East India Tour
Duration : 15 Nights & 16 Days
Destination : Kolkata – Bishnupur – Shantiniketan – Kolkata – Guwahati – Wild Mahseer – Kaziranga – Kolkata – Cruise – Kolkata
Accommodation : Hotels / Guest Houses / Home Stays
Best time to visit : October to June
Journey Type : Group & Private Journey
Explore Northeast India's hidden gems on our East India Tour, meticulously designed by Royal India Holidays. Immerse yourself in authentic experiences in this untouched region. Discover Kolkata, the "City of Joy," with its iconic Howrah Bridge and vibrant flower market. Explore historical sites like Shantiniketan and embrace nature at Wild Mahseer, a colonial British bungalow nestled in lush tea gardens. Kaziranga awaits with its incredible wildlife, including the one-horned rhino and wild water buffalo. Cap off your adventure with a three-night cruise to the famous Sunderbans, the Royal Bengal Tiger's home.
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel for Overnight Stay.
Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, is located on the banks of River Hooghly and is the capital city of the state West Bengal. It is also the commercial capital of eastern India. Kolkata also served as the capital of India during the time of British rule till 1911. As the former capital of India, Kolkata was the birthplace of modern Indian literary and artistic thought. Bengal has a rich heritage of literature, (Rabindranath Tagore), dissent (Gandhi) and “the good of the whole” (Jyoti Basu). A short ride on the cities underground subway and a boat ride on the Hooghly will provide an intriguing window into life in this colorful and robust city
Overnight stay at Hotel.
After breakfast full day city sightseeing of Kolkata including visit to Mother Teresa’s Home.
After breakfast proceed for city sightseeing of Kolkata visiting various historical monuments and imperial buildings, Howrah Bridge and Ghats of River Hooghly.
Kolkata has many buildings adorned with Gothic, Baroque, Roman, Oriental and Indo-Islamic (including Mughal) motifs. Several major buildings of the Colonial period are well maintained and have been declared "heritage structures", while others are in various stages of decay. Established in 1814, the Indian Museum is the oldest museum in Asia and houses vast collections of Indian natural history and Indian art. The Victoria Memorial, one of the major tourist attractions in Kolkata, has a museum documenting the city's history. The National Library of India is India's leading public library. Academy of Fine Arts and other art galleries hold regular art exhibitions.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
After breakfast drive 4 hrs to Bishnupur. On arrival check into your hotel.
Post lunch visit Rash Mancha, Dalmadal Cannon, Jor Bangla Temple, Madan Mohan Temple, Malla King's Fort and Jogesh Chandra Pura Kirti Bhawan Museum
Rash Mancha (stage for dancing) -One of the famous attraction in Bishnupur which was built by BirHambir, a Malla King to celebrate the Ras festival.
Jor Bangla Temple-Built by Raghunath Singha II in 1655 A.D., the temple is greatly influenced by classical Bengali architecture. The temple is also known as the Keshta Raya Temple and is famous for its construction and terracotta sculptures. The Temple resembles two hut-like structures with separate angled roofs held together by a chala (tower) at the crown.
Malla King's Fort-Very little remains of the fort built between 1657- 1677 A.D by the Malla ruler king Bir singha. The gate of the old fort is of laterite stone and is called "PatharDurwaza" the kings soldiers would hide inside the gate and there were holes drilled in different directions for the ques. A stone chariot in laterite can be seen as cribbed to.
Jogesh Chandra Pura Kirti Bhawan Museum: In the year 1951 a group of young energetic persons established this museum and sought for affiliation from Bngiya Sahitya Parisad, Calcutta in order to legitimize its collection work. In 1954 the said museum was named after Acharjya Jogesh Chandra Purakriti Bhawan after the name of Jogesh Chandra Roy Vidyanidhi, the famous scholar of this district as well as Bengal. 03 Galleries are there - ARCHEOLOGICAL GALLERY, MUSIC GALLERY and FOLK ART GALLERY.
Overnight at Bishnupur Tourist Lodge.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Panchmura (30 kms / 1 hour drive one way)….
Terracotta is one of the ancient manifestations of human creativity. The simple yet dynamic artistry of Panchmura has ritualistic origin. This craft started with the rise in the popularity of the local serpent deity Manasa. Clay horses were offered to the village deities once wishes were fulfilled. Even today the rural communities continue with the practice of offering the terracotta figures as token of their devotion. The Malla kings made the Terracotta art of Bishnupur popular by building terracotta temples all over the place. The temples served a dual purpose for them by being a place of worship on one hand and that of shelter for warriors on the other. The ubiquitous terracotta structures with their apparent subtle and artistic facade were rock solid inside. The kings brought the craftsmen from Panchmura for building these temple and that marked the beginning of Bishnupur Terracotta tradition.
Later drive to Shantiniketan (110 kms / 3.5 hours drive)
Post lunch visit the University Campus and Sriniketan (closed on Wednesday & Thursday).
- Details of places that can be visited:
- The Vishwa Bharati University Campus
- China Bhawan (The Chinese Faculty)
- Chhatimtala (Here Maharshi Devendranath, the father of Rabindranath Tagore, used to meditate)
- Kala Bhavan (The College of Fine Arts & Crafts) Patha Bhavan, Prayer Hall (Founded by the poet's father in 1863, the hall is made of glass. Prayers are held on Wednesday)
- Bichitra (Also called Rabindra Bhavan, a Research Centre and Museum where the poet's personal belongings, paintings & various editions of his works are exhibited)
- Sangeet Bhawan (College of Dance and Music)
Overnight at Shantiniketan Hotel.
