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WET & WILD

Assam & Meghalaya – 10 Days

Assam Meghalaya

The Meghalaya Assam tour celebrates the legacy the British left behind, for future generations to enjoy. Thanks to their foresight we can today see hundreds of one horned rhinos roaming freely in Kaziranga National Park. Having had your fill of the abundant wildlife found in Kaziranga, drive up to Shillong – The Scotland of the East. In Shillong explore some of the interesting road side markets, as also a game of local archery. Cherrapunji, your final destination is infamous as being the wettest place on earth. Dotted with splendorous waterfalls, unique limestone caves and unique living root bridges it is an ideal place for families to frolic.

HIGHLIGHTS

Walk in the Sacred forests of Mawphlang

Visit Mawlynnong, the Cleanest village in Asia

Trek to the Living Root Bridges in Cherrapunji
Half day exploration in a surreal limestone Cave

Visit Nohkalikai and other waterfalls

Jeep and Elephant safari in Kaziranga National Park

ITINERARY

Distance: 198 kms
Time: 5 Hours

 

Pickup from Guwahati airport and drive to Kaziranga. O/n at a hotel in Kaziranga

Kaziranga National Park, covering an area of roughly 400 sq. Kms. is home to 60% of the world population of the One Horned Rhino. The park also boasts of the highest density of population of the Indian Tiger. Besides it is home to many endangered birds.

In the morning go for a jeep safari in the Eastern range (Agratoli) of the park, which is well known for birding. Rare birds likely to be seen over here include Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Spotbilled Pelican, Lesser Adjutant, Swamp Francolin, Blue-bearded Bee-Eater, and Finn’s Weaver. After lunch go for a jeep safari in the Western or Central range to enjoy the abundant wildlife found in the park. O/n at a hotel in Kaziranga.

Early in the morning go for a safari on Elephant back to get up close to the Rhinos. After breakfast relax at the resort or go for a walk in a nearby tea garden. After breakfast visit a village of the Mishinng tribe to learn about the culture of this tribe. You will walk through the village and interact with the villagers, which will be followed by a traditional dance. Finish off the experience with a mouth water traditional lunch.

In the afternoon go for a jeep safari in the Central Range of the park which has a high density of Tigers. O/n at a hotel in Kaziranga.

Distance: 268 Kms
Time: 6.5 Hours

 

After breakfast drive to Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya. O/n at a hotel in Shillong

Drive to Mawphlang for an enticing forest walk in the sacred groves. The Khasi tribe of Meghalaya at one time were animists who believed in the spirits of the forest. Hence every village maintained a tract of forest called Sacred Grove where they used to worship the elements of nature and perform sacrifices. The forests of Mawphlang are one of the last surviving sacred groves in Meghalaya. After the walk drive to Shillong peak from where one can get a panoramic view of Shillong city.

In the afternoon relax around the hotel or go for a walk around the heritage buildings of Shillong. O/n at a hotel in Shillong

In the morning visit Bara Bazar, the largest fresh market in North East India. Walk down the narrow and crowded by lanes of this bazaar, which are a photographer’s delight. From here drive to the Don Bosco museum of Culture (closed on Sunday), considered one of the best ethnographic museum in the country. This seven storied museum showcases the culture of all the eight North Eastern states.

In the afternoon we go to see a game of local archery called ‘Teer’. This local form of archery is the most beloved sport of Meghalya and one on which locals openly gamble. O/n at a hotel in Shillong.

Distance: 66 Kms
Time: 2 Hours

 

Post breakfast drive to Cherrapunji. En route visit the Nohkalikai waterfalls and Ramakrishna Mission museum. O/n at a hotel in Cherrapunji.

Trek to Double Decker Root bridges

Living Root Bridges are unique live bridges found only in the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. The secondary roots of a species of Indian Rubber Tree Ficus Elastica- are trained over 20-25 years to form these living bridges to cross fast flowing rivers and streams. Some of these bio-engineering wonders are 53 feet, 70 feet, 100 feet long. The Double Decker Root Bridge has two levels. They are very strong, can carry many people at a time and perhaps can last 500 years.

The trek passes through some verdant slopes, criss crossed by streams. At some places the stream has made some natural ponds, containing emerald blue water where you can take a dip. The trek is moderately difficult since one needs to descend 2500 feet into the valley and then climb up the same altitude again. O/n at a hotel in Cherrapunji.

Distance: 78 Kms
Time: 2.5 Hours

 

Drive to Umiam lake, a serene lake 20 kms from Shillong. Relax and unwind at your resort. O/n at a resort in Umiam Lake.

Distance: 110 Kms
Time: 3.5 Hours

 

Drop to Guwahati airport

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