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North East Expedition 2022

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The land of undulating hills, spellbinding azure lakes, gushing waterfalls and verdant greens – India’s North-East is as culturally varied as its topographically diverse. Blessed with fabulous natural graces, this portion of India resembles an ornately-tinted tapestry owing to the distinctive ways, traditions and cultural heritage of its many indigenous peoples. Join us on the first self-drive expedition through 5 states in North-East India including West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. Explore Incomparable destinations like the astonishing Root Bridges of Cherrapunjee, Nathula Pass on Indo-China border, Sky Walking in Pelling, untethered wildlife of Kaziranga National Park, River Island of Majuli, the rolling hills of Ziro Valley and the divine aura of the Tawang Monastery. Prepare to be wowed by unspoilt natural beauty, impressive diversity and warm hospitality of the sister states, as we get ready to embark upon a truly extraordinary adventure with you at the wheel of a roaring SUV!

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  • 22 Nights / 23 Days
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
Day 11
Day 12
Day 13
Day 14
Day 15
Day 16
Day 17
Day 18
Day 19
Day 20
Day 21
Day 22
Day 23

Day 1

Arrive in Darjeeling

We launch our trip from the picturesque hill station of Darjeeling located in the foothills of the Himalayas in the state of West Bengal. Blanketed by lush green plantations of tea, Darjeeling was once a summer resort for the British Raj elite. It remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, or “Toy Train,”completed in 1881. Beautiful colonial architecture dot this pretty little town which is towered by the Kanchenjunga peak that is clearly visible from here. If you are flying in to join the expedition, catch a flight to Bagdogra Airport from where it will take two hours to reach Darjeeling by road. We will organise a private vehicle for you to make the airport transfer a seamless affair. In the evening, you will get to meet your fellow participants & expedition leaders over dinner and drinks.

Day 1 - Arrive in Darjeeling

Day 2

Darjeeling

Wake up at leisure and spend the entire day exploring the beautiful hill station of Darjeeling. After all, you are in one of the most beautiful hill stations in India and as you step out of your hotel, you will be overwhelmed by the charm, beauty and calmness of this rolling hill station tucked away in the north-eastern most district of West Bengal. You can sample the local cuisines, connect with your spiritual side at the Japanese Temple and Peace Pagoda, take a stroll in the famous Rock Garden or hop on the famous "Toy Train" on the Batasia Loop, one of the most stunning and popular rail routes in the region which will treat you with views of Darjeeling and the Kanchenjunga Peak.

Day 2 - Darjeeling

Day 3

Darjeeling - Pelling (70 km)

Pack your bags and hit the road northwards towards Sikkim. It is going to be a very interesting day on the road as you leave West Bengal and enter Sikkim. Enjoy the scenic drive in the Himalayas as you head towards Pelling, a small town located in the south Sikkim at the foothills of Mount Khangchendzonga at an altitude of 7200 feet above sea level. Pelling is dotted with several Buddhist Monasteries such as the Pemayangtse Gompa Monastery where you can meet the monks and learn about the history and culture of the local Buddhists in the region or meditate in the Sanga Choeling Monastery. If you are a history enthusiast, visit the Rabdentse Ruins where you can discover remnants of Sikkim’s second capital.

Day 3 - Darjeeling - Pelling (70 km)

Day 4

Pelling

Today you are going to become one with nature as we explore the various waterfalls, lakes and villages around Pelling. We will start our day with a visit to the Pelling Sky Walk, India’s first skywalk located at 7200 feet overlooking the gorgeous 137 feet tall statue of Chenrezig and stairs leading up to it, with golden prayer wheels on both sides. After this memorable experience, we will head out of town and visit the various waterfalls in the region including the Kangchendzonga, Sangay and Rimbi Waterfalls and continue towards the stunning Khecheopalri Lake, one of the most beautiful spots in all of Sikkim. If we have more time at hand, we will also explore the Singshore Bridge, one of the most iconic landmarks of Sikkim and the second highest suspension bridge in Asia.

