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West Bengal


West Bengal

Duration – 09 Nights / 10 Days

Destination -Delhi – Kolkata – Dibrugarh – Brahampur -Andhra Pradesh – Digboi – Sivasagar – Kaziranga – Kohima – Dimapur – Delhi

Day-01 :-

Arrive Kolkata and transfer to hotel

Day 02:

Kolkata / Dibrugarh BY FLIGHT Received at Dibrugarh Airport and transferred to a heritage Chang Bungalow (20 kms/30mins) in the midst of a rolling tea garden. Evening enjoy a dance performance by an ethnic dance group on the bungalow lawns. Overnight at the Chang Bungalow. Dibrugarh is the gateway to the “Hidden Land” of Eastern Arunachal Pradesh and Northern Myanmar. The Ahoms from Thailand came through Northern Myanmar to this area in the 13th century to establish their Empire which thrived in the ancient land of Assam. It is the “Camellia” town of Upper Assam, an undisturbed haven, with its rich tea gardens resembling a lush green carpet. Experience and enjoy the richness of these tea gardens while staying at the Heritage Chang Bungalows. These are constructed on stilts and are situated in a serene atmosphere free from pollution. When the British established their tea plantations in the mid-19th century they quickly built comfortable bungalows designed to make life as pleasant as possible in what, was to them, a hostile and strange land. One of the main features of these buildings has given rise to their name – Chang bungalows. Chang in the local language means “raised on stilts” and the design served multi purposes- to keep the house cool by allowing the breeze to blow underneath and to keep both water and animals out! Bihu is the most popular folk dance of Assam. The people of Assam are very proud of its unique position among all other such dances of India. Except Bhangra (the popular folk dance of Punjab), no other folk dance in India can compete with the rhythmic exuberance of the Bihu dance. ‘Bihu’ performed by young men and women reflects youthful passion and joy rejuvenating life during the spring season, accompanied by songs woven around the theme of love and physical yearning. The dance is performed by all- irrespective of caste, creed and religion.

Day 03:

