Shillong 02N - Kaziranga 02N - Guwahati 02N
06 Nights – 07 Days
Day 01: Guwahati – Shillong (99.5 Kms – 2H 40Min)
Arrive at Guwahati Airport.Gateway to the beautiful North East!!!! Our local office representative shall meet & greet you at airport & you shall be transferred to Shillong. En route visit UMIAM LAKE – more popularly known as Barapani, this is the biggest artificial lake in the State. Surrounded by sylvan hills and wrapped in the beauty of an assortment of green Khasi-pines and the azure blue skies is the majestic Umiam Lake. Developed upon the reservoir of the Umium Hydro Electric Project, the Water Sports Complex provides a choice of row-boats, paddle-boats, cruise boats, sailing boats, water scooters and speed boats. If time permits, one can enjoy water sports activities here (Optional, cost to be borne by guest). Later arrive at Shillong – ‘Scotland of the East’ & check into the hotel.
Day 02: Shillong
Morning after breakfast, local sightseeing tour of Shillong. Visit the GOLF COURSE of Shillong, which is third oldest golf course in India, commissioned during British regime by the British Civil Service Officers at a location known as ‘Laban’ in the year 1898. Also known as ‘Gleneagle of the East’, it stands amidst pine groves and rhododendron trees at an altitude of 5,200 ft. above sea level. WARDS LAKE is among most popular tourist locations of the hill station. It is an artificial lake that is enveloped within a widespread garden. Also known as Polok Lake, the water body is located in the middle of the city. Along with the Wards Lake is a BOTANICAL GARDEN that houses an extensive range of exotic plants and flowers. DON BOSCO MUSEUM – a unique venture of the Salesians of Don Bosco in North East India to develop expert facilities for the preservation and promotion of numerous beautiful and diverse indigenous cultures of the region. The Museum exhibits cultural artifacts thematically arranged from floor to floor in the different galleries along with excellent paintings depicting various aspects of the cultures of North East India forms the first and most visible aspect of DBCIC!
ARCHERY SHOW (on your own) – The archery gambling is a sort of lottery,with the local archers shooting at a target. People all over Meghalaya place bet on the last 2 digits of the number of arrows sticking to the target.It is really a fascinating mixture of sport, culture & gambling……you must experience Gambling here!
In the evening visit local markets in Shillong (BARA BAZAAR and POLICE BAZAAR) for the best shopping experience.
Specialty shopping at Shillong:
Bara Bazaar & Police Bazaar – These markets also host the IEWDEH, the weekly local market. You can explore the markets for goodies that are locally produced like handicrafts, wooden items, bamboo artifacts and a very popular forest-made honey. Get your hands on some of the souvenirs typical to Shillong – hand-carved knives, Tibetan shawls, bamboo cutlery and artifacts. The Police Bazaar is known for its traditional Khasi silk skirts, called jain-sayem. Also savor the locally grown fruits, Sayang and Saflang, which are wrapped and sold in banana leaves.
Day 03: Shillong – Kaziranga (229 Kms – 4H 43Min)
Morning after breakfast you shall be transferred to Kaziranga. It’s declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 for its unique natural environment.
KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK is situated in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam. It is one of the last areas in eastern India undisturbed by a human presence. It is inhabited by the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as many mammals, including tigers, elephants, panthers and bears, and thousands of birds.
Later on after arrival in Kaziranga, check into the hotel. Enjoy a thrilling Jeep Safari in the park with our expert Naturalist. Evening free or one can explore the Crafts Center & Assamese village on own.
Day 04: Kaziranga Safari
Early morning go for ELEPHANT RIDE at 5.00 am.This is one of the most enjoyed safari to explore the wide varieties of wildlife in the Kaziranga National Park. This is one of the most enjoyed safari to explore the wide varieties of wildlife in the Kaziranga National Park.The vast area covered by the Elephant Grass can be best viewed when you are on an elephant’s back.The elephant ride is best enjoyed in the early hours of dawn.The main attraction of it is one horned rhinoceros with wild buffalo, elephant, tiger, a variety of deer, bear, python, and prehistoric looking monitor lizard. The Kaziranga wildlife is also adorned with the crested serpent eagle, Pella’s fishing eagle and Grey headed fishing Eagle with a number of other Bird species like the Jungle fowl, Bengal florican and water fowl, goose, a large number of pelicans, Black naked stork, Snake Bird and so on. Evening free at leisure.
Day 05: Kaziranga – Guwahati (193 Kms – 3H 57Min)
Morning after breakfast, drive to GUWAHATI – the commercial capital city of the north-eastern state of Assam, formerly known as Pragjyotishpur (the City of Eastern Light). Fixed between the picturesque hills of the eastern flanks of the Himalayan mountain range, Guwahati houses the political capital of the state, Dispur. The gateway to the 7 North Eastern states, also referred as seven sisters, Guwahati is a vital tourist base point, besides being an attraction in its own! On arrival check into the hotel. Later in the evening enjoy RIVER CRUISE over the river Brahmaputra (Optional, cost to be borne by guest). The longest river in India, the Brahmaputra, runs through the spectacular scenery of Assam and is an ideal introduction to river cruising in India.
Day 06: Guwahati
Morning after breakfast, check-out & sightseeing tour of KAMAKHYA TEMPLE – Kamrup Kamakhya has been the seat of the powerful tantrik cult in India. Situated atop the Nilachal Hill in Guwahati, this temple is one of the 108 Shakti Peethas of the country. Rising to a modest height of 562 feet above the mighty river Brahmaputra,the hill on which the temple stands commands a magnificent view of the entire city. NAVAGRAHA TEMPLE – dedicated to the nine planets in the solar system this temple was built by the ruler Rajeswar Singh in late 18th century AD. Also known as the Abodes of Surya, the Navagraha Temple or the temple of the nine celestial bodies is located in the south eastern part of Guwahati, on a hill by name Chitrachal. It is a center of astrological and astronomical research. (If time Permits) visit STATE ZOO – Spread over an area of 130 hectares, Assam State Zoo is the only zoo in India where a natural forest still exists. It is one of the major zoos of the country and boasts of a unique diversity of animal habitat. The botanical garden located within the same vicinity is called Guwahati’s green retreat. In the evening visit THE SRIMANTA SANKARDEVA KALAKSHETRA- the reflection of the life and culture of the people of North East India’s seven sister States. It is a grand exposition of its diverse ethnic groups and sub-groups who have created the cultural mosaic, the essence of North East India in general and Assam in particular, in respect of its beauty and splendor. The Kalakshetra is named after the great Vaishnava saint Srimanta Sankardeva, who was born in 1449 in a village called Alipukhuri near Borduwa in Nagaon district. The main attraction in the Kalakshetra is the Central Museum which preserves some traditional articles or artifacts of Assamese culture.
Day 07: Guwahati
After breakfast transfer to Guwahati airport/railway station for onward destination.
End of the tour with unforgettable memories.