To provide the perfect introduction to Indian heritage and culture, this tour begins with a two-night stay in Delhi where sights such as Raj Ghat – Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial, spectacular Red Fort – built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in the 17th century as a ceremonial and political centre of Mughal government, Jama Masjid – India’s biggest mosque also built around the same time, and the splendid India Gate - built as a memorial for 82,000 soldiers who died in the first World War. The following day we board a plane for Guwahati, the capital of Assam, in the northeast. Famous for its tea plantations this otherwise little-known region is home to Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the sub-continent’s premier destinations for wildlife enthusiasts. We spend three days here, taking a series of game drives including one on elephant back adding more thrill to the adventure, into the lush grassland looking for one-horned rhinos (Kaziranga is home to over two-thirds of the world’s population of rhinos) and tigers and other spectacular species.
A boat trip offers opportunities to spot rare Gangetic dolphins. Some 500km to the southwest in the vast swamps of the Ganges delta, Sunderbans National Park is densely covered by mangrove forests - a refuge for a significant population of Bengal Tigers. We travel into this remote water-world by boat and experience the wilderness to the full by spending two nights in a forest lodge.
Our trip concludes in the metropolis of Kolkata that is regarded as the country’s pre-eminent intellectual centre. We spend a day exploring this fascinating Bengali city, the second-largest in India, with visits to the mysterious Kali temple – built to worship Goddess Kali; and the gorgeous Victoria Memorial - a large marble building dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria, and now a museum.
- Kaziranga National Park – Elephant Safari to find one-horned Indian rhinos.
- Sunderbans National Park – the world’s biggest mangrove forest.
- The Victoria Memorial and other sights in the colourful city of Kolkata.
- Jama Masjid and other sights in Old and New Delhi.
Day 2Sighteeing of Delhi
In the morning in our sightseeing programme, we visit the walled city of Old Delhi; crowded, buzzing with activity and still influenced by the great Mughals who once ruled from the ramparts of the majestic Red Fort. We also visit Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India built in 17th century. Later we drive past the New Delhi area to visit India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidential Palace), the Parliament House and some other Colonial buildings built by Edwin Lutyens, a British architect, during the first half of 20th Century.
Day 3Delhi - Guwahati by flight and later drive to Kaziranga
Delhi - guwahati
Today, we board a morning Flight to Guwahati, the Capital of Assam.
guwahati - Kaziranga National Park
On arrival, we would be welcomed by our representative and drive to Kaziranga. It is a vast stretch of tall elephant grass and thick tropical moist broadleaf forests bisected by four major rivers, including the Brahmaputra, and the park has various small bodies of water. There was a centennial celebration in the year 2005 as it was set up as Reserve Forest in 1905. This park also houses numerous species of migratory birds along with domestic one.
Day 4Kaziranga National Park
Today, we have two Game drives into the Park are scheduled; one in the morning and the other in the afternoon, to look for a large variety of wild animal and bird life. This Park is very famous, in particular, for endangered Indian one-horned rhinoceros which are found in large numbers only in this park. Evening is free to explore the surroundings.
Day 5Kaziranga National Park
Early in the morning, we experience an Elephant Safari to visit central range of the park for about a couple of hours before we return to our hotel for breakfast. This park, declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985, also has tigers, large breeding elephants, wild water buffaloes and swamp deer. Apart from this, the park has been identified as an important bird area by Birdlife International Society as it is also home to various species of migratory and domestic birds. Situated on the banks of river Brahmaputra, the sanctuary is blessed with different kinds of vegetation also. Its breathtaking array of flora and diverse fauna adds value to the scenic beauty of the park. After breakfast there is free time to relax until lunch.
Elephant Safari Timings: Central Zone of the park at 05.30 am and at 07.30 am for 1.5 hours to 2 hours.
Post lunch, it is time for Another safari into the Park, but this time, on Jeeps.
Afternoon Safari starts from 01.30 pm till 03.30 pm.
Day 7Kaziranga - Guwahati drive and fly to Kolkata
Kaziranga National Park - guwahati
In the morning, we drive back to Guwahati Airport to board our flight to Kolkata.
guwahati - Kolkata
On arrival, we will be received by our representative and will be transferred to the Hotel. Situated on the bank of Hooghly River, this vibrant town is the hub for commercial, cultural and educational activities. It continue to inspire the young writers to showcase their talent and widely known for historical monuments.
Day 8Drive Kolkata - Sunderbans
Kolkata - Sundarbans National Park
This morning, we drive from the hotel to Gothkhali port by car (3 hrs) , passing through the picturesque countryside of Bengal. Start boat from Gotkhali port, will head towards Sunderban Forest Resort by afternoon. On arrival, check-in at the Resort and lunch would be served. Later , we will visit The Forest museum where we observe different species residing in the mangrove world of the Sunderbans. Evening at leisure. Overnight at the Lodge. The Sunderbans are mangrove forest encompassing the territory of Bangladesh and eastern India. In 1997, it was included in UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 9Sundarbans Sightseeing
Today is the day to look for Bengal Tigers and other animal and bird life while we enjoy a Full day Cruise by boat on the calm waters of Sunderbans region. The surroundings are beautiful and enchanting; We visit Pakhiralya, Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower, Netidhopani Watch Tower & also other points of the Sundarban forest. A good day to spend in the green mangroves and a good night to spend in such atmosphere, closer to Nature. Dinner and night halt at the forest lodge.
Day 10Drive back to Sundarban and Sightseeing of Kolkata
Sundarbans National Park - Kolkata
After the breakfast, we board the boat for the tour of the island village of Bali, where we observe local residents conducting their everyday chores- fishing, weaving and boat-making. A short cruise in country boats along the narrow canals completes the Sundarban National Park experience. And on arrival at jetty, we disembark the boat and board the vehicle in the direction of Kolkata.
On arrival, transfer to hotel. Later we first visit the royal, grandiose and gorgeous Victoria Memorial. It is the most popular building of Kolkata made up of white marble in a European architectural style. It houses several rare and unique antiques. Later we visit the divine Kali Temple situated on the bank of Hooghly (the Ganges) River. This huge and artistically constructed temple is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Kali and is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas.