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Adventures in Assam

10 days  |  Starts/Ends: Kolkata  |  from $4,839

Travel off the beaten track to the state of Assam in India's remote North East, known for its picturesque scenery, tea plantations and fascinating tribes. On this unique 10 day tour you will get the opportunity to visit tea plantations and WWII sites, explore ancient sites, encounter remote tribes, go wild at Jorhat Gibbon Sanctuary and visit Majuli - the world's largest river island. This is a slice of India not everyone gets to see!

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Inclusions
Day 1
Overnight: Kolkata  |  

Once you arrive into Kolkata you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy at leisure.

Day 2
Dibrugarh
Overnight: Dibrugarh  |  Breakfast

After a good night's sleep we depart for the domestic airport to board you flight to Dibrugarh arriving early afternoon. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel, afternoon and evening free.

Day 3
Tea Plantations
Overnight: Dibrugarh  |  Breakfast

This morning we take a tour of the tea plantations and factory. The town of Dibrugarh, which is situated on the banks of the Brahmaputra River, is known as the Tea City of India. Situated far to the north-east, this region is influenced by its proximity to Burma and Tibet, with seemingly endless mountain ranges and a rich tribal history quite different to the rest of India. You’ll meet fewer foreigners here, giving you unhindered opportunities to explore the region’s lush tea estates, rice plantations and mountain ranges. Put the kettle on: Dibrugarh is the largest tea exporting town in the country.

In the afternoon we visit the Namphake tribal village, seemingly stuck back in time, with heavy Thai influences the village is also home to the Namphake Buddhist Monastery.

Day 4
Rural Assam
Overnight: Dibrugarh  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Today we take an excursion to the historic WWII famed Stilwell Road (Ledo-Burma Road)named after US General Stilwell and built as an alternative to the Japanese Burma Road to supply the Chinese during the Burma campaign. Later we travel to Jagun, a small rural village capturing the essence of country life in India. Along the way we make stops at the Commonwealth War Graves of Digboi, the Oil Museum - paying hommage to India's first production oil well, Ledo airstrip - another remnant of WWII, Tipong colliery and its steam powered trains before finishing in Stilwell Heritage Park. This evening we take part in a traditional Bihu celebration and enjoy a local Assamese dinner.

Day 5
Jorhat
Overnight: Jorhat  |  Breakfast

Driving approximately 4 hours brings us to Jorhat City, the second largest city in the Assam region. Jorhat is surrounded by sprawling tea gardens and is home to the Tocklai Research Association, the largest and oldest tea research station in the world. Today spend the afternoon at leisure.

Day 6
Gibbon Sanctuary
Overnight: Jorhat  |  Breakfast

Situated approximately 20 kms out of Jorhat is the Hoollongapur Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary. Originally established in 1881 when land was put aside for the purpose of preservation. The area is rich in biodiversity and is home to the Western Hoolock Gibbon, India's only gibbon. The area is also home to other memebers of the primate family such as the Stump Tailed Macaque, Rhesus Macaque, Northern Pig-tailed Macaque, Eastern Assamese Macaque and Capped Langur. The park is also home to Indian elehants, tigers, leopards, boar and 219 species of bird.

Day 7
Silk Farms
Overnight: Jorhat  |  Breakfast

This morning we take a visit to one of the local silk farms and silk weavers' villages. Silk is historically one of the most important industries in India and still is with over 700,000 families working in the trade. This afternoon we visit Shivsagar, the once capital of the Ahom Dynasty which ruled Assam for over 600 years until the arrival of the British. Located in the area are several ancient monuments, temples and palaces, all testament to the architectural skills of the Ahoms.

Day 8
Majuli Island
Overnight: Jorhat  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Today take an excursion to Majuli Island, India's largest river island and considered the largest in the world although others claim that mantle is held by Bananal Island in Brazil. Shortlisted by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site the Majuli island is only accesible by ferry, due to this inaccessibility the culture and uniqueness of the people has been preserved and offers visitors a fantastic chance to experience old customs still intact. On the island we will visit the Vaishnovite monasteries, locally known as Satras and dating back to the 16th Century. We will also visit the agrarian Mishing tribal villages situated on the river banks before enjoying a local vegetarian lunch.

Day 9
Overnight: Kolkata  |  Breakfast

Transfer to Jorhat airport for your domestic flight to Kolkata. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the evening is free.

Day 10
Breakfast

Hotel check-out and included onward transfer to airport.

Trip Highlights

Dibrugarh - Tea City of India
The Namphake tribal village with its Thai and Buddhist influences
Jorhat - The largest city in the Assam region, surrounded by sprawling tea gardens
Local silk farm, historically one of India's most important industries
Shivsagar - Silk farm, Ahom Dynasty temples, palaces and monuments
The seemingly endless mountain ranges of nearby Burma and Tibet
Stilwell Road, the Commowealth War Graves of Digboi and Ledo airstrip, the last remnants of the Burma Campaign during WWII
Hoollongapur Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary - Home to India's only gibbon population
Majuli Island - The world's largest river island

What's Included

9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 traditional Assamese dinner
Touring of Dibrugarh, Jorhat and Shivsagar
Airport arrival and departure transfer
Chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicle
Touring of Mancotta tea plantation and factory and Banyan Grove tea plantation
Excursion to Majuli Island
9 nights superior hotels (7 nights heritage tea bungalows) - standard hotels available upon request.
Economy class flights - Kolkata - Dibrugarh and Jorhat - Kolkata
Services of a local English speaking guide for all scheduled sightseeing
Entrance fees to all relevant sights
Excursion to Hoollongapur Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary

What's Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Laundry, drinks, items of a personal nature

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply

Prices are indicative and will vary depending on your chosen hotels, room availability as well as time of travel i.e. during India’s peak travel season of 21 Dec - 10 Jan, additional supplements will apply. Equally, if you with to travel to India during the summer, rates will be cheaper than those quoted. Please bear this in mind if comparing prices as we always aim to deliver exceptional value.

Please note that discounts will apply if there are more 4 our more people in your travelling party, since fixed costs like transportation and guiding are shared across the group.

This itinerary is based upon superior accommodation. Standard properties are also available upon request.

Please note: This tour can run any time between mid March - mid June or October - November. Tea factories and plantations are closed on Sundays and there is no processing of tea in Assam tea gardens from 1st December to 15th March. Please time your departure accordingly.

 
Price / Person
Single Supp.
Adventures in Assam - 10 days
$4839
$1779
Tour Details
Starts
Kolkata
Ends
Kolkata
Departs
Mid March - mid June / October - November
Hotel Rating
Superior
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for all scheduled sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 1
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