About The Listing
Type of Trip : Self Drive
Level : Medium
Location : North East
Duration : 9 Days 8 Nights
Trip Start : Guwahati
Trip End : Guwahati
Amazing Arunachal is a self-drive expedition to beat track; where the roads will challenge your driving skills, the landscapes will mesmerise you, and the people’s way of life and hospitality will make you wonder if you're in India. Along with that, dense virgin forests, spectacular snow capped mountains, gushing rivers cutting deep gorges; make up the views on the drive!
Day 01: Arrival in Guwahati
Guwahati is often called the Gateway to the North-East. You must land latest by 12 Noon, so that you can be transferred to your hotel by lunch. Post lunch you get a chance to refresh, after which we start the registeration process. We spend the evening briefing you about the expedition and conducting an ice-breaker session so that you get to know your fellow participants. For those who have rented vehicles, we also suggest a short drive to get used to the vehicle, before we start driving in a convoy the next morning.
Day 02: Guwahati – Nameri
Highlights: Brahmaputra River, Rafting in Jia Bhoroli River
Destination: Nameri (210 KM)
We will start at about 7 am and will drive on beautiful roads with paddy fields on both sides and mountains on the horizon. We will stop along the way for some tea and light snacks and then drive on the long Kolia Bhomora bridge to cross the Brahmaputra river. Across the river is the old city of Tezpur. We will drive past the city and drive out for another 30 – 40 kms on the highway and then take a very obscure dirt road that will take us to the Nameri Eco Camp. The camp is run by the Angling Association and has a very peaceful ambiance.
We aim to reach the camp by noon and if you are interested, you can go in for a gentle rafting tour down the Jia Bhoroli river.
We spend the evening at the nearby Mising village for dinner cooked in the traditional Mising style….and you can wash down your dinner with a glass of Apong or rice beer if u want!!!
Route: Guwahati - Nagaon - Koliabor - Tezpur - Balipara - Nameri
Day 03: Nameri - Dirang
Highlights: Jungle Walk, Nag Mandir
Destination: Dirang (165 KM)
Early in the morning you can go for a jungle walk. You will be accompanied by a armed forest guard and will be able to see elephants and deers and a variety of birds. The walk lasts for about 2 hours. After breakfast, we will make our way to Dirang.
We will be entering Arunachal Pradesh today. At Bhalukpong check gate, we will have to produce our Inner Line Permits needed to enter the state. The topography changes almost immediately after we cross the gate. Alpine forest on steep hills on side and deep gorge with roaring river on the other.
A few kilometers from the gate, is the Tipi Orchidarium which houses some rear species of orchids.
Lunch will be the side of a river below the Nag Mandir, an old temple that stands atop a hill. After lunch, you can pay a vist to the mandir and we will continue on our way to Dirang. Arrive at Dirang by late evening.
Route: Nameri - Bomdila - Dirang
Day 04: Dirang - Tawang
Highlights: Sela Pass, Sela Lake
Destination: Tawang (145 KM)
The distance of 145 kms looks rather short but in the mountains, it’s a long way. We will start early because we want to cross Sela Pass by noon at the latest. Sela Pass is at a height of 13,700 ft above the sea level and was the scene of some fierce fighting during the 1962 Indo-China war. The views from the top of the Pass is breathtaking. A little below the Pass, we will come across the Sela lake. This high altitude lake remains completely frozen during the winter months.
Along the way, we will also stop at Jaswant garh and you can have a better understanding of the 1962 war when you visit the War Memorial. This memorial honours Jaswant Singh, an Indian soldier who held the Pass against a swarming tide of Chinese soldiers.
We will reach Tawang late in the evening and will check in. The sun sets rather early here and after dark, there is precious little that one can do.
Enjoy your drink and we will be happy to listen to your travel stories.
Route: Dirang - Baishaki - Sela Pass - Jung Falls - Tawang
Day 05: Tawawng
Highlights: Tawang Monastery, Potala Palace, War Memorial
You have the morning to yourselves. Tawang is a small place and you can move around yourself. Go the 400 year old Tawang Monastery, the largest monastery after the Potala Palace at Lhasa. Also visit the nunnery and the War Memorial. The market is interesting as many shops sell the traditional Mompa artifacts…handloom and handicraft.
In the afternoon, we will drive up to P.T.Tso lake. It is a beautiful high altitude lake and along the way, you can peer inside some of the bunkers that were built by the Indian Army during the 1962 war.
Tea and snacks by the side of the lake.
