07 Nights / 08 Days
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Rongali bihu is one of the main agriculture based festivals celebrated in Assam at the onset of spring. The experience involves a comprehensive tour of the state of Assam, incorporated with a visit to its river island Majuli and the cultural heritage found in the state, with wildlife at Kaziranga National park along the way.
Assam is a fertile land surrounded by Blue Mountains and replenished by the mighty Brahmaputra River. The occupation of the people here is agriculture and the entire society is agrarian in nature. Bihu is basically a celebration of the change of the seasons. Each Bihu celebrations mark an important phase in the farming calendar of Assam. The Bohag Bihu or Rongali Bihu is celebrated for a period of seven days. It celebrates the onset of spring and farmers on this occasion prepare the field for cultivation. There is a general air of feasting and festivity all around in the atmosphere of Assam. The women in the house prepare special dishes on the occasion of New Year from flattened rice, jiggery and curd. During the period of celebration, Assamese people usually wear only traditional clothes. Various dance festivals are held and fairs are organized throughout the state.
Day 01 Arrival Guwahati
Arrive Guwahati by air and meet and assist by our staff at the airport. Enroute visit the Kamakhya Temple located at a hilltop, most important worship centers in India for Tantric (Shakti) Hinduism. Later check into a hotel for your overnight stay. Later visit emporia and market. Time permitting you can also do a sunset cruise over the mighty Brahmaputra flowing through the city. Overnight stay.
Day 02 Guwahati – Jorhat
Post breakfast, drive to Jorhat and check into a hotel/tea estate. Afternoon go for a tea tour in a nearby tea garden and make use of this opportunity to encounter the famous tea growing region of India. Later walk around Jorhat town and witness Bihu celebration. Overnight.
Day 03 Jorhat – Day trip to Sivasagar
Today after breakfast drive around 50kms to Sivasagar for an unparalleled sight of nature overwhelmed by its own privileged possessions. The Ahom dynasty ruled city has plenty of heritage sites such as Sivadoul temple, Tai-Ahom museum, Rang Ghar pavilion etc. Visit them and be a part of the Bihu Celebration where the entire town celebrates.
Toaday after breakfast transfer to Sivasagar to visit the monuments of medieval Assam and after explore 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 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. The ruins of the Ahom palaces and monuments dot the landscape around this historical town. Centuries, before the arrival of the British, this part of the world was controlled by a number of tribal chieftains. 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 to Jorhat for overnight accommodation.
Day 04 Jorhat – Majuli
After breakfast, drive down to Neemati Ghat (RiverBank) to cross the mighty Brahmaputra towards Majuli. The crossing of the river will be by small country boats which is always an experience over the river. You will be passing through areas with fields on all sides, fishermen fishing in the rivers and with a sunset on the horizon which makes Majuli a delight. On arrival, check into traditional Mishing village Huts. You will be exploring this town with rich cultural heritage of Assam. Overnight.
Majuli, one of the largest inhabited river islands in the world and the seat of Vaishnava culture in Assam. The great 15th century Assamese reformer and saint, Shankardeva came here and set up ‘satras’ or Vaishnavite monasteries to motivate people towards culture and religion. Also famous for its pottery and mask making, it possesses unique Hindu monasteries famous for their dance and drama performances – the whole island is now shortlisted for future UNESCO World Heritage status.
Day 05 Majuli
After breakfast, spend your day exploring the island, visiting ‘satras’ – monasteries, visiting Mishing Villages, interacting with the locals. Witness Bihu at its best. Overnight.
Day 06 Majuli – Kaziranga National Park
Post breakfast, we will take a ferry across the Brahmaputra river to Jorhat and drive our way to Kaziranga National Park. Check into your jungle lodge/hotel. A world heritage site hosting two-thirds of the world’s Great One-horned rhinoceros, it also boasts the highest density of tigers among the protected areas in the world and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006. Later time permitting go for your first game drive inside the park. Feel your senses as you connect to nature at its best. Overnight in your hotel.
Day 07 Kaziranga National Park
Early morning explore the National Park (Central range) on elephant back. Apart from the Rhino, other species found are hog deer, swamp deer, wild buffalo, and elephants and if you are lucky, yes the tiger. It is virtually a paradise for bird watchers, with a variety of migratory and resident birds darting from tree to tree. We will return to the lodge for breakfast. Later visit the park with jeep safaris inside the park until dusk. Overnight.
Day 08 Kaziranga National Park – Guwahati
After an early breakfast drive to the Guwahati airport for your onward journey.
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