Day 4 - Pelling

Day 5

Pelling - Gangtok (305 km)

After a good nights’ sleep, grab a delicious breakfast and get back on the wheel as we drive leisurely towards Gangtok. The capital of Sikkim and one of the most popular hill stations in India, Gangtok was established as a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the 1840s. Sikkim, the 22nd state of India was a foreign country until 1975! It is also the cleanest and the least populated state of India bordered by Bhutan in the East, Nepal in the West and China in the North. The four-hour drive to Gangtok will take us through scenic vistas, snow capped mountains, lush green meadows and pristine landscapes. We will arrive in Gangtok by afternoon and after checking into the hotel, you will have the rest of the day free to explore the city.

Day 5 - Pelling - Gangtok (305 km)

Day 6

Gangtok

We are going to spend the first half of the day visiting the Nathu La, a high-altitude mountain pass in East Sikkim that connects Sikkim to Tibet. Located 53 km from Gangtok, it will take a couple of hours to reach Nathu La, a place that was part of the ancient Silk Route between India and China until the war broke out in 1962. This pass was used by local traders and villagers who would use mules to transport silk, gold and many other daily essential items between India and Tibet. At the pass, you can also visit a War Memorial built to honour the lives of Indian soldiers martyred during the Indo-China war. You can also climb the long stairway and reach up to the Indo-China international border where you can see both Indian and Chinese soldiers guarding the border.

Day 6 - Gangtok

Day 7

Gangtok - Bongaigaon (357 km)

Enjoy an elaborate breakfast and get behind the wheel of your SUV for a long drive from Sikkim to Assam as we head towards Guwahati. Today’s drive is going to take you through some local Assamese villages and tea plantations which will appear in contrast to the snow-capped mountains and winding roads of Sikkim. We will stop for lunch at a local “dhaba” where you can ample the local spices and flavours of Assam. By late evening, we will reach Bongaigaon, a major city in Assam which also boasts of the second biggest railway station in North-East India. You can use this evening to recoup or go out for a leisurely stroll in the city before calling it a night after a long day on the road.

Day 7 - Gangtok - Bongaigaon (357 km)

Day 8

Bongaigaon - Guwahati (180 km)

We will make a comfortable start this morning as we continue driving towards Guwahati, the capital of Assam. We will arrive in Guwahati by afternoon and rest of the day is free to explore on your own. Situated on the southern bank of Brahmaputra River, it is a major port in the region and popularly known as the ‘Gateway to North-East India’. Home to the much revered Kamakhya Temple, dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhya, an incarnation of Goddess Sati, the 8thcentury temple attracts devotees throughout the year. While its wild side languishes in serenity, to sample the local flavours of the city, head to the old quarters by the river. You can also get on an evening cruise on the Brahmaputra river to get a completely different perspective of the city.

Day 8 - Bongaigaon - Guwahati (180 km)

Day 9

Guwahati - Cherrapunjee (150 km)

A delectable early breakfast, and we will be ready to hit the road going towards Cherrapunjee. En route to the erstwhile wettest place on Earth, stop to take in the stunning panoramas of Shillong Peak. Located at a distance of about 10 km south of the main city, Shillong Peak is the highest point in Shillong, Meghalaya. This will be followed by a stopover at the nearby Elephant Waterfalls; two-tiered water feature which is a vision of natural beauty set amidst rocky outcrops covered in emerald-green ferns. Upon finally reaching Cherrapunjee which till date holds the record for the most rainfall in a calendar month and year, we will explore stunning spots like the Mausmai Caves, Naukalikai Falls, Laitlum Canyon, Seven Sisters Falls and Ram Krishna Mission.

