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Heritage Assam Tea Tour

Tour Code : HTP - 2

Tour Duration : 5 Nights / 6 Days      Travel Season : All year round

Best Season : October to April             Rainy season : June - August


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Detailed itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Dibrugarh


Meet upon arrival at Dibrugarh Airport / Railway Station and take transfer to Heritage Chang Bungalow.

Dibrugarh:

The 'Tea City of India', Dibrugarh is located in the eastern part of Assam. It is situated on the banks of the river Brahmaputra in upper Assam. Main attraction is mainly tea gardens along with oil and natural gas reserves. There are more than 165 tea gardens in and around Dibrugarh district. The foothills region of Dibrugarh is composed of lateritic soils, which is suitable for the production of tea plants. Besides, Dibrugarh city is the main educational centre of Upper Assam with important educational institutions like Dibrugarh University, Assam Medical College, Kanoi College, Salt Brook Academy etc.

Arrive and check-in heritage tea garden bungalow built by the British tea planters about 160 years ago.

If time permits, visit -

Assamese Village:

Khampti Ghat village is a rural Assamese village with 26 houses and approximately 200 people living on the bank of the river Burhidihing. Observe the rural way of living of the Assamese people and their houses made of split bamboo and mud. Most of the villagers have a fishery, granary, vegetable garden, cattle shed and a loom of their own.

Deori Tribal Village:

Tengapania is a village of Deori community, which is considered as the priest clan. The houses are constructed on stilts of both wood and concrete. Their main occupation is farming. They have rich vegetable gardens and also rear animals. Deori women wear hand-woven traditional cloths.

Evening: Free at leisure. Overnight: Stay in heritage tea garden bungalow.

Day 02: Dibrugarh - Namphake Village - Dibrugarh (57 kms one way, 1 & 1/2 hrs drive)


In the early morning, have a leisure walk around the Mancotta Tea Garden to observe the tea plantation. Have glimpse at the teams of colorfully dressed tea garden female workers plucking delicate buds and leaves with their nimble fingers.

Tea Factory:

After breakfast, take a short drive to visit the tea factory of Mancotta Tea Estate and witness processing of Assam tea.

In the late morning, visit -

Namphake Village:

The Phakial community of Assam established Namphake village in 1850 AD. Presently, the village is inhabited by 600 members of the community. The word 'Phake', connected with Tai community, is a combination of two Tai words ie, 'Pha' and 'ke' meaning 'wall' and 'ancient' respectively. Historically, natives in Myanmar dwelling near ancient stone walls were recognized as 'kunphake' meaning "people inhabiting near phake part of the country". The present inhabitants of Namphake village are considered to be the descendants of those 'phake' people of Myanmar. The Tai race, a large section of nomadic Mongolian association, currently inhabits in entire Asia. In Myanmar, Thailand and Yunnan province of China, they are recognized as the Shan, Siamese and Pai respectively. In countries like Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, they are familiar as the Lao population. Tai Phake people in Assam are popularly known as 'Phakial'. Many noted historians of Assam opine that the Phakials are immediate descendants of the mighty Ahoms. Phakial people established some other villages like Borphake, Tipamphake in the districts located in upper Assam. Yet the largest village among all is the Namphake village near Naharkatiya. In spite of being fused into greater Assamese culture, the Phakial community has been conserving its own distinctive culture and age old traditions and thereby contributing to the rich Assamese culture. Followers of Buddhism, the Phakials in Namphake village are maintaining a Buddhist monastery with several astounding monuments within its premises. Moreover, a Buddhist Pagoda and a symbolic Ashoka pillar in the monastery premises are worth seeing.

Haaj-Paar:

It is a small weaving centre located at Chiring Chapori, an urban locality of Dibrugarh. Here traditional mekhela chadars are woven in variety of designs by employed women and is run privately. They also weave sarees from both 'muga' and 'paat' silk unique to Assam. The products made in the centre are available for sale.

Overnight: Stay in heritage tea garden bungalow.

