Sunderban Excursion (from Kolkata)
Sunderbans, the world's largest estuarine forest and delta covered by mangrove forests and vast saline mud flats is situated on the lower end of Gangetic West Bengal. With a little luck one may experience a salt water Crocodile sunbathing in the mud; Most famously, however, this protected area is home to the Royal Bengal Tiger. You can also explore the wildlife of Sunderban that harbours Jungle Cats, Fishing Cats, Axis Deer, Wild Boar, Rhesus Monkeys, Mongooses and the largest Estuarine Crocodiles in the world. Sunderban is the breeding ground of immense variety of birds like Heron, Egret, Cormorant, Fishing Engle, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Seagul, Tern, Kingfisher as well as migratory birds like Whimprel, Black-tailed Godwit, Little Stint, Eastern Knot, Curlew, Sandpiper, Golden Plover, Pintail, White-eyed Pochard and also Whistling teal. A wide variety of aquatic and reptile life forms that include Olive Ridley sea turtle, hard shelled Batgur Terrapin, Pythons, King Cobra, Chequered Killback, Monitor and Lizards including the Salvator Lizards are also there.
Day 01: Arrive Kolkata
You will be met by our representative at the airport/railway station and begin drive to Kolkata Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Kolkata
After breakfast you will proceed for a sightseeing tour of Kolkata where you will visit the famous Victoria Memorial, St.Pauls Cathedral and drive past the heritage buildings of Kolkata. You will also visit the College Street and Book Market followed by a visit to Kumartoli which is the potters village where you will be able to see craftsman at work preparing idols for the Pujas. Most of these Idols are also exported to various parts of the world where Indian festivals are celebrated.
Day 03: Kolkata – Gothkali - Sunderban
After breakfast start in the morning from Kolkata Hotel through beautiful countryside and rural bazaar with a brief stopover for tea and refreshments. Around midday you arrive at Gothkhali Jetty (Travel by land ends here), where you will be greeted by your local guide and provided refreshments onboard your cruiser. We cruise through rivers Gomor, Durgadhwani to enter river Pitchkhali on banks of which lies your resort overlooking the Sunderban Tiger Reserve. Your afternoon entail observing endemic and migratory birds and wildlife while you cruise through the creeks and canals of the Sunderban Tiger Reserve forest to Sajnekhali Watchtower and Mangrove Interpretation Centre. Evening is free at the Resort
Day 04: Sundarban
Wake up early morning and proceed for a thrilling Boat Cruise inside dense forest (breakfast on boat during cruise) through numerous rivers while visiting Dobanke Watch Tower where the canopy walk inside the forest sends chills down your body (experience the life in which caged animals live in, while getting an all around view of the forest). Also visit the Spotted Deer Rehabilitation Centre. After which we cruise through Matla – Sea Face (the point from where Bay of Bengal can be seen) – Cruising back through the five river junction to Pitchkhali. After lunch promenade around the neighboring villages to interact with the local community at a typical Sunderban settlement to understand their local art, culture and the way of life how man and tiger coexist in such a difficult terrain.
Day 05: Sundarban – Gothkali - Kolkata
Morning visit to Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower and cruise through rivers and narrow creeks of Pitchkhali - Sarakhkhali - Sudhanokhali - Bonobibi Dharani and visit the Watch Tower followed by a cruise around the Islands of the Sunderban Tiger Project Area (breakfast on boat during cruise). After lunch at the resort cruise to Gothkali and drive to Kolkata.
Day 06: Kolkata - Departure
Check out from the hotel after breakfast and drive to Airport or Railway Station in time for the onward connection.
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Darjeeling was initially conceived as a health resort and the British came to Darjeeling for the purpose of setting up a sanitarium for their Army people. Dr. Campbell, the first superintendent of Darjeeling, was the man who actually stimulated the growth of tea (albeit on an experimental basis) in the Darjeeling hills in 1841. It is said that he managed to get a few seeds of the Chinese variety and planted them around his bungalow.Dr. Campbell's experiment yielded results. Tea trees grew very big-some up to 20 ft. Soon it was established that the climate in Darjeeling was greatly suitable for tea production. The government offered land on favorable terms and a number of entrepreneurs came forward to grab the chance.
