Experience The Vibrant & Colorful Hornbill Festival

  •  08 Nights/ 09 Days
  •  Best During December

Tour Highlights

  • Witness one of the most colourful and vibrant congregation of cultures and tribes – The Hornbill Festival.
  • Visit Kaziranga National Park – home to the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros
  • Enjoy an elephant safari at Kaziranga and drive through its dense forests in an open jeep.
  • Visit the Ahom monuments and temples at Sivasagar.
  • Tour through the lush green tea estates of Upper Assam.
  • Cruise on the mighty River Brahmaputra.
  • Visit Majuli – the largest river island in the world.
  • Enjoy a cultural evening at the bungalow.
  • Enjoy the Tea festival- a very special festival of the tea tribes.

Tour Plan

Day 01 DIMAPUR - KOHIMA, NAGALAND

Arrived at the airport in Dimapur and drove the 90 km (about three hours) to Kohima. Upon arrival, check into the hotel for three nights. Spend the night at the hotel. The capital of business in Nagaland is Dimapur. The Kachari Kingdom's former capital was Dimapur, which is located along the Dhansiri River. There are still visible fragments of stone pillars and other stone decorations. The capital of Nagaland, Kohima, is proudly located in the south at a height of 1444 metres above sea level. With the State of Assam on the west, the Wokha district on the north, the Zunheboto and Phek districts on the east, and the State of Assam on the south, Kohima has the benefit of being centrally positioned. The advantage of Kohima's central location is that it is bordered by the States of Manipur on the south, the State of Assam on the east, the Zunheboto and Phek districts on the west, and the State of Assam on the north. The Kohima District is mostly populated by the Angami, Rengma, and Zeliangrong groups.

Day 02 KOHIMA- HORNBILL FESTIVAL, NAGALAND

After breakfast, we make the 12-kilometer, 30-minute trip to the Kisama Heritage Complex, where we spend the entire day taking in the ambience of the Hornbill Festival and watching the many tribal performances. Enjoy cultural dances from all 16 major tribes, war dances from all 16 major tribes, folk songs, indigenous games, music (including a rock beat competition in the evening), fashion shows (both traditional and modern), handicrafts and looming, local cuisines, and local beverages (Zutho and Thutshe), among other things. You might choose to visit Jakhama or Kigwema, two Angami tribe villages, in the afternoon. Experience the Night Bazaar in the evening. In the motel for the night.

The Angami tribes, which are further divided into various clans, make up the majority of the residents of the Jakhama and Kigwema villages, which are located on the southern Angami belt. The villages, which are situated on the summit of a mountain with breathtaking natural views of the surrounding villages, are about 20 kilometres south of Kohima. This community has a charming appearance due to the terraced paddy fields that surround it entirely. Every community has a distinctive entrance gate. The typical Angami residences can be seen throughout the hamlet, some of them are magnificent and exhibit the people' riches in a conventional manner. One can connect with the local tribes, tour the village, and get their outfit personalised here.

Day 03 KOHIMA - HORNBILL FESTIVAL, NAGALAND

After breakfast, take in the Hornbill Festival. You can choose to visit the Khonoma village of the Angami tribe in the afternoon. Experience the Night Bazaar in the evening. In the motel for the night. Village of Khonoma: Khonoma village lies 20 kilometres west of Kohima. The village, which the locals call "Khwünoria," is surrounded by hills that reach heights of up to 9000 feet and is thought to be around 700 years old. The Naga warriors' final defence against the British in 1879 took place here. The indigenous plant known as "Khüno" that grows there gave the village its name. This area is home to many alder trees (Alnus Nepalensis), and Khonoma is renowned for its jhum management. It has established itself as the Eco-Tourism Model Village thanks to its motto, "Green Khonoma." Every home must have a trash can, according to the village council. During a sanitation campaign that takes place once a month, the trash from the neighbourhood is burned. The leftover material, including the ashes, is utilised as manure. The Khonoma environment is a great contender for eco-tourism because of its stunning terrain and abundant biodiversity.

