This tour focuses on two contrasting aspects of India: wild nature and big-city culture. We’ll travel to Kaziranga National Park in the Brahmaputra river valley and the world’s largest mangrove forests at Sunderbans, as well as exploring two of the country’s great cities – Delhi and Kolkata.
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The tour begins with a two-night stay in Delhi, where sights such as the Gandhi Memorial and spectacular Red Fort provide the perfect introduction to Indian heritage and culture. There is also a visit to the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, and the splendid India Gate.
The following day we’ll board a plane for Guwahati, the capital of Assam in the Northeastern Part of the country. 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’ll spend three days here, taking a series of game drives plus a thrilling elephant-back safari into the lush grassland looking for one-horned rhinos (Kaziranga is home to over two-thirds of the world’s population) plus tigers and other spectacular species. A boat trip offers the chance 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’ll travel into this remote waterworld 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, formerly known as Calcutta and regarded as the country’s pre-eminent intellectual centre. We’ll spend a day exploring this fascinating Bengali city, the second-largest in India, with visits to the mysterious Kali temple and handsome Victoria Monument.
Please note: You can use this itinerary as a guide to fully customise this tour as per your budget and requirements. Flexible options include travel dates and duration, places, activities and experiences, hotel category (star/rating) and any specific requirements that you may have.
DAY 01 - Delhi
Arrive Delhi, transfer to Hotel, evening free
Arrive Delhi, After a traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our KVT’s representative would assist you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. Rest of the day is free to relax and explore the city.
DAY 02 - Delhi
Delhi half day sightseeing.
This day after breakfast we proceed for the sightseeing of Delhi; visiting Jama Masjid which is the largest mosque of India; it is located in Old Delhi opposite to the Red Fort and next to Chandni Chowk. Then we will head to Red Fort (remain closed on every Monday) which is made of red sandstone built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1648. Later we will visit Raj Ghat; it is the memorial to Father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Then visit India Gate (42 m high) the war memorial for Indian soldiers and drive pass by colonial buildings such as the President's House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931.
DAY 03 - Guwahati
Morning fly to Guwahati, then drive to Kaziranga National Park
This day after breakfast we will be transferred to the airport to board the flight to Guwahati. Arrive in Guwahati airport then board the vehicle and drive to Kaziranga National Park (Distance: 240km appx). Kaziranga National Park is one of the finest and most picturesque wildlife parks in India, it is located on the banks of Brahmaputra River and it is the ideal habitat for Great Indian one-horned rhinoceros as well as for other wildlife’s also like Indian Elephants, Indian Bison, Swamp Deer or Barasingha, Hog Deer, Wild Water Buffalo etc. In the evening reach Kaziranga National Park and transfer to the hotel for check-in.
DAY 04 - Kaziranga
Morning elephant safari and evening jeep safari
Early morning explore the Kaziranga National park by an Elephant. Elephant will ride you through the park chasing for a unicorn rhino along with a wide range of rare species. In afternoon, we take a jeep safari to explore the more wild life in the park. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore nature.
DAY 05 - Kaziranga
Morning and evening jeep safari
Today we do 2 jeep safaris into the national park, one in morning and other one in evening. This is the best way to experience the wildlife of the park.
DAY 06 - Kaziranga
Morning boat ride in the park, evening free
In the morning we do boat ride on Brahmaputra River and can see the wildlife from the boat. Evening is free time to explore the local life at Kaziranga.
DAY 07 - Kolkata
Morning transfer to Guwahati airport and fly to Kolkata
This morning after breakfast we drive towards Guwahati airport to board the flight for Kolkata (Distance: 240km appx). Upon arrival, board the vehicle and will be transferred to the hotel for check-in.
DAY 08 - Sunderbans
Drive towards jetty, board the boat and transfer to Sunderbans National Park
Early morning we will be transferred to port (Jetty). From port we will board the motor fitted country boat and will be transferred to the lodge located in the Sunderbans. Sunderbans has the world’s largest mangrove forest and it is home to Royal Bengal tigers, saltwater crocodiles, deer, birds and many other wildlife species. In the afternoon, we set out to explore the wildlife from the watchtower near the lodge.
Overnight Forest Lodge
DAY 09 - Sunderbans
Explore Sunderbans National Park by boat
This National Park is a Tiger Reserve, UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve located in the Sundarbans delta in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is also the habitat for variety of birds, mammals, reptiles and invertebrate species, including the saltwater crocodile. It is the largest mangrove forest in the world where one can find twenty-six of the fifty mangrove types. The best part of this national park is the boat safari where tourists float down through the various river sublets and closely encounter several wild species.
Overnight Forest Lodge
DAY 10 - Kolkata
Return to Kolkata by boat and afternoon proceed sightseeing of Kolkata
In the morning we return back to port touring through the river (lunch on the boat). Upon arrival we board the vehicle and drive to Kolkata and check into our hotel. Later visit Victoria Memorial which is a large marble building and dedicated to Queen Victoria. It was planned by Lord Curzon and opened by the Prince of Wales in 1921. After that we will visit the Kali Temple and later return back to the hotel.
DAY 11 - Kolkata
Departure transfer to Kolkata international airport
Today you will be transferred to the Kolkata International Airport to board the flight for your onward destination.
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