Meghalaya – Arunachal Pradesh – Assam ( NorthEast India) - 10 Days

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Day 1
GUWAHATI – SHILLONG (ASSAM – MEGHALAYA)

Arrive at Guwahati airport, received and transferredto Shillong (130kms/3hrs drive), enroute stop at the scenic view point of the Umiam lake (the largest manmade lake in Northeast India), reach Shillong and check into hotel, after refreshment explore the local night markets of Shillong. Overnight at Shillong.

Day 2
SHILLONG – CHERRAPUNJEE – SHILLONG (MEGHALAYA)

Day 3
SHILLONG – NAMERI / TEZPUR (MEGHALAYA – ASSAM)

Today after breakfast drive to NAMERI / TEZPUR(310 kms/08hrs drive), check into Hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay.

Day 4
NAMERI / TEZPUR– DIRANG (ASSAM – ARUNACHAL)

Today after breakfast we will drive to Dirang (175 kms/08 hrs drive), drive via Kalakthang Road. On reaching Dirang if time permits we will visit Dirang Dzong and a Monpa village. Overnight in Dirang.

NOTE: BHALUKPONG ROAD TILL DATE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION.GUEST NEEDS TO CROSS THIS FROM

SESSA TO NAG MANDIR BETWEEN 9:00 AM – 12.00 Noon.FROM 12.00 to 5PM ROAD REMAIN CLOSED

Day 5
DIRANG – TAWANG (ARUNACHAL)

Today after an early breakfast we visit Tawang Monastery and Urgelling Monaster. Later we drive to Bomdila (195kms/08hrs drive), reach Bomdila and visit Bomdila Monastery and Bomdila Point, check into hotel and evening at leisure. Overnight stay at Bomdila.

Day 6
TAWANG – BUMLA PASS – TAWANG (ARUNACHAL)

Day 7
TAWANG – BOMDILA (ARUNACHAL)

Day 8
BOMDILA – KAZIRANGA (ARUNACHAL – ASSAM)

Today after breakfast we will drive to Kaziranga (250kms/08hrs drive), reach Kaziranga and overnight stay.

Day 9
KAZIRANGA (ASSAM)

Today you will go for safaris and elephant ride inside the national park. Early morning go for an Elephant ride (timing 5:00 AM/ 06:00 AM/ 7:00 AM) then return back to the lodge and after breakfast go to Orchid Park, Missing tribal villages, come back to hotel. After lunch and refreshment go for another Jeep Safari in the Western/ Central range of the park (timing 2:00PM/3:00PM) for 02 ½ hrs (also depending on the sunset as in winters the sun sets early in Northeast India), evening at leisure. Overnight stay at Kaziranga.

Day 10
KAZIRANGA – GUWAHATI (ASSAM) - FLY

Today after breakfast drive to Guwahati airport (250kms/05hrs drive) for onward destination.

DESTINATIONS: SHILLONG (2N) NAMERI / TEZPUR (1N) DIRANG (1N) TAWANG (2N) BOMDILA (1N) KAZIRANGA (2N)

SEASON: OCTOBER TILL APRIL

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

  1. We have not categorized rates as Budget, Standard, Deluxe and Luxury, as we have Budget and Standard hotels in Northeast India and few Deluxe hotels and there is no Luxury Hotels/ 5 star hotels as such, we try to give a clear picture of the hotels we used and categorize them so that expectations are not high when clients travels here. So in some places the room category differs the price where good hotels are not available.For wildlife itineraries we have added the minimum activities that are required to cover respective area, if any clients would mind to change the activities then the itinerary can be customized accordingly.Hotels in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura are Non star categoryInner Line Permits are required to enter Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, MizoramRoad condition in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram are not good including some parts of Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya.We avoid taking tours in Monsoon Season (June, July and August) however some places in Northeast are best during this season.Guest with adventurous mind should travel to Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and some parts of Northeast India.

