Take a Journey to East India with Holxo Holidays on our 8 nights and 9 days tour. Spot the one horned rhino on a safari at Kaziranga National Park, visit one of the wettest places on the earth, Cherrapunjee, take a spiritual tour to the Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati and marvel at the beauty of North East India.
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 Kaziranga (Alt 131Ft / 80M).
Kaziranga National Park lies partly in Golaghat district and partly in Nagaon district of Assam. It is the oldest park in Assam covering an area of 430 Sq kms along the river Brahmaputra on the North and the Karbi Anglong hills on the South. The National Highway 37 passes through the park area and tea estates, hemmed by table-top tea bushes. One can even see the rhinos and wild elephants straying near the highway. Kaziranga National Park, a world heritage site is famous for the Great Indian one horned rhinoceros and the landscape of Kaziranga is of sheer forest, tall elephant grass, rugged reeds, marshes and shallow pools. It was declared a National Park in 1974. Kaziranga National Park is one of the last areas in eastern India undisturbed by a human presence. It is inhabited by the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as many mammals, including tigers, elephants, panthers and bears, and thousands of birds.
On arrival check-in at the hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Kaziranga.
(Elephant Safari 05:30AM to 06:30/07:00AM – subject to availability) – Early morning, 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 breakfast checkout and drive to 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.
Check in at the hotel. Free Evening. Overnight at Shillong
After breakfast, full day excursion to Cherrapunjee (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 visit Elephant Falls and Shillong Peak. Overnight stay at Shillong.
After breakfast, visit Don Bosco Monument, Ward’s Lake where you can enjoy boating, Botanical Garden and Lady Hydri Park.
Shillong to Guwahati, 100 Kms in 3 Hrs. Checkout and drive to Guwahati (Alt 162Ft / 49M). Free Evening. Overnight at Guwahati.
Early morning at 07:00AM with packed breakfast, visit the temple of Maa Kamakhya, Nabagraha Temple (temple of nine planets), Basistha & Balaji Temple etc. After lunch, visit Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, Science Museum, State Zoo, Govt. Emporium for shopping. Overnight stay at Guwahati.
Check-out from your hotel and join your chauffeur for the 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 the International Airport in order to connect flight back home.