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Wild East Adventures

Wild East Adventures
Trip to Kaziranga & Sunderbans
Experience North East

This 11 days tour in West Bengal and Assam offers some outstanding experiences which will live long in your memory. The tour begins from the Victorian era capital city of Calcutta, which despite its reputation for squalor and poverty is actually the most diverse and cultured of India’s mega cities. We explore the majestic city for its musuems and palaces and head towards the rhino populated sanctuary of Kaziranga. Exploring the inlands of this park in a rugged jeep or an elephant, we will encounter a multitude of exotic fauna spread over the vast landscape. We then fly back to Calcutta and drive to the Tiger reserve of Sunderbans. Traversing the swampy jungles, we will experience the wild frontiers up close. All in all this tour offers you a scenery worth the trip and adds to its itinerary a diverse culture, traditions and religious practices quite unlike those in other parts of India. This is a recipe for a truly magical journey.

Trip Overview

Duration : 11 Days adventure
Highlights : Crowded cities, rhino herds, Tiger families, rain forests & colonial retreats
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Type of Journey : Overland safari

Day 01: Arrive in Kolkatta: (Fly from home country directly):
The plane flies you directly from your home country across the Gangetic heartland of India to the majestic colonial capital of Calcutta. Arriving in the city, you will experience the Indian culture as soon as you touch down and mix in with a host of Indian people right from the airport to the hotel. Check in at the hotel for your first night of hospitality that the Indian traditions reserve for their guests. Overnight in hotel.

Day 02: Fly to Guwahati:
We begin the day with a sumptous breakfast at the hotel, followed by a drive to the city airport. We later fly to the main city of Assam – Guwahati. On arrival by our direct flight of 01 hour & 16 minutes we will be assisted by the local representative who will drive us to the hotel. A bustling city, Guwahati is situated strategically on the Brahmaputra river and derives its name from two Assamese words “Guwa” meaning Areca Nut and “Haat” meaning market. Guwahati also serves as the gateway to the seven states of the North East, together known as the Seven sisters. After check in we begin an exploratory tour of the city and visit the Navagraha temple – This temple possesses nine planets of the Solar system which traditions hold that it should be worshipped to make life succesful. We also visit the Sankardev Kalakshetra –known to be a center for Assamese arts and culture, from where you can get a perspective of the Assamese culture. In the evening we go on a stroll to the Pan Bazar wherein we experience the rich handicrafts, book shops and tribal arts. Overnight in hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Nameri National Park: (192 km’s / 4-5 hrs drive):
After breakfast we begin our day with a drive to the Nameri National Park. Most of the route runs parallel with the Brahmaputra River and we travel overland through busy intersections and side villages to arrive in Tezpur in the afternoon. Tezpur is known as the cultural capital of Assam. From Tezpur we drive ahead to our destination in a little over two hours. We arrive in Nameri in the late afternoon and check in at the Nameri Eco Camp. Evening at leisure. Overnight in camp.

Day 04: In Nameri National Park:
We begin the day early this morning and head inside the reserve famous for its flora as well as fauna. Nameri is known as excellent Elephant country. Here you can find most of the elephants living in perfect harmony. The park is equally famous for its other species including: Tiger, Leopard, Sambar and the Asiatic wild dog. Bird life is abundant here and hosts some exquisite species of white winged wood duck, Great pied Hornbill, Black Stork, Blue bearded bee eaters, Babblers and Plovers to name a few. We go on a field trip deep inside the park with our forest guide and experience the best wild life gaming. Return back to the camp in the afternoon and spend the evening at leisure. Overnight in camp.

Day 05: Drive to Kaziranga: (123 km’s / 3-4 hrs drive):
After breakfast, we drive to the famous rhino country of Kaziranga in the morning. We drive past Tezpur city and cross the Brahmaputra river on the overland bridge known as Kolia Bhomora named in honour of an Indian Army - General Bhomora. Stretching from one end to another the bridge spans a 1.3 km long and connects the two banks together. We drive further to Kaziranga via Nalitoli village and arrive there in the afternoon. On arrival we transfer to the resort at the edge of the park and spend the evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 05: In Kaziranga:
We spend the day in Kaziranga National park today and start with an elephant safari deep inside the jungles. Kaziranga is home to the Great One-horned Rhinocerose as well as the Himalayan Tiger, elephants, wild water buffalo and swamp deer. Kaziranga is a vast expanse of tall marshlands and dense tropical moist broadleaf forests. Criss-crossed by four major rivers including the Brahmaputra, We explore the 430 square kilometer park both on an elephant safari as well as a jeep safari in the ranges of Kohora, Bagori and Agaratoli. Return back to the resort in the evening. Overnight in resort.

