Guwahati and Shillong

Welcome to Assam and Meghalaya – One is the Tea capital and another is where you are amidst of clouds and thus rightly called Meghalaya. In this tour of the north eastern Indian states, we would be covering Guwahati in Assam and Shillong in Meghalaya which would certainly make you feel asking for more…

Overview

About Guwahati and Shillong

This place is rightly called as “Gateway to the North East India” and the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the region, Guwahati serves as the starting point for most northeastern states of Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, Arunachal Nagaland and Manipur apart from interior Assam. A prosaic heap of glass and concrete for the most part, Guwahati resembles any other Indian metropolitan city at first glance. But walk its back alleys and old quarters, and you will still be able to salvage a generous amount of local flavor that lingers amid its suburban sprawl of ponds, palm trees, temples and the massive Brahmaputra flowing and fascinating to look in the night.

Itinerary

DESTINATION COVERED: Guwahati, Shillong & Cherrapunjee
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Throughout the year.
DURATION: 04 Nights/ 05 Days

DAY 01: Guwahati (ASSAM)
Arrive Guwahati airport and transfer to hotel. Enroute to hotel visit Kamakhya temple – it is situated at the top of the Nilachal Hill at about 800 feet above the sea level. The entire temple complex not only comprises of many other temples but also a whole set of people connected with them. Apart from the main devi temple, it also comprises of some other major temples of devi Kali, Tara, Bagala, Chinnamasta, Bhuvanesvari, Bhairavi and Dhumavati. (Timing 08:00 A.M till 01:00 P.M & 3:00 P.M till its gets dark)

Also visit Sankardev Kalakhetra – located in a beautifully landscaped setting and inaugurated in 1998, is a multi-Arts complex showcasing the rich culture of the state. Named after the most honoured Vaishnava saint and the greatest integrator of Assamese society Srimanta Sankardeva, the Kalakshetra houses a Central Museum where objects and day-to-day articles used by different ethnic groups are exhibited. It preserves the cultural identity of various communities and tribes of Assam by promoting dance, drama, music and art.There is also an Artists’ Village that creates the atmosphere of a typical Assamese community, the Lalit-Kala Bhavan art gallery where exhibitions, art and sculpture workshops are also held, a Heritage Park, an open-air theatre with the capacity to hold 2,000 people, a traditional Vaishnavite temple and the Sahitya Bhavan library of rare books and manuscripts. Overnight at Guwahati.

Note: Sightseeing possible if arrival in morning time.

DAY 02: Guwahati – Shillong (ASSAM – MEGHALAYA)
After breakfast check out and drive to Shillong (140 kms / 4 hrs drive approx). Check-in Hotel and after refreshment time permits we visit Cathedral of Marry and Ward’s Lake, evening roam the Shillong famous Police Bazar on foot. Overnight in Shillong.

DAY 03: Shillong – Cherrapunjee (MEGHALAYA)
After breakfast we trek to Single Decker Living Root Bridge – 3-4 hours from the Resort. Distance 4 km down and up 1000 feet approx. This trek starts from the Resort premises and goes down hill through village Sohsarat. The steps are relatively steeper in two short stretches. Half the distance is covered by steps going down hill. Then there is a jungle path going along the sides of the hill leading to the Living Root Bridge with a few steps after short stretches of sloping foot path. Moss thrives on these sandstone steps during the monsoon and makes them slippery. Back trek to resort and evening at leisure with local music placed by the local boys. Overnight at Cherrapunjee.

DAY 04: Cherrapunjee – Mwallynong – Shillong (MEGHAYALA)
After breakfast excursion to Mawllynong (100 kms / 3 hrs drive approx). Enroute near Shillong visit Elephant Falls, Shillong peak and then proceed to Mwallynong. Drive back to Shillong for overnight stay.

Note: It is advisable to carry packed lunch to Mwallynong.

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. Paved walkways and beautiful flowerbed all along mark the village, with waterfalls, *a living root bridge, hilly rivulets, acacia plantation and an excellent view of the faraway plains of Bangladesh all contribute to the ambience of this village. Farming of betel nut & leaves, broomsticks and pepper along with bee rearing are the primary economic activity of this Village and with the village headman himself taking the responsibility of making visitors comfortable, a day in this village gives an insight into the life of the Khasis, the influence of the Church and its metamorphosis.

DAY 05: Shillong – Guwahati airport drop (MEGHALAYA – ASSAM)
After breakfast drive to Guwahati airport (140 kms/ 4 hrs drive approx).

