Discover North East India Tour ( itinerary )
17 N / 18 D
Day 01 Join Delhi, sightseeing in New Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. We then plan to spend the rest of the day sight-seeing around New Delhi – the British-built side of the city. Key monuments we hope to visit include: India Gate(a memorial arch honouring soldiers who were killed in WW1), Lakshmi Narayana Temple, Rashtrapati Bhawan (the president's house) and Humayun's Tomb – an exquisite example of Mughal architecture, set in a magnificent formal Persian garden.
Day 2 to 4 Fly to Guwahati (Assam), jeep safaris in Kaziranga National Park.
We must leave early this morning to fly to Guwahati, the capital of Assam – Visit Kaziranga National Park. This vast reserve, with open forests, extensive grasslands and numerous 'bheels' or small lakes. Thousands of birds are seasonally attracted to these waters from as far afield as Siberia. But the key reason the park has World Heritage status, is this: it harbours the world's largest populations of Indian elephant and Indian rhinoceros. With days to spend exploring the park on a number of exciting jeep safaris, we are all-but assured of sightings. Other mammalian species to look out for include : capped langur, hoolock gibbon, tiger, leopard, swamp deer and Indian muntjac. Lizard-lovers will also enjoy spotting water monitors, and Snake 'Charmers', King cobras and Indian python!
Day 5 to 6 Drive to Kohima (Nagaland), visit hill tribes in Phek
A road journey of some 250 kms leads us to Kohima, the capital of India's north-eastern State of Nagaland, which shares its border with Myanmar. Although many people living in the Nagaland hills have converted to Christianity, they still practice their ancestral and animist traditions, and it is likely we will encounter this when we visit Phek, a small town inhabited by Sema and Aou tribes-people. Kohima itself is best known – particularly among historians – as the place where British and Indian forces stopped the Japanese from advancing further into their territory during WWII. We plan to visit the WWII cemetery and the traditional Naga ceremonial gate that clearly references the war in the village of Bara Basti. We also have time in Kohima to visit the local market, providing us with yet more opportunity to connect to the locals and their every-day culture.
Day 7 to 8 Visit Jorhat (Upper Assam)
Continuing on by road, the next major port-of-call on our journey is Jorhat, the gateway to Upper Assam. This is one of the region's major centres for tea production and, perhaps more notably, home to the largest riverine island in the world – Majuli. While we are in Jorhat we take a cruise on the Brahmaputra to Majuli, where we will visit a medieval monastery, or Satra – a religious institution founded in the 15th Century by the Assamese poet, composer and philosopher, Sankardeva. The god Vishnu is often worshipped at the Majuli Satras with dance and music presentations, and dramatic re-enactments of stories from the great Mahabharata – one of India's epic Sanskrit narratives.
Day 9 to 11 Sightseeing in Shillong
It will take the better part of a day to reach Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, one of India's smallest States. Until 1972, this was the capital of British-created Assam, and to this day retains much of its colonial Hill Station charm – albeit in small pockets. Neat Victorian bungalows and churches, a championship golf course and a polo-ground have all withstood the test of time – so too the Botanical Garden and State Museum near the very 'British' Ward's Lake. We also visit the Butterfly museum, and venture to 1,960m Shillong Peak for a sweeping view across much of the city. Another day trip we plan to make from Shillong is to picturesque Cherrapunji, the old administrative headquarters of the Khasis. Don't forget to bring your rain-jacket – we hear Cherrapunji once held the record as the wettest place on earth with an annual rainfall of 23,000mm! Assuming we have clear weather, the view will be superb, looking over the escarpment towards Bangladesh. Before leaving the region we will also venture to Nohkalikai Falls, at 335m, one of – if not THE - tallest plunge-waterfall in India.
Day 12 Drive to Guwahati
We return to Guwahati by road today, in time for an afternoon motor-boat excursion to Sualkuchi. This village is famous for its silk production, with literally every household engaged in the process in someway, weaving 'muga', 'endi' or 'tassar' silk. We also plan to visit Guwahati's best-known temple – the Kamakhya Temple on Nilachal Hill. It has long been a centre for Shakti worship and Tantric Hinduism but was rebuilt in 1665, after it was destroyed by Muslim invaders. We also visit the 10th century Janardhan Temple in the heart of the city. The Buddha image here is quite unique for it artfully blends Hindu and Buddhist features.
Day 13 to 14 Fly to Bagdogra, transfer to Darjeeling
After transferring to the airport and completing our scheduled flight to Bagdogra, we begin making our way to Darjeeling, in West Bengal. This region is world-renowned for its tea and, among travellers, its magnificent mountain views – on a clear day, you can even see Mount Everest! To maximise our chances, on our second day here, we will rise before dawn and head to 2,590m Tiger Hill, hoping to witness the sunrise as it spills across the face of Kangchenjunga, the 3rd highest mountain in the world. For those interested in mountaineering lore, Darjeeling was home to the late Tenzing Norgay, who climbed Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. To commemorate Tenzing's success, the Indian government built The Mountaineering Institute in 1954, so Tenzing could personally train and inspire others to follow in his foot-steps. The Institute also houses a Mountaineering Museum, which includes memorabilia from that very first successful Everest mission together with exhibits that celebrate the natural and cultural diversity of the Himalayas. Other sites we intend visiting during our stay in Darjeeling include the Yiga Choling Ghoom (with its beautiful golden statue of the Maitreya Buddha) and Bhutia Basti Gompa, where the original 'Tibetan Book of the Dead' is kept. We also plan to visit the Tibetan Refugee Centre, which includes a home for the aged, an orphanage, school, clinic/hospital, gompa and craft workshops.
Day 15 to 16 To Gangtok (Sikkim)
The capital of Sikkim is just under 100kms from Darjeeling, but given the meandering nature of the road as it traverses between these two cities, it will likely take several hours. That said, we still have plenty of time to explore! One of our most memorable excursions will be to the Kagyupa monastery in Phodong. It is a pleasant walk up to the gompa where resident monks – during breaks from their prayers - are happy to show us around. A further hike of 2km takes us to the Labrang monastery of the Nyingmapa sect. We also plan to visit the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology - where research into Mahayana Buddhism and the language and traditions of Tibet are encouraged. The library maintains a large and important collection of Buddhist artefacts, including many fine 'thangkas' – paintings on silk that invariably depict specific deities or elaborate mandalas. Orchid-lovers will also enjoy touring the Orchid Sanctuaries surrounding the institute, where many of the 454 species of orchid found in Sikkim, will be flowering and on display.
Day 17 Drive to Kalimpong, en route visit Rumtek Monastery
From Sikkim we travel again by road to Kalimpong, stopping en route to tour Rumtek Monastery. This huge and wealthy monastery is the seat of the Gyalwa Karmapa, the head of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism. Kalimpong itself is nestled in the mid-ranges of the Himalayas, a remote hill-station that has long been an important meeting point on the trade route to Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal. The original name meant the stronghold ('pong') of the king's minister ('kalim'). It is today, however, a bustling and ever-expanding bazaar town – in many ways the perfect place to end our North-East adventure! You are likely to find all kinds of curios and treasures in the market-place here – beautiful thangkas, Chinese lamps, Lepcha daggers, elaborate masks, silver jewellery and more.
Day 18 Transfer to Bagdogra, and fly to Delhi where trip concludes

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