Day 03: Dibrugarh - Jorhat (140 kms, 3 hrs drive)


In the early morning after breakfast, take transfer to Jorhat. En route visit -

Sibsagar:

Literally, the name 'Sibsagar' means 'Ocean of Lord Shiva'. This historical city of Assam remained the capital seat of the mighty Ahoms who ruled over Assam for nearly 600 years till the arrival of the British. It reflects the glory of ancient Assam under the Ahom rule. The Ahom monarchs started the tradition of building royal palaces, tanks, roads, forts, temples, towns, embankments, bridges of stones and bricks all over the kingdom. Apart from representing a number of monuments of rare historical and archaeological significance, modern Sibsagar has grown as a fast developing town with leading oil and tea producing areas.

In Sibsagar, visit -

Shiva Dole:

This famous Shiva temple was built by the second queen of Shiva Singha, Queen Ambika in 1734 AD. It is reputed to be the tallest Shiva Temple in India with a height of 180 feet and 195 feet in diameter caped by seven feet height golden dome.

Sibsagar Tank (Barpukhuri):

The famous Sibsagar tank was dug in 1734 AD by Queen Ambika, the second queen of King Shiva Singha to honor the memory of her husband. The tank covers an area of 129 acres of land. The water level of the tank remains always above the level of the town and never changes. Due to its big size and depth, it is regarded as 'Sagar' meaning 'sea'.

Rang Ghar:

Rang Ghar is a historic amphitheatre constructed during the rule of Ahom king Pramatta Singha in 1746AD. During those times, Rang Ghar acted as a royal pavilion where the Ahom royalties and officers witnessed several outdoor games such as wrestling, buffalo-fight, falconry, elephant fights and other sporting and cultural events. It is an antique oval-shaped two storied building. The ground floor is rectangular in shape with two trapezoidal ends. Due to its typical and special structure, it has become a symbol of modern Assam.

Tolatol Ghar:

Tolatol Ghar was originally constructed by Ahom King Rudra Singha in 1699AD. Several changes and additions were made by the later Ahom rulers and this palace got its present structure of bricks and indigenous type of cement during 1751-1769AD under Ahom king Rajeshwar Singha. It is a seven storied palace of which four stories are above ground and the remaining three stories are underground with two underground tunnels, one leading to Dikhow River and the other to Gorgaon Palace at Nazira. It was also once the capital and military station of the Ahom kings.

Kareng Ghar (Gorgaon Palace):

Kareng Ghar was constructed by the Ahom king Suklengmung in 1540 AD. Initially, the original structure of this palace was made of wood and stone. Later, a brick wall of about five kilometers surrounding the palace and masomory gate was built by King Parramatta Singha in 1747 AD. The palace got its present structure of brick palace of seven stories during the reign of King Rajeshwar Singha in 1752 AD.

Charaideo Maidam:

Charaideo is the first capital of Ahom kingdom, established by the founder king Su-Ka-Pha in 1253 AD. It continued to be the permanent capital of Ahom kingdom till the reign of king Typo Khamti (1380-1389 AD). Charaideo is designated to be the sacred burial ground of the members of Ahom royal families and high ranked officials. These tombs stand as a comparison to the Pyramids of Egypt which represents the artistic skill of sculptures and fine form of architecture.

Later, depart to Jorhat.

Jorhat:

Jorhat is known as one of the leading towns of Assam and the centre of tea industry. The earlier Jorhat town was sought to ruins as a result of the Burmese invasions in 1817 AD. But as the British ventured into Assam in 1824 AD, these invasions were cleared out under the British administrative officers, David Scott and Captain Richard. Present day Jorhat is the hometown of the world famous Tocklai Tea Research Center, Assam Agricultural University, North-East Institute of Science & Technology and the head office of Assam Sahitya Sabha. There are about 140 tea gardens in and around Jorhat.

Arrive at Jorhat. Check-in heritage tea garden bungalow that exhibits a colonial history of more than 150 years ago.

Evening: Enjoy a cultural show of Bihu dance / Jhumur dance / Sattriya dance performed by local artists. (Optional)

Overnight: Stay in heritage tea garden bungalow.

Day 04: Jorhat - Kaziranga National Park (88 kms, 2 hrs drive)


Tea Factory:

In the morning after breakfast, visit the tea factory of Gatoonga Tea Estate and witness processing of Assam tea.

