To many the word “Assam” may have unfamiliar ring to it, and to a few they generally associate with famous Assam Tea.However, Assam harbour much more into its fold than just tea, specifically upper Assam. It’s a small pocket of area in far northeast fringe of India, least explored, however it houses some amazing sights and attractions of diverse proportions in superlative form into its lap within a span of few hundred km.
This itinerary draws its inspiration from gamut of diversities packed into one. The swashbuckling ride on back of elephant and jeep safari to the Kaziranga National park that boast of 70 % of highly endangered one horn rhinoceros, some Asiatic elephants, wild buffalo and many birds and sighting of these citizen from a close quarter – pilgrimage for the wild life and birding enthusiast.
Just on the periphery of the park , there are some tea garden which produce some of the finest tea in the world.
Barely 120 kms from parks, it introduce you to the supposedly one of the largest river island in the world – Majuli. Its has preserved its age old tradition of Vaishnavite culture in form of thriving Satara (Monastery). And it also has some wetland which is home to many migratory bird.
Day 1. Drive to Kaziranga National Park Arrive in Guwahati airport. Met the Wind Horse representative and drive onward to Kaziranga (240 km) 4 hrs. Evening free for leisure. Overnight at Bogros Resorts or Similar.
Day 2. Kaziranga National Park. From the Bogros resort, it’s hardly 200 m to central entrance to the National Park. Early morning elephant ride followed by the jeep safari in the afternoon. Tribal dance in the evening.Overnight at Bogros resort or similiar.
Day 3. Kaziranga National Park. After breakfast, visit Assamese village, Craft centre and interaction with local people or Tea Garden nearby. Jeep safari, which again start from central to west western portion of the sanctuary. It traverse through the short grass area, which is the optimum habitat for Rhino and water buffalo.It is an ideal introduction to the park and its ecology as the route passes through the entire spectrum of habitat types prevalent in the area. There is a possibility of sighting elephants as well as the other mega herbivores. Overnight in Bogros or Similar.
Day 4. Excursion to Majuli Island ( 120 Kms, 3 hrs) After breakfast, drive from Kaziranga for Majuli, enroute crossing mighty Brahmaputra to reach Majuli. A few year back, it was considered as the largest river island in the world. However it has downsized due to continuous erosion by river Brahmaputra. Visit Satara ( Monastery) epitomising the Vaishnavite cultures in Assam . Missing (Tribal) fishing village, and surrounding wet and marshy land, home to many migratory bird – birding paradise. In the evening, return to periphery of Jorhat.
Overnight in Heritage Thengal Manor
Day 5: Departure Transfer to the airport in time for your flight from Jorhat.
Please note that Kaziranga National Park remains close from June to September, May & Oct is partially open. The best time to visit is from November to April.
An opportunity to see remarakable ranges of wildlife especially endangered and conserved unicorn Rhinocerous and other animal like water buffaloes, deers etc and different species of bird from close quarter.
Short walk around tea garden that produce some of the finest Assam tea in the world. And also excursion to Majuli island, one of the largest river island in the world, offers insights into well preserved age old Hindu Vaishnavite culture and traditions through thriving Satara( monastery). And surrounding wetland – home to many migratory birds
Starting from USD $ 600, however exact cost can be determined based on group size, travel date, hotel chosen and other logistic. Please contact us for price details.
Private Journey with date at your convenience. Please note from month of June to Sept is not recommended.
1. Accomodation based on Twin sharing in 3* to 4* Jungle Resort or Hertiage Manor
2. All meal included.
3.Experienced English Speaking Guide.
4.Entrance fee for jungle Activities & at Kaziranga and also ferry fee for Majuli Island Excursion.
5. All transfer on good Vehicle.
6. Two Jeep Safari at National Park & one Elephant ride.
2. Indian Visa Fee.
3. Camera/Video fee for Wild Life Tour.
4. Travel/Medical Insurance.
5. Personal expenses like Telephone calls, Laundry, Tips, Porterage.
The first week of Nov., 2019, after 2 weeks in Bhutan, I toured Assam with my friend, Linda, and our guide, Anand, who was informative and attentive to our every wish! And our most accommodating driver (graciously stopped for me repeatedly to photograph hay). We saw interesting sights and animals, including plenty of one-horned rhinos, and stayed in fun hotels and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Also learned more about Bhutan from Anand–a bonus.
MarcieOct 30 - Nov 05,2019
As world travelers, my wife and I have taken several organized l tours around the world. Most of them are with a big group of people. The itinerary is usually packed with touristy spots.
However, with Wind Horse, it is totally a different level of traveling. It was the experience and culture learning that makes this trip so memorable.