    In this region there are no relevance between the distance and time travelling as it depends upon the conditions of roads and congestion of traffic.

    Mobile services may not be active in all destinations. Pre-paid roaming and International roaming connection does not work in this region.

    Credit Cards / Traveler’s cheque are not freely accepted.

    Every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of local strikes, landslide etc., which are beyond our control all schedule and itineraries are subject to last moment changes and any additional cost, will be borne by the guests directly.

    Please do note that the car will be there with the clients for 09 hrs and over and above that it would be chargeable.

    Cost for any increase in taxes / fuel price, which may come into effect the tour price.

    Guest might face power cut issues in Arunachal and the Genset back will be provided from 04:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

    ID Proof Details:

    HOTELS ARE VERY STRICT WITH CHILD POLICY. PLEASE CARRY THE AGE PROOF OF CHILD SO THAT IT CAN BE PRODUCED IF ASKED FOR.

    AS PER THE LATEST GOI DIRECTIVES, PLEASE CARRY YOUR ORIGINAL PHOTO ID WITH ADDRESS PROOF SINCE IT MAY BE ASKED DURING JOURNEY OR HOTEL CHECK-IN (DRIVING LICENSE, AADHAR CARD, ELECTION CARD, PASSPORT OR ANY GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO ID).

    IT IS COMPULSORY FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS AND NRI’S TO CARRY THEIR PASSPORT WITH VALID VISAS OR PIO (PERSON OF INDIAN ORIGIN) CARD.

    RELEVANT DOCUMENTS/COPIES HAVE TO BE PRODUCED AT THE TIME OF CHECK-IN.

    Special Note:

    THE ABOVE QUOTE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND NO RESERVATION HAS BEEN MADE YET. HENCE, ROOMS ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.

    THE ABOVE OFFER / QUOTE ARE BASED ON SPECIFIC HOTELS & ROOM CATEGORY AS MENTIONED.

    IN CASE ANY OF THE ABOVE ROOMS OR ROOM CATEGORY IS NOT AVAILABLE, AN ALTERNATE OPTION WILL BE SUGGESTED WITH THE DIFFERENCE OF COST IF ANY.

    BOOKINGS WILL BE CONFIRMED ONLY AFTER RECEIVING ADVANCE PAYMENT AND ON THE AVAILABILITY OF HOTELS MENTIONED.

    PRICES MAY CHANGE IF THERE IS A DIFFERENCE IN COST ARISING DUE TO CHANGE IN TAXES BY THE GOVERNMENT OR A DRASTIC CHANGE IN FUEL PRICES.

    ALL NATIONAL PARKS WILL BE CLOSED TO VISITORS FROM 01ST MAY TO 31ST OCTOBER (AS PER DEPT. OF FOREST, GOVT. OF ASSAM RULES)

    WE SUGGEST YOU CHECK REVIEWS AND LOCATION OF HOTELS MENTIONED TO MAKE SURE IT IS AS PER YOUR PREFERENCES BEFORE CONFIRMING THE PACKAGE AND CHANGE OF HOTEL ON ARRIVAL WOULD CHARGE RETENTION.

    Force Majeure:

    WE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY FAILURE OF OR DELAY IN THE PERFORMANCE DUE TO CAUSES BEYOND ITS REASONABLE CONTROL, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ACTS OF GOD, WAR, STRIKES OR LABOUR DISPUTES, EMBARGOES, GOVERNMENT ORDERS OR ANY OTHER FORCE MAJEURE EVENT.

    QUOTE DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY EXPENSE INCURRED OR LOSS CAUSED BY REASONS BEYOND OUR CONTROL SUCH AS BAD WEATHER, NATURAL CALAMITIES (LANDSLIDES, FLOODS), FLIGHT DELAYS/ RESCHEDULING/CANCELLATIONS, ANY ACCIDENTS / MEDICAL EVACUATIONS, RIOTS/STRIKES/WAR, & ETC. THE RIGHTS TO CHANGE THE PROPERTY WITH A SIMILAR STANDARD.

