Wild Orchids & Jungles
Wild Orchids & Jungles - 11days/10nights
Here lie some of the densest forests of the country interspersed with high Alpine meadows. Rolling hills, and lush greenery make the region a naturalists's paradise. Especially exotic are the orchids and other brilliant flowers that thrive in the high humidity of the region. Sharing boundaries the other six North Eastern states is Assam, the largest of them all, where the Ahom dynasty arrived in 1228 from North Thailand, defeated the Kamrupa ruler and established a kingdom, called Assam.
Legend says Kamadeva, the god of love, was reborn here. Guwahati, the name translates lyrically as ‘Eastern City of Lights' is the capital of the state, which covers the plain of the Brahmaputra river along its whole course south of Arunachal Pradesh and the kingdom of Bhutan, till it turns south into Bangladesh. Since the days of the Chinese traveler Hiuen Tsang Assam has drawn travellers with her aura of myth and mystery, history and folklore, arts, textiles, music and dances, nature and wildlife. The state is also home to many tribal people, and one of the highlights of the our is a visit to Tawang Monastery, focal point of the Mopnas, gentle and courteous people who follow Buddhism.
Meghalaya, another of the North Eastern states, literally translates as the ‘abode of the clouds' an apt evocative description of a beautiful state. The capital at Shillong is surrounded by many tribal villages including those of the Garo, Khasi and Jaintia tribes, all of who have their own distinctive culture and lifestyles and, until annexed by the British were independent kingdoms.
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Pricing includes domestic economy airfare from Kolkatta into Assam and back.
Kaziranga national Park is closed between May and 15 October.
Day 01 Arrival
Reception and welcome at Kolkata airport followed by private transfer to your hotel.
Day 02 Kolkata
Morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, time for sightseeing in Kolkata or Calcutta as it was known -the ‘City of Joy.
Day 03 Kolkota–Guwahati–Shillong
Fly to Guwahati in the morning and drive on to Shillong the state's capital city. This quaint hilly town is steeped in colonial history.
Day 04 Shillong
The day is yours, to visit the many gardens and museums or play a round of golf on one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. The stae of Meghalaya is one of the wettest regions in the world and hence this area is a lush green forest.
Day 05 Shillong-Kaziranga
Drive to the wildlife sanctuary at Kaziranga well known the world over for its Asian one-horned rhino.
Day 06 Kaziranga
Take elephant and jeep safaris into the park to see the great and rare one-horned rhinoceros.
Day 07 Kaziranga
Yet another day to explore the vast sanctuary and concentrate on the flora and vegetation. If you are lucky you may even get a glimpse of a Royal Bengal tiger.
Day 08 Kaziranga–Jorhat
Drive to Jorhat, one of the major tea centres of Assam.
Day 09 Jorhat
Full day excursion to Majuli Island located on the Bramhaputra River, the biggest river island in the world, to visit the 15th-century monasteries here.
Day 10 Jorhat-Kolkota
Fly back to Kolkata in the morning. Relax, shop or spend the day at leisure.
Day 11 Departure
Transfer to the airport in time for your flight out.
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