Day 9 - Guwahati - Cherrapunjee  (150 km)

Day 10

Cheerapunjee - Mawlynnong - Dawki - Cherrapunjee

Today, we get to explore Meghalaya further. Post a hearty breakfast; our convoy will leave for Mawlynnong. Located 90 km from Shillong, this idyllic village had been adjudged ‘Asia’s Cleanest Village’ in 2003 and the cleanest in India in the year 2005. After taking a stroll around the village, we will hit the road again and head towards the border town of Dawki, one of the few road border crossings between India and Bangladesh located in the lap of the Jaintia Hills. Dawki is celebrated for the sparkling clear waters of Umngot River which is considered as one of the cleanest rivers in India. Breathe in the serenity of the verdant landscape as you partake in boating and various water sports at this spot before returning to Cherrapunjee in the evening.

Day 10 - Cheerapunjee - Mawlynnong - Dawki - Cherrapunjee

Day 11

Cherrapunjee

Today, we will spend the entire day exploring the fascinating sights in and around Cherrapunjee. In addition to visiting the numerous waterfalls and caves, the better part of the day will be spent exploring the most important sight that draw tourists to Meghalaya – ‘Living Root Bridges.’ The double-decker man-made wonder in Cherrapunjee is almost 150 years old and has been fashioned out of the secondary roots of the rubber fig tree. We will trek deep into the dense tropical forest of Meghalaya to witness these astonishing man-made natural wonders. It takes around 15 years for a new root bridge to become strong enough to bear the weight of people crossing it. Their tangled webs of roots are almost eerie in nature and wouldn't look out of place in a fantasy world.

Day 11 - Cherrapunjee

Day 12

Cherrapunjee - Kaziranga NP (305 km)

Today, our convoy will head to the famed Kaziranga National Park cruising upon the iconic Asian Highway I (AH I), which is the longest route of the Asian ighway Network, running 20557 km. En route to a fantastic wildlife experience, we stop at the fascinating Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures (DBCIC) in Mawlai Phudmuri, Shillong. Encompassing a museum along with a research and publication centre, DBCIC seeks to endorse and preserve the rich cultural heritage of all seven states of North-East India under one roof. It also facilitates ethnographic, anthropological and sociological studies on indigenous communities. Through its language institute, it strives to promote tribal languages in various ways. Post this stimulating encounter with art and culture, we journey along to Kaziranga and retire for the night.

Day 12 - Cherrapunjee - Kaziranga NP (305 km)

Day 13

Kaziranga NP

One of the unique wildlife-viewing destinations in India, Kaziranga National Park entices nature lovers with 430 sq. km of bright green meadows, marshlands and thick forests. Home to 2/3rd of the world’s entire population of the native one-horned rhinoceros, Kaziranga was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 1985. We begin day five, and with a bang, as an optional elephant ride inside the park promises an exhilarating experience. After tucking in a delicious breakfast at the lodge, we will embark upon a two-hour-long Jeep Safari within the park. An invigorating visit to an Orchid Garden and nearby Tea Estate will be followed by a lively cultural evening, which will feature folk dance performances by supremely talented local artists.

Day 13 - Kaziranga NP

Day 14

Kaziranga NP - Majuli (120 km)

We start day fourteen with a sumptuous breakfast and move out of our lodgings to be soon on our way towards the Nimati Ghat from where we will board a ferry that will make us cross the mighty Brahmaputra river and drop us in Majuli, a picturesque, lush green and pollution free river island in India. Claimed as the largest river island in the world, it is mostly inhabited by local tribes. Majuli is also known as the cultural capital of Assam. After disembarking in Majuli, we will spend the day exploring the local tribal villages such as the “Mising” village where people live in raised huts made out of bamboo. The tribals in Majuli are friendly people and are famous for making hand made masks of gods, goddesses, demons and otherworldly characters from Indian mythology

Day 14 - Kaziranga NP - Majuli (120 km)

Day 15

Majuli - Ziro Valley (175 km)

After spending the night in a bamboo hut, wake up refreshed, pack your bags and head towards the ferry port to return to mainland and hit the road again towards the famous Ziro Valley of Arunachal Pradesh. Soak in the pristine beauty of Arunachal countryside as we spend the entire day driving through the lush green rolling hills, quaint villages, sprawling rice fields and stopping for lunch in an idyllic location. The drive today will make you feel that you have truly arrived in Arunachal Pradesh and as we get closer and closer to Ziro Valley, you will start feeling more and more detached from the rest of the world as you find yourself in this charming little town that is tucked away in the forbidding mountain-scape of Arunachal Pradesh.

