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 Meitei, 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 Meitei 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 Meghalaya, 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.
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Land Cost: Starting At $7595 per person*
*Based on 4-6 People (excluding international air)
Experience & Explore
- Day 1
Arrive Calcutta. Met and transferred to hotel.
- Day 2
- Day 3
Fly Imphal. Visit State Museum and evening PM service at Govindajee Temple.
- Day 4
Visit Khwairrambad Bazaar, Polo Grounds, War Cemetery. Lunch at traditional Thali Restaurant. Afternoon at Sangaiprou and visit Silk Store.
- Day 5
Drive Kohima (4-5 hours). Evening visit to markets.
- Day 6
- Day 7
Drive to Angami Village of Khonoma.
February: Attend Festival – Note that itinerary may change depending on where the festival is held.
Other Dates: Explore village
- Day 8
February: Continue attending festival and exploring the village
Other Dates: Continue exploring surrounding area and villag
- Day 9
Drive Jorhat and afternoon visit to market
- Day 10
Ferry to Majuli Island. Visit potters, monastery and mask maker.
November: Attend festival
- Day 11
Continue exploring Majuli Island.
November: Attend festival
- Day 12
Ferry back to Jorhat and drive Kaziranga National Park.
- Day 13
Game drives in Kaziranga and visit village.
- Day 14
Drive Shillong. Explore town and bazaar.
- Day 15
Explore Khasi villages and culture.
- Day 16
Continue exploring villages around Shillong.
- Day 17
Drive Guwahati Airport in time to board your flight onward and then home.