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Majuli Tour

Duration: 14 Days 13 Nights
Activities: Exploring the monasteries, lifestyle & culture
Regions: North East India
Destinations Covered: Delhi - Dibrugarh - Sibsagar - Jorhat - Majuli - Kaziranga - Tezpur - Manas - Guwahati
Best Time: January, February, March, October, November, December

Overview

Majuli-resting in the lap of the mighty Brahmaputra is the "Mirror to Assamese Neo-Vaishnavite Culture" -initiated around 15th century by the revered Assamese saint Srimanta Sankaradeva and his disciple Madhabdeva...Your journey to Majuli is not about just exploring the monasteries,lifestyle of the monks or the culture of the people...it's about looking inward and find out the "Peace in the Solitude"..It's about witnessing Majuli's face uplifted to the limitless frontiers of the blue sky..it's about admiring her vision stretched to the distant hills of the Himalayas and other than the master craftsman who moulded the universe - God himself...This tour starts from the capital city Delhi, Sibsagar, with excursino to Charaideo , Jorhat , Tezpur, Barpeta, Manas and Delhi. This tours covers your all the intrest be it history, wildlife and spritual.

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Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Welcome to India- a country where hospitality is a way of life ; to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance. You will be received at the airport in a traditional manner with garlands and proceed to your hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2: Delhi

Morning after breakfast we will take you for a Heritage Walk through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi. Your walk leader would be your guide who would unfold the colorful history of Old Delhi which goes back thousands of years. The fabulous experience comes to an end with a visit to the Red Fort - One of the magnificent monuments built by the Mughals....Your sightseeing continues as we take you to Rashtrapati Bhawan (President's House), India Gate and The Qutab Minar. Post sightseeing return to your hotel for overnight stay.

Day 3: Delhi - Dibrugarh - Sibsagar

Morning after breakfast, we will transfer you to domestic airport to board flight to Dibrugarh (Flight leaves at 1000 Hrs./ Arrives at 1345 Hrs.). Shikhar Travels’ Representative will receive you at Dibrugarh Airport and you will drive down to Sibsagar (80 Kms). Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4: Sibsagar

Morning after breakfast proceed an excursino to Charaideo (Located around 28 kms east of Sibsagar, was the original capital of the Ahom Kings built by Sukhapa the founder of the dynasty in about 1229. Charaideo is famous for its numerous maidams (Vaults) of the kings and members of the royal family resembling the pyramids of Egypt. Most of them were built of stones and bricks and are now in ruins). The visit to Charaideo would be followed by a visit to Gargaon Palace (The principal town of the Ahom Kings, constructed by the 15th Ahom King Suklemnung in 1540. The palace lies 13 kms east of Sibsagar. The present seven storied palace was built by King Rajeshwar Singha in about 1762). Return to Sibsagar for Lunch. Afternoon we will take you to Rang Ghar (Thisamphitheatre was built by King Pramatta Singha. This two storeyed oval shaped pavilion is one of the largest of its kind) and Karengh Ghar & Talatal Ghar (These historical monuments were built by King Rudra Singha during 1696-1714 AD was the military station of the Ahom Kings. It is a seven storied palace having three storeys underground- known as Talatal Ghar and the the upper storeys known as Kareng Ghar). Evening return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5: Sibsagar - Jorhat - Majuli

Morning after breakfast we will proceed to Jorhat. En route we will cross the Namdang Stone Bridge (The Namdang bridge, cut out from a single solid rock over the Namdang river, was constructed by king Rudra Singha in 1703). We will reach Nimati Ghat and take a Ferry to Majuli. After approximately one and half hours of sailing we will arrive at Majuli Island (Majuli has been the cultural capital and the cradle of Assamese civilization for the past five hundred years. Although the origin of Majuli may be uncertain, it is known for a fact that the social reformer Sankardeva visited the island in the early sixteenth century. Sankardeva propagated a form of Vaishnavism that was simpler and more accessible than the ritualistic Hinduism of the time. His approach was rooted in faith and prayer, and stressed on the cultural aspects of life and living. There was no idol worship or sacrifices - instead, he developed the dance-drama forms of the bhawna and ankiya-nat, an theatrical depictions of the triumph of good over evil, using as material, the Bhagawat, which he himself had written). Upon arrival, check-in at Tourist Lodge / Monastery Guest House. Afternoon visit Uttar Kamalabari Satra. Also witness the Monastery Dance performed by the monks of Uttarkamalabari Satra. Post visit, return to your Tourist Lodge / Monastery Guest House for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6: Majuli

