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Tucked away amid lush green hills, rolling valleys, waterfalls and sprawling river deltas, eastern India’s lesser-known gems are yours to discover! Explore bustling local markets and authentic rural villages, sample delectable dishes, cruise on the mighty Brahmaputra river and meet the one-horned rhino in Kaziranga.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3KolkataVictoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, St.John’s Church, High CourtThe Lalit Great Eastern, The Oberoi Grand
3 - 4GuwahatiKamakhya Temple, Vashistha Ashram, Navagraha Temple, Shiva Temple on an IslandGuwahati Address, Vivanta Guwahati
4 - 7GuwahatiKamakhya Temple, Vashistha Ashram, Navagraha Temple, Shiva Temple on an IslandMV Rudra Singha
7 - 10KazirangaRhinoceros, Jeep Safaris, Tea Estate, National ParkResort Borgos & Spa
10 - 13JorhatTeklai Experimental Center, Majuli Island, Tea Plantation WalksPuroni Bheti Resort, Thengal Manor Bungalow
13 - 16KohimaHill Station, War Memorials, Mao MarketDe Oriental Grand, Niraamaya Retreats Aradura
16 - 17KolkataVictoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, St.John’s Church, High CourtSwissôtel Kolkata

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  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Wildlife
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International arrival.

We will welcome you at the airport and take you to your hotel.

Kolkata

2 Days

Kolkata was once the epicenter of the British Raj and a major trading post of the East India Company.

Included Activities

Highlights of Kolkata
Explore Dalhousie Square with landmarks like St.John’s Church, the imposing High Court, the Governor’s House surrounded by vast gardens, General Post Office and Writer’s Building which is the seat of the state government. Visit the iconic Victoria Memorial, on top of which a charming one-winged fairy is perched forever, and St. Paul’s Cathedral that offers an oasis of calm amidst the bustle. Visit Mother Teresa’s House, where many devotees pay respects at this most-revered nun’s tomb. Examine the Indian Museum with its many objet-d’-arts. Embrace Bengali high art at the famous Tagore House where the late Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore composed some of his many great works. (Full Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; Mother Teresa House closed On Thursdays & National holidays, Victoria Memorial & Indian Museum closed On Mondays & National holidays.)

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
The Oberoi Grand – Opt 2
RoomPremier Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 3 - 4

Transfer to the airport

Flight from Kolkata to Guwahati

Transfer to your hotel

Guwahati

1 Day

Guwahati: Gateway to Northeast India Once known as the ‘light of the East’, this is a prominent business city and entry point to N.

Included Activities

A Spiritual Tour of the Temples of Guwahati
Visit the historic temples of Guwahati to understand the spiritual past of the state of Assam. Start with the famous Kamakhya Temple which is dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya. An important pilgrimage destination, especially for tantric worshipers. Stroll around the complex, with a beehive-shaped architecture, which houses smaller temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and the Mahavidyas as well. Set on the Nilachal hilltop, savor breathtaking views of the city from here. Drive up to the ancient Navagraha temple situated on Chitrachal Hill where celestial bodies of the Hindu astronomy are worshipped. Observe the nine Shivalingams (phallic symbols of Lord Shiva) clad in different colors, representing the astronomical bodies. End the day at the 18th century Shiva temple of Sukreswar nestled on the banks of the Brahmaputra River atop Sukreswar or Itakhuli Hill. Walk down the steps leading to the river for a peaceful sunset, watching groups of people performing evening aartis (pujas). (Private Activity; Private Transfers; Fitness Level: Moderate)

Sunrise Visit to Uzan Bazaar
Explore one of the oldest settlements of Guwahati during an early morning visit to Uzan Bazaar. Just as the sun is breaking out on the eastern horizon, set off on a drive to the northern part of the city where the mighty Brahmaputra River flows. By the side of the river, pause at the Maas Ghat or Fish Port, which is the biggest wholesale market for freshwater fish in the region. Witness the ringing call for bids as the morning catch is auctioned off in this atmospheric thatched roof market. Take in the bustle of early morning trade as you walk along its quaint lanes and soak in the amazing energy of the place till it is time to head back to the hotel. (Morning Activity; Time of the Day: 0530 to 0730 hrs; Duration – 2 hrs; Fixed time; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness level: Moderate)

Hotel Options
Guwahati Address – Opt 1
RoomExecutive Classic
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Vivanta Guwahati – Opt 2
RoomSuperior Charm
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 4 - 7

Transfer from Hotel to Guwahati Pier

Guwahati

3 Days

Guwahati: Gateway to Northeast India Once known as the ‘light of the East’, this is a prominent business city and entry point to N.

