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Highlights of Assam and Nagaland
India - Trip code ANN Festival
Days 18
Deposit From £336
Was From £3559
Now from £3359
Flights inclusive
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Why book this trip?

This adventurous trip sees us heading in to India's northeastern states of Meghalaya, Assam and Nagaland. After a brief stop in Guwahati we explore the tribal Khasi villages of Cherrapunjee and test out their ingenious living tree bridges. We spend time in Kaziranga National Park searching for rhino before moving on to Majuli Island, one of the world's largest river islands. While in Nagaland we explore Ao Naga and Regma tribal villages as well as visiting Longwa, where half of the village is in India and the rest in Burma. On certain departures we also spend two full days experiencing the annual Hornbill Festival, a fascinating gathering of many of the tribes from around the state.

    • Included meals

      Breakfast: 15

      Lunch: 13

      Dinner: 13

    • Trip staff

      Explore Tour Leader

      Driver(s)

      Local Guide(s)

      Naturalist(s)

    • Transport

      Bus

      4WD

      Ferry

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      Accommodation

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      Trip pace:

      Full on

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      Group Size:

      8 - 12

    Itinerary

    Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

    Trip information

    Country information

    India

    Climate

    There is considerable variation between the different regions of India but, in general, the climate is tropical. Summer temperatures on the plains are very hot, but cooled by the South-West Monsoon, which lasts from June- September. During these months it can be very wet and therefore very humid. At altitude, temperatures can become quite cool at night even in the summer and may drop below freezing between December and February so warm clothing is necessary. In the winter, northern and mid India can be very cool, with cold evenings, so warm clothing, including plenty of layers, are essential. The south of India remains warm and sunny during the winter months.

    Time difference to GMT

    +5

    Plugs

    3 Pin Round

    Religion

    Catholicism, Hindu, Islam and Sikhism

    Language

    Hindi and English.

    Budgeting and packing

    Optional activities

    The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.


    Kaziranga - Optional Jeep Safari £20 - £30 per person depending on number of participants.

    Clothing

    In general only lightweight clothing is needed during the day, but bring a warm sweater for early mornings and during winter evenings Nov/mid March (esp. Dec/Jan, when a windproof jacket, warm layers, gloves and hat are also recommended). Hotel heating arrangements are not on a par with UK standards and from December to February thermals are also recommended. Casual clothes are the most practical: tight fitting garments, brief shorts and skirts should be avoided, since they attract unwelcome attention. Waterproofs and or and umbrella may be useful.

    Footwear

    Comfortable shoes or trainers and sandals.

    Luggage

    20kg

    Luggage: On tour

    One main piece of baggage and a daypack. We recommend a holdall or rucksack for ease of getting on and off trains and buses and please remember, you are expected to carry your own luggage so don't overload yourself. You will need to take an overnight bag whilst staying on Majuli Island, the main luggage will be left in Neematighat.

    Equipment

    A walking pole will be useful for the walk to the living tree bridges in Cherrapungee. The terrain is steep steps for the entire walk and so the additional support can ease the strain on knees.

    Tipping

    Explore leader
    At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
    Local crew
    Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leaders may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.
    Accordingly you should allow approx. £65 for gratuities for local staff.

    India

    Food and drink

    The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


    Lunch price
    £6
    Dinner price
    £8
    Beer price
    £1.4
    Water price
    £0.5
    Foreign Exchange
    Local currency
    Indian Rupee Recently new 500, 1000 and 2000 rupee notes have been bought in to circulation and as the old notes are no longer accepted there have been some cash flow issues. You don't need to worry about being given old notes as it's very easy to tell the difference, the new notes are pristine in comparison with most Indian money which is fairly tatty.
    Recommended Currency For Exchange
    GBP/US$ are the best currency to change into local currency.
    Where To Exchange
    The Indian rupee is a restricted currency and it is best not to obtain in the UK as rates are very poor. You can either change money at the airport on arrival or in major towns during the tour. Your Tour Leader will advise you on the best places in each town. Both GBP and USD cash are easy to exchange at the airport and at hotels however you will be restricted to changing £60 cash at a time and it's not possible to change money at these locations using a credit or debit card.
    ATM Availability
    ATMs are available in most large cities in India but they are very limited elsewhere so please do not rely on this.
    Credit Card Acceptance
    Very rarely, only in the larger outlets.
    Travellers Cheques
    Opportunities to exchange are limited.
    Transport, Accommodation & Meals

    Transport Information

    Bus, 4WD, Ferry

    Accommodation notes

    Accommodation in India is as varied as the country itself. On our tours we stay in a mix of hotels, heritage properties, camp sites and homestays. Standards do not equate to standards in the UK and it's best to approach each type of accommodation with an open mind. Service can be slow in places especially when travelling with a group. For the most part hotels do not have heating so in the winter months it can be chilly and if you feel the cold you may wish to ask for extra blankets. Hot water is not always available 24 hours a day in some of the smaller properties, and with a group staying you might find if you are showering last you may miss out on the hottest water. Please note on the last two nights of this trip in Dibrugarh, depending on group size, we will be staying across two different tea plantations that are approximately 4km apart, Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow & Chowkidinghe Heritage Chang Bungalow. Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow is the bigger of the two, so meals will be served there. The tea bungalows are of the same standard and there will be transfers provided between both to accommodate group meals and relaxation time. Your Explore Leader will confirm room allocation on arrival.

