Meet and greet upon arrival by The Cat Holidays representative. Check in hotel freshen up then we take you on a tour, around a tea estate to learn all about tea – its origin, how it is grown and all about tea tasting and its quality. Thereafter drive on to the river front and take a boat cruise on the mighty Brahmaputra River in a country boat. Cruise up to a beach Island in the midst of the river. En-route there is a possibility of your sighting flocks of migratory water birds and the elusive Gangetic River Dolphin. Enjoy the view of the Eastern Himalayas and take a nature walk in the vast expanse of grasslands surrounding the island and enjoy your picnic lunch. Return to the mainland and visit a weaving centre to see traditional looms and the weaving of silk textiles of Assam, famous all over the world. Evening option to go for shopping. Overnight in Dibrugarh.
After breakfast, excursion to Digboi (90kms). Digboi - The oil city is nestled in the numerous Tea Gardens & mystic hills. Visit the hundred year old Refinery, the first refinery of Asia & is the world's oldest operating oil refinery. Other major destinations in & around Digboi are War Cemetery. 18 holes Golf Course. Later come back hotel. Overnight in Dibrugarh.
After Breakfast, leave for Kaziranga National Park. Enroute excursion to Sibsagar. SIBSAGAR, the erstwhile capital of the Ahom Rulers is a beautiful town located around the huge artificial lake -Sibsagar tank & the Shiva Temple. Visit the archaeological remains, palaces, and temples of the Ahoms - Charaideo, Gargaon Palace, Talatal Ghar, Rang Ghar & Kereng Ghar.
Arrive Kaziranga National Park. Overnight stay at Kaziranga.
Early morning explore any one zone of Kaziranga National Park on back of Elephant i.e. ELEPHANT SAFARI (Optional: Unless it is mentioned in the inclusion). Get up early morning at 5.30AM and start for both central range ‘Kohora’ and western range ‘Bagori’. Apart from the Rhino, other species found are Hog Deer, Swamp Deer, Wild Buffalo, Elephants and if you are lucky then tiger also. It is also home to pelicans, storks and darters as there are a number of water bodies inside the Park. At 6:30 AM return to the hotel / resort for Breakfast. After Breakfast take little rest in the resort & hotel.
Afternoon around 01.45 PM you have JEEP SAFARI in Central range. Kaziranga National Park, has become synonymous with successful conservations of Great One Horn Rhinoceros (from the Greek word, "rhino" means nose and "ceros" means horn) / Unicornis (from the Latin word, "uni" means one and "cornis" also means horn) and also a home of many other threatened species including Indian Elephant (Elephant Maximus), Tiger (Panthera tigris), Hoolock Gibbon (Bunipithecus hoolock), Ganges dolphin (Platanista gangetica), Sambar (Cervus unicolor), Barasingha or Swamp Deer (duvauceli), Hog Deer, Indian Muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak), Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) and Gaur (Bos frontalis) etc.
There are also over 500 species of birds have been recorder in the park including 25 species of globally threatened category. Over and above there are 21 rare and endangered species. In winter one can observe a large breeding population of Spot Bill Pelicans about one thousand breeding nests are found in a place which has been named as Pelican Colony in the Eastern Range.
Among the reptiles species like Water Monitor Lizard (Varanus salvator), Indian python (Python molurus), Cobra (Naja naja) and the King Cobra are found. Return back to resort / hotel. Overnight in Kaziranga.
Optional: Bihu Dance could be organized on request in the evening.
Note: The Park is open during the winter months of the dry season from the beginning of November to the end of April.
After Breakfast, transfer to Nameri. On the way to Nameri you will be visiting Tezpur. Tezpur is the city of blood and has a magnificent scenic beauty boasting of Art, Culture & Literature. Visit the Bamuni Hills, The Hazara Pukhmi. Cole Park & Agnigarh. Overnight in Nameri.
Nameri National Park: The Nameri National Park of 200 sq kms area is located in the Sonitpur district, bordering Arunachal Pradesh and it is also the core area of Nameri Tiger Reserve (344sq kms). It is the home of Mammals like Elephant, Tiger, leopard, Sambar, Barking deer, Hog Deer, Wild Boar, Gaur, Slow Loris, Gaplangur, Burmese ferret badger, and over 350 species of birds including White-winged Wood Duck, Ibis bill (uncommon), Ruddy Kingfisher, Palla’s fishing eagle, Lesser Adjutant stork , Greater spotted eagle, Rufous necked hornbill, Great pied Indian hornbill, Wreathed hornbill, Long-billed Ringed Plover, Sultan Tit, and Yellow-bellied and White-throated Fantails. Another important wild life sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh The Pakhui (Pakke) wild life Sanctuary adjoins the Park on its North-Eastern point. The river Jia- Bhoroli and its tributaries namely the Diji, Dinai, Doigurung, Nameri, Dikorai, and Kharietc crisscross the park. During rainy season A few Jheels (during the rainy seasons) also dot the area.