Dibrugarh – Brahamputra – Arunachal Pradesh – At Dibrugarh After breakfast, we take you on a tour, around a tea estate to learn all about tea – its origin, how it is grown and all about tea tasting and its quality. Drive onwards to the river front and take a boat cruise in the mighty Brahmaputra, the lifeline of the region. A picnic lunch is organized on one of the numerous islands in the midst of the river. Enroute there is a possibility of your sighting flocks of migratory water birds and the elusive Gangetic River Dolphin. Enjoy the view of the Eastern Himalayas and take a nature walk in the vast expanse of grasslands surrounding the island. Return to the mainland and go for local sight seeing around Dibrugarh with visit to a weaving centre to see traditional looms and the weaving of silk textiles of Assam, famous all over the world. Overnight at the Chang Bungalow. A tea tour through a 157 years old heritage tea garden gives an insight into the different activities that vary from season to season. It teaches us all about tea- its origin, how it is grown, tea tasting and its quality. During the winter months the dormant bushes are pruned to ensure vigorous growth during the warmer months. Once the rains begin, and the temperature rises, the gardens come alive with teams of colourfully dressed tea pluckers, predominantly ladies as they are said to be better able to pluck the delicate buds and leaves. The harvest, which goes on continuously from March to November, is taken everyday to the factory where it undergoes an age old process of being turned into the finished product. All stages of the process are carefully controlled to ensure that the tea that leaves the factory is only of the highest quality, a quality that has made Assam tea world famous. Please note that there is no tea plucking between December and mid March and hence the actual manufacturing process of tea cannot be demonstrated when one visits the factory during this period. Factory also remains closed on Monday’s of the week OR ALTERNATIVELY After breakfast, we take you on a tour, around a tea estate to learn all about tea – its origin, how it is grown and all about tea tasting and its quality. Later drive to Jairampur, Arunachal Pradesh (140 kms /3 hrs) to visit the World War II Cemetery. Enroute visit Ledo-Stillwell road and air strip at Ledo. Return to Dibrugarh for overnight stay. Note : Restricted Area Permit will be required for visiting World War II Cemetry at Jairampur, Arunachal Pradesh. Ledo – Stillwell Road: In 1937 Japan attacked China and drove the Chinese Nationalist Forces into the hinterland occupying the entire Pacific Coastal belt. Generalissimo Chiang Kai – Shek’s force was there to withstand and check the Japanese. The British started work on the Ledo Road in February 1942 through Myanmar to affect that vital link to Yunan. The progress was very slow and it was also opposed by the Japanese 18 Division. Later on General Joseph Stillwell took over the road construction in December 1943. Over 30,000 Indians, Burmese and Chinese were employed for this work. And it was completed in May 1945 linking up with the Burma Road. The end of the war caused it to go into disuse; particularly the Pontoon Bridge across the Irrawady had to be dismantled in 1947 to allow river craft movement. It was finally blocked after the Kachin insurgency and the Burma Communist Party armed conflict after Myanmar’s independence in 1948. The total length of the road is 1726 km of which 911 km is the old Burma Road. Ledo Air-Strip: This historic Air-strip was the only supply air base during the II World War by the Allied Forces. The isolated Chinese forces were supplied by the United States by a massive airlift across the hump from this airstrip. Still the airstrip is in good condition. World War II Cemetry The recently unearthed large Burial-ground with about 1,000 graves of allied soldiers believed to be mostly of Chinese, Kachins, Indian, British and Americans soldiers who died in Second World War is located at Stilwell Road ( Ledo Road ) in the Jairampur-Nampong road, Changlang district, Arunachal Pradesh, India. The hidden cemetery covered with thick jungles midst of the bank of Namchik River and on the Stilwell Road ( Ledo Road ) , 6 km from Jairampur town, 39 km from Ledo and 24 Km before reaching Pangsau Pass ( Hell Pass ), India – Burma (Myanmar) border. The Army has cleared the area and found about 1,000 graves within an area of about three acre. The boundary was enclosed by concrete posts with entrance on three sides. The graves are arranged in five Lines and several rows. A large grave, possibly a mass burial, is in the centre. The bricks were from Ledo AR&T Co’s brick fields, and others marked as B&C-119 and IR.N!C9 were being used. The most of the graves in the Cemetery are damaged due to wild Elephants, wear and tear in the course of time and tempered due to miscreants. Perhaps, this cemetery might have constructed during the construction of the Stilwell Road ( Ledo Road ) from Ledo, India to Kunming, China via Burma connecting the Burma Road beyond Bhamo by allied forces starting from December 1942 to May 1945 in China-Burma-India (CBI) theatre of military operation against the Japanese forces in North Burma.

Day 04:

Dibrugarh – Digboi – D+rive to Digboi (80 kms/ 2 hrs), the first oil town of South Asia. Visit the Oil Museum and also pay homage at the 2nd World War Allied Forces Cemetery where 200 graves are permanently maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Afterwards drive to Margherita (16 kms / 30 mins) and visit the Singpho village. Return to Dibrugarh for overnight stay at Chang Bungalow. Digboi Oil Museum which was set up to mark the100th Anniversary of the Digboi Oil Refinery. Some of the very old, original machines are on display here. Digboi War Cemetery that lies about two miles east of the Assam Oil Company Campus has 200 graves of different Allied Forces personnel from UK, India, West Africa, Burma, Belgium, USA and Italy who sacrificed their lives during the 1939-1945 War. It is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Digboi also boasts of a 18 hole Golf Course . Singpho people are Theravada Buddhists by religion. The Singphos are divided into a number of clans, each under a Chief known as “Gam”. They were the first to introduce the tea culture in Assam. The Singpho make shields from buffalo hide, many of them can be as long as four feet. They also have helmets made from either buffalo hide or rattan-work These are varnished black and decorated with boar tusks. The houses are built on stilts mounted with palm leaves on the roof. N.B.- Digboi museum remains closed on Mondays.

