Potpourri of tribal cultures, artistic creations and festive celebrations of the North East never stop admiring us. And when it comes to Assam, four things come to mind: Tea, Brahmaputra, Silk and Rhinoceros. But there is one other identity of Assam that only a few know about – And that is, it is home to the indigenous Pati Rabha tribe.
Get ready for this One-Day Chandubi Offbeat Trip – 65 km from Guwahati, Assam – where you’ll get to prepare traditional Rabha Vodka, taste the freshly brewed liquor, meet the indigenous Pati Rabha tribe, see traditional cloth weaving process, visit Chandubi lake, learn Bamboo Jewellery Making Process, sway on the beats of Bogejari Folk Dance. (Girls specifically dance on the Bogejari beats. If the group includes girls, they will get ready and dance to the beats.) We will savour local cuisine with 7+ dishes – twisted with flavours, all desi style. All dishes are traditionally cooked from local fish, country chicken, and herbs.
Note: Vegetarians, don’t worry; we have many exciting options on the platter.
Apart from meeting the tribals, we will visit Chandubi Lake, formed in 1897 after a massive earthquake. There are multiple stories about its existence. We will learn all about them from our guide.
Many people who live in Guwahati don’t know about the serenity of this place. We made this Lower Assam Exploration trip as a part of our Offbeat Exploration in the Northeast, and since then, it has lived in our hearts. When we posted about this on our social media, it went viral, and we received multiple queries from people who wanted to do this. And so, we present to you – the Chandubi One-Day Trip. Read the complete itinerary of the One-Day Chandubi trip and book your tickets at the earliest.
10 am: Reach Chandubi, Visit Chandubi Lake
11 am: Bamboo Jewellery Making
11.30 am: Tea and Group Photo
1 pm: Ethnic Cuisine Lunch
2 pm: Vodka Preparation by Pati Rabha tribes
3 pm: Bogejari Dance
4 pm: Traditional Cloth Weaving
5 pm: Depart to Guwahati
Stay Not Applicable
Distance of Chandubi from Guwahati: 65 km
Time Taken: 2 hours.
We will receive you in Guwahati at around 8 a.m. Have your breakfast beforehand. This tour is set in an offbeat location and food places are not available easily. We will directly have our lunch at a tribals' home at around 2 pm. The timings and vehicle details will be confirmed to you in a separate email.
Note: Without Travel, people will have to take care of their entire day travel part. We will begin our day directly in Chandubi. The location will be shared with you in an email.
As we are on our way to Chandubi, we will be greeted by greenery on both sides of the road, switching to open grass fields where cows will be found grazing; then, you will also cross small villages to finally reach the Chandubi Lake. Spend some time here. Our guide will explain to you about the place and he will give you an understanding of activities for the day.
At around 11 a.m., reach the place where you will learn about the Bamboo jewellery-making process. You can even buy something to contribute to the local economy.
These people are simple. Their everyday life involves cattle rearing, agriculture, household work and arts like bamboo jewellery, Vodka, etc. If you have any doubts, you can ask these people. Some of them know Hindi. If not, the guide will help in translation.
Next, we will stop for tea and group photos. After which, we will go to a tribal house for lunch.
Later, we will prepare Vodka in traditional style with herbs and rice. It is a fun process. Although actual Vodka preparation takes approximately 4-5 days, we will just go through the entire process in about 45 minutes to understand for knowledge purposes. Later, we will cherish and drink freshly brewed liquor.
How about a dance session after a glass of Vodka? Presenting to you Bogejari Folk Dance. Women perform this dance. If your group comprises women, these ladies will give them dresses, do a makeover and involve them in dancing. They teach you one step at a time so that you will have a fun time dancing.
Apart from other activities, Pati Rabha tribals weave clothes. Most of them have a traditional weaving machine in their homes. We will walk you through the process of how a yarn is woven!
Later, as the day is coming close to evening, we will depart to our respective places. You will indeed have a hard time leaving this place, but with memories in your bags & photos in your lens, you can live upto these events any number of times you want. These hangovers will keep you occupied for a few days. And once you know you want to do it again, we are here. Check out our other itineraries and ring us soon. It would be a pleasure to host you again. Till then, love and live life.