Wake up in the morning with the smell of fresh tea brewing, watch the majestic sun rising over the sprawling tea gardens sipping a cup of tea, perfectly made with tea leaves handpicked from the finest tea gardens, be pampered with paramount attention and service, experience the rich lifestyle of Assam.
Assam tea is derived from a plant species called Camellia sinensis. It is famous for its distinct malty flavour. There are two harvests of tea in a year called first and second flush respectively. The second flush is considered more valuable because of its sweeter taste. The harvest is also called tippy tea because of the golden tip that appears on the tea leaves. Assam tea is a good option to those addicted to coffee and looking for a healthier substitute.
The tea estates in Assam produce almost 1.5 million pounds of tea annually which is about 51% of tea grown in India. The tea industry contributes significantly to the state’s economy and provides employment to 17% of the workers in Assam. Besides the oldest and largest Tea Research Centres at Toklai in Jorhat, Assam is also home to the world’s second largest Tea Auction Centre in Guwahati. These institutions help in marketing the tea grown here in a more efficient way. This has resulted in better monetary return to the tea estates.
Enjoy a stay in boutique heritage bungalows that offer the rich lifestyle of the colonial tea growing days. You will be offered tea tasting tours where you will get to taste different grades of the finest Assam Tea, visit to tea factories where one can learn about the processes involved in tea production, leisurely walks in the tea plantations and interaction with the leave gatherers. You can also enjoy plucking your own leaves.
You can also explore nearby villages to experience the simple yet rich lifestyles of the Indian countryside. When weather conditions permit, scenic boat rides in Asia’s mighty Brahmaputra River can also be arranged. Besides all this, there are arrangements for a fun filled tea time elephant trek, too!
From the adjoining gardens, you may choose to pluck your own organic produces for an informal cooking lesson from the tea pluckers who prepare ethnic cuisine.
You won’t feel like you are staying in a hotel. Instead, you are treated like an honoured house guest with personal attention.
Stay in a century old heritage tea bungalow, amidst acres and acres of tea plantations
Go for leisurely walks in the tea plantations, interact with the leave gatherers and pluck your own leaves
Visit a tea factory and learn about the processes involved
The Brahmaputra River (named as the Son of the Creator of the Cosmos, in Hindu mythology) is one of the holiest rivers of the World! Possibly, the only river of the world which is considered holy by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bonpas, amounting to four religions!
A river cruise is on the Brahmaputra is the best way to discover Assam up close and in depth. You can explore northeast from an intimate perspective, spending your time being there, not getting there. Such cruises take you deep into the heart of a country, giving you the chance to see the local sights and experience the culture of a region.
Brahmaputra cruises feature visits and attractions such as wildlife viewing (both by jeep and on elephant back), village walks, visits to tea gardens, exploring country towns in cycle rickshaws, barbecues on deserted river islands, dance performances, and visits to craft workshops.
You will enjoy all the pleasures of a stylish floating hotel, highly personalized service provided by a friendly, bilingual staff; charming, comfortable and well equipped cabins, and splendid, single-seating dining.
Traditional afternoon tea offers a variety of sweet, delicious pastries. Every evening, international cuisine and local specialties are served in the restaurants. You enjoy fabulous dinners prepared by master chefs.
According to your availability, we can organize upstream or downstream cruises from Guwahati or Dibrugarh. The main places covered are Manas National Park, Kaziranga National Park, Majuli Island, Jorhat and Sibsagar.
A unique way to discover Assam
Spot river dolphin and migratory birds while cruising
Barbeque dinners on deserted sand islands
“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him... the people who give their food give you their heart. (Cesar Chavez)
The north eastern part of India is perhaps the most under estimated region when it comes to food. In reality, the seven sisters have a wide assortment of culinary styles influenced greatly by topography, climate, geographic location, and neighbouring regions.
The items are comparatively less spicy than the other parts of the country, but no less tasty. Food is prepared with minimum oil or ghee. Smoked and boiled preparations are also in vogue. Dishes prepared with duck meat, bamboo shoots etc are very much popular in North-East Zone. Smoking and consumption of alcoholic beverages are common in both men and women in the hilly states. Each community maintains its own identity and culture of language, art and culinary specialities with their integral traditions forming part of their daily lives.
