07 Nights / 08 Days
19th Nov – 26th Nov 2018
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The Raas Lila is an experience delving deeper into the cultural heritage of Assam and celebrated in the river Island of Majuli. A performing festival celebrated during the full moon nights involving the Mishing tribe and sprinkled with experiences of Assam and its heritage along the way.
The Raas Lila is an annual festival being performed on the full moon night in the months of October-November. It is not known for certain in which Sattra Rasa Lila was first introduced in Majuli as a performing festival. The Raas Lila is the story of the life of Lord Krishna presented in the performing art form. Raas is a part of Neo-Vaishnav culture of Vaishnavite sect of Hinduism which was started by the medieval saint Srimanta Sankardev. Monks perform the dances wearing colourful costumes. Some scenes are also performed by the village troupes, children and local musicians. Another interesting aspect of the Bhaona dramas are the use of traditional masks which are made by the monks of Majuli throughout the year specifically for this event. It is celebrated for three days.
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.
20Day 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. Overnight.
21Day 03 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.
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 04 Majuli
After breakfast, spend your day exploring the island, visiting ‘satras’ – monasteries, interacting with the monks. Spend your day at the Raas Festival.
Day 05 Majuli
Full day at the Raas Festival.
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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