Pricing

Call us for individual and group pricing and discounts.

HOTELS
Places BUDGET Standard Deluxe Luxury
Shillong NEHU Guest House Asian Confluence/Silk Route Center Point Ri Kynjai
Cherrapunjee Holiday Resort/ Saimika Holiday Resort/ Saimika Polo Orchid Polo Orchid
Guwahati Uttam Guest House/Ricon Priya Palace/ Rialto Brahmaputra Ashok, Pragati Manor/ Kiranshree Portico

 

COST EXCLUDES

  • Sightseeing entry fees, guide charge, any up-gradation charges
  • Cost for Evening snacks & Tea
  • Cost for service not mentioned under the “cost includes” heads
  • Cost for airfare, train fare or any other internal fare.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, soft drinks, mineral water, porter, tip etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to change in oil price, mishaps, landslide, strike, political unrest etc. In such case, extra will be charged as per actual which will be collected directly from the guest.

 

What if the locations on itinerary changes while on tour? Will there be refund for not showing them?
Due to changes in weather conditions, strike or communal disturbances the itineraries need to be changed instantly. Our representative would take care of ensuring that they provide different options at that time. However, we would not be able to refund the amount where the locations were not covered due to aforesaid reasons as these are beyond our control.

T&C

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

We strives for cost effectiveness by having a maximum 6 guests and hence initial amount collected is based upon that. It might so happen that the number of people might become smaller than expected. Himalayan Fantasy representative will get in touch with guests within 15 days of the departure date on the final group size.Thus, the differential amount need be paid by guests due to this change.

Booking must be confirmed 20 days prior to date of departure by paying the full amount – It takes lot of effort, time and money in planning the tours in remote locations due to terrain and logistics involved. You would appreciate that it causes lot of inconvenience to people staying there due to cancellation as they would have reserved the hotel/lodges for us.

All expenses accruing from change in schedule due to weather conditions or health issues are to be borne by the guests. We shall take adequate precaution and always check the weather condition in advance, but acts of nature is beyond our control.

Cancellation policy – While we strive to plan everything for you well in advance, enabling your trip to be hassle-free and fun filled. Implication is that fees, permits, accommodation expenses need to be paid in advance at those locations and in most cases they would not refund to us. Any cancellation would be inconvenient and loss to all those who were involved in making your journey memorable. Considering the cascading effect you would appreciate that it is fair that the cost has to be borne by you. As a goodwill, our policy on cancellation would be as under:

  •     Cancellation prior to 20 days from date of departure : Full Refund
  •     Cancellation between 19 days to 15 days prior to date of  departure: 50% Refund
  •     Cancellation between 14 days prior to date of departure and departure date: No Refund
  •     No Show : No Refund

FAQ

What kind of clothing is required?
In all the locations normally, the average temperature would be 10-25 C during morning and 0 to 10 C in night. It is preferrable to bring warm clothing like shawls, sweaters, pullover etc., Also since the weather is very cold, it would be hard to wash the clothes and dry them. Spare inner wears would be recommended.

What kind of hotels are we going to be put up? Would they be neat for the price being charged?
The hotels would be standard category. Standard here refers to a well furnished, clean and hygenic and food is of good quality. We don’t compromise on boarding and lodging and ensure that the hotels meet the set criteria.

Can we use mobile phones at these locations?
Since we would be at an altitude greater than 10,000 feet, in most of the places, the mobile network might not be available. Our guide would be providing information as we travel.

Can we charge mobile phones?
While staying in hotels at all locations, we could charge the mobile phones.

How would be the quality of the roads at these locations?
Many a times, due to landslides which is a common feature in these locations, the roads might not be in good conditions. The local administration does everything to restore, but then might not be adequate. Thus you might experience bumpy rides at certain places. The guide would keep you informed about road condition.

What if the road is cut off or blocked? What should we do?
There is nothing to panic. We shall provide you with information on how the condition of road is on the day of travel to these high altitude places. If the road is blocked, we shall work out a different itinerary to ensure that you enjoy the holidays stress free and without hassles.

Can we get children on board?
Children above 6-8 years are certainly welcome and they would certainly enjoy the nature.

What kind of food is available in these high altitude places for eating?
Most of these places, the religion is Buddhist and follow Tibetan culture. There is high possibility of getting Indian food and also a good idea to have Tibetan food like momo and noodles.

 

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