OVERVIEW- North East India with its pleasant climate, abundant scenic beauty and serene ambiance proves to be the perfect summer holiday destination. This tour takes you on a tour to some of the most exotic destinations of Shillong, Guwahati and Cherrapunji that will stay encased in your memories for the lifetime. The exciting mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes, breathtakingly beautiful golf courses, museums and the zoo are the key reasons why people visit this region. For its climate and unique topographical features the British North East India is regarded as the “Scotland of the East”.
GUWAHATI- Considered to be the gateway to North East India, Guwahati is the largest city in the region. It is situated between the southern bank of Brahmaputra River and the foothills of the Shillong plateau. Dispur, a part of Guwahati, serves as the capital of Assam. The hill ringed, green wooded, river bordered urban centre was also known as Light of East in the ancient times. Popularly also known as “City of Temples” as the temples are perched on hills or on hillsides which offer panoramic view of the vast Brahmaputra as well as the bustling city.
SHILLONG- Shillong is popularly known as the “Scotland of the East” and is famous for its picturesque rolls of hills, abundance of flora and fauna and its music culture. The Capital of Meghalaya, Shillong is one of the major tourist destinations in North East India. The British loved this place so much that they had established its Capital for Eastern Bengal and Assam.
CHERRAPUNJI- Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya is one of the wettest places on the planet and the only place in India to receive rain throughout the year. The town of Cherrapunji is nestled in the East Khasi Hills about 50 km southwest of the state’s capital, Shillong. Cherrapunji, also known as Sohra or Churra, means ‘the land of oranges’. The cliffs of Cherrapunji also offer stunning views of the plains of Bangladesh.
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Tour Destination: Guwahati – Shillong – Cherrapunji - Guwahati
Travel Duration: 04 Nights/05 Days
DAY 1: GUWAHATI - SHILLONG- Welcome at Guwahati Airport. Drive to Gateway of Meghalaya – Shillong. Enroute visit
UMIAM LAKE- As per the legends, two heavenly sisters decided to make their way to Meghalaya. However, one of them had reached the destination and the other could not due to some reason. So the former could not trace out her sister and started crying with her broken heart. She cried so much that and a lake was formed with her tears. Locally known as Umiam Lake, Barapani means vast waters.
Today it becomes a hub for the water sports activities such as speed boats, sailboats and water scooters. It is enveloped by lush green East Khasi hills and offers some of the best panoramic sights for nature-lovers.
Continue your drive and later transfer to the hotel. Evening at leisure or you can go for a leisure walk around the place.
Overnight at Hotel
DAY 2: SHILLONG- After breakfast visit Shillong, Scotland of the East
ELEPHANTA FALLS- Named after an Elephant like stone at its foot, the Elephant Falls are amongst the most popular falls in the North-East, situated next to Shillong. It is a tourists' paradise with three layers of the falls accessible to the layman from different vantage points. At Elephant Falls one can get very close to the falls and enjoy its serenity and might.
SHILLONG PEAK- Shillong peak is Meghalaya's highest peak in the Himalayas. It is at an altitude of 1965 meters above the sea level. It is the best destination for the nature lovers. It is said that the Shillong is named after this peak. The view from the peak is breathtaking as it defines the Shillong city and the view of the Himalayas.
WARDS LAKE- A pretty artificial lake surrounded by gardens is an ideal evening get away! Also known as the Polok Lake, it is usually flocked by couples, picnickers and locals. Boating and fountain dancing are big activities of this place.
GOLF COURSE- Shillong Golf Course is considered to be the "Glen-eagle of the East" at the United States Golf Association Museum. It was set in a valley at an altitude of 5200 ft in 1898 as a 9 (nine) hole course and later converted into an 18 (eighteen) hole course in 1924 by Captain Jackson and C. K. Rhodes.
MAHADEV KHOLA DHAM- Believed to be about 150 years old, the Mahadev Khola Dham is a cave temple popular with Shiva devotees. It is believed that the shiva lingam placed here was discovered by the Subedhar Major of the 8th Gurkha Rifles when he was exploring the area after he saw it in a dream.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 3: SHILLONG - CHERRAPUNJEE- Today drive to the wettest places on the planet Cherrapunji. Transfer to hotel. Later visit this beautiful place of Cherrapunji
LIVING ROOT BRIDGES- Meghalaya’s double-decker and single-decker root bridges are known to be unique in the world. The bridges are tangles of massive thick roots, which have been intermingled to form a bridge that can hold several people at a time. Made of the Indian Rubber Tree this is one of the biggest attractions of Cherrapunji. A unique attraction and quite an innovative mix of nature and engineering. The Umshiang River flows beneath the bridge.