Extravagant Bungalows were made in each estate to ensure a comfortable stay for the managers who often belonged to the cities. With times a lot of these bungalows have remained unoccupied as managers are now native from the hills. These bungalows are now being converted to Tea Resorts offering exquisite services and giving a change to relive the past.
Come and enjoy legacy!
Day 01: Bagdogra – Tea Estate near Darjeeling
Assistance at the airport on arrival and drive to a Tea Estate near Darjeeling.
A great laidback lifestyle awaits you at the Tea Resort, set in a cosy niche amidst the mighty Himalayan mountains. It’s a perfect break where you can soak in all of nature’s freshness to recoup & recon front the hectic demands of modern day living.
Overnight at the Tea Resort.
Day 02: Tea Estate
Today after breakfast you will visit the Tea Factory and estate. You will be able to see the various steps of tea manufacture from the time the leaves are plucked till they reach your cup.
In the afternoon you can take a walk inside the Tea Estate.
Day 03: Tea Estate – Darjeeling – Tea Estate
Today you have the opportunity to take a full day tour of Darjeeling.
You can experience a short ride of the famous Darjeeling ‘Toy Train’ and visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute which was started by Tenzing Norgay (first man to climb Mt Everest).
In the afternoon you will be taken to the famous 'Planters Club' for a cup of Darjeeling Tea.
Evening return to the Resort.
Day 04: Tea Resort – Bagdogra/NJP
After breakfast proceed to Bagdogra airport or New Jalpaiguri railway station in time for your onward connection.
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A pristine jewel nestled in the Himalayas between India, Nepal and Tibet. Bhutan is truly the earth’s last Shangri La. Only opened to tourism in 1960s, the “Land of the Thunder Dragon; as it is called by its people, offers a stunning and largely untouched world of natural beauty; a world where the Buddhist ethos touches everything; where the boundaries between myth, mysticism and reality blur into an unforgettable experience.
Day 01: Paro - Thimpu
You will be met by our representative at the Paro airport and begin drive to Thimphu – The Capital city of Bhutan.
Day 02: In Thimpu
Enjoy a sightseeing tour in Thimphu visiting National Memorial Chorten, Takin Zoo, Trashichho Dzong and National Library and Folk Heritage Museum.
Post lunch enjoy a short walk to Handicraft Bazaar to view the traditional arts.
Evening is at leisure and you can walk to the main city clock tower for shopping
Day 03: Thimpu - Punakha
After breakfast you will drive to low lands of Punakha valley touching Dochula pass 10,000 ft and on the stop at Hongtsho village. Stop at the immigration check point to stamp in your permit. You will be driving through the first mountain pass in the western part of Bhutan. Stop and take a short walk through the villages to Chimmi Lhakhang .
You will arrive Punakha by lunch time and the Afternoon visit majestic Punakha Dzong placed strategically at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, It was here that the dual system of government was introduced in the 17th century and in 1907, enthroned the first King Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuk.
Day 04: Punakha - Paro
Post breakfast transfer to Paro via same road and stop at Lamperi, the Royal Botanical Park.
Proceed to Paro via Semtokha and check in the hotel.
Afternoon proceed to visit Dzong, the National Museum and Kyichu Lhakhang.
Day 05: Paro - Departure
Check out from the hotel after breakfast and drive to Paro airport in time for the onward connection.
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Meghalaya means "the abode of clouds". The subtropical forests eco region encompasses the state; its mountain forests are distinct from the lowland tropical forests to the north and south. The forests are notable for their biodiversity of mammals, birds, and plants.
