Wildlife of North East India

India

Wildlife

Diverse wildlife in Assam and the Sunderbans

14 days £2,195 pp This is the per person group tour price, based on 2 sharing. The price is subject to change with exchange rate and flight cost fluctuations.
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Intro

Off the tourist trail, North East India is home to some of the most endangered wildlife in the world. Arriving into Assam, drive to Manas National Park on the fringes of the Bhutan border, which plays host to over 450 species of bird as well as secretive big cats including tigers, clouded leopards and panthers. In Nameri explore the jungle on foot and raft down the Bhorelli river, a great place to spot hornbills. Move on to Assam's UNESCO-endorsed Kaziranga National Park home to the world's largest population of one-horned rhinos where an elephant-back safari at dawn is an unforgettable experience. Afterwards fly to Kolkata and head to the Sunderbans, the largest mangrove forests in the world, known for its fearsome Royal Bengal Tigers, reptiles and astonishing array of birdlife.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Elephant safari and game drives in Manas
  • Walking safari & boat ride in Nameri National Park
  • Elephant-back safari, one-horned rhino & other wildlife in Kaziranga
  • Cruise the world’s largest mangrove forest

Places Visited

Guwahati - Manas National Park - Nameri National Park - Kaziranga National Park - Kolkata - Jorhat - Sunderbans

What's Included

Arrival & departure transfers
Ground transport with driver
Domestic flights
Accommodation
Most meals (refer to itinerary for meal plan)
English-speaking guides
Entrance fees to sites & parks
Itinerary & Map
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Day 1 : Guwahati - Manas

Arrive into Guwahati and then drive to Manas National Park. Evening free. Overnight in Manas.

Meal plan: Dinner

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Day 2 : Manas

Morning and afternoon game drives in the national park. Evening free. Overnight in Manas.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Manas National Park feels like it is primeval jungle and is less-developed compared to other parks in India. It is considered one of the world’s most biologically diverse parks with an area of approximately 950 sq km making it one of the largest parks in India. Given its remote location very few visitors come to Manas. The park is divided by the Manas River on the other side of which is Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan. There are thousands of plant and animal species, many of which are globally endangered. These include golden langurs, Royal Bengal tigers, clouded leopards, black panthers, Asian elephants, Himalayan black bears, Gangetic dolphins and pangolins. The park is also considered one of the best in India for its hundreds of bird species. 

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Day 3 : Manas National Park

Morning and afternoon game drives in Manas National Park. Evening free. Overnight in Manas.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 4 : Manas - Guwahati

Early morning elephant safari in park. Drive to Guwahati. Afternoon boat ride on Brahmaputra. Overnight in Guwahati.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Guwahati is popularly known as ‘the city of eastern light’, and situated on the banks of the Brahmaputa River and the foothills of the Shillong plateau. Many Hindu temples are found in the area, including the Kamakyha Temple, where animal sacrifices are still a daily occurrence. Nearby is the quaint Umananda Temple situated on an island.

On Peacock Island, the temple of Umananda was built in 1694 by the Bar Phukan Garhganya Handique by the order of His Majesty Swargadeo Gadadhar Singh one of the ablest and strongest rulers of the Tai Ahom dynasty. The Shiva temple is set at the top of a flight of steps. The original temple was however immensely damaged by a devastating earthquake of 1897. Later, it was reconstructed by a rich local merchant who chose to inscribe the interior part of a Siva temple with Vaisnavite slogans.

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Day 5 : Guwahati - Nameri

After breakfast drive to Nameri National Park. Lunch and afternoon rural walk. Overnight in Nameri.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Reached by river, Nameri National Park is a beautiful forest area inhabited by langur monkeys, elephants, barking deer, rare birdlife and more.

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Day 6 : Nameri National Park

Morning walking safari in Nameri National Park. Afternoon boat ride on the river looking out for the wide array of birdlife. Evening free. Overnight in Nameri.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 7 : Nameri - Kaziranga

After breakfast set off for Kaziranga National Park. Afternoon game drive in Kaziranga. Evening free. Overnight in Kaziranga.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Kaziranga National Park is home to two-thirds of the world's population of the Indian one-horned rhinoceros at just under 2000. A few centuries ago, the Indian one-horned rhino ranged across the north Indian plains in the wetlands of the rivers Indus, Ganga, and Brahmaputra. Today it is found only in pockets of Assam and in Nepal. Kaziranga also boasts a range of other wildlife and harbours about 15 species of India's threatened mammals including the most dense population of Royal Bengal tigers, Indian elephants, sloth bears, Gangetic dolphins and an extraordinary bird population. Kaziranga National Park is located partly in Golaghat District and partly in the Nagaon District of Assam and covers an area of 430km2. It lies in the flood plains of the Brahmaputra and annual flooding and burning has maintained the grasslands predominant in the west. It became an official national park in 1974, but was established as a reserved forest in 1908, a game sanctuary in 1916, a wildlife sanctuary in 1950, and as a World Heritage site in 1985.

