Day 1: Overnight Travel

Depart UK for Kolkata via Dubai on Emirates. 

Day 2: Kolkata

Connecting flight to Kolkata.

Met on arrival at Kolkata airport and transferred to your hotel.

Check in and take some time to relax. 

Hooghly River Cruise
In the afternoon, enjoy a leisurely boat cruise down the Hooghly River passing the famous Howrah Bridge, Howrah Railway Station, various heritage sites and numerous bathing ghats adjoining the river banks. The perfect introduction to Kolkata.

Overnight: Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

Ghats by Howrah Bridge

Activities and Services

Included

Dinner

Day 3: Kolkata

Walking Tour with Manjit
Early morning walking tour with our great friend Manjit of Calcutta Photo Tours. Retrace the steps that led to the creation of this second city of the Empire, visiting some of the most important landmarks such as the Writers Building and St. John's Church. Help with photography skills will be available if required.

Kolkata sightseeing
After breakfast, continue with a guided sightseeing of Kolkata including the impressive Victoria Memorial, Mother Teresa House Dalhousie Square, Howrah Bridge and the fascinating Kumartuli potters district where hundreds of idols are handmade by local craftsmen.

Overnight: Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

Day 4: Kolkata

Market visit and cookery class with local host.
A wonderful opportunity to learn some Bengali cooking. After breakfast, visit a local fish and vegetable market with our guide and cookery class host. After purchasing the ingredients, we move on to our host's home where you will learn how to cook some classic local dishes. Enjoy your delicious home cooked lunch!

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

Activities and Services

Included

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Darjeeling

Transfer to Kolkata airport for flight to Bagdogra.

Met on arrival and transfer by car to Darjeeling (3 hours drive).  A former hill station during British rule, Darjeeling is also famous for its numerous tea gardens which cover the surrounding hillsides.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Windamere

Included

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6: Darjeeling

Tea Plantation Visit
Visit to the Makaibari Tea Estate, one of the oldest tea gardens in Darjeeling and the first to establish a factory in the year 1859. The tour includes a walk around the plantation to see plucking, pruning and then tea processing in the factory where you see the various stages of tea production. Makaibari was also the first estate in Darjeeling to produce organic tea.

Note: Experience of tea plucking and tea processing is subject to seasonal factors. If there is no opportunity to see plucking and processing, you can still visit the tea plantation and take a walk through the gardens.

Lunch in the hill station town of Kurseong followed by a Darjeeling sightseeing.

Tibetan Centre visit
Visit the Tibetan Centre where you can see various crafts being made by Tibetan refugees.

Overnight: Windamere

Included

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Darjeeling

Excursion by Toy Train
A chance to experience the World Heritage Darjeeling narrow gauge railway, or toy train, on a journey to Ghoom. The spectacular landscape unfolds as the famous train slowly advances at about 10 mph, crisscrossing the road.

On arrival, visit Ghoom Monastery - built in 1875, this is the oldest monastery in the area.

Return to the hotel for lunch.

Himalayan Mountaineering Institute & Zoo
Proceed to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute & Himalayan Zoological Park. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was started in Darjeeling when Tenzing Norgay climbed Everest. The objective was to provide training in mountaineering and other adventure sports. The museum displays equipment used by Mr. Tenzing Norgay during his Everest expeditions. At the Himalayan Zoological Park, you will be able to see Himalayan animals such as Snow Leopard, Tibetan Wolf, Tibetan Yak, Himalayan Black Bear and several varieties of birds.

Overnight: Windamere

Day 8: Darjeeling

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore your surroundings with an optional guided trek through the beautiful countryside, passing through local villages, visiting a primary school and ending the walk at Tukvar Tea Estate or relax at the hotel.

Overnight: Windamere

Included

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Kaziranga National Park

Depart Darjeeling and transfer by car to Bagdogra airport for flight to Guwahati.

Met on arrival and transfer by car to Kaziranga which will take around 4½ hours.

Check in to your accommodation which sits spectacularly on the edge of the National Park, famous for its one horned rhino.

Overnight: Diphlu River Lodge, Cottage

 

Included

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Kaziranga National Park

Morning Safari
Early morning in Kaziranga National Park on elephant back. This is one of the oldest parks in Assam and home to more than 75% of the world’s total population of the great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros.

Mishing Village Walk
After breakfast, take a short walking tour of the nearby tribal village of Mishing. Meet the local people, see their stilted houses and gain an understanding of their way of life.

Lunch at hotel.

Afternoon Safari
Later in the afternoon enjoy another safari in Kaziranga National Park, this time by jeep before returning to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight: Diphlu River Lodge, Cottage

Activities and Services

Included

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Jorhat

Morning Jeep Safari in the Western Range
A final chance to see the one horned rhino on an early morning jeep safari through the forests and grasslands of Kaziranga National Park.

Check out of the hotel and drive to Jorhat which will take around 3 hours.

One of the major cities in Assam, Jorhat acts as a gateway to upper Assam and to the state of Nagaland. It was the last capital of the Ahom Kingdom and has many historical monuments of Assamese culture. In the north of the district, the Brahmaputra River forms the largest riverine island in the world, Majuli, which currently spreads over 352 square kilometres with a population of about 150,000.

Overnight:  Puroni Bheti Resort

Activities and Services

Included

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Jorhat

Tea Plantation Tour
Take a guided tour of a nearby tea plantation. Assam tea is reputed to be one of the finest in world. There are more than 800 tea plantations spread all across Assam, some of which are more than 2000 acres in area.

Return to the hotel for lunch.

Optional Excursion
Afternoon to relax or take an excursion to Jalukonibari, a traditional Assamese village, where you will be able to meet the local people and walk through the paddy fields and bamboo groves.

Overnight:  Puroni Bheti Resort

Activities and Services

Optional Jalukonibari Village Excursion

Included

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Jorhat

Day at leisure or an excursion to Majuli Island.

Majuli Island Excursion
Located on the Brahmaputra River, Majuli is the largest inhabited river island in the world. It is also the main place for the Vaishnavite faith and you can see many monasteries, some dating back to the 16th century. Local artisans make masks, musical instruments and other crafts. A walk through the village will gives an insight into the lives of the local people who mainly practice agriculture, fishing, boat making, dairy farming, pottery and weaving. Lunch will be a traditional Assamese thali in a local Majuli restaurant.

Overnight:  Puroni Bheti Resort

Activities and Services

Included

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Kolkata

Transfer to Jorhat airport for direct flight to Kolkata.  On arrival,  transfer to the nearby 5 star Westin hotel.

Rest of the day at leisure to explore Kolkata.

Overnight: The Westin

Included

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15: End of Itinerary

Transfer to Kolkata airport.

Depart Kolkata via Dubai to UK.

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