WANDER LUST

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Best Season

FEBRUARY 2016

Grade

Gentle

Duration

14 DAYS

1150 $ / Person

06-08 Persons

HIGHLIGHTS : Stay at Eco camps, One Horned Rhinos, Visit to the Indian Yak Research centre, Exotic Bird Watching, Walk through Apple Orchids, Crossing Bamboo Bridges, Tiger Spotting, Elephant Safaris, Rafting, Home stays & Organic Food, Hiking
 

OVERVIEW
This trip to the largest of the seven sister states in North East India is unrivalled in its Charm & aesthetic diversity. Flanked by Myanmar in the East, Bhutan in the west & China in the North, Arunachal Pradesh is also known as “land of the Dawn Lit Mountains”. It is the orchid state of India with a very large number of apple & flower orchids everywhere. Grand wild, Virgin landscape, deep valleys, Bamboo bridges & pristine waters make for a very absorbing journey trail packed with fun & fulfillment.

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MAJOR INCLUSIONS

  • TRANSPORTATION INCLUDED YES
  • BREAKFAST INCLUDED YES
  • ALL MONUMENTS TICKETS YES
  • HOTELS 4 / 5 STAR INCLUDED YES
  • GUIDE / ESCORT INCLUDED YES

DAY WISE ITINERARY

DAY 01 ARRIVE GUWAHATI (ASSAM) – DRIVE TO ECO CAMP (approx 260 kms/7/8 hours)

Today you arrive by air from Delhi by mid-morning time. Upon arrival, you’ll be received by the company representative. After a brief introduction & exchange of greetings, you shall drive to your destination of the day, the Eco-Camp, located inside the Nameri National Park. Assam & its parks boast of some of the rarest and extinct animals you could think of. You could be tired by the time you reach the camp, hence we recommend an early Dinner before retiring for the night. Alternatively you may take a stroll in the park before you sleep.
About Nameri National Park
This Park is a Tiger Reserve and a birdwatchers dream. It has more than 300 species of migratory as well as Indian birds. The gigantic Jia Bhoroli River flows through the length & breadth of this park & is ideal for river rafting with its mild rapids.
Overnight at the Eco-camp
Meals provided today: – Dinner

DAY 02 ECO CAMP (NAMERI PARK DIRANG (Approx 165 kms/drive 6/7 hrs)

You shall enjoy a hearty breakfast at the camp. Later you’ll drive to the picturesque Dirang, a village known after its river by the same name. Situated in West Kameng district, Dirang is a small hill station decorated by snow capped mountain peaks, lush greenery & gushing streams all in all a home away from home. Upon arrival you shall check in your hotel. Some of the worth seeing spots here are listed below:
National Research centre on Yak: Responsible for conserving Indian Yak, this Indian council for agricultural research ICAR funded institute conducts research on problems in genetic resources.
Dirang Dzong: A tribal area on the shores of river of river Dirang has more than 500 years old houses built in stone, each one an architectural marvel including the fort Dzong which though is in shambles is a architectural delight. The place has great influence of Buddhist kingdoms.
Hot Water Spring: It falls into river Dirang & is known to have curative properties. Being rich in sulphur, you can dive into its waters for a refreshing bath.
Sangti Valley: Only 7 kms away from Dirang between the eastern Himalayan ranges this place has dense forests & rivers interspersed in each other. If you are lucky you may spot the black necked cranes here that migrate from China during Nov & December but may have returned by now.
Kalachakra Gompa: It is a 500 years old Monastery & is visited by followers of Buddhism all through the year. It oozes a very serene atmosphere around it.
Other attractions are Regional Apple nursery, Progeny orchards & Kiwi farms.
Note: The above sightseeing is subject to time & weather permitting.
You stay overnight at your Hotel Samdrupkhang/Pemaling/Awoo Resort in Dirang.
About your hotel: The Hotel has basic comfort with bathrooms attached to its rooms with European toilets.
Meals provided today: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 02, 03, 04, 05 & 06 DIRANG – LUMLA/JHAMTSE (Approx 210 kms/drive 7/8 hrs)

