Trips from Guwahati

#1 Sep 19th, 2011, 18:23
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Hi all, I am going to be in Guwahati for work in mid-November and am hoping to take a few days' leave and organise a tour in the vicinity (I'm thinking either western Arunachal Pradesh or Meghalaya).

Any recommendations for where to go and for a reliable tour operator? I will probably have about 6 days maximum so can't join one of the longer treks, but would like to be able to have the chance to do a bit of walking and hopefully experience a different culture.

Am I best getting on an organised tour or would just hiring a car and driver for the duration be sufficient? I know I would need a permit for AP - is this easier through an agent?

Any advice much appreciated.

Chris
#2 Sep 21st, 2011, 13:04
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Hi,
Not sure about the agents. But why don't you visit Meghalaya which is quite nearby and without any permit requirements... you can visit Shillong and nearby areas within a couple of days or it may be possible for you to visit remote areas of South Garo hills like Balpakram... I'm sure you'll find more info if you search the IM threads...
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Try Jungle Travels for tours & travel. They should be able to point you to a car & driver also.

For Rhinos (+ maybe tigers) try Kaziranga (5 hours away from Guwahati)or if you have less time Pobitro (2 hours, i.e. day trip) which has Rhinos, but little else.

If you head to Shillong then continue on to Cherrapunjee - plenty of short treks including visits to the 'living bridges' - made from the roots of trees. Take some warm clothing though - gets a bit cooler in those hills.

Hope this is helpful,

Dan
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Thanks for the suggestions guys :-)
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OUR TOUR TO ASSAM

