Travel DatesStart: February 17, 2018End: March 2, 2018 (14 Days)
Group SizeMinimum: 2Maximum: 12
Tour PriceLand only: £ 2250 per person on twin sharing basis
With flights: £ 2900 per person (price depends on flight prices at the time of booking)
Single Supplement: Available at £ 300
Prices are all inclusive with no hidden or local payments
FlightsWe can arrange to book flights for you through our partner travel agent or you can arrange your own flights and we will arrange for your transfer from the place where the tour starts
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The tour takes you to the state of Nagaland during the Sekrenyi festival of the Angami tribe and further into remote Nagaland to meet the last of the headhunting Konyak Nagas, you will also visit the historic district of Mokokchung – the land of the Ao Nagas – the place where the American Baptist missionaries first came into contact with the savage Nagas. Visit the Lungwa village, where the village chief’s house sits amidst the India-Burmese border. Also in this trip visit Kaziranga National Park, which is home to the one horned rhinos, the Majuli islands, world’s largest river island, much threatened by climate change and end your tour with a relaxing stay at a tea garden estate in Jorhat.

Destinations

Guwahati – Kaziranga – Majuli – Mon – Sibsagar – Mokokchung – Tuophema – Kohima – Jorhat

Map not to scale and only for reference

Tour Map of Sekrenyi Festival

Detailed Itinerary

February 17

Reach Guwahati airport, the gateway to the North East India, where you will be received by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Rest of the evening relax. (D)

February 18
Guwahati- Kaziranga (170 km, 5 hrs.)-

Early in the morning after breakfast, drive 5 hours to reach Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site and a biodiversity hotspot. The one animal that Kaziranga is globally famous for is the one-horned rhinoceros, that finds two-thirds of its total population in the world right here. A flurried abundance of avifaunal species (more than 400 in total), unusually tall elephant grass, marshland, numerous water bodies and intimidating broadleaf forests pitch in to make Kaziranga a world renowned wildlife conservation site. Check in at a jungle lodge/resort and rest of the evening at leisure. (B.L.D).

February 19
Kaziranga-

Early in the morning embark on an elephant safari, which gives you ample opportunity to see the varied wildlife found in the park, as elephants can approach very close to these wild animals. In the afternoon, go on a jeep safari that will take you deeper into the jungle. (B.L.D)

February 20
Kaziranga- Majuli

(100 km. by road to Nimatighat, 2.5 hrs., 1 hr. ferry crossing)- You will go for a very early morning elephant safari and then drive to Nimatighat near Jorhat and catch a ferry to go to Majuli island, the largest river island in the world and the seat of Assamese Neo- Vaishnavite culture. Here experience a unique stay at a traditional bamboo hut. Rest of the day explore the island, much threatened by climate changes and meet the locals. (B.L.D)

February 21
Majuli:

Explore the island- visit its Xatras (monasteries) formed around the 16th century and experience an amazing insight into Vaishnavite culture. Also visit the local craftsmen and mask shops. (B.L.D)

February 22
Majuli- Mon (180 km, 7 hrs)-

In the morning, you will start your journey to Mon, located along the India-Myanmar border and the home of Konyak Nagas, this is where you will experience real Naga fierceness and tradition as the last case of headhunting in Nagaland was reported in Mon in the later part of the 1980s. Here, besides semi-traditional villages and tattooed warriors in loincloths you will find the densest landscape. Go for a trek and meet the villagers and witness the customs and traditions. (B.L.D)

February 23

In the morning you will go to the village of Lungwa, situated on the Myanmar border. Here you will visit the Chief’s house, which sits on the India- Myanmar border. The chief has dozens of wives and his house is decorated with trophies of various animal skulls. Here experience the traditions and hospitality of the Naga Konyak tribe. After lunch you can explore the villages around. (B.L.D)

February 24
Mon- Sibsagar (120 km, 5 hrs)

the place of the Ahoms of Assam, literally meaning ‘Ocean of Shiva’ is replete with traces of history and mythology through its enigmatic palaces and temples. Major attractions here are Rang Ghar, the dual-storied amphitheatre, seven-storied palace of Kareng Ghar with Talatal Ghar being its below-ground level three-storied secret getaway through two exit tunnels, and the various lakes Borpukhuri (meaning big pond) flowing at a higher level than the town itself, and the famed temples of Sivadol, Vishnudol and Devidol. (B.L.D)
General sightseeing to the above places after reaching Sibsagar.

February 25
Sibsagar- Mokokchung (130 km, 5 hrs), the home town of the Ao Nagas. Explore the town of Mokokchung and evening in the hotel. (B.L.D).

