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Eastern Himalayas, the big four and the mangrove Tigers

Duration : 16 Nights / 17 Days

Destinations Covered : Delhi- Guwahati- Kaziranga - Guwahati- Bagdogra- Kalimpong - Siliguri- Kolkata (Calcutta) - Sunderbans National Park - Kolkata (Calcutta)- Delhi

Day - 1 -- » Delhi

Arrival in New Delhi before or after midnight. Overnight at the hotel.

Day - 2 -- » Delhi

Morning free. Afternoon guided tour of New Delhi. Visit India Gate, drive past President House, Qutab Minar & Humayun's tomb. Overnight in the hotel.

Day - 3-- » Delhi

Morning guided tour of old Delhi covering Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat etc. After lunch go for shopping or additional sightseeing. Overnight in the hotel.

Day - 4 -- » Delhi-Guwahati-Kaziranga

Fly Delhi-Guwahati in the morning and transfer to Kaziranga National Park (4 hr.). In the evening tribal or Bihu dance by log fire under bamboo grove along with dinner. Overnight at Wild Grass Resort.

Day - 5 -- » Kaziranga National Park

Wildlife viewing and nature watch in the park. Late afternoon tribal village visit, Assamese village visit to see silk worm rearing. Dinner and overnight at Wild Grass.

Day - 6 -- » Kaziranga National Park

Early morning visit to the National Park on elephants (subject to availability). Late afternoon visit to tea garden and tea factory. British Raj nostalgia as dinner is served in a tea garden bungalow. Overnight at Wild Grass.

Day - 7-- » Kaziranga-Guwahati-Bagdogra-Kalimpong

Drive to Guwahati to connect flight to Bagdogra at noon. Arrive Bagdogra and drive to Kalimpong. Kalimpong has a number of houses which speak of the town’s heritage and gracious living in earlier decades of this century when it was the main trading post between Tibet and British India. Today it is a flourishing floriculture center as the climate has proved to be extremely conducive to this activity. Overnight in Hotel Himalaya or similar.

Day - 8 -- » Kalimpong

Morning at leisure. Afternoon guided tour of Kalimpong. Overnight in Hotel Himalaya or similar.

Day - 9 -- » Kalimpong-Siliguri-Kolkata (Calcutta)

Morning rafting on river Teesta and drive down to Siliguri. Connect overnight train to Calcutta at 2000 hr. Overnight in the train.

Day - 10 -- » Kolkata (Calcutta)

Arrive Calcutta and transfer to the hotel. Full day guided tour of Calcutta. Overnight at the hotel.

Day - 11 -- » Kolkata (Calcutta)-Sunderbans National Park

Departure from Calcutta to Basanti port (3 ½ hr.). Cruise to Sajnekhali by a dedicated motorised launch (2 ½ hr.). Overnight in the launch. Dinner & night stay on the boat.

Day - 12 -- » Sunderbans National Park

Full day cruise through mangrove creeks for wildlife viewing & birding. Lunch on boat. Anchor at Sajnekhali by sunset. Slide show (optional) on wildlife in Mangrove Interpretation Centre in the evening with tea & snacks. Dinner & night stay on the boat.

Day - 13 -- » Sunderbans-Kolkata (Calcutta)

Morning visit in cycle rickshaws to Rangabeloa Tagore Society to see the rural development project. Return to Basanti by the afternoon. Transfer to Calcutta by car. Overnight in a hotel.

Day - 14 -- » Kolkata (Calcutta)-Delhi-onward destination

Fly Calcutta-Delhi in the morning. Day free in Delhi. Transfer to the airport to connect flight to onward destination.