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Shrouded in mystery, greatly awe inspiring till recent times, the territory of Nagaland finds mention in the ancient Sanskrit scriptures, wherein it is hailed we “Nag Bhumi”-the land of serpents.  Due to the extremity of its location, the inhospitable terrain, coupled with a profusion of wildlife and vegetation, Nagaland remained for long, almost a virgin territory-where few mortals from the outside world dared to tread.  But not so anymore.  Thirsty travelers relentlessly search for newer destinations.  Consequently, Nagaland is fast emerging as a tourist destination in its own right.
Interestingly the state has its own distinctive cultural heritage steeped in tribal beliefs, traditions, superstitions, arts, Crafts, dance and music legends and myths. Nagaland abounds in serene natural beauty and panoramic views of hills-which infact are the eastern offshoots of the mighty Himalayas. Nagaland is a picturesque land with most of its parts cold, comfortable and is criss-crossed with swift flowing rivulets and rivers.  Its rain-washed hills are gifted with lush greenery, which are adorned with exquisite flora and fauna.

nagaland tribal tourPerched at 1444.12 meters above sea level, Kohima enjoys a temperate climate throughout the year.  The two-hour drive from Dimapur to Kohima on NH 39 can be an enjoyable experience.You could sample the juicy, mouth-watering pineapples or treat yourself to a hot hearty meal of local cuisine from one of the typical Naga wayside amenities that line the road at regular intervals.  The panoramic view of Kohima unfolds 16 kms from your destination, nestled among the pristine hills.  The lyrics of a local song say “there is no place in the world half as fair as Kohima”.  A small exaggeration perhaps, but Kohima does have its own incomparable charms that other hill stations do not offer. Kohima is the cosmopolitan headquarters of 15 major tribes.  The distinctive character and identity of each tribe in terms of tradition, custom, language and dress is clearly discernible to an amazed visitor.  The respective tribal festivals are celebrated at regular intervals at Kohima.  It is during such a time that one gets to see a glimpse of the past animistic traditions of each tribe, being enacted in their robust best.  Should your visit coincide with one such festival, you will be welcomed like a family to share our past, for a fleeting moment in time.  You need no invitation to join the fun.  Remember that the Nagas have a known reputation for a warm-hearted hospitality.  No city can offer you this camaraderie, even at a price.  
manipur north east indiaManipur, described as the “Jewel of India” lies south of Nagaland & north of Mizoram.  It shares the international boundary with Myanmar on the western & southern side.  Legend has it that the discovery of Manipur was the result of the delight that gods took in dancing.  Still practiced today, is a classical dance form marked by graceful & restrained movements and delicate hand gestures, known as Manipuri. Directly to the south of Nagaland, Manipur (‘beautiful garden’) epitomizes the exotic contrasts and colorful just a positions of this corner of India.  The northern areas are hilly (up to 2000m) and forested, clothed with teak and oak, rhododendrons, wild azaleas and orchids, the home of clouded leopard, the spotted linshang, Blyths tragopan, the slow loris and Mrs. Hume’s bar-backed pheasant.  The south by contrast is dominated by vast lowlands, much of which drains into the renowned Loktak Lake.
imphal manipur north east indiaA bursting metropolis is situated at a height of 790m above sea level.  Some places to be visited are: Shree Govindee temple- adjoining the Royal place of the Maharaja, the temple is a simple, yet beautiful structure.  Twin domes, a paved courtyard and a large raised congregation hall.  The shrines of Krishna and Balaram and Jagannath flsnk the two sides of the presiding deity. The Khwairamb and Bazaar/Ima Market is a unique all women’s market, having 3000 ‘Imas’ or mothers who run the stalls, it is split into two sections on either side for a road.  Vegetables, fruits, fish and household groceries are sold on one side and exquisite handlooms and household tools on the other. Manipur is also blessed with an amazing variety of flora & fauna.  There are 500 varieties of orchids of which 472 have been identified!

Loktak Lake
loktak lake manipur indiaLoktak Lake is considered as the lifeline of the State of Manipur due to its importance in the socioeconomic and cultural life of the people.  It is the largest natural freshwater lake in the northeastern region of India.  The lake is oval in shape with maximum length and width of 26km and 13km respectively.  The depth of the lake varies between 0.5 to 0.48m with average depth recorded at 2.7m.  There are 14 hills varying in size and elevation, appearing as islands, in the southern part of the lake.  The most prominent of them are Sendra, Ithing and Thanga islands.  The characteristic feature of the Loktak Lake is the presence of floating islands locally called Phumdis.