Included Activities

River Cruise aboard the M V Rudra Singha
Day One: Drive to Silghat for an unforgettable river cruise experience aboard the M V Rudra Singha. Settle into your comfortable cabin as the houseboat sails upstream to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kaziranga National Park. Pass by herds of water buffaloes grazing contentedly on the shore while elephants splash around in the water. If you are lucky enough, you might spot a one-horned rhinoceros or a Royal Bengal tiger. Sail past the serene and secluded Dhansiri Mukh as you relax on the upper sun deck. Relish a delicious dinner before you turn in for the night. Day Two: Spend the day sailing upstream past the verdant landscape watching villagers in remote hamlets go about their daily chores. If time permits, go ashore and explore one of these quaint villages that will give you an insight into rural life in Assam. Savor thoughtfully prepared dishes while taking in the serene views of your environs. Day Three: After a hearty breakfast, step ashore to explore Majuli, the world’s largest river island and home to numerous unique Hindu monasteries. Wander around Auniati monastery and some of the nearby villages before returning to the boat. Cruise on to Neamati Ghat on the opposite bank as you enjoy dinner. Day Four: Wake up and enjoy a sumptuous breakfast as your boat cruises to port. Take in the morning sights of the countryside and disembark upon reaching your destination. (4 Days/ 3 Nights; Meal Included: All Meals; Fitness Level: Easy.)

Hotel Options
MV Rudra Singha – Opt 1
RoomCabin
MealsFull Board and Activities
StyleCruise
Day 7 - 10

Transfer from Guwahati to Kaziranga

Kaziranga

3 Days

Kaziranga: A tryst with the wild! Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary, nearby Jorhat, is home multitudes of animals like swamp deer, one-horned rhinos, Indian elephants, clouded leopards and majestic tigers; it also houses varieties of exotic birds like the Rusty-bellied Shortwing, Nuthatch, Ward’s Trogon, Rufous-necked Hornbill and Blue-fronted Robin.

Included Activities

Jeep Safari in Kaziranga
Set off on early afternoon jeep safari into one of the zones of Kaziranga National Park. This is the perfect opportunity to get up close with the wild inhabitants of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Stay alert as your local expert guides you to spots known for sightings of the reclusive one-horned Indian rhinoceros, which is an endangered species. Encounter elephants, monkeys, deer, jackals, raptors, wild water buffaloes, and even tigers as you make your way through the sprawling expanse of grassland dotted with swampy lagoons. Try to spot as many as possible of the numerous migratory and domestic bird species that inhabit the region. Capture stunning pictures of the wildlife and the scenic landscape for memories to last a lifetime. (Time of Day:1300 hrs ; Duration: 2 hrs each; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please note that safaris are not conducted during May-October.)

Elephant Safari in Kaziranga National Park
Begin your exploration of the jungle as the sun rises, to maximize chances of spotting the varied wildlife. Feel like royalty as you drink in the breathtaking views of Kaziranga National Park from your vantage point atop a majestic elephant. Be on the lookout for sightings of the reclusive one-horned Indian rhinoceros, which features on the list of endangered animals. Watch for the many other inhabitants of this UNESCO World Heritage site such as wild water buffaloes, raptors, deer, monkeys, and even tigers. Make note of the numerous bird species that pass by as your magnificent ride ambles through the grassland and dense foliage. Keep your camera ready to capture memorable photographs of the animals and the mysterious jungle. ( Time of Day: 0500/0600 hrs; Duration: 1 hr; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please note that safaris are not conducted during May-October.)

Hotel Options
RoomExecutive Deluxe
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 10 - 13

Drive from Kaziranga to Jorhat (88 km, 2.5 hrs)

Jorhat

3 Days

Jorhat: A Nature lover’s paradise Jorhat, the nerve center of the Indian tea industry, is surrounded by splendid tea gardens and various institutions.

