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Assam, Nagaland & The Hornbill Festival

Assam and Nagaland are amongst the least explored destinations in India. On this journey we discover the highlights of Assam and explore the unique culture of Nagaland. We explore the tribal villages and tea gardens, take a jeep safari to view the one horned rhino and a boat cruise on the Brahmaputra River to Majuli Island, the largest inhabited river island in the world, where we visit famous Hindu monasteries. We then cross into the forbidden Nagaland where we encounter traditional Naga tribes. The highlight of our journey is our time spent at the Hornbill Festival where we witness the traditional dance and songs of the colourful Naga communities. There are great photographic opportunities on this journey as we immerse ourselves in a little known culture dating back to the early 13th Century when the Ahom Kings travelled from Thailand through northern Myanmar to settle in Assam.

Inclusions

8 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners
basic hotel accommodation and lodge
sightseeing and entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
private transportation
English speaking World Expeditions guide
expert bilingual sightseeing guide
Jeep safari
boat to Majuli
group medical kit
Hightlights
Experience one of the least explored regions of India
Heritge bunglows
Cultural interaction with village walks through Mishing communities
Kaziranga National Park
Hornbill festival and performances
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
9
Price From
AUD $2,750
Start Location
Jorhat, India
End Location
India
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
5 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Festival
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
02 Dec 201810 Dec 2018AvailableAUD $2,750
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Arrive at Jorhat airport and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon enjoy a cup of fresh Assam tea near the tea garden. There is time to explore the nearby villages, tea gardens and weekly local markets. Overnight at Hotel
Day 2
After breakfast we drive to Sivasagar to visit the monuments of medieval Assam. We will visit the tallest Siva temple in the world. Sivasagar was once the capital of the Ahom Kings. In the town of Sivasagar, one can still see the remaining well preserved relics. Palaces, tanks, forts, places of worship. One of the largest and the oldest amphitheaters of Asia (Rang Ghar) is another remarkable landmark in the history of Sivasagar. In the afternoon we will visit a Tea garden and Explore the Tea plantation and then return for overnight accommodation at Jorhat.
Day 3
After breakfast will have an hour drive to Gibon Wild Life Sanctuary, where we will have a nature walk of 2 and Half hour inside the park. The Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, is an isolated protected area of evergreen forest located in Assam, India. The sanctuary was officially constituted and renamed in 1997. Set aside initially in 1881, its forests used to extend to the foothills of the Patkai mountain range. The Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary contains India's only gibbons the hoolock gibbons, and Northeastern India's only nocturnal primate the Bengal slow lories. In the nature walk we might witness some of the endangered species of primates such as the western hoolock gibbon, the stump-tailed macaque, northern pig-tailed macaque, eastern Assamese macaque, rhesus macaque, and capped languor .
Day 4
Today we will take a ferry on the Brahmaputra River to Majuli Island the largest inhabited river island in the world. Majuli Island is an interesting walking destination, a combination of Hindu monasteries or Vaishnavaite culture and mishing tribal villages.Mishing is a tribe a tibeto-burman linguistic tribe which migrated across the Himalaya during 9th century. Return to Jorhat for overnight accommodation.
Day 5
After breakfast we transfer to Kaziranga National Park , an UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon we will take a jeep ride through the park. Kaziranga is home to more than 75% of the World's total population of Indian One Horned Rhino. Also found in the park are Asiatic Water Buffalo - numbering up to 1200, over 1000 elephants, Swamp Deer, Barking Deer and Hog Deer. The park is also home to over 96 tigers. Kaziranga is also a bird watchers paradise with over 400 species in the park. Evening Authentic Assamese cuisine in Dinner and Tribal Dance performance by Local artist.
Day 6
This morning transferring to Kohima in Nagaland. The drive will take approximately 4 hours, distance 140kms. It's a beautiful journey of road through lush green countryside, tea gardens and green cloud touching hills.
Days 7-8
Today we visit the Hornbill festival where more than 12 Naga tribal groups including Konyak, Ao, Angami, Sema and Rengma gather to transform the festival ground to a traditional Naga village with their different and unique style of housing. The sound of log war drums and the song of the head hunting ceremony with the ferocious traditional dresses with tattoos makes for an exciting atmosphere. Every day will be traditional Naga dance, song, games and other activities performed by different Naga tribes. We will also have the opportunity to sample traditional tribal food in the Naga houses.
Day 9
Trip concludes with a transfer to Dimapur for onward arrangements.