Explore India with Myanmar

Duration
18 Days/ 17 Nights
Destinations Covered
Guwahati (1N) - Kaziranga (2N) - Jorhat (1N)– Kohima (2N) –Imphal (2N) – Moreh (1N)-Monywa (1N) – Mandalay (2N) – Bagan (2N) – Inle (2N) – Yangon(1N)
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Itinerary

This fascination journey to the North East Indian state of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur extends to Myanmar through a new road connection to the central province of Myanmar and offers an unforgettable experience as you pass through the unexplored rural areas of this magical country to Mandalay, Bagan and finally to Yangon – the capital. Witness the multi ethnic culture, different religious practices, and food habits. Each of the places you visit presents a distinctive identity. Myanmar, sitting at the crossroads of Asia’s great civilizations of India and China, remains one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world. A land of breathtaking beauty and charm yet only recently emerging into the modern world.

Day 01 Delhi to Guwahati

Arrive at Guwahati LGBI Airport. Our representative will receive you on arrival and proceed to your hotel.Guwahati - situated on the Brahmaputra valley with state administrative and commercial hub Guwahati, is a city of temples and a gateway to the natural and unique cultural land of northeastern India.

Evening enjoy sunset River cruise on great River Brahmaputra.

Brahmaputra River originates in the Chemayungdung mountain ranges which nearly sixty miles south-east of Mansarovar lake in the MountKailash range in Southern Tibet travels 2880 km from its origin through the Tibet and India and finally merges with the sea in Bangladesh. The river enters Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh near Gelling where it is known as the Siang or Dihang. The SiangRiver meets two other major tributaries of Brahmaputra, Dibang and Lohit in the west of Sadiya, at a place named Kobo. From this confluence point, the river is known as the Brahmaputra till it enters Bangladesh.

Dinner and overnight at hotel at Guwahati.

Day 02 Guwahati – national park of Kaziranga (4 hours on car)

Morning free for personal activities. After lunch drive to Kaziranga National park.

Kaziranga- The destination that drags the name Assam in the world Tourist map is Kaziranga national Park. A UNESCO World Heritage site and a Tiger Reserve the park is World famous of the one Horned

Rhinoceros. Kaziranga also boast the highest density of tiger and was declared as a tiger reserve in the

Year of 2006. The Park has more than 450 species of birds, 18 of them are globally threatened species. The Bengal Florican is the main attraction. Because of the varied habitat types that the Park comprises of, birding in Kaziranga is very special. Apart from the tigers and Rhino and different birds the park is also home to other animals like Buffalo, Asiatic Elephant, Sambar, hog deer, swamp deer and wild boar. The varied terrain provides habitat for wetland, grassland, and woodland species.

Dinner and overnight at Kaziranga.

Day 03 National Park of Kaziranga 

Early morning Elephant ride (5.30-6.30 a.m. / 6.30-7.30 a.m.) in the Central range. Back to resort for breakfast followed by an exclusive jeep safari (7.30 a.m. onwards) in the central range.After lunch enjoy another jeep safari in the Western range (2.30 p.m. onwards) of the park -

This ranges are good for birds such as Falcate Teal, White-eyed Pochard, Grey headed Fishing Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Pallass fish eagle, Greater/ Lesser adjutant stork, black necked stork, Woolly necked stork , Bar headed Geese , Whistling teals , Swamp francolin  and Spot-billed pelican , Chestnut headed/ blue beardedbee eater , Cooper smith Barbets, Lineated barbet,  Darter , Hornbill , Stork bill Kingfisher , Parakeets ,Indian roller , Brown fish Owlet , Asian barred owlet , Green billed Malkoha , common stonecahat , Golden fonted& green leafbird, crimson sunbird , slender billed vulture etc. Bengal Florican can also be seen in the central range.

Apart from the birds one can also spot big game like One Horned Rhinoceros and Water Buffaloes.

Dinner and overnight at hotel inKaziranga.