    IMPORTANT NOTES:

    1. SHILLONG CITY IS ONE WAY ENTRY/EXIT, SO PLEASE BEAR WITH THE TRAFFIC CONGESATION.
    2. MOST OF THE HOTELS IN MEGHALAYA ARE NON AC, EXCEPT FEW PREMIUM/LUXURY PROPERTIES.
    3. ABOVE RATES ARE NOT VALID DURING DURGA PUJA, CHRISTMAS, NEW YEAR EVE AND ANY FESTIVAL.
    4. IN PREMIUM CATEGORY CHILD ABOVE 8 YEARS WILL BE CHARGED EQUIVALENT TO CHILD WITH EXTRA BED CHARGE.
    5. RATES ARE NETT AND NON- COMMISSIONABLE.
  1. Accommodation using double sharing room
  2. Breakfast
  3. Transportation as mentioned above
  4. Parking and road toll
  5. Inner Line Permit to enter Arunachal Pradesh
  6. All sightseeing as per itinerary (not entry fees)
  7. Tata Sumo for local sightseeing in Tawang
  8. 01 Trip of Elephant Ride at Kaziranga NP
  9. 01 Round of Jeep Safari at Kaziranga NP
  10. Kaziranga Park entry charges
  11. Costing based on minimum 4 Passengers
  12. GST Included
  1. Major Meals
  2. Tea, snacks and mineral water
  3. Camera Charges
  4. Tips, laundry and telephone bills
  5. Travel Insurances
  6. Guide services
  7. Any up gradation cost
  8. Other Expenses of personal nature
  9. Air/Train Fair
  10. Increase of fuel price will change the rate accordingly
  11. All Sightseeing Entry charges on direct payment
Do I need a permit to visit northeast India?

Not for all states. But, out of the 7 northeastern states, you will need permit for 3 of these states: Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, and Mizoram. This permit is called as Inner Line Permit (ILP). A permit can be obtained at any Arunachal Bhawan, Nagaland Bhawan, or Mizoram Bhawan, located outside of northaest. Major airports in northaest, like Guwahati international airport, have the facility of providing permits. The government of Arunachal Pradesh has also provided the facility of online application of Inner Line Permits. For foreign nationals, you will require another type of permit called as Protected Area Permit (PAP).

Do I need an extra vehicle for visiting Bum La Pass in Tawang?

Yes. As per the local taxi associations’ laws of Tawang, vehicles outside of Tawang are not permitted to visit Bum La Pass and the adjacent areas. So, you will have to hire a local taxi for that day.

We usually keep this as optional (and don’t include the cost of the additional taxi in our package) as some guests choose to skip the sightseeing of Bum La. So, we let the guests decide, after reaching Tawang, and if they choose to go for it then we help them in arranging a local taxi in Tawang.

How to reach Tawang from Delhi?

The most active airport and railway station nearest from Tawang are located in Guwahati, which is approximately 500 kilometers away from Tawang. Tezpur, a city approximately 300 kilometers away from Tawang, has also a lesser active airport and a railawy station. So, first of all, you will have to reach either Guwahati or Tezpur from Delhi. Then you will have cover the remaining distance by road through a hilly terrain.

How far is Tawang from Guwahati? How is the road?

Tawang is approximately 500 kilometers away from Guwahati.

The route comprises of smooth 4-lane highways, as well as imperfect single lane hilly roads. The roads that lie in Arunachal Pradesh are mostly in the the hilly terrains, and some parts are under construction. Due to the topographic challenges, it is very difficult to cover the stretch of 500 kilometers within a day. That is why we use transit points like Bomdila, Dirang, Nameri, Tezpur and Bhalukpong to make the journey from Guwahati to Tawang a relaxed and comfortable one

How many days does it require for a complete tour of Northeast (Seven Sisters) India on a vehicle?

