Nestling at the foothills of the Himalayas, Assam is known as the land of Blue hills and red rivers. The State has got a resource of fertile valleys, dense forests, numerous rivers, lofty hills and lovely undulating plains. The mighty river Brahmaputra, which is also one of the four largest rivers of the world, along with its tributaries, is nourishing it from time immemorial. The long range of hills from East to west have divided her into two major valleys called Brahmaputra and Barak or Surama valley. In between these valleys lie the Barail mountain range Rengma and Karbi hills with full of dense forest and rare species of wildlife.The Brahmaputra Valley in Assam is approximately 80 to 100 km wide and almost 1000 km long. The width of the river itself is 16 km at many places within the valley. Most parts of the state are plains, except for Karbi Anglong, North Cachar and some parts of Guwahati which are hilly regions.Assam is famous for its tea. Assam tea is relished throughout the world. Tea plantations were started by the British after the discovery of Camellia Sinensis in 1834 in Upper Assam. The Upper Assam districts of Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Jorhat have the ideal soil and climatic conditions for tea.
Meghalaya on the other hand lures everyone with its outright magnificence. The gorgeous valleys and milky rivers enveloped in swirling clouds makes the place the perfect picture-postcard of Northeast India. With its great potential in tourism Meghalaya stands tall in pride. The state is the major crowd puller among all the other northeastern states. The tourism department has formulated various policies to attract more domestic and international tourists which would culminate in a economically developed state, generating abundant employment opportunities. Meghalaya tourism is central to the development of infrastructure in the state and thereby providing facilities to the public at every tourist site. The tourism of the state is also focused on the development of various areas of tourism such as nature based tourism, cultural tourism, health resort tourism, art and craft tourism and adventure tourism to be precise. Adventure tourism is the most crowd pleasing realm of tourism today and Meghalaya lags no further in meeting the expectations of the tourists. A paradise for trekking, caving and water sports, Meghalaya is also advanced in adventures of rock climbing and hand gliding.
The capital of Meghalaya is Shillong which is also known as the “Scotland of the east”. The state is regarded as the wettest region of India recording an average of 1200 cm of rains a year. Unlike many Indian states, Meghalaya has historically followed a matriarchal system where the lineage and inheritance are traced through women.
ARRIVAL AT GUWAHATIGuwahati- Shillong
- Meet and greet at the Guwahati Airport/Station and drive to Shillong.
- En route witness the Umiam Lake or Barapani - the biggest artificial lake in Meghalaya in midst of sylvan hills adorned by pines & peerless beauty.
- Check-in at the Hotel and after refreshment if time permits, visit the Cathedral of Mary and Ward’s Lake.
- Leisurely evening and your own good time to explore the region by your own. You may take a walk to the famous Police Bazaar for shopping.
- Stay Overnight at Shillong.
- Post breakfast, a drive to Cherrapunjee- the wettest place on the earth, for an awesome day trip.
- En route visit the famous Elephant Falls and Shillong Peak - to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Shillong city.
- At Sohra, stop at the Duwan Sing Syiem view point for a mesmerizing views of the hills carpeted in greenery.
- Witness to the gorgeous Seven Sisters Falls and Nohkalikai Falls.
- Next, a quick visit to the Mawsmai Cave. The limestone cave is a natural wonder with innumerable formations inside it.
- Post lunch at Cherrapunjee, visit Thankarang Park.
- Drive back to Shillong for overnight stay.
- Post breakfast, a drive back to Kaziranga.
- Check-in at the hotel.
- Stay overnight at Kaziranga.
- Post breakfast,a drive back to Guwahati.
- Check-in at the Hotel.
- By afternoon, a visit to the Kamakhya Temple. Situated on top of the Nilachal Hill, Maa Kamakhya Temple is the most sacred among the tantrik shrines of Shakti worship in the world. Kamakhya temple is also famed for the annual Ambubachi Mela held for 4 days during monsoon season.(Temple doors remain open for devotees in the following timings - 08:00 am to 01:00 pm & 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.)
- Overnight stay at Guwahati.
- Post breakfast, a tour in Guwahati city covering Navagraha temple (temple of nine planets), Umananda temple (a 17th century Shiva temple situated on the Peacock island in the middle of the Brahmaputra river) and Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra.
- By evening, one can enjoy a river cruise over the river Brahmaputra.NOTE:River cruise depends up on availability, water level and river condition.
- Post breakfast, drive to Guwahati Airport /Station for departure.