Enjoy rafting in the Jia Bhoroli River in the south western boundary. Overnight at Nameri.
After Breakfast today choose between trekking and/or rafting. You can go for trekking in the range with a forest guard and/ or later you can go for rafting in Jia Bhorali.
Later leave for Manas National Park.
Manas National Park, at the base of foot hills of the Bhutan-Himalayas in the state of Assam, with unique biodiversity and landscape is one of the first reserves included in the network of tiger reserve under Project tiger in 1973. In 1985, the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary was inscribed as World Heritage Site.
In 1989, Manas acquired the status of a Biosphere reserve. It extends over an area of 2837 Sq. Km from Sankosh River in the west to Dhansiri river in the east, with a core area of 500 Sq. Km. of the National park, which declared in 1990. The average elevation of the area is 85 m above mean sea level. The river Manas flows into the national Park from the gorges of Bhutan and split into two major streams of which the main water course comes out of the National Park about 30 km downstream is known as ‘Beki”. The peace and tranquillity of Mothanguri tourists site on the bank of river Manas close to Bhutan is the rarest gift of the nature and in its finest form.
There is no insurgency in the park as reported by most of the uninformed sources. With the coming of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), a peaceful situation has prevailed over the entire park. In the past, bad law and order situation was utilized by the organized smuggling gangs to operate inside. Now, there is no need of fearful attitude to step in the park. Such imaginary fears are not necessary for visiting Manas.
About the half of the Park is covered by Grasslands of Terai and Bhabar type, the riparian areas have colonizing grasslands and woodlands of several species. The thick woodlands are called Eastern Moist Deciduous Forests of various types. The undergrowths are very thick. There are more than 650 species of Angiosperms alone. The commonly seen trees are the Simul, Oxi, Sissoo, Khaie, Gamari, etc.
Manas is the only landscape in the world where pristine Terai Grasslands are seen merging with the Bhabar grasslands interspersed with diverse habitats ascending to Semi-Evergreen forests and then to Bhutan Himalayas. The Biodiversity is very rich here. The last population of the Pygmy Hog survive in the wilds of Manas and nowhere else in the world.
Tiger: Manas is very rich in the population of Royal Bengal Tigers. Presently the population of Tigers are counted up to 60, although a ride through the park may not guarantee a tiger sighting.
Bird life: The diverse habitat of Manas is ideal home for specialized birds. Manas boast the largest population of the endangered Bengal Florican in the world and are also a great place to see the Great Hornbill. The National Park lists around 380 species of birds. Notable amongst are Greater Adjutant, Black-tailed Crake, Red-headed Trogo, Swamp Francolin, Wreathed and Rufous-necked Hornbill, Marsh and Jerdon’s Babbler, Rufous-romped and Bristled Grass birds, Hodgson’s Bush-chat, Rufous-Vantec Laughing thrush, Finn’s Weaver, Ibis bill and variety of foothills species.
Vegetation: The Burma Monsoon Forests of Manas lie on the borders between the Indo-Gangetic and Indo-Malayan bio-geographical realms and is part of the Brahmaputra Valley Bio geographic Province. The combination of Sub-Himalayan Bhabar Terai formation with riverine succession leading up to Sub-Himalayan mountain forest makes it one of the richest biodiversity areas in the world.
Overnight at Manas National Park.
After morning Breakfast today you will go for Elephant Safari in the morning and later Jeep safari. Early morning explore the pristine beauty and wilderness of the jungle on the back of an Elephant (for one hour) in the Bansbari range of the park. Afternoon go for a Jeep Safari in the most beautiful point of Manas National Park - Mathanguri where you will be driven to point beyond which you will see the territory of Kingdom of Bhutan. You could also have an experience of Night Safari while returning back to your lodge. Or late afternoon you could visit nearby local ethnic Villages. Night halt in Manas.
After Breakfast, leave to Guwahati. Arrive and check in the hotel. Evening you can go to Brahmaputra River cruise.
Overnight at Guwahati.
Optional: Boat Cruise at Brahmaputra River in the evening. Overnight at Guwahati.
After Breakfast, Full day sightseeing of Guwahati. Pay your obeisance at the numerous Temples - Maa Kamakhya. Sukreshwar. Umananda. Navagraha, Bashistha Ashram. Tirupathi Balaji and many more. Visit the Second world war Cemetery, State Museum, State Zoo & Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra (A museum of Assam diverse culture), and Science Museum beside the temples.
Kamakhya Temple: Over the centuries, Kamrup Kamakhya has been the seat of the powerful tantrik cult in India. Situated atop the Nilachal Hill in Guwahati, it 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. Several smaller shrines and temples dedicated to Kala Bhairava, Shiva and other Hindu deities are also located in its vicinity.
Optional: Boat Cruise at Brahmaputra River in the evening. Overnight at Guwahati.
After Breakfast, return back to Guwahati Airport / Railway station for your departure. Your tour ends here with pleasant memories.
Mr. Debanshu Banerjee
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