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India with the Tea Centre

14 days  |  Delhi to Kolkata  |  from USD $6,239

The Tea Centre has teamed up with On The Go Tours, to offer a colourful 14-day holiday to the sub-continent. Getting you to the heart of India, exploring mouthwatering sites like the Taj Mahal and the Pink City of Jaipur, we also visit the tea plantations of Darjeeling and Assam, staying at authentic tea bungalows too.

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Day 1

Friday. Namaste! Welcome to India. We will be there to collect you as you arrive into New Delhi for your transfer to the hotel.
Overnight: Delhi

Day 2

Delhi. Today we will explore all that Old and New Delhi have to offer. Modern New Delhi is a striking contrast to the chaos of the Old City. Our tour of Old Delhi includes Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Ghandi and marks the spot where he was cremated. We continue on past the Red Fort, overlooking the Jamuna River. Next we jump aboard local rickshaws to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s biggest mosques. Later on we visit the famous Khari Baoli Spice & Food Grain Market for an interactive session with a local spice and grain merchant. This afternoon we explore New Delhi, including Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb. Afterwards we drive past India Gate, the Parliament building and Rastrapathi Bhawan – the President’s residence before we relax at The Atrium in the Hotel Imperial and enjoy delightful Afternoon Tea.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Delhi - Agra. This morning we travel to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal! Our first stop of the day is the Tea Lounge at the Radisson where we will indulge in an exquisite tea and coffee afternoon. Later on we visit the lofty Agra Fort, a powerful fortress of red sandstone with walls that stretch to 2.5km in length. From here we’ll be able to our first glimpses of the Taj before we pay our visit in the early evening for a gorgeous Indian sunset.
Overnight: Agra  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Agra - Jaipur. Today we start our journey to Jaipur, stopping at Fetehpur Sikri en route. This sprawling sandstone city was built in the 16th Century and housed Emperor Akbar, his 3 wives (one Muslim, one Hindu and one Christian), his many staff and endless concubines. This afternoon we drive to the final part of the Golden Triangle, the fabulous Pink City of Jaipur.
Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Jaipur. We start the morning with a visit to striking Amber Fort. Arriving into the fort in style atop an Indian elephant, just as the royal families would have done. This afternoon we embark on a city tour taking in the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal and Birla Hindu before being treated to High Tea at the beautiful Rambagh Palace which was the home to generations of royals for nearly two centuries and is now a luxury hotel, fondly referred to as the ‘Jewel of Jaipur’.
Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Jaipur - Dibrugarh. Today we take a flight to Dibrugarh via Delhi and Guwahati. Dibrugarh is known as The Tea Capital of Assam, being the gateway to three of the largest tea producing districts.
Overnight: Dibrugarh  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Dibrugarh. We begin today with a visit to a tea factory that uses the CTC (Crush, Tear and Curl) method of producing tea. Our tour here takes us through nearly 160 years of heritage tea gardens and we gain a fabulous insight into the origins of tea and how it is grown. We also visit the Mancotta Tea Estate which practices the Orthodox method of producing tea. Whilst here we take a walk around the plantation, visit the tea factory and sample the different types of tea that Mancotta produces.
Overnight: Dibrugarh  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

Dibrugarh – Guwahati - New Jalpaiguri. Early this morning there is the opportunity to take an optional horse ride through the lush green tea plantations of Ethelwold and Jalaangar Tea Estate before we fly onward to Guwahati, the capital of the Assam region. Later on we enjoy free time to explore this beautiful city before boarding our train to New Jalpaiguri.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 9

New Jalpaiguri - Darjeeling - Selim Hill. We arrive into New Jalpaiguri in the morning for breakfast. We then transfer to Darjeeling – probably the most famous tea region in India and home to the Selim Hill Tea Estate a sprawling organic tea estate. At Selim Hill we spend some time in the tea garden and the factory. In the evening we take a leisurely stroll along the tea gardens to sunset point. We also have the opportunity to visit one of the Tea Picker’s homes in the local village.
Overnight: Darjeeling  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Selim Hill - Makaibari - Darjeeling. After breakfast we visit the Makaibari Tea Estate for a morning tea experience. Makaibari is the world’s second tea factory and was established in 1859 - the tea here actually mainly grows in forest as 70% of the entire area is under forest cover. Some of the tea is plucked during the night of the full moon and this exclusive type of tea, the Silver Tips Imperial is the world’s most expensive.
Overnight: Darjeeling  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 11-12

Darjeeling - New Jalpaiguri - Kolkata. On the morning of day 11 we visit the Tea Factory and partake in a spot of tea tasting with a local expert as well as enjoying High Tea at the Tea Lounge at the New Elgin Hotel. However, Darjeeling isn’t just all about the tea. The famous Sherpa Tenzing Norgay is from here and given its close proximity to the Himalayas means it is home to the Everest Museum, the Mountaineering Institute and the Mountaineering Museum, all of which we will visit over these two days. Darjeeling is also home to the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre which we can visit. It has been set up to help rehabilitate refugees from neighbouring Tibet, who have fled since the Chinese invasion. Also not to be missed is the Zoological Park which houses a whole host of local animals including the fearsome Siberian Tiger and the cute Red Panda - a smaller and more feline looking version of its giant cousins. We depart from Darjeeling in the early evening of day 12 and transfer to New Jalpaiguri station for our train on to Kolkata.
Overnight: Darjeeling (1) Sleeper Train (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 1

