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North East India with Kolkata and Darjeeling Toy Train Tour - 14 Nights / 15 Days

Explore the most vibrant city of India Kolkata with a tour on the UNESCO Heritage Darjeeling toy train and to North East India’s most picturesque and culturally diverse states of Assam and Meghalaya. The tour of North East India with Kolkata and Darjeeling is filled with the treasures of the past and present. The tour takes you to one of the least visited regions of India, but one of the richest in picturesque beauty and culturally diverse part of India.

Tour Briefing

Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days

Loction : North East India- Assam Meghalaya Kolkata and Darjeeling Tour

Best Season : Mid October to April

Category : Cultural, Heritage, Nature and Wildlife

Covering : Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Cherrapunjee, Kaziranga National Park, Johrat, Majuli Islands, Darjeeling

You can take it : As a private, personalised tour (tour dates would be of your choice)

Special About Tour :

Explore the most vibrant city of India Kolkata with a tour on the UNESCO Heritage Darjeeling toy train and to North East India’s most picturesque and culturally diverse states of Assam and Meghalaya. The tour of North East India with Kolkata and Darjeeling is filled with the treasures of the past and present. The tour takes you to one of the least visited regions of India, but one of the richest in picturesque beauty and culturally diverse part of India.

Tailor-made private guided North East India with Kolkata and Darjeeling tour India takes you to one of the least visited regions of India where you don’t only enjoy the history and architecture of the Victorian buildings at Kolkata but other hand you do experience the distinct culture, traditions , wildlife. On a clear day the breathtaking views of the magnificent Mt. Kangchenjunga world’s third-highest peak from Darjeeling, with wonderful climate, clear brisk air, drew travellers around the World to the Eastern Indian Himalayas for a tour.

North East India Family Holiday tour with exceptional mountain scenery, tea plantations, cruise on the mighty Brahmaputra to visit Majuli Islands, listed as world's largest river island, exploring Kaziranga National Park on the back of elephant/ jeep safari in search of one Horn Rhino, which is home to two-thirds of the world's Rhino population, a boat ride on one of the cleanest rivers at Dawki village on India Bangladesh border, the pretty little Raj hill station of Shillong and Cherrapunji with its manicured gardens, colonial heritage and living root bridges, the tea town of Johrat in Assam and Darjeeling in west Bengal, tea tasting and tea processing tour, interaction with locals and cooking classes in a local village, the tour offers you a true insight to authentic India.

On this community based North East India with Kolkata and Darjeeling toy train tour package we provides you the best experience including the local culture, food and insight to the day to day life of the locals from very closely and on the other hand it benefits the locals directly. A very important aspect of our responsible India tours, we ensure that the villagers and the local community benefit directly from your visit, so it is helpful to them to have you visit.

You can choose to travel on this private guided tour to North East India with Kolkata and Darjeeling with our English speaking guide/ tour escort throughout the tour or set off on a more independent trip with our English speaking driver.

Treat the below North East India with Kolkata and Darjeeling toy train tour just as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you, around your interest and requirements. Summit Safari India will make your North East India tour a memorable and extra ordinary experience....!

Brief Itinerary : Kolkata ( 2 Nights on arrival) > Shillong ( 2 Nights) > Cherrapunji ( 2 Nights) > Kaziranga National Park ( 1 Nights) > Johrat ( 2 Nights) > Guwahati ( 1 Night) > fly to Darjeeling ( 03 Nights) > and fly back to Kolkata ( 1 Night at the end)

Today to start with your North East India with Kolkata and darjeeling Tour, you will be met from your flight to Kolkata International Airport by Summit Safari’s representative and driver, and we will transfer you to your hotel in Kolkata. Rest of the day is free at leisure to relax after the flight

Today after breakfast we will take you for the private guided tour of Kolkata covering, the famous sights of Kolkata including the Victoria Memorial, Flower Market, Howrah Bridge, Marble Palace, Mother Terrace Home . We will also visit KumarTuli- literally means “Potters’ quarter”, ‘Kumar’ being a potter or artisan. Over time, it has morphed itself into a leading place for sculpting of idols for most major Indian festivals. This place today, is famous for its sculptures of the Goddess Durga (or Shakti) and even exports to a number of countries. You can have lunch with famous Nizam Kathi Roll. By evening return back to the hotel for second night stay in the same hotel in Kolkata.

