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Digboi, Kohima, Imphal- Second World War Memorial

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Best during October - May

Commemorating the memory of the British and Indian soldiers who died during the Second World War, the cemeteries at Digboi, Kohima and Imphal enable you to pay your tribute to those dauntless soldiers who died for their motherland. These cemeteries are maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Well maintained, calm and tranquil surroundings of the cemetery provide a heart rendering islet of peace and prompt us to remember those prominent words - "When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today."

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Received at Imphal airport and transferred to your hotel for 03 nights. Later in the afternoon we take the Battle of Imphal Tour -The three-hour guided tour covers sites in and around the city related to the Battle of Imphal of 1944 and Manipur's overall War experience. This includes (among others): a Second World War-era airfield, a battlefield and two Second World War Cemeteries maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Imphal.

The Tiddim Road Tour - White Tigers, Black Cats and a Springing Tiger (6-7 hours)

The road that wound its way north from the village of Tiddim in Burma (now Myanmar) to Imphal-the Tiddim Road-and the mountains along it were one of the main sectors of fighting in 1944. It was the route used by the Imperial Japanese Army’s 33rd Division to approach Imphal from the south and southwest. This elite Japanese Infantry Division referred to itself as the 'White Tigers' and a white tiger figured on one of its flags. The main British force facing it was the 17th Indian Division, also known as ‘The Black Cat Division’ because of a black cat on its formation sign. The fighting between them on, and near, the Tiddim Road has been described as among the fiercest in the Burma Campaign.

Moirang, which is just off the Tiddim Road, is also significant from an Indian perspective. It was here in April 1944 that members of the INA, who entered Manipur with the Japanese, first planted the Indian tricolour on the mainland. The INA’s flag featured the figure of a springing tiger.

The Tiddim Road Tour gives you a chance to discover this intriguing bit of history. Heading out of Imphal on the Tiddim Road, this guided tour takes in the only Japanese Memorial to the War in India, battlefields, the only INA Memorial Complex in the world at Moirang, Loktak Lake, the largest freshwater lake in northeast India and time permitting , Keibul Lamjao National Park, the only floating national park in the world.

The Shenam Saddle Tour or Battle of Sangshak Tour

One of the main sectors of fighting in 1944 was the road between Palel in India and Tamu in Burma/Myanmar and the section the British called the Shenam Saddle in particular. This was a series of hills between the villages of Shenam (Sinam) and Tengnoupal along the road on which British forces had established defensive positions to prevent the Japanese from advancing towards the Imphal Valley.

What makes this sector even more fascinating is the fact that men of the Indian National Army’s (INA) 1st Division were deployed here and fought on the left and right flanks of the road. Thus Indian soldiers fought on both sides - together with the Japanese as part of the INA, as well as with the British as part of the British Indian Army.

The Shenam Saddle Tour takes you to the very hills that made up the Shenam Saddle position on the road to Burma/Myanmar. Hear all about the fierce fighting in the area and see if you can spot trenches dating back to 1944. At a height of some 5,000 feet, take in some truly spectacular views on all sides. The pretty Kakching Garden en route is included, as is a visit to the Khongjom War Memorial, where you learn about the Khongjom War or Anglo-Manipuri War of 1891.

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Battle of Sangshak Tour: The Battle of Sangshak Tour takes you up the Ukhrul Road from Imphal and right into the heart of the village of Sangshak (known locally as Shangshak) which was witness to a key battle in March 1944. You explore the area that made up the British defensive position during the battle and learn of the ferociousness with which both sides fought. Trenches dating back to 1944 can still be spotted around the village, which also affords glorious views of the hills of Ukhrul district. The tour of the village is rounded off by a visit to the Shangshak War Memorial.

In time transfer to Imphal airport to board flight for Guwahati. Received at Guwahati airport and visit IInd World War Cemetery at Guwahati. Later drive to Kaziranga (220 kms / 04 1 /2 hrs). Check in at hotel.

The Guwahati Second World War Cemetery, maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), was established during the Second World War for burials of the casualties from various military hospitals in the area. It is located behind Nabagraha crematorium at Chenikuthi, Guwahati and has 521 graves, including 316 known and 18 unknown graves of soldiers from the United Kingdom, 136 known and seven unknown Indian soldiers, four from Canada, four from South Africa, one from New Zealand, two graves of soldiers whose nationality is unknown, 11 graves of Japanese soldiers and 24 graves of Chinese Army soldier.

