Life in Assams tea gardens is
wonderful. For the wearied traveller,a brief sojourn in a lush green tea
plantation is a novel experience. Tea plantations in Upper Assam can be best
experienced in and around Dibrugarh. Watching the tea pluckers at work, one
would only marvel and admire the deftness of their fingers as they pluck the
delicate two leaves and a bud.
Tour Duration : 07 Days
Destinations Covered : Dibrugarh - Dibru Saikhowa National Park -
Kaziranga National Park - Guwahati
Day 01(Wed): Arrive Dibrugarh ex-Delhi / Kolkata
at the airport and transferred to a Heritage Chang Bungalow. In the
afternoon, take an introductory tea walk. In the evening, enjoy a Bihu dance
(an Assamese Folk Dance) on the Bungalow lawn. Overnight at the Chang
Bungalow.Dibrugarh is the gateway to the Hidden Land of Eastern
Arunachal Pradesh. The Ahoms from Thailand came through Northern Myanmar
through this area in the 13th century to establish their Empire which
thrived in the ancient land of Assam. It is the Camellia town of
Upper Assam, an undisturbed haven, with its rich tea gardens resembling a
lush green carpet. Experience and enjoy the richness of these tea gardens
while staying at the Heritage Chang Bungalows. These are constructed on
stilts and are situated in a serene atmosphere free from pollution.When the
British established their tea plantations in the mid-19th century they
quickly built comfortable bungalows designed to make life as pleasant as
possible in what, was to them, a hostile and strange land. One of the main
features of these buildings has given rise to their name Chang
bungalows. Chang in the local language means raised on stilts
and the design served multi purposes; to keep the house cool by allowing the
breeze to blow underneath and to keep both water and animals out! Bihu is
the most popular folk dance of Assam. The people of Assam are very proud of
its unique position among all other such dances of India. Bihu
performed by young men and women reflect youthful passions and joys
rejuvenating life during the spring season, accompanied by songs woven
around the theme of love and physical yearning.
Day 02 (Thr): Tea Tour
Go for a tour of a tea garden to know the origin and the history of tea -
how it is grown, all about tea tasting and its quality. In the afternoon
-take a nature walk in a natural protected forest area or visit an ethnic
Assamese village or option to go for a boat cruise in a country boat on the
might Brahmaputra River where there is a possibility of sighting Gangetic
river dolphins and migratory birds on the vast expanses of grasslands.
Overnight at the Chang Bungalow.
tea tour through a 157 years old heritage tea garden gives an insight into
the different activities that vary from season to season. It teaches us all
about tea- its origin, how it is grown, tea tasting and its quality. During
the winter months the dormant bushes are pruned to ensure vigorous growth
during the warmer months. Once the rains begin, and the temperature rises,
the gardens come alive with teams of colourfully dressed tea pluckers,
predominantly ladies as they are said to be better able to pluck the
delicate buds and leaves. The harvest, which goes continuously from March to
November, is taken everyday to the factory where it undergoes an age-old
process of being turned into the finished product. All stages of the process
are carefully controlled to ensure that the tea that leaves the factory is
only of the highest quality, a quality that has made Assam tea world famous.
N.B: - Tea factories are functional from March to December only.
Day 03 (Fri): Dibrugarh - Dibru Saikhowa National Park - Dibrugarh
Early morning drive to Guijan range of Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
(50kms/1.5hrs) a riverine park and a biodiversity hotspot situated on
the southern bank of the river Brahmaputra. Explore the park in a country
boat or trek inside the park. Return to Dibrugarh late in the afternoon. In
the evening- enjoy a Jhumur dance performance by the tea tribes on the
Bungalow lawn. Overnight at the Chang Bungalo.Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
has the most distinct and vibrant wildlife. This park got its status as a
national park in 1999 only. The forest in this park ranges from
semi-evergreen to deciduous to littoral to swampy marshes with patches of
semi- evergreen jungles. About 36 species of mammals have so far been
recorded in Dibru-Saikhowa National Park Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard,
Clouded Leopard, Jungle Cat, Sloth Bear, Malayan Giant Squirrel, Slow Loris
are some to name a few. Dibru-Saikhowa is a safe haven to many rare and
endangered species of birdlife. We take boat rides and walks around parts of
the parks southern fringes. We will be able to see the White Winged
Wood Duck, Bengal Florican, Great Indian Hornbill, Greater Adjutant Stork,
Pallass Fish Eagle, Greater Spotted Eagle, Swamp Fran Colin, Swamp
Prynia and Marsh Babbler.Jhumur dance is generally performed by the
tea-tribes. In the passage of more than a hundred years of their settlement
in Assam, the tea-tribes have developed a synthesized form of dance. This
dance is performed by both girls and boys together, and some times by the
girls only with a precision of footwork while clasping each others waist.
The Jhumur dance is replete with enchanting descriptions of the beauty of
nature and expresses emotions like love, sorrow and joy.
Overnight at the Chang Bungalow.
Day 04 (Sat): Dibrugarh - Kaziranga National Park
Drive on to Kaziranga National Park (220km/5hrs). Enroute see the monuments
and temples of the Ahom Dynasty at Sivasagar. Reach Kaziranga late in the
afternoon. Overnight at BonHabi lodge or similar.Sivsagar was once the
capital of the Ahom Kings. The Shans who came from Thailand through Northern
Myanmar to this area in early 13th century, ruled for 600 years. The Siva
Temple, built by the Ahoms, situated here is believed to be the tallest of
all existing Hindu temples. The ruins of the Ahom palaces and monuments dot
the landscape around this historical town. Centuries, before the arrival of
the British, this part of the world was controlled by a number of tribal
chieftains. In the town of Sivasagar, one can still see the remaining well
preserved relics. Palaces, tanks, forts, places of worship and burial sites
(vaults) at Charaideo present the richness of this highly evolved and
advanced civilization. The largest and the oldest amphi-theatre of Asia
(Rang Ghar) is also another remarkable landmark in the history of Sivasagar.
The Tai- Ahom Museum of Sivsagar contains the some of the relics of the Ahom
period, like swords, clothes, manuscripts and sundry artefacts.
Day 05 (Sun): At Kaziranga National Park
Early morning take an elephant safari in the central range of the park
followed by a jeep safari after breakfast to the western range of the park.
Post Lunch visit the eastern range of the park. Evening at leisure.
Overnight at the lodge.Kaziranga national Park - is a World Heritage Site,
where more than 75% of the worlds total population of the great Indian
One horned Rhinoceros can be found. It lies on the southern bank of the
Brahmaputra River and is one of the oldest parks of Assam. Besides rhinos,
the Asiatic Water Buffalo numbering over 1200, elephants over 1000, tigers
more than 81, Swamp deer, Barking deer and Hog deer can be seen. About 400
species of birds are found in the park.
N.B: - National Parks of this region remains open from mid November till
end April only.
Day 06 (Mon): Kaziranga National Park - Guwahati
After breakfast depart for Guwahati (240kms/5hrs). Visit the Tea Auction
Centre the largest auction center for tea. Visit a Tea Brokerage Firm
to know more about tea tasting and its quality. Overnight at Hotel
Landmark.Guwahati, the capital city of Assam situated on the south bank of
river Brahmaputra. It has the worlds largest tea auction centre, is
also the gateway to the north-eastern region of India. Guwahati is famous
for several temples including Kamakhya; all of them are dates back to the
Vedic and Puranic times.
Day 07 (Tue): Guwahati/ Fly Out
After breakfast transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.