Day 05 :

Dibrugarh- Sivasagar- Kaziranga – Today drive to Kaziranga (220 kms / 5 hrs). Enroute visit the Ahom monuments at Sivasagar. Overnight at Bonhabi Resort. Sivasagar was once the capital of the Ahom Kings. The Shans who came from Thailand through Northern Myanmar to this area in early 13th century, ruled for 600 years. The Siva Temple, built by the Ahoms, situated here is believed to be the tallest of all existing Hindu temples. The ruins of the Ahom palaces and monuments dot the landscape around this historical town. Centuries, before the arrival of the British, this part of the world was controlled by a number of tribal chieftains. In the town of Sivasagar, one can still see the remaining well preserved relics. Palaces, tanks, forts, places of worship, present the richness of this highly evolved and advanced civilization. The largest and the oldest amphi-theatre of Asia (Rang Ghar) is also another remarkable landmark in the history of Sivasagar. The Tai- Ahom Museum of Sivsagar contains some of the relics of the Ahom period, like – swords, clothes, manuscripts and sundry artefacts. Jorhat is another tea hub in the Upper Assam region. It is the headquarters of the Jorhat district and is the gateway to Majuli Island. Many small and big tea estates surround this town . They were planted in the British days. Jorhat also boasts of the Tea Experimental Station at Tocklai where tea scientists continuously endeavour to introduce new and better plantation practices which include developing of new clones and saplings. Note : Kaziranga National Park open from 01st Nov to 30th April only

Day 06 :

Kaziranga- Kohima Post breakfast we drive to capital city of Nagaland , Kohima (215 kms / 5 hrs) and check in at hotel Japhu. Enroute we stop for lunch in Dimapur and also visit Kachari monuments there. Kohima, situated in the south at an altitude of 1444 m above sea level, occupies pride of place as the capital city of Nagaland. Kohima has the advantage of being centrally located – being bounded by the state of Assam on the west, Wokha district on the north, Zunheboto and Phek districts on the east and Manipur state on the south. The Angami, Rengma and Zeliangrong communities mainly inhabit Kohima District. Dimapur is an important commercial town of Nagaland. Dimapur is an axis around which the economic and developmental activities of the district are centred. The town is named after the Dimasa river, that irrigates it. Dimapur in Nagaland is one of the fastest growing townships in the North-Eastern region of India. The town is also a gateway to Nagaland and Manipur. Dimapur town is distinct in its character where all the different communities have congregated into a mini India Kachari ruins are situated in Dimapur , the ancient Kachari capital. It is one of the important sites of megalithic culture. Most of the ruins appear to be contemporaneous with the Kachari civilization. Though the Kacharis are predominantly non-Aryan with elaborate rituals and the cult of fertility, there are evidences of a touch of Hindu influence on most of them.

Day 07:

At Kohima Today visit the 2nd World War Cemetery, where the famous battle of tennis court took place, and the State Museum. Afternoon visit the handloom and handicraft emporium and the local market. Overnight stay at a hotel. WW II Cemetery a symbolic memorial raised as citation for the supreme sacrifices made by the officers and the soldiers during World War II. It was here that the Japanese invasion was stopped thereby changing the whole scenario in Asia Frontier. The State Museum treasures, a collection of rare articles of different tribe, which speaks about the history and tradition of the Nagas. The State Emporium displays the finest collection of tribal shawls, handbag’s wood carvings, makhelas, can and bamboo handicrafts and ready made garments of traditional weaves, designed for modern taste. Note: Cemetery and emporium remain closed on Saturdays & Sundays. Cemetery also remains closed on 1st Dec for maintenance purpose while State Museum remains closed from Saturday to Monday.

Day 08:

Kohima – Touphema After breakfast proceed to Touphema (40 kms/ 1 hr). At Touphema take a walk in and around the village, also see the village museum. Afternoon at leasuire overnight at the ethnic cottages. Touphema, home of the northern Angami tribe, situated deep in the central Naga Hills, is a tourist village resort and a unique initiative on community tourism with all the ingredients of a traditional Angami Naga village. It was originally called Hutuophema after the Erithrina Tree in the belief that the village will triumph over the enimies of war.

Day 09:

Touphema – Dimapur / Kolkata Today drive to Dimapur airport (120 kms/ 4 hrs) to connect flight for Kolkata. Arrive at Kolkata and transfer to hotel.

Day 10:

Kolkata – Full day Kolkata sight seeing and then transfer to Kolkata international airport to board the flight for ONWARD JOURNEY.

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