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North East India Tea Plantations & National Parks Tour

Duration:
14 days / 13 nights
Destinations:
Kolkata, Sundarban National Park, Tezpur, Kaziranga National Park, Majuli Island, Jorhat, Dibrugarh
Price Guide:

Price guide for this 14 day North East India Tea Plantations & National Parks Tour is £3750 based on two people travelling.

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Overview

Discover magnificent wildlife including Bengal tigers and the one horned rhinoceros on jeep safaris at 2 National Parks, marvel at the expanse of the River Brahmaputra, relish the natural beauty of lush valleys and Assam's tea growing slopes, learn more about the culture with visits to local villages and historic monuments and enjoy the magic of Kolkata on this wonderful tour of North East India.

Highlights of North East India Tea Plantations & National Parks Tour Include:

  • Full day sightseeing tour of Kolkata including entrance fees and English speaking guide
  • Boat ride on the Hooghly River
  • River cruise and game safari at Sundarban National Park
  • Tea factory and tea estate tours as well as tea tasting session
  • 3 Jeep safaris at  Kaziranga National Park 
  • Visit to Majuli Island
  • Traditional tea dance performance
  • Character and heritage style accommodation
  • Airport meet and greet service. Chauffeur driven air-conditioned car throughout the tour

Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and this North East India Tea Plantations & National Parks Tour is just an example to help inspire you.

This tour can be combined with a range of options such as additional destinations in North India, a river cruise or a beach extension.

North East India Tea Plantations & National Parks Tour - 14 Days / 13 Nights

Discover magnificent wildlife including Bengal tigers and the one horned rhinoceros on jeep safaris at Sundarban Tiger Reserve and Kaziranga National Park, marvel at the River Brahmaputra, relish the natural beauty of Assam's tea growing slopes, learn more about the culture with visits to local villages and historic monuments and enjoy the magic of Kolkata on this wonderful tour of North East India.

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Day 1: Arrive Kolkata

Upon arrival at Kolkata International Airport, you will be welcomed by your Authentic India Tours representatives who will transfer you to your hotel for a 2 night stay.

The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the wonderful facilities of your luxury hotel or to explore the local area. Just a short walk away is the new Kolkata market.

Accommodation: The Oberoi Grand
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 2: Kolkata

Today is an opportunity to discover this charming metropolis with a full days sightseeing tour. It’s an early start to visit the colourful flower market, followed by a boat ride on the Hooghly River.

The afternoon’s sightseeing includes the Victoria Memorial, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Indian Museum, one the largest museums in India.

Accommodation: The Oberoi Grand
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 3: Kolkata - Sundarban National Park

After breakfast, you will be taken to the Godhkhali Boat Jetty which is about 3 hours away. Here you will board the boat to Sundarban National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its waterways, lush mangrove forests and one of the largest reserves of the Bengal Tiger.

As you drift along the waterways and cruise through the gentle creeks and canals of the Sundarban National Park, keep a look out for endemic and migratory birds and wildlife.

Approximate travel time and distance: 6 hours, 150 kms

Accommodation: Sundarban Jungle Camp
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 4: Sundarban National Park

Today is full of adventure and it’s an early start.  Breakfast is served on board the boat as you cruise through gentle creeks, dense forest and numerous rivers inside the Sundarban Tiger Reserve towards the Dobanki Watch Tower. The canopy walk at Dobanki watch tower is about half a kilometre long and at a height of 20 ft it offers a unique experience.

The cruise continues along the River Matla where you’ll get a sighting of the Bay of Bengal. There’s then an option of a visit to the Jharkhali watch tower for wildlife viewing or a visit to the tiger rescue centre to see the famous Royal Bengal Tiger. This is followed by the Butterfly garden and lunch.

If time permits you will then visit the native village of Dayapur to capture the sights and sounds of true Sundarbans. A walk through this village will give you a sense of their lifestyle, local crafts, cuisines and how they co-exist with the tigers. Your tour will pass through a buzzing village market followed by a wildlife movie and dinner.

Accommodation: Sundarban Jungle Camp
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 5: Sundarban - Godkhali - Kolkata

There is time for another short boat ride through the creeks this morning before an early lunch.

