Altitude: Guwahati: 55 meters
[03 hrs on road] Arrive Guwahati airport and transfer to hotel. Later visit Nabagraha Temple and Srimanta Sankardev Kalekshetra – cultural museum showcasing the art and culture of Northeast India. Overnight in Guwahati.
[05 hrs on road] Today after breakfast we visit Kamakhya Temple and later proceed to Sualkuchi village ( 32 kms), reach Sualkuchi and explore the area, then we ride to Kukurmara ( 65 kms) for fresh water River Dolphins, traditional Assamese lunch at Kukurmara. Back to Guwahati and overnight stay at hotel.
Sualkuchi village: Assam produces three unique varieties of silks, the Golden Muga, the White Pat and the warm Eri. Silks grown all over the state find their way to Sualkuchi. Sualkuchi is one of the world’s largest weaving villages. The entire population here is engaged in weaving exquisite silk fabrics. A renowned center of silk production, particularly known for Muga - the golden silk of Assam, which is not, produced anywhere else in the world. One can distinctly hear the rhythm of the shuttles of the looms as soon as one enters this craft village. Sualkuchi, the biggest village of Assam with a population of around 50,000, is situated on the north bank of the mighty Brahmaputra. Kukurmara: Located 70 kms from Guwahati, the river dolphins are found in Kulsi river, which is the southern tributary of the Brahmaputra river. The river, with a width of 19 m, passes mainly through Chaygaon area of Kamrup District. River dolphins scientific name is Platanista gangetica. It is commonly known as "Susu" in Ganges and "Hihu" in Brahmaputra. They are aquatic mammals. They are found in large numbers on Kulsi River.
Altitude: Shillong: 1491 meters
[04 hrs on road] Today after breakfast we ride to Shillong (110 kms / 04 hrs RIDE approx), reach Shillong and check into hotel. Later explore the area, dinner and overnight stay.
Altitude: Cherrapunjee: 1484 meters
[05 hrs on road] Today after breakfast we ride to Cherrapunjee (65 kms), visit Nonkalikai falls, Thankaram park, Mawsmai cave and explore the area on bike. Later ride back to Shillong and overnight stay.
Altitude: Mawllynnong: 1512 meters
[05 hrs on road] After breakfast excursion to Mawlynnong (90 kms). Overnight in Shillong.
Mawlynnong village, situated 90 kms ahead of Shillong on the Shillong-Dawki Road, 30 kms from Pynursla, is a village of 75 households with a population of 400. An idyllic location, this village epitomizes a standard, which all other villages need to aspire to be. Dubbed the cleanest village in India by Discover India Magazine, the primary Village School till class V boasts of its no dropout record and the village of 90 % literacy.
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The lower reaches of the southern slopes of the Khasi and Jaintia Hills are humid and warm and are streaked by swift flowing rivers and mountain streams. A specie of rubber tree flourishes alongside these rivers and streams. The tree usually perches on rocks and reaching out to soil for nourishment. Thus, they have adapted themselves well to high soil erosion, caused by these fast flowing rivers and streams. The exposed roots grow strong and reach out over long distance from the tree trunk. The early War-Khasis had noticed these qualities of these trees and had adapted it to serve their need for bridges to cross-rivers and streams.
[04 hrs on road] Today after a leisurely breakfast we ride back to Guwahati, explore local area, dinner and overnight stay in Guwahati.
Altitude: Tezpur: 48 meters
[05 hrs on road] After breakfast ride to Tezpur (220 kms). En-route enjow the scenic beauty of the country side and enjoy the local food in Indian Dhaba (restaurant) Check into hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Altitude: North Lakhimpur: 101 meters
[06 hrs on road] Today after breakfast we ride to North Lakhimpur (195 kms), en-route explore Assamese villages, reach Lakhimpur and check into hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Altitude: North Lakhimpur: 1918 meters
[06 hrs on road] Today after Breakfast we ride to Ziro (150 kms), en-route visit Nishi village, and reach Ziro valley and explore the village, later check into hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Have a little early breakfast and ride to visit Apatani tribal village. Ziro is the districts headquarter of Lower Subansiri district and home of the famous Apatani tribe. ‘Apatani’ a Tibeto-mongoloid race believe to be migrated from Tibet area. The time of migration is unknown as there are no written records. They are animist by religion and decedent of Abo-Tani the universal father of all the Tani group tribes (viz., Nyishi, Adi, Galo, Tagin and Apatani). The religion is known as Donyi-poloism though Christianity also has its presence felt in the state. Farmer by profession depends mostly on agriculture and forest. Their way of farming the Paddy-cum-pisciculture is famous world wide and recognize as world heritage site by UNESCO. The women here are also equally famous for their face tattoo and nose plugs. Though the tradition of this practice is been abolished by the govt. is a social evil. It can be seen only the older women as the younger generation does not do it anymore. The Apatani has many festivals, rituals and ceremony. Famous of all is the ‘Dree’ festival celebrated on 5thJuly every year after the sowing of paddy praying and offering for good crops, harvest, health and wealth. Other festival is ‘Myoko’ celebrated by group of villages divided in 3 different groups after a gap of 2 years. Shaman (priest) holds the main attraction as without him nothing can be performed. The entire Abotani group buries the deaths with sacrifices and taboos. Visit Hong village the largest village in the Apatani plateau and the 2ndlargest in Asia after Kohima or Bara Basti village in Nagaland walk to end of the village where the alter is erected offering chicken sacrifice to the malevolent and benevolent sprits, walk back to village visit local house and interact with the people. As being so famous and much sought after by the tourist so for their photographs we need to have the permission from them. Later visit Hari, Bulla and later have lunch in a local restaurant after visit Hija and Dutta village. Evening visit the local market.
[06 hrs on road] Back to Lakhimpur for overnight halt.
Altitude: Majuli: 84.5 meters [02 hrs on road & 01 hrs on river crossing] Today after breakfast we ride to the river Bank of Brahmaputra and cross the river, Bikes will be transferred using Motor Made County Boat, reach Majuli and ride to the hotel, check in and after refreshment we visit the Mishing and Daori village. Dinner and overnight stay at Majuli.
Altitude: Majuli: 91 meters
[02 ½ hrs on road & 02 hrs on river crossing] Today after breakfast we explore the island and later ride back to Kamalabari river bank cross the river and proceed to Jorhat, on river it will take 02 hrs and by road 01 hrs ride. Dinner and overnight stay at heritage tea bungalow.
Altitude: Majuli: 65 meters
[03 hrs on road] Today after breakfast we ride to Kaziranga national Park (90 kms), reach Kaziranga and check into hotel, later after refreshment and lunch we go for a jeep safari in the central range of the park. Dinner and overnight stay at Kaziranga.
[05 hrs on road] Today after breakfast ride to Guwahati airport (250 kms), onward destination.