The world famous eco-system of North-east India is home to a variety of flora and fauna. There is no place in the world, barring Africa, where such a variety of wildlife exists.
Day -1: Arrive at Guwahati
Arrive Guwahati. Received and transferred to Hotel Landmark or similar. Evening, visit Umananda temple in the middle of the Brahmaputra River. See a close up view of Golden Langur. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Guwahati to Manas National Park
After breakfast drive to Manas National Park and Tiger Reserve (180kms/5hrs). Overnight
Manas Tiger Reserve -the most scenic park in Asia. A tiger country and a bird’s paradise. It is blessed with a beautiful combination of grasslands and woodlands. It is home to the Indian Gaur, elephants, and a large numbers of primates including the almost extinct Golden Langur
Early morning go for an elephant safari. After breakfast, explore the park in an open jeep. In the evening, go for a nature walk in and around the park. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 3; At Manas National Park
The park is a paradise for nature lovers. It is a haven for no less than 20 highly endangered species e.g. pygmy hog, Royal Bengal Tigers, Asiatic Elephants, Hornbill, Hispid Hare etc. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this extremely picturesque park is located at the base of the Bhutan Himalayas.
Day 4: Manas National Park to Guwahati
After breakfast, drive to Guwahati (180kms/5hrs). Evening visit Shankerdev Kalashetra. Overnight at Hotel Landmark.
Guwahati is situated on the south bank of river Brahmaputra. It is considered to be the gateway to North East India. Srimanta Shankerdeva Kalashetra – a multi-art complex portrays the rich cultural diversity and life of Assam as well as that of the North-east. This art complex has been named after the greatest Vaishnava saint and the integrator of the Assamese society, which is why it is chosen as the venue for many cultural activities.
Day 5: Guwahati to Nameri National Park
Drive to Nameri National Park (220kms/6hrs) that is famous for its bird-life, specially the White-winged wood duck. Stay overnight at the Eco-camp (tented accommodation with attached bathrooms) located on the outer fringes of the National Park.
Nameri National Park is located on the banks of the river Bhorelli on the northern side of the
Brahmaputra. Situated on the foothills of the great Himalayas, it is another tiger and bison country. Deciduous forests with the river Bhorelli flowing by its side, have added a unique charm to it. A trek inside the forest enables good sighting of the White Winged Wood Duck. Option to go for adventure activities like – white water rafting and angling. Nameri is the access point to Western and central Arunachal Pradesh.
Day 6: Nameri to Kaziranga National Park
Early morning, explore Nameri National Park by trekking around the outer fringe of the forest followed by rafting post breakfast with packed lunch. Afternoon, drive on to Kaziranga National Park (100kms/3hrs). Overnight at Landmark Woods or similar.
Kaziranga National Park – a world Heritage Site, is a home to more than 75% of the world’s population of the great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros. Kaziranga has a wide variety of fauna and avi-fauna in a unique habitat. Grasslands, mainly comprising of close tangled and thorny rattan cane, elephant grass and tall trees of the evergreen forest are interspersed with numerous water bodies, marshes and shallow pools. The main wildlife besides the Rhino comprise of the Asiatic Water Buffalo, Elephant, Tiger, Leopard, Swamp Deer, Barking Deer, Hog Deer and Sambar. More than 400 species of birds are found in Kaziranga. Sighting is excellent and is always a great experience
Day 7: Full day at Kaziranga National Park
Early morning, go for an elephant safari to the central range of the park. After breakfast and lunch visit the park by open jeep. Overnight
Day 8: Kaziranga to Dibrugarh (250 kms/ 5 hrs)
Early morning with packed breakfast go for a nature trek to Panbari range – a reserve forest and a natural corridor to the adjoining Karbi Hills. See woodland birds like the Shama, Paradise Flycatcher etc. After lunch, depart for Dibrugarh.
Enroute see the monuments and temples of the Ahom Dynasty at Sivasagar.
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 Sivasagar, one can still see the remaining well preserved relics. Palaces, tanks, forts, places of worship and burial sites (vaults) at Charaideo reflects 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 Sivasagar.
Day 09: Dibrugarh – Dibru-Saikhowa National Park – Dibrugarh
Early morning drive to Guijan range of Dibru-Saikhowa National Park (50kms/1.5hrs) – a riverine park and a biodiversity hotspot situated on the southern bank of the river Brahmaputra. Explore the park in a country boat or trek inside the park as cruising may not be possible during winter when the water dries up. Return to Dibrugarh late in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Dibru-Saikhowa National Park has the most distinct and vibrant wildlife. This park got its status as a national park in 1999 only. The forest in this park ranges from semi-evergreen to deciduous to littoral to swampy marshes with patches of semi- evergreen jungles. About 36 species of mammals have so far been recorded in Dibru-Saikhowa National Park – Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Jungle Cat, Sloth Bear, Malayan Giant Squirrel, Slow Loris are some to name a few. Dibru-Saikhowa is a safe haven to many rare and endangered species of birdlife. We take boat rides and walks around parts of the park’s southern fringes. We will be able to see the White Winged Wood Duck, Bengal Florican, Great Indian Hornbill Greater Adjutant Stork, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Swamp Fran Colin, Swamp Prynia and Marsh Babbler.
Day 10: Fly out from Dibrugarh Airport
Drive to Dibrugarh Airport (14kms/30mints) at Mohanbari to board flight for onward destination.