This journey to India’s Northeast is one of the most colorful parts of an already colorful country. Your journey takes you to the home of the Metei, Nagas, Khasi and other tribal cultures, visiting their villages and learning about their culture. Starting in Calcutta, you head to Imphal, the capital of Manipur and known to westerners for its critical role in World War II. Here you meet some of the Metei and Naga people living in the area. From Imphal, you travel to Kohima, home to the Nagas and to Khonoma, an Angami Naga village. Crossing the Brahmaputra, there is time to explore charming Majuli Island and appreciate the different craftspeople there. Nearby is Kaziranga, home to the largest number of one-horned rhinos on the subcontinent. The journey ends with time in Shillong, capital of the state of Megalaya, where you experience the matrilineal Khasi culture.
In the spring, you enjoy the Sekrenyi Festival about 2 hours from Kohima; and, in the fall, the Raas Lila Festival on Majuli Island.
Note that this is a rather remote area of India and travelers need to be flexible in terms of hotels. If you want to upgrade the rooms where available, do let us know.
Based on 4-6 People
(excluding international air)
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ITINERARY at a Glance
Arrive Calcutta. Met and transferred to hotel.
Fly Imphal. Visit State Museum and PM service at Govindajee Temple.
Visit Khwairrambad Bazaar, Polo Grounds, War Cemetery. Lunch at traditional Thali Restaurant. Afternoon at Saingaiprou and visit Silk Store.
Drive Kohima (4-5 hours). Evening visit to markets.
Drive to Angami Village of Khonoma and explore village.
Drive Jorhat. Afternoon visit to market.
Ferry to Majuli Island. Visit potters, monastery and mask maker.
Continue exploring Majuli Island.
Ferry back to Jorhat and drive Kaziranga National Park.
Game drives in Kaziranga and visit village.
Drive Shillong and explore town and bazaar.
Explore Khasi villages and culture.
Continue exploring villages around Shillong.
Drive Guwahati Airport in time to board your flight onward and then home.