Assam & Meghalaya Explorer : Nov 17th to 24th’ 2018

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Assam & Meghalaya Explorer : Nov 17th to 24th' 2018

One of the least explored yet most beautiful region of India is the farthest states in the North Eastern part of India. Sharing borders with 5 countries, these remote frontiers are places of rugged natural beauty, tribal cultures and people, dramatic landscapes and exotic cuisines. Our journey to the North East this time covers the states of Assam and Meghalaya. We start out journey at Guwahati, the capital of Assam and proceed to explore the grasslands and marshes of Kaziranga National Park spotting one horned rhinos, wild buffalo’s and other animals. Later we travel further South West to Dawki on the border with Bangladesh and later on to rainy Mawlynnong and Cherrapunji,located in the Khasi hills and facing the plains of Bangladesh. Such heavy rainfall gives birth to numerous waterfalls, beautiful streams and the root bridges which are unique to the region. Our journey ends at Shillong known as the Scotland of the east, the capital city of Meghalaya and home to the Khasi people.

Essential Info

Cost: Rs 29500/- per person
Country: 
India

Start:  Guwahati
End: Guwahati
Start Date: 17th Nov’ 2018
End Date: 24th Nov’ 2018
Duration: 8 Days
Group Size : Min 5 | Max 15
Theme: Culture, Adventure

Highlights

– Trek across jungles and streams to the double decker root bridge at Cheerapunjee
– Explore stalagmite caves in Cheerapunjee 
– Take a canoe boat ride at Dawki on the Bangladesh border
– See Nohkalikai Falls, the tallest plunge waterfall in India 
– Visit Mawlynnong, the cleanest village in Asia
– Try flavorful Assamese cuisine
– Spot rhinos and elephants at Kaziranga National park 

ITINERARY

Day 1 : Nov 17th – Saturday : Guwahati to Shillong ( 100 Kms / 3.5 hours )
Arrive at Guwahati airport and drive to Shillong. Shillong,  the capital of Meghalaya (meaning ‘the abode of the clouds’)is located in undulating pine covered hills, the city has a mild climate. Home to several waterfalls, it is also known as the Scotland of the East. The British legacy is still visible in the architecture and food habits of the population. The Assam style houses with slanting roofs, large number of windows and wooden floors look like a piece of art. Overnight in Shillong.  

Day 2 : Nov 18 – Sunday : Shillong to Dawki via Mwallynong ( 100 kms / 4 hours )
After breakfast drive to Mwallynong which has been dubbed as the cleanest village in Asia by Discover India Magazine. Paved walkways and beautiful flowerbed all along mark the village, with waterfalls, living root bridges, hilly rivulets, acacia plantation and an excellent view of the faraway plains of Bangladesh all contribute to the ambiance of this village. Later drive to Dawki on the Meghalaya – Bangladesh border. See fishermen fishing in small canoes in the green colored waters of the Umgot river and go till the Bangladesh border. Overnight at a village home at a beautiful location overlooking the Umgot River near Dawki. 

Day 3 : Nov 19th – Monday : Dawki to Cherrapunjee ( 85 kms / 3 hours )
After breakfast drive to Cheerapunji ( also known by its historical name of Sohra ) is a town in East Khasi Hills district in Meghalaya. En route take a light 15 minutes trek through the jungle to visit a secluded waterfalls. Swim at the pool, formed at the base of the falls and stand under the falls for a refreshing feel at the waterfalls where no other tourist will be there. Cheerapunji, one of the wettest places on earth is home to numerous waterfalls, jungles and limestone caves. It is a pleasant drive to see roaring waterfalls leaping into deep gorges, including the famed Nohsngithiang Falls and Nohkalikai Falls ( the highest plunge waterfall in India ). Later visit the Khasi Monoliths and Mawsmai Cave. This long stalactites and stalagmites caves  ( of which only 150 meters is open for tourists ) have innumerable forms, shapes and sizes. This magnificent natural wonder is the handiwork of years of natural abrasion and underground water. Overnight at Cherrapunjee.

Day 4 : Nov 20th – Tuesday : Cherrapunjee
Today we go for a day trek to visit the double decker root bridge at Nongriat village close to Cherrapunjee. Deep in the dense tropical forest around Cherrapunjee, and shrouded in cloud and rain for much of the year, are some astonishing man-made natural wonders known living root bridges which inventive members of the Khasi tribe have trained to grow from the roots of ancient rubber trees, native to the northeast region. The root bridges provide a stable alternative to wooden bridges, which decay and get destroyed during the lengthy monsoon seasons. On this day of adventure you get up close with nature, trekking through thick jungles, crossing crystal clear streams on root and hanging bamboo bridges, taking a swim in one of the numerous natural pools in the  stream, spot different kinds of butterflies and insects, admire the beauty of nature and of course visiting and walking on the double decker bridge. Back to Cherrapunjee by evening. Overnight at Cherrapunjee Hotel .