After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, you’ll drive to Lumla in Jhamtse region/Tehsil. You may do so after visiting some of the sight you may not have been able to see yesterday. Today is another fascinating road journey through verdant valleys & beautiful hillocks. Positioned in a remote mountain ridge & green foothills, Jhamtse borders Bhutan & Tibet. It rests in peace nestled in dramatic landscape among the isolated & impoverished villages. The nearest place is Lumla. Our enchanting journey to Lumla continues over the 4150 meters high Sela pass which was once the battle ground between the India and Chinese armies. En-route you visit an alpine lake, Sela pass temple and marvel at the scenery. The whole place presents a great photo opportunity at every turn of the gorgeously mind boggling road.
Upon reaching here, you check in at the Local house or Government guest house. Stay overnight.
One of the major attractions here is the JHAMTSE GATSAL SCHOOL.
About the School:
This school is a culmination of a dream & desire of two dedicated Buddhist Monks Lobsang Phuntsok & Sherap Lama who envisioned impoverished, underprivileged children could learn & thrive despite the odds. At the core was their Buddhist upbringing based on love, compassion & wisdom. The school name connotes to Tibetan for love & compassion. It has total student strength of around 100 today having started with 34 underprivileged children, 3 teachers, 2 house wardens & 3 support staff in the year 2006. As a community school in the Tawang district, it houses adversity prone children from the nearby villages.
Remarks:-“WE” is taking care of Accommodation/Meals/Activities on days 03, 04, 05 & 06
Meals provided: – Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

DAY 07 JHAMTSE/LUMLA ---TREKKING TO BONGLANG (Approx 15 kms / 4/5 hrs trek)

This is the day you were waiting for. After eating your breakfast, you start your Trek to Bonglang via Kungba village. Expected to take you 3 to 4 hrs uphill & 2 hrs downhill this takes you across the mighty Tawang Chow River. The river flows all the way down from Tibet also called the SANGPO RIVER there. At some places you reach an altitude of 7000 ft. above the sea level & the trek offers breathtaking sights in its course. Frothy waters gushing down the hillocks, snow capped peaks & occasional chirping of the exotic birds makes it the most fascinating activity.
Stay overnight at the Local house in Bonglang village.
About your Accommodation: Local Houses are very basic, you have to share toilets and savor simple local food. However we can provide toilet tents if desired by you.
Meals provided today: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 08 BONGLANG ---- TREKKING TO BOMJA VILLAGE – DRIVE TO TAWANG (10 kms/ 4 hrs Trek)

You have breakfast in the morning. Later you get cracking at another soft adventure in the form of a trek to Village Bomja in Bhongkhar Tehsil. A 4 hrs moderate trek up hill and downhill trek closest to the headquarters, Bomja is one of 14 villages along with kharungdong & sarong. You eat your lunch at Bomja village.
After the trek you shall drive to the one of the most beautiful places in Northeast, Tawang. This drive of approx 70 kms should be completed in 3 to 4 hours, crossing Sela pass on the way which is incidentally one of highest motor able passes on Himalayas at 14000 ft. Tawang, once the battleground of India & china shall greet you with numerous prayer flags fluttering across its horizon signifying a very strong Tibetan presence.
Upon reaching Tawang, you check in your hotel Tashi Gysel – Tawang
Meals provided toady: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Remarks: – The hotel has Geyser for hot water and European toilet.

DAY 09 TAWANG

Today is a day of great exploration. After the morning breakfast, you get to visit the 400 years old Tawang monastery and have an audience with Rimpoche.
About the Monastery
The famous Gel den Namgyal Lhatsa, Popularly known as Tawang monastery was founded by Mera Lama Lodre Gyamsto in year of 1860-81.This Monastery is the largest in the Country and is the second largest in Asia. This Monastery is the fountain head of the Spiritual life of Gelukpa Sect of Mahayana school of Buddhism. The inner walls of Dukhang, the assembly hall are printed with murals of various divinities and saints, the silver casket wrapped in silk containing the Thankas of Goddess of Sri Devi palden lhamo (the principal deity of monastery) is kept here. It was given to Merak lama by Vth Dalai lama. The Thankas printed with blood was drawn from the nose of the Dalai Lama. A colossal richly gilled statue of Lord Buddha occupies the Middle of the northern side. It is the largest image of the monastery and is about 20 feet high.
Later in the afternoon you shall visit Urgelling Monastery dating back to 1489. It is also the birth place of 6th Dalai Lama. Then you shall go to the Seru monpa village craft center and museum.
Retire for the night here.
Overnight stay at the Hotel Tashi Gysel – Tawang (Hotel has Geysers and European toilet with each room)
Meals provided today: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 10 TAWANG -- BOMDILA(Approx 193 kms/ 7 Hrs)

