Available from November to April

This tour has been designed for visitors who wish to experience wildlife and nature in the reputed national parks of Assam, which are also quite renowned throughout the world. In this weeklong trip, one can see the unique biodiversity of the tropical forests in the Brahmaputra valley of Assam. Altogether, you will visit 3 national parks and 1 wildlife sanctuaries; large tracts of protected lands where modern conservation helps save countless species. Visitors can interact with wildlife experts and also see the efforts of local groups engaged in conservation.

The jeep safaris through grasslands, dense jungles and mixed forests offer a wonderful experience to witness a diversity in wildlife and bird species that inhabit these vegetations. Elephant rides can be a thrill for families and children for getting a opportunity to sight wild animals from a close range, apart from befriending this majestic giant. The jungle walks through the canopy of tall tropical trees is also an interesting way to explore the forest and sight the numerous migratory birds which makes these beautiful forests of Northeast India one of the most attractive wildlife destinations and also sought-after biodiversity hotspot of the planet. The protected sanctuaries covered in this tour are:

Manas National Park

Manas is a sanctuary that was once a hunting ground for kings. The park is located in the foothills of majestic Himalayan ranges. The area is flat and the river Manas flows gently at the west of this park. In December 1985, the UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage Site and in 1992, it was declared as a World Heritage site in danger by the UNESCO, due to the rampant poaching and terrorist activities that took place in the nineties. But since a few years back, the wildlife has returned and Manas is now again seeing its glory days. The sanctuary has recorded 55 species of mammals, 380 species of birds, 50 of reptiles, and 3 species of amphibians. Out of this wildlife, 21 mammals are India’s Schedule I mammals and 31 of them are threatened. The park is well known for its rare and endangered wildlife which is not found anywhere else in the world like the Assam roofed turtle, hispid hare, golden langur and the tiny pygmy hog.

Nameri National Park

Undoubtedly one of  the most scenic national park of India, Nameri is located at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas in the Sonitpur District of Assam. It is adjoined by the Pakhui Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh on the north-eastern side. This national park is one of the thickest as well as the most threatened reservoirs of flora and fauna in the world. Manas is known for having some of the world’s best plant functional type and complexity. The park experiences tropical monsoons causing an average annual rainfall of 3400 mm. The variety of fauna found in the park is also very rich, with over 30 species of mammals along with many varieties of tigers and elephants. One of the rare species of fauna found in this park includes the capped langur and great Hornbills. The park also consists of over 400 species of birds making it a haven for avifaunal lovers.

Kaziranga National Park

World famous Kaziranga National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located in the heart of Assam. It was declared a reserve forest in 1905, and since then, the park has set a commendable example in areas of conservation, as in a span of 100 years, it has increased the population of Indian rhinos from a mere 100 to more than 2000 today. The park hosts about two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses and also holds the record for protecting the highest density of tigers in the world. Kaziranga contains significant breeding populations of 35 mammalian species, of which 15 are considered threatened. Nine of the 14 primate species found in India occur in the park. In the air, Kaziranga is home to a variety of migratory birds, water birds, predators, scavengers, and game birds. Featured in countless documentaries and magazines, Kaziranga’s charm can be experienced in the many wildlife activities available in the park such as elephant safaris, open jeep rides and nature walks.

Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary

The primate paradise Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary is classified as “Assam plains alluvial semi-evergreen forests” with some wet evergreen forest patches. The sanctuary is pretty small and isolated being surrounded by tea plantations on all sides. With a rich biodiversity, it is home to the only ape species in India, the western hoolock gibbon, as well as the only nocturnal primate found in the Northeast Indian states, the Bengal slow loris. Other primates include the stump-tailed macaque, northern pig tailed macaque, eastern Assamese macaque, rhesus macaque, and capped langur. Also found at the sanctuary are Indian elephants, tigers, leopards, jungle cats, wild boar, three types of civet, four types of squirrel, and several other species of mammals. At least 219 species of birds and several species of snakes have been recorded from the park. 

