Mostly known for Kolkata and Darjeeling, this part of India is amazingly diverse and is a different world.
The region has Himalayan massifs, colonial architecture & history, mangroves, man-eating tigers, tribal hinterland, white sandy beaches, tea gardens & the famous mountain railway.
Kolkata in the state of West Bengal has always dominated the scene in this part of the country as it was the former capital of British Raj. The city still retains its colonial character and a vibrant atmosphere. From here, it is an easy access to the Himalayan states and especially the hill station of Darjeeling.
With colourful monasteries, tea plantations, views of snow-clad peaks and the affectionate ‘Toy Train’, Darjeeling is a welcome change from the city life. Continuing from here is the charming Himalayan state of Sikkim which has some of the best and most uninterrupted views of the Himalayan peaks including Mt Kanchenjunga.
The other seven sister states house the tea plantation and single Horned rhinos of Assam, ancient head-hunter tribes of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, where high mountain passes give way to remote Buddhist monasteries.
From the Himalaya down to the Ganges one can travel through the Gangetic plains for the Buddhist pilgrimage and visit Bodhgaya where Buddha attained enlightenment.
From Kolkata travel southwards where Orissan architecture never fails to amaze the visitor with its awe-inspiring temples at Puri & Konark. For the more adventurous, travel the tribal heartland deep into Orissa, this really is a must. After a tiring tour in the east, the Andaman & Nicobar Islands with their azure waters and pristine beaches make for a compelling destination.
IDEAS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY TO INDIA:
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE RAJ
New Delhi / Agra / Chambal Valley / Lucknow / Varanasi / Kolkata
On this holiday you will embark on a journey following the footsteps of the British Raj in India. The bespoke itinerary explores the reminiscence of the Colonial rule and the legacy left behind in the country.
KOLKATA, TEA ESTATES OF DARJEELING & EASTERN HIMALAYA
Kolkata / Kalimpong / Gangtok / Peling City / Darjeeling / West Bengal
Often less visited and unexplored, East India is an incredible place to visit. This exciting journey uncovers the different shades of Kolkata before exploring the state of Sikkim, its spellbinding scenery, flower nurseries and stunning monasteries. The region is incredible with an old Buddhist culture, quaint hill towns, breath-taking views and friendly people. Then its down to the colonial hill station Darjeeling to experience sunrise over the third highest mountain in the world and an exciting journey on the famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
EASTERN INDIA & TRIVES OF ODISHA
Kolkata / Bhubaneswar / Puri / Gopalpur / Rayagada / Odisha / Visakhapatnam / Hyderabad
This fascinating itinerary travels through a part of India which is predominantly unexplored and often neglected by travellers. The tribal heartland of India in Orissa and it’s existence in Eastern India is unknown to many. Begin in colonial Kolkata before heading deep into the tribal villages of Orissa. Visiting these areas is like a journey back in time as you experience the reminiscence of the Brtish Raj, visit the incredible spiritual temples and monasteries, meet the beautiful tribal communities and learn their fascinating ways of living, cultures and traditions. This tour will be customised to coincide with the weekly markets of various tribes.
Build Your Tailor-Made Holiday to India
As well as luxury holidays, we've also built many different India itineraries for families and honeymoon couples who want to see the best parts the country has to offer.
The holiday itineraries above are examples of ones we have created previously in India, and give you a good idea on the time needed to see many of the idyllic places mentioned above. If you would like more information on a specific area, or a certain hotel, please get in touch with us.
Adventure, culture, cities, beach, family
GMT+ 4.5 hours
When to go:
October to March
8 hours approx
Some are recommended or required by the Centres for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
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