It will take at least 25 days to cover all seven states and cover the optimum sightseeing of thse places. Note that this optimum coverage doen’t include all of the places from every states, and rather it include the most popular places. To cover all of the tourist places, in each state, you will need more than 50 days.

How many days does it require for a complete Arunachal Pradesh tour?

To cover complete sightseeing of Arunachal Pradesh , you will need at least 30 days.

The Tawang region, with sightseeig of Bum La Pass and Zimithang, can be covered in 9 days. The Ziro and Mechuka region will take additional 8 days to cover (if you continue from Bhlukpong, after covering Tawang). The Anini region, through Mayodia Pass, will take additional 5 or 6 days to cover, if you continue from Pasighat (after covering Mechuka). If you wish to continue to Dong area through Tezu, it will take additional 5 days, from Pasighat. To cover the Namdapha and Tengapani area, it will take additonal 4 days, from Dibrugarh.

Note that these routes only include regular sightseeing. If you’re intrested in special activities like birding in Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in Bomdila area, or exploring spiritual Buddhism in Tawang area, or interacting with tribal people from different parts, it will take additional time.

How many days does it require for a complete Assam tour?

To cover safaris (and other activities) of the most popular national parks of Assam, you will need about 10 or 12 days. On addition to that, it takes about 2 or 3 days to complete the sightseeing of Majuli, the largest river island in the world. To cover each of the interesting places from Assam, from wildlife to culture and heritage, to tea landscapes, it will take about 20 days

How many days does it require for a complete Meghalaya tour?

To cover sightseeing of all of the beautiful places of Meghalaya, you will need about 10 days.

What is the weather like in Northeast India?

The weather throughout northeast differs from region to region. The topography of northeast region is very dynamic.

In winter it snows in certain high altitude parts of Tawang region and Mayodiya region of Arunachal Pradesh, while it is reasonably cold in the plains of Assam and Tripura. The hilly platues of Meghalaya also witness very cold during winter, however, snowfall is not recorded yet. The hilly areas of Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram also witness cold during winter.

During summer, on the other hand, it is quite hot in plains of Assam and Tripura. It is pleasant in Meghalaya, and the hilly areas of Nagaland, Manipur, and Mizoram. In Arunachal Pradesh, summer is not very prominent in the high altitude regions, but the low altitude regions witness a little hot weather.

To get exact idea about any place, please refer weather chart of that specific place.

What types of food are available in Northeast India? Is vegetarian food common in northeast?

From pure vegeterian to non-vegeterian foods, all sorts of food are available in Northeast India. Although the cuisine of certain places differs from the rest, there is no scarcity in menus offered by restaurants, in the tourist hotspots.

What are the major festivals of Northeast Indian states? Which time is the best to witness the festivals?

Assam celebrates Bihu during mid-April. Tawang, in Arunachal Pradesh, celebrates Tawang (Monpa) festival during the second week of October. Kohima, in Nagaland, celebrates Hornbill festival during second week of December.

What are the best destinations for a weekend tour in Northeast India?

Shillong and Kaziranga are the best destinations for your weekend tour in Northeast India.

What kind of apparels and clothing accessories do we need to take for visiting Tawang and Shillong?

For visiting Tawang during winter, you will need woolen clothes, jackets, gloves and shoes. For visiting Shillong, especially during summer, you will need an umbrella or raincoat.

What are the most popular trekking destinations in Northeast India? What are the average time to cover these treks.

Northeast India has a lot of popular trekking destinations. Each of these destinations offer a different experience. Here are some of the notable destinations for trekking:

Cherrapunji or Sohra: Located in Meghalaya, the primary trekking route in Cherrapunji is the Nongriat village area, where the double decker living root bridge is located. You can trek further upto the Rainbow Waterfalls, which falls on the same route of the living root bridge. The estimated average time to complete this trek is 5 hours. There is also a short trek of under 2 hours to the single decker root bridges of Umunoi and Umkar.

