The Mishmi trail unfolds to us the untouched beauty of the Lohit in Arunachal Pradesh. Still unexplored, it offers to the guest a heady flavour of the East. It embraces the rich culture of the Mishmis, the sacredness of Parasuramkund, the tranquility of the verdant tea plantations and the golden land of the brave Khamptis- all ensconced in one. It offers a holiday option very difficult to resist.
12 nights / 13 days
Received at Guwahati airport and later drive to Kaziranga National Park (220 kms/ 04 ½ hrs). Check in at hotel for 02 nights.
The park remains open from 1st Nov to 30th April only.
Early morning go for an elephant safari followed by a jeep safari post breakfast. Afternoon go for another jeep safari.
Timing (Kaziranga National Park)
Elephant Safari - approx 45 mins duration
05.30 to 06.30
06.30 to 07.30
Forenoon : Entry time between 07:00 to 09:30 Hours. Visiting time till 12:00 Noon
Afternoon: Entry time between 13:30 to 15:00 Hours. Visiting time till sunset.
1. Elephant safari for foreign nationals are held only on Kaziranga Range, Kohora (Central Range)
2. Allocation of elephant riding seats and timings are regulated by the forest department, Kaziranga National Park, Government of Assam. The tickets for the same are issued only on the previous evening of the ride after 7:30 PM.
After breakfast we drive to Neematighat (80 kms / 02 hrs) for ferry crossing (1 hr downstream boat cruise- the time depends upon the water level of the river) to Majuli - the largest inhabited river island in the world and famous for the Vaishnavite Satras or monasteries (Kamalabari Satra, Auniati Satra, Benganti satra, and many more) and culture. It is nestled between the confluence of the Subansiri and the Brahmaputra River. Visit the monasteries and interface with the tribes on the island. Overnight at Majuli.
After breakfast ferry across to Neematighat (01 ½ hrs) and later drive to Dibrugarh (145 kms/ 03 ½ hrs). Enroute we visit the Ahom monuments and temples at Sivasagar which encompass the 600 year old history of the Ahom Dynasty. Check in at Mancotta/Chowkidinghee Heritage Chang Bungalow for 02 nights.
Post breakfast, take a tea tour around a tea estate known for producing high quality CTC teas. Learn all about tea - its origin, how it is grown, all about tea tasting and its quality. Later in the afternoon we visit Mancotta Tea Estate known for its Orthodox type of tea. Take a tea walk and enjoy a sundowner or a cup of tea on a tree house. Evening enjoy a dance performance (Bihu Dance) by an ethnic dance group on the bungalow lawns. Overnight at the Heritage Chang Bungalow.
A tea tour through a 157 years old heritage tea garden gives an insight into the different activities that vary from season to season. It teaches us all about tea- its origin, how it is grown, tea tasting and its quality. During the winter months the dormant bushes are pruned to ensure vigorous growth during the warmer months. Once the rains begin, and the temperature rises, the gardens come alive with teams of colourfully dressed tea pluckers, predominantly ladies as they are said to be better able to pluck the delicate buds and leaves. The harvest, which goes on continuously from March to November, is taken everyday to the factory where it undergoes an age old process of being turned into the finished product. All stages of the process are carefully controlled to ensure that the tea that leaves the factory is only of the highest quality, a quality that has made Assam tea world famous.
CTC (Crush, Tear and Curl) tea is a method of processing tea. In this process the leaves instead of being rolled, are passed through a series of cylindrical rollers with hundreds of small sharp "teeth" that Crush, Tear, and Curl.
This style of manufacturing has the advantage that the finished product brews quickly, gives a dark infusion rapidly, is well suited for tea bags, and yields more cups per kg. In the Indian domestic market, this type of manufacture has virtually taken over - over 80% of tea production is of the CTC type.
CTC teas produce a rich red-brown color when they are boiled, which adds a beautiful color to tea made in the Indian style. This is done by boiling leaves in a mixture of milk, water and sugar and some spices (producing Masala Chai). In this receipe, the tea does not become bitter, and its rich red colour comes through the white of the milk.
Orthodox tea : The manufacturing process of orthodox tea is similar to that of CTC tea. Instead of the tea leaf been crushed, the leaves are rolled in a machine that twist and break the leaves to release the natural chemicals that later react with oxygen in the air and give the tea its characteristic aroma and taste. It is the leafy variety of tea.
