The Seven Sister States is a name given to the contiguous states in north eastern India. These states are full of natural beauty, exotic places and wide variety of beautiful wild animals. A land of incessant rainfall and thunderous waterfalls, Meghalaya stands true to its Sanskrit meaning ‘The Abode of Clouds’. Beautiful cloud formations against the backdrop of the rich blue sky lend a special charm to the place. ‘The Land of the Red River’, Assam is the gateway of the north eastern states known for its rich biodiversity, tea plantations and rare species of wildlife besides the one horned rhino on the verge of extinction. Come aboard this journey which helps you explore the best of both states
Day 1 – Arrive in Guwahati
On your arrival in Guwahati, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Guwahati has a scattering of interesting temples, the prominent ones being the Kamakhya Temple dedicated to Goddess Kamakhya depicting Tantric and Shakthi cults associated with Hinduism, the Vashista Ashram located at the confluence of three rivulets rich with legends of the famous hermit as well as the Umananda Temple which is a Shiva temple located in Peacock island on river Brahmaputra. Take time to explore them based on your interest.
Day 2 – Guwahati – Shillong (100kms / 4hrs)
This morning, you will be transferred by road to Shillong also popularly referred to as the ‘Scotland of the East’ for its scenic landmarks resembling the original. Check into your lake side hotel and relax. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a stroll through a local Khasi village or unwind over a relaxing boat ride on the Umiam Lake surrounded by the magnificent hills of Shillong.
Day 3 – Shillong
After a relaxed morning, explore some of the fascinating delights of Shillong. Visit the Polo Archery Ground and if lucky be audience to an archery competition held over betting and lottery. Also stroll through the popular hangout of Laitumkhrah rampant with Shillong’s major schools and colleges besides cathedrals, cafes, shopping centres and the local market called Lew Shillong. Check out Wards Lake in the heart of the city for boat rides or for a pleasant walk on the cobbled sand stone pathways covered with variety of flowers. Enjoy rewarding views from Shillong Peak, the highest point in the city
Day 4 – Shillong – Cherapunjee – Shillong (total distance 110kms)
Embark on a day tour to Cherrapunjee, with the record of being the second wettest place on earth and rampant with visuals of deep gorges and valleys with spectacular waterfalls. While there, visit the Nohkalikai falls which is the fourth longest fall in the world, the natural limestone cave of Mawsmai, the Thangkharang Park which houses various orchids and birds and provides 180 degree view of the plains of Bangladesh on a clear day; and the Nohsngithiang Falls, a seven segmented waterfall which plunges over the top of limestone cliffs of the Khasi Hills.
Day 5 – Shillong – Dawki – Mawlynnong – Shillong (total distance 200kms)
Head out this morning to the border town of Dawki whose approach is marked by the emerald green waters of the Umnkot River snaking its way through the Khasi and Jaintia Hills. Check out the single span suspension bridge which is the gateway to Bangladesh, before traveling to Mawlynnong Village, regarded as the cleanest village in Asia. Discover the living root bridge here located in the adjoining village of Riwai over a short trek, also climb the eight foot Sky Watch bamboo observatory providing views of the adjoining Bangladesh plains on a clear day and go wow seeing the natural phenomenon of the balancing boulder.
Day 6 – Shillong – Wild Mahseer (253kms / 6hrs)
After an early morning checkout, be transferred by road to Wild Mahseer; your drive would be on the Shillong – Guwahati road branching out at Jorhat. On arrival in Wild Mahseer by late afternoon, check into the Addabarie Tea Estate an award winning heritage plantation property. Unwind yourself with some evening tea and tease your taste buds with a tea tasting session arranged in the property
Overnight Wild Mahseer
Day 7 – Wild Mahseer – Kaziranga (60kms / 2hrs)
Checkout this morning from Wild Mahseer and be transferred to Kaziranga, home to the endangered one horned rhino. Check into your jungle lodge overlooking the Diphlu River and the Kaziranga National Park.
Day 8 – Kaziranga
Spend the day exploring the national park through guided safaris either atop at elephant or seated in a jeep and savor close views of the one horned rhinoceros besides other fauna such as buffalos and wild deer. The park is also home to mammals such as tiger, leopard and sloth bear along with close to 400 species of endemic and migratory birds besides reptiles like water monitor, python, king cobra and rat snake. Besides the national park, you could also undertake rubber and tea plantation walks besides reveling in the dances of the region with special performances arranged at the lodge
Day 9 – Kaziranga – Guwahati (216kms / 4-5hrs)
Checkout this morning from Kaziranga, be transferred to Guwahati for your return flight
Rightly christened ‘Serenity by the Lake’, this collective of cottages and deluxe rooms is the best place in the hills to experience Khasi spa treatments and island picnics!
Considered by many as an oasis in the ancient city of Tezpur, the famous plantation was founded by the British Assam Tea Company. The highlight of your stay here will be the tea to say the least but you will also leave with a unique understanding of erstwhile British Tea practices.
The Diphlu River Lodge is the ideal destination for those seeking a unique communion with nature. Located on the banks of the Diphlu River and overlooking the Kaziranga National Park, the Lodge melds unparalleled comfort and service with the excitement of a wilderness experience.
The cost mentioned is for per person. The cost mentioned is only indicative and subject to actual cost at the time of booking. Standard check in time is 1400hrs and check out time is 1200 hrs; early check in and late checkout can be requested and is not guaranteed. Footprint holds the right of altering the trip schedule in event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen conditions beyond control such as road blocks, flight cancellations, etc. Any additional cost incurred due to the same would need to be borne by the individual. The cost is subject to additional charges if paid by debit card, credit card or online bank transfer.