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Friday. Namaste! Welcome to India. We will be there to collect you as you arrive into New Delhi for your transfer to the hotel.
Today we explore both Old and New Delhi - the order of New Delhi is a huge contrast to the unorganised chaos of the Old City. But both are just as appealing. In Old Delhi sites include the impressive Red Fort and Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque. And for something different we explore the Khari Baoli spice and food grain market before exploring New Delhi in the afternoon.
Drive to Agra - home of India's famous attraction, the Taj Mahal! We also visit the Agra Fort and the Baby Taj.
Drive to Jaipur 'The Pink City' via the ghostly fortified city of Fatehpur Sikri, abandoned only 8 years after its construction due to droughts in the area.
Today enjoy an elephant ride at Amber Fort and visit the sites of Jaipur before being treated to high tea at Rambagh Palace in Jaipur. Rambagh Palace has been home to generations of royals.
Flight to Dibrugarh via Delhi & Guwahati. Dibrugarh is better known as The Tea Capital of Assam, being the gateway to three of the largest tea producing districts.
We tour the plantations and tea factory where the secrets of making tea and the activities behind the scene – right from the garden to the cup are revealed. We also visit the Namphake village near Naharkutia to see and mingle with the Tai Phake tribal community.
On to Jorhat. Nestled in the tea gardens dotted around sprawling in and around the city, boosts of the Tocklai Research Association (TRA) is the oldest and the largest tea research station of its kind in the world where you enjoy a tea tour.
Today we explore silk farms and silk weavers’ villages where we learn more about Sericulture. We also visit the Toklai Tea Research Centre. Onwards to Shivsagar where we visit ancient monuments, temples and palaces.
Continuing onwards to Guwahati. Guwahati is the commercial capital city of the northeastern state of Assam. Optional visit to Kamakhya Temple, which is known to be the most revered among the tantrik shrines of Shakti worship in the world.
Take a short flight from Guwahati to Bagdogra, where we travel onwards to Darjeeling. Lying under the shadow of mighty Mount Kanchnjunga, Darjeeling conjures with a rich history, culture and Buddhism.
Enjoy a guided trip to Happy Valley Tea Estate, one of the oldest Orthodox tea plantations in Darjeeling hills. Visit the gardens, tea tasting room and factory.
Drive to Tiger Hill to witness sunrise over the snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga; followed by a visit to Ghoom Gompa (monastery). Onwards to Makaibari Tea Estate where we learn more about the tea making process and sample some tea. A sumptuous lunch awaits us at Cochrane Place Tea Retreat. Then continuing on to Selim Hill Tea Estate. This 150 year old tea garden is well known for its Organic tea varieties. Overnight Salim Hill Tea Estate
After breakfast we travel about three hours in Dam Dim Tea Estate for a tea experience followed by a Planter style lunch at Dam Dim tea bungalow with delicious local recipes carefully handed down through generations. Afternoon game drive in Gorumra National Park which has an array of wildlife such as One Horned Rhinoceros, Elephant, Gaurs and several species of birds and reptiles. The day ends with a very interesting visit to a nearby tribal village. Overnight Dam tea Estate
Drive to New Jalpaiguri train station for overnight train to Kolkata – India’s bustling capital of culture. Overnight on the train
Arrival this morning where we enjoy a bit of sightseeing around this colourful city, including visits to the Victoria Memorial, the Indian Museum and the Jain Temple.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Goa.
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