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 Historically, Assam has always been the heart of North East India. Its rich cultural heritage dates back to the 4
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 century, with the dawn of the Kaprupa kingdom reaching its epitome in the 16 century under the Ahom kingdom.
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 Around the 15 century, the Neo Vaishnavite culture initiated by saint Sankaradeva ushered a new era of cultural
 reforms.
 This revolutionary change formed the basis of modern day Assamese culture as it was not only a religious faith but
 also a way of life.

 Much of its history and culture has been shaped by the mighty Brahmaputra, the soul of Assam. The Brahmaputra
 Valley in Assam is approximately 80 to 100 km wide and almost 1000 km long and the width of the river itself is 16
 km at many places within the valley.

 The natural inheritance of Assam is no less with two world heritage sites; Manas and Kaziranga. It is one of the
 richest biodiversity zones in the world consisting of tropical rainforests, deciduous forests, riverine grasslands, and
 numerous wetland ecosystems. The state is the last refuge for many endangered species like Indan Rhinoceros,
 Golden Langur, White-Winged Wood Duck, Bengal Florican, Black-breasted Parrotbill, Pygmy Hog, and Greater
 Adjutant Stork.

 Get ready to experience the vivid flavours of Assam through the eyes of the locals. On this trip we venture out to
 explore this cultural and natural beauty of Assam. From the vivid monastic dances of Majuli to the small village
 hamlets, to the grasslands of Kaziranga, this trip offers a perfect blend of Assam.


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 Kaziranga National Park
                                                                surrender. Today these youth protect 250 sq. kms of
                                                                the park by patrolling it throughout the year. To
 We begin our trip by visiting the fabled land of the One
                                                                support their conservation activities they have started
 Horned Rhinocerous. Circumscribed by the mighty
                                                                a jungle camp where we will be staying , getting an
 Brahmaputra towards the North and East, and by the
                                                                opportunity to interact with them.
 Mora Diphlu in the South, Kaziranga National Park is
 home to the largest population of the Great One
 Horned Rhinoceros in the                                       Majuli Island
 world.       S e ve ra l o t h e r
 herbivores like the Wild                                       Majuli, one of the largest river island in the world is a
 Asiatic Water Buffalo, Eastern                                 storehouse of art and culture.The name is a
 Swamp Deer, Hog Deer and                                       conjunction of Ma which denotes Laxmi (the godess of
 Wild Boars are found in                                        prosperity) and Juli meaning granary. The island has
 plentiful. The park has plenty                                 been the hub of Neo-
 to offer for the avid                                          Vaishnavite culture since
 birdwatcher too, with many                                     the 15th century, having
 rare species like Pallas's Fish Eagle, Spotbilled Pelican,     been initiated by the
 Lesser Adjutant, Swamp Francolin, Blue-bearded Bee-            revered Assamese saint
 Eater, and Finn's Weaver.                                      Sankardeva. This new
                                                                creed of faith started by
 Manas National Park                                            Srimanta Sankardeva
                                                                preached devotion to a
                                                                single God, Lord Krishna
                                  The Manas National
                                                                or Vishnu, (Eka Sarana). The hallmark of the Neo-
                                  Park lies on a gentle
                                                                Vaishnavite movement is reflected in two distinctively
                                  alluvial slope in the
                                                                unique institutions, viz., the Satra and the Nâmghar,
                                  foothills of the
                                                                both of which are intimately
                                  H i m a l aya s , w h e r e
                                                                associated with the social, cultural
                                  wooded hills give way
                                                                as well as religious life of the
                                  to grasslands and
                                                                Assamese society.
                                  tropical forest making
                                  it home to a rich
                                                                To create an atmosphere where
 biodiversity. The river Manas from which the park takes
                                                                single-minded devotion to God
 its name divides the park into the Eastern and Western
                                                                based on a fellowship of devotees or
 half. This highly diverse habitat is home to several
                                                                Bhakats under the guidance of a
 endangered mammals and birds. The tiger, clouded
                                                                Guru or teacher could be achieved,
 leopard, wild buffalo, pygmy
                                                                the Satra institution was brought
 hog, golden langur and
                                                                into existence and it became a well
 hispid hare. Approximately
                                                                organized and a popular institution
 300 species of birds are
                                                                within a century of its inception. In
 found over here with the
                                                                fact, the most distinguishing feature of Assamese Neo-
 Bengla Florican being the
                                                                Vaishnavism is the network of decentralized
 jewel in the crown.
                                                                monasteries – the Satra, literally meaning “holy areas”
                                                                each headed by a Guru (teacher) designated as the
 A strong community initiativeby the local youth has
                                                                Satrâdhikâr. Majuli is the nerve centre of the Satriya
 has helped to conserve Manas National Park, bringing
                                                                culture, with twenty two Satras started by Sankardeva
 the forest back to its past glory. During the turbulent
                                                                still in existence. Even today one can see the dances
 period of the Bodo separatist movement, there was
                                                                and rituals which have been practiced through the
 rampant poaching of wild animals and logging of
                                                                centuries.
 timber within Manas National Park. Taking advantage
 of this lawless situation many unscrupulous
                                                                                             Besides culture, Majuli is
                        businessmen started forming
                                                                                             also a hotspot for birders
                        organized groups for poaching
                                                                                             with many migratory birds
                        and logging. But the situation
                                                                                             f avo r i n g i t s w e t l a n d
                        took a u turn in 2003 after the
                                                                                             ecosystem. Many species
                        signing of the Bodo Peace
                                                                                             like the Spot Billed
                        Accord. Enthused by the peace
                                                                                             Pelican, Greater and
                        pact, the local youth took self
                                                                                             Lesser Adjutant Stork,
 initiatives to conserve their rich natural heritage. They
                                                                Open Billed Stork, Purple Heron, Whistling Teal, Rudy
 started awareness campaigns denouncing poaching
                                                                Shell Duck can be seen in the plentiful.
 and logging, while forcing poachers to socially




