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The Golden Triangle is a great starting point for anyone visiting India for the first time. The journey is made up of three of the most visited cities in north India – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, offering a fantastic combination of history and culture.
Only after stepping foot in India will you realise that Indian cuisine, as you know it, just doesn’t exist. To paint both the delicate and punchy flavours of India with the same broad brushstroke overlooks the smorgasbord of dishes on offer from north to south. Tried and tested recipes balance coriander, cumin and cardamom with almost scientific precision, guaranteeing a culinary experience you will never forget.
Enjoy a sneak peek into daily life in India by staying at a haveli or in a homestay. If only for a few nights, you will be shoehorned into a family, enjoying traditional Indian hospitality, sampling home cooked food and exploring the path less travelled. Staying at one of these unique lodgings will give you an incredible insight into real India, and you will be welcomed with open arms by hosts whose wealth of local knowledge knows no bounds. Coming in all shapes and sizes, from plantation bungalows to historic houses, majestic forts and charming cottages, a short stay in one of these unique properties allows you to immerse yourself in India rather than simply visit it.
India is a magical country which welcomes travellers with a chaotic and colourful assault on the senses. Never is this more prominent than during one of the many festivals. Below we have listed the dates for the major festivals in India in 2017. Speak to one of our specialists about incorporating one of these into a tailor-made itinerary.
With millions of passengers on the move every day, travelling on some 71,000 miles of track, India's intricate network of railways are the arteries of the country, connecting its bustling cities with its sleepy villages and everywhere in between. The sprawling rail network reaches the nooks and crannies of India which are otherwise impossible to find. Amongst the country's miles of train tracks are some of the most picturesque rail journeys in the world, most notable of which are its famed toy trains. Whilst perhaps not the most efficient way of getting from A to B, the experience is an absolute must to add to your India itinerary.
East India Tour
Calcutta, Kalimpong, Gangtok, Darjeeling
Best for: Culture History, Spectacular scenery, Walking Trekking
Discover the delights of India’s most beguiling far-flung region, from India’s vibrant cultural hub of Calcutta to the striking Himalayan scenery that surrounds the hill stations and Buddhist monasteries that dot India’s northeast.
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Although often overlooked in comparison to some of India’s more frequently travelled regions, East India is a fascinating area of sacred shrines, colourful monasteries, charming hill towns, colonial history and stunning mountain landscapes. This nine night itinerary will take you to explore some of the area’s most notable attractions, ideal for those looking to head off the common tourist track to discover India’s mountain cultures and outstanding scenery that many visitors never explore. Starting in Calcutta to explore the former capital of the British Raj, this trip then takes you to discover the lively Himalayan market town of Kalimpong. Next, head higher into the mountains to reach Gangtok, home to several sacred shrines and monasteries, before exploring the lush green tea gardens of Darjeeeling.
Days 1 - 3 : Calcutta, India
Stay at The Oberoi Grand for 2 nights
As with many journeys to the east, your trip begins in Calcutta, India’s cultural and political capital. Upon arrival, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to the Oberoi Grand, Calcutta’s leading luxury hotel located in the heart of the city. After settling into the hotel, enjoy a sunset cruise on the Hooghly River, a tributary of the holy River Ganges. The former capital of British India, Calcutta is filled with remnants of its British colonial past. Spend the following day discovering such historic vestiges alongside some modern highlights on a private tour including the Victoria Memorial, the Botanical Gardens and Mother Teresa’s Missionary of Charity.
Days 3 - 5 : Kalimpong, India
Stay at Orchid Retreat for 2 nights
On the morning of day three, you will be taken to Calcutta airport in time to board a short one hour flight to Bagdogra. From Bagdogra, it is approximately a three hour drive to the scenic bazaar town of Kalimpong. Spend the next two nights at Orchid Retreat, a family-run guesthouse that offers clean and simple lodging with magnificent views of the Himalayas. Spend the next day exploring the area on a guided tour, including flower nurseries, the Haat Bazaar and the Zang Dhok Palri Phodang Monastery.
Days 5 - 7 : Gangtok, India
Stay at The Elgin Nor-Khill Hotel for 2 nights
From Kalimpong, you will be driven approximately three hours to Gangtok, where you will spend the next two nights at the Elgin Nor-Khill, charming heritage hotel that offers a wonderful base for exploring Gangtok and the surrounding area. The next day, discover the beauty and culture of this mountainous region on a guided tour, visiting the widely celebrated Rumtek Monastery, the Institute of Tibetology and the Chorten Monastery.
Days 7 - 9 : Darjeeling, India
Stay at Windamere Hotel for 2 nights
On the morning of day seven, you will be driven approximately four hours to Darjeeling, a lush hill station famed for its tea variety and stunning Himalayan scenery. The next two nights will be spent at Windamere Hotel, a Raj-era Heritage hotel that offers comfortable accommodation in a fantastic location from which to enjoy Darjeeling’s astounding natural beauty including the towering peak of Kanchenjunga. That afternoon and evening is free to relax in the hotel before exploring Darjeeling the next day on a guided tour, visiting highlights including the zoological park, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Tibetan refugee centre and then Bhutia Busty Monastery.
Day 9 - 10 : Calcutta, India
Stay at The Oberoi Grand for 1 night
It is time to leave the beauty of the mountains behind on day nine as you are driven approximately three hours back to Bagdogra airport in time to board a flight to Calcutta. After one final night back at the Oberoi Grand, you will be driven to Calcutta’s Airport in time for your flight back home.
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From $2489 per person
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.