Assam – Arunachal Pradesh

11 NIGHTS – 12 DAYS

GUWAHATI – TEZPUR – DIRANG – TAWANG – BOMDILA – TEZPUR – ZIRO – DAPORIJO – AALO -DIBRUGARH

Arunachal Pradesh, a serene land tucked into the North Eastern tip of India, invites you to relax in its picturesque hills and valleys, enjoy its salubrious climate and meet its simple and hospitable people, with their glorious heritage of arts and crafts and colourful festivals that reflect their ancient faith in the inexorable power of nature. There are places of worship and piligrimage such as Parasuramkund and 400 years old Tawang Monastery, or the sites of archeological excavations like Malinithan and Itanagar, the serene beauty of lakes such as Ganga lake & Sela lake or the numerous variations of snowclad mountain peaks and lush green meadows where thousands of species of flora and fauna prosper. In addition, the state provides abundant scope for angling, boating, rafting, trekking and hiking. Besides, there are a number of wild life sanctuaries and national parks where rare animals, birds and plants fascinate the visitor.

1

Day:

GUWAHATI – TEZPUR (v200 KM, 5 HOURS)

Arrival at Guwahti airport

Meeting at the airport and straight away drive to Sualkuch Village which is 42 km from Guwahti. The village is famous for silk seaving and produces 90% of the best Assam Silk. Here you can learn the whole process of silk weaking,

Later proceed to Tezpur and check in at hotel. Tezpur is stopover point for visitor travelling into Arunachal Pradesh or Upper parts of Assam. It is a fascinating city that boasts of well kept parks, beautiful lakes and dazzling views of the mighty Brahmaputra River.

Overnight stay.

2

Day:

TEZPUR – DIRANG (180 KM, 8 HOURS)

Breakfast at hotel and drive to Dirang – the land of Tribal Mahayana Monapas. The drive takes you along the mighty River Kameng, flowing from the West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh.

Situated in West Kameng district, this small town will refresh you with snow-capped mountains, lush greenery and streams.

Reach Dirang and visit Dirang Dzong and Monpa village.

Dirang Dzong is a tribal area located on the shores of Dirang River. The architecture of this place is astonishing. Few of the houses here are over five centuries old. These were constructed in order to sustain the harsh weather in this region. Dzong, which also means is now in ruins. But, the remains are proof of architectural excellence of the old days. You can have spectacular views from Dirang Dzong.

Overnight stay.

3

Day:

DIRANG – TAWANG (180 KM, 8 HOURS)

After breakfast drive to Tawang. Stop en-route to visit Sella Pass and Sella Lake situated at an altitude of 13476 ft.

Also visit Jaswant Ghar and Nunarang fall before reaching Tawang. Jaswant Ghar is a home of a warrior who fought against Chinese soldiers continuously for 72 hours during Indo-China war in 1962.

Reach Tawang and check in at Hotel. Evening is at leisure.

Tawang, situated at an altitude of 10000 feet is surrounded by lakes. The location of Tawang is fascinating with Tibet to its north, Sela range of West Kameng to the east and Bhutan in the southwest direction. You will be amazed by its breathtaking valleys, waterfalls and misty rivers.

Overnight stay at Tawang.

4

Day:

TAWANG

After breakfast visit Tawang Monastery – the second largest monastery in Asia and the largest in India. It was established by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso in 1680-81. The Monastery is situated amidst picturesque landscape. It stands on the spur of a hill, about 10,000 feet above sea level. It offers a charming view of the Tawan-Chu valley. It appears like a fort as if guarding the votaries in the wide valley below. It is also an important centre of Buddhist learning for young Buddhist monks. It houses great collection of manuscripts, artifacts and books.

Also visit Urgelling Monastery – the birth place of Sixth Dalai Lama, it lies about five kilometers to the south Tawang. It is a home to many Buddhist monks and Lamas following the Lamaistic Mahayana school of thought.

Then visit Tawang War Memorial. The memorial was erected in honor of unsung heroes of India China war which took place in 1962. This is also known locally as the ‘Namgyal Chortan’. It has names of 2420 soldiers etched in gold on 32 black granite plaques who lost their lives for the country.