Day 13

Kolkata, We arrive early into Kolkata - India’s bustling capital of culture. Upon arrival we transfer to the hotel and then enjoy some sightseeing around this colourful city. Our tout includes visits to the imposing marble Victoria Memorial, the Indian Museum, which houses one of the best collections of Indian art and the beautiful Jain Temple.
Overnight: Kolkata  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Saturday. Kolkata - breakfast. Our tour concludes after breakfast with a transfer to the airport.
Breakfast

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Hans Plaza, Delhi
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The stylish Hans Plaza hotel is one of the tallest buildings in Delhi with rooms on the upper floors giving fantastic views across the city. The rooms are spacious, clean and tastefully designed. The hotel has an excellent breakfast daily and offers guests fine Italian dining at the stylish and cool in house restaurant. The hotel is a home from home in the heart of the city with Connaught Square just a short walk away and the Barakhamba Road Metro Station around the corner.

Radisson Hotel, Agra
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Contemporary and chic, the Radisson is one of the newest hotels in Agra and a welcome addition to the city’s ever growing list. Boasting from clean and well appointed spacious rooms with Wi-Fi available throughout, the hotel also has a stunning poolside bar as well as a popular 24 hour coffee shop. Taking afternoon high tea at the Tea Lounge is our top tip! Well located close to the Taj Mahal as well as lots of great shops and entertainment.

Shahpura House, Jaipur
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

A fine example of Shekhawati architecture, the grand Shahpura House has spacious, richly furnished rooms with a truly majestic feel. The hotel boasts a number of eating experiences including a roof top restaurant and a relaxing pool side restaurant and bar. Indulge in some pampering spa treatments at the Shahpura House Spa – our top tip! Located in a quiet plush residential area of Jaipur hidden away from the usual hustle, bustle and chaos of the city.

Elgin Hotel, Darjeeling
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

The Elgin Hotel is a 125 year old well-preserved Victorian mansion, with tastefully furnished rooms. Once the summer residence of the Maharaja it is now a luxury hotel affording fantastic views of the surrounding tea plantations.

Trip Highlights

Delhi City Tour including Old Delhi, Red Fort (drive past), Jama Masjid, India Gate, Rajpath, Humayun's Tomb and Qutab Minar
Agra - the spectacular Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and 'Baby Taj'
Jaipur - The Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, City Palace and Birla Mandir
Tea Plantations Galore - including a visit to a Tea Pickers home
Lots for tea lovers! Afternoon Tea at the Atrium in Imperial in Delhi, the Tea Lounge at the Radisson Agra, the Rambagh Palace in Jaipur and the Tea Lounge in New Elgin in Darjeeling
Darjeeling Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Museum and Zoological Park
A visit to the Khari Baoli Spice and Food Grain Market in Delhi including an interactive session with a local spice merchant
Fatehpur Sikri - an ancient abandoned Mughal city
Dibrugarh - the tea capital of Assam. A tour of the CTC (Crush, Tear and Curl) Tea Factory and its 157 year old heritage Tea Garden, and an Orthodox Tea Factory and Gardens
Tea tastings at Darjeeling and Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow. An interactive session with an expert in Darjeeling teas
Darjeeling - home of the worlds finest tea plantations, Tiger Hill, Buddhist monasteries & colourful markets
Kolkata - India's bustling cultural capital, the Victoria Memorial, the Indian Museum and the Jain Temple

Included

Visits to several tea plantations, tea factories and a tea processing unit
Airport arrival and departure transfers on days 1 and 14
13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners and 4 Afternoon/Evening Teas
Touring of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Darjeeling and Kolkata.
All relevant transfers and transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
Economy Flights from Jaipur to Dibrugarh (via Delhi and Gulwahati) & Dibrugarh to Gulwahati
Tea tasting in Dibrugarh and Darjeeling
15 nights 4 star hotels, tea bungalows and estates
Entrance fees to all relevant sights
An Elephant Ride to Amber Fort
Train Guwahati - New Jalpaiguri (1st Class) and New Jalpaiguri - Kolkata (2nd class) in air-conditioned sleeper.
Local English speaking specialist guides at local sites

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Laundry, drinks, items of a personal nature

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

2015
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $6239
USD $2159
 
USD $6239
USD $2159

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Discount for 12-day tour
USD $6239
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Private Tour Supplement
USD $1200
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Tour Details
Starts
Delhi
Ends
Kolkata
Departs
3 dates a year. See 'Price/Dates' tab
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star and tea bungalows and estates
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes
Meals
Breakfast: 13, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 5

The trip was immensely enjoyable and informative, great fun in entirety due to the people we met along the way - particularly guides/ drivers who were excellent. We discovered many new things that could enhance this tour and broaden the scope re: tea and other cultural, environmental and natural history suggestions

Amanda McDonald