On this weeklong trip, you will be visiting the beautiful countryside of Assam to leisurely enjoy the slow-paced life in the villages and also get a chance to learn about the diverse cultures of the tribes of Assam. The tour begins with a visit to Namphake village of the small Tai-Phake community. This tribe had migrated two centuries ago from Myanmar in search of the other Tai clans who had settled in Assam during the medieval era. The unique culture of the Tai-Phake people can be experienced through their well-preserved art, architecture, and traditions. You will also be able to witness their religious life which revolves around old Buddhist monasteries and beautiful pagodas.
Further on, you will get a chance to visit Majuli, which is the largest inhabited river island in the world. The island is the birthplace of the Neo-Vaishnavite culture of Saint Sankardev which is widely followed by the people of Assam. There are many historic satras (Assamese monasteries) built on the island, where monks both young and old, learn various forms of traditional arts, dance, music, and drama, besides philosophy. The satras preach a life of simplicity, and yet, it is easy for a tourist to be consciously enlightened by the power of such simplicity and sanctity. Majuli is also home to three tribes, namely the Mishing, Deori, and Sonowal Kachari, who live a very simple and sustainable life. You will get to spend time interacting with these tribes and exploring their villages, thus understanding about their way of living and participating in their daily activities. One can learn weaving, preparing ethnic dishes, or even traditional pottery. You can also spend time indulging in the pleasures of bird-watching, as there are numerous wetlands on the island which form a natural sanctuary for many birds. Or you may rent a bicycle to explore the island and its secrets at your own pace, maybe watch a spectacular sunset by the banks of the mighty river.
Discovering mysteries of the land midst an easy-going setting, this tour is a proper introduction to the people and land of Assam, bringing forth authentic experiences that leave a long-lasting imprint on your memory.