Wildlife Safari Holiday in North East India with visits to Gangtok & Darjeeling

Tour Dates
11th - 29th February 2024
10th - 28th November 2024

Embark on a Wildlife Safari Holiday in North East India - a thrilling 19 days /17 nights adventure

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of India's least explored region and experience exhilarating encounters with wonderous wildlife.




Tiger Bengal

 Travelling to Kolkata, Gangtok, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Chalsa, and Jaldapara

Wildlife Safari India Holiday Wildlife Santuaries Kalimpong Sikkim flower fields

Northeast India boasts a unique and diverse ecosystem, from lush green forests to majestic mountains, and is an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers.

 

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Big adventures for small groups 

We create holidays that connect you to your destination’s history and culture and which are filled with opportunities to participate, rather than simply observe. To ensure you have the very best experience, with time for conversations with local experts, space to explore hidden gems and opportunities to fully immerse yourself in every activity, we limit group sizes to between four and ten people.  

Booking is open North East India Wildlife Holiday

 

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What we love

Wildlife Safari India Holiday Wildlife Santuaries Kalimpong Sikkim orchid growning

Experiences you will treasure

Wildlife Safari India Holiday Wildlife Santuaries Kalimpong Sikkim orchid growning
Wildlife Safari India Holiday Wildlife Santuaries Jaldapara National Park - elephants by river
Wildlife Safari India Holiday Wildlife Santuaries Neora Valley National Park flower

What's Included

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Tour Itinerary

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Wildlife Safari India Holiday Wildlife Santuaries Rumtek Tivetan Lamaistic Buddhism Dharma Chakra Centre ornate temple
Wildlife Safari India Holiday Wildlife Santuaries Jaldapara National Park - elephants
Wildlife Safari India Holiday Wildlife Santuaries Jaldapara National Park safari by jeep - leopard pouncing
Wildlife Safari India Holiday Wildlife Santuaries Gantok
Wildlife Safari India Holiday Wildlife Santuaries Darjeeling Toy Train

How much is it?

February Departure:
£4,975p/p including return Economy flights with Emirates
Single room supplement £1360
Make your own travel plans & join us in Kolkata: £ 4,100 p/p
Flight upgrades available, please ask!
November Departure:
£4,885p/p including Economy flights with Emirates
Single room supplement £1360
Make your own travel plans & join us in Kolkata: £ 4,100 p/p
Flight upgrades available, please ask!
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Wildlife Safari India Holiday Wildlife Santuaries Jaldapara National Park - Historic view
Wildlife Safari India Holiday Wildlife Santuaries Birding and Birdwatching.

Where you will be staying

Wildlife Safari India Holiday Wildlife Santuaries Jaldapara National Park - Rhino

Flight Information

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A Deeper Dive

Day Three

Option 1 – Adda with a poet, writer, and publisher, 14:30-18:30. £65 pp (minimum of 2, maximum of 6 people)

An adda is an informal chat and they are a Kolkata institution. Addas take place in the comfort of someone's living room, in the smoky confines of a coffee house, on the steps of a college, at the bus stop, at the corner of the daily market…just about anywhere where two or more people can get together.

And what do they talk about? Politics, sports, religion, books, art, films, music, the news, food... just about anything in fact! In this one, you will sit down with a poet, writer, and publisher and enjoy not only a stimulating conversation, but also Baul music (Bauls have wandered the countryside of West Bengal singing their religious songs for hundreds of years), and a relaxing dinner with your host.

 

Bengal Food Market

Option 2 – local market, cooking demonstration & Bengali meal, 17:30-21:00. £95 pp (minimum 2, maximum of 6 people)

Bengalis and food are inseparable, to the extent that they tend to place ‘visit to the daily market’ on a higher pedestal than any other chore of the day! This experience begins with a visit to a local market to buy the daily groceries and watch people negotiating with the shopkeepers. You will then be welcomed into a Bengali family home where you will learn about the five types of tastes mentioned in the ancient Indian treatise Ayurveda, which the Bengalis follow, while preparing food. A short cooking demonstration and a Bengali meal are included in this experience.

 

Optional Excursion Temple

 

Day Four

Option 1 – discover the Temples of Kolkata, 14:30-19:00. £45 pp (minimum 2,  maximum 6 people)
You will visit Dakshineswar Kali Temple, a Hindu temple built in 1855 by philanthropist and devotee of Kali, Rani Rashmoni. The presiding deity of the temple is Bhavatarini, an aspect of Kali. The temple is famous for its association with Ramakrishne, a mystic of 19th century  Bengal.  

There are twelve shrines dedicated to Shiva/Kali's companion, along the riverfront, as well as a  temple to Radha-Krishna, a bathing ghat on the river, and a  shrine dedicated to Ran  Rashmoni. You will then go on to Jain Temple, built by art enthusiast Ray Badridas  Bahadur in 1867, which boasts an interior filled with intricately patterned marble, mirrors, stained glass, chandeliers, and gilded surfaces. The temple is dedicated to Pareshnath, the 23rd Jain Tirthankar. It houses four temples where the deity of Lord Shitalnathji is seated in the sanctum sanctorum. One of the major attractions of the temple is the lamp, which has been burning inside the sanctum since 1867. 