Day 15 - Majuli - Ziro Valley (175 km)

Day 16

Ziro Valley

Wake up at leisure and get ready to spend the entire day exploring Ziro Valley. We will start the day by visiting the famous spots of Ziro which include the 5000 years old ‘Meghna Cave Temple’, ‘Sidheshwar Nath Shiv Linga’, ‘Tarin Fish Farm’ and ‘Pine Grove’. We will spend the rest of the day exploring this enchanting valley by foot. We will visit Miday, known primarily for its blue pine trees, this place also provides excellent trekking opportunities and will further explore ‘Dolo Mando’. Situated atop a hill near the valley, it is a must visit hiking destination that offers breath-taking vistas of old Ziro town laden with verdant forests and snow capped Himalayas. Be assured that as you call it a day, you will return to the hotel with a smile on your face and a feeling of contentment in your heart.

Day 16 - Ziro Valley

Day 17

Ziro Valley - Nameri NP (275 km)

Wake up early and hit the road for the long drive back into Assam as we head towards the Nameri National Park. Located in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, this 200 sq km. park is the most scenic National Park in Assam. Nameri is home to some of the endangered species like white winged wood duck, Sloth Bear, Tiger Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Sambar, Gaur, Indian Wild Dog, four varieties of Hornbill and many other winged species. The park is also popular famous for its’ herds of elephants. We will arrive in our lodge by evening most probably after sunset. Enjoy a relaxed evening in the lodge listening to the sounds of the jungle and wake up the next morning to go for a trek in the forest or we can even organise a morning river rafting session in the Jiya Bhorali river. Overnight in Nameri

Day 17 - Ziro Valley - Nameri NP (275 km)

Day 18

Nameri NP - Dirang (250km)

Spend the morning indulging in the various activities in the park and later, we will hit the road towards the gorgeous town of Dirang in Arunachal Pradesh, which is located on the banks of Kameng River. This scenic hill station is home to the Mahayana Monpa Tribe. It offers sweepingly beautiful valley views all around along with a glimpse into the unique traditions and cultural heritage of its tribal inhabitants. En route Dirang, subject to availability of time, we will make a stop at the picturesque constituency of Bomdila and visit the Orchid Research Centre in Tipi. Quite popular with visitors and locals alike, the main attraction at this multi-functional facility is the Glass House which has on display a whopping 1000 varieties of orchids in assorted hues.

Day 18 - Nameri NP - Dirang (250km)

Day 19

Dirang - Tawang (140 km)

Today, we will proceed towards Sela Pass - one of India’s famous high-altitude mountain passes located in Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh. With an levation of 13700 ft, Sela connects the Buddhist city of Tawang to Tezpur and Guwahati and also acts as the main highway connecting Tawang with the rest of India. The nearby Sela Lake also referred to as Paradise Lake owing to its exquisiteness, adds infinitely to the charm of this destination which affords visitors plenty of breathtaking sights of Eastern Himalayas. Having relished a view of what can only be described as heaven on earth, we cruise along to Tawang where a well-appointed hotel room awaits.

Day 19 - Dirang - Tawang (140 km)

Day 20

Tawang

The first half of the thirteenth day of our road trip is to be excellently spent in exploration of the world’s second-largest Buddhist Monastery Complex. Founded by the Mera Lama Lodre Gyatso in the year 1681 in accordance with the wishes of the 5th Dalai Lama, the Tawang Monastery houses a library stocked with highly valuable volumes, a marvellously decorated prayer hall that contains an 8 m-high Buddha statue and a museum. We return towards the city centre in the second half of the day to pay a visit at the War Memorial, located near the town. An elegant Stupa has been erected here to honour the memory of the valiant soldiers who sacrificed their lives in 1962 Indo-China war.

