North East India Horizons

Less visited, still developing and requiring special permits, India’s remote north east is rich in tribal culture and of historical significance due to its proximity to the Chinese, Bhutanese, Myanmar and Bangladesh borders.

In November 2017 our scouting trip through all seven states of North East India identified the highlights of this remarkable region, and encouraged us to offer this fascinating journey to four of the ‘seven sisters’ – Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland.

Our journey starts in Gauhati (Assam) then visits neighboring Meghalaya before heading north, crossing the Brahmaputra River and navigating the world’s 2nd highest motorable road over the Sela Pass (13,700′) to Tawang, where we visit the 2nd largest Buddhist monastery in the world (after the Potala in Lhasa, Tibet).

To the east we visit the scenically beautiful and culturally significant Ziro Valley; Majuli – the worlds largest river island; visit the ancient capital of the Ahom kingdom at Sivasagar, and stay three nights at Kohima, with two days at the annual Hornbill Festival which draws people from the sixteen indigenous tribes of Nagaland over a ten day period, showcasing their song and dance, food and handicrafts.

Along the way we encounter numerous tribal groups still living in traditional villages
and practicing their ancient beliefs; drive through stunning mountain scenery; stroll
through bustling markets; and traverse the expansive agricultural plains along the
course of the mighty Brahmaputra river.

We conclude with two days at Kaziranga National Park where we take elephant and
jeep safaris, with multiple sightings of the Asiatic one-horned rhino assured, before
returning home via Kolkata, where we visit the grand monuments of a bygone era.

Tawang monastery

Visiting

  • Kolkata (1 night)
  • Gauhati (Assam) (2)
  • Shillong (Meghalaya) (2)
  • Tezpur (Assam) (1)
  • Dirang (Arunachal Pradesh) (2), Thembang, Sela Pass (4170m),Tawang 2 nights
  • Bomdila (1)
  • Itanagar (1)
  • Ziro Valley (2)
  • Majuli Island (Assam) (2), Sivsagar
  • Jorhat (1)
  • Kohima (Nagaland) (3), Hornbill Festival
  • Kaziranga National Park (Assam) (2)
  • Gauhati (1)
  • Kolkata (1.5)

Click here to download the North East India Horizons brochure