You will then be transferred by boat back to Godkhali where you will be met by your driver and taken to your hotel in Kolkata by car.

Approximate travel time and distance: 6 hours, 160 kms

Accommodation: The Oberoi Grand
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 6: Kolkata - Guwahati - Tezpur

This morning you will be taken to Kolkata airport for the flight to Guwahati. You will be met on arrival and driven to Tezpur, the heart of the tea growing area.

Twice a week on a Tuesday and Wednesday a tea auction is held at Guwahati. If time permits we can visit the Tea Auction Centre to observe the proceedings before driving to Tezpur.

Approximate travel time and distance: 4 hours 30 mins, 

Accommodation: Wild Masheer Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 7: Tezpur

Today is a chance to relax and enjoy a leisurely day at the tea estate surrounded by warm hospitality and the scenic beauty.

Various blends of tea from the Addabarie Tea Estate will be on offer this afternoon at the Tea Tasting Session.

Accommodation: Wild Masheer Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
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Day 8: Tezpur - Kaziranga National Park

After breakfast, we take the short 60 minute drive to Kaziranga. Famed as a haven for the one horned rhinoceros, one of India’s great wildlife emblems, Kaziranga National Park encompasses grasslands, wetlands and forests stretching for about 60 kms on the south side of the Brahmaputra River. Its 2400 plus rhinos account for two thirds of the world's population and you're highly likely to see some on any safari in the park.

After lunch, enjoy the first jeep safari to the Eastern zone of the park.

Approximate travel time and distance: 1 hour, 50 kms

Accommodation: Diphlu River Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 9: Kaziranga National Park

It’s an early morning start to visit the central zone of the park and the chance to spot elephants followed by breakfast in your hotel. You will then be taken on a jeep safari to the western part of the park followed by another jeep safari in the afternoon to the central part.

Accommodation: Diphlu River Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
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Day 10: Kaziranga - Majuli Island - Jorhat

After an early breakfast the drive to Nimati Ghat near Jorhat will take about 3 hours. On route we make a detour via a public ferry to visit Majuli Island. Majuli is the largest fresh water deltoid island in the world, situated in the upper reaches of the River Brahmaputra. This land, with a population of about 1.6 million people, is endowed with a rich heritage and is home to neo-vaishnavite culture. You will visit Kamalabari Satra, the oldest satra in Majuli Island, Samuguri Satra which is famous for mask making and the Mishing village.

Jorhat, the gateway to north east Assam is the heartland of tea. Besides its many tea estates, it has the famous Tocklai Experimental Centre that conducts research into new varieties of tea and its therapeutic effects.

Approximate travel time and distance: 7 hours, 220 kms

Accommodation: Thengal Manor
Meals included: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
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Day 11: Jorhat

It’s a leisurely day today to enjoy life in the tea estate. After breakfast, spend the morning relaxing amidst the grounds taking an occasional stroll and tasting the exquisite varieties of tea.

Later there is a visit to a tea factory where you can witness the various processes that take place to make tea. This is followed by a tea tasting session.

Accommodation: Thengal Manor
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
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Day 12: Jorhat - Sivasagar - Dibrugarh

After breakfast, your travels take you to Dibrugarh via the historical city of Sivasagar.

Sivasagar was the capital of the Ahom rulers from 1228 to 1826 AD. On arrive at Sivasagar you will stop at the Rang Ghar, also known as the royal observatory. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit the Shiva and Vishnu Temples as well as the Sivasagar Water Tank.

Later we continue the 2 hour journey to Dibrugarh. In the evening you can enjoy a traditional dance performed by the local tea tribes, while sipping the garden fresh tea.

Accommodation: Mancotta Chang Bungalow
Meals included: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
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Day 13: Dibrugarh - Kolkata

After breakfast you can explore the tea garden with an expert tea taster who will demonstrate how freshly made tea is carefully measured out and brewed in special cups designed for sampling. You can then participate in the tea tasting session to judge the samples for appearance, aroma, taste and strength.

In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport to board your return flight to Kolkata where you will be met and taken to your hotel.