It was a good experience for me to go to Assam. It is a very beautiful place. There are many types of tribes in Assam. We went to Assam on 15/3/2012 and returned on 24/3/2012. During our tour we went to Guwahati, Hajo, Sualkuchi, Cherrapunjee, Shillong, Kaziranga and Pobitora.
On 15/3 at nearly 6:35 AM we boarded onto the Kanchanjungha Express and reached Guwahati on 16/3 at 4:35 AM. After reaching there first we went in our hotel. At nearly 8:00 AM we went out for Kamakhya Temple. There are three ways to enter the temple inside the complex
1. Stand in the general line
2. Pay Rs. 100 and enter the special line
3. Pay Rs. 500 for direct entry.
We chose the second way. Still we required 3 hours to reach the deity of goddess Kamakhya. I would really want to advise you not to stand in the general line because it could take nearly 11 hours as it is too long. It starts from a small hill top and has many twists and turns before reaching the deity. It is a very long one. Rather I would advise you to choose any one of the last two options. This was really a huge project and after that we saw the Umananda temple. This temple is on the Peacock Island which is on the Brahmaputra River. So you have to reach there by a boat. It is a Shiva temple and was built by King Gangadhar Singha. When we went there the temple was closed. In the evening we went to the Basistha Temple. There are some rapids near the temple. In the Evening we went to the Tirupati Balaji Temple. It is a replica of the original Tirupati Balaji Temple which is in Kerala.
Next day was fresh and optimistic again. We went out to see Hajo which is a place near Guwahati. It is 24 km from Guwahati. It was the ancient pilgrimage place for three religions: Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. The Hayagriva Madhava Temple which is situated on the Monikut hill consists of Hindu temples. Near this temple there is a small lake which consists of large fishes and large tortoises. Indeed they are really large. There was the Paumakka Mosque which represents the Muslims. Next we went to Sualkuchi which is a village. In this village every house has a loom and there are shops where the traditional dress Mekhla is sold. Next we visited the Regional Science Centre. It is really a good place. Some shows are also going on there.
On the next day we went to Cherrapunjee. There at first we saw the Umiam Lake also known as Barapani. It is a huge lake. Next we went to the Ramakrishna Mission of Cherrapunjee (RKMC). After that we visited the Nohkalikai Falls. This water fall is named so because a woman named Likai committed suicide by jumping from the hill from which the water fall starts. The full story is on a board near the water fall. Next we went to Park. I cannot remember the name but from there one can see vast lowland near some hills. If in any way those hills are crossed by one then that person can reach Bangladesh. Actually the vast lowland is only in Bangladesh. We also saw the Mawsmai caves which is in Cherrapunjee. This cave is made of limestone. The stalactites and stalagmites here are covered with bright crystals which glitter in the artificial light. It is a cave of great natural beauty. One must have a visit there. It is a very beautiful place. I would want to tell you one thing that before entering the cave you donít have any heavy food. Donít have your lunch just before entering the cave you will feel tired as you have to nearly go through the cave by bending down. Near the entrance there is a little narrow opening from where one has to go. Inside the cave one has to always go to the left side. The person in the ticket counter told us. We also saw the Seven Sisters Falls. It consists of seven falls in it. We could not go to the Living Root Bridges and the Double Decker Bridges as they were on the road to Douki which is in the outskirts of Cherrapunjee. At last we went to Shillong and stayed there. The next day we went to see Shillong. First we went to the Shillong Peak. It is the highest point in Shillong and so we can see the whole city of Shillong from there. If one has a good binocular then you can use it see the city. I had my pair of Binoculars with me. Next we went to the Elephant Falls. It is named so there because there was a rock near the falls which resembled an elephant but due to an earthquake it broke down. The Elephant Falls falls in three steps. We stood near the second falls of the Elephant Falls for sometime and saw a few birds. After that we went to a Church in Shillong. It consists of a very beautiful Cathedral. After that we went to the Wardís Lake which has been named after Sir William Ward. It is a very beautiful lake and there are many beautiful flower trees there. The lake also consists of large fishes. Some of them are also red in colour. After that we went to the Don Bosco museum. It consists of many interesting information on the various tribes of North East India. We spent the next day in travelling to Kaziranga. After reaching our hotel, we refreshed ourselves. Booking for the Elephant Safari is done from the hotel. If you really want to go for an Elephant Safari then it is better to book from the Hotel because the next day when we went to the ticket counter we did not get any ticket and came to know that Elephant Safari tickets had to be booked two days before the date of journey. So we went on a Jeep Safari. In the Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary first we saw a horde of deers which were very near to us. We also saw a Rhino but it was very far from us. We also saw a Hornbill which was on a huge leafless tree. With my pair of Binoculars I saw it very clearly. Next we saw a Tortoise. We did not see a Tiger but we saw its pug marks. After we were very fortunate to see a Rhino which was a little near to us. We also saw some more birds. After this we set out for Guwahati. I would like to tell you one thing that the water which we got in Kaziranga was filled with iron and we had to live on packaged drinking water bottles.
The next day from Guwahati we set out for Pobitora which is also a reserved forest area like Kaziranga but consists of a small area of forest cover in it. We could see many Rhinos there because as it is a small forest and has vast grassland in it as well as the grass was short in height. As Kaziranga covers a large area and so the animals are live freely in various places. In Pobitora we went out for an Elephant Safari. We had already booked the afternoon safari tickets the previous day. We saw many Rhinos there and they were very near to us. It was a fascinating experience. The Rhinos are harmless and patient creatures. They will run away if one goes very near to them. It is so saddening that they are being killed only for their horns. The next day we stayed in Guwahati and on 23/3 at 12:30 we boarded onto the Saraighat Express. On 24/3 in the morning we again returned to Kolkata and our journey ended.
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Hi pritamsil98!

Enjoyable trip report. It would have more attractive if you had added a few pics with your report. Further, I would request you that if possible please incorporate another paragraph containing the details of hotels, contact number, transportation, cost of hotel/cabs etc. This will be immensely helpful for the intending travelers in that region. Thanks.
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Here are some pictures of our tour.
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Originally Posted by pritamsil98 View Post It is a replica of the original Tirupati Balaji Temple which is in Kerala.
Actually, the Balaji [Sri Venkateswara] temple is located at Tirumala on the top of 7 hills. Tirupati is the town located at the base. Both Tirupati and Tirumala are located in Andhra Pradesh and not Kerala.
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please give us information about where you stay on what cost and about food.

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