Introduction 9 Nov 2018 - 23 Nov 2018

Experience India in a unique way - visit Calcutta, Darjeeling and Assam in the company of international best-selling author of the India Tea series novels, Janet MacLeod Trotter.

This exceptional small group tour is a journey through East India to experience the rich history of the British Raj and the picturesque tea estates. Starting in Calcutta, the original capital of India during British rule, you will explore both the majestic landmarks and the fascinating local life - including an opportunity to learn some Bengali cookery with a resident family! The tour then moves to Darjeeling to ride on the famous narrow gauge toy train in Darjeeling and to explore this famous hill station where the British fled to escape the summer heat in the foothills of the Himalayas. You will visit a tea plantation to see how the wonderful Darjeeling tea is grown and made and walk through the verdant gardens with the stunning backdrop of Mount Kanchenjunga. Finally we travel to Assam where you will visit Kaziranga National Park, riding on elephants to see the endangered one horned rhino - a rare sight. In amongst the tea gardens there will be time for independent exploration, trekking and relaxation; there’s a lovely swimming pool and 18 hole golf course at the hotel in Assam!

At each location, Janet MacLeod Trotter will deliver a book reading session from her best-selling ‘India Tea series’ novels, a rare opportunity to bring to life these evocative places and to also view original family cine footage taken by Janet’s grandparents who lived and worked in British India from 1922 to 1950.

This is a truly unique and exciting opportunity to visit India, combining the best features of East India whilst travelling with an international best-selling author!


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Accommodation Destination Arrive Duration
Overnight Travel 9 Nov 2018 1 night
The Oberoi Grand Kolkata Hotel Kolkata 10 Nov 2018 3 nights
Windamere Hotel Darjeeling 13 Nov 2018 4 nights
The Diphlu River Lodge Kaziranga National Park 17 Nov 2018 2 nights
Kaziranga Golf Resort Assam 19 Nov 2018 3 nights
Swissotel Kolkata Hotel Kolkata 22 Nov 2018 1 night

Kolkata: The Oberoi Grand Kolkata Hotel

Darjeeling: Windamere Hotel

Kaziranga National Park: The Diphlu River Lodge

Assam: Kaziranga Golf Resort

Kolkata: Swissotel Kolkata Hotel

Fast Facts

Fully Guided 15 Days / 14 Nights Special Interests: Book Reading, Tea Experience, Wildlife

Price

From £3,918 per person on double/twin sharing basis

From £5,038 per person on single occupancy basis

- subject to actual flight prices at time of booking

Includes:

* International flights in economy class between UK & Calcutta (please enquire about departures from other countries)
* Domestic flights in India, in economy class
* 13 nights accommodation
* 13 breakfasts
* 13 dinners
* 10 lunches
* All guided excursions, activities & sightseeing as per itinerary
* Transport in air-conditioned coach in Calcutta; Toyota Innova (3-4 pax per vehicle) or similar in Darjeeling; Tempo Traveller (6-7 pax per vehicle) in Assam
* Train tickets in best available class
* All currently applicable taxes

Excludes:

* Optional Activities
* Meals other than those specified
* Gratuities
* Travel Insurance
* Expenses of a personal nature
* India Visa Fees

Kolkata: The Oberoi Grand Kolkata Hotel

Darjeeling: Windamere Hotel

Kaziranga National Park: The Diphlu River Lodge

Assam: Kaziranga Golf Resort

Kolkata: Swissotel Kolkata Hotel