Today morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and we will transfer drive to Kolkata airport from where you will board your flight to Guwahati the Capital town of Assam, also famous as the commercial capital of North East ( 7 sister states). On arrival at Guwahati you will be met by our driver and we will drive further to Shillong ( 90 kms/ 3 hrs) famous as the Scotland of the East.

Enroute we will stop at the Umiam Lake. The Lake was created by damming the Umiam River in the early 1960s for the purpose of Hydro Electricity project. You can have a walk around the lake or can go for the speed boating trip on Umiam lake.

On arrival at Shillong check in to the hotel and later proceed for the walking tour around the Police bazaar and the local market in Shillong. Overnight and dinner in hotel in Shillong. Overnight in hotel in Shillong.

Today after Breakfast at 08:30 A.M we will check out from the hotel and will drive you to Cherrapunji (55 kms / 3 hrs), also known as Shora. Enroute we will take you for a walking tour with the local guide at the Mawphlang sacred forest.

There is only one rule, however, to be followed in this sacred forest. And, that is – "You cannot take anything out of this forest, else the deity gets upset". Removing even the tiniest thing from the forest means you’re disrespecting the deity. It is said that whoever attempts to break this rule is punished with illness, which can even lead to death. It isn’t just the legends and myths of the sacred forest that attracts tourists, its physical majesty is also a crowd puller. The entry to the forest is marked by lush green branches and as you step inside, you will see an inter-connected network of trees and plants – some of which are said to be over 1,000-years-old. It is an amazing visual spectacle, plus there is a widespread belief that some of these plants possess medicinal properties, including the ability to cure tuberculosis and cancer. In addition, there are monoliths inside the forest that are considered to be the spot for sacrifices. The local tribal people sacrifice animals here to make their wishes come true.

Later continue your drive to Cherrapunji the small hilly village 56 kms from Shillong. It is one of the most visited tourist place of North East India at a height of 1300 metres and is one of the wettest places on earth.

The old Cherra or Sohrarim was the original Chera village, but the British Established their headquarters further south and village came to known as Shora. The narrow winding road from shilling is quiet picturesque. The entire region teems with gushing waterfalls, plunging into deep gorges. On arrival at Cherrapunji visit the Arwah Cave. The Arwah caves are limestone caves known for its fossil formations, limestone structures and stalagmite and stalactite formations which are believed to be millions of years old and are naturally carved. It houses many narrow passages and chambers as well as a stream that flows inside the cave.

We will also Nohkalikai water falls from the view point. The view point also offers the finest views of the plains of Bangladesh. By evening check into the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Today morning after breakfast at 08:00 A.M drive to Terla village ( 20 minutes) from where you will start your walk to Nongriat and will visit the Living Root Bridges in the area(trekking 2 hrs down hill and 2.30 hrs uphill back). You have to walk 3000 steps downhill and uphill to reach these beautiful living root s bridges. Living root bridges are one of the major highlights during the Assam and Meghalaya Cultural, nature and wildlife tour. You will visit a couple of living root bridges in the area and the most famous among all is the Double Decker Living Root Bridge at Nongriat. Walking to Nongriat will take minimum 5-6 hrs both ways as you will stop for various pictures break and will also have lunch in the village. Return back to Cherrapunji by evening. Second night stay and dinner at the hotel in Cherrapunji.

Please Note: alternative sightseeing or change of tour plan would be suggested during the time of planning your tour with us, for the people who do not want to do this hike to the Living Root Bridge at Nongrait Village (5-6 hrs of walking down and up both ways).

Today morning 7:30 A.M check out from the hotel and drive to Dawki (85 kms / 3.30 hrs) a small town and the border crossing between India and Bangladesh. We will take the boat ride( 30 minute) on the Umangot River, in a small village near Dawki with greenish-bluish water so clear that one can see the bottom of the river even from as high as the bridge over the river. You can have lunch here and later continue your drive to Shillong ( 85 kms/ 3 hrs) the Capital town of Meghalaya. Overnight in hotel in Shillong.

Today morning after breakfast at 08:30 A.M drive to Kaziranga (310 kms/ 6 hrs). Just out of Shillong we will stop at the Umiam Lake view point. The Lake was created by damming the Umiam River in the early 1960s for the purpose of Hydro Electricity project.

We do stop for comfort breaks and will arrive Kaziranga National park by late afternoon. Kaziranga National park is a world heritage site famous for the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros. The landscape of Kaziranga is of sheer forest, tall elephant grass, rugged reeds, marshes and shallow pools. Kaziranga also has a good number of Tigers and is home to large breeding population of Elephants, Wild Water Buffalo and Swamp Deer. Check in to the hotel and later evening 6.30 P.M we will take you to visit the Cultural Dance performance at the where you can enjoy a couple of Assam cultural performances by the local artist. Overnight stay in Kaziranga.

