Best of Arunachal with Kaziranga and Shillong(10 Nights)

Guwahati, Shillong, Bhalukpong, Dirang, Tawang, Bomdila, Kaziranga, Guwahati

for Family Traveller, Honeymooner

Holiday Overview

Lake view from Ri Kyinjai
Entomological Museum - Butterfly Museum
State Museum Shillong
Wild Mahaseer Plantation Bungalow
View from Dirang (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 March 2012)
Tawang Monastery (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 March 2012)
Traditional Dance Form (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 March 2012)
Winter Views from Tawang (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 March 2012)
Winter Views from Tawang (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 March 2012)
Bomdila Monastery (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 March 2012)
Red Panda (Photo Courtesy: Brunswyk)
Eagle Nest Forest (photo courtesy: Kalyanvarma)
One horned Rhino
At Kaziranga National Park
One horned Rhino
Sunrise in Kaziranga
One horned Rhino Couple
Asiatic Wild Buffalo in Kaziranga
Giant Monitor Lizard in Kaziranga
Tea Plantations around Kaziranga
Kaziranga Central Range
Wild Elephant herd in Eastern Range of Kaziranga
Elephant Safari in Central Range in Kaziranga
Brown Headed Fishing Owl in Eastern Range of Kaziranga
Boating in Kaziranga
Inside Kaziranga
Brahmaputra River

Arunachal Pradesh is renowned for its remote Himalayan character and exceptional Himalayan beauty. This itinerary looks to combine best of Arunachal with two most visited destinations in North East i.e. Kaziranga (Wildlife) and Shillong (Nature Centric).


Shillong(2) - Bhalukpong(1) - Dirang(1) - Tawang(2) - Bomdila(1) - Kaziranga(2) - Guwahati(1)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrive at Guwahati and Proceed to Shillong
  • Day-2 Day Excursion to Cherrapunjee
  • Day-3 Shillong to Bhalukpong
  • Day-4 Bhalukpong to Dirang
  • Day-5 Dirang to Tawang
  • Day-6 Day at Tawang
  • Day-7 Tawang - Bomdila
  • Day-8 Bomdila - Kaziranga
  • Day-9 Morning Elephant Ride and Central Zone Safari
  • Day-10 Proceed to Guwhati
  • Day-11 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Bhalukpong - Tipi Orchid Research Centre (6.00 kms)

Bomdila - Bomdila Monastery (1.00 kms)

Guwahati - Kamakhya Temple (4.50 kms)

Kaziranga - Kaziranga National Park (0.50 kms)

Shillong - Lady Hydari Park (1.00 kms), Wards Lake and Botanical Garden (2.00 kms), Elephant Falls Shillong (12.00 kms), Umiam Lake (15.00 kms), Sacred Grove of Mawphlang (25.00 kms), Nohkalikai Falls (55.00 kms), Seven Sisters Falls (57.00 kms), Living Root Bridge (58.00 kms)

Tawang - Tawang Monastery (0.50 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Guwahati Departure - Guwahati
Best Season to Travel
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  • Guwahati to Shillong -101 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Shillong to Bhalukpong
  • Bhalukpong to Dirang -180 kms (7.5 hrs)
  • Dirang to Tawang -145 kms (6 hrs)
  • Tawang to Bomdila -171 kms (7 hrs)
  • Bomdila to Kaziranga -245 kms (5.5 hrs)
  • Kaziranga to Guwahati -226 kms (4 hrs)

Guwahati - Shillong(2) - Bhalukpong(1) - Dirang(1) - Tawang(2) - Bomdila(1) - Kaziranga(2) - Guwahati(1)

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrive at Guwahati and Proceed to Shillong Arrive at Guwahati and proceed to Shillong (130 kms - 3 hrs). Enroute visit Umiam Lake. If time permits visit Cathedral of Marry and Ward’s Lake. Evening take a walk at Police Bazaar for shopping

Day-2 Day Excursion to Cherrapunjee Drive to Cherrapunjee, the wettest place on the earth, for an awesome day trip. En route visit the famous Elephant Falls and Shillong Peak - to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Shillong city. At Sohra, stop at the Duwan Sing Syiem view point for mesmerizing views of the Hills. In Cherrapunjee be witness to the gorgeous Seven Sisters Falls and Nohkalikai Falls. Later take a soft cave walk inside the Mawsmai Cave. The limestone cave is a natural wonder with innumerable formations inside it. After lunch at Cherrapunjee, visit Thankarang Park. Drive back to Shillong.

