Female? Check. Art lover? Check. Love to travel? Check. Food aficionado? Check. Nature enthusiast? Double Check! Solo trip in India? Cross. This is the malady of the modern Indian woman. With endless travel options across the country, and a treasure trove of natural wonders tucked away in the remote hinterlands of the subcontinent, India is a travel destination like no other. Yet most of these wonders remain inaccessible to women travellers. A deep-rooted patriarchal culture, poor sanitation and inadequate security measures mean few women can go solo on trips outside urban metros. The northeast is an encouraging variance in this context. According to a 2016 government survey on women’s empowerment index, the Northeast states rank the highest in the country. The region records the smallest gap in terms of gender inequality with few instances of dowry, female foeticide and child marriage in comparison with the rest of India. These statistics combined with the captivating natural beauty of the region make the Northeast an ideal destination for a women’s group tour. With so much to do and see here, you will be spoiled for choices and having a reliable partner like Ahom with you every step of your journey, you can focus simply on having a good time.
Nagaland is one of Northeast India’s most beautiful destinations, brimming with culture. Various tribes have claimed this part of the land as their home. Your tour will include visits to places like Dimapur, Kohima, Mokokchung, Tuensang and Mon. Witnessing the tribes’ lifestyles up close, steeped in their own unique traditions, will be of particular interest. This is an experience like no other with an introduction to Nagaland’s history and an intriguing study in anthropology. Best time to visit: Around the year Please note: The following itinerary is only suggestive, indicating one of several possibilities. We cater to your needs when arranging holidays. If you would like to modify or tailor a particular tour, just contact us. We are here to make your India tour among the very best.
Dzukou Valley bordering Manipur and Nagaland is one of the most pristine spots in the northeast not least because of the remoteness of the location; but also because of the low hanging clouds that cover the valley in fresh due every morning. The valley is replete with wild flowers cascading rivers and verdant forest with some excellent trails for trekking. our five-day tour of Dzukou Valley takes you to the heart of the valley through Vismewa village and gives you a true taste of the outdoors with overnight stay in tents. Best time to visit: September to April Please Note: All travellers must be over 18 years of age to be eligible for this trek. Previous trekking experience will be an advantage, although not mandatory. For first time trekkers, it is advisable to practice stamina- building exercises and undergo a fitness programme prior to the trip. This trek is not advisable for those with any chronic ailments like heart diseases and for pregnant women.
Hornbill Festival is the biggest and most widely celebrated festival in Nagaland. Witness the festivities up, close and personal as ethnic Naga people come together to celebrate their cultural legacy through traditional music, dance, clothes and food. Our tour takes you to the heart of the festival and gives you an intimate insight into the lives of the tribal people. Visit the first Green Village in India, spend a night in tents at a local village and get a true feel of the Nagaland countryside. Trip dates: December
Welcome to Meghalaya! The land of rolling hills and gushing waterfalls hidden behind a veil of brooding clouds Meghalaya is blessed with some of the most spectacular and intriguing natural wonders in the northeast. Our Mesmerizing Meghalaya Tour takes you to the heart of the Abode of Clouds to discover these hidden gems for yourself. Visit Mawlynnong, touted as the cleanest village in Asia and learn about the ethos of conservation practised by its inhabitants. Our tour takes you on a trek across a fascinating ‘double- decker’ root bridge near Nongriat, where roots of fig trees have been trained to form a natural bridge at a height of 2400 ft. over a stream. Be amazed by the natural stalagmite and stalactite formations inside the Mausmai Caves near Cherrapunji. Discover the botanical wonders of the Mawphlang Sacred Grove where over 450 species of rare plants and herbs thrive in their natural habitat. For those who enjoy adventure, there’s rappelling down the mountain at Elephant Falls. Discover the intriguing legends behind Dianthlen and Nohkalikai Falls and explore the quaint town of Shillong that has held on to its old world charm. Spend a night in the wettest place on Earth- Cherrapunji and take in the vibrant hustle- bustle of the local market day. This is an immersive tour that takes you across the farthest reaches of Meghalaya for an unforgettable experience. Best time to visit: October to April Please Note: The Umshiang root bridge is a challenging trek and is recommended for seasoned trekkers and those with good physical fitness. This trek is not recommended for children under 18 years of age. Rappelling at Elephant Falls is recommended for those with good physical fitness. Visit to Cherrapunji Market is subject to travel date. The market is held once every eight days and may or may not coincide with the day of the tour.