Also visit Ani Gompa which is unique because you must have seen a lot of Buddhist monasteries but would not have seen a monastery that was run by nuns, which is very similar to the Christian society. Such monasteries are called Ani Gompas, which literally mean ‘Nunnery’. No male monks are to be seen near these Ani Gompas. You will only see clean-shaven nuns who manage the day-to-day affairs of the Gompa.

Overnight stay.

5

Day:

TAWANG – BOMDILA (195 KM, 8 HOURS)

After breakfast drive back to Bomdila which is a picturesque town in the foothills of Himalayas and the headquarter of West Kameng District the land of the Monpa, Sherdukpen, Aka (Hrusso), Miji and Bogun (Khawas) tribes.

After reaching Bomdila, visit Bomdila Monastery and a small Tribal Monpa local market.

Bomdila Gompa is one of the most important centres for Lamaistic faith of Mahayana Buddhism. It is a replica of the Tsona Gontse monastery at Tsona which is located in the southern Tibet. The monastery is also known as the Gentse Gaden Rabgyel Lling monastery and was established by the twelfth reincarnate of the Tsona Gontse Rinpoche

Evening is at leisure.

Overnight stay.

6

Day:

BOMDILA – TEZPUR (145 KM, 6 HOURS)

Breakfast at hotel and drive to Rupa – a small village where you can visit a very old monastery known as Rupa Monastery made of wood.

Next, you will visit Chilpam monastery which is located on a ledge and the view of the river valley, Rupa town and hills beyond from here is amazing.

A visit to Bimdila – Tezpur trail cannot be complete without a visit to village of fascinating traditional Monpa tribe who have lived here for centuries. An interesting characteristic of a Monpa family is that it is patriarchal. They have since long time attracted the attention of anthropologists because they practice both monogamy as well as polygamy. The follow Mahayana Buddhism.

Later we continue our drive and after reaching Tezpur, check in at hotel for overnight stay.

7

Day:

TEZPUR – ZIRO (360 KM, 10 HOURS)

After breakfast drive to Ziro.

The drive passes through the villages of Assam and vast paddy fields. Ziro is located 1500 metres above sea level. It is a beautiful hill station and one of the oldest towns of the state. It is mainly inhabited by the Apatani tribe. This valley is rich in biological diversity. This town wears a festive look during festival celebrated by Apatani people.

Reach Ziro and check in at hotel for overnight stay.

8

Day:

ZIRO

Breakfast at hotel.

Later drive to visit Apatani tribal village. Visit Hong village, the largest village in the Apatani plateau and the 2nd largest in Asia after Kohima or Bara Basti village in Nagaland. Walk to end of the village where the alter is erected offering chicken sacrifice to the malevolent and benevolent sprits, walk back to village to visit local house and interact with the people. Being so famous and much sought after by the tourist for their photographs, you need to have permission from them.

Overnight stay.

9

Day:

ZIRO – DAPORIJO (175 KM, 8 HOURS)

After breakfast drive to Daporijo – the land of the Tagin tribes of Arunachal Pradesh.

Stop en-route to visit the Adi and Nishi tribal villages like Pamluk, Tamen, Bao Simla and Ranag villages. You may either have packed lunch en-route or you can also try the local cuisine of the tribe.

Reach Daporijo and overnight stay.

10

Day:

DAPORIJO – AALO (165 KM, 7 HOURS)

After breakfast, explore Ligu village and then drive to Aalo.
You will be served packed lunch en-route.

Reach Aalo and check in at hotel.

Aalo is located in a picturesque valley at the confluence of two rivers, Sipu and Siyom. It is one of the oldest towns with backdrop of verdant hills at an altitude of 300m above sea level. The serene surroundings laced with lush green plantations makes it a must visit place. You can visit Patum Bridge over Yomgo River, Museum and Donyi-Polo.

Overnight stay.

