Day 01: Delhi – Dibrugarh (Assam)
Arrive at Dibrugarh airport from Delhi and transfer to Mancotta or Chowkidhinghee Heritage Tea Bungalow. You have the evening free to relax. Overnight is in Dibrugarh.
Note on Accommodation: When the British established their tea plantations in the mid-19th century they quickly built comfortable bungalows designed to make life as pleasant as possible in what, was to them, a hostile and strange land. One of the main features of these buildings has given rise to their name –CHANG BUNGALOWS. Chang in the local language means “raised on stilts” and the design served multi purposes- to keep the house cool by allowing the breeze to blow underneath and to keep both water and animals out!
Speacial Note: There is no tea plucking between December till mid March and hence the actual manufacturing process of tea cannot be demonstrated when one visits the factory during this period. Factory also remains closed on Monday’s of the week.
Day 02: Dibrugarh – Digboi – Dibrugarh
After breakfast, drive to Digboi (80 kms/ 02 hrs), the first Oil town of South Asia. You will visit the Oil Museum and the II World War Allied Forces Cemetery, where the Commonwealth War Graves Commission permanently maintains 200 graves. overnight stay in Dibrugarh .
Digboi : Digboi is a small in Tinsukia district in the north-eastern part of the state of Assam, India. Petroleum oil was discovered here in late 19th century and the Digboi oilfield is one of the oldest oil fields. With a significant number of British professionals working for the Assam Oil Company until the decade following the independence of India, Digboi has a legacy of well developed infrastructure and a number of bungalows unique to the town. It has a world class golf course with 18 holes as part of the Digboi Club.
The famous Tilinga Mandir (Bell Temple) at Bordubi, about 25 km from Tinsukia and 10 kms from Duliajan, Assam. There are hundreds and thousands of bells of all sizes in bronze, brass, copper and aluminum that are tied to the big banyan tree (peepal) and its various branches. Long ago, a black rock in the shape of Shiva Lingam was unheartened and nestled among the roots of the peepal tree (banyan). People discovered mysterious power that wishes expressed under the tree come true and gestured by hanging a bell on the tree. The custom however changed and people tie bells and make their wishes.
Special Note: Digboi Museum remains closed on Monday’s of the week.
Day 03: Dibrugarh – Tinsukia
After early breakfast, you drive to Tinsukia and check-in at your Tea Bungalow. You visit Maguri beel, a shallow wetland, on country boat (without moto. The slow silent approach of the boat allows you to see a number of ducks and geese without disturbing the peaceful aquatic life. Return for lunch, post which, take a river cruise on Brahmaputra for watching the spectacular sunset and possible chances of viewing the river dolphin. Overnight is in Tinsukia.
Note: Dibru-Saikhowa National Park (located near Tinsukia town) is wet evergreen forests, tropical moist deciduous forest, cane brakes and grasslands. It is the largest salix swamp forest in north east India. Situated in the flood plains of the Brahmaputra and the Lohit, at an altitude of 118 m above sea level, Dibru-Saikhowa is a safe haven for many endangered species. Due to the auto stocking by River Brahmaputra and Dibru, it is rich in Fish Diversity. Dibru Saikhowa has tropical monsoon climate with a hot and wet summer and cool and usually dry winter.
Day 04: Tinsukia – Jorhat
After breakfast, drive to Jorhat and check-in. Ovwernight is in Jorhat.
Day 05: Jorhat – Nimatighat – Majuli
After breakfast, drive to Nimatighat (18 kms to ferry ghat) and then take a public ferry to rach Majuli (approx 1 ½ hrs on ferry). On arrival, transfer to your lodge. You will visit Sattras, known for its Hindu monasteries. Overnight is in Majuli.
Majuli is the largest fresh Water mid-river deltoid island in the world. It is situated in the upper reaches of the river Brahmaputra in Assam. This Island, with a population of 1.6 Lakh, majority being tribal, is endowed with rich heritage and has been the abode of the neo-vashnavite culture. The island is a bio-diversity hotspot and has rich ecology with rare species of flora and fauna. Note: Accommodation would be standard to basic and not similar to Dibrugarh & Tinsukia
Day 06: Majuli – Nimatighat – Jorhat
In the afternoon, take a public ferry to reach Nimatighat and then by road to Jorhat. Check in to your hotel. Overnight is in Jorhat.
Day 07: Jorhat Airport
After breakfast, check-out of your hotel and transfer to Jorhat airport for your flight back home.