Journey to the Worlds Largest River Island

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

9N / 10D

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552

Maximum Seats

8

Essential Information

  • Trip Highlights
  • Activities
  • Inclusions
  • Exclusions
  • Explore the largest river island in the world

  • Visit the villages of the Konyak Tribe

  • Meet the last tattooed headhunters

  • Celebrate Aoleang festival with the Konyak Tribe

  • Explore the border town of Longwa between India and Burma

  • Drive to Kaziranga National park

  • Safari to Kaziranga Forest

  • Ferry on the Brahmaputra to Majauli

  • Go on a country boat ride with the local fishermen

  • Visit the local gun makers house

  • Explore the tribal village of Konya

  • Chill with Chief of the Village

  • Celebrate Aoleang with the Villagers

  • Spend a night at the opiated border town of Longwa

  • All accommodations on twin sharing basis.

  • Transport from Guwahati airport through Kaziranga to Majuli in a Swift Dzire or similar

  • Transport from the ghats in Majuli to the stay and drop back to that in a Tata magic or similar.

  • Ferry charges to and from Majuli.

  • Transport from ghat through Nagaland and drop to a railway station in a Scorpio or similar.

  • All permits(including Inner Line Permits) and parking charges

  • Bike/ Scooty on rent for a day in Majuli.

  • English speaking guides in Majuli, Mon and Longwa

  • Breakfast and dinner on all days.

  • Lunch on two days.

  • AC 2 tier tickets from Simalguri to Guwahati.

  • One jeep safari in Kaziranga national park.

  • Airfare charges

  • All food & beverages cost apart from the ones mentioned above

  • Fuel cost for bike rental in Majuli

  • Any camera fees

  • Hotel & driver tips (if any)

  • Tips to be given to the Konyak king aka Angh and other locals if required

  • Entry ticket fees to Museums, Parks, etc.

  • Any personal expenditure (Toiletries, medicines, etc.)

  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.

  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head "Inclusions".

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Getting to Kaziranga national park

Welcome to Assam! Today you drive to Kaziranga through a highway that is straight like an arrow. You will pass many small villages and paddy fields will become a regularity. Eventually you enter the animal corridor and the lane starts getting narrower. Reach Kaziranga to settle in your comfortable room and sleep early to wake up in time for the morning safari at 5: 30 AM
Overnight Kaziranga .
Day 2

A wildlife safari before ferrying into the river island

Good morning! Your grogginess should be shrugged away for today, since the animals in the wild and a ferry at the bank of the Brahmaputra awaits you. Breakfast can wait till after the safari. While you are almost certain to see the famous one-horned rhino and deer, you could get lucky and spot the Indian leopard, the clouded leopard and even the Royal Bengal Tiger. Drive to Nemati ghat to catch your last ferry to Majuli island and float on the waters of the Brahmaputra at dusk. Now that you have reached your stay for the night, it is time to enjoy some delicious food and a perfectly brewed glass of the local black rice beer aka kala apong.
Day 03

Exploring Majuli on two wheels

Let life slow down while you explore the Mishing villages of Majuli. The island, being a haven for vibrant Vaishnavite culture has a lot of activities that you may indulge in. Whether you choose to visit the famed mask-makers house or maybe experience the traditional hymns and dances in the Xatras(Traditional Schools of Vaishnavite culture), Majuli has a lot to offer. You can rent some cycles or scooters if you would like to explore the island on your own. You can also go on a country boat ride if you can request the fishermen to do so. Overall you will experience the bliss of Majuli and the calm of this river island will definitely have a soothing influence.
Day 04

Entering the wild 'east'

Drive past the Assam border to enter the land of the Nagas, and not any Nagas, the Konyaks was also known as the last of the tattooed headhunters. You will slowly leave the plains and tea gardens of Assam and head towards higher elevation on bumpy roads. The drive slowly starts to give you the feeling that you are entering a different zone, something unknown. Thatched huts and flowering plants serving as boundaries of homes will welcome you into Nagaland. The clouds should be right up there with you. But you have to understand that this will be one of the bumpiest rides of your life and hence prepare accordingly. Check into your comfortable stay for the night after trying some local food. For non-vegetarians, this will be the beginning of a different trip, a food trip.
Day 05

A day with the author of “The Last Tattooed Headhunters"

Today we hope to meet the last surviving face tattooed headhunter Angh, i.e. the chief or the king of a Konyak village. Usually, he is found sitting in his kitchen drinking dearly bitter black tea with other old men, all of whom sports tattoos on their wrinkled skin. The king or his men don't really speak English but a conversation can be facilitated with the help of the local guide cum translator. Don't forget to 'pay' your regards to the Angh. A further drive of 2 hours on absolutely terrible roads takes you to the village of Shiyong where you meet the author of “The last of the tattooed headhunters” and live in her working farmhouse overlooking a tea garden. You have to understand that it is a homestay but Phejin is a lovely lady. Spend the evening in the village or in conversation with the author and learn about the Konyaks and their tattoos.
Day 06

Celebrating Aoleang festival with the villagers

This is the festival that you have come to witness and you shan't be disappointed if a strong dose of culture and rice beer is your kind of cocktail. Aoleang is the most important festival of the Konyaks and most Konyak people living in the cities return home to be a part of the festivities. Everybody is in high spirits and the generally hospitable Naga people may open their homes and make you a part of the celebrations. Dancing, singing, some gunshots to ring memories of a wild past and you have a colourful event and mostly un-orchestrated.
Day 07

A night at the opiated border town of Longwa

The day has to be started early. Pack some bread and jam and grab a few bananas and off you go another bumpy ride(on the same road) to visit the village of Longwa known for the unique geographical location of the village chief’s house. The house is split exactly in half between India and Burma. Take a walk through the King’s house and then pay a visit to the opium den where locals go about their daily routine of smoking opium sourced from Burma. The village gets more fascinating as you visit the gun maker's house and understand the nuances of the gun culture in Nagaland. It doesn’t end here as now you have the option of buying some really cool craftwork from the blacksmith’s house(if he's home). It’s a very special experience to buy an artist's work from his workshop and that’s what Longwa offers. You can head back to your homestay for lunch, which is a delight in itself with a beautiful view of the Konyak hills from every room. Take some rest and head out for a walk to explore the border and village in general.
Day 08

Spend the day in Longwa, walking and exploring the idyllic village

The sunrise is usually very pretty in the village and if you are an early riser, a hike up to the India Burma border pillar no 155 will give you a sort of bird's eye view of the village. Rest of the day you can spend as you like, walking and hiking.
Day 09

A night in the train reflecting on the trip

Today it is time to bid goodbye to your hosts and to Nagaland. We drive out by 10 am. Total drive time from Longwa to Simalguri(railway station) will be 5.5 hours
Day 10

Fly out

The train chugs into Guwahati early in the morning. After a local breakfast head to the airport.

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