India Expedition - Tea and Tribes
India Expedition - Tea and Tribes
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Highlights - Kolkata - Imphal - Kohima - Shillong - Darjeeling - Gangtok


Itinerary
Day 1: Kolkata
Namaste! Welcome to India. Join your group for a 6 pm welcome meeting. The noise and chaos of India's second largest city might be confronting at first, but if you have time to explore you'll discover impressive colonial architecture, some of the best restaurants in the country and a thriving arts scene. Bengali theatre, dance, poetry, art, music and film are all on show here, and
there's usually plenty to choose from at the city's many venues. This city is also where Mother Teresa did much of her charity work. Learn more on one of our Urban Adventures if you arrive
early.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information: If you're going to be late for the welcome meeting, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these handy to provide to your leader.


Day 2: Kolkata
Start the day by visiting the bustling but beautiful wholesale flower market. Then embark on a tour of Kolkata that includes one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks, the Howrah Bridge. See the grandiose Victoria Memorial, an interesting relic of the colonial era built to commemorate Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee; the Indian Museum, the largest and oldest museum in India; and a temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali. In the afternoon, visit the Kumartuli, a neighbourhood long associated with the making of clay idols which are then immersed in the
Hooghly during Kolkata’s colourful pujas (offering or prayers).
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Kolkata - Victoria Memorial
Kolkata - Flower Market
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.


Day 3: Imphal
In the morning, fly to Imphal (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes). It's located in the state of Manipur. Visit the unique Ima Keithal Women's Market, which is run solely by women. The largest of its kind in Asia, possibly the world, this market is a superb example of women's empowerment. It is difficult to say when it was established, though many say it came into being sometime in the 16th century. Traditionally women in Manipur have always been at the forefront of politics and fighting inequality. Around 4000 women traders sell all manner of goods here: fish, vegetables, bamboo and metal craft, traditional phaneks (sarongs) and innephis (stoles/dupattas), indigenous herbs, bangles and jewellery.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Imphal - Ima Keithel Women's Market
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.


Day 4: Keibul Lamjao National Park - Imphal
Enjoy a full day excursion to Keibul Lamjao National Park, which is home to Loktak Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India. This iconic lake is known for its circular floating
swamps and is the only 'floating national park' in the world. It's the home of 233 different species of aquatic plants, more than 100 species of birds, and 425 species of animals, including Indian
pythons, sambar, barking deer, civets, monkeys and gibbons.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.


Day 5: Kigwema Village - Kohima
Depart Imphal in the morning, travelling by road to Kohima (approximately 6 hours). On the way there, you'll stop in at Kigwema Village, where Naga people reside. The Naga, a people native to north-eastern India and northwest Myanmar, are made up of a variety of tribes which share similar customs and warrior roots.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Kigwema Village visit
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.



Day 6: Khonoma Village - Kohima
Set off in the morning on a half-day excursion to Khonoma Village. In Khonoma, the Angami Nagas fought a fierce battle against the British, who came in an expedition to these Naga Hills in
1879. The inhabitants of Khonoma place a lot of emphasis on wildlife conservation and have established The Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary. In the afternoon, visit
Naga Heritage Village for a glimpse of tribal lifestyle and culture of various Naga tribes from all over Nagaland. Also check out the World War II memorial (if there's time).
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Khonoma Village visit
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.


Day 7: Kaziranga National Park
In the morning, drive to Kaziranga (approximately 6 hours). This is your gateway to Kaziranga National Park, which hosts two thirds of the world's great one-horned rhinoceroses. It's one of the last parts of eastern India that's still largely untouched by a human presence.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.


Day 8: Kaziranga National Park - Shillong
Embark on an early-morning jeep safari out in Kaziranga National Park. Look out for elephants and other wildlife such as deer, wild boar and of course the famed one-horned rhino. Local birdlife
to look out for are eagles, parakeets, lovely blue-tinged Indian rollers and many more. Later in the morning, depart Kaziranga and drive to Shillong (approximately 7 hours).
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Kaziranga National Park - Jeep safari
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.


Day 9: Cherrapunjee - Shillong
Go on a full-day excursion to Cherrapunjee, which is credited as being the wettest place on Earth. Walk the David Scott trail and take in the amazing surrounds: cascading waterfalls, crystal clear streams gushing down from mountains, typical Khasi villages, lovely valleys, forested groves and expansive meadows. In the afternoon, take a sightseeing tour of Cherrapunjee which includes the highest waterfall in India (Nokhalika). Also visit the Mawsmai cave (time permitting) which is managed by local people.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Cherapunjee - David Scott trail & Nokhalika waterfall
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.


Day 10: Shillong - Overnight train
Enjoy a morning of leisure to relax and unwind. Depart Shillong and travel to Guwahati (approximately 3 hours). From there, take an overnight train to New Jalpaiguri, departing at around 10 pm.
Accommodation
Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.


Day 11: Darjeeling
Arrive in New Jalpaiguri at around 6 am. Drive to Darjeeling (approximately 3 hours) and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. If you have the energy, check out colonial-era architecture, visit
Buddhist monasteries, or just stroll the mall. Alternatively, rest your legs and relax in this lovely Himalayan mountain town.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Darjeeling - Tiger Hill
Darjeeling - Toy Train ride
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.


Day 12: Darjeeling
Early in the morning, walk to Tiger Hill (approximately 1 hour) to catch a glorious sunrise over the snowy peak of Kanchenjunga – the world’s third highest mountain. In the afternoon, transfer to Ghoom to board the Darjeeling Toy Train and enjoy a ride of a lifetime, winding your way through the mountains. The journey on the Toy Train, a classic steam-powered locomotive, is probably the most romantic way to experience the Himalayan landscape.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.


Day 13: Gangtok
Head to Gangtok in the morning (approximately 4 hours). This is the capital of the northeastern
state of Sikkim. Its chaotically laid-out townscape and jovial atmosphere make it a nice place to
walk around. Perhaps head to local viewpoint and, if it's clear, spot the majestic peak of
Khangchendzonga in the distance.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day


Day 14: Gangtok
Sprawling down a mountain ridge, this town is a haven for Tibetan Buddhists. Visit the monastery at Rumtek and perhaps hike to the old Gompa a little further down the road. In spare time,
perhaps pick up some local tea, or explore the Tibetology museum.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Gangtok - Rumtek Monastery
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.


Day 15: Kolkata
Drive to the airport in Bagdogra (approximately 3 hours), then fly back to Kolkata (approximately 1 hour). If the hustle and bustle is too much to bear after your mountain getaway, you can explore the vast green fields of the Maidan (also known as ‘the lungs of Kolkata’) or take refuge in the beautiful botanic gardens along the banks of the Hooghly River.


Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.


Day 16: Kolkata
The trip comes to an end this morning.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.


 



Offer Includes

  • Flights from London with Air India
  • Airport taxes
  • 15 nights accommodation as per the itinerary

Meal Plans

  • As per Itinerary