Assam

Assam is a state in Northeast India that spans the fertile plains of the Brahmaputra valley. A melting pot of cultures, languages and religions, Assam is blessed with lush forest cover, a rich biodiversity and ancient archaelogical sites.

A visit to Assam offers visitors a wide range of experience: spot One-horned Rhinoceroses (indigenous to Assam) on safari in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kaziranga and Manas National Parks; cruise down one of Asia's mightiest rivers on your own private houseboat and stop at rural villages and temples on the banks of the Brahmaputra; or cycle around in Majuli - the world's largest river island - and interact with the dancing monks of the neo-Vaishnavite sect.

 

What's more is that Assam also happens to be the world's largest tea-growing region - experience firsthand how tea is produced at a plantation and enjoy a comfortable stay at a colonial tea bungalow.

Come to Assam to experience a unique offering of tribes and culture, vibrant festivals, age-old weaving traditions, scenic beauty and, of course, the best cup of tea in the world!

Featured tours

Private houseboat cruise on the Brahmaputra river

7 days | Kaziranga National Park - Silghat - Majuli

Experience rural Assamese idyll as you cruise the Brahmaputra river, one of Asia's mightiest rivers. Track rhinos and tigers at Kaziranga National Park and watch dancing monks and their way of life at Majuli, the world's largest river island.

Private river cruise: Temples, textiles & rhinos

4 days | Guwahati - Vijaynagar - Sualkuchi - Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary - Guwahati

Experience life on the Brahmaputra river on this four-day cruise aboard your private houseboat. Visit river islands and hamlets that are microcosms of Assamese culture, with their temples filled with devotees and local markets brimming with life.

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Boutique Heritage Stay on the Brahmaputra: Majuli Island, Tea Gardens & Wildlife

4 days | Jorhat - Majuli Island - Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary - Jorhat

Stay in a "floating hotel" or a heritage passenger cruise vessel on the Brahmaputra river, as you explore Assamese culture and religion on Majuli Island; taste tea at a plantation; and get up close with gibbons and langurs on a jungle walk to a protected wildlife sanctuary.

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Boutique Heritage Stay on the Brahmaputra: Assamese Culture of Majuli Island

3 days | Jorhat - Majuli Island - Jorhat

Stay in a "floating hotel" or a heritage passenger cruise vessel on the Brahmaputra river, as you explore Assamese culture and religion on Majuli Island.

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Boutique Heritage Stay on the Brahmaputra: Majuli Island & Remnants of the Ahom Dynasty

4 days | Jorhat - Majuli Island - Sibsagar - Jorhat

Stay in a "floating hotel" or a heritage passenger cruise vessel on the Brahmaputra river, as you explore Assamese culture and religion on Majuli Island, as well as discover the architectural remnants of the Ahom dynasty, kings of Thai stock who ruled Assam for over 600 years.

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Culinary Cruise on the Brahmaputra: A Taste of Assam's Local & Tribal Cuisines

6 days | Guwahati - Kaziranga National Park - Bishwanath - Majuli Island - Jorhat

Cruise Asia's mightiest river, the Brahmaputra, on a culinary expedition through Assam's local & tribal dishes, tasting the best, most unique and prepared-with-love food that this region has to offer.

Best of East Indian Birding

18 Days | Dibrugarh - Roing - Tinsukia - Kaziranga National Park - Nameri National Park - Dirang - Santi Valley - Eagles Nest - Tezpur

Assam and Arunachal Pradesh are a birder's paradise – expect to see exotic bird species and go on boat rides, hikes, tribal village visits, and elephant and jeep safaris so buckle up for a great trip into birding country.

Assam and Meghalaya highlights

8 Days | Shillong - Kaziranga National Park - Jorhat

Discover the highlights of Assam and Meghalaya – visit one of India's highest waterfalls and Asia's cleanest village; go rhino-spotting on the back of an elephant; explore Assam's rich tea history and try your hand at plucking tea leaves and tea tasting.

Myoko festival of Arunachal Pradesh

10 Days | Guwahati - Balipara - Ziro - Majuli - Jorhat

Somewhere above the clouds in Arunachal Pradesh lies Ziro, the home of the Apatani tribe where the Myoko festival is a time to pray to ensure better cultivation, protection of the grains from the elements, and the well-being of villagers and livestock. Discover this unique culture; visit the tea gardens of Assam; and go back in time in the idyllic island of Majuli, one of the world's largest river islands.

Tribes, Temples and Tigers

12 days | Delhi - Guwahati - Kaziranga National Park - Majuli - Kohima

From interacting with the Angami tribe in their village to tracking rhinos and tigers in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park, this tour showcases the highlights of Eastern India.

Best of East Indian Wildlife

7 days | Guwahati - Manas National Park - Kaziranga National Park - Guwahati

Visit two UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites of Assam and search for rhinos, tigers, elephants and wild water buffaloes on jeep and elephant safaris.

Tribes and tigers: Hornbill festival

16 days | Delhi - Guwahati - Kaziranga National Park - Dibrugarh - Wakro - Tinsukia - Dibrugarh - Mon - Mokokchung - Kohima

Prepare for a close and colourful encounter with the tribes of Nagaland as they come together for their annual festival of traditional dances, games and food. This one is a photographer or anthropologist's dream tour!

Textile tour: Silks and Weaves of Assam

8 days | Guwahati - Kaziranga National Park - Majuli - Jorhat

Acquaint yourself with Assam's rich textile heritage as you visit small weaving villages and learn more the unique indigenous silks of this region that are as valued as the Pashmina. 

Tea tour of Darjeeling & Assam

13 days | Darjeeling - Guwahati - Kaziranga National Park - Jorhat - Dibrugarh

This tour is a tea aficianado's favourite - we take you to the undulating tea gardens of Darjeeling in the hills and then to the flat plantations of the Assam plains. Stay at heritage tea bungalows and learn all about how tea is grown, produced and brewed.

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