Day 06: Tawang - Bomdila
Highlights: Sela Pass
Destination: Bomdila (180 KM)
A slightly longish ride. We will drive for about 180kms and after Sela Pass, much of it is downhill. The roads are narrow and since road widening is going on, we will drive on sections of bad and dusty roads.
At Bomdila, we will stay at the Monastry guest house. A simple Buddhist guest house with simple vegetarian food, giving you the perfect opportunity to experience the prayers and monastic life.
Day 07: Bomdila - Kaziranga
Destination: Kaziranga (250 KM)
Another longish day, so an early start is necessary. We will depart no later than 8 am. 110 kms , till Bhalukpong will be downhill and then we hit the plains ofr Assam. Lunch will be at Tezpur. If we make it in time, we can visit some of the ancient Shiv temples of Tezpur built in the 8th or 10th century AD. After lunch, we will continue driving on good highways and along the way, we may see rhinos, deer, buffalo and even elephants grazing on the grassland of Kaziranga.
Since we will be reaching Kaziranga late in the evening, we wont be able to go for the park safaris.We will stay at an eco camp at kaziranga. The cottages are made of bamboo and straw and the camp is in the midst of a small tea plantation.
Enjoy a bonfire and eat rice and meat cooked inside the hollow of a bamboo. There will be other ethnic Assamese cuisine.
Day 08: Kaziranga
Highlights: Elephant & Jeep Safari
You will have to wake up really early for the elephant safari. The elephant safari lasts for about 1 hour or so and you can see the rhinos and deer really upclose.
Right after the elephant safari ends, you can hop into a Gypsy for another round of safari and this will last for 2 hours and will cover a lot of areas.
There is another jeep safari that starts in the afternoon and the chances of animal sightings are much better in this. Most of the tiger sightings have happened in the evening. Back to the camp for the night, where we spend the evening around a bon-fire reminscing of the adventure over the past 8 days.
Day 09: Kaziranga - Guwahati
Highlights: Trip ends.
Destination: Guwahati (215 KM)
Leave for the Guwahati Airport early morning. It takes about 4-51/2 hours to reach the airport. So it is advisable to book an evening flight from Guwahati.
- Expedition leader, Terrain & Outdoor Specialist, Support Team
- Accommodation for all nights on twin sharing.
- Meals: Breakfast and Lunch or Dinner basis expedition plan.
- Activities: 01 Elephant & 01 Jeep Safari at Kaziranga. River Rafting at Nameri. Jungle Walk at Nameri.
- Professional safety communication equipment in each vehicle.
- Traveling First Aid team with necessary medical equipment – Oxygen Cylinders, OTC Drugs etc.
- TerraQuest completely expedition equipped crew vehicles to guide you through the journey.
- Goody Bag and convoy safety markers.
- Village walks, local sightseeing and exploration!
- Local guidance and support from experts.
- Necessary documentation and arrangement of inner line permits, wherever required.
- Tree plantation on your behalf to help negate the carbon footprint during this trip.
- Medical & travel insurances.
- Vehicle & Fuel expenses.
- National/State highway tolls and entry taxes if any.
- Any personal expenses – tips, alcohol, phone calls, beverages, in-room dining.
- Any expenses related to your vehicle if they arise.
- Optional activities specifically not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Any additional accommodation cost that may arise because of unforeseen circumstances – weather, civil unrest etc.
- Anything specifically not mentioned above in the inclusions.
Terms & Conditions
Rs.5,000/- to be paid at the time of booking.
Remaining amount to be paid, 30 days prior to trip start date.
No retention charges if cancelled more than 30 days prior to trip start date.
Cancellation 16 - 29 days prior to trip start date 75% return.
Cancellation less than or equal to 15 days prior to trip start date no return.
Tips, Hints, Precautions
What all do I need to carry?
Once you sign-up our team will send you a prep yourself guide as well as a vehicle checklist! The guide will inform you of each and everything that you need to carry - clothing, shoes, medication, tools & utilities etc! In terms of medicines, our first aid crew will be carrying all basic medication, however, for any specific ailments, you must contact your doctor and carry the required medication!
What if there is a vehicle breakdown or my vehicle gets stuck?
Our expedition vehicles are fully equipped with all recovery equipment - winches, tow ropes etc.! Our team is well versed with the mechanics of most cars, owing to their motorsport background.
Can children accompany us?
Absolutely. The trip is designed keeping in mind families! The entire point of going to remote regions with complete medical and mechanical back-up is so that you are at peace!
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