GUWAHATI – POBITORA WLS – KAZIRANGA NP – MAJULI – GIBBON WLS
If you want to visit the wilder side of Assam, then this is the trip for you. In this trip, you will experience the wildlife of Assam. You will witness the rich bio-diversity of the tropical forests of the Brahmaputra Valleys of Assam as well as the flora and fauna of the world’s largest river island, Majuli.
Kaziranga National Park is the pride of Assam and is one of the most unique and attractive wildlife destinations of the country. The most famous inhabitant of this National Park is the Asiatic one-horned rhinoceros. The park also has a large number of tiger density, but due to the tall grasslands of the Brahmaputra plains, sighting a tiger in Kaziranga is a more thrilling experience. The wildlife sojourn does not stop here. You will also visit the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary near Guwahati that is also the home to the one-horned rhinoceros. Finally, you will visit one of the unique wildlife sanctuaries in India – the Hoolongapar Sanctuary that has Hoolock Gibbons.
Further, you will visit Majuli. Majuli is world’s largest riverine island amidst the mighty Brahmaputra River, located 200 km east of Guwahati. The island is the cultural hub of Assam, the birthplace of Neo-Vaishnavite culture that is followed largely by the people of Assam. You will also explore the backwaters of Majuli while identifying the various birds of Majuli.
Day 1 | Guwahati – Pobitora WLS
Welcome t o Guwahati, the buzzing city of Assam. In the afternoon, drive towards Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary for an afternoon safari. The Pobitora Wildlife sanctuary is a small heaven for the wildlife lovers situated only 30 km to the east of Guwahati. It is the home of the famous one-horned rhinoceros. Many migratory birds are also seen here.
Day 2 | Driving to the home of one-horned rhinos (Guwahati – Kaziranga NP)
Today, you will proceed towards the famous Kaziranga National Park. Kaziranga is the famed wildlife destination of Assam and known for its one-horned rhinoceros. Kaziranga was declared a protected forest area by Viceroy Lord Curzon in 1904 and later became a UNESCO heritage site for its unique environment and conservation success.
Day 3 | Call of the Wild (Kaziranga Safari)
In the morning, go for a thrilling elephant safari in the dense forests that will give you an opportunity to see some of the animals. After breakfast, go on a guided jeep safari towards the eastern ranges where you might see some migratory birds. After lunch, go for another jeep safari to see the Wild Buffaloes, Elephants, Swamp deer, sloths, Jungle cats, mongoose and birds. Government run elephant safari seats are subject to availability and cannot be pre-booked.
Day 4 | Ferry to Majuli (Kaziranga – Majuli)
Start early today. Drive to NematiGhat and catch the morning Ferry to Majuli, the largest river island in India.
Let your life slow down as you explore the nooks and corners of Majuli. The island is the seat of Neo-Vaishnavite culture propagated by Sri Sankaradeva. You can visit the Satras (monastic institutions) of Majuli. Spend some time interacting with the monks listening to their stories.
Day 5 | Masks of Majuli (Majuli)
Today, you will embark on a journey to the backwaters of Majuli and engage in bird watching. The large wetlands of the place are a home to various species of birds. After lunch, we will visit NatunSamaguriSatra where the monks make extremely elaborate traditional masks. These masks are used for Bhaona, the dance dramas depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. We will visit the mask man, the famous story-teller of Majuli.
Day 6 | Home of the Mishings (Majuli – Jorhat – Gibbon WLS)
Today in the morning visit the villages of the Mishing tribe. The Mishings are the indigenous inhabitants of the island. They originally belonged to the hills of Arunachal Pradesh. These peaceful people often faced occasional attacks from neighbouring tribes and so migrated to Assam to settle down here peacefully. Here they adopted a new culture. Most of the villages are along the scenic riversides and the main habitat of the Mishing tribes is fishing. Visit their house, observe their traditional lifestyle while interacting with them. Visit the local handlooms.
Catch the afternoon ferry from Majuli to Nemati Ghat to reach Jorhat and drive further to Hoolongapar Gibbon WLS.
Day 7 | A tryst with the Hoolock Gibbons & return (Gibbon WLS – Jorhat)
Wake up early and to visit the wildlife sanctuary. This sanctuary is the home to Hoolock Gibbons, the only gibbon found in India and six other primate species. The specialty of this sanctuary is that you have to hike inside the jungle for spotting wildlife. The jungle is so dense that no vehicles are allowed inside the forests.
Return to Jorhat with fresh memories of the wilderness. Fly out of Jorhat at your convenience.