Day 04 KOHIMA - KAZIRANGA, ASSAM
Day 05 AT KAZIRANGA, ASSAM

We spent the entire day visiting the stunning grasslands and woodlands of the National Park, beginning with an optional morning elephant safari and concluding with a morning Jeep safari after breakfast. Enjoy another Jeep Safari after lunch. In the motel for the night. ELEPHANT SAFARI: Between 05:15 and 06:15 and 06:15 and 07:15, it lasts around 45 minutes. Only the Kaziranga Range and Kohora are used for elephant safaris for visitors from abroad (Central Range) The government of Assam's Kaziranga National Park's forest department oversees the timing and allocation of elephant riding seats. Tickets for the same are only granted the evening before the ride, after 7:30 PM, and are based on availability. It begins extremely early in the day and lasts for roughly 45 minutes. The enormous variety of species in Kaziranga National Park can best be explored in this manner. The view from an elephant's back is ideal because the park is covered in extremely high elephant grass. One can get up up and personal views of one-horned rhinos and herds of Indian elephants while on the safari. The Kaziranga National Park's proximity to wild creatures makes the journey exciting and memorable. The rhino may be seen clearly while travelling through the wetlands and long grass of the park's centre area, where the elephant safari takes place. It is also excellent for photographing rhinos in the mist in the early morning hours. On an elephant's back, there are significant possibilities of witnessing a Bengal Florican. JEEP SAFARIAfternoon: Arrival from 07:30 to 10:00. No admission after 00:00 hours Afternoon: Entry hours are between 13:30 and 1500. No admission after 1500 hours. Within Kaziranga National Park, Jeep Safaris are allowed at the four locations listed below. These locations are on pre-established tourist circuits. Subject to local range conditions and weather, each of these circuits lasts between 1.5 to 2 hours (or possibly longer depending on the tourists' level of interest). Jeep Safari may be cancelled or reduced by the Park for any reason.

Any warning from the authorities. 1. Mihimukh at Kohora's Central Range 2. Bagori at Bagori in the Western Range 3. The Eastern Range at Agaratoli, in Agaratoli 4. Ghorakati at Ghorakhati in the Burapahar Range The Central Range traverses every type of environment, including swamp forests, savannah woodlands, and oxbow lakes. It is excellent for seeing both birds and mammals (Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Great Hornbill, Rufous Woodpecker).  Rows of Indian Roofed and Tent Turtles can be seen while travelling along the trail (Kachuga tecta and Kachuga tentoria). In the beels, water monitors Varanus salvator are occasionally seen. Water birds abound in the Eastern Range, including bar-headed geese, falcons, grey-headed lapwings, and spot-billed pelicans (a colony of 200 pairs of this globally threatened species nesting on the Bombax trees can be found here). Due to its greater swampiness, the Western Range has the highest rhino population. It has raptors (such as the Pallas's fish eagle and swamp francolin) and grassland birds. In its ox-bow lakes, smooth Indian Otters (Lutrogale perspicillata) can occasionally be observed fishing.

Day 06 KAZIRANGA – MAJULI - JORHAT, ASSAM

After breakfast, we travel 80 kilometres (02 hours) to Neematighat, where we catch a ferry boat to Majuli, the world's largest populated river island, for an hour-long downstream boat ride. The Vaishnavite Satras or monasteries (Kamalabari Satra, Auniati Satra, Benganti Satra, and many others) and Majuli's thriving culture are among its most well-known attractions. It lies tucked between the Subansiri and Brahmaputra River's meeting point. We connect with the island's tribes while visiting the monasteries. We take the ferry to the mainland later in the day (01 1/2 hours) and then check into our hotel in Jorhat for the night. The biggest populated riverine island in the world, Majuli Island, is situated in the Brahmaputra River and is a World Heritage Site. The island is famous for its stunning agricultural landscape, the traditional Assamese and Mishing tribal architecture, and its long history as a monastic retreat for the Vaishnavite community. As we make our way to the monastery, we pass through Assamese and Mishing villages. The Mishing dwellings are distinguished by their stilted construction and "long house" architectural style. One of the monks from the monastic cell and temple gives us a tour of the monastery when we arrive. (Note that visiting the Vaishnavite monasteries will require you to take off your shoes.) Srimanta Shankardev, the founder of the Vaishnavite renaissance in the 16th century, established these Satras/monasteries. Along with religious instruction, these are vibrant cultural centres that support ancient dance forms including "Satriya" (the fifth dance style to receive national recognition after Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kathakali, and Manipuri), music, and mask-making. The Tibeto-Burman clan of the Mongoloid race is where the Mishings come from. Although their exact origin is unknown, it is assumed that they originated in the present-day hills of Arunachal Pradesh. This explains why they share language and cultural traits with members of the Hill Miri and Dafla tribes of Arunachal Pradesh as well as the Adi (formerly Abor) tribe. They began to move toward the Assamese plains somewhere in the 13th century, perhaps in quest of arable land. This migration persisted for at least two to three centuries. By chance, they discovered one of the most fertile riverbeds—the great Brahmaputra—and made their homes on both banks of the river, from Sadiya in the east to Jorhat in the west.  They kept on the custom of residing in Chang ghar, thatched huts built on bamboo stilts. Although the primary justification for higher buildings was defence against wild animals, it served as a safeguard against flood waters during the rainy season. The Mishings lived in utter destitution and misery as a result of the regular floods. Since agriculture is their primary industry, floods have a variety of effects on them. In February, at the Ali-Aye-Ligang festival, they celebrate the agricultural harvest. Most Mishings practise Donyi-Polo and Hinduism, however a small number of Christians practise the Catholic or Baptist beliefs. Mishing language is another name for the language of the Mishing people.

