ASSAM

 Assam is often referred to as a land of magic. Much of this magic lies in her breathtaking natural beauty. Abounding as it does, in hills and dales with the mighty Brahmaputra and its numerous tributaries flowing gracefully through variegated terrain, Assam presents an enchanting topographical spectacle. Assam's human landscape too is no less colourful. The fertile land with a warm hospitable humid climate has been a meeting ground for races and cultures since the beginning of human history. Because of this assimilation, this land has a varied and interesting culture, which is evident from the numerous festivals, dances and other art forms.

Majuli, the largest river island on the mighty Brahmaputra is the seat of Vaishnava culture. Kamakhya, in Guwahati, the state capital, is an important 'shakti' shrine in the country. As with the human landscape, nature has endowed it with a rich variety of wild life and vegetation. >From the famous one-horned rhinoceros in Kaziranga to an impressive array of bird life, from rain forests to ferns and orchids, Assam has indeed a lot to offer the naturalist.

Best Time To Visit : October to April is considered the best time to visit Assam. These winter months are quite pleasant during the day and normally one encounters dry weather though rains are likely in October and April. During December and January night time temperatures may fall to single digits.

How to Reach : Guwahati is the gateway to the North East. It is well connected by air, road and rail from the rest of the country. Indian Airlines, Jet Airways and Sahara Airways connect Guwahati to Delhi, Kolkata and other destinations. Other airports in Assam and the Nort East connected from Delhi and Kolkata are - Dibrugarh and Jorhat in upper Assam, Tezpur in the North bank of the Brahmaputra river, Dimapur in Nagaland, Imphal in Manipur, Agartala in Tripura and Aizawl in the state of Mizoram. All these places are also well connected by road from Guwahati.

What to bring : As night time temperatures fall to single digits in the winter months, it is advisable to bring warm clothing like pullovers, jackets, woolen gloves and socks etc. For visiting wild life sanctuaries a good pair of walking shoes is recommended. Personal medical requirement, torch light will come in handy.

Entry formalities : A valid Indian visa is all that you need to visit Assam. Assam alongwith Mehgalaya and Tripura in the North East do not have the Restricted Area status and, therefore, no additional permits are necessary.

KAZlRANGA NATlONAL PARK

Kaziranga National Park lies 225 km east of Guwahati, on the banks of the mighty river Brahmaputra. Approachable from either Guwahati or Jorhat, the 430sq. kms. of grassland and impenetrable evergreen semi- deciduous forest.
Home of the one horned Indian Rhinoceros, Kaziranga also abounds in the buffalo, the tiger, the swamp and hog deer, the wild elephant, sambar, gibbon and hundreds of species of resident and migratory birds. The best months to visit are from October to April.

At Kaziranga, accommodation will be at Aranya Tourist Lodge (run by Assam Tourism Development Corporation) or privately run Wild Grass. Rooms are basic but clean. Campfires warm your evenings. Discussions are held. Guest naturalists whenever possible are present to answer your queries. Activities at the Lodge include wildlife viewing by elephant back (subject to availability) jeep/cars. Jungle treks, tree planting, bird watching excursions, visit to local villages and market, cycling, visit to nearby tea garden, tribal and folk dances, camp fire etc.

NAMERl NATlONAL PARK
Nameri National Park lies in the Himalayan foothills in Assam near the Arunachal Pradesh border in the North. The Park comprises of 212.39 sq. km.
dense semi evergreen forests, which came recently into limelight because of the discovery of a sizeable population of White Winged Wood Duck. This park is well guarded by the Bhorelli river and Balipara Reserve Forest in the west. This park was declared a National Park and opened to tourists as recently as in 1998.

Apart from sizeable population of endangered species like White Winged Duck, Nameri National Park can boast of the Khasi hill terrapin or the Assam reefed turtle once believed to be extinct was found in Nameri in 1992. Besides these, elephants (population nearly 200 in 1993 census), deer, tiger, black bear, birds (identified 233 so far) and many species of orchids can be seen.

Itineraries

Accommodation in Nameri will be in Tented camps where amenities are basic and toilets not attached.

Activities at the Park includes wild life viewing on elephant back and by boat, angling in Bhorelli river with prior Govt. permission which will be arranged by Jungle Travels India Pvt. Ltd. Trekking inside the Park and nearby forests accompanied by experienced staff, camp fire etc.

 1. ASSAM SPLENDOUR: (5 Nights/ 6 Days)
JORHAT - SIBSAGAR - MAJULI - KAZIRANGA - JORHAT

Day 01 : Arrive Guwahati By Air

Meet and assist by Jungle Travels staff. Transfer to a private Tea Guest House. Lunch on arrival. Afternoon visit Jorhat town for sightseeing and familiarise yourself with the new surroundings.     

Day 02 : JORHAT - DAY TRIP TO SIBSAGAR

Today, after breakfast we will go to Sibsagar, the old capital of the Ahoms who ruled Assam for 600 years before the arrival of the British into these parts.
There are a number of old monuments built by them, the most significant being the huge man made tank 'Sibsagar' from which the town has got its name. There is 'Rang ghar' the two storied amphitheater built to enjoy games and sports and dance and music. The other interesting places are 'Kareng Ghar', 'Talatal Ghar', 'Shiva Dol'. Come back to Jorhat and to our Guest House. Overnight.

Day 03 : JORHAT - DAY TRIP TO MAJULI

Visit another cultural place today. After early breakfast proceed to Majuli, the largest river island in the world and the seat of Vaishnava culture in Assam. A short drive from Jorhat and then an hour in the ferry across the Brahmaputra will take us to the island. The great 15th century Assamese reformer and saint, Sankardeva had come down here and set up 'satras' or Vaishnavite monasteries to make the people motivated towards art, culture and religion. Visit these 'satras' and interact with the monks and other locales there. Lunch will be at the island. Afternoon return to Jorhat and to our Guesthouse.

Day 04 : JORHAT KAZIRANGA

After breakfast we will be driving down to the Kaziranga National Park, home to the famed one horned rhino. We can see tea estates along the way. On arrival check into Resort. Afternoon jeep safari through the western side of the National Park. Come back to the Resort. Dinner around campfire. Overnight.

Day 05 : KAZIRANGA

Early morning we will see the National Park ( eastern side ) on elephant back. Apart from the Rhino, other species found are the hog deer, swamp deer, wild buffalo, elephants and if you are lucky, the tiger. It is a paradise for bird watchers, with a variety of migratory and resident birds. We will return to the resort for breakfast. Afternoon, go inside the Park once again on jeep from another side. In the evening, tribal dance. Sit around a campfire discussing the day's events. Dinner and overnight.

Day 06 : KAZIRANGA - JORHAT AIRPORT TRANSFER

Today we will come back to Jorhat and proceed to the airport in time to catch the outgoing flight.
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