Historical Northeast Two (16n/17d)

Neermahal Water Palace

Neermahal Water Palace

Day 01 – Arrive Kolkata
Upon arrival at the Kolkata International Airport you will be received by our friendly representative who will take you to your pre-booked hotel in the heart of Kolkata.  Check in and overnight sleep at the hotel.

Day 02 – Sightseeing of Kolkata
After a leasurly and sumptuous breakfast our local representative will give brief on the tour and introduce you to your local guide for the day. Set out on the sightseeing tour and visit the famous sights like Kali Temple, Jain Temple, Victoria Memorial, Botanical Gardens, Flower market and the Howrah Bridge and if time permits than also visit the howrah train station. Drive past the colonial buildings of the British india period. Later return to the hotel and overnight at the hotel.

Arrive at Agartala Airport, received and proceed to your hotel. The capital city of Tripura is tucked in the Northeastern part of India. Set close to the neighboring state of Bangladesh, Agartala is rich flora & fauna, the legendary state of Tripura is beautiful world in itself. After lunch visit Ujjayanta Palace – the famous royal palace was built by Maharaja Radhakishore Manikya in 1901 with huge Mughal Style garden, now the palace has been using as a Secretariat of Tripua. O/N at Agartala.

Excursion to Neermahal – the water palace. The palace is a picturesque royal mansion in the Rudrasagar Lake. It was built by Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya as his summer residence. Also visit Kamalasagar – artificial lake made by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya in 15th century. The Kamlasagar Kali Temple is a Shakti Shrine.  Enroute visit Sipahijala Wildlife Sanctuary – famous for the spectacle monkey. Drive back to Agartala, evening local sightseeing near Agartala town. O/N at Agartala.

After breakfast day excursion to Udaipur – the temple city of Tripura and the former capital of Maharaja Dhanyamanikya. Visit Tripura Sundari – temple is regarded as the 51 Pithas of Hindu Pilgrimage. The Temple consists of square shaped santrum designed in the model of typical rural Bengal hut and the ruins and temples of Udaipur. Afternoon drive back to Agartala for overnight halt.

After breakfast, drive to Silchar (Assam) to break your journey towards Imphal. Evening explore nearby areas. O/N at Silchar.

Drive to Imphal (267Km/07-08Hrs) – Imphal is tiny valley ticked away in the northeastern state of Manipur. Relics of an old, historical palace, well planned temples and ceremonial houses in their entire splendor amidst the tall pine and jackfruit trees, speak of Imphal’s ancient past. O/N at Imphal

Morning visit the serene and well-maintained gardens of the world War II Cemetery commemorating the memories of the British and Indian soldiers who died during the 2nd World War – stone markers and bronze plaques record the sacrifice of those gallant soldiers. Visit the state museum and the Red Hill, 16 kms from Imphal – a place of deep emotion where a fierce battle took place between the British and the Japanese forces during the war. It also has a war memorial – a monument in memory of Japanese martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the battle.   Afternoon visit Kangla Fort – Kangla Fort were constructed by King Khagemba (1597–1652 AD), the conqueror of the Chinese and to the shri Govindaji temple the biggest temple in Manipur. Also visit Ima market – market stalls are all run by women. O/N at Imphal.

Today we will drive to another destination of Northeast which showcases the tribal culture of the Naga community. Kohima (140 kms/ 04 hrs) the capital of Nagaland is mostly modernized in the present century. O/N at Kohima.

At Kohima: Visit War cemetery of World War II – The Japanese advance into India was halted at Kohima in April 1944 and Garrison Hill, a long wooded spur on a high ridge west of the village, was the scene of perhaps the most bitter fighting of the whole Burma campaign when a small Commonwealth force held out against repeated attacks by a Japanese Division. The fiercest hand to hand fighting took place in the garden of the Deputy Commissioner’s bungalow, around the tennis court, but the heaviest casualties on both sides occurred after relieving forces reached the Garrison and the Japanese were driven off the ridge, so re-opening the road to Imphal. Also the famous inscription written on the war memorial stone reads- “When you go home Tell them of us and say, For your tomorrow, We gave our today.” Later visit Kohima museum, Jakhama village and Kisama village – it is a Naga Heritage Village and the venue for Hornbill Festival, which comprises of a number of beautifully-built traditional houses and morungs (Naga boys’ dormitories). O/N at Kohima.

