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8 days/ 7 nights: Shillong, Cherrapunjee, Daoki, Mawlynnong, Kaziranga, Guwahati
Assam is a state in north-eastern India known for its wildlife, archaeological sites and tea plantations. In the west, Guwahati, Assam’s largest city features silk bazaars and the hilltop Kamakhya Temple. Umananda Temple sits on Peacock Island in the Brahmaputra River. The state capital, Dispur, is a suburb of Guwahati.
The vibrant and happening land of Assam possesses a significant position in the map of India. Blessed with immaculate natural beauty of the wild, peaceful villages, and lush green tea gardens, this North-Eastern state calls every enthusiastic traveller to get bathed in its scenic charm. The historical monuments at Sibsagar, the ancient temples at the heart of Umananda, the tea gardens of Jorhat and the wildlife population of Kaziranga paint the canvas of Assam with vibrant shades. In addition to that, the diverse population and distinctive cultural panorama of Assam brought it the stature of the most happening state of North-East India. The dance forms like Bihu, Bagarumba, Ali-Ai-Ligang, and Jhumur Nach are particular to Assam only and hardly have been into limelight. Also, the food habit, cuisines and desserts prepared here are much distinctive than rest of the country.
BEST TIME TO VISIT ASSAM
Best Time to Visit Assam is November to May, at this time, cool winds from Himalaya reduce the heat and humidity of area. March to May is for those who want to give relax to their eyes with orchid blossom, and at that time (mid April) you can witness the traditional festival of Assam Bihu with the joy of Bihu dance. But surely avoid, time of June to September. Due to heavy rainfall in monsoon season, Brahmaputra River banks led to flood and whole state suffers by this. Even I would say do not visit any part of North East in Monsoon, it is risky and even you can’t go out of your hotel rooms for sightseeing.
DAY 01: Excursion To Shillong
Pickup from Guwahati airport and proceed to Shillong, also called ‘Scotland of the East” . While travelling you can watch the majestic Umiam Lake (Barapani) surrounded by sylvan hills and wrapped in the beauty of an assortment of green Khasi-pines and the azure blue skies. On arrival at Shillong, check in at your hotel. Evening you can visit the local market. Overnight stay in Shillong.
DAY 02: Excursion To Cherrapunjee
After breakfast proceed for Cherrapunjee which may no longer be the wettest place on earth which is a nearby village Mawsynram now, but this day visit will leave you fascinated with best memories of the entire journey. While journey en route Shillong Peak and Elephant Falls. The destination is as important as the drive which is marked with waterfalls, deep gorges and astounding greenery. Important Cherrapunjee view points – Duwanshing Syiem view point, Seven Sister Falls, Ramakrishna Mission, Nakalikai falls, Mausmai Cave, co Park, Bangladesh Border etc. In Evening near about 6:30 pm return back to hotel in Shillong and evening free for leisure. Have dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 03: Excursion To Daoki & Mawlynnong
Visit Daoki (Bangladesh Border) and the Mawlynnong village, one of the cleanest villages in Asia. Back to Shillong in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 04: Shillong to Kaziranga
After breakfast, proceeds to Kaziranga National Park, the home of the “One Horned Rhinoceros”. It is one of the oldest national park in Assam on the south bank of river Brahmaputra. Spread across 430 sq.km, it is a dazzling mosaic of interspersed with vast tracts of marshes and shallow pools that are a favourite haunt of this celebrity pre-historic beast. Wild elephant, Hogdeer and Barasingha also abound, Check in at hotel /Resort, Overnight stay at hotel/Resort.
DAY 05: Kaziranga National Park
Start the day at 5 A.M with a 1 hr. Elephant Safari in the Bagori (western) range of Kaziranga. Later return to resort for Breakfast. After breakfast, enjoy Jeep Safari in the Kohora (central) range in the park. Return to hotel for Lunch, after lunch visit the nearby villages to experience the rural lifestyle and have Bonfire evening. Overnight stay at resort
DAY 06: Kaziranga/Guwahati
After morning breakfast check out from hotel and proceed for Guwahati. Check in at the hotel. In the evening set out on a River cruise to watch the sun go down the Brahmaputra River and see yourself why the river is locally called ‘Luit’- color of blood. Overnight at your hotel.
DAY 07: Guwahati
After B/fast, proceed for local sightseeing of Guwahati which Includes – Kamakhya Temple, Balaji Temple, Basistha Temple, Srimanta ShankarDev Kalakshetra, State Emporium, and State Museum. Brahmaputra Cruise (boat tour). Overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 08: Check out
After breakfast check out from hotel visit Kamakhya Temple and with everlasting memories transfer to Guwahati airport for onward journey. Tour Ends.