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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.
The Oberoi Grand
Best for: Culture History
Located in the heart of Calcutta and well over a century old, the Oberoi Grand combines classical architecture and refined modernity, making it the city’s foremost luxury hotel and a sophisticated retreat from the hustle and bustle of the City of Joy.
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Fondly referred to as the 'Grande Dame of Chowringhee', the Oberoi Grand has stood for well over a hundred years, becoming part of this endlessly fascinating city’s fabric. Its neo-classical facade and grand pillared entrance are a classic blend of high Victorian and traditional Indian architectural styles, and reflects the city’s colonial history. All of the Oberoi Grand’s 204 rooms and suites are well presented and tastefully furnished. Rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art amenities and have views either of the hotel’s central courtyard or the city of Calcutta. Suites feature king-sized four-poster beds, well-appointed bathrooms with Ayurvedic toiletries, and private balconies overlooking the courtyard, garden or pool.
The Grand has two restaurants serving sumptuous food. La Terrasse is an all-day restaurant offering international cuisine, while Baan Thai is widely recognised as being India’s top Thai restaurant. The Chowringhee Bar is a great place to relax with a selection of fine wines, beers and spirits. The courtyard swimming pool is a lovely and peaceful sanctum in which to relax and enjoy a cocktail while Calcutta rushes on outside and the hotel spa offers a wide range of rejuvenating treatments.
The hotel’s location makes it perfect for exploring this city of many facets. As a centre of learning and culture, Calcutta offers plenty of opportunities to take in Bengali cinema, poetry, music and art, or spend an afternoon’s browsing in the bookstores of College Street. There are also frequent Hindu festivals, which give you a chance to witness the rich and colourful pageantry of its devotees, while on a secular level this cricket-mad city affords opportunities either to play or watch, whether it’s joining one of the ad hoc games on the Maidan, or cheering with the crowds at an IPL match at Eden Gardens.
When to go
The region is best visited in the winter months of November to February when there is minimal humidity, temperatures are mild and the weather is drier. Primarily during December and January, the city of Calcutta experiences early morning mists making for spectacular views. Starting in March summers get very hot and humid continuing to June, making this a less comfortable time to visit. Towards the end of the summer it tends to be quite wet due to the oncoming monsoon. Between the month of July and October, the monsoon rains bring the majority of the annual rainfall in the region and August is perhaps the wettest month of all with flooding common during this time.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Colonial buildings tour
A tour of the British colonial buildings that surround B.B.D Square, which allows you to explore the historical, cultural and political past of this great city and the British empire.
Calcutta Street Food tour
No visit to Kolkata is complete without sampling the enormous range of delicious and traditional street food on offer and it is the ideal place to sample food from all parts of India.
Photography tour of Kolkata
The perfect experience for beginner and professional photographers alike. Kolkata has some of the best photography opportunities in India and this tour will help you find them.
Gangtok and Surrounding Area Tour
Explore Gangtok and the surrounding region, visiting the Rumtek monastery, the Institute of Tibetology, the Orchid Sanctuary and the Chorten monastery.
Kolkata City Tour
Explore the fascinating city of Kolkata with a specialist guide on this half day tour. Visit the Victoria Memorial, Botanical Gardens and Mother Teresa’s Missionary of Charity.
Kolkata sunset river Cruise
An evening country boat ride, to take in the setting sun on the Hooghly River.
Mesmerizing Markets Photography Tour
This specialist tour has been designed for photographers wanting to get the most out of Calcutta. The city is arguably one of India's most photogenic areas and this guided tour gives you access to some of India's most vivid and impressive markets.
Culture Kaleidoscope Photography Tour
Calcutta is easily one of India's most photogenic cities and is truly a melting pot of cultures and colours. Whether you are a photographer or not, our Culture Kaleidoscope Tour, run by a local photography expert, is the perfect introduction to the city.
Cooking demonstration and dinner with a local family
A cooking demonstration with a delicious dinner in a local and traditional Bengali home in Kolkata. Here you will learn about both the cuisine and authentic Bengali family life.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Calcutta, Kalimpong, Gangtok, Darjeeling
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.