Day 1 : Guwahati
Arrive into Guwahati airport where you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative and transferred to your hotel in Guwahati. Rest of the day is to rest.
Overnight in The Guwahati Address, Guwahati
Meal plan: n/a
When is India not India? When it's the Northeastern states you're exploring.
This perennially popular tour aims for variety, and not limited to the ethnic. We go undercover of day to bring you travel by multiple means. Game drives in pursuit of one-horned rhinos, elephants and Sambar deer at Kaziranga National Park. Float by boat down the utterly epic Brahmaputra River to the inhabited island of Majuli to see Hindu satras and masks being made. In Nagaland wander on foot through villages, older than some countries, to learn of the old ways.
Bordering Myanmar, Nagaland is steeped in history and tribal tradition. If you were to pick one from this highlight-strewn tour, it might be the culmination of the Hornbill Festival, where regional tribes gather in an Olympic Games of war cries and fantastical stomping and posturing, bringing this little-known corner of India to life in song & dance and colourful costume. To be India, or not to be: that is the question?
Guwahati - Kaziranga National Park - Mon District - Sibsagar - Kohima - Dimapur
Travel across the spectacular Himalayan Highway
After exploring the busy cities, there's no better place to relax than one of India's paradisiacal beaches
Marvel at India's most incredible forts and palaces
Discover colonial Kolkata and the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve
On the tiger trail through Bandhavgarh and Kanha
A real life Jungle Book.
Visit the must-see sights and the hidden depths of India's most vibrant cities.
Escape the city and unwind among some of the most breathtaking mountain and hill scapes the world has to offer.
Himalayan treks, village walks and more
Ideal extension to Bhutan
Travel through the Himalayan foothills via Shimla & Amritsar to Ladakh
Himalayan mountains, unseen tribes & amazing wildlife
Experience Bhutan's rich culture, colonial Kolkata and rural life in Assam
Travel India's Silk Road from Kashmir to Ladakh
Golden Triangle and the Himalayas
Textile tour of Gujarat & Rajasthan including the Mewar Festival
Experience the flavours and exotic spices of South India
Spot tigers, lions, leopards, buffalo, rhino & elephants
Experience the culture and landscapes of India & Bhutan
Wildlife, tribes & rural life in Assam and Nagaland
Tropical mountains, tea & spice plantations, and backwaters
Discover Rajasthan's forts, palaces and rural villages
Uncover India's wildlife with the world-renowned Urban Birder
Visit remote tribal villages of Orissa & Chhattisgarh
Idyllic backwaters, tropical forests & ancient temple towns
Experience dramatic Himalayan scenery, Buddhist and Islamic cultures
Discover Karnataka's stone temples, wildlife and coffee farms
Perfect mix of classic sights and off-beat places for first-timers to India
Temple towns of Tamil Nadu to backwaters of Kerala
Experience the thrill of the Indian jungle ...
Discover the huge diversity of North India's cuisine
Remote tribal cultures in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & Nagaland
Diverse wildlife in Assam and the Sunderbans
Colonial Kolkata, Darjeeling toy train & Buddhism
Take in the highlights of central India
Explore this UNESCO biodiversity hotspot on foot
Villages, temples, salt flats & the world's last Asiatic lions
Rural villages, grand forts & wildlife
Count yourself among the greatest human gathering on earth
Set foot in Ladakh's hidden Himalayan valleys
Golden Triangle, tigers & exotic Kerala
Discover the forts, palaces, villages and desert of Rajasthan
Waterfalls, hills and living bridges in North East India
Tea, spices, backwaters & beaches
Vanessa Betts, Author, Footprint Guide to Northeast India , Tailormade North East India
Travel The Unknown`s North East India tours have zoned in on the absolute prime attractions, visiting a string of culturally unique, scenically stunning places - and maximising every moment spent there. They`re also to be commended for their integrity, having established excellent relations with local tour operators, sympathetic to the remote communities they visit. Their outstanding guides take great care to respect and protect indigenous lifestyles in these delicate regions.