Meghalaya's main ethnic communities, each having its own distinctive customs and cultural traditions are the Khasis (of Mon-Khmer ancestry), the Garos (of Tibeto-Burman origin) and the Jaintias said to be from South East Asia. The common trait binding all three communities is its matrilineal system in which the family linage is taken from the mother's side. The people of Meghalaya are known to be hospitable, cheerful and friendly.
A land of peace and harmony with breathtaking scenery.
Day 01: Guwahati - Shillong
You will be met by our representative at the airport/railway station and begin drive to Shillong.
Day 02: In Shillong
After breakfast proceed for a full day sightseeing tour in Shillong.
The ‘Gleneagle of the East’ lies in the centre of a plateau surrounded by Khasi hills. The gorgeous city offers amazing tourist spots. The city’s own Ward’s Lake is popular for short garden walks & boating. Lady Hydari Park is a Japanese style landscaped park endowed with stretches of roses & exquisite flowers.
The Mini Zoo adjacent to the park has about 73 birds, 140 reptiles & mammals. One of the largest Golf courses in Asia is an 18 hole Golf Course is charted amidst a surging valley full of thick pine groves & rhododendron trees. Spend the evening in the splendid arena! The State Museum is a display of the lifestyle and heritage of the people of Meghalaya.
Shillong and its surrounding is dotted with splendid waterfalls cascading down deep valleys forming misty sparks as they break the silence of the surroundings. Elephant Falls is a mountain stream gorging down two successive falls set in dells of fern covered rocks.
Day 03: Shillong – Cherrapunjee - Shillong
Wake up in the morning and post breakfast at hotel drive to Cherrapunjee for full day excursion, visitng Nohkalikai Falls, Mwasmai Caves, Seven Sister Falls and Eco Park.
In the afternoon you will transfer to Shillong.
In the evening you can visit local Markets.
Day 04: Shillong - Mawlynnong Village – Shillong
Mawlynnong Village has earned the distinction of being the cleanest village in India. It is situated 90 kms. from Shillong and besides the picturesque village, offers many interesting sights such as the living root bridge and another strange natural phenomenon of a boulder balancing on another rock.
This cute and colourful little village is known for its cleanliness. The main occupation of the villagers is agriculture. They mostly grow betel nut. About 82 households live in Mawlynnong. Keeping the surrounding environment clean is an age old tradition. Discover India magazine declared the village as the cleanest in Asia in 2003.
Evening return back to Shillong.
Day 05: Shillong – Guwahati
You will be transferred back to Guwahati in time for your onward connection.
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Darjeeling has always been an epicenter for adventure tourism in India. The man who introduced adventure with the first ever successful ascent to Mt. Everest, Tensing Norgay placed Darjeeling on the map of World Adventure Tourism.
Along with hiking, rock climbing and rafting – mountain biking has become an interesting sport for the adventure lovers.
Day 01: Darjeeling to Sukhia 20 kms and further to Ramjee Basti 4 kms
After breakfast begin your mountain biking trip to Ramjee Basti. When you start from Darjeeling you are likely to encounter traffic on the way but after Ghoom the roads would be practically empty.
Ramjee Basti Herbal Plantation. We find most of the herbal plants that are listed to be found in the mountain region. A complete introduction to herbal plants and their usages, shall be conducted by Dr.Lama. the founder of this herbal plantation.
Stay at Ramjee Busty in homestay or tents.
Day 02: Ramjee Basti – Little Ranjit 15 kms
From Ramjee Basti after breakfast we begin downhill cycling to the banks of Ranjit River. Ramjee Busty to Little Rangit river. (via Pamigari to Tunga Goan). Traditional Village life can be seen.
At Rangit river they can experience Archery and Natural swimming pool.
Overnight in camps.
Day 03: Little Ranjit – Dongia
From Little Ranjit we cycle up to Dongia from where we board the back up vehicle and drive to Darjeeling.
At Dongia you will be able to visit orange farms.
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