February 26

Today you will visit the villages of Mapungchuket, Impur and Longkhum and witness the way of life of the Ao tribe. Return to your hotel in Mokokchung. (B.L.D)

February 27-28

Mokokchung- Tuophema (120 km, 4 hrs.) In the morning drive to Tuophema, for the ‘sekhrenyi festival’ of the Angami tribe of Nagaland. Sekrenyi is a 10 days festival, which takes place after the harvest and follows a circle of rituals and ceremonies. A festival of singing, dancing, feasting, hunting and various and games played among the villages. In Tuophema, stay in the community cottage, a collaborative project between the Govt. and the local people, these are Naga styled huts with basic amenities but the best way of experiencing rural Nagaland. The huts are located to close to the venue for the Sekrenyi festival. (B.L.D).

March 1
In the morning drive to Kohima, the capital of the Nagas and 45 km. from Tuophema. Visit the Kohima War Cemetery, maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in honour of the 1420 soldiers killed during Battle of Kohima and World War II. Then go to the State Museum which house a rare collection of artefacts from each of the Naga tribes. After lunch drive to Khonoma, the first green village of the country and in the evening drive back to Kohima.(B.L.D)

March 2

Kohima- Jorhat (196 km., 7 hrs.)- In the morning drive to Jorhat, also called the cultural capital of Assam and has the world’s oldest and largest Tea Experimental station. Here stay at a tea estate bungalow, located amidst lush green tea gardens. (B.L.D)

March 3

You will be dropped at Jorhat airport for your onward journey home. Tour ends. (B)


Inclusions & Additional Information

Inclusions

  • All meals as indicated above (B- Breakfast, L-Lunch, D- Dinner)
  • 13 Nights’ accommodation on tour
  • Transport by 4×4 vehicles
  • Tour Guide including local guides in various location
  • All entrance fees
  • 01 Jeep and 02 elephant safaris
  • All transfers
  • Bottled water

Exclusions

  • Camera fees
  • Visa
  • Travel/medical Insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, snacks between meals
  • Tips for local staff

Accommodation

We try to use the best accommodation available whichever place we go. However, given the remoteness of the destination, some of them maybe basic but clean and comfortable. In this tour our accommodation ranges from colonial styled Bungalows, city/ town hotels, jungle lodges lodges and huts styled in traditional way. We have received excellent reviews from our guests for these accommodation.

  • Hotel Lily, Guwahati
  • Iora Resort or similar
  • Mepo Okum Traditional Hut, Majuli
  • Traditional Hut stay, Tuophema
  • Hotel Eastgate, Kohima
  • Hotel Brahmaputra, Sivasagar
  • Hotel Whispering Wind, Mokokchung
  • Helsa Guest House, Mon
  • Banyan Grove, Jorhat

Suggested Flight

All Flights by Jet Airways/ Jet Konnect

  • 9W 121W  16 Feb 5 LHRDEL*HK2  2050  1040
  • 9W 721W 17 Feb 6 DELGAU*HK2  1405  1625
  • 9W2642W 2 Mar 6 JRHCCU*HK2  1325  1550
  • 9W 628W 3 Mar 6 CCUBOM*HK2  2120  0010
  • 9W 120W 4 Mar 7 BOMLHR*HK2  0225  0700

Food

Food is prepared using local, fresh produce in most places and maybe mildly spiced for Indian food, local cuisine, continental, Chinese is also available in some of the places. If you have any dietary requirements please mail us at the time of the booking and we will take care wherever possible.

Passport and Visa Requirements

A passport (with at least six months remaining validity) and a current Indian visa are required for this trip. Please note that you are required to have a passport with a machine-readable bar code. You will need to apply for your Indian visa in advance from the relevant issuing authority in your home country. British Passport holders can apply for an e-Tourist Visa, a single entry visa valid for 30 days. Please visit the website: www.hcilondon.in/pages.php?id=28

Travel Insurance

It is recommended that you take out appropriate insurance to cover personal accident, medical costs, repatriation, loss of baggage and holiday cancellation.

Vaccinations

Please visit your GP for guidance for vaccinations while travelling to India. Please also visit this website for more details: www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/india.aspx

Climate

Assam and Nagaland, the states that you will be visiting during this tour will have moderate temperatures, not cold or hot in February.

Clothing

It is recommended to carry fleece or a jacket as night temperatures drop.

Currency

The currency used is Indian Rupee. It is recommended to get your money exchanged on arrival at Delhi airport.


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