Today after breakfast, you shall drive to Bomdila, a scenic village on the Indo China border. At 8000 ft ASL it is a photographer’s delight. It has challenging trekking options as also various attractions all in one gift package. Upon reaching here, you check in your hotel & retire for the night after an early dinner. The must see places here are listed below, depending however on the time available:
Sessa Orchid sanctuary, Spread to 100 sq. Km with deep valleys & lesser height hills, waterfalls, 200 species of birds apart from Red Panda & Pheasant.
Eagle nest wildlife sanctuary, Majestic Kameng river flows through its length, You can spot eagles, hornbill, kingfishers, ducks pheasants, Bengal tiger, Langur, Asian elephant, black bear, red panda here apart from 165 types of butterflies.
Bomdila monastery, Built in 1965, this sacred place conveys great essence of Buddhism. It resembles the famous tsona Gontse monastery,
You shall also see vast Apple orchards in the area including the Tipi orchidarium on the banks of river Bharali. These are considered the largest orchid ranges in India with 50000 orchid varieties.
Craft Centre & Ethnographic Museum, It is the essence of culture & lifestyle of Bomdila. You can see hand-woven carpets, traditional masks, wall hangings, dragon design carpets here. You may indulge in some souvenir buying.
Bomdila is also known to have good facilities for Rafting & Fishing. Let us know if you would be keen so that necessary arrangements are made well in advance. Other attractions include Upper Gompa, Lower Gompa & the middle Gompa. Upper Gompa is a school to educate monks.
Overnight stay at the Hotel Typsal Yang Typsal Yangzom / Doe- Gu-Khil guest house/Atisha Guest House
Meals provided today: – Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

DAY 11 BOMDILA - KAZIRANGA (Approx 235 kms/5-6 hrs)

After breakfast, you’ll drive to the plains of Assam to explore more treasures of the North East India. With China in the north, Myanmar in the east, Bhutan in the west along with Assam & Nagaland in the south, this drive is a scenic one. En-route you visit some of the spots that you could not have yesterday since all these places are situated close by each other. Kaziranga town is mostly inhabited by monpa tribe. Upon arriving, you check in your hotel. Evening is at leisure to explore on your own. Time permitting you may go on a Jeep safari to explore the rich wildlife of the famous Kaziranga sanctuary.
About Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park is one of the most popular as well as highly visited parks in India. The One-horned Rhinos are the pride of Kaziranga; the park is the only natural home of these species of Rhinos. Kaziranga also boasts of a number of Indian Tigers, Elephants, Leopards and other endangered wildlife.
Stay overnight at JUPURI/LOROS/BORGOS
Meals provided today: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 12 KAZIRANGA ---KHONOMA (Approx 225 kms/5- 6 hrs)

Today before you move out for Khonoma, you’ll go on a jeep safari in the Kaziranga National Park. This is a UNESCO declared World Heritage site that houses 2/3rd of the worlds ONE HORNED RHINOS. You shall also see Deers, Asiatic water Buffalo and close to 483 Avifauna species.
You can also explore the wild on an elephant safari. You get to see vast teal plantations en-route before reaching your next destination Khonoma.
About Khonoma
Khonoma was the headquarters of the ANGAMIS REBELS who fought ferociously against the British invaders on the Naga Hills in 1879. You can go on a walking tour & enjoy the great locales, interacting with the locals & discovering the rich wildlife in the surrounding forests.
Upon reaching you check in at a local’s house.
Remarks: – We shall be using 5-6 home stays depending on the number of students/guests in the tour. The home stays are basic but good and safe. We use them regularly for our tours. Most of the home stays have dining rooms. You shall be eating at the houses with the hosts that you would be staying with. Bedding is included. Some may have attached bathrooms and some may not.
Meals provided today: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 13 KHONOMA ---- KOHIMA (Approx 20 kms/1 hr)

After breakfast at the local host’s home, in the first half you’ll explore Khonoma (first green village in India) by visiting morungs, forts, cairn circles, British memorial; See how Khonoma people practice one of the most sustainable ways of jhum cultivation with Alder trees.
Layer you drive through steep forests to reach Kohima. Enroute you visit Gen. Grover’s memorial at Jot soma that fought in the Second World War. Mostly inhabited by some of the most daring Naga & Kuki tribes, Kohima is a panoramic view in itself. Here by the hillside you get a view of Myanmar. Some of the places of interest are:
War Cemetery: Memorial built in the name of those soldiers who died in WW2
Bara Basti: Later you visit Asia’s largest village built by Angami ancestors. This village has traditional Naga houses. The remarkable feature of this village is that its entrance is embellished with horns of Mitun (Buffalo) & motifs of Guns that signify bravery of the locals.
State Museum: This houses naga artifacts of around 15 tribal groups.
In the evening you may visit Kigwema ancestral village & the Kisama village, the venue for the annual Hornbill festival. Return back for an overnight stay at the hotel Vivor or similar – Kohima
Meals provided today: – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 14 KOHIMA ----DEPARTURE FROM DIMAPUR (Approx 74 kms/ drive 2 hrs)

Enjoy early morning breakfast. Pack up in time for your drive to Dimapur from where you would leave the breathtaking sights behind you & take your flight to Delhi. Hopefully you should be able to do a photo shoot at the ruins of Kachari Kingdom before this.
We wish you a safe flight & happy memories.
Meals provided today: – Breakfast
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