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Assam and Darjeeling

India Holidays - One-horned Rhino, Kaziranga

CalcuttaOberoi Grand
2 nights
KazirangaDiphlu Lodge
3 nights
DarjeelingElgin Hotel 2 nights
Glenburn Glenburn Tea Estate
3 nights
Calcutta
Oberoi Grand
1 night

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12 days from £2390

International flights NOT included - see below

 

A comprehensive journey combining the former British Imperial capital Calcutta, searching for wildlife in Assam, and a stay in the Himalayan foothills, first in Darjeeling, 'Queen of the Hills' and then at a wonderful tea estate with views of the mighty Kanchenjunga

 

INDIA HOLIDAYS FACTFILE

 

DAY 1 - Arrive Calcutta (Kolkata).

On arrival in Calcutta you will be met by a representative of World Discovery outside immigration and customs. You will then be taken by private car direct to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free.  Recommended flight from London: Emirates from London Heathrow via Dubai (see below). If you are travelling from a country other than the UK we would be happy to give you guidance on your flight options.

DAY 2 - Calcutta.

The locals still call their city Calcutta.  This once great Imperial capital is often bypassed by tourists, but we believe that it's a place of character, culture and history that's well worth a visit of 2 or 3 days.  Your World Discovery India holiday begins this morning when your guide meets you at your hotel and takes you on a unique full day tour, including lunch at a private home and a private boat trip on the River Hoogly, that will give you real insight into this warm and friendly metropolis.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch.

EXTEND YOUR STAY IN CALCUTTAIndia Holidays - Calcutta - Victoria Memorial

We are happy to book a longer stay in Calcutta for those who wish.  Our expert ground agents can organise anything from high tea at Flury's, a visit to the tomb and former modest dwelling of Mother Theresa, to an afternoon in a private box at Calcutta Races.  Extend your stay in Calcutta

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ASSAM

India Holidays - Assam - Kaziranga National Park - ElephantsDAY 3 – Fly to Guwahati. Continue to Kaziranga.

In the morning take the short flight by Jet Airways to Guwahati in the state of Assam. You will be met and driven through the lush valley of the Brahmaputra River to Kaziranga National Park, a long and fairly tiring journey of around 4 hours. You will arrive at your lodge in the late afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast, dinner.

Left: Kaziranga has a thriving elephant population.

 

DAYS 4 AND 5 - Kaziranga National Park.

Two days of game-viewing in Kaziranga National Park.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner each day.

RETURN TO WEST BENGAL

DAY 6 - Fly to Bagdogra. By road to Darjeeling.

After breakfast drive back to Guwahati for the early afternoon flight to Bagdogra, West Bengal. From here you will driven into the foothills of the Himalaya, around the twisting hair-pin bends up to Darjeeling, located at 2,134m/7,000ft.
Meals Included: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner.

India Holidays - Kanchenjunga

DAY 7 - Darjeeling.

Darjeeling - 'Queen of the Hills' - was one of the most famous summer retreats of the British, a place to escape the fierce heat of the plains. It has recently been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.  Weather-permitting, one of the glories of a stay in Darjeeling is a view of the sunrise on Kanchenjunga (third highest mountain in the world at 8,586m/28,169ft) and the surrounding peaks.  Most visitors get up in the dark and travel for more than hour to join the tourist crowds at Tiger Hill to view the sunrise (often to be disappointed by the unpredictable conditions) but we feel that you can see the mountains just as well from the ridge in Darjeeling itself (just 10 minutes' walk from your hotel), and that's what we recommend.  You can stay in bed if it's overcast!  After breakfast this morning we have included a morning tour of Darjeeling that will give you a good introduction to this atmospheric mountain retreat.  The rest of the day is free.  One of the pleasures of Darjeeling is to walk around the central market areas and the Mall, full of interesting shops and tea rooms.  Darjeeling tea is recognised all over the world for its high quality and is known as the 'Champagne of teas'.
Meals included: Breakfast, dinner.

India Holidays - Darjeeling - Glenburn Tea Estate - Tea with a view!DAY 8 - The 'Toy Train'.  Drive to the Glenburn Tea Estate.

This morning take a short ride on the famous narrow-gauge (just 2 feet!) Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, affectionately known as the 'Toy Train'.  Combine this with a visit to Ghum Monastery.  Ghum is the highest station on the railway, and the section between Darjeeling and Ghum is the only one currently guaranteed to use steam engines (diesel locomotives are used for the most part of the journey).  From Ghum you will then have an hour's drive to the charming Glenburn Tea Estate, a 150 year old plantation house situated on a small hill above the River Rungeet. This is the perfect place for those who are looking for peace and quiet, and for those who like walking. A resident guide/naturalist will organise walks in the surrounding areas, as well as birdwatching and fishing. An individual programme can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

DAYS 9 AND 10 - Glenburn Tea Estate.

At leisure, with a wide choice of activities.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner each day.

DAY 11 - Return to Calcutta.

Drive out of the hills to Bagdogra for the early afternoon flight to Calcutta.  The rest of the day is free.
Meals included: Breakfast.

DAY 12 – At leisure.  Depart.

At leisure until your afternoon transfer to the airport for your international flight home.
Meals included: Breakfast.

 

International Flights.

There are currently no direct flights from London to Kolkata (Calcutta).  We recommend the services of Emirates from London Heathrow via Dubai. Current timings (subject to possible change) are as follows:
Heathrow/Dubai.  Depart at 13.35; arrive Dubai at 00.35 (next day)
Dubai/Kolkata. Depart at 02.00; arrive Kolkata at 07.40
Kolkata/Dubai.  Depart at 20.30; arrive Delhi at 00.30 (next day)
Dubai/Heathrow. Depart at 03.10; arrive Heathrow at 07.10

You can book the flights yourself on the easy-to-use Emirates website.  Emirates also have flights from Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.  Alternatively World Discovery can book the flights for you (we levy a service charge of £25 per person for this service).


India Holidays: Assam and Darjeeling (Reference: WDIN016)
2017 Departures
Price per person based on a minimum of two persons travelling together:

Daily departures

Price

Jan to Apr
£2390
Oct to Dec*
£2415

* Supplements will be charged during the Christmas and New Year period.

Single Room Supplements on request.

We do not recommend travel to this region in the summer months (May to September) because of the weather conditions.

The price includes:

  • Scheduled domestic flights from Calcutta to Guwahati, from Guwahati to Bagdogra and from Bagdogra to Calcutta, including airport taxes.
  • Hotel accommodation as listed above in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities.
  • 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners as shown in the itinerary.
  • Private transportation throughout.
  • All sightseeing as shown (unless indicated as ‘optional’), including entrance fees.
  • The services of private English-speaking drivers throughout.
  • The services of private guides for the included sightseeing.

Not included in the price:

  • International flights (see our recommendation above). We are happy to discuss the flights with you and give you further guidance.
  • International airport taxes.
  • Optional sightseeing.
  • Tipping. We will give you guidance in this often sensitive matter.
  • An Indian Visa. This should be obtained before departure from the United Kingdom. Applications should be made online through VFS Global, the official representatives of the High Commission in London - http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/.

A deposit of £250 per person is required at the time of booking, plus the cost of the international airfare and service charge if World Discovery is booking the flights on your behalf.  The balance of the price for your India holiday must be paid at least 8 weeks before your departure date.

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