Go on an East Indian Discovery Journey over 8 nights and 9 days through Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. After spending time exploring the capital city of New Delhi, move to Assam and from Tezpur, travel to Dirang visiting the Orchid Research Centre enroute. Then, travel to Tawang passing the Sela Pass, and marvel at the famous Tawang Monastery. Bomdila, with its rich culture and Himalayan landscapes, is your last stop, before you depart from Guwahati.
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 Tezpur (Alt 240Ft / 73M). On arrival check-in at the hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Tezpur.
After early morning breakfast, checkout 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 checkout and drive to Tawang (Alt 10,000Ft / 3048M). Enroute visit war cemetery and continue with the drive till you reach Sela Pass at an altitude of 4114M / 13494Ft. It is famous for high altitude lakes and scenic beauty, and is ideal for ice skating during winter. Check-in at the hotel. Free Evening. Overnight at Tawang.
After breakfast, visit Tawang Monastery 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 Km 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 be arranged only on the spot with additional cost. Overnight stay in Tawang.
After early breakfast, check out from the hotel drive to Bomdila (Alt 7274Ft / 2217M). Check in to the hotel and 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 Bomdila.
After Breakfast, transfer to Guwahati (Alt 162Ft / 49M). Check-in to your hotel. Evening you are free. Overnight stay at Guwahati.
After early breakfast check-out from the hotel and transfer to 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 back home.