Visit to tea factory is subject to being operational on the day of the visit. There is no tea plucking between December till mid March and hence the actual manufacturing process of tea cannot be demonstrated when one visits the factory during this period. Factory also remains closed on Monday’s of the week. Tea Tasting session can however be facilitated.
After breakfast drive to Wakro (190 kms / 4 hrs). Enroute visit Empong Village to see the Khampti tribes and also visit the Buddhist Gompa. Check in at Mishmi Retreat, Wakro. (Traditional Mishmi huts) for 02 nights.
Mishmi Retreat : Surrounded by enchanting nature, this campsite comprises of four Mishmi traditional huts, each with two rooms one double bedded and one twin bedded. It can cater to a maximum group size of 16 pax. Four western toilets with provision of showers are not en-suite but conveniently located behind the huts. Hot water will be provided in buckets. There is a gazebo which provides for the common seating and dining area - an ideal getaway for the nature lover.
Today we visit the local Mishmi tribal villages like Kanjan Village, Pukhuri Village, and Thomba Village to learn about their rich culture and traditions and interact with the Mishmi tribe.
After breakfast drive to Roing (160 kms/ 5 hrs) in the Debang valley of Arunachal Pradesh crossing the Lohit River at Digaru. Enroute visit Parasuramkund- a pilgrimage site where thousands of pilgrims come every year during Makar Sankranti to take a holy dip in the Lohit River. Overnight at Roing.
Today we we drive to Mayodia Pass (55kms/1hr30mins) - a unique pass situated at an altitude of 7000 ft amidst lofty hills, lush green forests and breathtaking landscapes. Return to Roing and visit the local villages.
After breakfast drive to Tinsukia (120 kms/4 hrs) including the ferry crossing. Check in at Wathai Heritage Bungalow, Limbuguri Tea Estate for 02 nights. Afternoon at leisure.
Today early morning we visit Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and Magori Bheel for a full day birding programme. We take several boat rides on the Dibru River, go for a jungle walk, birding and Gangetic Dolphin sighting. Overnight at the Bungalow.
Today early morning we visit Barekuri Village (10 kms / 20 mins) to see a small group of Hollock Gibbons. Post breakfast we drive to Digboi (45 kms / 01 hr), the first oil town of South Asia. Visit the Oil Museum and the 2nd World War Allied Forces Cemetery where 200 graves are permanently maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Drive back to Dibrugarh 80 kms / 02 hrs and check in at Heritage Chang Bungalow.
Digboi museum remains closed on Mondays.
Morning at leisure. Later in time to transfer to Dibrugarh airport to board flight for onward destination.
Foreign Nationals would require Restricted Area Permit to visit Wakro, Arunachal Pradesh. The same is issued to a minimum group size of 02 or more pax travelling together.
Following documents are required in order to process the permit. The documents may be scanned and forwarded by email.
1. Copy of recent passport size photograph of each person.
2. Copy of the valid Indian Visa
3. Copy of the valid passport
4. RAP processing requires a minimum lead time of 4 weeks. Hence the above requirements should be scanned and forwarded to us accordingly
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Majuli Island-A World Heritage Site, is located in the Brahmaputra River and is the largest inhabited riverine island in the world.
Sivasagar was once the capital of the Ahom Kings. The Shans who came from Thailand through Northern Myanmar to this area in early 13th century, ruled for 600 years. The Siva Temple, built by the Ahoms, situated here is believed to be the tallest of all existing Hindu temples.
Dibrugarh is the gateway to the “Hidden Land” of Eastern Arunachal Pradesh and Northern Myanmar. The Ahoms from Thailand came through Northern Myanmar to this area in the 13th century to establish their Empire which thrived in the ancient land of Assam.
Wakro is the homeland of the "Mishmis" one of the Mongoliod tribes of Tibeto-Burman origin. They speak their own dialect which varies from different groups. The three major Mishmi groups are “Idus” “Tarons” and the ‘Kamans’.
Roing rises from the Himalayan foothills to the middle ranges with the highest point of Mayodia at a height of 2655 meters from mean sea level. Snow-capped peaks, turbulent rivers, mystic valleys and abundance of rich flora & fauna are a few attractions of the district.