Day 5 : Nov 21st – Wednesday : Cherrapunjee to Kaziranga National Park ( 280 kms / 7 hours )
Leave your hotel early morning after breakfast for Kaziranga National Park. On the way visit Thangkharang Park that is home to a large number of rare and exotic orchids and the beautiful Umiam lake. From high elevations en-route have a panoramic view of the plains of Bangladesh. Kaziranga is a vast expanse of tall elephant grass, marshland and dense tropical moist broad leaf forests, crisscrossed by four major rivers, including the Brahmaputra, and the park includes numerous small bodies of water. Check-in at an eco-camp close to Kaziranga and enjoy your dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6 : Nov 22nd – Thursday : Kaziranga National Park
After breakfast take an exhilarating jeep safari in the Kaziranga National Park. Return to your hotel for lunch and get some rest. Around 2:30 PM take an elephant safari / jeep safari in the park that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is home to two-thirds of the one-horned rhinoceroses in the world. Kaziranga National Park also boasts of the highest density of tigers and is a major bird;ife habitat.Located on the edge of the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot, the park combines high species diversity and visibility. Some of the animals that can be easily spotted here are the rhino, elephants, water buffalo and swamp dear. Return to eco-camp for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7 : Nov 23rd – Friday : Kaziranga National Park to Guwahati (170 kms /4.5 hours )
After breakfast leave for Guwahati and en route visit some tea gardens and pick up some Assam tea to take home. Evening take a leisurely cruise on the Bhramaputra River in Guwahati. Overnight at Guwahati.

Day 8 : Nov 24th – Saturday : Departure
After breakfast transfer to airport. End of tour. 

Trip Info

Guwahati
Shillong
Mwallynong
Cherrapunjee

Dawki
Kaziranga

INCLUDED
– 2 nights stay at Cherrapunjee, 2 night stay at Kaziranga , 1 night stay at Mwallynong , 1 night stay at Guwahati, 1 night stay at Shillong
– Breakfast on all days 
– One jeep safari at Kaziranga National Park 
– All land transfers and transportation in SUV
– Service charges 
– Taxes

EXCLUDED
– Flight Charges ( To Guwahati and return )
– Any extra excursions and tours other than mentioned
– Entry tickets & Camera charges at sightseeing points ( wherever applicable )
– Dinner & Lunch
– Other than mentioned

  • Rs 2000/- Discount ( For repeat travelers  )
  • Rs 1500/- Discount ( For 2 to 4 person booking together )
  • Rs 3000/- Discount ( For 5 or more people booking together )
  • Stay will be in Standard category hotels and Bed n Breakfast places with good reviews on double/twin sharing basis.
  • Indian and Assamese food available at all places. 
  • Breakfast ( Included ) with me mostly Indian or Western breakfast at most places. 
  • Transportation and transfers will be in SUV / Car 

For this trip
Our Assam & Meghalaya  tour is designed for travelers to experience the natural beauty and culture of the states of Assam & Meghalaya

For all our trips
Our small group tours also allow enough time for yourself  ( mostly in the evenings ) and the group leaders will assist you too if you need to do your own thing.
Stay and the food is a big part of the travel and we make sure you are made comfortable and therefore we choose some of the best-reviewed places to stay and eat. 
We try to incorporate more local experiences on our tours with the help of our experienced tour leader and local guides to make your experience even more memorable.
Our tours are not standard sightseeing package tours, it’s more experience-oriented so as to give a real travel value to the guests. 

Who are we?
Exotic Expeditions is an experiential based travel company founded in 2010. We are based out of Bangalore and Mumbai and we create uniquely designed tours that have high travel value. We include activities, local interactions, and offbeat destinations so that the guests go back with experiences to remember for a long time.

What are all included in our tours?
A comprehensive list of inclusions and exclusions is mentioned on the respective trip page, but across all our trips, we have these in common: private transfers, breakfast on all days, good accommodation, unique experiences, expert guides and an experienced trip leader who’s there to assist you around the clock.

Are flights & visas included in your costs?
No.We don’t include flights and visa costs in our prices unless specified. We, however, will help you with booking flights and getting the visa done.

What is the typical group size?
We believe that a small group is can enjoy the journey better and have closer interactions with the group members, therefore, we restrict our group size to a maximum of 15. Group size typically between 5 and 15. Our travelers are
friendly, open-minded, well traveled and we have a good gender mix on our tours.

Who can join this trip?
Anyone above 18 years of age can join our trips. Participants below the age of 18 must be accompanied by an elder.

Which cities do travelers come from?
Our travelers come from all over India. Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad and Calcutta are represented the most.

What are the payment options?
You can make payments through credit and debit cards, net-banking, cash or cheque. Installment options are also available.

Can solo travelers join one of the tours?
Yes. On most of our tours, we have a high turnout of solo travelers seeking a different travel experience. Many of them even end up becoming friends after the tour.

How safe is it to travel with you?
Your safety is our number one priority and we design our travel journeys keeping this in mind.

  • You can contact us at contact@exoticexpeditions.org / exoticexpeditions@gmail.com 
  • Call / whatsapp us at 9986450370 
  • Bookings can be done by online bank transfer / cash/ cheque or credit / debit card
  • Installment options are also available 
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