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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Accommodation in Nameri will be in Tented camps where amenities
are basic and toilets not attached.
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
1. ASSAM SPLENDOUR: (5
Nights/ 6 Days)
- SIBSAGAR - MAJULI - KAZIRANGA - JORHAT
Day 01 : Arrive Guwahati By Air
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.
02 : JORHAT - DAY TRIP TO SIBSAGAR
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.
03 : JORHAT - DAY TRIP TO MAJULI
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.
04 : JORHAT – KAZIRANGA
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.
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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