Day 1: Guwahati - Shilong...more
Upon arrival at Guwahati airport, drive down to Shillong (3 hrs). Enroute visit Kamakhya temples & Umium Lake.. Drive straight to Nilachal hill (225 m ht) where the Kamakhya group of temples is located. The rock inscription on the eastern slope of this hill indicates 5th century AD, but temple construction activity on this hill was definitely of earlier origin. Then proceed to Shillong. A 3 hr leisurely drive brings you to this beautiful hill station. Overnight at Shillong.
Day 2: Shillong – Cherapunjee - Shillong
After breakfast depart for Cherrapunjee (52 km). En route visit Myllien, a village of blacksmiths, situated at an altitude of 1720 m and is 16 km from Shillong. Later enjoy a photo stop for the magnificent view of deep gorge at Mawkdok valley (alt 1820m). A further 11 km before Sohrarim (old Sohra i.e. Cherra or old Cherapunjee alt 1680 m) view the magnificent megaliths. 2 kms before Cherrapunjee on the summit of a hill, one can find a Ram Krishna Mission, established in 1913. It has an interesting museum with Khasi/Garo/Jaintia artefacts. By-passing the main Cherra bazaar, proceed to view the Nohkalikai Falls, said to be the fourth highest falls in the world. After this return to main Cherra and view the Mawsmai limestone caves. The limestone cave is narrow and the less adventurous can view stalactites from little inside the entrance. In months of April when the orchid blooms you can opt to visit the Thangalang Park, which has a greenhouse. Return to your hotel in Shillong after this long day. Overnight at Shillong.
Day 3: Shillong - Nameri (6 hrs)
Today after breakfast drive down to Nameri. Located on the banks of the Jia Bhoroli River and on the Assam-Arunachal border, it opened in Nov 1998 and is home to the white winged duck, Sambhar, Barking Deer, Hog Deer and Elephants. While the sighting of wild animals is difficult, the place has over 350 species of birds. Known to be a good place to sight the White-winged Wood Duck, you can view Ibisbill (uncommon), Ruddy Kingfisher, Wreathed hornbill, Long-billed Ringed Plover, Sultan Tit, and Yellow-bellied and White-throated Fantails. Traditionally known for its Golden Mahseer, the Bhorelli flows along the southern periphery of the Park. Its record on rod and line is a 24.5 kg (52lb) golden Mahseer! Angling is regulated and is permitted strictly on a catch, record and release basis. Other sporting fish found are Saal (Murral) Gorua (Goonch), the Indian trout and the Chocolate Mahseer. The best spots are approachable by boats. Overnight in tented camp.
Day 4: Nameri - Dirang (6 hrs)
After an early lunch, cross the border into Arunachal Pradesh and commence an uphill drive to Bomdila and further 2 hrs away to Dirang (180 kms/5 hrs). Stop at Bomdila and visit the upper and lower Gompa, local market, museum, emporium etc. Proceed to Dirang. Enroute visit Tipi Orchid Park. Situated on the banks of the Bharali River, Tipi is known for the widest assortment of orchids found in India. It is astonishing to know that more than 500 species of orchids are found here. Arrive Dirang. Located in a spectacular valley, Dirang is famous for its apple orchards, sheep breeding farms and natural hot springs. The hot water springs in Dirang is considered holy by many who travel to them for a dip. Dirang is ideal place for adventures like trekking and hiking. Overnight at Dirang.