11

Day:

AALO – DIBRUGARH (v145 KM, 5 HOURS + 2 HRS + ½ HR TO HOTEL)

After breakfast drive to Moibari River Ghat which takes approximately 5 hours but it also depends on river condition.

Cross River Brahamputra on country made motor boat.

Reach Dibrugarh and check in at hotel.

Dibrugarh is located along the river Brahmaputra. It is also referred to as the gateway to Arunachal Pradesh. Dibrugarh, surrounded by tea gardens with the misty outlines of the Himalayas in the background is a fascinating place.

Go for a tea tour as Dibrugarh is the largest tea exporting town in India. The tea tour takes you through tea gardens. During the winter season, the dormant bushes are pruned to ensure good growth during the warmer months. During rainy season and when the temperature rises, the gardens come alive with group of colorfully dressed tea pluckers, mostly ladies as they are considered to be better than men to pluck the delicate buds and leaves.
You can visit CHANG BUNGLOWS during visit to Tea Estates. These were built by Britishers when they established their tea plantations in the mid-nineteenth century. These are comfortable bungalows designed to make life as pleasant as possible for them. Chang in the local language means “raised on stilts” and the design was to serve the purpose of keeping the house cool by allowing breezes to blow underneath and to keep water and animals out of reach.

Overnight stay.

12

Day:

DIBRUGARH

Transfer to Dibrugarh airport to catch flight for onward destination.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is this a group tour?

No, this is a private travel exclusively for you, your friends and family who may accompany you on the tour.

Is this trip possible for single traveler?

Yes, it is possible. But, the cost may be high in case of a single traveler. You may send us information in the form and we shall send you our best offer depending on number of persons in your group or for a single person.

May I choose dates according to my choice?

Yes, since this is a private tour, you may decide the dates as per your choice. Only in case of certain tours, we have to check if there are any operational difficulties for organizing a tour of your choice. Certain tours are not possible for particular period which we shall let you know. Besides, the cost may vary depending on seasonality.

Could you provide us international flights to India?

It is better if you could buy international tickets directly through your local agent or on internet. Although we can provide you international flight tickets, but you may a get a better deal locally.

Is visa service included in your cost?

No, you have to obtain visa on your own. The visa regulations will depend on your nationality. You may contact us for further details.

Is it possible to make extension or modify tours?

Yes, it is very much possible. You can extend your stay on arrival or departure or at any other place. You may also modify the tour. You may let us know your interest and we can send you modified tour itinerary with cost.

What’s included in the cost?

Our cost normally includes hotel accommodation with breakfast, private air-conditioned car with driver which includes fuel, parking and all taxes, entrance fee to monuments, train tickets if any, guided city tours in English or in other foreign languages, viz French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian or other foreign languages subject to availability which we can notify at the time of reservation request. Our cost also includes some other services viz Elephant ride at Amer fort in Jaipur, camel safari in Jaisalmer and boat tour in Varanasi. We shall send you all details at the time of sending you quotation.
We may also include other services viz lunches, dinners or other services if you wish. We may also exclude guide service and entrance fee to monuments if you so wish.

Are domestic flights and trains are included in our cost ?

Train tickets are included in our cost. But, we give supplement cost for domestic flight tickets as these days, there are dynamic fares and these are not fixed. We send you indicative fare at the time of sending you quotation which is subject to change until issue of tickets with advance purchase for which we need payment from you to issue flight tickets. You may also purchase domestic flight tickets directly on your own if you prefer.

What kind of hotel accommodation is provided ?

We provide minimum standard (3 star or similar), superior (4 star or similar), deluxe (5 star or similar) hotels and the cost will depend depending on category of hotels. We can send you quotation for the category that you are interested in. We usually provide heritage or palace hotels which fit in your category of hotels. We may also mix the hotel category if you prefer and can also provide you rates based on hotels of your liking in all places if you like.

When do I have to pay?

We usually request 25% advance upon confirmation of our services unless otherwise informed at the time of sending you quotation. We shall send you all payment terms at the time of sending you our offer.

I am interested. What is next step?