Today, we will explore the rest of the important sites of Majuli covering Auniati Satra (Founded by Niranjan Pathakdeva, the satra is famous for the "Paalnaam" (Monastery Prayer) and Apsara Dances (Dance of the Angels) and also its extensive assortment of ancient Assamese artefacts, utensils, jewellery and handicrafts) and Natun Samaguri Satra ( Shamaguri Satra is a unique feature of Vaishnavism in Assam . Shamaguri is not only a hub of art, cultural and classical studies but is also famous for its unique art of mask making). Afternoon we will take you to Salmara Village to show the Art of Pottery Making (Pottery in Majuli is probably the single most important heritage of all. The potter’s wheel has not found its way till date. Pots are made with hand from beaten clay and burnt in driftwood fired kilns. Archeologists opine this to be a missing link between Mohenjodaro & Harappan civilization). The day would come to an end with a visit to Dhapak Village of the Mishying Tribes (Mishyings are a plains tribe who prefer to have their settlements next to the Brahmaputra River. They are of the Arunachal hill tribe origin especially of the Adi tribes of the Abor hills of Arunachal Pradesh). Evening back to Tourist Lodge / Monastery Guest House for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7: Majuli - Jorhat - Kaziranga

Morning after breakfast, take your ferry back to Nimati Ghat. Upon arrival, proceed to Kaziranga (Kaziranga is one of the largest Protected Areas in India and one of the most significant conserved forest areas on the earth. From the time it was declared as a Proposed Reserve Forest for the Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), it has become an exceptional model in conservation, also providing an ideal habitat for numerous other threatened species. Kaziranga has justly earned its place as the flag bearer among all the wildlife conservation efforts across the globe. Into its hundredth year of existence, the tradition continues). Arrive and check-in at your Jungle Lodge. Post lunch (Around 2 P.M) proceed for a safari to Kaziranga Range (This drive covers central region of the park. 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). Evening return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 8: Kaziranga

Early morning at 0630 Hrs. proceed for an hour of Elephant Ride inside Kaziranga National Park. Post ride return to lodge for breakfast. Afterwards proceed for the a Jeep Safari to the Western Range of the Park (It takes near about 25 minutes to reach the entrance of this Range(The route traverses the southwest portion of the park. This range has maximum short grass areas and is the optimum habitat for Rhino and Water Buffalo. Representative perennialox-bow lakes surrounded by marshy Haemarthia compressa stands can be seen. Part of the drive is also through Low Alluvial Savannah Woodland.A round of the entire circuit is around 20 km. High herbivore densities around these wetlands are characteristic of the habitat). Return to your lodge for lunch. Post lunch, we will take you to another Jeep Safari to the Eastern (Agaratuli) Range (Situated towards the eastern part of the park. The area is excellent for birding. Includes nesting of the globally threatened Pallas's Fish Eagle and a colony of Spot-billed Pelicans. Migrant waterfowl may be observed at Sohola Beel. Various woodland birds can be seen along the drive through very scenic Dillenia Swamp Forest). Evening return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 9: Kaziranga - Tezpur

Morning after breakfast proceed to Tezpur (Also known as Sonitpur “City of blood” of Puranic fame, is ssociated with the legend of princess Usha, the daughter of King Bana and prince Anirudha, the grandson of Lord Krishna for their eternal love and romance. The great mythological war believed to have been fought between Hari(Lord Krishna) and Hara (Lord Shiva) and as a result the whole city was said to have been drenched in blood). Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel. Post lunch, we will take you for a sightseeing of Tezpur covering Da-Parbatia (The ruins of the door frame of Da-Parbatia Temple a few kms. from Tezpur town, is perhaps the finest and oldest specimen of sculptural or iconoclastic art in Assam. It's carving has the characteristics of the style of early Gupta School of sculpture) and Agnigarh ("Preserving the sweet memory of young lovers", Agnigarh or the rampart, surrounded by fire, is perhaps the most beautiful tourist spots in Tezpur. According to legend, Princess Usha, the only daughter of King Bana, was kept inside the palace which was surrounded by rampart of fire. The present Agnigarh, now only a hillock facing the mighty Brahmaputra, provides the tourist a soul touching panoramic view of both the river and Tezpur town). Evening back to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 10: Tezpur - Barpeta - Manas

