Discover Assam Dibrugarh - Sivasagar - Majuli - Kaziranga NP 8D/ 7N
Available from October to April
The plains of Assam is bestowed upon with much richness. Plentiful water resources that drain from the great eastern Himalayan ranges combined with a sustenance based approach to livelihood ensures the region harbors fascinating biodiversity spread across four national parks and numerous wildlife sanctuaries. This land of fertility has since long influenced both culture and life. Settlers who came from across Asia right from antiquity ended up calling the plains their home, having found a land of esteemed beauty and bounty. Even the cultivation of rice some experts believe has originated in the region. This if were to be traced can still be seen in the wide variety of rices grown here. Many of the settlers formed powerful kingdoms to rule over Assam, such as the Varmanas of the classical age who had allegiances with kings of the Gupta Dynasty, and the mighty Ahoms who ruled uninterrupted for six centuries during the medieval age. The history of these kingdoms and the people is deeply intertwined to Hinduism and the region finds mention in early classical texts such as the epic Mahabharata where the land is called as Kamrupa. Even the invading Ahoms ended up adopting the local religion during their rule. Later with advance of British colonialism, it seems history has been rewritten as the old gave way to the new. As with coincidences, in the year 1823 the adventure of a certain Scottish settler by the name of Robert Bruce discovering tea was grown in Assam started a new era of western interest in the region and dramatically changed the landscape. Like gardening and tea, the British also always had a fascination with Northeast India, somewhere these wild frontiers awakened their explorer-like curiosity. The tea found great acceptance by aficionados in Britain upon introduction and ever since tea growing has become perhaps the only large scale commercial activity in the state with the presence of more than eight hundred tea estates today that cover the landscape in a contiguous patch of greenery.
This tour is a well crafted introduction to the state of Assam. Covering both attractions and secrets, the journey reveals the simple joys of nature and culture that the people find pride in. Starting in the small tea growing riverside town of Dibrugarh somewhere in the far-eastern plains of the country, you will be staying in a charming colonial-era planter’s bungalow surrounded by unending miles of lush tea plantations, meanwhile also visit a factory to learn about tea production or perhaps join tribal ladies to pluck some fresh tea leaves. Mostly, time just flies in the plantations as if hypnotized with all the greenery. In the historical town of Sivasagar, you will be learning about Assam’s renaissance-like medieval era when the Ahoms ruled in all glory, with visits to some of their temples, monuments and the museum. Moving on, the journey will reach the large island of Majuli that sits right in the middle of the mighty Brahmaputra River. The island with a rich lineage remains the cultural hub for the Assamese people. Age-old monasteries present here are excellent centers of religious teachings, arts and drama that focus on the branch of Hindusim that considers Lord Vishnu as the supreme God and demands total love and compassion. There is indeed a sort of divine calm that prevails in this countryside island and monks can often be heard or seen reciting or enacting the great mythological love stories of Vishnu and his incarnations. Lastly, the tour will visit the renowned UNESCO natural heritage site of Kaziranga National Park where you will be introduced to the biodiversity of the region. The park has for more than a century been involved in pioneering conservation work that has resulted in the preservation of a large amount of wildlife species but especially Asian rhinos whose population has increased from under a dozen in the early 20th century to more than two thousand of them today. Thrilling safaris here will reveal much of the wilderness – rhinos up close, an elephant chasing away noisy tourists, romp of otters creating a ruckus, colorful birds chirping and fighting, or perhaps even a mythical tiger on a hunt.
In some perception, Assam appears as a doorway to the mysterious northeastern region of India. The cultures and environment remain like a delicate thread that has been developed over countless centuries, a profound melting point of western and eastern elements that became integral to the land itself.
Surrounded midst lush sprawling tea gardens on the outskirts of Dibrugarh, Mancotta Bungalow is a boutique property with the classic old warm charm found in the luxury and comfort the early British tea growers lived in and their lifestyle in the estates. The stilt-raised bungalow displays fine colonial architecture. A peculiar feature is all nails used in building are made out of wood believed to have been handcrafted by traditional Chinese artisans. Rooms are large and luxurious with modern amenities. The open lawns and sit-outs are ideal for long conversations over a fine cup of tea or indulge in a book.
La Maison De Ananda, the ‘house of happiness’, was built by a French couple who fell in love with Majuli and gifted it to a local family as a source of income from likeminded travelers who visit the island. The stilt cottage is built in local ways using bamboo and cane. Interiors are clean and basic, in tune to the village life existing around. There’s a sit-out where one can relax or have pleasant conversations.
Amidst a setting of Assamese countryside, bamboo groves and tea gardens, Wildgrass Lodge is a boutique colonial styled jungle lodge with extensive grounds where the enthusiastic owner grows more than 200 different plant species. The spacious rooms are fairly luxurious with wooden floors and private baths. The grand dining hall is charmingly old-world and provide an ambient setting for conversations and friendships.
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