Day 04 Kaziranga – Majuli – Jorhat (2 h 30 on car + 1 h 30 on ferry)

Proceed for day excursion toMajuli – a river island amid the River Brahmaputra. Drive to NimatiGhat to catch the   public ferry to cross the river. Explore Majuli, its Satras, Mishing Tribal villages and its unique lifestyle of Assamese villages. Majuli -The founder of ‘EkaNaam Dharma’ SrimantaShankardeva took shelter in Majuli in Fifteenth Century and ever since that Majuli has emerged as the crowning glory of Vaishnavaite culture in Assam. The dance forms which are a treasure house of the various ‘Satras’ in this place are the unique contributions of the great saint. Satra: The Satras are vaishnavaite monastery established in the 16th century by the saint and cultural reformer SrimantaSankaradeva. Apart from offering the religious prayers the Satras are also a center for performing and practicing different form art and performances like Satrya dance, mask making, Bhaona (drama related to Hindu mythology) and religious songs.AtMajuli visit the ‘GarmurSatra’, ‘Uttar KamalabariSatra – famous for the Satriya dance   ‘and ShamaguriSatra: A store house of famous mask craft. These satras are the epitome of the Assamese culture.  Late afternoon return FERRY back to Jorhat.

Jorhat is one of the major town of Assam and gateway to the Upper Assam and the state Nagaland. It is also one of the largest tea producing centres of Assam with beautiful tea garden all around and tea bungalows. You can walk around the tea garden to see the plucking tea leaves by the tea tribe whom are brought by british from different parts of India such as Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, AndhraPradesh and West Bengal have engaged themselves in tea garden and subsequently settled in Assam permanently.

Evening walk and birding around the tea garden. Dinner and overnight at Tea Bunglow at Jorhat.

Day 05 Jorhat – Kohima (6 hours on car)

After breakfast drive to Kohima, Nagaland, inhabited by 16 major tribes along with other sub tribes, is a land of songs and music where we can hear folk songs praising the brave deeds of ancient warriors and heroes and tragic love songs. Kohima the state capital originally was settled by the AngamiNagas. But unfortunately the new generation in very much influenced by Christianity and Western culture both in their dresses and lifestyle. On the way you will cross GramapnaiWildlife Sanctuary& Short halt for hot water Spring. On arrival at Kohima transfer to your hotel.

Evening walk around the Kohima market. Dinner and Overnight at Kohima.

Day 06 Kohima

After breakfast drive to Khonoma village (20Km) is inhabited by people from the Angamitribe , in the year 1879 the tribals surrendered to the British army after years of battle and made peace. At the far end of the village is a memorial which was the place where many Nagas were brutally killed. Some were even made to dig their own grave and shot at point blank range.Khonoma is also known for its fighting prowess and as a living evident. In the history, it is written that Khonoma village protected numerous villages in its previous good time, it is village of Angami tribes having the customs of courage &valour, we shall come across ceremonial, morung, meet local craftsmen, etc.

 

Afternoon back to Kohima. Post Lunch visits World War II Cemetery – located at the centre of Kohima town lies on the battle ground of Garrison Hill is a memorial of the British and allied forces who died during the Second world against Japanese troops. The Japanese troop arrived Kohima on April 1944 and attempted to capture Kohima ridge. But the allied force halted Japanese advance into India at Kohima and Garrison Hill. The cemetery is maintained by commonwealth war graves commission. One can also see the famous Kohima Epitaph “When You Go Home, Tell Them of Us and Say, For Your Tomorrow, We GaveOur Today".

 

If time permits also visit and Kisama village - it is a Naga Heritage Village and the venue for Hornbill Festival, which comprises of a number of beautifully-built traditional houses and morungs (Naga boys’ dormitories). Dinner and Overnight at Kohima.

Day 07 Kohima – Imphal (6 hours on car)

After breakfast drive to Imphal. On arrival at Imphal transfer to your hotel..

Afternoon explore the Ema market – a large market place where you will see only women selling local products. Afternoon explore the Ema market – a large market place where you will see only women selling local products. If time permits also visit the Kangla fort /palace – which was the ancient capital o Manipur.

