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Route: Delhi/Kolkata-Guwahati-Balipara-Kaziranga-Jorhat-Majuli-Dibrugarh-Delhi/Kolkata.

Best time to do this tour – Mid April Till Nov end.

DAY 1: Delhi / Kolkata – Guwahati (Fly)

Arrive Guwahati and transfer to your hotel.

Afternoon/Evening visit to the Kamakhya Temple, on Nilachal hill, 08 kms west of Guwahati city, is one of the most venerated shaktipeeths in India. The temple is dedicated to goddess Kamakhya an incarnation of Sati. It is on Nilachal hill, says the Shiva Purana, that the yoni or creative organ of Sati fell when Vishnu, in a bid to save the world from the Shiva’s tandava nrittya or dance of destruction, cut her dead body into 51 pieces with his suddarshan chakra. The garbhagriha deep inside the temple, marks the sacred spot and is kept covered with red silken cloth. O/n hotel.

DAY 2: Guwahati – Balipara (about 220 kms/4-5 hrs.)

Morning after breakfast drive to Balipara (about 30 kms from Tezpur city). Arrive Balipara and transfer to Tea Bungalow. After lunch visit nearby village and tea gardens. Evening free. O/n Tea Bungalow.

DAY 3: Balipara

Full day visit Tea Factory + Tea Gardens + Tea tasting classes. Evening free. O/n Tea Bungalow.

DAY 4: Balipara-Kaziranga National Park (about 130 kms / 3-4 hrs.)

After breakfast drive to Kaziranga and check in at your hotel – a World Heritage Sight Arrive Kaziranga and transfer to your hotel. After lunch your first Jeep Safari in Kaziranga National park. Evening free. O/n hotel.

Kaziranga National Park is spread over 850 sq kms across Golaghat, Nagaon and Sonitpur districts. Kaziranga National Park is also designated World Natural Heritage sites by UNESCO in 1985. Originally established as a reserve forest in 1908, Kaziranga was declared a sanctuary in 1916 to counter excessive poaching, especially of its most prized inhabitant, the rhinoceros.

IMP NOTE: Kaziranga National Park is closed from 01st May TILL 31st Oct every year.

Day 5: Kaziranga National Park

Early morning enjoy Elephant safari to visit central range of the park. Return back to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfast Jeep safari. Afternoon after lunch enjoys your last Jeep safari into the park. O/n Hotel.

Jeep Safari Timings:

Morning Safari starts from 07.00 am till 09.30 am for 02 hours.

Afternoon Safari starts from 01.30 pm till 03.30 pm for 02 hours.

Elephant Safari Timings:

Central Zone of the park at 05.30 am and at 06.30 am for 40 minutes respectively.

Day 6: Kaziranga National Park-Jorhat (about 110 kms/2-3 hrs.)

After breakfast drive to Jorhat and check in at your Tea Bungalow. Afternoon visit Tea Garden with a visit to Tea Factory (Monday closed). Evening enjoy Golf (if guests are interested) in Kaziranga Golf Course (18 hole world class golf course). Overnight in Bungalow.

Day 7: Jorhat – Majuli (02 hrs by ferry each way between Nimatighat and Majuli)

After breakfast dive to Nimatighat (20 kms/30-45 mins) and then board on local ferry (country boat fitted with motor). Cruise for approx. 1 ½ hrs to reach Majuli.

Majuli is the largest fresh Water mid-river deltoid island in the world. It is situated in the upper reaches of the river Brahmaputra in Assam. This Island, with a population of 1.6 Lakhs, majority being tribal, is endowed with rich heritage and has been the abode of the neo-vaishnavite culture. The island is a bio-diversity hotspot and has rich ecology with rare species of flora and fauna.

Majuli for the past five centuries has been the cultural capital of Assam. The main depositories of cultural and spiritual heritage are the Sattras, which are just like Gurukul (hermitages) of yore. Here up to 400 celibates' stay for life preserving spiritual and cultural heritage, renouncing worldly desires. From the time of the great Vaishnavite renaissance of 14th and 15th century AD, under Srimanta Sankardeva, Srimanta Madhab Deva and other saints this island became the seat of Vaishnavite religion, art and culture. The famous Satriya Nritya (Dance) and Ankiya Bhaona (Traditional Drama) created by Sankardeva are now Internationally acclaimed and Nationally honoured. Majuli is equally famous for Tribal Folk Culture and Heritage. It is said to be the cradle of Missing and Deori cultures. Explore in and around Majuli.

Afternoon visit Satras, Missing tribal village, Mask making village & Pottery village. All Meals and Overnight at Majuli

Day 8: Majuli-Sivsagar-Dibrugarh (1 ½ hrs ferry to Nimatighat + 150 kms/3-4 hrs.)

Morning after breakfast transfer to Brahmaputra river bank for your return ferry to Nimatighat. Arrive Nimatighat and straight drive to Dibrugarh via Sivsagar.

Sivasagar was the capital of the Ahom rulers from 1228 to 1826 AD. Sivasagar got its present name from Sivasagar Tank, excavated by the Ahom queen Ambika. The tank was named after her husband, Shiva Singha. Sivasagar tank is also known as Borpukhuri, literally, big lake. Later visit Shiva Dol (tallest Shiva temple in the country-52 mts), Vishnu Dol and Devi Dol on the banks of Sivasagar.

After lunch drive further to Dibrugarh. Arrive Dibrugarh and transfer to Tea Bungalow. Evening free. O/n Bungalow.

Day 9: Dibrugarh

After breakfast visit nearby Tea workers village & Tea gardens. Afternoon visit Tea factory (Monday closed) & Tea Planter’s club. If time permits visit another Tea factory. Evening free. O/n Tea Bungalow.

Day 10: Dibrugarh – Delhi/Kolkata (by fly)

After breakfast at appropriate time transfer to Dibrugarh airport for flight to onward destination.