Day 1 | Guwahati - Manas NP
After arrival at Guwahati airport, drive to Manas National Park (4-5 hours), a UNESCO world heritage site that is famous for tigers and is located near the Bhutanese Himalayas. The afternoon can be spent visiting the nearby Fatemabad tea estate and villages of the 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 awareness.
Day 2 | Manas NP
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 the Beki River near the Bhutanese border crossing through dense jungles. Catch a glimpse of Gaur (Indian bison), Giant flying squirrels, Sambar deer, Golden Langurs, and birds such as 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. A picnic lunch can be arranged by the riverside. Wild tuskers migrating to Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan can sometimes be seen on the other side of the river. Return to the lodge by sunset and enjoy the evening by the bonfire.
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 known for its avifaunal diversity. Enjoy the landscape blooming with wildflowers against the snowcapped Himalayas that stretch across the horizon. The streams and swamps around Nameri make 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 for the endangered pygmy hog and golden mahseer.
Day 4 | Nameri NP
Cross the river on country boats and go for an early morning guided birding and nature walk with some chances of spotting big mammals. Walk through the canopy of old trees to spot birds such as the Imperial pigeon, Ibis Bill, Himalayan Kingfisher, Black-necked cranes, and many other birds from the watchtowers. 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 lie on both sides. The afternoon will be free to relax amidst the greenery of the forest, enjoy reading books on wildlife, or visit the nearby villages of the 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 parks 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 a UNESCO heritage site for its unique environment and successes on the conservation front. After arrival, check in to a boutique jungle lodge or a luxurious resort. After lunch, go for a jeep safari through the grasslands of the Central Range to see the animals near the water holes before they retreat to their habitats at sunset. Evening at leisure. Bonfires can be requested.
Day 6 | Kaziranga NP
In the morning, enjoy a thrilling elephant safari in the western range which will bring you up close to some of the animals. Later after breakfast, go on a guided jeep safari to the dense forests of the 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 at the riverside. After lunch, proceed for another jeep safari in the Western Range to see the Wild Buffaloes, Elephants, Swamp deer, sloths, Jungle cats, mongooses, 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 the nearby Hoolongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary (2 hours) near Jorhat, a unique habitat dedicated to Gibbons and other primates. Go on 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, the rest of the day will be free to leisurely explore the orchid gardens, Karbi villages, and the tea gardens nearby. The evening will be free at leisure. Cultural programs and traditional dances can be 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.