assam north east india spread
beneath the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas and sharing boundaries with the North Eastern states of India lies Assam.  Assam probably derives its name from Ahoms, the dynasty that ruled there from 13th to the early 19th century.  In 1228, the Ahoms, a Buddhist Taj tribe from North Thailand, entered Assam, defeated the Kamrupa ruler and established a Kingdom, which was called Assam. Assam was known as Kamarupa where according to legend, Kamadeva, the God of love was reborn.  Guwahati, known in ancient times as Pragjyotishpura (the Eastern City of lights) is the capital of this state and finds itself frequently mentioned in the Mahabharat and other epics.  Today, Assam covers the plain of the Brahmaputra River along its whole course south of the Hill State of Arunachal Pradesh and the kingdom of Bhutan, till it turns south into Bangladesh. Since the days of Hiuen Tsang Assam has fascinated thousands of travelers with her aura of myth and mystery, history and folklore, art and painting, music and dances, handloom and handicrafts, panorama of nature and a plethora of rarest wild lives roaming through her vast and verdant forests. The handicrafts for which Assam is equally famous are also mostly made in village homes from Bamboo.  The decorated fans made out of cane and bamboos are some of the masterpieces of Assamese handicraft.  They remind tourists of a distinctive and memorable holiday when taken back home as souvenirs.
guwahati assam indiaGuwahati is the gateway to places of beauty and interest such as Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagland, Kaziranga, Manas and so on.  However, it is much more than merely a gateway: in its own right, it is a place of interest, with varied offerings for the tourist to the city. The first aspect of the city that strikes the visitor is the natural beauty of the place.  It is ringed around on three sides by a chain of hills that stretches to the horizon.  The northern side is bounded by the awesome Brahmaputra.  A sight of this turbulent river at the height of the monsoons is a wonderful sight.  There is lush green vegetation everywhere.  Indeed, the luxuriance of the plant-life here is uniquely rich and verdant.
A visit to Kamkhya temple followed by Visit the Peacock Island (Umananda Shiva temple in the island) this is on the river Brahmaputra and a boat ride is entailed. Option of extension of boat ride to view sunset and perhaps have early dinner on ferryboat. Chitrasala Hill (10 minutes from Hotel) where the temple of nine planets (Navagraha) is situated. Daily worship in this temple is run hereditarily by a class of astrologer-Brahmins. After this pax proceeds to the Nilachal hill (225 m ht) where the Kamakhya group of temples are located. The rock inscription on the eastern slope of this hill indicates 5th century AD, but temple construction activity on this hill was definitely of earlier origin. Over history, series of temples were built catering to different sects (i.e. Tantrik, Sakta and Saiva) at present only 9 old temples remain and all of these were reconstructed during late medieval period. In recent times a few have been thoroughly restored. Five km of good motorable road from foot of hill leads to the present active and largely attended Kamakhya temple, altitude 180 m (last major reconstruction 1562, main chambers and ground plan akin to a fully developed North Indian temple) Pax do enter the sunken sanctum sanctorum (rock formation kept wet by an underground spring) and they drive further ½ km to the top of the hill where the far less attended temple (Bhubaneswari) is visited but more for a panoramic bird-eye view (photograph) of Brahmaputra and Guwahati city,  Return to visit the Assam State Museum. Lunch. After lunch pax do proceed to visit the silk center 38-km (1 hour from Guwahati). Before the advent of cheap calico textiles silk (either raw or wrought) was an important article of produce. Women of all strata of Assamese society (even today) from Queen downward used to weave at their loom. Basically four types of silk: pat, muga, mezankari and eri. While the other varieties are found elsewhere, muga (till very recently) was grown in Assam only. In medieval times the best quality muga came from the Kamrup district (where Guwahati and Suwalkuchi is presently situated).  Suwalkuchi is perhaps the first urban settlement in Assam. It was the great center for export of raw muga silk. This silk was used for ornamentation of cotton fabrics by the artisans in Dacca for export to Persia. Suwalkuchi still special place to visit as even today every household in this town has a loom working. Pax views the process of extracting the silk yarn from the muga cocoon.

kaziranga national park assam indiaThe only National Park in Assam situated in central Assam with an area of 430 Sq. kms.  It is the home of the great Indian one horned Rhinoceros (Unicorns).  The landscape of Kaziranga is of sheer forest, tall elephant grass, rugged reeds, mellow marshes and shallow pools.  So far the history of Kaziranga is concerned Lady Curzon first heard about Rhino of Kaziranga from her British tea planter friends and came to Assam in 1904-5. Although she could not see the animal but spotted hoof prints with three toes.  Which concerned Lady Curzon to do something to save this animal from total annihilation.  Lord Curzon set the wheels of British bureaucracy rolling and on 1st June 1905, a preliminary notification announcing the intention of the Government to declare 57, 273.60 acres of Kaziranga as a reserved forest was issued.  Finally, Kaziranga was declared as reserved forest on 3rd January 1908 and was officially closed for shooting.

Kolkata-Dimapur-Mon-Mokokchung-Kohima-Imphal-Loktak Lake-Imphal-Guwahati-Kaziranga-Johrat-Dibrugarh-Delhi
Total no of days: 18
Best season:
October –March
Grade: Moderate
Day 01: Arrive Kolkata
You are met on arrival and transferred to your hotel.  Afternoon city tour of Kolkata, which includes visit to Victoria Palace and the local bazaar.  Return to your hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Kolkata-Dimapur (Nagaland) by air (CD 7701, dep 0740 arr 0945)
In time transfer to the airport to board your flight for Dimapur. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel/Guesthouse.
Day 03: Dimapur-Mon (Nagaland) by surface
After breakfast drive to Mon. Experience ethnic and tribal life of both – Assamese and Nagas as you travel along to Mon. Check into your hotel/Circuit house. Visit Angh’s Palace in Chui village. Return. Cultural program in the evening.

