Remote Arunachal with Kaziranga and Kolkata
Remote Arunachal with Kaziranga and Kolkata offers travellers a glimpse of Kolkata, wildlife of Assam and the remote Himalayas of Arunachal Pradesh. Here, you enjoy the bustle and colonial character of Kolkata, explore one of the best parks in India for the One-Horned Rhino, undertake a walk right inside tiger territory and experience the high mountain passes of Himalayas and high altitude Tibetan monasteries of Arunachal Pradesh.
Remote Arunachal with Kaziranga and Kolkata Highlights
- Exploring the colonial heritage of Kolkata
- Undertake game drives in Kaziranga National Park for One-Horned Rhino sighting
- Walk inside the core area of Nameri National Park
- Experience drives through remote Himalayan villages of Arunachal Pradesh
- Drive past Sela Pass (14000 ft asl), the highest motorable pass in the region
- Visit 400+ year old Tawang Monastery and interact with the monks
- Hotel accommodations with meals
- 1 Elephant Safari
- 1 Jeep Safari at Kaziranga National Park
- 1 rafting at Jia Bhoroli River or trek inside the Nameri National Park
- Entry fees at Kaziranga National Park
- Arunachal Entry and Remote area permit (RAP) fees
- English Speaking Escort throughout
- All transfers by Toyota Innova
- Kolkata – Guwahati – Kolkata Airfare
- Expenses of personal nature such as gratuities, telephone calls, laundry, liquor, etc.
- India visa charges
- Travel insurance
Expert Travel Opinion
Remote Arunachal with Kaziranga and Kolkata takes travellers to Arunachal Pradesh, one of the most beautiful areas of India and one that is remote and visited by very few travellers. The entire North East of India has a laidback air where even the most avid India traveller will also arrive to discover “Real India” elements seldom seen elsewhere alongwith some stunning Himalayan views.
Day 01 - Kolkata
Arrival at Kolkata
Arrive at Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, one of the 4 metros of India and a popular arrival point for international travellers visiting North East India. Kolkata is a port city and used to be the largest and commercially most important city during the days of the British Raj. Kolkata has many monuments of the Raj era and has a character that is a mix of the modern and the old world. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and introduced to your private driver who will accompany you for the rest of your Kolkata stay. Most international arrivals are late evening, leaving little time for exploration. So, arrive at the hotel in Kolkata for an overnight stay.
Day 02 - Kolkata
Today you explore Kolkata to visit the most significant monuments of the colonial era such as Victoria Memorial (dated 1921, built in the memory of Queen Victoria and now a museum), St. Pauls Cathedral (dated 1847 - example of Gothic architecture) and St. John's Church (dated 1787). You also visit the Mother House (home of Mother Teresa and now a memorial) and drive across the bridge on river Hooghly. You return to the hotel by the evening.
Expert Tip: Kolkata is home to a wide range of restaurants that serve authentic Chinese (in Chinatown), ethnic Bengali and cuisine from all over the globe. These can be explored on your own in the evenings.
Day 03 - Kaziranga
Take a flight to Guwahati and Transfer to Kaziranga
Today you take a morning flight to Guwahati (Assam), a gateway to wildlife, plantation areas and remote Himalayas of North East India. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our representative and introduced to your private driver who will accompany you for the rest of your stay. From the airport, you will be driven to Kaziranga National Park (200 kms - 4 hours), one of the premium wildlife destinations of India, renowned for its One-Horned Rhinos. Kaziranga, set on the Brahmaputra River around tea plantations is a prime wildlife and bird watching destination of India. The drive is via NH37A, through sparsely inhabited villages and pristine countryside. You will reach Kaziranga by late afternoon. Spend the rest of the day at leisure interacting with the resident naturalist.
Expert Tip: If you arrive before 12 noon, then from Guwahati Airport, you may proceed to visit Kamakhya Temple, an ancient temple and a renowned pilgrimage of the region.
