All transfers & local sightseeing as per itinerary by private vehicles
Air & Train fare
Expenditure of personal nature
ROUTE: DIBRUGARH – SIBSAGAR – MAJULI – JORHAT
DAY 01: DIBRUGARH
Arrive at Dibrugarh Airport. You will be received and transferred to a selected hotel like Hotel Little Palace or similar..
DIBRUGARH is the gateway to the “Hidden Land” of Eastern Arunachal. The Ahoms from Thailand came through Northern Myanmar through this area in the 13th century to establish their Empire which thrived in the ancient land of Assam. It is the “Camellia” town of Upper Assam, an undisturbed haven, with its rich tea gardens resembling a lush green carpet. Experience and enjoy the richness of these tea gardens while staying at Dibrugarh.
Evening option to visit the local market, walk along the river side and drop in at a Hindu Temple if time permits.
DAY 02: Excursion to Nam Phake Village (63kms/2hrs – one way)
Nam – Phake, an ethnic tribal village situated near the River Buri-Dihing, The villagers migrated from Thailand and still maintain their age-old culture. A Buddhist Monastery dots the village which belongs to the Hinayana sects. The monks in the monastery offers a warm welcome to the visitors and are always eager to explain their scriptures. Tai translation of the Ramayana written on handmade paper has been newly discovered in this village. The structures of the houses are unique as the walls are made of bamboo and the roof is of palm leaves (Toko), mounted over a Chang or stilt. The monastery houses a modern library with a good collection of books related to Tai culture and Buddhism. Option to visit the village school.
Evening, enjoy a traditional dinner with cultural programme.
DAY 03: Drive to Jorhat (180kms/5hrs)
After breakfast drive to Jorhat. Enroute visit Sibsagar and have lunch. Overnight at Kaziranga Golf Resort or similar.
Sivsagar was once the capital of the Ahom Kings. The Shans who came from Thailand through Northern Myanmar to this area in early 13th century, ruled for 600 years. The Siva Temple, built by the Ahoms, situated here is believed to be the tallest of all existing Hindu 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 Sibsagar, one can still see the remaining well preserved relics. Palaces, tanks, forts, places of worship and burial sites (vaults) at Charaideo present the richness of this highly evolved and advanced civilization. The largest and the oldest amphi-theatre of Asia (Rang Ghar) is also another remarkable landmark in the history of Siva sagar. The Tai- Ahom Museum of Sivsagar contains the some of the relics of the Ahom period, like – swords, clothes, manuscripts and sundry artefacts.
Jorhat is another tea hub in the Upper Assam region. It is the headquarters of the Jorhat district and is the gateway to Majuli Island. Many small and big tea estates surround this town which was planted in the British days. The Gymkhana Club still exists actively which was once the centre of the social evenings and sports in the British days. Jorhat also boasts of the Tea Experimental Station at Tocklai where tea scientists continuously endeavour to introduce new and better plantation practices including developing new clones and saplings.
DAY 04: Drives to Neematighat (12kms/20mints) and take a boat cruise to Majuli :
After breakfast drives to Neematighat (12kms/20mints) and take a boat cruise to Majuli (3hrs upstream boat cruise- the time depends upon the water level of the river) - the largest inhabited river island in the world and famous for the Vaishnavite Satras or monasteries and its culture. Visit the monasteries and interface with tribes in the island. Afternoon cruise back to the mainland. Enroute there is a possibility of sighting flocks of migratory water birds and the Gangetic River Dolphin.
Majuli Island-a World Heritage Site, is located in the Brahmaputra River. The island has long served as a monastic retreat for the Vaishnavite community and is noted for its beautiful rural setting and the traditional Assamese and Mishing tribal architecture. On arrival, you will be transfer by road to a monastery, enroute pass through both Assamese and Mishing Villages - the Mishing houses are typified by being built on stilts and their ‘long house’ style of design. At the monastery you will be given an orientation tour of the monastic cells and temple. These Satras were set up Srimanta Shankerdev, the leader of Vaishnavite revivalism in the 16th Century. These are active and nurture the traditional dance form ‘Satriya’ (which is the 5th nationally recognized dance form other than Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kathakali and Manipuri), music and crafts (mask- making), besides religious teachings.
DAY 05: orhat airport to board flight
After breakfast drive on to the Jorhat airport to board flight. Tour Ends here.