We loved both Assam & Eastern Bhutan. The locals were so welcoming and very friendly everywhere we go.This would not be possible without the excellent service from the Wind Horse team.
The entire trip was so well planned and organised from A to Z. Anand, our Upper Assam tour guide, took all the worries away from us.
Majuli is such a beauty with white sand, marshland and peaceful bamboo bungalow combined with friendly people make Majuli island inviting for a remote retreat. Whereas Kazaranga is a wild life game sanctuary especially the great one-horned rhino.
In Bhutan, our two most memorable experiences are the horse back riding, trotting with Sonam in Bumthang and climbing the Tiger Nest Monastery in Paro with Pema.
There are not many tourists in the East. The road is bad but continue to be improved. Life is simpler and people are friendlier. In addition, the Wind Horse team were so flexible and accommodating.
On the last day in Paro of Bhutan, we forgot to bring our trekking walking sticks. Pema was so nice. He managed to get us 4 walking sticks from the office within a short time of notice.
The team has gone extra miles to WOW their customers. This tour has made an impact on our traveling experience. We will definitely recommend Wind Horse to others. Hope that we will have Wind Horse again on our future tours.
Nhut Tran6 - 20 March, 2018
Thank you for your email, I received it with pleasure 🙂
The most memorial moment in Assam for me is the magnificent early morning of elephant ride, getting close to the animals under the fogging sunrise . The landscape of Assam looks like Asian countries with the tea plantations and rice fields. Amand, thank you again for your service, you’re really a good guide who had taken care of us in the detail things.
After the passage of border from Assam to Bhutan, the first contact of Bhutan is the smiling and helpful service of another good guide of Windhorse Sonam and of course without forgetting our best driver Dawa.
The Eastern part of Bhutan is still very authentic . The Bhutanese live simply with happiness.The most memorial thing in Bhoutan was climbing the Tiger’s nest, 6h30 of hiking ! We did it ?
One commun thing for both Assam and Bhutan trips is the kindness of the people.
I had had a cultural and fun trip.
Thank you for everything
Linh Duong Auberger6-20 March, 2018
In my recent Eastern Bhutan tour with WindHorse Tours (the 2nd time with WindHorse), since I had to enter Eastern Bhutan by land through Guwahati, I decided to spend a little time visiting Assam after googling Majuli island and Kaziranga National Park. I was so excited seeing pictures of Majuli island and Kaziranga on the Internet. But I was blown away seeing the places in person, led by WindHorse tour guide Anand.
The 5-day WindHorse tour itinerary was just right, giving the opportunity to see Majuli island in one full day and Kaziranga in 2 days. The two places we stayed were very good, especially in that rural area of India.
The pictures of Majuli island on the internet do justify its beauty. I saw exactly same places as the ones on the internet. White sand, marshland and peaceful bamboo bungalow combined with friendly people make Majuli island inviting for a remote retreat. Majuli was indeed beautiful.
However pictures of Kaziranga National Park on the internet do not justify its real beauty. Early morning fog and sunrise as the backdrop for wild animals roaming the park made Kaziranga mystical. I saw those scenery only in pictures or movies but never in person until now. Marshland with all kinds of birds make the place so peaceful. A thick silence engulfed the place, broken only by bird chipping and ruffling sound of the wind on tall grasses. Kaziranga reminded me of Seregenti National park in Tanzania and the movie Out of Africa.
Around Kaziranga National Park are tea plantations and rice fields which gave a very soothing sight for the eyes. Tea plantation reminded me South East Asia and rice fields also reminded me of my home country, Vietnam. Assam looks more Asia than India as the region is bordered by Bhutan and China in the North and Burma in the South.
Besides the environmental beauty, nothing beat the friendliness of the people who were very simple. Majuli island and Kaziranga are still well kept secrets of the travel world, undisturbed by large tourist herds.
I am glad to extend my trip to Upper Assam, an unexpected magnificent discovery. Anand took us to beautiful sites in Majuli islands, sites that I pointed out earlier to WindHorse that I wanted to see. Anand took extra efforts to get Elephant Safari tickets which were only available the night before. Anand arranged everything for us, from transport to outings, trying to customize to our needs. Since I like walks, Anand gave us several walks in the village in Jorhat and Kaziranga. The walks and interactions with local villages were so pleasant and memorable. The tour was not only a sightseeing tour. Anand had made the tour to be sightseeing, along with walking with a lot of cultural experiences.
When I booked the Upper Assam trip, I was told by Ugen (WindHorse) that I would not regret the decision. I was then skeptical and did not know what to expect. Now I have to thank Ugen, Anand and WindHorse for giving me such a great experience.
I am looking forward to other off-the-beaten path destinations with WindHorse Tours.
Once again thank you Anand and WindHorse.