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Dominated by the mega-city of Kolkata, East India attracts those seeking an alternative Indian experience. This region of India offers the unexpected: witnessing the Goddess Durga being immersed into the River Hooghly, tracking Royal Bengal tigers in the mangroves and staying in an 18th-century former royal palace in Odisha. 

If you can, venturing away from the well known areas will surprise you with breath taking scenery, ancient monasteries as well as the chance to encounter indigenous tribal communities.

REGION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy a street food tour with an expert in Kolkata

  • Soak up the scenery whilst riding the toy train to Darjeeling

  • Take a boat safari through the mangrove forests of the Sundarban National Park

  • Explore the sacred pilgrimage town of Puri 

  • Venture into the Ziro Valley and visit the Apatani tribal villages

  • Visit Buddhist monasteries in the shadow of Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain the world

CITY LIFE & MANGROVE FORESTS

Travel east to the mega city of Kolkata, with it's colonial-era architecture and mouth watering cuisine. Here, whilst life moves at a fast pace with bustling bazaars and colourful celebrations, it still retains the title of being one of India's most friendliest cities. Continue the journey to the Sundarbans, home to a mystical network of semi-submerged mangroves and a large concentration of Royal Bengal Tigers. 

Best time to visit: October - March

Private tailormade tour price from:

£2,900 per person

(including return economy flights, all transfers, experiences and accommodation)

  • Kolkata (Glenburn Penthouse)

  • Sundarbans (Sunderban Tiger Camp)

  • 24 Parganas (Rajbari Bawali)

  • Day 1 - Depart UK

  • Day 2 - Afternoon at leisure after arrival (Overnight Glenburn Penthouse)

  • Day 3 - Kolkata city sightseeing followed by an afternoon street food walk with an expert (Overnight Glenburn Penthouse)

  • Day 4 - Morning visit to Malik Ghat flower market followed by further city sightseeing (Overnight Glenburn Penthouse)

  • Day 5 - Transfer to Sundarbans. Afternoon private cruise to see the local fishermen  (Overnight Sunderban Tiger Camp)

  • Day 6 - Full day private safari cruise into the core zone of the national park  (Overnight Sunderban Tiger Camp)

  • Day 7 - Morning private cruise to Sudhanyakhali watchtower followed by village walk (Overnight Sunderban Tiger Camp)

  • Day 8 - Morning private cruise to Dobanke watchtower. Later transfer to Rajbari Bawali hotel (Overnight Rajbari Bawali)

  • Day 9 - Day at leisure to optional activities at the hotel. Evening sunset sundowner cruise (Overnight Rajbari Bawali)

  • Day 10 - Depart Kolkata

DARJEELING & MOUNTAIN MONASTRIES

Travel north up through the eastern foothills to the emerald-green tea plantations of Darjeeling, the quintessential Indian hill station. Enjoy a ride on the traditional 'toy train' as it chugs through the hills before settling in for evening drinks at a heavenly plantation retreat. Don't miss the enchanting spiritual monasteries nor the unforgettable sunrise over Kanchenjunga

Best time to visit: October - April

Private tailormade tour price from:

£3,400 per person

(including return economy flights, all transfers, experiences and accommodation)

  • Kolkata (Glenburn Penthouse)

  • Gangtok (The Elgin)

  • Pelling (The Elgin)

  • Darjeeling (Glenburn Tea Estate)

  • Day 1 - Depart UK

  • Day 2 - Afternoon at leisure after arrival (Overnight Glenburn Penthouse)

  • Day 3 - Kolkata city sightseeing followed by an afternoon street food walk with an expert (Overnight Glenburn Penthouse)

  • Day 4 - Flight to Bagdogra. Transfer to Gangtok (Overnight The Elgin Gangtok)

  • Day 5 - Sightseeing of the nearby monasteries with a guide followed by the night market (Overnight The Elgin Gangtok)

  • Day 6 - Transfer to Pelling. En route visit Pemayangste and Sangachoeling monasteries  (Overnight The Elgin Pelling)

  • Day 7 - Sunrise viewing of Kanchenjunga. Transfer to Darjeeling (Overnight Glenburn Tea Estate)

  • Day 8 - Darjeeling sightseeing with a guide including a trip on the toy train (Overnight Glenburn Tea Estate)

  • Day 9 - Day at leisure to optional activities at the hotel (Overnight Glenburn Tea Estate)

  • Day 10 - Transfer to Bagdogra. Fly to Kolkata. (Overnight airport hotel)

  • Day 11 - Depart Kolkata

TRIBAL COMMUNITIES & AOLING FESTIVAL

For the ultimate adventure, travel to the farthest corner of India where you will find one of the world's last anthropological hideaways alongside wild and forgotten scenery. Wander the land to meet intriguing tribal communities, many of whom continue to live a very traditional lifestyle. If timing allows, we can help you pair the journey with the Aoling Festival in Mon to make it a once in a lifetime experience. 

