A 15 day tour starting on the banks of the Brahmaputra River and meandering south to take in the lush green forests of Meghalaya, interspersed with the awe rendering 1115 foot sheer drop Nohkalikai and the serenely beautiful Krang Suri Waterfalls. Whilst waterfall tracking we will journey into the forest to witness a marvel of man and nature in the form of a double decker living root bridge, formed by locals by training the aerial roots of rubber trees to grow through betel tree trunks that are placed across rivers in the region. The process can take up to 15 years, but it is thought the bridges can last up to 100 years as a self renewing living bridge, so long as the trees involved remain healthy. From here we will head north east for a safari ride atop elephants in the mighty Kaziranga wildlife park, home to the largest population of the one horned rhino. We will then journey east to Jorhat to visit some of the oldest tea estates in the region, whilst learning the process of harvesting tea, now during this time the harvesting season has usually come to an end, but we felt it was important to visit the area during the tribal Hornbill festival and when Kaziranga park is open (it is closed during monsoon season). Following our visit to tea estates we take a morning walk through a Gibbon Sanctuary, before driving south into Nagaland and the tribal war cries, drumming and dance that is the Hornbill festival.
Who are these tours for?:
These tours are suitable for all those who enjoy travelling and taking photographs. Whether you are a photography enthusiast looking for a tour built around maximising photographic opportunities and arriving before the crowds or a travel enthusiast, who has previously felt your photographs didn’t reflect your experience and are interested in exploring photography to enhance your travel ventures.
Type of tour:
These tours are a combination of a culturally immersive and a photo-centric tour, which will not only take you to key sites, but also for walks through local markets, historical districts and artisan communities to give you a sense of history and local life. For photography enthusiasts they cover a broad range of subjects within a compact time frame, including street photography, environmental portraiture, traditional architecture, wildlife and landscapes.
Tour: Assam, Meghalaya & Nagaland
Incl: Hornbill Festival
Date: 1 - 14 Dec 2020
Duration: 14 Days
Photography intro (optional):
For beginners who currently photograph using the auto-settings on their camera and are not digitally processing their images, an intro to photographing in semi-manual mode (aperture priority) and digitally processing photographs using Lightroom software is available. The format will be dependant on group size, face to face during the tour for larger groups and online for bespoke or smaller groups.
Max group size: 8
For this tour we offer two levels of accommodation, a 1 - 3 Star Rate (budget to standard) and a 3 - 5 Star Rate (standard to premium). For each rate we aim to secure the best available accommodation within our budget and include local heritage hotels where ever possible.
Accommodation (incl. breakfast); All entrance and day excursion fees; Land transportation, driver, local guide and for groups over 4 a second EPT Guide.
International and internal flights to and from the arrival and departure city. Meals and drinks outside of breakfast, visa applications, criteria not listed under 'what's included'.
These tours are relatively fast paced to ensure you experience the highlights of each region, with an average stopover of 2 nights. If you are uncertain about its suitability, we advise reading the itinerary before booking. As quick guidance, so long as you enjoy being active on holiday and taking photographs, you will revel in the visual extravaganza and cultural stimulation of these tours.