Approximate travel time and distance: 1 hour 30 mins, 

Accommodation: The Oberoi Grand
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
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Day 14: Transfer to Kolkata Airport

In plenty of time you will be taken to Kolkata Airport to board your return flight.

Alternatively if you have time you could extend your holiday with a beach extension, a tour of South India or a trip to the Himalayas.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation

The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

The 5-star Oberoi Grand is fondly referred to as the 'Grand Dame of Chowringhee' and has been an icon on Kolkata's landscape for more than a century. The hotel combines traditional features with modern amenities and has lovely open spaces for guests to enjoy fresh air and sunsets. 

The international cuisine and specialist Thai dishes will tingle your tastebuds, and there is a multitude of delicious beverages to choose from in the bar. The Oberoi spa with its antique lamps and teak floors awaits you for an indulgent treatment.

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Sundarban Jungle Camp, Sundarban

Overlooking a palm-fringed pond, Sundarban Jungle Camp is a comfortable wildlife lodge in the Sunderbans combining the unique experience of the wilderness with enough modern comfort and amenities. Located at Bali Island, it is a renowned eco-friendly resort offering the perfect location to explore the opulent flora and fauna of the mangrove forest.

The well-appointed cottages and bungalows fit in beautifully with the lush surroundings and the camp also offers a restaurant serving some international dishes and traditional Bengali cuisine.

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Wild Masheer Lodge, Tezpur

Wild Mahseer’s old-world charm and gracious living, together with its lush 22-acre surroundings is the perfect place to taste what life was like for a colonial tea planter. It is a beautiful oasis set in the midst of the Balipara division of the Addabarie Tea Estate, established by the British Assam Tea Company in 1864.

This unique heritage property offers accommodation for a limited number of guest in a range of bungalows and double rooms all with en-suite facilities and the restaurant on site serves up delicious locally produced meals.

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Diphlu River Lodge, Kaziranga

Located on the edge of the Kaziranga National Park, the Diphlu River Lodge is an oasis of calm and serenity offering an exclusive experience which has even been enjoyed by the British royals. 

As a member of the responsible tourism organisations, it supports eco-tourism which is reflected in the natural materials used throughout the cottages and common areas, and the beautiful textiles created by local weavers. Each individual cottage has a wide folding glass door opening onto a veranda with inviting cane chairs to enjoy this amazing setting.

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Thengal Manor, Jorhat

Steeped in history and period charm the beautifully kept Thengal Manor reflects the spirit of a bygone era. With period furniture and beautiful decor, it’s easy to imagine the gracious living of the pioneering Indian businessman who built the property in 1929.

Now a boutique hotel the Thengal Manor offers guests elegant deluxe rooms with en-suite facilities, a restaurant serving Indian and continental dishes as well as the seasonal swimming and games room.

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Mancotta Chang Bungalow, Dibrugarh

Tucked away on a lush working tea estate, the Mancotta Chang Bungalow reflects the traditional architecture of a stilted bungalow which was designed to protect properties from flooding and wild animals.

The heritage property has recently been restored by the present owners to offer delightful en-suite accommodation and tasty traditional Assamese cuisine.

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Destinations

Kolkata

Kolkata is a thriving city famous for its culture, cuisine and historical monuments. Often referred to as the City of Joy, it is also known for its unique ‘adda’, a freestyle exchange of socio-political ideas and intellectual debate that is enthusiastically engaged in, in public spaces over a cup of steaming chai.

The charming metropolis is bursting with sights to see, including the colourful flower market, the stunning Victoria Memorial, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Indian Museum – one of the largest museums in India.

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Sundarban

The Sundarbans National Park is a tiger and biosphere reserve located in the Sundarbans delta in the southern part of West Bengal. Named after the Sundari trees the area first became a wildlife sanctuary in 1977 and then a National Park in 1984.

It is an area of incredible natural beauty comprising of vast waterways and mangrove habitat. Although famous as being the kingdom of the royal Bengal tigers the park is also home to a wide range of fauna, over 260 bird species, and numerous animals including rare species such as the estuarine crocodile and the Indian python.

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Tezpur

Tezpur which is acclaimed to be the cultural city of Assam is also considered to be Assam's oldest city. Lush green tea gardens and endless paddy fields, the feisty Brahmaputra river and distant snow-clad Himalayas, all come together to make a beautiful city which hides a turbulent past.

