’ morning rituals. After a hearty breakfast, embark on an 8-9 hour drive to Guwahati, returning to the plains of Assam. Enjoy a leisurely evening, or take the opportunity to discover ancient temples, stroll along the Brahmaputra riverside, and explore local markets. Unwind in the simplicity of The Riverside Lodge’s clean and comfortable rooms during your stay.

Day 15: Head to Guwahati Airport after your morning meal, aligning with your departure schedule. Explore Guwahati’s attractions if time allows, such as the ancient Kamakhya Temple, the Umananda Temple on Peacock Island in the Brahmaputra River, the city museum, the Kalashetra cultural center, and local emporiums. Your journey concludes here.

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