Discover the unexplored North East – Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh over 11 nights and 12 days. Explore one of the best parks in India for the one-horned rhino, experience the high mountain passes of Himalayas and high altitude Tibetan monasteries of Arunachal Pradesh, drive past Sela Pass - the highest motorable pass in the region, visit the 400+ year old Tawang Monastery and interact with the monks and walk over bridges made from living roots in Meghalaya on this unforgettable tour.
On arrival at New Delhi International Airport, meet and greet with our representative. Please look for him in the arrivals hall. (This is AFTER you’ve passed through immigration, collected your luggage, passed through customs) In the arrivals hall, he will be holding a placard with Holxo Holidays logo and your name on it. He will escort you to your vehicle with the driver and accompany you to your hotel for immediate check-in.
Welcome to New Delhi, the capital of India, a fascinating city with complexities and contradictions, beauty and dynamism, where the past co-exists with the present. Delhi is not only the present metropolis of India but also a Necropolis, where many cities have risen and fallen over the last five millennia. Many dynasties ruled from here. Both Old and New Delhi are rich in architecture while New Delhi is a stark contrast compared to the alleyways of Old Delhi.
After breakfast, the thrill of discovery awaits as you explore New Delhi with the guide: see the war memorial, India Gate, the impressive palatial sized buildings of Rajpath and President’s House, designed and built by the British in the 1920’s. Watch or participate in Kar Sewa at the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the most prominent Sikh house of worship, in Delhi built in 1783. Kar sewa, a form of selfless service, is considered a privilege and high honour for every Sikh. The Langar (think soup kitchen) prepared by gursikhs who work there and by hundreds of volunteers, is offered to everyone, regardless of race or religion. Humayun’s Tomb, a magnificent structure in red sandstone and white marble is one of the finest examples of a garden tomb and is a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Don’t miss Isa Khan’s garden tomb nearby, within an enclosed octagonal garden, considered the earliest example of a sunken garden in India – a concept later developed at Akbar’s Tomb and at the Taj Mahal. The Red Fort (only from the outside) is a beautiful red sandstone monument built in 1648. Visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Take a rickshaw ride through the narrow alleys of Chandni Chowk, a colourful and bustling market of Old Delhi. A Jain Temple, a Hindu Temple, a Church, and a Sikh Gurudwara Sis Ganj all are within a short walk from each other. Climb to the rooftop of one of the ancient buildings in the heart of the spice markets. From here you get an amazing view of Old Delhi and a peek into the architecture and lifestyle of locals, many of whom have lived here for generations.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in order to connect flight to Guwahati, the capital city of the north-eastern state of Assam, was formerly known as Pragjyotishpur (the City of Eastern Light). Its etymological root is derived from two Assamese words, "Guwa," meaning areca nut and "Haat," meaning market. Couched between the picturesque hills of the eastern flanks of the Himalayan mountain range, Guwahati houses the political capital of the state, Dispur. The gateway to the seven other north-eastern states, Guwahati is a vital tourist link point, besides being an attraction in itself.
On arrival, at the airport meet and greet with our representative. Please look for him in the arrivals hall, he will be holding a placard with Holxo Holidays logo and your name on it. He will escort you to your vehicle with the driver, leave directly for Shillong (Alt 6825Ft / 2050M). Shillong is the capital city of the state as well as the district headquarter of East Khasi Hills District. Shillong is the only hill station in the country that is accessible from all sides. The name Shillong is derived from U-Shyllong, a powerful deity and is situated at an altitude of 1,491 meters above sea level.
On arrival check-in at the hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Shillong.
After breakfast, full day excursion to Cherrapunjee (Alt 4869Ft / 1484M). Cherrapunjee possesses some exotic waterfalls and impressive limestone caves, Mawkdok Viewpoint, Nohkalikai Falls, 7 Sister Falls, Thangkharang Park and Mawsmai Cave, which is one of the 100 odd limestone caves in Meghalaya. Afternoon back to Shillong, enroute visiting the Elephant Falls and Shillong Peak. Overnight at Shillong.
After breakfast visit Don Bosco Monument, Ward’s Lake where you can enjoy boating, Botanical Garden and Lady Hydri Park. Later drive from Shillong to Kaziranga (270 Kms in 7 Hrs) (Alt 131Ft / 80M). On arrival, check-in. Overnight at Kaziranga.
After breakfast, explore the Western Zone of Kaziranga National Park on the back of an elephant. Apart from the world's endangered One-horned Rhinoceros, the Park sustains half the world's population of genetically pure Wild Water Buffaloes, over 1000 Wild elephants and perhaps the densest population of Royal Bengal Tigers anywhere.
(Jeep safari 01:30PM to 03:30PM): Afternoon explore Central Zone, Kaziranga is also a bird watcher's paradise and home to some 500 species of birds. The Crested Serpent Eagle, Palla's Fishing Eagle, Greyheaded Fishing Eagle, Swamp Partridge, Bar-headed goose, whistling Teal, Bengal Florican, Storks, Herons and Pelicans are some of the species found here. Overnight stay at Kaziranga.
After early breakfast, check-out and drive to Dirang (Alt 4910Ft / 1497M). Enroute visit Tippi on the banks of the river Bharali. At an elevation of 190 meters is Tipi, an orchidarium with over 7500 orchids. On display are some of the finest species with names like the Dainty Lady's Slipper or the more formal sounding Dendrobium. Arunachal has the largest range of orchids in the country. Overnight stay at Dirang.
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Tawang (Alt 10,000Ft / 3048M). Enroute visit the war cemetery and continue the drive till you reach Sela Pass at an altitude of 4114m / 13494 ft. It is famous for high altitude lakes and scenic beauty, and is ideal for ice skating during winter. Check-in at the hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Tawang.
After breakfast, visit Tawang Monstery and Sungester Lake (Alt 14500Ft), which was formed in 1950, following a major earthquake. It is better known as Madhuri Lake after the actress of the same name who came here for a shoot of the film “Koyla”. Evening return back to hotel.
Optional tour to Bumla Pass (Alt 15000Ft / 4400M), 45 Kms away from Tawang, this is one of the most off-beat passes in the world. It is also referred to as the pass from where the Dalai Lama entered India escaping from Tibet. It can only be arranged on the spot with an additional cost. Overnight stay in Tawang.
After an early breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Bomdila (Alt 7274Ft / 2217M). On arrival check-in to the hotel and later visit Gontse Rabgyaling Monastery (Upper Gonpa), Thub-Chog Gatsel Ling Monastery (Lower Gonpa), Bomdila View Point. Bomdila offers a wonderful panoramic view of Himalayan landscapes and snow-clad ranges. Overnight stay in Tawang.
After breakfast transfer to Guwahati (Alt 162Ft / 49M). On arrival check-in to your hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay at Guwahati.
After early breakfast, check-out from the hotel and transfer to the airport, enroute visiting Kamakhya Temple. Later, drive to Guwahati airport to board the flight to Delhi. You are greeted at the Delhi airport by Holxo Holidays Travels Facilitator and ushered to a chauffeur driven vehicle. You are then driven to the city centre for last minute shopping. On time transfer to International Airport in order to connect flight to your home.