It is also known as the City of Blood, thanks to the battle between Krishna's and Shiva's armies for the rescue of Aniruddha, grandson of Krishna. The rather gory legend has it that so much blood was shed that the place was stained red - hence the vibrant buildings dotted around.

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Kaziranga

Set on the banks of the Brahmaputra, Kaziranga is home to the famous Kaziranga National Park, whose residents include the one-horned rhino, buffalo, swamp deer, hog deer, tiger and wild elephant.

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Majuli Island

Located on the Brahmaputra River in Assam, Majuli is the largest fresh water mid-river deltoid island in the world. As a bio-diversity hotspot, the island is home to rare species of flora and fauna. It is also home to several species of endemic and migratory birds which can be enjoyed on special guided tours.

Majuli's rich culture is reflected in the 25 satras or monasteries that stand here. It is also a shoppers paradise offering locally produced items such as shawls, blankets, bamboo crafted musical instruments and beautifully painted masks. 

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Jorhat

Picture a lush green landscape scattered with colonial-style bungalows and you'll get a good idea of the jewel that is Jorhat. The second-largest city of Assam, this amazing destination is a fabulous blend of culture, tribal communities, festivals and markets just waiting to be explored.

Known as the city of tea, the scent of glorious Assam fills the air from some of the most spectacular tea gardens in the state sprawled across vast expanses. It is the perfect place to simply stroll through refreshing greenery and enjoy the serenity of the beautiful gardens.

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Sivasagar

Formerly known as Rangpur and formerly spelled as Sibsagar, Sivasagar is a city in Assam in the heart of the Dehing rainforest. Sivasagar is famed for the Talatal Ghar and Rang Ghar – the Royal Observatory along with the Sibsagar tank and surrounding temples.

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Dibrugarh

Nicknamed the Tea City of India due to its luscious emerald green tea estates growing world-famous aromatic Assam tea, Dibrugarh is a lively destination on the banks of the Brahmaputra River.

This major city offers something for everyone, from spotting diverse and endangered wildlife and flora in the surrounding rainforests and sanctuaries, to tranquil afternoons learning about the tea making process followed by a tea dance performance.

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Pricing and Inclusions

The price guide for this 14 day North East India Tea Plantations & National Parks Tour is £3750 based on two people sharing.

The prices do not include flights.

Authentic India Tours is a member of ABTA and ATOL. All the holidays on this website are ABTA protected. If you would like us to arrange your holiday including flights we will be happy to provide a quote and your holiday will also be ATOL protected.

This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to meet your exact requirements. Prices will vary depending on the number of people, length of tour, accommodation & season. Reductions are normally available for groups of three or more. Some hotels operate an additional peak pricing rate during busy times which is normally from mid December to mid January. 

Please get in touch with your dates and we will be pleased to provide you with your personal itinerary and accurate quote.

Included with this tour are the following:

  • Meet and greet assistance on all arrivals and departures.
  • All internal road travel by a private chauffeur-driven air-conditioned large car.
  • All scheduled sightseeing expenses including English speaking guides and entrance fees at monuments.
  • Game drives at Sundarban National Park and Kaziranga National Park as per the itinerary.
  • Economy class flight tickets for Kolkata to Guwahati and from Dibrugarh to Kolkata. (Please be aware the luggage allowance on all domestic flights is only 15 kg per person. You will have the option to buy and extra 5 kg or 10 kg as required).
  • Accommodation for 13 nights on double/twin sharing basis. 
  • Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast in Kolkata; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for the rest of the tour.
  • Mineral water on all days of travel

Price does not include:

  • International flight tickets
  • Travel insurance and visa
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, tips, beverages etc
  • Meals other than mentioned in the above meal plan
  • Camera and video fees at national parks, museums & monuments

The prices given above are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room. All prices were valid at the time of publication but they may be subject to change, based on your date of travel and local market fluctuations. You will be informed of any price differences prior to booking.

For further information or a quote based on your exact dates of travel, any alternative accommodation or a change to the itinerary, please call Authentic India Tours on 01792 315499 or email us at info@aitholidays.com