After breakfast proceed to Jorhat (220 kms/06 hrs) – one of the major tea producing centre of Assam. Here you can opt to carry out a tea tour where you can visit the tea factory and get the privilege of tea tasting. You can enjoy you stay at a Heritage Bungalow – Thengal Manor/Banyan Groove.

Drive to Sivasagar (55Km / 01Hr) – bearing the name ‘Rongpur’ it was once the capital of Mighty Ahom Kings. This was the seat of Ahom power more than six hundred years till the British take over. Famous for its numerous big tanks and historical monuments built during Ahom period. Visit Ranghar – was the cultural playground of Ahom Swargadeos or kings which was constructed in 1746 during the reign of King Pramatta Singha. Talatal Ghar – was an amzing simplistic palace for the Ahom Kings, Kareng Ghar – constructed by the Ahom King Rudra Singha , Joy dol and Joysagar tank – is the biggest man made tank comprising an area of 318 acres of land including its four tank. Proceed to Charaideo (30km from Sibsagar) – was the first capital of Ahom kingdom built by king Siu –Ka- Pha and also the burial ground of the Ahom kings and queens. Drive back to Jorhat for overnight halt.

Proceed to Kaziranga National Park (110Km/02Hrs) – The destination that drags the name Assam in the world Tourist map is Kaziranga National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage site and a Tiger Reserve the park is World famous for the one horned Rhinoceros along with the other game animals like Buffalo Asiatic Elephant, Tiger and Sambar.The Park also has more than 450 species of birds, 18 of them are globally threatened species. Because of the varied habitat types that the Park comprises of, birding in Kaziranga is very special. The varied terrain provides habitat for wetland, grassland, and woodland species. The Bengal Florican is the main attraction. Reach Kaziranga, Check in at your hotel. Evening at Leisure. O/N at Kaziranga.

Early morning Elephant ride (5.30-6.30 a.m. / 6.30-7.30 a.m.) in the Central range. Back to resort for breakfast followed by an exclusive jeep safari (7.30 a.m. onwards) in the central range- for Mamals & birds like, Streak-throated Woodpecker, Rufous-Pied Harrier etc. Bengal Florican can also be seen in this range. After Lunch go for another Jeep Safari in the Western Range of The park (2.30 p.m. onwards) of the park – ideal for grassland and big game like One Horned Rhinoceros and Water Buffaloes. Back to the resort before it gets dark. O/N at Kaziranga.

Drive to Guwahati (220Km/05Hrs). After Lunch visit the Maa Kamakhya Temple – one of the most sacred Hindu Pilgrim  is situated on the Nilachal Hills  which has been a Tantrik destination for ages and oldest of the 51 Sakti Pithas. Evening enjoy the Sunset River Cruise on Great River Brahmaputra. O/N at Guwahati.

After breakfast proceed to Hajo (24Km) a meeting place of three religions – Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist. The Hayagriva Madhab Temple – enshrining the Pancha Madhab or the five forms of Vishnu is perhaps the oldest Temple in Hajo, and Poa Mecca – one fourth of Mecca is a holy place of the Muslims built by Pir Giasuddin Aulia. Afternoon Explore Sualkuchi where you can see the local women weaving Assam Silk: Paat, Muga and Eri preparing colourful garments and other decorative products with varied fabric and patterns. Drive back to Guwahati for Overnight halt.

DAY 17: GUWAHATI – Airport
After breakfast proceed to Guwahati Airport for onward destination.

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