Our Pelling tour package takes you to Sikkim’s capital city Gangtok and its surrounding areas before advancing to the final stop. The tour offers an extensive trip across west Sikkim with visits to some famous monasteries and waterfalls along the way. The piece de resistance of course is the view of the Kanchenjunga on reaching Pelling. This trip is deal for trekkers and photography enthusiasts as it takes you over rugged terrain, across lesser-known trails to offer stunning views of the landscape. Best time to visit: Around the year
North Sikkim offers a diverse topography of meandering forestland, gushing waterfalls and steep mountain slopes. Our north Sikkim tour takes you across all the major tourist attractions of the region like the Yumthang Valley and the Gurudongmar Lake in addition to several remote and beautiful spots that remain largely undiscovered. Explore the scenic countryside as you drive from one destination to the next and soak in the tranquillity of the surroundings. Best time to visit: April to October
Kaziranga National Park is a UNESCO conferred World Heritage Site with the world’s highest population density of tigers and home to the endangered one-horned rhinoceros. Experience the thrill of spending a night inside the park surrounded by the nocturnal cries of wild animals. Visit the neighbouring tea estate of Addabarie with the echoes of colonialism still ringing in the ancient British bungalows. Kaziranga National Park also has the largest orchid garden in India with several hundred varieties of rare and exquisite orchids. Make a trip to Majuli island to visit some of the ancient satras (neo- Vaishnavite monasteries) and discover the traditional art of mask making practised by the Mishing tribe. Stop at the town of Jorhat for a visit to the oldest burning oil lamp in the world and discover relics of the ancient Ahom dynasty in Sivasagar. Best time to visit: November to April Please Note: Any changes to safari timings or park closures are at the sole discretion of the Forest Department. Ahom is not responsible for the cancellation of any safaris made by the park authorities and will be unable to provide any compensation for the same.
Ziro valley in Arunachal Pradesh is one of the remotest and most beautiful landscapes in India. The valley is home to the famous Apatani tribe, recognised by their trademark facial tattoos and traditional nose pins. Visit a traditional Apatani village and get a close perspective into the rustic lives of these indigenous people. This pristine valley nestled within the mighty Himalayas is home to an exquisite variety of flora and fauna. Our Ziro tour includes a visit to the Talley Wildlife Sanctuary. In addition to its natural beauty, Ziro Valley is noted for its annual music festival, touted as the largest outdoor music fest in India. Stay in tents and enjoy a diverse range of music in an idyllic setting amidst snow-capped peaks and pristine lakes. Ziro Music Festival is like no other- with performers from across the world flocking to this remote hinterland of Arunachal. Meet lots of interesting people as you set up camp at the festival, swing to the beats of the live music and have an unforgettable experience that you’ll want to relive every year Best time to visit: Around the year/ Last week of September for Ziro Music Fest
The Brahmaputra is the only river in the world that flows through three countries. It originates in the icy slopes of Tibetan glaciers before meandering into India and finally flows into Bangladesh. Our Brahmaputra river cruise gives you an unforgettable experience of travelling on the mighty river. We offer 5-star accommodation on board our luxury cruise ship. Feel like royalty in the land of the Ahoms and discover the many charms of Assam in style. From elephant-back safaris in Kaziranga to trying your hand at tea picking at a plantation, to visiting the relics of the Ahom dynasty at Shibsagar- do all this and more while enjoying top class comfort. Best time to visit: February to April
For ladies who crave adventure, the Northeast offers adrenaline boosting activities like no other. How about an exhilarating river rafting expedition on the Brahmaputra River? Join us as we take you on a guided trip to the best rafting stretches, navigating thrilling rapids during the day and retiring to the comfort of a luxurious tent by night time. Camp under the stars and get in touch with your inner self with an instructed session of yoga or meditation by the river. We ensure your personal hygiene with well-maintained toilets in camp. Enjoy an array of delectable dishes prepared by our chefs using the freshest local produce and experience the great outdoors in style. Our camp managers are on call 24X7 attending to your every need and our experienced rafting instructors keep you safe on the water. For those who enjoy exploring the countryside on foot, the Northeast has some of the best trekking routes in the country. These remote trails remain largely undiscovered by outsiders and test your endurance to the hilt. Discover secluded tribal villages in remote valleys of Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya. Join our women’s tour of Nagaland where we take you into the heart of Konyak settlements. Meet the last of the head hunters; discover their intriguing history.