Best time to visit: XXXXX

Private tailormade tour price from:

£4,000 per person

(including return economy flights, all transfers, experiences and accommodation)

  • Kolkata (JW Marriot)

  • Ziro (Ziro View)

  • Majuli (Enchanting Majuli)

  • Sibsagar (Hotel Brahmaputra)

  • Mon (Helsa Morung)

  • Jorhat (Kaziranga Golf Resort)

  • Kaziranga (Diphlu River Lodge)

  • Guwahati (Vivanta Guwahati)

  • Day 1 - Depart UK

  • Day 2 - Arrive into Kolkata with remainder of the day at leisure (Overnight JW Marriot)

  • Day 3 - Flight to Lilabari then transfer to Ziro. Late afternoon walking tour of local market (Overnight Ziro Valley)

  • Day 4 - Full day exploring the Hong and Hari Apatani Tribes. Witness some traditional dances (Overnight Ziro Valley)

  • Day 5 - Transfer to Majuli Island. Evening visit to the villages of missing tribes (Overnight Enchanting Majuli)

  • Day 6 - Full day to explore, including visiting the mask makers and the various satras  (Overnight Enchanting Majuli)

  • Day 7 - Morning ferry to Sibsagar. Afternoon sightseeing of Sibsagar (Overnight Hotel Brahmaputra)

  • Day 8 - Transfer to Mon. Arrive into the first Naga village to meet the village King and Morung (Overnight Helsa Morung)

  • Day 9 - Full day to experience the Aoling Festival, the main festival of the Konyak tribe (Overnight Helsa Morung)

  • Day 10 - Second day to enjoy the festival. Later visit villages to meet tattooed Konyak warriors (Overnight Helsa Morung)

  • Day 11 - Transfer to Jorhat, visiting Charaideo Maidam of the Ahom Kingdom en route (Overnight Kaziranga Golf Resort)

  • Day 12 - Transfer to Kaziranga, en route enjoy a tea tour. Afternoon jeep safari in the park (Overnight Diphlu River Lodge)

  • Day 13 - Morning and afternoon jeep safari's into the park (Overnight Diphlu River Lodge)

  • Day 14 - Transfer to Guwahati. Afternoon visit to Kamakhya Temple (Overnight Vivanta Guwahati)

  • Day 15 - Flight to Kolkata. Remainder of the day at leisure (Overnight JW Marriot)

  • Day 16 - Depart Kolkata

ODISHA ODYSSEY

For the seasoned India traveller, Odisha (formally Orissa) is the perfect undiscovered region with archaeological masterpieces and intricate handicrafts. After touring Kolkata, travel through the state staying in an 18th century palace before exploring holy temples and caves of Bhubaneswar. Finish the journey by the coast in Puri, one of Hinduism's most spiritual pilgrimage sites. 

Best time to visit: XXXXX

Private tailormade tour price from:

£3,300 per person

(including return economy flights, all transfers, experiences and accommodation)

  • Kolkata (Glenburn Penthouse)

  • Mayurbhanj (Belgadia Palace)

  • Bhubaneswar (Mayfair Lagoon)

  • Puri (Mayfair Heritage)

  • Kolkata (JW Marriot)

  • Day 1 - Depart UK

  • Day 2 - Afternoon at leisure after arrival (Overnight Glenburn Penthouse)

  • Day 3 - Kolkata city sightseeing followed by an afternoon street food walk with an expert (Overnight Glenburn Penthouse)

  • Day 4 - Morning visit to Malik Ghat flower market. Remainder of the day at leisure (Overnight Glenburn Penthouse)

  • Day 5 - Transfer to Mayurbhanj. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the hotel (Overnight Belgadia Palace)

  • Day 6 - Spend the day exploring the local villages and see the traditional crafts  (Overnight Belgadia Palace)

  • Day 7 - Transfer to Bhubaneswar. Afternoon at leisure (Overnight Mayfair Lagoon)

  • Day 8 - Full day Bhubaneswar sightseeing including a visit to the Lingaraja Temple (Overnight Mayfair Lagoon)

  • Day 9 - Transfer to Puri. En route visit Dhauli and also Pipli to see the applique craft work (Overnight Mayfair Heritage)

  • Day 10 - Sightseeing of Puri including a visit out of town to see the Konark Sun Temple (Overnight Mayfair Heritage)

  • Day 11 - Day at leisure to further enjoy Puri (Overnight Mayfair Heritage)

  • Day 12 - Transfer back to Bhubaneswar for a flight to Kolkata (Overnight JW Marriot)

For an in-depth day to day itinerary or for a trip completely tailored to you, please contact us via phone or email. 

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