North East India: Meghalaya Tree Bridges, Assam & Nagaland    *alt*

17 days, from £3415
Wild Frontiers
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Description

India's North East receives far fewer visitors than other parts of the country and with many of its inhabitants sharing more in common with their Burmese and Tibetan neighbours, this remote region makes for a fascinating destination, ideal for the adventurous traveller. For years access to the area was restricted for political and security reasons, but now that the situation has relaxed we are delighted to guide you around this little-known, stunning part of India.

On this unforgettable journey we'll travel through the North-Eastern states of Meghalaya, Assam, Nagaland and Manipur, heading first to the living root-tree bridges of Meghalaya. In Assam we'll visit the wildlife-rich lands of Kaziranga National Park, stay on an island in the mighty Brahmaputra, and explore the tranquil verdant acres of its tea gardens. We then journey into the hills of Nagaland to mix with some of the varied local tribes who inhabit these frontier lands, before finishing in Manipur.

From the animist tribal villages that we'll discover to ancient cultural capitals, North East India is there just waiting to be explored and is sure to provide a plethora of surprises.

Highlights:

- Discovering the amazing living root tree-bridges of Meghalaya province
- Spotting wildlife from jeeps in Kaziranga National Park
- Staying on an island in the middle of the mighty Brahmaputra River
- Meeting the local Naga tribes who live near the Burmese border
- Watching local Manipuris skillfully navigate the waters of Loktak Lake in their dugout canoes

Tour Includes:

- Full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
- 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 15 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
- Drinking water throughout
- All transport (including a coaster bus, local ferries and domestic flights)
- 16 nights' accommodation (5 in comfortable hotels, 4 in comfortable resorts, 3 in simpler hotels, 2 in heritage bungalows, 2 in basic accommodation)
- All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
- A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through WF office)
ALL OUR SMALL GROUP TOURS HAVE NO LOCAL PAYMENTS, HIDDEN EXTRAS OR COMPULSORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

Itinerary


 Day 1: Tour starts in Kolkata

The tour starts this evening in this vibrant city, once the capital of British India.


 Days 2-3: Kolkata - Shillong - Cherrapunjee


 Day 2: A morning flight takes us to Shillong, Meghalaya's state capital, from where we'll transfer to Cherrapunjee, the so-called "Scotland of the East". Day 3: We have a full day to take in the stunning scenery of the region including a trek to see the famed living-root tree bridges.



 Days 4-5: Cherrapunjee - Kaziranga NP


 Day 4: A full day's drive takes us via the acclaimed Don Bosco Musuem to Kaziranga National Park, which lies in Assam in the plains of the mightly Brahmaputra river. Day 5: Today we enjoy morning and afternoon jeep safaris with great chances to spot wildlife in this wondrous park.



 Days 6-7: Kaziranga - Majuli Island


 Day 6: Driving to Neematighat jetty we take a ferry to Majuli Island, the world's largest river island. Day 7: A full day on the island will give us the chance to visit some of the 'Satras' - Hindu monasteries - and see traditional weaving and mask making in a village.



 Days 8-9: Majuli Island - Sivasagar - Dibrugarh


 Day 8: We depart by ferry and then take a scenic drive to Dibrugarh, stopping en route to see the temples of Sivasagar. Day 9: Today we will visit the tea plantations and a local Assamese village market before returning to Dibrugarh where we will stay once more in a unique bungalow.



 Days 10-11: Dibrugarh - Mon


 Day 10: Today is a full day drive as we cross into Nagaland, one of the remotest parts of India. Day 11: We have the entire day to explore some of the Konyak villages which border Burma and to see some of the people and architecture which make this region unique.



 Day 12: Mon - Mokokchung

We continue our journey south to Mokokchung, the centre of the Ao Nagas culture.


 Days 13-14: Mokokchung - Kohima


 Day 13: Today we drive on to Kohima, stopping en route to visit the Ao Naga villages of Ungma and Lonkhum. Day 14: Today we explore Kohima town, including a visit to the War Cemetary and the museum commemorating the Battle of Kohima. This afternoon we'll visit nearby Khonoma, a village held in high esteem by the Angami Nagas.



 Days 15-16: Kohima - Imphal


 Day 15: Today we drive south into Manipur state, heading to its capital, Imphal. We plan to visit a local market and hopefully see craftsmen making Manipuri dolls. Day 16: With a full day to explore the region, we'll head to Loktak Lake and the nearby Keibul Lamjao National Park, home to the rare Sangai deer.



 Day 17: A Imphal - Kolkata; Tour ends at Kolkata airport

This morning we will take a flight from Imphal back to Kolkata, where our tour ends.