Today early morning we will take you to visit the Kaziranga National Park by jeep/ Elephant depends as per the availability of the tickets for elephant ride which is very limited in number, otherwise jeep safari tickets are available. You would be able to see the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros, Elephants, Wild Water Buffalo and Swamp Deer.

Later we will return back to the hotel for breakfast and later check out from the hotel and around 11:00 A.M we will drive you to visit a nearby village for the authentic India travel experience, where we will join a local family for the cooking classes and lunch. Interaction with the locals will provide you the insight of Assamese culture. Late afternoon continue our drive to Johrat (110 kms/ 3 hrs) where we will arrive by evening. Check to your tea bungalow with a golf course in the middle of the tea plantations. Two nights in Johrat.

Please Note: The Kaziranga National Park remains open from 01st Nov. to 30th April every year. But from last year government was able to open it one month earlier from 1st Oct to Mid May depending on the monsoon. We are hopeful that the government / forest department would be able to open it as per the dates of previous year but the dates can be confirmed just a month is advance depending on the weather and the monsoons in the area.

Today after early morning breakfast at 7:00 A.M we will drive you to Nimati Ghat ( 45 minutes) to board the ferry to Majuli Islands (1 hrs drive and 1 hrs by ferry). The ferry departs every after 1 hrs to Majuli Islands, carrying the passengers, cars/ bikes on the river Brahmaputra. On arrival at Majuli Islands proceed for a tour around the Island and observing the life of the local tribal people the most famous among the missing tribe the Tibeto-Burman clan of the Mongoloid race.

Majuli Islands located in Brahmputra River Assam, listed as world's largest river Island (1250 sq) in Guinness book of world's record. Majuli, is the largest freshwater river island (1250 sq km) in the world and is contesting for a position in the "World Heritage” list. Since water bodies cover most of the island, it attracts a number of local and migratory birds. About twenty six Satras ( cultural houses of power ) are located in Majuli. These Satras propogate the religious ideology of medeival Assam’s Vaisnavite saints like Sankardev and Madhavdev.

At Majuli we will visit the Potters house where you will experience how clay pots are still made using traditional techniques. We will also visit Mr. Goswami a famous Mask making artist from the Area. We will visit a Satra also-- The satras are not just monasteries, but centres of traditional performing arts. The songs and dances initiated by Shri. Sankaradeva the father of Assamese culture. The satras consist of a large prayer hall facing a simple shrine, surrounded by dormitories and bathing tanks for monks. Here, Govenda is worshipped through dance, drama, music and poetry. Late afternoon take a ferry back to Nimati Ghat and drive back to Johrat for second night stay at the hotel in Johrat tea Estate.

Today after breakfast check out from the hotel and we will take you for a tea tour around a tea estate known for producing high quality CTC teas. Also experience a tea tasting session of different types of tea with a knowledgeable person in the field of tea / practicing estate Manager. Later check out from the hotel and drive to Guwahati (300 kms/ 5.30 hrs). Evening take a walking tour around the Paan bazaar and Paltan bazaar in Guwahati.

Today morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and as per your flight schedule we will transfer you o Guwahati airport, from where you will board your flight to Bagdogra. On arrival at Bagdogra airport you will be met by our driver and we will drive you to Darjeeling ( 90 kms / 3.30hrs). Darjeeling is a beautiful hill station with tea gardens , the magnificent views of Kanchenjunga range of Himalayan mountains ( world’s third-highest peak, 8,598 metres / 28,209 feet and the world famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railways a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in West Bengal state of India. Arrive Darjeeling by evening where you will stay for three nights.

Today morning we will take you for a walking and some parts to be covered with driving half day sightseeing around Darjeeling. The places to visit during the Darjeeling tour would include Mahakaal temple on the Observatory hill, Padma Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering institute with museum with memorabilia from many Everest expeditions, as well as an interesting selection of photographs and the Tibetan Refugee centre (closed on Sunday) which was established, as a rehabilitation centre for the Tibetan refugees who come to Darjeeling after the Chinese invasion on Tibet. It was set up as a home for the aged Tibetans, orphanage, clinic, monastery, School, craft workshop that produce carpets, woodcarvings, leather work, woollen items, spinning, dyeing etc. It provides a chance to the Tibetan community to continue to practise their skills in traditional handicrafts and provide a sales outlet. If interested one can even take a cable car downhill to the tea gardens. Rest of the time is free to explore the mall road of Darjeeling. Second night in the same hotel in Darjeeling.