Day 06: Drive from Kaziranga to Dibrugarh: (228 km’s / 7-8 hrs drive and overland sightseeing):
After breakfast we drive from Kaziranga towards the Northern city of Dibrugarh. The journey begins in the morning and we cross the important towns of Jorhat and Sibsagar. Jorhat city acts as a gateway to upper Assam and to Nagaland and was the last capital of the Ahom Kingdom. On the way we will visit the Dhekiakhowa Bornamghor temple. The temple is located 3.5 km’s from the highway and is dedicated to the saint reformer Madhavdeva. According to a legend a Vaishnavite lamp is said to have been kept burning since 1528. We explore the temple complex and later return back to the highway and continue our drive to Dibrugarh. We will arrive in Sibsagar en-route to our journey. Sibsagar formerly known as Rangpur, was the capital of the Ahom Kingdom from 1699 to 1788. It was also ruled briefly by the Moghul Empire. We will visit the famous temple of Sivadol believed to be the tallest Shiva temple in India. From Sibsagar, the rest of the journey will be completed in around 1-2 hrs drive. On arrival in Dibrugarh, we will check in at the hotel for a well deserved rest. Overnight in hotel.

07: Dibrugarh to Kolkata: (Visit Tea Garden and fly to Calcutta):
After an early morning breakfast we will leave for a visit to the Dikom Tea Estate in Jokai. The forest reserve is located at a distance of 07 kolimeters and is known as one of the last vrigin rain forests of Assam. In Dikom estate we will see the plantation of organic tea. Later we will head to the Manbori airport for our flight to Calcutta. On arrival in Calcutta, we will transfer to the hotel for our overnight stay. Overnight in hotel.

Day 08: In Kolkata: Sightseeing:
After breakfast we begin a tour around the city and visit the famous landmarks. Calcutta before the advent of the British was a village and the then capital of Bengal was Murshidabad. The village was styled as the capital city of the East India Company in 1690 by Job Charnok – an agent with the company because of its strategic location on the Hooghly river. We begin with the Voctoria memorial – a state of the art British architectural system. We explore the vast estate and later head to St. John’s Church. Originally a cathedral, it was among the first public buildings erected by the colonials. The church was raised in 1784 at a cost of 30’000 Indian rupees and was completed in 1787. The churc is the hird oldest church in Kolkatta next only to the Armenian and the Old Mission Church.

From the church we will drive to the local cultural sites of the city: We visit the Kalighat Kali Temple – dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali. Next we visit the Dakshineswar Kali temple which has been dedicated to the presiding diety of Bhavatarini – an aspect of Kali. The temple was built by Rani Rahmoni a philathropist and a devotee of Kali in 1855. The temple is also famous for its asscociation with Ramakrishna – a mystic of 19th century Bengal. In the evening we will visit the historic shopping district now known as New Market. Opened in 1874, it was named Hogg market after the commisioner Sir Stuart Hogg. It was renamed as New Market after Independence. After a well spent day, we will head back to the hotel for our overnight stay.

Day 09: Calcutta to Sunderbans: (Overland and boat ride):
After breakfast we will leave for Sunderbans Tiger reserve. The drive to Godkhali takes around 3-4 hrs till we reach the last road point from where we cross over to the island of Gosaba by boat. By mid afternoon we reach our eco village resort in the village of Satjelia and check in at the hotel. In the afternoon we walk around the beautiful paddy fields and the village of honey collectors and fishermen – looking out for local rituals and village life. Later we will take a country boat ride for bird watching. During the three hour tour we will spot birds like the kingfisher, egret, Brahmani eagles, pond heron, black cormonts, magpie robin, green bee eater and the lovely mangroves with surreal creatures like fiddler crabs and mud skipper fish. We return back to the hotel just after sunset and spend the evening in a company of local musicians and listening to their ancient songs. Overnight in mud cottages.

Day 10: Morning sightseeing in Sunderbans and later drive back to Calcutta:
We begin the day as early as possible and board our boat after getting the required permission from the forest office. We head off to the jungle for our rendezvous with one of the biggest mangroves of the world rich in flora and fauna. The boat cruise will take us to visit the 03 watch towers namely Sajnekhali, Sudhanyakhali and Dobanki. Cruising the small channels and creeks we will try to spot different wildlife including spotted dear, wild boars, civet cat, monitor lizard, crocodiles, dolphins and of course the Royal Bengal Tiger. We will head back to the village in the afternoon for lunch. Later we will check out from the village and head back to the mainland by boat to the driving point. From the driving point we will hop on to our vehicle (s) and drive back to the city. On arrival in the city, we will check in at the hotel for our overnight stay.

Day 11: Kolkatta to Home country:
After breakfast we will drive to the airport for your flight back to your home country.

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