Later, visit -

Tocklai Tea Research Institute:

The Tocklai Tea Research Institute, previously known as Tocklai Experimental Station is the oldest and largest research institute of its kind in the world. It was established in 1911 AD. It carries out all research projects at national level on all aspects of tea cultivation and processing. It encompasses a large network covering South Bank, North Bank, Upper Assam, Cachar, Darjeeling and Terai. This research station has contributed largely in the increase of tea production which greatly adds to the economy of India. Recent data states that total clone species of tea derived in Tocklai Tea Research Institute numbers to 31. Till date, the institute has succeeded in inventing total number of 213 tea species. Through the effort of the Scientists involved in various tea research projects, 14 numbers of tea seeds have been invented in this institute.

Jorhat Gymkhana Club:

This club has set its position in the 'World Heritage List' to be the oldest Golf course in Asia and third oldest in the world. It was started in 1876 AD by D. Slimmon, the then Secretary of the club. It is a popular spot for horse races which is organized every year with great enthusiasm where participants join from various parts of the state.

In the afternoon, take transfer to Kaziranga National Park.

Kaziranga National Park:

Internationally popular forest reserve and a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park is situated on the northern banks of the mighty river Brahmaputra, spreading wide on both the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam. It covers an area of over 430 sq km. Its landscape is characterized by swamps, beels, tall elephant grass, flat grasslands with streams.

Kaziranga National Park supports a variety of flora and fauna. It is mainly the undistributed residence of the Great One horned Rhinoceros. It is also a home to a large population of Indian Elephant, Wild Water Buffalo, Swamp Deer, Indian Boson, Royal Bengal Tiger, Sloth Bear, Hog Deer, Leopard Cats, Otter, Hog Badger, Capped Langur, Hollock Gibbons, Wild Boar, Jackal, Pythons, Monitor Lizard, and Fishing Cat etc. Small mammals like the rare Hispid Hare, Indian Gray Mangoose, Large Indian Civet, Small Indian Civet, Bengal Fox, Golden Jackal, Chinese Pangolin, Indian Pangolin, Hog Badger, Chinese Ferret Badger, Parti-colored Flying Squirrels etc. are also found here.

More than 500 species of birds have been recorded in Kaziranga National Park including 26 species of globally threatened category. Migratory birds like Lesser White Fronted Goose, Ferruginous Duck, Baer's Pochard Duck and Lesser Adjutant, Greater Adjutant, Black Necked Stork, Asian Openbill Stork etc. migrate to this park during the winter season every year. It is also a habitat of threatened species like Blyth's Kingfisher, White Bellied Heron, Dalmatian Pelican, Spot-billed Pelican, Nordmann's Greenshank, Black-Bellied Tern and other birds like the Eastern Imperial Eagle, Palla's Fish Eagle, Grey Headed Fish Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Indian Vulture, Slender billed Vulture, Indian White-rumped Vulture, Swamp Francolin, Bengal Florican, Pale- Capped Pigeon, Black Breasted Parrotbill and Rufous vented Prinia etc. It is also a home to the endangered Gangetic Dolphin. Besides there are more than 40 species of fishes and 42 species of reptiles are found in Kaziranga National Park.

Arrive at Kaziranga and check-in jungle resort.

At Kaziranga, visit -

Kaziranga National Orchid and Bio-diversity Park:

Witness more than 500 varieties of wild orchids collected from different parts of North-East Indian states, 132 species of sour fruits and leafy vegetables, 12 species of cane, 46 species of bamboo and a large variety of local fishes in Kaziranga National Orchid and Bio-diversity Park, located in Durgapur.

Evening: Free at leisure. Overnight: Stay in jungle resort.

Day 05: Kaziranga National Park - Guwahati (217 kms, 4 & 1/2 hrs drive)


Elephant Safari:

In the early morning, enjoy an elephant ride in the western range (Bagori) / central range (Kohora) of Kaziranga National Park.

Jeep Safari:

In the morning after breakfast, enjoy one round of Jeep safari in the central range (Kohora) / western range (Bagori) of Kaziranga National Park.

Later, depart to Guwahati. En route visit - Souvenir Shop: Have a glimpse of famous traditional wooden craft made by local tribal people.

