Exit Bhutan in the
south-eastern corner of the country. Visit the State of Assam in north-east of
India. Venture upstream along the mighty Brahmaputra River
to Kaziranga National Park, one of the most impressive of India's
wildlife parks, to see one-horned rhino and the elusive tiger. Fly to
Kolkata and tour the heritage sites of this remarkable city
and then take a boat cruise up the River Hoogly. Last journey to Sunderbans
National Park, the world's largest mangrove forest in the
river delta of the mighty Ganges and Brahmaputra, and a home
to the largest population of Royal Bengal tigers on the
*You can also do the itinerary in reverse,
starting in Kolkata and the Sunderbans, and finish in Guwahati -- you
can also consider continuing from there to
Bhutan entering in the south
east corner of the country.
Park, Kolkata Heritage & Sundarban Tiger Camp Tour
Day 1: Pickup at Bhutan /
Assam border and transfer to Kaziranga National Park
( 230 Km / 4 ½ Hrs).
Checkin at Wild Grass Resort. Overnight
Day 2: Kaziranga NP safari
Elephant ride 1 hour 6.30 am. Return to lodge by 8 am. After
breakfast proceed to the Western Range of the Park. It takes
25 minutes by jeep to reach the entrance of this range. The
route traverses the southwest portion of the park. This
range is covered in short grass areas and is the optimum
habitat for Rhino and Water Buffalo. Representative
perennialox-bow lakes surrounded by marshy Haemarthia
compressa stands can be seen. Part of the drive is also
through Low Alluvial Savannah Woodland. Colonization of
grassland by Lagerstroemia parviflora can be seen. A round
of the entire circuit is around 20 km. High herbivore
densities around these wetlands are characteristic of the
Return for lunch and at 2 PM start on another safari in
Kaziranga Range. This drive covers central region of the
park and is an ideal introduction to the park and its
ecology as the route passes through the entire spectrum of
habitat types prevalent in the area. There is a possibility
of sighting elephants as well as the other mega herbivores,
including Swamp Deer. The process of plant succession can be
observed at various seral stages. Fine birding in a wide
range of habitats, and good sunset pictures. Takes 15
minutes to reach the entry point. Entire circuit
approximately 35 km.
Day 3: Kaziranga NP safari
Early morning visit to the Panbari woodland. This is a patch
of woodland that is technically part of continuous belt of
wilderness with successive Reserve Forests (Dolamara RF) and
proposed Sanctuaries (East Karbi Anglong, North Karbi
Anglong), all in the hills. Panbari is categorized a
semi-evergreen forest type situated in an alluvial plains
highland. It is fragmented from Kaziranga by a patch of
paddy and homestead land but is representative of the
Kaziranga eco-system and forms the highland cover for
animals during high flood. It serves as an effective
corridor for those elephants whose range includes
Kaziranga's grassland. Excellent place for encountering
tiger, birding especially for woodland birds, and it also
has a significant population of Hollock Gibbon, the only ape
found in India.
Return for late breakfast (or
early lunch and then proceed to the Eastern (Agaratuli)
Range. Situated towards the eastern part of the park. The
area is excellent for birding. Includes nesting of the
globally threatened Pallas's Fish Eagle and a colony of
Spot-billed Pelicans. Migrant waterfowl may be observed at
Sohola Beel. Various woodland birds can be seen along the
drive through very scenic Dillenia Swamp Forest. Elephants
may be encountered, as well Water Buffalo and Swamp Deer.
Takes 40 minutes to reach. Safari route approximately 26 km.
Day 4: Kaziranga / Guwahati
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Guwahati airport to board
flight to Kolkata. ( Departure: 12 Noon Arrive: 1.10 P.M.)
Arrive Kolkata airport. On
arrival, our representative will meet and transfer you to
Possibly the most loved and most maligned city in the whole
world, fascinating Kolkata has always enjoyed a love-hate
relationship with its visitors. A city rich in art and
culture, the former British capital of colonial India, the
seat of freedom struggles and revolutionary movements, the
inspiration for poets and movie-makers, this city has so
much history and romance that it’s hard to know where to
begin its story.
Look for the remnants of the British Raj in the lovely old
Colonial-style architecture, the clubs and the famous
restaurants on Park Street. Home to celebrities like the
poet Tagore and moviemaker Satyajit Ray, the city teems with
creative energy. Film-making, music, dance, literature and
theatre play a vibrant role in the lives of this intensely
political, passionate and cultured people.
Your guide will meet you at
your hotel lobby and you'll commence a half day tour of
Visit to The Missionaries of Charity Headquarters in
Calcutta. This is where Mother Theresa lived and is buried.