Day 04: Mon-Mokokchung (Nagaland)- by surface
After breakfast drive to Mokokchung. After checking into your Circuit House visit Impure Mission compound and Mopungchukit village and return to Mokochung.

Day 05: Mokokchung
After breakfast full day sightseeing of Mokokchung visiting Longkhum a vanguard village in the days of head-hunting-commands a beautiful view of hills en route Ungma Village for cultural program of Lotha Nagas, bon fire and dinner.

Day 06: Mokokchung-Kohima by surface (160 km, 4-5 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Kohima. Afternoon visit the War Memorial and downtown.  Mokochung is one of the great centers of Ao Naga tradition. Overnight in hotel.

Day 07: Kohima
After breakfast visit Khonoma village. The picturesque village offers delightful of Nagaland’s natural beauty and ecological diversity. Passing through the traditional carved ceremonial gate, steep stone steps lead you the highest point in the village. Enjoy the Traditional hospitality and return to Kohima for overnight stay.
Day 08: Kohima-Imphal-by surface (142 km, 4-5 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Imphal through Kigwema, Jakhama, Viswema-Khuzama-Mao villages. You will be amazed by the spectacular landscapes in a New World. Arrive Imphal and check into your hotel for overnight stay.

Day 09: Imphal
Full day sightseeing of Imphal. The people and tribes of Manipur include Meities, Naga and Kuki-Chin-Mizo groups and other colorful communities, which have lived n complete harmony for centuries. These are the propel whose folklore, myths and legends, dances, indigenous games and martial arts, exotic handlooms and handicrafts, are invested with the mystique of nature and an indefatigable “joie de vivre”.

Day 10: Imphal-Loktak Lake-Imphal
Depart for Loktal Lake after breakfast. The lake is a saucer shaped fresh Water Lake that attracts many species of birds.  Part of it forms a rare ecosystem.  This huge and beautiful stretch of water is like a miniature inland sea.  From the tourist Home, set atop Sendra Island, visitors can get a bird’s eye view of the lake and the life on it: the fisherman and their families who live in neat huts on its shores.  In the evening return to Imphal and overnight in your hotel.
Day 11: Imphal – Guwahati – by air (IC 890 dep. 1425hrs arr. 1515hrs)
In time transfer to the airport to board your flight for Guwahati. You are met on arrival and transferred to your hotel

Day 12: Guwahati-Kaziranga- by surface (218 km, 5-6 hrs)
Morning drive to Kaziranga.  After halt continue your journey to Kaziranga Game Sanctaury.  It is famous both for flora and fauna of Assam.  On arrival check in your hotel at Kaziranga for your overnight stay.

Day 13 - 14:Kaziranga
Early morning visit the sanctuary on elephant, great attraction is the rare one Horn Rhino.  The sanctuary also has elephants, wild buffaloes,  Swarup, Deer occasionally Tigers, rare birds like the Florican and the Horn Bill.  Afternoon visit to Hathikali Tea plantation  and factory.  Evening a visit to the park to explore the sanctuary.  Overnight in your hotel.
Day 15 : Kaziranga-Johrat by surface (84 km, 3 hrs)
After early breakfast drive through the facinating country side full of Tea Gardens. In the afternoon walk around the tea gardens, and see the plucking of the tea-leaves. Evening free to explore the downtown. Overnight stay in your hotel / guest house.
Day 16 : Johrat-Dibrugarh by surface (228 km, 6-7 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Dibrugarh. Enroute visit tea gardens and war memorial at Ledo and afterwards visit Sibsagar, the capital of the mighty Ahoms, who ruled Assam for more than six hundred years till the advent of British. The town, dedicated to Lord Siva. The most remarkable landscape to the town is the 200 year old Sibsagar tank. Sibsagar is also a leading tea and oil producing district in Assam. Evening free to rest and relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17 : Dibrugarh
After breakfast take a tour of the airfields near Dibrugarh which were the principle American airbases in the upper Assam region and were instrumental in  the reconquest  of Burma from the Japanese forces. Drive to the river front and take a boat cruise on the mighty Brahmaputra, the lifeline of the region. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 18 :Dibrugarh-Kolkata / Delhi by air
In time transfer to airport to connect flight for Delhi. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Later in the evening transfer to international airport to connect flight back home.
Inner line / restricted area permit formalities:
To visit Manipur and Nagaland, foreign tourist require inner line permits. To obtain the same minimum 04 pax are required. But as a special case it can be granted to individuals also. To obtain the permit it takes minimum 4-6 weeks through Ministry of External Affairs and we require following documents :
Photocopy of valid passport
Proof of profession
04 passport size photographs
Photocopy of valid Indian Visa
Two copies of dully filled application form

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