Guwahati:

Guwahati, 'the city of Eastern light' stands on the southern bank of the mighty river Brahmaputra. It is the capital city of Assam and the gateway to the entire north-eastern states. Modern Guwahati is the hub city of Assam. It fulfills every aspect of a metropolitan city with its advanced means of transport, communication and media, as a major center of business activity, educational institutions, and various administrative and political activities of entire Assam. Besides, its landscape surrounded by hills and the mighty Brahmaputra River, rich and diverse flora and fauna enhances its natural scenic beauty.

Arrive in Guwahati and visit -

Guwahati Tea Auction Center:

Established in 1970, Guwahati Tea Auction Center is one of the busiest tea trading centres in the world. Its primary commodity for auction is Assam Tea. Guwahati Tea Auction Center observes the largest volume of CTC tea auction in the world.

Later, check-in hotel. If time permits, visit -

Kamakhya Temple:

Kamakhya Temple, one of the greatest 'Shaktipeeth', the shakti shrine of Goddess Kamakhya is situated on the Nilachal Hills. It is the oldest center of Tantric Shaktism. A famous legend regarding the birth of the Kamakhya temple narrates that Lord Shiva, rage with anger at his wife Sati's death, wandered the entire earth carrying Sati's corpse. An organ of Sati fell here and eventually the place became a temple of worship in due course of time. The temple features various stone inscriptions, terracotta works, sculptures and idols of Ganesha and Chamundeswari which are worth mentioning. The famous 'Ambubachi Fair' is celebrated with great enthusiasm every year in mid-June in this temple and devotees from different parts of India throng into it for the special occasion.

Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra:

Sankardev Kalakshetra is named after the most illustrious son and Vaishnavite propagator of Assam. It is the hub of all the cultural activities of entire Assam and a center for the promotion and preservation of the cultural heritage of the various tribes, communities and ethnic groups of Assam. It consists of a museum wherein lies the various traditional dresses, jewelry, ancient pottery, weapons belonging to various ethnic groups, sculpture, and works of art created by various artists depicting as a whole the entire Assam. The open air amphitheatre, wherein the cultural performances are held very often and the collection of whole life activities of the legendary artist Dr. Bhupen Hazarika carry a great measure in Kalakshetra.

Evening: Spend some quality moments with your spouse / family / friend experiencing the dinner cruise tour in the mighty Brahmaputra River.

Overnight: Stay in hotel.

Day 06: Guwahati depart


In the morning after breakfast, take transfer to Guwahati Airport / Railway Station for onward destination.


Tour terminates here


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Important Note: 1

Due to arid winter from mid December to first week of March, the minimal growth of tea leaves results in declination of plucking activity in the Tea Estates of Assam every year. That's why, processing of tea leaves in the manufacturing units cannot be demonstrated to the visitors in its real sense. Besides, tea factories also remain close every Monday.


                              2

Kaziranga National Park remains closed from 1st May till 30th October every year. During these months, elephant ride and jeep safari inside the national park remains prohibited according to existing Govt. order. Therefore, elephant joy ride outside the park will be arranged for the guests to witness most possible sighting of one-horned rhinoceros.



Package Inclusions: From November to April

# All ground transportation by a comfortable vehicle driven by dedicated driver
# Accommodation on twin sharing basis for five nights
# Daily complimentary breakfast
# Kaziranga National Park entry fees
# One elephant ride & one round of Jeep Safari charges
# One dinner cruise tour charges
# All parking, toll charges, driver's allowance etc.
# All sightseeing programmes
# Government Service Tax

Package Inclusions: From May to October

# All ground transportation by a comfortable vehicle driven by dedicated driver
# Accommodation on twin sharing basis for five nights
# Daily complimentary breakfast
# One round of elephant joy ride charges
# One dinner cruise tour charges
# All parking, toll charges, driver's allowance etc.
# All sightseeing programmes
# Government Service Tax

Package Exclusions:

# Any air fare or train fare
# Cultural show
# Guide's allowance
# Entrances to the monuments, parks etc.
# Any additional meal other than mentioned above
# Any other expenses of personal nature like travel insurance, camera fees, tips, laundry charges, telephone charges, mineral water, portages, bar, medicines etc.

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