You can visit her tomb, and see the room used by her during
her lifetime. There is also a picture gallery that gives a
brief history on her life and achievements.
Next visit to a Textile Factory at Rangeen, the weaving,
dyeing and printing unit for Weavers Studio in Calcutta,
famous for their high quality cotton and silk garments. You
will have a chance to watch the artisans at work weaving at
their looms, dyeing using diverse techniques such as tie and
dye, batik, Japanese Shibori and African Adire, block
printing and stenciling on fabric, as well as hand painting,
mud and screen printing. The Resource Centre also has a
textile library and museum with a collection of antique
fabric from around the world. The history of the world’s
most popular natural dye – Indigo – weaves its story into
the visit as well.
Day 5: Kolkata Heritage
Early morning start Full day Heritage walk with your Guide:
6.45am Your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby.
7am Heritage Walk of Dalhousie Square, now a World Heritage
Site. The walk takes in the architecture and history of the
city’s many unique and spectacular buildings without any
traffic on the roads. There is an option to begin at The
Flower Market on the River Hoogly – where it really “all”
began. The walk then starts at the site of the terrible
‘Black Hole’… it takes you past the famous Writer’s
Building, the former HQ of the infamous East India Company,
around the square to, among others, the magnificent
Governor’s House and the almost forgotten Charnock
Mausoleum. The whole experience takes you back to the 18th
and 19th century when the British ruled the entire
subcontinent from Calcutta – at that time the most
fashionable city in the world after London. It is also a
chance to experience a special side of the city as it is
waking up in the morning with many interesting city
characters to interact with along the way.
10.30am “Breakfast at Bomti’s” offers a rare glimpse of the
old Calcutta way of life, now sadly endangered. If
available, Mr Surojit ‘Bomti’ Iyenger, an art collector and
socialite, is delighted to welcome visitors to his charming
flat in perhaps the most interesting heritage building on
historic Chowringhee. Authentic and home-cooked Bengali
cuisine served up with hot cups of fresh Darjeeling tea and
stimulating insights into Bengali Art (with some for sale)
and Modern Kolkata make up Bomti’s salon.
12.30pm You will visit the Park Street cemetery. This is
where most of the grand old British tombs have been
4pm Boat cruise up the River Hoogly. In a private river
boat, you are able to discover a hitherto unseen side of
Kolkata, with a ring-side view of the myriad happenings on
the river’s ‘Ghats’. This was the view that greeted many a
19C adventurer as he stepped up to the Princep’s Ghat. You
will sail past Belur Math, headquarters of The Ramakrishna
Mission, as the city’s two huge and famous bridges, Howrah
and Vidyasagar Setu pass overhead.
6.30pm Drop back to your hotel.
Day 6: Kolkata / Sundarban Tiger Camp
Breakfast at hotel. Then transfer to Sonakhali / Gothakali
Jetty point ( 100 Km / 2 Hrs. )
Take a boat for Dayapur. Tea & Coffee served on boat.
Arrive at Sundarban Tiger Camp. Lunch at Camp.
At 3.30 PM, depart by boat for Sajnekhali Tiger Project
5.30 PM Return to Tiger Camp. 6 PM: Evening tea / coffee &
snacks, Panoramic view from watch tower.
Evening get together, bonfire and folk music by local
artists. Dinner at 9 P.M.
Overnight at Sundarban Tiger Camp ( AC Cottage )
Day 7: Sundarban Tiger Camp
6.30 AM : Morning Tea. 8 AM: Thrilling boat cruise inside
creeks and dense forest while visiting Dobanke Watch Tower
with a chance of encountering the magnificent tiger.
Breakfast on boat during cruise.
1 PM: Lunch.
4 PM: Stroll around the neighboring villages to interact
with the local community, admire their art, culture and way
5.30 PM: Evening tea / coffee & snacks, Dinner at 9 PM.
Overnight at Sundarban Tiger Camp ( AC Cottage )
Day 8: Sundarban Tiger Camp / Kolkata
6.30 AM: Morning Tea. 7 AM: Visit to Sudhanyakhali Watch
Tower and cruise through the creeks and around the cluster
of island of Sunderban Tiger project area.
Breakfast on boat during cruise. 11.30 AM: Lunch.
12 PM.: Transfer to Gothkhali jetty by boat. From here our
vehicle will taker you back to Kolkata, approx. 2 hours. On
arrival checkin your Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 9: Kolkata / Airport / departure
After breakfast, transfer to Kolkata International Airport
to board your flight to next destination.
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