Day-3 Shillong to Bhalukpong Transfer to Bhalukpong (350 kms - 7 hours), a town on the Assam – Arunachal Pradesh border & overnight stay

Day-4 Bhalukpong to Dirang Drive to Dirang (4910 ft - 185 kms - 7 hours). Enroute visit Tippi Orchid Centre. Arunachal, the ‘Orchid Paradise’ is famed to have the largest variety of orchids in India. The Orchidarium at Tipi shelters 500 or more varieties of orchids which are available in various parts of Arunachal Pradesh. It is a premier Institute of excellence in orchid research and development, under the State Forest Research Institute (Department of Environment and Forests , Arunachal Pradesh).

Day-5 Dirang to Tawang Drive to Tawang (10,000 ft - 155 kms / 6 hours). En route witness the unique Dirang Valley famous for its monasteries, hot Springs, Apple & kiwi Orchards, sheep breeding farms & charming valleys. Also witness the snowcapped Sella Pass at 13700 ft, the Jaswant Garh War Memorial and Jung Falls. Overnight in Tawang

Day-6 Day at Tawang The Tawang Monastery, also known as the “GALDEN NAMGYEL LHATSE” is one of the largest Lamaseries of Mahayana sect in Asia and is the largest of its kind in India. The Monastery is 400 year old and is adorned with the 18 feet high statue of Lord Buddha. It stands at 10,000 feet amidst the exotic Himalayan ranges and overlooks the Tawang-Chu valley. The Urgelling Monastery is located 5 km from Tawang city, and is the birth place of the 6th Dalai Lama, born in the 17th century. Later visit the War Memorial commemorating the bravery of the Indian heroes of the Indo-China war of 1962. Witness the light & sound show in the evening. Overnight in Tawang.

Day-7 Tawang - Bomdila  Morning drive back to Bomdila. At a height of 8OOO ft (180 kms - 6 hours)., Bomdila is a small town famous for its Buddhists monasteries, magnificent valleys and Himalayan landscapes.

Day-8 Bomdila - Kaziranga Drive to Kaziranga and reach by evening (270 kms - 7.5 hours)

Day-9 Morning Elephant Ride and Central Zone Safari Early morning elephant ride in central range. Follow it up with Central Zone Safari. With Kohora as the entry point, the Central Range covers the Daglang and Foliomari area. Later enjoy Local Village & Tea Garden (Outer View) tour.

Day-10 Proceed to Guwhati drive to Guwahati (200 kms - 5 hours). ‘The light of the East’ is the commercial capital of North East lying adjacent to the shores of the turbulent Brahmaputra. Afternoon visit Kamakhya Temple.

Day-11 Departure Depart to Guwahati for onward journey

Detailed Sightseeing

Bhalukpong :

  • Tipi Orchid Research Centre - Tipi is situated a few kilometers away from Bhalukpong. Tipi Orchid Research centre houses more than 500 species of orchids.

Bomdila :

  • Bomdila Monastery - Bomdila Monastery (1965) is a renowned monastery of the Bomdila area, visited by locals and guests travelling to Tawang.

Guwahati :

  • Kamakhya Temple - The Kamakhya Temple is a Shakti Peeth temple situated in western part of Guwahati. It is an important Hindu pilgrimage destination and also visited by Tantric worshipers.

Kaziranga :

  • Kaziranga National Park - Kaziranga is the biggest reserve in Assam and one of the best wildlife experiences in whole of India. Main Attraction of Kaziranga is one-horned rhinos. Kaziranga is also home to a large number of birds like crested serpant eagle, Fishing Eagles, Pelicans, Bengal Floricans, Jungle Fowl, Black naked stork etc.Kaziranga covers 430 sq kms and it consists of three ranges viz. Kohora Range, Bagori Range and Agaratoli Range. Kaziranga is one of the few parks where Elephant safaris are conducted.

Shillong :

  • Lady Hydari Park - Lady Hydari Park is a flower garden set in heart of Shillong and is kind of local picnic option for couples. Its also has a mini zoo attached to it.