Included Activities

Exploring Sibsagar, the Historic Abode of the Ahom Kings
Buckle up for an hour and a half long drive to Sibsagar, that used to be the power center of the Assamese kings of the Ahom dynasty. Originally belonging to the Shan ethnic group, they converted to Hinduism at one point. Learn about their unique culture and architecture which is a curious and fascinating blend of Indian and Southeast Asian features. Explore the remains of the civilization, with its impressive palaces and peaceful temples reminiscent of stupas. Don’t forget to check out the temple tank here, whose claim to fame is that of being the world’s largest hand-excavated reservoir. (Half Day, Time of Day: Morning, Duration: 6 hrs with 1.5 hrs drive to and fro each; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Moderate)

Mapping Majuli Island
Embarking on an hour-long public ferry from Nemathi Ghat, Jorhat, arrive in Majuli, the world’s largest river island located on the mighty Brahmaputra. Past the expansive white sandy shores, explore the peaceful and secluded island, known to be the an important center of Assamese art and culture. Driving around dirt roads flanked by the lush cover, spot a variety of migratory birds around. Learn about the Ahom kings and how the island evolved as the cultural capital of Assam. Visit the many ‘satra’ monasteries that have evolved as centers that preserve local culture. Get an insight into the neo-Vaishnavite lifestyle, and see collections of ancient artifacts, jewelry, and royal weapons. Observe stilted bamboo houses with unique patterns, and the vibrant attires of the local Mishing, Deoris, and Sonowal Kachari tribes. Interacting with some of the artists across Majuli, witness the myriad crafts that include mask making, handloom textiles, pottery, and boat building, among others. Head back to the ferry point for your boat ride back to Nemathi Ghat. (Full Day; Time: Morning; Duration: 7 hrs; Private Activity & Shared Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate; Notes: Expect basic facilities at the ferry points.)

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHomestay
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 13 - 16

Drive from Jorhat to Kohima (200 km, 7 hrs)

Kohima

3 Days

Kohima is a quaint hill station in northeastern India. An eccentric melting pot of tribal groups from across the region, Kohima stands as a wonderful testament of diversity.

Included Activities

Khonoma Village and War Memorial Tour
Spend a day at Khonoma village, home to the Angami tribe that is known for its courage and heroism. After breakfast, head to Khonoma which is just a short drive away from Kohima. En route, hear the story behind the Khonoma gate from your guide – it’s the story of how colonial forces had infiltrated the Naga hills many years ago. Once you reach Khonoma, spend time exploring the village, observe its people go about their daily lives and communicate with them. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the local style of dressing, customs, and culture.

Kohima’s Attractions Uncovered
Begin your exploration of this hilly capital city with a visit to the Kohima War Cemetery set in serene surroundings. Wander around this simple and somber memorial dedicated to the soldiers who died in World War II. Head over to Kisama Heritage Village that is the venue of the famous annual Hornbill festival known for its vibrant displays of the region’s culture. Stroll into the cluster of 16 houses that are dedicated to the different ethnic groups that make up the indigenous population of Nagaland. Take a close look at the distinctive architectural styles and detailing in each of these houses. Amble into the World War II museum situated on the grounds with its rich repertoire of memorabilia from the battles fought in the region, rare photographs, and displays of weaponry as well as soldiers’ uniforms. Travel on to the cathedral on Aradura Hill, counted among one of the biggest in northeast India. Featuring an architectural style that is typical to Nagaland, this shrine blends with its surroundings seamlessly. Get a glimpse of the largest cross made of wood in the country before you turn back. (Half Day; Duration: 4 hrs; Fitness Level: Moderate.)

Hotel Options
RoomGrand Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
RoomSuperior Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 16 - 17

Drive from Kohima to Dimapur (75 km, 4.5 hrs)

Flight from Dimapur to Kolkata

Transfer to your hotel

Kolkata

1 Day

Kolkata was once the epicenter of the British Raj and a major trading post of the East India Company.

Hotel Options
RoomClassic Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational

Transfer to the airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 5,405 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 5,955 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 17 days / 16 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • Economy flights for all sectors:
    • Kolkata – Guwahati
    • Flight from Dimapur to Kolkata
  • All activities as listed:
    • Guwahati: A Spiritual Tour of the Temples of Guwahati
    • Guwahati: Sunrise Visit to Uzan Bazaar
    • Guwahati: River Cruise aboard the M V Rudra Singha
    • Kaziranga: Jeep Safari in Kaziranga
    • Kaziranga: Elephant Safari in Kaziranga National Park
    • Kaziranga: Jeep Safari in Kaziranga
    • Jorhat: Exploring Sibsagar, the Historic Abode of the Ahom Kings
    • Jorhat: Mapping Majuli Island
    • Kohima: Khonoma Village and War Memorial Tour
    • Kohima: Kohima’s Attractions Uncovered
  • A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with chauffeur for the activities specified in the itinerary
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • Fees and taxes
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Eastern Gems, Landscapes and Culture

17 days $ 5,405 / person

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