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Spiritual Splendor: Assam & Arunachal Pradesh Monastery Expedition

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Duration

7 Nights / 8 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on a transformative journey through Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on the “Spiritual Splendor: Assam & Arunachal Pradesh Monastery Expedition.” Begin in Guwahati, where the journey starts with the serene landscapes of Orang National Park. Delve deeper into the heartlands with a visit to Bomdila, discovering its tranquil monasteries and cultural richness. Continue to Tawang, a bastion of Tibetan Buddhism nestled amidst the Eastern Himalayas, where ancient monastic traditions await exploration. Traverse to Dirang, a scenic valley offering insights into local life and spirituality. Conclude in Tezpur, renowned for its historical significance and verdant surroundings, before returning to Guwahati, enriched by the spiritual tapestry of Northeast India.

Highlights

  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 %
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 %
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
6 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
7 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
8 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Guwahati - Orang National Park (110kms)

Arrive in Guwahati and transfer to Orang National Park. (Hotel check-in time is 2 PM, early check-in subject to room availability.) Enjoy a thrilling jeep safari in Orang National Park, known for its diverse wildlife including Indian one-horned rhinoceros, tigers, wild elephants, and various bird species. The park's rich biodiversity and scenic landscapes offer a perfect introduction to Assam's natural heritage. Visit a Mishing tribal village near the park to experience authentic Assamese culture. Engage with locals, observe traditional handicrafts like handloom weaving and bamboo crafts, and savor local cuisine known for its unique flavors and spices.

Day 2: Orang National Park - Bomdila (180kms)

After breakfast, depart for Bomdila, a serene town nestled amidst the Himalayan ranges. The journey offers picturesque views of lush valleys and cascading rivers, providing a glimpse into the region's natural beauty. Explore Bomdila Monastery (Gentse Gaden Rabgyel Ling Monastery), perched on a hilltop and offering panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains. Immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance, observe monks in prayer, and appreciate the intricate Tibetan Buddhist architecture. Visit the Craft Center in Bomdila to witness local artisans creating exquisite Thangka paintings, traditional masks, and hand-woven carpets. Learn about the intricate craftsmanship passed down through generations and shop for unique souvenirs reflecting Tibetan culture.

Day 3: Bomdila - Tawang (180kms)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a scenic drive to Tawang, traversing the high-altitude Sela Pass (13,700 feet). Marvel at the breathtaking views of snow-clad peaks and colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind. Stop at Jaswant Garh War Memorial, a poignant tribute to Indian soldiers who bravely defended the nation during the 1962 Indo-China War. Explore the memorial's museum and pay homage to the fallen heroes amidst serene mountain surroundings. Visit Nuranang Falls (Jang Falls), a majestic waterfall amidst dense forests. Capture stunning photographs of the cascading waters and enjoy a peaceful moment amidst nature's grandeur.

Day 4: Tawang

Start the day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel, preparing for a day of cultural and spiritual exploration in Tawang. Visit Tawang Monastery, the largest monastery in India and second largest in the world. Marvel at its impressive architecture, including a towering statue of Lord Buddha and ancient scriptures. Participate in the morning prayers to experience the monastery's spiritual essence. Explore Tawang War Memorial, offering panoramic views of Tawang town and the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Gain insights into the history of the Indo-China War through exhibits and tributes to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives. Visit Urgelling Monastery, the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama. Experience the monastery's serene ambiance, learn about its historical significance, and enjoy panoramic views of Tawang Valley.

Day 5: Tawang - Dirang (140kms)

After breakfast, depart for Dirang, a picturesque town known for its apple orchards, scenic landscapes, and vibrant Tibetan culture. The journey takes you through winding mountain roads and pristine natural beauty. Visit Dirang Dzong, an ancient fort overlooking the Dirang Valley. Explore its architectural marvels, including watchtowers and fortified walls, offering panoramic views of the surrounding valleys. Relax in the natural hot water springs of Dirang, believed to have medicinal properties. Enjoy a rejuvenating soak amidst tranquil surroundings, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploration. Explore Sangti Valley, a hidden gem known for its breathtaking scenery and birdwatching opportunities. Stroll along the riverside and soak in the serene atmosphere of this offbeat destination.

Day 6: Dirang - Tezpur (190kms)

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before departing for Tezpur, a historical city on the banks of the Brahmaputra River. Visit Agnigarh Hill, steeped in mythology and offering panoramic views of the Brahmaputra River and Tezpur town. Explore the hill's ancient ruins and hear tales of love and legend associated with its history. Discover Mahabhairab Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and renowned for its architectural grandeur and religious significance. Admire intricate carvings and sculptures depicting Hindu mythology. Optional: Visit Cole Park, a well-maintained park featuring lush gardens, artificial lakes, and sculptures depicting Assamese culture. Enjoy a leisurely stroll amidst colorful flowers and serene surroundings.

Day 7: Tezpur - Guwahati (180kms)

After breakfast, return to Guwahati, the gateway to Northeast India known for its vibrant culture and historical landmarks. Visit Kamakhya Temple, one of the most revered Shakti Peethas in India. Participate in rituals and witness devotees paying homage to the goddess Kamakhya. Explore Assam State Museum, housing a vast collection of artifacts showcasing Assamese culture, history, and tribal heritage. Learn about the state's diverse communities through exhibits of traditional costumes, weapons, and handicrafts. Conclude the day with a serene sunset cruise on the Brahmaputra River, offering panoramic views of the city skyline and a chance to observe local riverfront life.

Day 8: Guwahati - Departure

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out. (Hotel check-out time is 12 PM, late check-out subject to room availability.) Transfer to the airport or railway station for your onward journey, concluding your memorable exploration of Buddhist monasteries, cultural heritage, and natural wonders in Northeast India.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 7 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 1-Time Gypsy safari in Orang National Park with forest department naturalist.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Any flight tickets.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

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