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Assam-Meghalaya-Tawang: The perfect No1 family backpacking trip

Assam, Meghalaya, and Tawang offer a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural diversity, and adventure. A family backpacking trip to Assam, Tawang, and Meghalaya can be an exciting and enriching experience. Here are a few things to consider for your trip:

Start by creating an itinerary that includes all the places you wish to visit in Assam, Tawang, and Meghalaya. Research the attractions, accommodation options, and transportation options in each location to ensure a smooth trip.

Day 1-3 in Assam:

Start your trip in Assam, known for its tea gardens and wildlife. Visit Kaziranga National Park, famous for its one-horned rhinos, and take a river cruise on the Brahmaputra River. Explore the picturesque hill town of Haflong and enjoy the serene beauty of tea gardens in places like Jorhat or Dibrugarh.

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Guwahati and Kaziranga National Park

– Arrive in Guwahati and visit the Kamakhya Temple.

– Travel to Kaziranga National Park and go on a thrilling jeep safari to spot one-horned rhinoceros, elephants, tigers, and other wildlife.

– Stay in a jungle resort and enjoy the serene surroundings.

Living root bridge Assam Tawang Meghalaya

Day 4-6:

Next, head to Meghalaya, known as the “abode of clouds.” Explore the capital city, Shillong, and visit places like Ward’s Lake, Elephant Falls, and Shillong Peak for panoramic views. Don’t miss the living root bridges in Cherrapunjee (Sohra) and Mawlynnong, known as Asia’s cleanest village. You can also take a boat ride in the tranquil Umiam Lake.

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Shillong and Cherrapunji

– Drive to Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya. Explore local markets, visit Ward’s Lake, and enjoy the scenic beauty.

– Take a day trip to Cherrapunji and visit attractions such as the Living Root Bridges, Mawsmai Cave, and Seven Sisters Falls.

– Enjoy the clear blue waters of Dawki and indulge in boating activities on the Umngot River.

Majuli Assam

Day 7-9:

Meghalaya offers several outdoor adventure activities suitable for families. You can go trekking in Cherrapunjee, caving in Mawsmai Caves, and boating in Dawki River, known for its crystal clear waters. You may also enjoy a relaxing walk in the lush green Mawphlang Sacred Forest, known for its biodiversity.

Mawlynnong and Nameri National Park

– Visit Mawlynnong, known as Asia’s cleanest village. Explore the living root bridge and soak in the pristine beauty of this eco-friendly village.

– Travel to Nameri National Park in Assam. Enjoy river rafting on the Jia Bhoroli River, go on a jungle trek, and spot various bird species.

– Participate in a campfire and stay in tents for a memorable experience.

Majuli Assam

Day 10-12: Tawang

From Meghalaya, travel to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. The journey itself is scenic as you drive through the breathtaking Sela Pass. Visit the famous Tawang Monastery, the second-largest Buddhist monastery in the world. Explore the beautiful landscapes, lakes like Sangetsar Lake (Madhuri Lake), and enjoy the rich Tibetan culture and hospitality of the locals.

– Drive to Tawang, a scenic hill town in Arunachal Pradesh. Visit the Tawang Monastery, the largest Buddhist monastery in India.

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– Explore the beautiful Tawang War Memorial and the Indo-China border at Bum La Pass.

– Witness the breathtaking views of Sela Pass and the crystal-clear water of the Sela Lake.

Ward Lake Shillong Meghalaya

Day 13-14: Guwahati and Departure

– Return to Guwahati and spend the day shopping for local handicrafts and traditional items.

– Depart from Guwahati with fond memories of your family backpacking trip in Assam, Meghalaya, and Tawang.

Ensure you have necessary permits, as some areas in Arunachal Pradesh require them. Pack comfortable clothing, insect repellents, and be prepared for unpredictable weather conditions.


Look for family-friendly accommodations such as hotels, resorts, or homestays. Consider the preferences and needs of your family members while choosing accommodations.

Guwahati zoo

Local Cuisine:

Make sure to savor the authentic local cuisine of these regions. Assam is known for its flavorful teas, rice-based dishes, and fish curries. In Meghalaya, try the traditional Khasi and Jaintia cuisines, which include dishes like Jadoh (meat and rice), Doh Khlieh (pork salad), and various bamboo shoot preparations.

Remember to consider the weather conditions and any travel advisories before planning your trip. It’s also essential to pack light, comfortable clothing, and necessary items like sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and a first-aid kit. Enjoy your family backpacking trip and make lasting memories!

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