After breakfast visit Sriniketan
The Institute of Rural Reconstruction was founded in 1922 at Surul at a distance of about three kilometers from Shantiniketan. It was formally inaugurated on February 6, 1922 with Leonard Elmhirst as its first Director. Thus the second but contiguous campus of Visva-Bharati came to be located in 1923 at a site which assumed the name of Sriniketan. The chief object was to help villagers and people to solve their own problems instead of a solution being imposed on them from outside. In consonance with the ideas about reconstruction of village life, a new type of school meant mainly for the children of neighboring villages who would eventually bring the offering of their acquired knowledge for the welfare of the village community was also conceived. This school, Siksha-Satra, was started in Shantiniketan in 1924 but was shifted to Sriniketan in 1927. The Lok- Siksha Samsad, an organization for the propagation of non-formal education amongst those who had no access to usual educational opportunities, was started in 1936. Siksha-Charcha for training village schoolteachers followed next year.
Later drive 4 hrs to Kolkata. On arrival check into your hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Guwahati
Jet Airways 9W 7048 – 1030 / 1140 hrs
Assistance on arrival and drive 4 hrs to tea Plantation.
Wild Mahseer - Located 25 kms away from India’s cleanest city, Tezpur, Wild Mahseer is a bio- diverse Ark of 1,00,000+ plants, 90+ species of birds and 72+ species of butterflies and is also the gateway to the forests of Pakke, Kaziranga, Nameri and Orang. Imbued in history on a 22- acre land, it comprises of the Burra (visiting agent’s) Bungalow (3 rooms), a mute spectator of the tea heritage that allows visitors to immerse in the nostalgia of the colonial lifestyle. Along with an additional 5 cosy tea bungalows with One cottage (total 18 rooms), the First Flush dining pavilion and Two & A Bud conference facility all located on a certified organic property.
On arrival check into Wild Mahseer Lodge
Spend the day exploring the Tea Plantations.
At Wild Mahseer, take a guided tour across its property, forest, and communities nearby. With the feeling of serenity beneath your feet in the paradise of 1,00,000+ plants, 75+ birds and 72+ butterflies. Explore the abundant biodiversity, while also understanding the botany of these community villages and the intricate interdependent relationship. Interact with the locals, imbibe their culture, feel, and taste the local produce while also enjoying the serenity and capturing some splendid views and scenes.
Overnight stay at Lodge
Morning drive 2 hrs to Kaziranga National Park. On arrival check into Diphlu River Lodge
Afternoon game viewing into the national park in sharing jeep with naturalist.Overnight stay at Diphlu River Lodge.
Morning & evening game viewing by Jeep / Elephants. Overnight Diphlu River Lodge. (Elephants are owned by Forest department and are subject to availability)
Morning & evening game viewing by Jeep / Elephants. Overnight Diphlu River Lodge.
After breakfast transfer to Guwahati airport for flight to Kolkata.
Assistance on arrival at Kolkata airport and transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast check out of your hotel and transfer to the Cruise Jetty. On arrival board your cruise.
Overnight on Cruise
Report at 1.00 p.m. at the embarkation point at Jetty in Millennium Park. This is situated in the center of Kolkata. 40 minutes from airport. Check-in at the cruiser M.V. Paramhamsa.
After safety and tour briefing the cruiser sails for Sunderbans, the kingdom of the famous Royal Bengal Tigers as well as the World’s largest Mangrove Forest belt. The cruiser sails along the beautiful Ganges towards the south, passing through the various heritage sites to reach on the gate way of Sunderbans Namkhana.
Cruise - Early this morning enjoy the unique scene of hundreds of fishing boats busy with their daily chores in the small fishing hamlet of Namkhana. The busy fishing harbour will give an insight to the lifestyle of the fishermen. The guests can buy fresh fish and other sea foods to be cooked in the live kitchen counters.
Afternoon guests can disemark to walk through the thick mangrove forest of Lothian island having extensive range of mangrove species where the guests can feast their eyes on the wide range of migratory and local birds of this region. excellent birding opportunity.Later the guests will visit the crocodile project on Bhagabatpur island which is a hatchery and sanctuary to the biggest estuarine crocodiles in the world.
Cruise - Early morning visit the Nethidopani Watch Tower. Nethidopani has ruins of a 400-year-old temple and legends lend mystery to the atmosphere.
Later after breakfast enjoy extensive creek ride through the dense Mangrove forest. Later have a Canopy walk and explore Dobanke, the Deer Rehabilitation Center.
Afternoon visit the Wildlife Watch Tower at Sudhayanakhali; famous for its watchtower and wildlife sighting
Cruise / Kolkata Departure – Spend the morning at Bali Village, a typical Sunderban village for an interaction with the villagers to experience their life style. Guests will experience farming, paddy husking, honey packing, fishing and various occupations of the region.
After breakfast check out and transfer to small vessel for disembarkation. Depart for Kolkata by surface (3 Hours). Reach Kolkata for your onward journey.
Note: The time of excursions may vary depending upon the tidal and other environmental conditions.ON arrival Kolkata check into your hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast transfer to airport for flight to onward destination.