Manipur: "A jeweled land" the literally meaning of Manipur, nestles deep within a lush green corner of North East India. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru paid a fitting tribute by describing it as "Jewel of India".Surrounded by blue hills with an oval shaped valley at the centre, rich in art and tradition and surcharged with nature’s pristine glory. Manipur lies on a melting pot of culture. This is the place where the famous sport Polo got its birth and RajashreeBhagyachandra created the famous Ras Lila, the classical dance of Manipur, out of his enchanting dream by the grace of Lord Krishna. State capital Imphal is a tiny valley tucked away in the northeastern state of Manipur. 

Dinner and overnight at Hotel at Imphal.

Day 08 Tue surroundings of Imphal

Morning visit the serene and well-maintained gardens of the II world War Cemetery commemorating the memories of the British and Indian soldiers who died during the 2nd World War – stone markers and bronze plaques record the sacrifice of those gallant soldiers. Visit the state museum and the Red Hill, 16 kms from Imphal – a place of deep emotion where a fierce battle took place between the British and the Japanese forces during the war. It also has a war memorial – a monument in memory of Japanese martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the battle.  INA Museum – containing letters, photograph, badges of ranks and other memorabilia that reminds the noble sacrifices made by the Indian National Army under the charismatic leadership of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and the War memorial. Also proceed to Moirang. Visit Loktak Lake – the largest freshwater lake of Northeast India. Evening drive back to your hotel.

Dinner and Overnight at hotel.

Day 09 Imphal – Moreh

After leisurely breakfast drive to Moreh town situated in the chandel district is the border town of India and Myanmar. On arrival check in at your hotel. Evening free to explore around the locale market.

Dinner and overnight at hotel at Moreh

Day 10 Moreh – Monywa

After breakfast drive to immigration office, our guide will help for entry and exit formalities on both side of the Indo – Myanmar border. LaterMeet and greet by Mynamar guide at the border point. Then, drive to Monywa. It is about 8 – 9 hrs drive from Tamu. Arrive Monywa in the evening and transfer to the hotel for check-in and Overnight.

Day 11 Monywa – Mandalay (3 hours on car)

After an early breakfast, morning visit Mt. Po Win and Mt. Shwe Ba where the rock mountain was carved into niches, Buddha statues and staircass. 

Then, check out from your hotel and proceed to Mandalay. On the way, visit Bodi-Ta-Htaung( a thousand Bo Trees ) Pagoda and the largest reclinining Buddha Image in Myanmar which measures 333 ft long and 90ft high and MohnyinThan Buddhe Pagoda where more than 500,000 Buddha images are seated. Dinner and Overnight at Mandalay.

Day 12 Mandalay – Amarapura

After Breakfast visit to famous Mahamuni Pagoda (PayaGyi) and visit the handicraft workshops such as bronze sculpture, gold leaf beating and marble stone carving. Then, visit to the Shwenandaw Monastery, noted for its exquisite wood carvings; Kuthodaw Pagoda, often called the world’s largest book. Finish your tour by visiting Mandalay Hill, the natural watch-tower for the visitors to watch sunrise or sunset over the city plains.

In the evening, drive to Amarapura; means City of Immortality founded in 1783 AD.

Visit Mahagandaryone monastery the largest teaching monastery in Myanmar. Then enjoy the great serenity of 1.2km long U Bein wooden Bridge ,built since 1782 with over1700 huge teak pillars, is one of the worth visiting sites and Taung- ta-man lake that will give you an enchanting experience. Enjoy beautiful sunset at U Bein Wooden Bride and return to the hotel. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel in Mandalay.

Day 13 Mandalay – Bagan

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Bagan. On arrival at NyaungOo airport, welcome and meet with station guide. Before check-in at the hotel, direct visit to NyaungOocolourful Market, Shwezigon Pagoda; a prototype of later Myanmar stupa. Then, to Wetkyi-in Gubyaukkyi Temple with fine mural pain-tings of Jataka scenes. After that transfer to hotel for check-in.