Mechuka: Mechuka is a valley in the Himalayan foothills, in Aruachal Pradesh, which mainly offers a panoramic view of the green valley by the side of the mountains, a beautiful river, and the local villages. The estimated trekking time for trekking in Mechuka valley is 6 hours.

Dzukou: Dzukou valley is situated in Nagaland, and is one of most popular destinations for camping in Northeast India. The valley offers a scenic beauty of vast grasslands, surrounded by ranges of green hills form all sides. Dzukou valley is not easily accessible through the roadways, and the only way to get there is by trekking and hiking through the hills for about 5 hours. You can, however, opt for helicopter services from Kohima. You can also camp in the valley for a night or two.

Eaglenest: Eaglenest is a wildlife sanctuary situated in the Himalayan foothill ranges, in Arunachal Pradesh. Not very far from Bomdila, it is very popular among birders across the world. The complete sightseeing (which is mainly birding) of this sanctuary can take up to 4 days. You can stay for the night in camps.

Kakochang or Kaipholangsho: Kakochang Waterfalls or Kaipholangsho Waterfalls is located in Karbi hills of Assam, nearby Kaziranga National Park. The trek and sightseeing of the waterfalls can be completed within 5 hours.

Here are some of the short trek destinations:

Mawlynnong: Situated in Meghalaya, Mawlynnong is famous for being the cleanest village in Asia. Similar to Cherrapunji, Mawlynnong also has a living root bridge which can be accessed by a short trek if about an hour or less.

Nameri: Nameri is a national park situated in Assam. It is more of a jungle walk than a trek. You can walk through the jungle in the morning, to spot birds and animals. The jungle walk takes about an hour or two.

Sangti (Dirang): Sangti valley is situated nearby Dirang valley in Arunachal Pradesh. The attraction of this place is the local village areas, and the vegetable and fruit gardens. It is more of a village walk than a trek.

Dong (Wallong): Wallong in Arunachal Pradesh is the easternmost district of India. Dong is a valley in Wallong, and is the easternmost village of India. Dong receives the first sunlight of India. People trek to valley to witness the first sunlight of India.

When does it snow in Tawang and Arunachal Pradesh?

There is no spefic time of snowfall in Tawang region. As it is a natural phenomenon, it occurs randomly during winter. The amount and duration of snowfall may vary every year. The expected, however not guaranteed, time is in between December and February.

When is it best to visit Northeast India?

The best time to visit Tawang is in between September and May.

The best time to visit Shillong and Cherrapunji is in between June and January. Actually, you can visit Meghalaya throughout the year, but the waterfalls are best to witness during summer.

The best time to visit Kaziranga (and other national parks of Assam) is in between November and April. The national parks are officially open only during winter, usually from November through April.

When is Kaziranga National Park open for visitors?

Kaziranga national park (along with all other national parks of Assam) remains officially open from November through April.

When can we visit Kamakhya Temple?

The best time to visit Kamakhya temple is in the early morning. There are three entry queues for Kamakhya visit, and you can chose any one from the available options:
Regular entry: This queue starts at in the morning, and even if the gate closes at 1pm the queue still stands.
VIP entry: This requires a paid ticket and the entry is faster than regular entry.
‘Mukhadarshan’ entry: This queue is open all the time, and the fastest of the three queues, but the visit should be quick.

Will vegetarian food be available during our tour?

Definitely. You can ask our driver/guide, and they will take you to the respective restaurants of your choice.

Will I get a dedicated vehicle?

Yes, unless states in the package file specifically, your vehicle is a dedicated one. You can stop anywhere en-route to have meals and/or snacks and/or photographs/sightseeing of any spots.

Which mobile network service providers are available in Northeast?

As of mid-2019, Airtel, Vodafone/Idea, and BSNL works fine in all of the northeastern states including Arunachal Pradesh. Reliance Jio works fine in all of the states, except in Arunachal Pradesh.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

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