Highlights of West Bengal, Assam & Arunachal Pradesh
Travelling to unique places also falls in adventure trails. These remote parts of West Bengal, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh brings a lot of unimaginable experiences to a discerning traveler. The ascending geography in Arunachal Pradesh on the Eastern Himalayas is interesting when the landscape changes from flat plains to lofty hills and mountains with deep gorges.
A visit to the 400 years old Tawang Monastery, visiting the Urgelling monastery – the birth place of the 6th Dalai Lama, Nishi & Apatani Tribes etc. are really unique. This itinerary is a great mix of the cultural diversity of India. As there are strict entry formalities, all tours to this region are to be planned well in advance to enable our team in Guwahati to arrange your papers ready on your arrival.
Day 01 – Arrival Kolkata & Local Sightseeing
Welcome on arrival at Kolkata and transfer to Hotel. Kolkata is the city of Joy, contrast and culture. Once the capital of British India - now the capital of West Bengal. A visit to Kolkata will bring visitors in touch with a combination of a rich 400 years old heritage, vibrant modern life and different cultures.
Day 02 – Kolkata
Full day to explore Kolkata. Visit the Mother House – the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity and the interesting Kalighat Kali Temple – one of the 52 Shakti Peethas in India, devotees from all over the country come to visit this holy temple. In between you can also enjoy a short Tram Ride in the crowded streets of Kolkata. Later visit Howrah Bridge. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 – Kolkata – Guwahati – Tezpur (180 kms / 4 Hrs)
Today drive to Kolkata airport for your onward journey to Guwahati. Meet and assist at the Guwahati airport and transfer to Tezpur. Check into hotel on arrival. Dinner and overnight.
Day 04 – Tezpur – Dirang (195 kms / 6½ Hrs)
Today we will head further up into the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh from another side - the Eastern Himalayas. The landscape will gradually change from flat plains to lofty hills and mountains with deep gorges. We will drive along the Kameng River. Check into hotel on arrival.
Day 05 – Dirang – Tawang (145 kms / 7 Hrs)
After breakfast, visit the old Dirang Village. Locally known as ‘DZONG’, the 17th century fort at Dirang represented the authority of the King / Chief and also acted as an important centre of public administration. It was also the centre of military and judicial activities concerning the entire population within his jurisdiction. The fort was built at Dirang in 1831. It is strategically located and is a four storied fortified building in which the entire village could take refuge at the time of war. The two-storied fort was built out of huge stone slabs and wooden logs.
Day 06 – Tawang
After breakfast, visit the famous 400 years old Tawang Monastery. Intermingled with the lamas (monks). Post lunch; visit a Monpa village, and Ani Gompa. Evening visit market.
Day 07 – Tawang – Bomdila (180 kms / 7 Hrs)
After breakfast drive back to Bomdila at an altitude of 8000 ft. Enroute visit Urgelling monastery – the birth place of the 6th Dalai Lama. Before crossing Sela Pass stop at Jaswant Garh, a war memorial of 1962 saga. Check into hotel on arrival. Afternoon visit lower Gompa and the local market.
Day 08 – Bomdila – Wild Mahseer (160 kms / 6 Hrs)
Today we will drive to Wild Mahseer in Balipara near Tezpur. Wild Mahseer is a historic one characterized by its Victorian architecture and has spacious rooms across four individual bungalows. The accommodation is located on 22 acres of tropical land surrounded by tea gardens and the land has been bestowed with a wide variety of trees, plants, flowers, insects and birds. According to hearsay the Balipara tea estate was established by the British Assam Tea Company sometime around 1875.
Day 09 – Wild Mahseer – Ziro (320 kms / 7-8 Hrs)
Set off to Ziro in the central Part of Arunachal Pradesh today. En route, visit villages inhabited by the Nishi tribes. On arrival check into hotel. Evening visit local market
Day 10 – Ziro
Whole day exploring villages of the Apatani people in Ziro.
Day 11 – Ziro – Lakhimpur (150 kms / 5 Hrs)
Morning, visit nearby Apatani villages. Later proceed to Lakhimpur for overnight stay. Check into hotel Maple Leaf on arrival. Dinner and overnight.
Day 12 – Lakhimpur – Majuli – Jorhat
Today we will proceed towards Majuli; we will take a ferry across (1 hr) the mighty river Brahmaputra to one of the biggest river islands in the world and also the heart of the Assamese culture – Majuli. Here in Majuli, we will be exploring this cultural place and the seat of Vaishnava culture in Assam. The great 15th century Assamese reformer and saint, Shankardeva had come down here and set up ‘satras’ or Vaishnavite monasteries to make the people motivated towards culture and religion.
Day 13 – Jorhat
Full day at Jorhat. Local visits/leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14 – Jorhat – Kolkata (By Air)
Today you will be transferred to Jorhat airport to connect your flight to Kolkata. On arrival check into hotel in Kolkata. You may opt for short walks in the streets of Kolkata. Later transfer to NSCB Airport to connect your flight home
The driving duration mentioned in the itinerary may not be precise; it is the time that can be expected when strictly driving, depending on the present road conditions. Otherwise, the journey is conducted in such a way that we always stop midway for visiting villages, markets, photography, major landmarks of importance or interest depending on the client’s interest.
The sector/places of Arunachal Pradesh in the itinerary are some of the least visited areas of India. And as such, the choices of facilities are very limited. We use the best available hotels / guest houses that provide relatively good services in the area, however will be basic in nature.
Please note that some of the sights/itinerary may change due to time limit, weather, national holidays, and special events. We maintain the rights to alter the itinerary since tours are made in advance and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve your overall travel experience.