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     Trip Details

     Date: 19th March to 27th March ( 9 days/ 8nights)
     Cost per person: Rs. 25,850/- (Ex Guwahati)


      19th Mar Day 1                                            23rd Mar Day 5

      Guwahati – Kaziranga                                      Majuli
      Pickup from Guwahati airport and drive to Kaziranga       This morning we set of in small boats exploring the
      ( approx 5 hours) . O/n at Kaziranga National Park        smaller channels, admiring the migratory birds. In
                                                                the afternoon we cycle through some of the smaller
      20th Mar Day 2                                            villages. In the evening we experience the Mishing
                                                                tribal dance.O/n at Bamboo cottage in Majuli
      Kaziranga
      Post breakfast we take an open jeep safari to the         24th Mar Day 6
      Central range of the park. In the evening we drive to
      the western range, feasting on its abundant wildlife.     Majuli - Manas
      O/n Kaziranga National Park                               We leave Majuli early in the morning for our full day
                                                                drive to MAnas National Park. O/n at Manas Jungle
      21st Mar Day 3                                            Camp

      Kaziranga - Majuli                                        25th Mar Day 7
      Early in the morning we ride on elephant back
      through the grasslands of Kaziranga. Post breakfast       Manas
      we proceed towards Nimati Ghat from where we              Early in the morning we drive to the seed farm, to
      take the ferry to Majuli. O/n at Bamboo cottage in        see the nesting pairs of the Bengal Florican. After
      Majuli                                                    breakfast we go for a jeep safari in the park.

      22nd Mar Day 4                                            26th Mar Day 8

      Majui                                                     Manas
      In the morning we visit some of the Satras getting        Set out on a full day excursion in open gyspy, to
      an opportunity to see the Satriya dance. From here        the inner areas of the park for observing mammals
      we proceed to the mask making and pottery village ,       and birds.
      marveling the craftsmanship of the villagers. O/n at
      Bamboo cottage in Majuli                                  27th Mar Day 9

                                                                Manas – Guwahati
                                                                Post breakfast we drive to Guwahati airport



     Cost Includes:                                           Cost excludes:
        1. Accommodation in hotel/tents/ traditional             1. Travel from city of origin to Guwahati and
            house at all the locations                               back . Participants are requested to make
        2. All meals during the course of the trip                   their own arrangements for the same.
        3. All transfers and excursions within the               2. Excess stay & meals due to bad weather
            forests in Sumo/Bolero or similar vehicles.              conditions or strikes, resulting in delay of
        4. Fees and charges in the parks and for the                 flights or any other form of transport.
            guides                                               3. Soft drink charges, table drinks, laundry,
        5. Knowledgeable guide at all the places                     cigarettes, telephone expenses, beer and
                                                                     liquor charges
                                                                 4. Any other item not mentioned in “Cost
                                                                     Includes” section above
     Weather
     Being summer the temperature during the daytime
     would hover around 26oC , with a high level of
     humidity. Nights would be more pleasant with             How to Book
     temperatures around 18o C                                In order to book your place on this trip please
                                                              send us an e-mail on trips@kipepeo.in or call us
                                                              on +91 99300 02412




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