  • Wards Lake and Botanical Garden - Wards Lake is a century old picturesque lake located in the heart of the city, popular for short garden walks and boating. Botanical Garden is located just below the Wards Lake which is home to indigenous and exotic plants and colourful species of birds.

  • Elephant Falls Shillong - Elephant Falls are located 12 kms on the outskirts Shillong where the mountain stream descends through two successive falls set in dells of fern covered rocks.

  • Umiam Lake - Umiam Lake is a reservoir located in the hills 15 km to the North of Shillong. The lake serves as a major tourist attraction for the state of Meghalaya. It is also a popular destination for water sport and adventure facilities such as kayaking, water cycling, scooting and boating.

  • Sacred Grove of Mawphlang - 25 kms from Shillong is a forest area which is considered Sacred by local Khasi community and visitors are allowed via an entry to visit. Its a large forest area (700 acres) where one needs walk around preferably with a guide. Excellent for botany lovers and guests who love nature walks.

  • Nohkalikai Falls - Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest plunge waterfall in India (340 meters). The waterfall is located near Cherrapunji and is a popular tourist attraction especially in monsoon and early winters.

  • Seven Sisters Falls - Nohsngithiang Falls (also known as the Seven Sisters Waterfalls) is a seven-segmented waterfall near Cherrapunjee (315 meters and 70 meters wide). It is one of the tallest waterfalls in India and therefore a popular tourist attraction all through the year.

  • Living Root Bridge - Living Root Bridges of Cherrapunji are made from the roots of the Ficus elastica tree. This tree produces a series of secondary roots from higher up its trunk and can comfortably perch atop huge boulders along the riverbanks, or even in the middle of the rivers themselves. So an area that is one of the wettest places on earth and perennial rivers, living room bridges are important river crossing points for locals. Living Root Bridges are not found anywhere in India and are accessible via a 2 km trek. There is even a double decker living root bridge (requires full day trekking) which is one of its kind in the world.

Tawang :

  • Tawang Monastery - Tawang Monastery (10000 ft asl - 17th Century) is one of the largest monasteries of Mahayana sect in Asia and the largest in India. It is said to be one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries in the world outside of Lhasa with about 450 monks studying there at any given time. There is also a Center for Buddhist Cultural Studies where young monks are taught arithmetic, English and Hindi as well as their traditional monastic education. The present Gyalsey Rinpochey lives and teaches at Tawang. Tawang is one of the remotest areas of India and a road Journey to Tawang is nothing short of an experience.

Destination Overview

Shillong - Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya, one of the states bordering Assam and home to a lot of British-era plantation bungalows and stunning scenic beauty.

Bhalukpong - Bhalukpong is a transit option for the guest to stay on Guwahati - Tawang route.

Dirang - Dirang is a getaway in West Kameng district with apple orchards and sheep breeding farms. Its a transit option for guests on the Bomdila - Tawang route.

Tawang - Tawang is home to the world famous “Tawang Ganden Namgyal Lhatse”, popularly known as Tawang monastery

Bomdila - Bomdila is lies enroute to Tawang and guests stay here for a night before moving onwards to Tawang.

Kaziranga - Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985, Kaziranga is internationally renowned for its one - horned rhinoceros population and one of the best national parks in India for sighting Wildlife and birds.

Guwahati - Guwahati on the Brahmaputra River is the largest city in the North-East Region of India. It is a gateway to neighboring state of Meghalaya / Arunachal Pradesh and from where Wildlife sanctuaries and tea plantations in Assam are accessible.

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  • Guwahati to Shillong -101 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Shillong to Bhalukpong
  • Bhalukpong to Dirang -180 kms (7.5 hrs)
  • Dirang to Tawang -145 kms (6 hrs)
  • Tawang to Bomdila -171 kms (7 hrs)
  • Bomdila to Kaziranga -245 kms (5.5 hrs)
  • Kaziranga to Guwahati -226 kms (4 hrs)

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Tawang Experience

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  • Guwahati to Shillong -101 kms (2.5 hrs)
  • Shillong to Bhalukpong
  • Bhalukpong to Dirang -180 kms (7.5 hrs)
  • Dirang to Tawang -145 kms (6 hrs)
  • Tawang to Bomdila -171 kms (7 hrs)
  • Bomdila to Kaziranga -245 kms (5.5 hrs)
  • Kaziranga to Guwahati -226 kms (4 hrs)

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