Manipur Sangai Festival and Hornbill festival are two of the most exotic colourful cultural festivals celebrated in one of the most unexplored and pristine parts of the world. Sangai festival, in last week of November, and Hornbill festival, in the first week of December, are celebrated in the pristine unexplored states of Manipur and Nagaland, located in.
The two festivals are a dazzling melange of cultural performances, art & crafts, sports, food fairs, games and an unforgettable adventure of exploring the hidden world of tribal culture, and lifestyle of India’s North East, a paradise to be discovered.
Enroute the journey takes you through the mighty Brahmaputra River,
Kaziranga National Parks’ majestic one-horned Rhino, Tiger and Elephants in the wild and world’s largest river island Majuli
Imphal: Sangai Festival, Loktak Lake, INA (Indian National Army) Museum
Kohima:Hornbill Festival, Shree Shree Govindajee Temple, Khonoma village & Cinnamara Tea Estate
Jorhat: Nimati Ghat, Majuli Island & Cruise sailing at Majuli Island
Kaziranga National Park: Jeep safari & Elephant Safari
Day 01: - Imphal (By: Filght)
On arrival Imphal Meet and assistance by our representative and transfer to your hotel. Later in the afternoon attend Sangai Festival (Starts from 1400 hrs. every day). Overnight hotel. Overnight in Imphal
Day 02: Imphal
Morning after breakfast excursion to Loktak Lake- the largest freshwater lake, 48 kms. from Imphal city. Later visit INA (Indian National Army) Museum, where the first INA flag was unfurled on April 14th, 1944 in Indian Soil. After the visit drive back to Imphal. Later in the afternoon attend Sangai Festival. Evening drive back to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay. Overnight in Imphal
Day 3 : Imphal – Kohima (By: Surface)
After breakfast checkout from the hotel and visit Shree Shree Govindajee Temple. Later drive to Kohima (Approx. 140 KMS/4-5 HRS Drive) en-route visit to visit World War II Cemetery. Evening on arrival at Kohima transfer to your hotel for overnight stay. Overnight in Kohima
Day 04 : Kohima Full day
Enjoy Hornbill Festival. Evening drive back to your hotel for overnight stay. Overnight in Kohima
Day 05 : Kohima
Morning after breakfast proceed for a half day excursion to Khonoma village (25 km), explore the village and return. Khonoma village is the last village where Nagas fought their last battle against the Britishers in 1879. This village is famous for its citizens protecting their wildlife and maintaining a wild life sanctuary known as Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary (KNCTS) and for beautiful terraces which grow over 40 types of paddy at different elevations. Afternoon drive back to Kohima and visit to the festival venue. Evening visit the local market and drive back to your hotel for overnight stay. Overnight in Kohima
Day 06 : Kohima - Jorhat (By: Surface)
Morning after breakfast drive to Jorhat (APPROX. 320 KMS. 7-8 HRS). Enroute visit Cinnamara Tea Estate (first Tea Estate of India) and 09 kms away from Jorhat town is the oldest and largest institution dedicated to tea research in the world-Tocklai Tea Research Centre. It was in 1911 when this pioneer institute was incorporated and since then research on tea cultivation and processing has been carried out here, making it a significant contender for nomination as an institution of National Importance. This institute is situated in Assam’s first tea estate, Cinnamora. Later visit Jorhat Gymkhana, second oldest golf course of Asia. Afternoon return back to the hotel for overnight stay. Overnight in Jorhat
Day 07: Jorhat - Majuli Island - Jorhat
After an early breakfast drive to Nimati Ghat (15 kms/45 mins) and then board local ferry (country boat fitted with motor). Note: Cruise sailing is approx. 1 ½ hrs to Majuli. Majuli is the largest fresh Water mid-river deltoid island in the world. It is situated in the upper reaches of the river Brahmaputra in Assam. This Island, with a population of 1.6 Lakhs, majority being tribal, is endowed with rich heritage and has been the abode of the neo-vaishnavite culture. The island is a bio-diversity hotspot and has rich ecology with rare species of flora and fauna. Majuli for the past five centuries has been the cultural capital of Assam. The main depositories of cultural and spiritual heritage are the Sattras, which are just like Gurukul (hermitages) of yore. Here up to 400 celibates' stay for life preserving spiritual and cultural heritage, renouncing worldly desires. From the time of the great Vaishnavite renaissance of 14th and 15th century AD, under SrimantaSankardeva, Srimanta Madhab Deva and other saints this island became the seat of Vaishnavite religion, art and culture. The famous SatriyaNritya (Dance) and AnkiyaBhaona (Traditional Drama) created by Sankardeva are now internationally acclaimed and nationally honoured. Majuli is equally famous for Tribal Folk Culture and Heritage. It is said to be the cradle of Missing and Deori cultures. Explore in and around Majuli. Afternoon visit Satras, Missing tribal village, Mask making village & Pottery village. After the excursion of Majuli board the ferry to return to Jorhat. Overnight in Jorhat.
Day 08 : Jorhat - Kaziranga
Morning after breakfast drive further to Kaziranga National Park (Approx 245 KMS 5-6 Hrs. Drive) on arrival check in at hotel. Overnight in Kaziranga.
Day 09 : Kaziranga National Park
Early morning enjoy Elephant safari to visit central range of the park. Return back to your hotel for breakfast. Afternoon after lunch enjoys your last Jeep safari into the park. Jeep safari timings:
Morning Safari starts from 07.00 am till 09.30 am for 02 hours.
Afternoon Safari starts from 01.30 pm till 03.30 pm for 02 hours.
Elephant safari timings: Central Zone of the park at 05.30 am and at 06.30 am for 40 minutes respectively.
Overnight in Kaziranga.
Day 10 : Kaziranga – Guwahati Departure (By: Surface & Flight)
Morning after breakfast Drive to Guwahati airport (Approx.250 KMS 6 HRS DRIVE). Up on arrival transfer to airport to board the flight to Delhi/Kolkata.