    Essential Information

    FCO Advice

    We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

    For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
     

    Under 18 immigration guidance

    Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

    Price Guarantee

    Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

    Visa and Passport Information

    India: A single entry visa is required by British travellers to India and must be obtained prior to departure.

    It is not possible to obtain an Indian visa directly from the Embassy. Therefore, Indian visas should be applied for through VFS global and further details of the new visa process and location of the application centres can be found here http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/visa_types.html. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.

    There is a high probability that the process will change to include the collection of biometric data but a date for this is not yet confirmed. In order to arrange the permits required to travel through Assam and Nagaland please forward a scanned copy of your passport details page and Indian visa to Explore as soon as possible.


    If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
     

    Booking conditions

    Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

    Transfers

    Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

    Booking a land only package with Explore

    Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

    You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


    Joining Tour Abroad

    Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

    Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

    If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


    For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

    Insurance

    It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
    Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

    Flight information

    Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


    Flight Information

    You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

      

    Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

    We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

    On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

    India

    Vaccinations

    Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against Tetanus, Infectious Hepatitis, Typhoid and Polio. Please consult your travel clinic for the latest advice on Malaria, Dengue and Zika Virus. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

    Additional Information

    Why book this trip

    This tour is ideal for people wanting to experience a different side of India. This busy itinerary travels through the remote north eastern states and spends time in Nagaland, a state more akin to South East Asia. The roads may be bumpy and the accommodation simple but the rewards for travelling through this little visited region are great with a chance to explore villages where headhunting was still taking place as late as the 1960s.

    Dates, prices and booking

    All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change
    Sun 24 Nov 2019 - Wed 11 Dec 2019 Guaranteed departure
    ANN_2019 Hornbill Festival
    Price from £2445
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    ANN_2019 Hornbill Festival
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Guwahati
    Time and place
    11:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Kolkata
    Time
    19:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Thu 28 Nov 2019 - Sun 15 Dec 2019 Guaranteed departure
    ANN_2019 Hornbill Festival
    Price from £2725
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    ANN_2019 Hornbill Festival
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Guwahati
    Time and place
    11:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Kolkata
    Time
    19:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Tue 24 Nov 2020 - Fri 11 Dec 2020 Guaranteed departure
    ANN_2020 Hornbill Festival
    Price from £2779
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    ANN_2020 Hornbill Festival
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Guwahati
    Time and place
    19:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Kolkata
    Time
    19:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 28 Nov 2020 - Tue 15 Dec 2020 Guaranteed departure
    ANN_2020 Hornbill Festival
    Price from £2779
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    Single room option Call us
    ANN_2020 Hornbill Festival
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Guwahati
    Time and place
    19:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Kolkata
    Time
    19:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Wed 2 Dec 2020 - Sat 19 Dec 2020 Guaranteed departure
    ANN_2020 Hornbill Festival
    Price from £2779
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    Single room option Call us
    ANN_2020 Hornbill Festival
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Guwahati
    Time and place
    19:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Kolkata
    Time
    19:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 23 Nov 2019 - Thu 12 Dec 2019 Guaranteed departure
    ANN_2019 Hornbill Festival
    Price from £3359
    Save £200 was £3559
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    ANN_2019 Hornbill Festival
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Guwahati
    Time and place
    11:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Kolkata
    Time
    19:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Wed 27 Nov 2019 - Mon 16 Dec 2019 Guaranteed departure
    ANN_2019 Hornbill Festival
    Price from £3599
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    ANN_2019 Hornbill Festival
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Guwahati
    Time and place
    11:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Kolkata
    Time
    19:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Mon 23 Nov 2020 - Sat 12 Dec 2020 Guaranteed departure
    ANN_2020 Hornbill Festival
    Price from £3670
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    ANN_2020 Hornbill Festival
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Guwahati
    Time and place
    19:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Kolkata
    Time
    19:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Fri 27 Nov 2020 - Wed 16 Dec 2020 Guaranteed departure
    ANN_2020 Hornbill Festival
    Price from £3670
    Save was
    Single room option Call us
    ANN_2020 Hornbill Festival
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Guwahati
    Time and place
    19:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Kolkata
    Time
    19:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Tue 1 Dec 2020 - Sun 20 Dec 2020 Guaranteed departure
    ANN_2020 Hornbill Festival
    Price from £3670
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    Single room option Call us
    ANN_2020 Hornbill Festival
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Guwahati
    Time and place
    19:00 at Hotel reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Kolkata
    Time
    19:00
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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