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Guwahati - Shillong - Cherapunjee - Nameri - Kaziranga - Guwahati (08 Nights / 09 Days) Day 01/ Arrive Guwahati Arrive Guwahati. Meeting upon arrival and transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit Bashista Ashram: Dating back to the time when the great sage Vashista visited this spot on confluence of the Sandhya, Lalita and Kanta stream, and set up his ashram here. Evening enjoy River Cruise: A River Cruise on the mighty Brahmaputra is a wonderful opportunity to get a feel of this legendry river. Overnight at hotel. Day 2/ Guwahati / Shillong (95 Kms (2 Hrs Drive) Morning after breakfast depart for Shillong, the Scotland of East. En route visit: Borapani Umiam Lake, Locate4d about 17 kms from Shillong, Umiam Lake is highly popular for a relaxing time. The Orchid Lake Resort here has watersports facilities and the nearby Lum Nehru Park has an aviary and orchidarium. Arrive Shillong and check in at hotel. Shillong: Day long picnics amidst smokey blue hills thick with pine and orchids, singing brooks and crashing waterfalls.for the british in this garrison town it was home. The scenic khasi hills reminded them the Scottish highlands - just perfect for those summer holidays away from the heat and the dust of India's plain. Late afternoon visit: Ward's Lake ( also famous as Shillong Lake) and the landscaped Lady Hydari Park which also has a mini zoo. The lewduh Market: The biggest in the North East, is wonderful for a bit of local flavors. Shillong Golf Course: Shillong's popular 18 hole golf course (referred to as the Gleneagles of the east) holds its annual tournament in October, when these khasi hills are at their prettiest. Overnight at hotel. Day 03/ Shillong / Cherapunjee / Shillong (56 Kms One Way, 2 Hrs Drive) Morning after breakfast drive to Cherapunjee. Cherapunjee: Once world renowned for being the wettest place on earth, cherapunjee is impressive with its gushing waterfalls and the deep gorges. You get stunning views of the plains of Bangladesh. Cherapunjee's orange and honey are famous and you can pick up fine baskets from the Sohra Market. In Cherapunjee visit Krem Mawmluh cave: This cave is located half a km west of Cherrapunjee adjacent to the small hamlet of Mawmluh. The cave has five river passage with impressive proportions. The cave has a length of over seven Kms. Also visit Cherapunjee's famous waterfalls: Close to the town are glorious Nohsngithiang Falls ( Mawsmai Falls), Dainthlen Falls, Nohkailikai Falls (world's fourth highest) and many smaller falls. The stunning gorges are worth all that film you carried with you. Later return to Shillong. En route visit Shillong Peak (1965 m): About 10 kms from the town, it offers breathtaking views of the city spread out against its glorious hill slopes. If time permits visit the Bishop Falls, Beadon Falls and the three step Elephant Falls. Evening free to visit the famous Mall. Overnight at hotel. Day 04/ Shillong / Nameri National Park (325kms 5 Hrs Drive) Morning after an early breakfast drive to Nameri National Park. Nameri National Park is one of the two rain forest we have in north East. Now it comes under the "Project Tiger" operated by Govt. of India. Sighting of wild animals is difficult but the place has over 350 species of birds. Known to be a good place to sight the White-winged Wood Duck, pax can view Ibisbill (uncommon), Ruddy Kingfisher, Wreathed hornbill, Long-billed Ringed Plover, Sultan Tit, and Yellow-bellied and White-throated Fantails. Arrive and check in at Eco Camp. Rest of the time free at leisure Overnight at Eco camp. Day 05/ Nameri National Park Morning after an early breakfast go for bird watching and nature walk at Nameri National park and rain forest. Afternoon enjoy the river rafting and picnic lunch in the Kameng (Jia Bharali) river. (Optional) Evening free at leisure. Overnight at eco camp. Day 06/ Nameri/ Kaziranga (170 Kms, 3hrs Drive) Morning after breakfast drive to Kaziranga National Park Kaziranga National Park: The oldest park in Assam, Kaziranga, on the south bank of the Brahmaputra River, is world famous for its great Indian one - horned rhinoceros, of which there are aplenty. Spread across 430 sq kms, it is a dazzling mosaic of dense rain forest, tall elephant grass and swathes of reeds interspersed with vast tracts of marshes and shallow pools that are a favourite haunt of this celebraty pre-historic beast. Wild elephant, hog deerand barasingha also abound. Book in advance for at least a night's stay at the forest lodge to catch those early morning views of him from elephant back. Jeep safaris are also arranged. This National Park is 217 kms from Guwahati and 96 kms from Jorhat. En route enjoy the beautiful tea estates of Assam. Arrive Kaziranga and check in at the Jungle Resort. Afternoon Jeep Safari at One of the Range Overnight at hotel. Day 07/Kaziranga Early morning enjoy the elephant safari in the central (Kohora) range of Kaziranga. Later return to the resort for breakfast. Afternoon enjoy the exclusive Jeep safari in the western (Bagori) range of Kaziranga. Evenning Enjoy the Traditional Folk Dance of Assam Over night at Hotel Day 08/ Kaziranga /Guwahati(230kms 4 Hrs Drive) Early morning one more Elephant Ride in Central Range. After Breakfast drive to Guwahati. On arrival check in to the Hotel. In the Evening to Kamakhya Temple and Sankardev Kalakhetra Kamakhya Temple: The Kamakhya Temple dominates the life of Guwahati, as much as does the great Brahmaputra River. The temple, situated high aloft a hill called Neelachal Parbat or Kamagiri in the city of Guwahati is one of its several religious landmarks, which speaks volumes about the rich historical treasure over which the state of Assam is seated. The Kamakhya Temple had been built in reverence to Goddess Kamakhya or Sati, who was one of the numerous incarnations of Goddess Durga or Goddess Shakti Shankardev Kalakshetra: a place where Assamese history and culture is depicted in a sprawling open enclosure Over Night at Hotel Day 09 / Depart From Guwahati Morning after Breakfast in time transfer to Airport/Railway Station for onward Destination.

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