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Why State Express

Established in 1980, State Express has been providing most reliable services to travelers all over the world for last 35 years. We are renowned for our customer first approach and unobtrusive efficiency which ensures the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We have been awarded several times by State Government for being best Tour Operator. All aspects of our tours have been carefully researched and then designed to give ultimate experience to travelers. Let our travel knowledge help you to create a wonderful experience, whether on one of our tour itineraries or a tailor made tour itinerary made exclusively for you to give you an unforgettable holiday.

Our people make the difference

Our success has been possible because of our people who are our biggest asset. We have a team of highly dedicated, sincere, hardworking who work with integrity that has made State Express one of the leading and most reliable tour companies in India. They not only have expertise and experience to meet any requirement, they also speak foreign languages and trained to offer only the best and leave nothing to chance. We know that travel to Indian sub-continent is a dream of many of our guests and our team does everything possible to make their dream true and give them an experience of their lifetime.

Our infrastructure

We have complete infrastructure to provide you best rate and services to you. We are an IATA approved and authorized agents for all domestic airlines and Indian Railways. We have our own cars vans and coaches with experienced drivers. We have multi lingual staff to ensure that our guests do not face any language problem. We also have associate offices in all major tourist centers to provide assistance in shortest possible time.

Our fleet of vehicles & drivers

We undoubtedly have one of the best and most modern fleet of cars, vans, 4X4s and large coaches. Surface travel is a very important aspect in India as you spend lot of your time while travelling on the road and therefore given us an edge over other tour companies who have to rely on other transport companies to provide this service to their clients. We have our own garage and all our vehicles are well maintained to give you hassle free journey.

Besides having the best fleet, it is our drivers who truly make the difference as they play a crucial role in making a tour successful. Even if you stay in best of the hotels and travel in most comfortable and luxurious vehicles, if you do not have a good driver, it may spoil your experience. We have our team of drivers who are part of State Express and have been working with us for years and they are trained, dedicated and motivated to take care of our guests and make them comfortable. That is the reason that more than 90% of our guests thank us and appreciate them after returning to their home.

Our choice of hotels

We take utmost care in selection of hotels that we recommend to our clients and include in our list of suggested hotels. We inspect these hotels regularly to be sure of their quality of product and services. We give lot of emphasis on the location and the people who run those hotels. We want to give you clients an experience of heritage and palace hotels which are unique and not available in other part of the world.

Our tour itineraries

All our tour itineraries are designed by experts to give you an opportunity to see most wonderful sites in number of days at your disposal at the same time giving you time to explore the places in your own way. We have a number of itineraries to choose from which covers all India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. We also include mode of travel and approximate time taken between places to ensure that you do not have any surprises during the tour. Our specialists will also work with you to create an itinerary of your choice either by modifying our readymade tour itineraries or prepare an exclusive tailor made tour for you based on your interest and liking keeping in mind local conditions.

24 X 4 assistance during the tour

We provide you clients real 24X7 assistance during the tour. This is not a marketing gimmick but we have someone in our office always to assist you in case of any emergency anytime. We also provide cell phone numbers of our executive who you may contact even during odd hours when you need them for anything urgent. We have associate offices in all major cities of India to provide you assistance in minimum possible time.

Response time

We know that response time is key to our success and we value it a lot. Even at initial stages before reservation, you will get replies from us in not more than 24 working hours. We shall always be there whenever you need us during the tour.

Personalised Service

Apart from professional service, we believe in emphasising on personalised service. That is to make our guests feel at home in a foreign country and also feel that they have friends here who they can trust for any need. Our customer executives remain in constant touch with our guests during the tour to give them comfort and trust that we are always with them.

Good value for money

We know that there are so many travel companies providing their services and unless we provide good value for money to our clients, they will not be satisfied. Our own fleet of cars, vans and coaches and best special discounted rates with hotels due to our volumes enables us to offer value for money.

Call us at +91 11 47674000+91 11 47674000 or email us on info@statexp.in for all the details on this itinerary and what is included in your tour. We shall be glad to make any amendments in the tour if you so wish and send you our best quotation and details of the tou to suit your budget and interest.

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