Please Note: In the late afternoon at 04:00 P.M high tea could be arranged at the Hotel Windamere Darjeeling for you at an extra cost. The hotel is already known by many as a “truly authentic Colonial Hotel of India in the Himalayas”. The ‘Sunday Times of London’ called it: 'One of the best Colonial Hotels in the World'.

This authenticity also applies to their tea offering. Everything is home-baked and fresh. They serve: scones, with cream and jam; finger sized sandwiches (water cress, cucumber, cheese and chutney, tuna…to name but a few); lemon drizzle cake; Victoria sponge cake; melt in your mouth shortbread biscuits; bath buns; bakewell tarts and many more too numerous to mention. All of this is accompanied by that ‘champagne of beverages’ – Darjeeling Tea..! What is known as ‘Darjeeling Tea’ in the west cannot hope to compare with the real thing – drunk on its own and from the top tea gardens in the Darjeeling. Afternoon Tea is served by their Windamere maid – dressed appropriately in old English tea maid attire. The actual “tea” is served in real silver pots, complete with a silver tray and silver accoutrements.

Today morning at 07:20 A.M. we will drive you Darjeeling Railway Station, to board the UNESCO Heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway leaving Darjeeling at 08:00 A.M. to Kurseong arriving at 10:30 A.M . The Darjeeling Himalayan railway the toy train runs along the road and criss cross it many times. The toy train gets so close to the house and shops that you can just grab a packet of chips hanging outside the shops. On arrival at Kurseong, you will have time to walk around Kurseong and later drive back to Darjeeling. Ghum 2,258 metres (7,407 ft) 6 kms before Darjeeling, is the highest railway station in India.

On the way back we stop for the sightseeing at Batsia Loop one of the famous loops of the Darjeeling toy train, Tiger Hill & Dali Monastery. Later drive back to the hotel and rest of the time is free to explore the local market/ Mall Road and Chowrasta in Darjeeling. Third night at the same hotel in Darjeeling.

Optional: If one want to have a Steam Train ride in Darjeeling it is possible to do it on a short route of 6 kms from Darjeeling to Ghum.

Today morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and we will drive you to Bagdogra airport ( 90 kms / 3 hrs) to board your flight back to Kolkata. On arrival at Kolkata airport you will be met by our driver and we will be transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Kolkata.

Optional: Tonight from 7:30 P.M. to 10:30 P.M you can go for the Dinner on the Cruiser : MV Millennium for the Ganges tour followed by the dinner on the cruise.

Today morning after breakfast, check out from the hotel and as per your flight schedule we will transfer you to the international airport in Kolkata, from where you will board your flight back to home.

End Of The tour and the services....!

This is the tour itinerary for the North East India with Kolkata and Darjeeling Tour we run it regularly. It can be altered & customised as we like to discuss plans with clients and can make suggestions about special places to visit depending on our clients’ interests, and available time. You can get an idea of your holidays from the mentioned tour. The itinerary is planned in such a way that while travelling you get a good time to experience India and see the real life of Indian people from much closer.

Whether you choose to be on a privately guided tour to India or set off on a more independent trip, with local guides available wherever required, you can travel reassured, knowing our vast experience and provide you with around-the-clock support to smooth out anything unexpected. The safety and well-being of our guests is paramount.

  • Enjoy the ride on UNESCO Heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railways
  • High tea at Windamere hotel Darjeeling
  • Private guided tour of Kolkata the most vibrant city of India
  • Tram ride at Kolkata the city of joy
  • Visit kumartuli the potters lane, walking tour of flower market, a visit to mother St. Teresa’s house and marble palace in Kolkata
  • Cruise the mighty Brahmputra, Major River of Asia a trans-boundary river which flows through China, India and Bangladesh
  • Visit Majuli Islands listed as world's largest river island
  • Game drive at Kaziranga National Park - home to the world’s largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses
  • Cherrapunji often been credited as being the wettest place on Earth
  • Walk on the living root bridges and visit the double Decker living root bridge Nongriat
  • Visit Arwah limestone caves known for its fossil formations, limestone structures, stalagmite and stalactite formations which are believed to be millions of years old and are naturally carved
  • A boat rides at Dawki a small village and the border crossing between India and Bangladesh
  • Enjoy the various local cultural dance performances by the local artist of Assam
  • Village visit, cooking demo and lunch with a local family
  • Visit the local communities, musicians, artists, potters, mask makers, bamboo and cane workers
  • Stay at the tea bungalows and visit to tea estate and tea tasting session
  • Visit Satras which are not just temples or monasteries, but important centres of traditional performing arts
  • Enjoy the Local Food of Assam and Meghalaya
Arrangements

You will follow the itinerary as a Private tour accompanied by one of our excellent Guides/ tour escorts throughout the trip. Internal travel by road from Guwahati to Cherrapunji, Shilliong, Kaziranga National Park, Johrat, Majuli, Darjeeling by a private chauffeur-driven SUV car / similar vehicle.

