11 Nights / 12 Days
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A festival of Manipur named after the famous Sangai deer found in the region, celebrating its rich culture and heritage, offering a chance to visit the Loktak Lake, the only lake in the world with its floating islands. This experience is coupled with some highlights of Assam and Nagaland making it a very comprehensive tour of a chapter for the North East of India.
Every year the State of Manipur celebrates the “Manipur Sangai Festival” during November end. The ‘Festival’ is named after the State animal, Sangai, the brow-antlered deer found only in Manipur. It started in the year 2010 and has grown over the years into a big platform for Manipur to showcase its rich tradition and culture to the world. The festival is labeled as the grandest festival of the State today and helps promote Manipur as a world class tourism destination. Every edition of the festival showcases the tourism potential of the state in the field of Arts & Culture, Handloom, Handicrafts, Indigenous Sports, Cuisine, Music and Adventure sports of the state etc.
Day 01 Arrival Imphal
Arrive Imphal by air and meet and assist by our staff at the airport. Transfer to hotel. Later visit Ima market. A unique all women's market, having 3,000 or more "Imas" or mothers who run the stalls. It is spitted into two sections on either side of a road. Vegetables, fruits, fishes and household groceries are sold on one side and exquisite handlooms and household tools on the other. Return to hotel and overnight.
Day 02 Imphal – Day trip Loktak Lake (56kms / 2hrs)
After breakfast drive to Loktak Lake, which is the largest fresh water lake in India. Also known as the only Floating lake in the world due to the floating phumdis (which is a mass of vegetation, soil, and organic matters at various stages of decomposition) on it. Because of this unique feature, this is also home to the endangered sangai or Manipur brow-antlered deer. Enroute visit the Indian National Army (INA) museum and Bishnu Temple built in 1467 at Bishnupur. Architecture of this temple is a fusion of architectural styles of Hindus and Chinese. Enjoy Sangai Festival for the rest of the day. Return to Imphal and overnight.
Day 03 Imphal – Day trip Andro Village (35kms / 1hr)
Morning go for a day trip to Andro Cultural Village. Visit the Cultural Heritage Complex. Here the practice of fire worshipping is still continued in the temple of Panam Ningthou. It is prepared in turn by every house-hold member of the village. Sangai Festival for the rest of the day. Return to Imphal and overnight.
The community of Andro has occupied a major portion in the map of traditional pot making culture. They still preserve the traditional rituals and norms relating to the process of pot making. Moreover, the villagers are nature loving people and always maintain a good relation with nature to keep a pollution free ecosystem. In brief, we can call the village as the living heritage village. Interact with the villagers and see pottery making.
Day 04 Imphal – Kohima
Today after breakfast, drive to Kohima. On arrival check into hotel. Evening visit the State Museum, handloom and handicraft emporium and the local market. Overnight
Day 06 Kohima – Khonoma day trip
Today morning after breakfast we drive to Khonoma village. The Khonoma gate tells the story of British infiltration into Naga hills. Afternoon visit the famous war cemetery, a symbolic memorial raised as citation for the supreme sacrifice made by the officers and men of the Allied forces during World War II. Return back to Kohima. Overnight.
Day 07 Kohima – Kaziranga National Park
After breakfast, transfer to Kaziranga National Park. Later check into Lodge / Hotel. Time permitting go for your first safari inside the Kaziranga National Park. Overnight.
It is a world heritage site, the park hosts 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. Though sighting of tigers are difficult because of the tall grasses that provide excellent camouflage, their presence can be felt everywhere by way of pug marks, kills and territorial markings. The park is home to large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo and swamp deer and also an important bird area. It is also home to a variety of migratory birds, water birds, predators, scavengers, and game birds.
Day 08 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 09 Kaziranga National Park – Day trip Majuli
After an early breakfast drive to the river bank in Jorhat and transfer to Majuli. Visit the Satras, you will have enough time to interact with the monks and know their lifestyle and the origins of this island. Later make this important visit to the mask making and pottery village, extreme display talent and old age tradition still kept alive even today among the inhabitants. Return to a Mishing village, one of the ethnic tribe inhabitants of this island. Later take a ferry back to Jorhat and drive to Kaziranga National Park. Overnight.
Day 10 Kaziranga National Park – Guwahati
After breakfast, drive to Guwahati for your overnight stay.
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