The park remains open from 1st Nov to 30th April only.

After breakfast drive to Kohima (215 kms/ 5 hrs). Enroute at Dimapur visit the ruins of the medieval Kachari Kingdom. Later check in at hotel for 02 nights. Afternoon walk around Kohima Ridge. This brief walking tour covers the famous Kohima Ridge of the Battle of Kohima of 1944. Get a feel for the small area that was the focus of some of the fiercest fighting during the entire War and identify War-era positions that were known as Jail Hill, FSD and Garrison Hill.

Today we visit Kohima War Cemetery - Explore what is perhaps one of the most scenic cemeteries in the world, which includes an outline of the famous tennis court which was fought over between the British and the Japanese in 1944 / WWII Museum at Kisama - Visit the excellent Battle of Kohima Museum outside Kohima in the village of Kisama and spot war memorials along the way / Visit to Khonoma-Round off your tour by visiting the spectacularly beautiful and fascinating village of Khonoma.

After breakfast drive to Jorhat (215 kms/ 06 hrs) and check in at Thengal Manor/Banyan Grove.

After breakfast drive to Dibrugarh (140 kms/ 03 ˝ hrs). Enroute we visit the 13th Century Ahom Monuments at Sivasagar which encompass the 600 year old history of the Ahom Dynasty. Check in at Mancotta/Chowkidinghee Heritage Chang Bungalow for 02 nights.

Our day-long Second World War Tour gives you a chance to uncover this fascinating part of world history. It takes in the colonial town of Digboi (80 kms / 02 hrs), known as the birthplace of the Indian oil industry, which is also home to a Second World War cemetery maintained by the UK-based Commonwealth and War Graves Commission. You drive along railway lines that were crucial for carrying Allied supplies during the War and experience the thrill of exploring Ledo Airfield, one of those used for flights over the "Hump". The tour ends with a visit to Zero Point, the starting point of the famous Ledo or Stilwell Road, and a walk through what remains of a long-abandoned Chinese cemetery nearby. Later in the afternoon drive back to Dibrugarh. Overnight at the Bungalow.

Morning option to take a tea walk/visit tea factory. Later in time to transfer to Dibrugarh airport to board flight for onward destination.

1. The WWII Museum in Kisama, Kohima is usually open only from Monday-Friday, from 11 a.m. to about 2 p.m. or just after. It is also closed on government holidays.

2. The Kohima War Cemetery, Kohima is closed on Sundays and sometimes after lunch on Saturdays. It is also closed on government holidays

3. The INA Museum in Moirang, Imphal is closed on Mondays.

4. The Kangla Fort, Imphal is closed on Wednesdays.

5. The Digboi Oil Museum is closed on Mondays.

6. 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.

Second World War Remembrance - Destinations

Imphal

The beautiful capital city nestles in the heart of an oval valley and is surrounded by lush hills. Nongmaijing hills in the east and the Langjol in the west can be seen from any point in the city.

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.

Dimapur

Dimapur is the commercial capital of Nagaland, sharing its borders with Assam. A vibrant city, it takes pride in its historical monuments that are now in ruin, but having immense archaeological value. It is the ancient capital of the Kachari tribe, whose rule existed before the 13th century AD.

Kohima

Kohima, situated in the south at an altitude of 1444 m above sea level, occupies pride of place as the capital city of Nagaland.

Jorhat

Jorhat is one of the major cities of Assam. Jorhat acts as a gateway to upper Assam and to the state of Nagaland. It was the last capital of the Ahom Kingdom and home to many historical monuments of Assamese culture.

Jorhat is another tea hub in the Upper Assam region.

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.

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.

Ledo

During the Second World War the state of Assam, in India's Eastern Command, was an operational area of the Burma Campaign. Ledo, was on the lines of communication, and a military hospital was established here.

Second World War Remembrance - Activities

Visit the Second World War Cemeteries at Imphal
Visit the Japanese War Memorial at Imphal
Visit the INA Memorial Complex at Imphal
Enjoy the Loktak Lake at Imphal
Visit the Keibul Lamjao National Park at Imphal
Visit other World War Sites in and around Imphal
Visit the Second World War Cemetery at Guwahati
Visit other World War Sites in and around Kohima
Visit the Second World War Cemetery at Kohima
Visit the Second World War Museum at Kohima
Visit the Second World War Digboi Cemetery
Visit the Airfield at Ledo
Visit the Starting Point of the Famous Stillwell Road