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India - the Chaos, Charm & Calm

India - the Chaos, Charm & Calm

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What's included?
From 1755 EUR
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Duration
16 days
Starts in
Kolkata
Ends in
Kathmandu
Group size
24
The trip name says it all; the Chaos, Charm and the Calm. The Chaos comes first. In fact, it virtually hits you in the face - try crossing the road in Kolkata and you will understand this. What a city Kolkata is; manic, mad and magnificent in a fading and time ravished manner, but no visit to India is complete without spending a couple of days experiencing this charming place.Equally, India is about train travel and so we include an overnight journey northwards to the foothills of the Himalayas and on to Darjeeling. Here is India's most famous train trip of all; the Toy train of Darjeeling. The narrow gauge track winds its way through villages and towns and up into the mountains to the city of Darjeeling. This is where the calm takes over and we walk and relax in the hills, five hours away from the city on a small farm retreat.Add in the splendour of the mighty mountains in Sikkim and its Buddhist charms, wildlife and spectacular drives in Nepal and you have a trip that you just should not miss.
  • Explore the myriad attractions of Kolkata
  • Experience a local overnight train from Kolkata to Siliguri
  • Explore Darjeeling and the surrounding hills
  • 3 nights at the remote tea plantation, Karmi Farm charity project, rural hikes
  • Travel to the far north, into the Himalayas in beautiful Sikkim
  • Stay at the beautiful Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp
  • Explore Kathmandu and its stunning temples and sites
  • This is the India that time has forgotten; a great and relaxed insight into rural and urban India. A very easily paced trip with home stays, hotels and hostels. This is ideal for someone who is not just after the Taj and Temples.

    Itinerary

    India - the Chaos, Charm & Calm

    Day 1 Kolkata

    Border Information: If you are joining the trip in Kolkata, you will most likely enter India at Kolkata Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (IATA code: CCU).Today is a free day to explore the sights, sounds and flavours of the incredible city of Kolkata. There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm - please look for a note from your tour leader when you arrive at the hotel giving more details about this meeting.Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Kolkata before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Kolkata.

    Day 2 Overnight train to Siliguri

    During the day we will have free time to explore Kolkata, and we have the opportunity to take an optional photographical tour of the city.Whilst in Kolkata, your leader will assist you in arranging your Sikkim permit (you will need to bring passport photos and a photocopy of your passport photo page).We will meet in the evening to head to the train station and board our overnight train to Siliguri - accommodation tonight will be on the train, where there are basic bunk beds with sheets provided.

    Day 3 Darjeeling

    We will arrive into Siliguri at around 9:00am this morning, meeting our jeeps and drivers at the station for our onward journey through the narrow winding roads to Darjeeling. The town of Darjeeling is really more a collection of villages situated on a high ridge, linked by a series of steps and winding lanes and surrounded by rice and tea terraces.Jeeps are used in this region rather than our overland truck as they are perfect for the narrow, steep and winding roads of the area. We will continue with the jeeps all the way until the trip returns to Siliguri (after Gangtok).

    Day 4 Darjeeling

    Today is a free day to explore Darjeeling. Perhaps take a scenic train ride through the Darjeeling foothills or visit the museum at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.

    Day 5 Darjeeling

    We have another day here in Darjeeling to relax and take in the sites of Darjeeling and its surrounds.

    Day 6 Karmi Farm

    Today we will have one last free morning to explore Darjeeling. After lunch we will leave in our jeeps for Karmi Farm, a tea plantation located in a remote rural area nearby.

    Day 7 Karmi Farm

    During our stay at Karmi Farm we will have plenty of free time to enjoy some fantastic hikes around the region.

    Day 8 Karmi Farm

    If we haven't already we can visit the Karmi Farm Clinic charitable project this morning. In the afternoon why not spend the afternoon relaxing and take in the stunning views from the lodge.

    Day 9 Gangtok

    After breakfast we will leave Karmi Farm in our jeeps and continue to Gangtok, the hilltop capital of Sikkim.

    Day 10 Gangtok

    Today we will have an included visit of the nearby Rumtek Dharma Monastery in the morning, leaving the afternoon free for you to explore Gangtok.

    Day 11 Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

    Border Information: Exit India at Kakarbhitta, enter Nepal at Kakarbhitta.Today we travel in our jeeps back to Siliguri, where we will finally join our overland truck! We will then drive over the border into Nepal and continue onto Koshi National Park Wildlife Reserve.

    Day 12 Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

    After a good breakfast to set us up for the day our guide will take us through the options of what you can do today. There will be the chance for bird watching, jeep safaris or simply exploring the local villages.

    Day 13 Chitwan NP

    Today we will leave the plains of the Terrai behind and head towards Chitwan National Park.

    Day 14 Khatauti Khola

    This morning there will be time to do a safari around the national park and after lunch we will journey to Khatauti Khola, home to the Royal Beach Camp eco-adventure camp in the Nepalese mountains. There are several optional activities on offer here such as kayaking, rafting, hiking and mountain bikings or simply relax in the quiet surroundings.

    Day 15 Kathmandu

    This morning we will spend some free time at the Royal Beach Camp to give us more time to take part in the optional adventure activities there, then after lunch we will drive the last stretch up to Kathmandu, the evocative capital of Nepal.

    Day 16 Kathmandu

    Border Information: If you are finishing your trip in Kathmandu, you will most likely exit Nepal at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (IATA code: KTM).Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Kathmandu. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact your sales agent if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.
    Summary

    What’s included?

    Activities

    Experience a local overnight train from Kolkata to Siliguri

    Visit to the Karmi Farm charity project

    Explore the incredible 18th-century Rumtek Monastery the home of the Karmapa Lama the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu sect of Buddhism

    Accommodation

    Comfortable Hotel 3 nights
    Overnight Train 1 night
    Basic Hotel 5 nights
    Guesthouse 3 nights
    Camping 3 nights

    Local transport

    Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Canoe, Overnight Boat

    Meals

    Breakfasts x 8, Lunches x 4, Dinner x 6

    India - the Chaos, Charm & Calm

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