Travel between Johrat to Majuli Island is by a Ferry on River Brahmputra. Internal flights will be provided on 3 routes from Kolkata to Guwahati, Guwahati to Bagdogra and Bagdogra to Kolkata back at the end of the tour.

Accomodation

These destinations are still hidden by groups of tourist, but still a good number of tourists come to explore these beautiful parts of the North East India. These places have plenty of hotels which are well equipped with all modern amenities and comprise variety of deluxe and budget hotels, guest houses, home stay with local people, and fixed luxury tented accommodation in Kohima during the Hornbill Festival Tour Nagaland India. Most of these are run by the locals of these areas. One can choose the place of accommodation according to one’s requirement and budget.

You stay in comfortable Neat and Clean local hotels , guest houses including some charming home stay properties and in a luxury tented camp all as preferred by you.

Your living arrangements are not going to be 5 star on this tour, but we do believe that we cater to people requiring different levels of comfort, and most importantly where you stay is CLEAN and COMFORTABLE. We would like to discuss and make suggestions about accommodation at the time of planning your holidays with us.

Meals Plan: Room + Breakfast + Dinner

Cloths: Cottons with light woollens

Tour Cost

The Cost would be provided on Request.

Please Note: The Cost of our each tour is based as per individual requirements, interests and budget of the client. The tour cost depending on the hotel accommodations you choose, food plan, mode of transportation you choose, whether you choose to include Escorted guide throughout the tour or set off on a more independent trip, with local guides available wherever required during the tour. This all we discuss with you while planning your tour and work out the best cost for your tour, accordingly.

We'll work with you until you’re satisfied with every detail of your India Holiday Tour. We'll then manage all your reservations and logistics in India, so that you’re taken care of from the moment you landed in India until your return back. The safety and well-being of our guests is paramount.

Inclusions
  • All accommodation on twin sharing using hotels with modern amenities or as per your choice
  • All transportation, using 1 Air conditioned SUV car as per the tour itinerary, including all sightseeing as per the tour details, fuel, toll taxes, parking, state taxes
  • Economic class, domestic flight tickets 3 way, from Kolkata to Guwahati, Guwahati to Bagdogra and from Bagdogra to Kolkata back at the end of the tour including baggage allowance of 25 Kgs + 7 kgs hand baggage per person.
  • Meals Including Breakfast and Dinner during the entire tour
  • English Speaking Escorted Guide for entire tour or local guides during the entire tour wherever required / available, as per your choice
  • 1 Boat ride at Dawki on Umangot river on India Bangladesh border
  • 1 Game drive by jeep / elephant at Kaziranga National Park
  • Cooking classes and lunch with a local family at Kaziranga
  • Cultural dance programme at Kaziranga
  • Return Cruise tickets on mighty Brahmputra River to visit Majuli Islands
  • Visit to tea estate and tea tasting session
  • All kind of Entrance tickets to visit monuments, temples, museums etc. wherever required during the entire tour as per the tour itinerary
  • 1st Class Train Tickets for the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways from Darjeeling to Kurseong
  • High tea at Windamere Hotel Darjeeling
  • Tram ride at Kolkata
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day
  • All airport arrival and departures
  • Assistance on arrival and departure
  • All kind of hotel taxes and 5% GST
Exclusions
  • Any kind of lunch during the tour , other than 1 with a local family
  • Any kind of international flights tickets / visa charges
  • Any kind of tips to tour escort / local guides/ drivers/hotel staff
  • Any kind of alcohol drinks (Beer/ wine etc)
  • Any kind of camera fees
  • Your travel Insurance
  • Extra Baggage cost on the Domestic flight in India
  • Any change in the tour management / additional arrangement due to road blockage / flight cancellations/ flight missed or things beyond our control etc
  • Any Kind of Personal Expenses or things which are not mentioned in the “Cost Includes”

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