Day 20 - Tawang

Day 21

Tawang - Dirang (140 km)

We begin this day early with a drive to Jang Falls. Also known by the name Nuranang Falls, this cascading water feature stands approximately 100 m high and is mesmerizing, to say the least. The Nuranang River originates from the Northern slopes of the Sela Pass, and below the waterfall, it falls into the Tawang River. We will also stop to pay homage at the Jaswant Garh War Memorial, which commemorates the memory of rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat of the 4th Battalion of Garhwal Rifles Infantry Regiment. Jaswant Singh was posthumously decorated with the Mahavir Chakra Award for the display of exceptional courage during 1962 IndoChina war. It will be a downhill drive from here back to the town of Dirang.

Day 21 - Tawang - Dirang (140 km)

Day 22

Dirang - Guwahati (315 km)

Our group of travel aficionados will leave Dirang post breakfast and head towards the bustling nerve centre that’s Guwahati. If time permits, we will stop to seek blessings at the much-feted Kamakhya Temple. Situated on the Nilachal Hill in the western part of Guwahati, the Kamakhya Temple is dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhya and enjoys the distinction of being one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Pithas. An optional evening river cruise on the enigmatic Brahmaputra is also on offer to cap off the journey in the most sublime way possible. The night of farewell will be one to cherish with dinner and making merry, albeit with a twinge of sadness at having to bid farewell to your companions in this astounding journey. Overnight in Guwahati

Day 22 - Dirang - Guwahati (315 km)

Day 23

Guwahati

After a thoroughly uplifting adventure and a chance to experience a totally different side to India, which is sure to have left an indelible impression, we transfer you from the hotel to the airport for the return journey back home. This will be a road trip that will rouse your senses, pleasantly jolt you into appreciating the treasures that nature has endowed upon us, and inspire and challenge you to let go of any fear or inhibitions. North-East India will not only surprise you; it will also charm its way into your heart and soul. And though we will part ways now, it won’t be without a promise to continue this spirited discovery of our magnificent country and the world.

Day 23 - Guwahati

Cost

INR 3,25,000 + 5% GST Per Person (EMI Option Available)

Trip Inclusions

  • Accommodation on twin occupancy (02 Participants sharing 01 Room)
  • Route Planning
  • Activities And Visits To Make The Experience Truly Memorable
  • Back Up Team With A Crew Vehicle Equipped With GPS, Emergency Food Supplies And First Aid Kit
  • Road Book, Map, Wireless Radio Set For Every Vehicle
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch, Tea And Dinner
  • Majuli Ferry Crossing
  • Kaziranga Wildlife Safari
  • Train Ride (Darjeeling)
  • Taxi to Nathu La Pass
  • Dawki Boat Ride
  • Local Guidance From Experts
  • All Inner Line Permits For Restricted Areas
  • Limited Stock Of Chocolates, Snacks, Water And Soft Beverages For Every Vehicle
  • Entry Fee

Trip Exclusions

  • Your Domestic And International Flight Ticket
  • Vehicle
  • Fuel
  • Meals And Drinks Not Mentioned
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Lunch on Day 1
  • Insurance And Documentation Cost Such As Travel Insurance, Visa Applications Etc.
  • Vehicle Servicing, Repairs, Toll Taxes, Traffic Lines
  • Any Cost Arising Out Of Unforeseen Circumstances Like Ill-health, Vehicle Breakdown Or Repairs, Damage Accruing From Land Blocks, Bad Weather, Snowfall Etc.
  • Additional Accommodation Charges Due To Unforeseen Delays In The Journey
  • Any Charges For Carrying Video Camera Or Still Camera
  • Any Hotel, Subsistence Or Other Cost Incurred Prior To The Official Start Date Of The Expedition And After The Official End Date Of The Expedition
  • 5% GST

Cancellation Policy

Refund Policy

  • In case of cancellation, the refund will be made in 15 – 20 working days as per the cancellation policy and subtracting 5% GST on the deposited amount.
  • The refund will be made to the same account/mode through which transfers have been received.