Post breakfast drive down to Manas National Park ( Bordering Bhutan and formed by the watershed of the Manas, Hakua and the Beki rivers, the Manas National Park is the only Tiger Reserve in Assam. It has a wealth of wildlife and is picturesque. Twenty species of birds (including the rare Bengal florican) and animals that figure in the highly endangered list of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) red data book make these jungles their home. Migratory birds come here during winter and fly back at the onset of summer. Along the river banks one can spot water birds such as mergansers, Brahminy ducks and egrets. The park covers an area of 2,840 km, but its core area is 360 km. While tiger sighting is rare, you might just catch sight of the golden langur, the Asiatic buffalo, wild bison, wild dog (dhole), otter and civet. The rare red pandas are also found here but on the Bhutan side. The park has eastern Himalayan moist mixed deciduous forests. The eastern alluvial grassland also covers a major portion of the park. These grassland are grazing grounds for many herbivores). Upon arrival check-in at your Jungle Lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 11: Manas

Early morning proceed for an Elephant Ride in Manas National Park. Tea/Coffee and Cookies would be provided during your ride inside the jungle. Later return to Lodge for breakfast. Post breakfast, proceed for a Jeep Safari to Mathanguri - Uchila Road (The road cuts through woodland cover and savannah and grassland patches. Sighting of animals in Manas is not as good as in Kaziranga but the diversity of the habitat is very high). Return to your lodge for lunch. Post lunch, visit one of the nearby Villages to see the culture and tradition of the Bodo Tribe . Later in the afternoon, return to your lodge. Evening enjoy a traditional Bodo Dance performed by local artists. Dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 12: Manas - Guwahati

Morning after breakfast, we would take you to a guided walk to Mathanguri Point on the Bhutan Side (Walks are allowed on Bhutan side, ford the river to move to the Bhutan for sighting golden langurs.The range of these species is limited to areas around Manas and only 40 km west of it.The Mathanguri point is one of the most beautiful points in the entire national park). Post lunch drive down to Guwahati (Guwahati, the capital city of the northeastern 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). Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel. After a short rest, we will take you for an Assame Speciality Dinner at one of the Finest Local Restaurants. After dinner, return to your hotel for overnight stay.

Day 13: Guwahati

Morning after breakfast, we will take you for a guided tour of Guwahati City covering Kamakhya Temple (Kamakhya temple on Nilachal Hill, eight km west of the city is believed to be an ancient 'Khasi' sacrificial site. It has been a part and parcel of Assamese life and culture from ancient times. The temple dedicated to the Goddess Kamakshya is one of the oldest and most sacred centre for Shakti worship and Tantric Hinduism). Post sightseeing drive to the bank of River Brahmaputra to take your boat to the Peacock Island (The smallest inhabited island in the world and one of the three islands, off the Guwahati Shore).Upon arrival visit the Shiva Temple. Return to your hotel for lunch. Post lunch proceed to Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra ( Named after the greatest Vaishnava saint and the greatest integrator of the Assamese society Srimanta Sankardeva, the Kalakshetra is a multi-Arts complex. The Sankardev Kalakshetra displays the artistic excellence of Asam and the rest of north eastern states). After sightseeing, return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 14: Guwahati - Delhi - Fly Back Home

Morning after breakfast, pay a visit to the Assam State Museum of Guwahati (Assam State Museum in Guwahati is a rich repository of antiquities that highlight the diversity of the state s cultural traditions. In the early 1900s, a small dedicated group of antiquarians formed a society to study, document and research the cultural patterns of Assam. The artefacts they collected formed the nucleus of the museum. On view are a large number of stone sculpture, metal, wood and terracotta objects, textiles, coins, manuscripts and tribal artefacts). Afterwards, we will transfer you to airport to board flight for Delhi (Flight leaves at 1315 Hrs. / Arrives at 1650 Hrs.). Spend the rest of the day free for independent activities and last minute shopping. Later in the evening our representative escorts you to the International Airport to board flight for onward destination. ***You can also book "Day Use" Rooms in case you are flying back home late in the evening today /early in the morning tomorrow***

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