Day 07 JORHAT – SIVASAGAR - DIBRUGARH, ASSAM

We go 140 kilometres (3 12 hours) to Dibrugarh after breakfast. We stop at the Sivasagar Ahom monuments and temples en way, which cover the Ahom Dynasty's 600-year history. Check into the hotel upon arrival. Enjoy an ethnic dance group's performance in the evening at the Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow. In the motel for the night. The Ahom Kings' former capital was Sivasagar. The Shans, who arrived in this region in the early 13th century via Northern Myanmar and Thailand, dominated for 600 years. This Siva Temple, constructed by the Ahoms, is thought to be the tallest Hindu temple still in existence. The area surrounding this ancient town is littered with the remains of Ahom palaces and monuments. This region of the world was ruled by several tribal chieftains for centuries before to the British invasion. One may still observe the surviving, excellently maintained artefacts in Sivasagar. Another noteworthy site in the history of Sivasagar is Rang Ghar, the biggest and oldest amphitheatre in Asia. Some artefacts from the Ahom era are on display in the Tai-Ahom Museum in Sivasagar, including swords, clothing, manuscripts, and other objects. The "Hidden Land" of Eastern Arunachal Pradesh and Northern Myanmar can be reached via Dibrugarh. In order to create their Empire, which flourished in the ancient Assam region, the Ahoms from Thailand travelled through Northern Myanmar to this region in the 13th century. It is the Upper Assam "Camellia" town, a tranquil refuge with opulent tea gardens that resemble a blanket of lush greenery. While staying at the Heritage Chang Bungalows, you can experience and appreciate the richness of these tea gardens. These are built on stilts and located in a quiet, pollution-free environment. In order to make living as comfortable as possible in what was to them a hostile and foreign place, the British erected cosy bungalows as soon as they established their tea estates in the middle of the 19th century. These structures' name, Chang Bungalows, derives from one of their distinguishing characteristics. Chang, which means "raised on stilts" in the native language, had two functions: it kept the house cool by letting the breeze blow underneath and it kept both animals and water out. The most well-known Assamese traditional dance is called bihu. The people of Assam are quite proud of their state's distinctive place among other Indian dances of this type. Perhaps only the well-known Punjabi folk dance known as Bhangra can rival the rhythmic fervour of the Bihu dance in India. The springtime performance of "Bihu" by young men and women, which is accompanied by songs centred on the subject of love and sexual desire, reflects the passion and excitement of youth. No of their caste, creed, or religion, everyone participates in the dance.

Day 08 DIBRUGARH – TEA TOUR- TEA FESTIVAL

After breakfast, visit Ethelwold Tea Estate, a tea estate renowned for producing CTC tea of the highest calibre. Visit Mukul TE, which specialises in organic green tea, after participating in a tea tasting session with a professional estate manager who has understanding of the tea industry. Drive to Tinsukia later (01 1/2 hours). Witness the Tea Festival in the afternoon, a celebration of and for the Upper Assam tea tribal community. Enjoy the vibrant colours, folk music, traditional dance and art forms, as well as the range of ethnic foods and handicrafts. Celebrate in jubilation alongside the Assamese residents of the tea estates. Return to Dibrugarh via car. Afternoon at the hotel. Note: Tea factory visits are contingent upon them being open on the day of the visit. When one visits the factory between December and mid-March, there is no tea picking taking place, thus the real manufacturing and processing of tea cannot be seen. Additionally, the factory is closed on Mondays. The 27-hectare Mukul Tea Estate is located about 8 kilometres (or roughly 30 minutes) from Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow. The complete organic garden is situated in immaculate surroundings. The estate's boundaries include a tea plantation, a lush bamboo stand, and wetland that is home to a variety of bird species. Visitors can experience picking tea by hand up close. The tribal groups of the tea plantations organise "The Tea Festival" as part of their effort to highlight the variety and depth of culture that exists among them. This one-of-a-kind festival offers the chance to see the variety of dance styles, musical performances, instrumental collaborations, and handicraft displays found among the tribal communities of the tea-growing regions of Upper Assam. It is a rather colourful celebration of tradition, art, and culture.

Day 09 DIBRUGARH FLY OUT

Later, transfer to the airport in Dibrugarh to catch a flight to your next destination.

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