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Day 8 : Kaziranga National Park

Morning and afternoon game drives in the Central Sector. Evening free. Overnight in Kaziranga.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 9 : Kaziranga National Park

Early morning elephant safari. Rest of morning free. Afternoon game drive in Western Sector. Evening free. Overnight in Kaziranga.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 10 : Kaziranga National Park

Morning game drive and picnic breakfast in Eastern Sector. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Kaziranga.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 11 : Kaziranga - Jorhat - Kolkata

After breakfast leave for Jorhat to catch flight to Kolkata. On arrival transfer to hotel. Rest of day free. Overnight in Kolkata.

Meal plan: Breakfast

Jorhat is the second largest city in Assam and is situated by the Brahmaputra river. Jorhat is renowned for its tea and for being the last capital of the Ahom Kingdom, meaning it is now home to many historical monuments of Assamese culture. Tea is part of the agriculture-based industries and occupies an important place in Assam culture, especially as plants have always grown naturally in the Upper Brahmaputra valley. The entire Jorhat district is surrounded by tea plantations and has tea factories. There are about 135 tea gardens in the surrounding areas. 

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Day 12 : Kolkata - Sunderbans

After breakfast drive to jetty to catch boat into the Sunderbans delta. Check into lodge. Afternoon boat ride. Evening free. Overnight in Sunderbans. 

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sunderbans is a National Park, a Tiger Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve. It is home to one of the world's largest areas of halophytic mangroves and is also a hotspot for Royal Bengal tigers, boasting one of the highest Bengal tiger populations in India. Situated in Bangledesh, two-thirds of the park fall into the district of West Bengal. The name 'Sunderbans' literally means 'beautiful forest', and the reserve is very scenic, intersected by a series of waterways, tidal islands and mudflats, and boasting a diverse range of endemic plant species. There is also a significant Watch Tower which offers panoramic views of the area.

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Day 13 : Sunderbans

Full day cruising the waterways and creeks of the Sunderbans mangroves. Late afternoon village walk. Return to the lodge. Evening free. Overnight in the Sunderbans.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 14 : Sunderbans - Kolkata

Early breakfast then set off on the boat back to the jetty. Transfer by car/minibus to Kolkata. Afternoon free . Drop off at airport to catch flight. 

Meal plan: Breakfast

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Reviews

The animal experience at Tadoba, Pench and Satpura was just wonderful, especially for tiger, jackal and sloth bear interaction.

Mervyn Cooke , Tailormade Wildlife, 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.

Penelope Smith , Assam & Nagaland Hornbill Festival, India

Travel the Unknown put together an Itinerary in North East India - Living Root Bridges for me and a travelling companion. The accommodations, transportation, promptness of drivers, and knowledge of our guide was excellent. Easy booking from office and good pre trip information. Thanks TTU!

Christina Taft , Living Bridges of Meghalaya, India

I thoroughly enjoyed my tailor made tour of northwestern and central India. Guides and accommodations were excellent and we saw as much of the area as could be packed into two weeks. I look forward to another tour with Travel the Unknown.

Mary Trubek (USA) , Tailormade India

Another fantastic trip with this company. WE really managed to get off the beaten track and have seen some amazing sights. Well put together. We will travel again with Travel the Unknown

Hazel & James Frost , Tailormade India

This is our second fabulous trip with Travel The Unknown and we were not disappointed. Rajasthan's vibrant colours of turbans and saris, the noise, the spicy aromas, the silence in the hot air balloon over rural Jaipur, the majestic forts and palaces of ancient times, sighting leopards in the wild, all far exceeded our expectations and the heritage homes and hotels we stayed in, whilst being of high standard in every way, still had a friendly family touch. Thanks so much to Rahul and the team for such a memorable trip. Six weeks on and we still can't stop talking about it. I can't wait for the next one!

John & Christine Gregory , Tailormade India

Wow, India is incredible and Travel The Unknown put together a trip that really showed the diverse nature of the country and cultures, from the busy capital Delhi to the splendour of the Taj Mahal and then off the main tourist trek with an overnight sleeper train to Varanasi on the Ganges, the Hindu religious capital with bathing , washing and cremations alongside the river - an astonishing experience. We then moved to the forgotten North East corner where there is a tribal culture in an area seemingly cut off from the rest of India. Our destination was the Living Root Bridges which are unique and remote. Just want to go back to India for more...

Ken Sankey , Living Bridges of Meghalaya, India

Another great trip from Travel the Unknown. I would recommend this company to anyone who wants to move outside the boundaries of the usual tourist itinerary.

Catherine Crawford , Kashmir & Ladakh Explorer, India

Gotta say thanks to Travel The Unknown for organising my fascinating trip to a little-known area of the world. The scenery was fantastic, food was amazing, the guide was great and the living bridges were inspiring. An India not many get to see. Thanks again.

Stephen , Living Bridges of Meghalaya, India

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Terry Cooper , Living Bridges of Meghalaya

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Andria & John Palmer , Living Bridges of Meghalaya, India

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