Option 2 – Kolkata Food Walk with tasting, 17:00 – 20:00. £65 pp (minimum 2,  maximum 6 people)
Learn about Kolkata’s culture through its street foods and heritage eateries. Accompanied by an expert, you will walk and take a tram to various specialised eating joints famous for their recipes. This gastronomical adventure will also offer a completely different perspective of the multi-layered, multi-ethnic, and multi-racial entity that is Kolkata.

 

Gurkha Soldier An Indian soldier admires a Gurkha’s kukri

 

Day Seven

Option 1:  Meet with Chariman of Gorka War Museum Trust  14:00-15:30. £36 pp  (minimum 2, maximum 6 people) 
Opportunity to meet with Mr. Hemant Kr. Pradhan, President of Gorkha Sainik Smriti Chinha Samity,  Life Member of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), and   Chairman of Darjeeling Gorkha War Museum Trust. Pradhan's father was a Gurkha Soldier of the British Army serving in the Second World War. You will visit the Family home which is now a local Gorkha War Museum, three rooms display the ex-service man’s dress, shoes, and other equipment used during his service in WW11, and the 1971 war between India/Pakistan.

 

Darjeelinng

 

 

Day Nine

Option 1: Heritage walk of Darjeeling with an expert photographer, 11:00-13:00, £55pp (minimum 2, maximum 6 people)
Starting at Darjeeling Railway Station, you will follow a route past Trumbull School, Union Church of Gandhi Road, Municipal School, Darjeeling head post office, State bank of India, a few landmarks along the Laden-La road, Clock tower, Keventer’s historic restaurant (which has remains of Edward Keventer’s dairy farm in Ghoom), Planters Club (established in 1868 as a place for British planters and their wives to enjoy their evenings), Das Studio, old shops at the mall like Habeeb Mullick & Sons, St. Andrew’s Church (built in 1843), and Darjeeling Gymkhana Club (established in 1909.)

Option 2: Visit the Tomb of Alexander Cosma De Karos, 15:00-17:00, £25pp (minimum 2, maximum 6 people)
Alexander Cosma De Koros was a Hungarian Linguist,philologist, traveller, and Orientalist, born in Koros, Hungary on 4th April 1784. He was the author of the first Tibetan English dictionary and grammar book. In 1842 he planned to travel to Lhasa but, unfortunately, he contracted Malaria and died in Darjeeling. His hexagonal memorial tomb is located in the Old Cemetery on the city’s Lebong Cart Road. 

 

Handicraft Optional visit Gantok

Day Ten

Option 1: Visit Ray Mindu Village, 13:00-16:30, £50pp (minimum 2, maximum 6 people)
Ray Mindu Village is nestled between the world-renowned Rumtek and Lingdum monasteries and below the Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary. The dominant community living in the area is Lepcha, with only a handful of Nepalese. Most of the people are Buddhist by religion and they observe various   Buddhist and Lepcha festivals. You will have the chance to meet with local people, walk through the village, and stop for a cup of tea. There is also a handicraft centre selling traditional Sikkimese items. Ray Mindu village is also famous for its traditional food. 

Option 2: Visit Namgyal Institute of Tibetology & Directorate of Handloom and Handicrafts, 14:30 –15:30, £25pp (minimum 2, maximum 6 people)
This Buddhist institute, the most prestigious of its kind in   India, is home to a vast collection of rare Lepcha,Tibetan & Sanskrit manuscripts, statues, and rare thankas (tapestries used in Buddhist liturgy). The collection also includes over 200 Buddhist icons and other prized objects of art. Today it is an internationally renowned centre for Buddhist philosophy and religion. 

The Directorate of Handloom and Handicrafts was set up to promote traditional Sikkim art and handicrafts. Exquisitely carved wooden friezes, intricate bamboo work, beautiful hand-woven carpets, and handlooms are on display. Visitors can purchase these items and also see the artisans at work. A favorite item here is the ‘choktse’ a wooden table with carved panels that can be folded into a portable pack. 
 

Optional Temple Visit

Day Eleven

Option 1: Visit to Do-Drul Chorten stupa and Tashi Viewpoint, 14:45-16:45, £25pp (minimum 2, maximum 6 people)
Do-Drul Chorten was built in 1945 by the Trulshi Rimpoche, head of the  Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The stupa is surrounded by 108 prayer wheels, all of which are inscribed with Tibetan mantras. The Chorten also has two huge statues of Gura Rimpoche (Gura Padmasambhava) around it. 

The nearby Tashi Viewpoint offers an amazing view of the hills and valleys and also a grand sight of Mount Kanchenjunga and Siniolchu.

Option 2: Visit to Tsuk-La-Khang and Enchey Monastery, 14:45-16:45, £25pp (minimum 2, maximum 6 people)
Tsuk-La-Khang is the principal place of worship within the Royal Palace premises near Ridge Park in Gangtok. The great façade has a magnificent portal, and each corner of the building boasts a wood sculpture relief of the head of a snow lion. The wooden walls are covered with  Buddhist murals and an eternal butter lamp burns in front of the floor-to-ceiling altar. Fragrant juniper incense fills the air, adding to the sense of peace and calm.  The Enchey Monastery is nestled within lush woods on a ridge offering a spectacular view of Gangtok town. Built in 1910 on the site of the hermitage of the great tantric saint, Lama Drutob Karpo, who was renowned for his powers of levitation,  this monastery is home to the monks of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism.


 

 

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