Day 04 - Kaziranga
Morning Elephant Ride followed by Jeep Safaris in Central Range of Kaziranga
Today, you depart early in the morning (5:30 AM) for the Elephant Safari in Central Range, the largest of the 4 ranges of Kaziranga. Central Range is the only range where Elephant Safaris are conducted. Safaris are undertaken from the edge of the forest into the tall elephant grassland where you are certain to sight One-Horned Rhinos from a close range. The safari lasts for an hour and you return to the lodge for breakfast and you come back to the Central Range for a 3-4 hour game drive. The Central Range of Kaziranga like other ranges in Kaziranga is a mix of woodlands and grasslands and the game drives offer a possibility to sight a wide range of wildlife sightings such as One-Horned Rhinos, Wild Elephant herds, Wild Asian Buffalos, Hog Deer and more than 250 bird species. You return to the lodge around lunch time and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Expert Tip: You may opt for a post lunch afternoon plantation walk in tea plantations around Kaziranga.
Day 05 - Nameri
Travel to Nameri National Park. Explore activities around Nameri.
Today you travel to Nameri National Park (125 kms - 2.5 hours), part of Project Tiger on the edge of Jia Borelli River (Brahmaputra Tributary), bordering the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Nameri is renowned for its White Water rafting, bird watching and walking safaris (only the second park in India after Satpura where you can walk in tiger territory, i.e. the core area of a national park having tiger population). After crossing the Brahmaputra river, you arrive in Nameri by lunch time. In the afternoon, you may opt for rafting or walking inside the Nameri National Park. You return by the evening. Spend the rest of your evening enjoying the offbeat character of Nameri.
Day 06 - Dirang
Start ascent to Tawang. Travel to Dirang.
Today, you will start around 8 AM and immediately cross over to the state of Arunachal Pradesh, a remote Himalayan state in North East India, offering exceptional beauty and a totally offbeat character. You will travel via the hilly areas of Arunachal Pradesh till you reach Dirang (4900 ft asl 185 kms - 7 hours drive), at about 60 kms short of Sela Pass. Dirang is a valley offering superb views and a popular transit option enroute Tawang. You will arrive at Dirang by late afternoon and have an option to explore a local monastery, hot water spring and a Yak research centre. Rest of the evening is for you to rest and recuperate from the long drive.
Day 07 - Tawang
Cross Sela Pass. Reach Tawang.
Today, you drive to Sela Pass (60 kms from Dirang), the highest motorable pass in North East India and one that offers spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges. You eventually reach Tawang by late afternoon (total drive from Dirang to Tawang is 145 kms - 7 hours). Tawang (12000 ft asl) is renowned for its 400+ year old monastery complex that is very significant for Tibetan Buddhism. The entire Tawang town, built around the activities of the monastery is just a short drive from the Indian border with China (Tibet). Rest of the evening is for you to walk around the town, interact with locals and enjoy the laidback character of Tawang.
Day 08 - Tawang
Visit Tawang Monastery and MONPA Village
Today, you will visit Tawang Monastery, the largest monastery in India and the second largest in the world after the Potala Palace in Lhasa. The monastery is set atop a hill offering stunning views of the valley around. The main building has an 18 ft Buddha idol, which is the central attraction of a Tawang visit. There are about 400+ monks living here and you may interact with them to understand the life of a monk in Tawang Monastery. You return to the hotel and after lunch, you visit Monpa Village, home of the only nomadic tribe in North East India. The Monpa community is known for wood carving, Thangka painting, carpet making and weaving. The village is an excellent photo opportunity for you. After spending some time, you return to the hotel. Rest of the day is free for you to explore the local markets on your own for walking around, souvenir shopping and capturing the sights and sounds of Tawang.
Day 09 - Bomdila
Descend from Tawang to Bomdila
Today, you start your descent from Tawang. You again drive past Sela Pass and reach Bomdila by late afternoon (8000 ft asl - 180 kms - 7 hours). Bomdila is a stopover on the Tezpur - Tawang route and offers superb views of the Eastern Himalayas. Rest of the day is for you to rest and recuperate from the long drive.
Day 10 - Tezpur
Descend from Bomdila to Tezpur
Today, you start your descent towards the plains. You drive for around 6 hours to reach Tezpur by late afternoon (180 kms - 6 hours). Tezpur in Assam lies on the edge of the border with Arunachal Pradesh, on the banks of the river Brahmaputra and is a base town for tea plantations around. Rest of the day is for you to rest or spend on your own. You have an option to visit Mahabhairab Temple, Agnigarh and local markets for some souvenir shopping.
Day 11 - Guwahati
Travel to Guwahati for onward departure
After breakfast, travel to Guwahati Airport (200 kms - 4.5 hours) for a flight to Kolkata for your onward international departure.
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