The Northeast is a tea lover’s paradise with Assam alone home to over 68000 tea gardens. A tea trail in the Northeast takes you on an interesting journey to sprawling estates, some of which are now designated heritage properties dating back to the turn of the last century. Spend a few nights in the ancient bungalows situated in the middle of these rolling vistas of green and make a trip back in time. Discover the fascinating process of tea making from picking leaves in the gardens to the final manufacturing in the factory and sample the day’s first flush. Our women’s tour of Assam includes a stay at the Wild Mahseer Heritage Resort inside Addabarie Tea Estate, a few kilometres from Guwahati. This is a great trip to plan with your girlfriends, where you can sit back and relax and experience the languid pace of life on an estate. Enjoy the vintage Anglo-Indian cuisine served at the resort, echoing its colonial past. Take a cooking class, try your hand at tea picking, and explore local markets in the day and enjoy a glass of wine with your friends on the porch in the evening. This is the good life with the understated elegance of a bygone era.
For those looking for luxury, a deluxe river cruise on the Brahmaputra is just the thing. Our luxury river cruises are ideal for all girls’ tours. Prepare to be spoilt from the minute you step out of the airport. Our luxury SUVs will be ready to pick you up and bring you to the port where our cruise ship is anchored. After a traditional welcome on your arrival on board, you can check into your luxurious cabins fitted with the finest furnishings where every care has been taken to ensure your comfort. Here on, it is a series of indulgences- from the gourmet meals prepared specially by our chefs to let you sample local delicacies, to the colourful cultural programmes organised on deck. Enjoy guided tours to some of the best attractions in Assam. Visit the ancient capital city of the Ahom kings at Shivsagar, and learn of the fascinating history of the longest unbroken dynasty in India. Make a trip to Majuli Island for a glimpse into the lives of the Mishing people. Enjoy an elephant safari inside Kaziranga National Park. All this and more awaits you and your friends when you sign up for our luxury cruise trip.
The cultural legacy of the Northeast with its vast tribal community of over 200 indigenous groups is best represented in the myriad fairs and festivals that fill up the cultural calendar of the states. Each state and each tribe has its own festivals that celebrate its unique cultural identity. Our northeast festival tours take you to the heart of the celebrations. Join the colourful bihu dances in Assam, sample the delicious local fare and pick up souvenirs from tribal art and craft stalls. Some festivals like the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland and Ziro Music Festival in Arunachal Pradesh see different tribes and communities coming together irrespective of faith or caste. A women’s tour of Nagaland is incomplete without a visit to the Hornbill Festival- a colourful celebration of cultural diversity in the state observed through music, dance, and elaborate traditional attire. For ladies who love their music, Ziro Festival is a must visit. Nestled within the remote Ziro Valley, the annual festival held in September every year features various genres of music from folk to western rock with performances from bands across India and abroad.
The northeast is an unending reserve of natural treasures with an equally broad range of things to do to suit every interest. Our women only northeast tours are specially designed for ladies with a passion for travel and a taste for the unknown. We provide premium cars for all road journeys to guarantee your comfort. Our experienced guides and local partners are well-acquainted with the region to chart the best routes for your trip. Choose from our catalogue or call us for a customised itinerary that’s right for you. So pick up your totes ladies, and let’s go!