Afternoon sightseeing tour continues to a lacquer ware industry and study the way of making lacquerware. In Myanmar, the origins of the lacquer seems to come from Bagan about 12th - 13th century. And then, visit to Manuha Temple with gigantic Buddha images, a captive king's impression of life in prison, Nanpaya; an Early-style temple with the finest stone carvings, Ananda Temple; an architectural masterpiece resembling a Greek Cross and Shwesandaw Pagoda for the beautiful sunset..Dinner and Overnight at the hotel in Bagan,

Day 14 Bagan

After breakfast, morning sightseeing tour begins with ShweGukyi temple for panoramic morning beauty of old Bagan area. Here you will have the chance to study the ruin palace site of Bagan. Visit to the highest temple of Bagan “Thatbyinnyu”, Dhammayangyi, a massive temple with the finest brickwork, Sulamuni temple where you can see fine frescos from 18th century KoneBaung era and it also has a beautiful background history so make sure you get that.

Afternoon visiting begins with Minnan- Thu village to see the typical Myanmar style of village life. Then proceed to Lay Myathna and PhayaThonezu Temple and have a stroll among the ruin temple. Overview of Bagan temple from nearby temple called Tayoke Pyay.

Dinner and Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.

(In Bagan there are more than 2000 temples & stupas. Indeed it is difficult to cover all temples within limited time. Therefore we have carefully selected only some major temples for you in order to avoid hectic tourism)

Day 15 Bagan – Heho

After breakfast, morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Heho. On arrival Heho, proceed to NyaungShwe where Inle Lake is situated. And then, transfer to hotel by boat for check-in.

After hotel check-in, start Inle Lake sightseeing by boat like unique leg-rowers and scenic beauty, fishing canoes using special methods for fishing and  collecting seaweed, lakebed mud etc to make floating gardens. Then you will visit well known Nga PeChaungmonastery and Silver smith factory.

Then visit to Cheroot making factory, Boat making carpentry workshop, Silk weaving factory. In the late afternoon, visit the most famous PaungdawOo Pagoda. On the way back to NyaungShwe you will pass through some villages to enjoy life on the lake. Overnight at the hotel in Inle.

Day 16 Visit Indein

After breakfast at hotel, visit of Indein village; the hidden treasure of Inle Lake.  It is ShweIndaing pagoda complex that is newly open to International travelers where one will be totally amaze of ruined stup as from 13” century.  On the way, you will enjoy the nature beauty on the way like vegetable gardens, child and young monks (novices) enjoying their morning bath in the clear stream, water buffaloes and people among the paddy fields etc.

After a nice stroll among the pagoda complex, walk back along the bamboo forest to the jetty to take back the boat to Inle Lake.  Then visit the Silver Smith to experience the local methods of making silver wares. Return back to your hotel in the evening and Overnight at the hotel in Inle.

Day 17 Heho – Yangon

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, our stationed guide will welcome you and start Yangon Sightseeing like Sule Pagoda, City Hall, High Court and many colonial buildings and MahaBandoola Park with Independence Monument, located at the heart of the city, and visit Bogyoke market- a shopping market with more than 2000 shops selling all kinds of products but of special mention is the beautiful exotic “Shan Bag” velvet slippers, lacquer ware, Gems shops and all sorts of handicraft. . In the evening, visit the 2,500 years old magnificent Shwedagon Pagoda sheathed in 11 tons of pure gold and 4,350 diamonds weighing 1800 carats!  At sunset, the Shwedagon offers visitor a spectacular show of lights and shadows. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

Day 18  Departure

After Breakfast, visit the rest of Yangon sightseeing like Botataung Pagoda, a famous landmark on Yangon’s waterfront where one can see Buddha's hair relic and Nanthida Jetty to see people who taking boats and ships through Yangon River. Then tour continue to Chaukhtatgyi reclining Buddha image and Kabar Aye Pagoda, which is significant for its Sixth Synod which was held in its large compound in 1954, Mahapasana Cave, located in the same compound.

Finally, transfer to the airport for your onward destination. Tour concludes on arrival at the Airport

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