Dewi Evans , Tailormade North East India
I`m very pleased with the way the trip was arranged for me, it was well organised and went very well. The itinerary was just the right pace to enjoy everything without rushing too much. It was never going to be cheap for 1 person travelling alone but I thought it was very reasonably priced.
Tracey & Gary , Tailormade India
I would highly recommend Travel the Unknown to anyone visiting India. The service we received both prior to, during and following our travels was always timely and excellent. We were able to customize our trip to our liking and to enjoy a wide variety of activities. The guides in every location were outstanding! Honestly. Having travelled through much of the world I can truly say that we have never been more impressed with the quality of the guides arranged for us in each location, as well as the service we received. Similarly, the hotels were excellent and allowed us to live very comfortably while, at the same time, enjoy an authentic Indian experience. If you haven`t already booked your trip with Travel the Unknown, then either do so now....or at least give them a chance to show you what they can offer.
Lori Martin , Assam & Nagaland Hornbill Festival, India
This trip was my first time travelling with Travel The Unknown, but definitely not my last!
Joan Edmunds (USA) , Tailormade India
I have been on 3 tailor made trips with Travel The Unknown and have found them to be knowledgeable and reliable. We`ve stayed in some wonderful places and have had some unusual and satisfying experiences that go beyond the standard tours.
Maureen James , Tailormade North East India
The personal service provided enabled us to create our ideal itinerary, combining tailor made and group tours. Rahul's knowledge of the area was invaluable, and his suggestions added hugely to our overall experience. Through Travel the Unknown, we were able to visit the more challenging destination of Nagaland in safety and relative comfort, enjoy experiences as diverse as bathing elephants and mountain biking, and even spend our final few days in a sublime yoga retreat. Overall, an amazing experience.
Christian Noni , Tailormade North East India
I had been studying the Apatani Tribe for quite some time… I’m talking roughly 7 years! Travel The Unknown made my dreams come entirely true. They organized every aspect of my experience in the most minute detail. I have never felt such confidence in an agency nor worked with one more knowledgeable about their destination. Because of them and their kind efforts, I will continue to travel with Travel The Unknown for all future expeditions to this or similar regions. Thanks, Travel The Unknown, for everything!
Stephen Price , Assam & Nagaland Hornbill Festival, India
The Hornbill Festival was an experience if a lifetime to see the traditional dances, music and games the tribes use in their own village festivals, hence they were so natural and perfect. Even when they left the arena, they never stopped singing, dancing and playing their drums. I was really impressed with the diversity of the costumes, individually owned and cared for. For what I got out of the whole experience, I really thought the tour was exceptional value for money.
Ann Holgate , Tailormade India
A really well planned trip. We experienced life in Northeast India in just the way we wanted to. We loved the game reserves and saw a rock python which thrilled our guides as it is even rarer than the tiger! We visited villages and were able to interact with local people and loved the busy markets in Delhi and Calcutta. A special highlight was the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland; shown to us by our very own Naga guide Kezo. Kezo accompanied us for 15 days of our trip and ensured that we had many very special experiences - even taking us to the home of one of his Aunts where we spent a couple of hours sitting by the bonfire chatting.
Penelope Smith , Assam & Nagaland Hornbill Festival, India
What an excellent service! Rahul adapted, extended and improved our trip so many times without a qualm and we ended up with the trip of a lifetime. The destinations are unusual and interesting but everything has been checked out by the team and works brilliantly. I can`t wait to do another trip.
Andrew Martin , Tailormade North East India
I`m sure I could not have found a better operator for the type of complicated Indian tour I wanted to undertake on a limited budget. India is an intimidating country to visit, and I suspect that some operators look down on the first time visitor, or disparage their requirements. Travel the Unknown, by contrast, helped me all the way, and their local guides were superb.
Keith Lewis , Monks, Tribes & Rhinos, India
This was my first experience of using Travel the Unknown having enjoyed small group adventure holidays for many years. I was attracted to the company because it seeks out the more unusual and lesser known areas of a country and I was not disappointed by my visit to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. There is a clear contrast between the people and the scenery of these two regions and we saw very few western tourists particularly in Arunachal Pradesh. The tour was well organised with plenty to see and do.