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Come and polish your golfing skills in some of the best golf courses of Northeast India which are held in high esteem by golfers throughout the world. Enjoy the wonderful surroundings and panoramic landscape interspersed with gently sloping and flat greens. Most of these are very old dating back to the Raj Period. You will play on the golf courses of Doomdooma, Digboi, Duliajan, Chalkhowa, Panitola and last but not the least Shillong. We warmly welcome you to test your skills on these greens.

10 days

Received at Guwahati airport and drive to Balipara, Tezpur (210 kms/ 5 hrs). Check in at one of the bungalows of Wild Mahseer Tea Planter's Bungalow i.e. either Silver Tips/Golden Tips/Second Flush/Ambrosia Bungalow for 02 nights.

The Wild Mahseer Lodge is located on the north bank of the Brahmaputra River. The Adabari Tea Estate, which originally belonged to the British Assam Tea Company, goes back to the year 1900. The property is a historic one characterized by its Victorian architecture and has spacious rooms across four individual bungalows. The accommodation is located on 22 acres of tropical land surrounded by tea gardens and the land has been bestowed with a wide variety of trees, plants, flowers, insects and birds. The property has been renamed Wild Mahseer after a popular fish found in the Brahmaputra and Jia Bharali river nearby.

Post breakfast drive to Thakurbari Planter's Club for a round of golf. Later in the afternoon explore the city of Tezpur. Visit Agnigarh hill, Mahabhairab Temple, archaeological ruins of 'Da Parbatia' and Bamuni hills and Chitralekha Udyan. Overnight at the Bungalow.

Thakurbari Planters' Club is a century-old club established by the British and is basically patronized by the tea-planters. It is about 30 minutes from Wild Mahseer and one can play golf on the "Club Days".

After leisurely breakfast drive to Kaziranga (110 kms/ 2 ˝ hrs) and check in at hotel for 02 nights. Evening at leisure.

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

Jeep Safari

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. llocation 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.

Post breakfast drive to Jorhat (100 kms /2 ˝ hrs) and check in at Kaziranga Golf Resort for 01 night. Afternoon enjoy a round of golf at the resort's 18-hole golf course.

Kaziranga Golf Resort near Jorhat in Assam is set amidst Sangsua & Gatoonga tea estates & is a unique golf resort. This 18-hole golf course is beautiful with lush green fairways, smooth greens & roughs. A game of golf here is played amidst tea plantations, paddy fields reminding one of a colonial tea environment.

Morning play another round of golf. Later in the afternoon drive drive to Dibrugarh (145 kms/ 3 ˝ hrs). Enroute we visit the Ahom monuments and temples at Sivasagar which encompass the 600 year old history of the Ahom Dynasty. Later check in at Mancotta/Chowkidinghee Heritage Chang Bungalow for 02 nights.

This morning we will enjoy another round of golf at Dibrugarh District Planters' Club (9-hole) at Chaulkhowa. Afternoon 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. Evening enjoy a dance performance by an ethnic dance group on the bungalow lawns.

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 manufacture 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.

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.

Today post breakfast we drive to Tai Phakial village (60 kms/01 ˝ hrs) - an ethnic village whose kith and kin date back to the Ahom period. The villagers still maintain their age-old culture - a village worth exploring. Later check in at Heritage Wathai Bungalow, Limbuguri TE, Tinsukia for 04 nights.

Today morning we visit Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and Maguri Beel 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.

Today post breakfast we drive to Digboi (50 kms/1 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. Later in the afternoon have the pleasure of playing a round of golf at the 18-hole Golf Course of Digboi amidst the vast expanse of dense forests and exquisite tea estates. It is considered to be the best golf course in the whole of Upper Assam.

Post breakfast drive to Margherita Golf Club (65 kms/ 1 ˝ hrs) to hit a round of golf at the golf course. Later drive back to Dibrugarh (90 kms/ 02 ˝ hrs) and check in at the Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow.

The Margherita Planters Club Golf Course is situated at Namdang Tea Estate of Mcleod Russel India Limited under the Williamson Magor Group of Enterprises. The course is believed to be one of the best in Assam with its topography, undulating fairways, the surrounding scenery & the hills on the north.

In time drive to Dibrugarh airport (20 kms/ ˝ hr) to board flight for onward destination.

Golfing - Destinations

Dibrugarh

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.

Digboi

Digboi is a small but wonderful town in Tinsukia district in the north-eastern part of the state of Assam, India. Petroleum was discovered here in the late 19th century and the Digboi oilfield believed to be one of the oldest oil fields.

Nameri National Park

Nameri National Park is located on the banks of the river Jia Bhorali on the northern side of the Brahmaputra. Situated on the foothills of the great Himalayas, it is another tiger and bison country.

Sivasagar

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.

Shillong

Shillong is the capital city of the state as well as the district headquarter of East Khasi Hills District. The name Shillong is derived from U-Shyllong, a powerful deity and is situated at an altitude of 1,491m above sea level.

Golfing - Activities

Experience Golfing at Five different Golf Courses in Assam
Tour through a Lush Green Tea Estate and witness
What goes into making that perfect cup of Afternoon Assam Tea
Visit the Digboi Oil Museum
Home to the First Oil Refinery of India
Relive the Second World War at the WWII Digboi Cemetery
Visit the Ahom Monuments and the Temples at Sivasagar
The Capital City of the Ahom Dynasty
Visit the Tai-Phakial (Namphake) Village
Home to the Tai community of Assam
Stay at a Hertitage Bungalow and Relive the Colonial Era
Enjoy a Cultural Evening at the Bungalow