Day 1 | Guwahati - Manas NP
After arrival at Guwahati airport, drive to Manas National Park (4-5 hours), a UNESCO world heritage site which is famous for tigers and is located near the Bhutanese Himalayas. Afternoon can be spent visiting nearby Fatemabad tea estate and villages of Bodo tribe. Your stay will be at a luxurious jungle retreat or in beautiful eco-tourism cottages run by the local community who are associated with wildlife conservation and nature awareness.
Day 2 | Manas NP
At sunrise, go for an elephant safari in the central Bansbari Range. Later in the day, embark on a long jeep safari (4hrs) in the core area up to Beki River near the Bhutan border crossing some dense jungles. Catch a glimpse of Gaur (Indian bison), Giant flying squirrels, Sambar deer, Golden Langurs and birds such as Cranes, Hornbill, Trogon, Babbler and other foothill birds. Witness the amazing diversity of sub-Himalayan wildlife in the Maithanguri range and also enjoy the scenic landscape of the surrounding hills. Picnic lunch can be arranged by the riverside. Wild tuskers migrating to Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan can be sometimes seen on the other side of the river. Return to lodge by sunset and rest in the evening along with bonfires.
Day 3 | Manas NP - Nameri NP
After breakfast, drive to Nameri National Park (8-9 hours), located at the scenic foothills of Arunachal Pradesh and know for its avifaunal diversity. The surroundings here look blooming and the sight of the snowcapped Himalayas stretch across the horizon. The streams and swamps around Nameri makes it a good destination to spot migratory birds. The rare White Winged Wood Duck, the state bird of Assam can be spotted here. The eco-tourism lodge where you will stay is involved with conservation projects of the endangered pygmy hog and golden mahseer.
Day 4 | Nameri NP
Cross the river on country boats and go for an early morning guided nature walk for birding and some chances of spotting big mammals. Walk through the canopy of old trees to spot birds such as Imperial pigeon, Ibis Bill, Himalayan Kingfisher, Black-necked cranes and many more species of birds from the watch towers. It is also sometimes possible to see Pygmy hog, Wild boars, Hog deer, elephants, bears and Gecko lizards during the forest trail. Later in the day, an easy session of rafting on the rapids of Bhoroli River will provide an opportunity to experience the mightiness of the forest as green jungles lay on both sides. Afternoon will be free to relax midst the greenery of the forest, enjoy reading books on wildlife or visit the nearby villages of Mishing tribe.
Day 5 | Nameri NP - Kaziranga NP
Travel to the biodiversity hotspot of Kaziranga National Park (4 hours), one of India's best kept national park and famous for its large herds of one-horned rhinos. Kaziranga was declared a protected forest area by Viceroy Lord Curzon in 1904 and later became an UNESCO heritage centre for its unique environment and successess on the conservation front. After arrival, check-in at a boutique jungle lodge or in a luxurious resort. After lunch, go for a jeep safari through the grasslands of Central Range to see the animals near the water holes before they retreat to their habitats at sunset. Evening at leisure and bonfires can be requested.
Day 6 | Kaziranga NP
In the morning, enjoy a thrilling elephant safari in western range which will bring you upclose to some of the animals. Later after breakfast, go on a guided jeep safari in the dense forests of Eastern Range, with good opportunities to see the migratory birds and sometimes tigers on the banks of Brahmaputra. River Dolphins, wild ducks and turtles can be also seen in the riverside. After lunch, proceed for another jeep safari in the Western Range to see the Wild Buffaloes, Elephants, Swamp deer, sloths, Jungle cats, mongoose and birds such as Pelican, Parakeets, Fish Eagle and Drongos. Government run elephant safari seats are subjected to availability and cannot be pre-booked.
Day 7 | Kaziranga NP - Gibbon WS - Kaziranga NP
Go on a day trip to nearby Hoolongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary (2 hours) near Jorhat, a unique habitat dedicated to Gibbons and other primates. Go for a guided nature walk accompanied by a naturalist to see the various species of primates such as Hoolock gibbons, Assamese macaque, Capped langurs, etc. One can also see a variety of butterflies. Return to Kaziranga, rest of the day will be free to leisurely explore the orchid gardens, Karbi villages and the tea gardens nearby. Evening will be free at leisure. Cultural programs and traditional dances are sometimes organized for visitors in the evening, especially for larger groups.
Day 8 | Kaziranga NP - Jorhat
After breakfast, transfer to Guwahati airport (6 hours) or Jorhat Airport (2-3 hours) for your departure flight. If time permits, enjoy sighting the adjutant storks at Deepor Beel Lake near the airport. End of tour.

Musa Jungle Retreat sprawls across 8 acres of virgin territory along the southern boundary of Manas National Park. The property is almost literally an arm’s length away from the park offering views of fauna and birds from the rooms itself. The rooms and cottages are well furnished and spacious offering modern amenities that are otherwise difficult to find in the wild.


Run by a local NGO involved in conserving two endangered species, Nameri Eco Camp is located near the Bhoroli River midst quiet and quaint surroundings. The property offers deluxe styled cottages and camps with colorful fabrics, private bathrooms, sturdy beds and thatched-roof shelters that make the experience relatively luxurious. An atmospheric open-sided restaurant is where a lot of conversations happen.


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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