The cuisines of these regions are as varied as the tribes themselves. Food is simple and for the most part non-vegetarian. Their close proximity to China and Burma has played their part in influencing the cuisine.
Starting from the bustling city of Guwahati, where the conglomeration of the various ethnicities of northeaster India has opened doors to various restaurants that offer some unique cuisines, the tour will lead on to the rain-fed forested and grassy hills of Meghalaya.
You will visit Shillong, a lush and beautiful hill station, and Cherrapunjee, the world rainiest village. Populated mostly by the Khasi Tribe, the region will provide an opportunity to taste the delicious Khasi food, which mostly consists of various meat items, herbs and organic vegetables. Beside the cuisine, you will be visiting the various lakes, waterfalls and living root bridges that the region is famous for.
Continuing on to the fertile grasslands of Kaziranga National Park, a world heritage site teeming with wildlife, you will get a chance to experience elephant and jeep safaris into the jungle. The popular ecotourism destination has many restaurants where you will get to taste traditional Assamese and Mishing tribal cuisines.
Lastly, the tour will continue to the verdant mountains of the Nagaland, the land of the fierce Naga tribes. In the hill station of Kohima and surrounding simplistic villages, you will get to taste India’s most exotic cuisine, dishes which deal with all kinds of meats, birds and insects. Nevertheless, some of their more normal items, such as those consisting of chicken, pork or beef, are quite delicious and can be eaten by anyone.
In this tour, along with the exotic cuisines, the nature, cultures and wildlife of Northeast India will overwhelm the traveller just as much.
Experience the many cuisines of Northeast India such as Naga, Assamese, Indian, Khasi and Mishing
Visit the hills of Meghalaya, considered as the planet's rainiest and wettest region
Walk to the living root bridge of Cherrapunjee
Discover Kaziranga National Park, a world heritage site
India’s northeast is undoubtedly a land of immense potential and possibilities with wonders in every corner of the region. Its people, with rich cultural heritage make the region all the more exceptional. Handlooms and handicrafts form an integral part of the lifestyle of the indigenous people of this region. Crafted goods and magic weaves are not only made for their own use but are also a means of livelihood for numerous artisans scattered all over the region. These invaluable traditional skills need preservation and promotion to stand the tides of changing times.
Though, Assam is renowned for its exquisite silks, bamboo and cane products, several other crafts are also made here. The colourful Handicraft items of Assamese Japi (headgear), terracotta of Gauripur and various decorative items bear witness to the craftsmanship of this land. Assam Handloom is indeed noteworthy offering a mosaic of colours and contours with pleasing motifs and designs. The Eri, Muga (Assamese silk dresses) and typical tribal attires are a treat to the eyes of the beholder.
Nagaland is famous all around the globe for its fine art and craft done by local experts with a finish that is unsurpassed. It is one of those trips that seem to perfectly fit into the schedule of art and craft passionate. The tour will not only show you the different skill sets that the state has to offer but will also help you understand the rural life of the place.
Witness unique handicrafts
Discover weaving secrets
Majuli literally means ‘land between two parallel rivers’ and so it was many centuries ago, lying between the rivers Brahmaputra to the north and Burhidihing in the south. Several earthquakes, changes in the course of the rivers and severe erosion have today left Majuli with a meagre 420 Km² of area, down from 1,250 Km² that it once covered. Majuli is now the 2nd largest fresh water river island in the world and a treasure island of culture, snuggles in the bosom of the mighty Brahmaputra.
Every year in November, Majuli hosts the Raas Mahotsav Festival, celebrating the divinity of Hindu God Krishna with infectious fever. The various monasteries of the island stage various interpretations of Krishna’s life by using folk dances, puppets, masks, songs and dance, all enrolled in a charming riot of colors. All communities of the island play a part during this time - children acting in plays, teachers lending their voices to characters, shopkeepers and bank employees reciting songs and chants.
Discover different Satras of Majuli
Witness the the Raas Leela festival
Cross mighty river Brahmaputra on a ferry
Enjoy bicycle/motorcycle ride around the island
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