IORA The Retreat, Kaziranga
Kaziranga National Park is a protected area in the northeast Indian state of Assam. Spread across the floodplains of the Brahmaputra River, its forests, wetlands and grasslands are home to tigers, elephants and the world’s largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses. Ganges River dolphins swim in the park’s waters. It’s visited by many rare migratory birds, and gray pelicans roost near Kaziranga village.
Shillong is a hill station in northeast India and capital of the state of Meghalaya. It’s known for the manicured gardens at Lady Hydari Park. Nearby, Ward’s Lake is surrounded by walking trails. North, the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures features displays on the region’s native people. Waterfalls include the Elephant Falls to the southwest. East of here, forested Shillong Peak offers city views.
Guwahati is a sprawling city beside the Brahmaputra River in the northeast Indian state of Assam. It’s known for holy sites like the hilltop Kamakhya Temple, featuring shrines to the Hindu deities Shiva and Vishnu. To the east, 18th-century Navagraha Temple is an astronomical center with planetary shrines. Umananda Temple, dedicated to Shiva and covered with engravings, stands on Peacock Island in the river.
As you arrive at Guwahati airport or railway station, our representative will be waiting for you. From there we will drive to Kaziranga, the Rhinos Country. The drive from Guwahati will take a minimum 05 hrs. Upon arrival at Kaziranga, we will check into the wildlife resort. After freshening up you can go on a guided tour through the forest near your accommodation along the river bank. You can also visit the tea garden and rubber plantation. Later return to the resort for overnight stay.
Get up early for elephant safari into the forest. Our representative will take you to the elephant riding point by jeeps. Here we will be carried through the tall grass. Meanwhile the morning mists will slowly lift leading to an experience that one cannot forget easily. The elephant safari is the best mean for wildlife viewing as the wild animals are not afraid of the elephants and it is possible to observe them from very closely. Return to the resort for breakfast. After breakfast, we will go for jeep safari in the national park for wildlife viewing in the central zone. Later return to the resort for unwinding yourself and having lunch. After lunch we will go on our second jeep safari of the day, this time we will visit the Western zone of the national park. One can also spend some time at the Donga view point, situated in western zone. Return to the resort for overnight stay.
Enjoy jeep safari to the national park in the morning and later after breakfast drive to Shillong via Guwahati. En-route we will have a short halt at Barapani Umiam Lake, a majestic placid lake with its surrounding sylvan hills. Upon arrival, check into the hotel for overnight stay.
After an early breakfast leave for Cherrapunjee, barely 65 kms from Shillong. It is the wettest destination in the world and on your drive to Cherrapunjee, you will come across roaring waterfalls diving into unfathomable gorges. Upon arrival, check into a hotel. Fresh n-up and then visit the famous Nohsngithiang Falls, Nohkalikai fall, Mawsmai Cave. Return to hotel by evening for overnight stay. Cherrapunjee, officially known as Sohra, is 56 kms from Shillong, and a must see destination for all tourists. It was the headquarters of the Khasi & Jaintia province during the British rule before shifting to Shillong in 1864. This was due to the inconvenience caused by excessive rain during the monsoon months.
Early morning we will visit the cleanest village in India that is nearly 28 kms from Cherrapunjee. Just close to the scenic village, there are interesting sights like the living roots bridge and a beautiful sight boulder balancing on another rock. In the afternoon we will return back to Shillong and en-route we will visit the Elephanta falls and Shillong Peak for enjoying some breath taking views. Upon arrival at Shillong, we will transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
In the morning after breakfast, we will go on local tour of Shillong. We will visit the Ward Lake and Hydari Park. Later, drive to Guwahati. Upon arrival, check into a hotel. In the evening enjoy sunset boat cruise on Brahmaputra. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast transfer to the airport to board the flight for onward destinations.