Assam, Nagaland & The Hornbill Festival

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Assam, Nagaland & The Hornbill Festival information and booking

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$2220
  • Duration
    9 days
    Days
  • Group size
    4-16
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    Discovery & Cruising
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 9 day trip
  • 7 nights hotels
  • 1 night forest lodge
Equipment Required
Other than a good pair of walking shoes there is no specialist equipment required for this journey (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • 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 description provided by World Expeditions

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 an elephant 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.

What's included

  • 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

Itinerary

Day 1 Join Jorhat
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. In the evening we enjoy traditional cuisine. Overnight at Hotel
Day 2 Visit Sivasagar & Siva Temples
After breakfast we drive to Sivasagar to visit the monuments of medieval Assam. We will take authentic Assamese lunch at Sivasagar and after exploring the tallest Siva temple in the world. Sivasagar was once the capital of the Ahom Kings. They were known as Shans who came from Thailand through Northern Myanmar to this area in the early 13th century, and ruled for 600 years. The Siva Temple, built by the Ahoms, is believed to be the tallest of all existing Siva temples. 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 visit a local market and then return for overnight accommodation at Jorhat.
Day 3 Tribal village walk & tea production visit
After breakfast walk through a Tea garden tribe village The tea-tribes, also called Adivasi, are the tribal people who were brought by the British colonial planters in India as indentured laborers from the Chhota Nagpur Plateau region into Assam about 150 years ago for the purpose of being employed in the tea garden industry as laborers. The walk will take us to a local market through beautiful tea gardens. There is also the option to go by bicycle to explore the market where farmers sell their locally grown fresh products. Afternoon enjoy a Tea tribal dance performed by the village youth.
Day 4 Boat to Majuli Island and Mishing Tribal village walk
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 Transfer to Kaziranga National Park
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.
Day 6 Journey by road to Kohima
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.
Day 7 to 8 Hornbill Festival
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 in Dimapur
Trip concludes with a transfer to Dimapur for onward arrangements.