NOHKALIKAI FALLS- One of the most photogenic waterfalls in India, Nohkalikai in Meghalaya is the fifth highest waterfall in India. Nohkalikai, which means means ‘Ka Likai’s Leap’ in Khasi language, is located about seven km away from Cherrapunji, the second wettest place on the planet.
MAWSYNRAM- Crowned as the wettest place on earth, the village of Mawsynram is a nature lover’s dream and the best place to witness the fury of the rains. With 11,872 mm of rainfall received annually, Mawsynram beats Cherrapunji by a slender margin.
SEVEN SISTERS FALL- the Seven Sisters Falls have the reputation of being the fourth highest waterfalls in India. Also known as Nohsngithiang Falls, they form a seven-segmented waterfall, which plunges over the top of limestone cliffs of the Khasi Hills. The falls only flow during the rainy season. The vibrant colors of the setting sun make for a great sight.
MAWSMAI CAVES- Mawsmai cave is one of the main tourist attractions in the Cherrapunji, which is credited as the wettest place on Earth. These magnificent caves are formed out of limestone and are quite long and deep.
KHOH RAMHAH- Also known as Motrop and the Pillar Rock, Khoh Ramhah is a massive rock formation that looks like a giant cone. In the local language, Khoh Ramhah means ‘basket of the giant’.
THANGKHARANG PARK- The Park is the house of various orchids and birds. The park offers you a panoramic view of Bangladesh and Kynrem falls cascading down at a distance in three levels. The serpentine roads add to the beauty of this place.
Overnight at hotel.
DAY 4: CHERRAPUNJI - GUWAHATI- After breakfast drive to Guwahati. Transfer to the hotel. Later in the afternoon visit the temple.
KAMAKHYA TEMPLE- The Kamakhya temple is one of the most revered shrines of Shakti in India, in the form of Kamakhya. Located on the Nilachal Hills just 7km from Guwahati, the Kamakhaya temple is of great religious importance. It also holds tremendous historic and archeological significance. The shrine is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in the country and is a part of the four most important Shakti Peethas. Kamakhya temple is the Goddess of Desire, and celebratory for the Tantrik sect of Hinduism. Followers of the Tantra Sect place their belief in Kamakshi or Kamakhya and hence this shrine holds tremendous religious, historic and archaeological significance.
EVENING CRUISE ON BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER- The Brahmaputra, also called Tsangpo-Brahmaputra, is a trans-boundary river and one of the major rivers of Asia. From its origin in southwestern Tibet as the Yarlung Zangbo River, it flows across southern Tibet to break through the Himalayas in great gorges and into Arunachal Pradesh where it is known as Dihang.
Overnight at Hotel
DAY 5: GUWAHATI- After breakfast visit City of Temples- Guwahati
UMANANDA TEMPLE- The temple is located in the small Peacock Island amidst the mighty Brahmaputra. This quiet place of worship is named after and dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Peacock Island is the smallest inhabited riverine in the world and possibly one of the most beautiful too. The Umananda temple is nestled in the laps of this serene island whose shores are washed by the mighty Brahmaputras.
BHUVANESHWARI TEMPLE- Dedicated to Goddess Bhuvaneshwari, this white shrine perched atop a hill adjacent to the city is a major draw amongst the religious pilgrims. The temple itself provides visitors with a magnificent panoramic view of the city of Guwahati.
NAVAGRAHA TEMPLE- There is a temple on Chitrachal Hill dedicated to the nine planets, since there is a great significance attached to the nine planets in the country. The planets are believed to rule the destiny of people, hence they are regarded as gods and worshipped.
SRIMANTA SHANKARDEVA KALASHETRA- It is the largest repository of Northeast India’s culture. Built in the 1990s, the artistic excellence of Assam and rest of the north-eastern region is displayed here. It includes a cultural museum, library and various facilities for preserving, demonstrating and performing cultural items, besides a children's park.
ASSAM ZOO- The proud possessors of some rare and endangered species, the Assam Zoo spread over 130 acres of land is a major tourist attraction. The whiter tigers, one horned rhinos, Swamp tapirs and leopards to name a few, are usually the tourists' favorites.
In the evening depart at airport/station to catch your flight/train towards onward destination.
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Guwahati at a Glance
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