"Kaziranga National Park, Kolkata, Sundarbans National Park the list goes on, this is your chance to see some of the best India has to offer"
India: a fast-growing nation of bustling urban metropolises, and also a country blessed with areas of untamed natural beauty and fantastic wildlife. Get to know both sides on this tour, which highlights India’s wonderful diversity. Explore two of the country’s greatest historical cities, Delhi and Kolkata, to learn more about their fantastic cultural heritage, and travel to stunning national parks to marvel at India’s wealth of wildlife. For a perfect introduction to Indian history, heritage and culture, your tour begins with a two-night stay in Delhi for some classic sightseeing. Visit the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the Rajghat, as well as India’s largest mosque and the splendid India Gate.
Travel northeast to Kaziranga National Park, one of the sub-continent’s wildlife-watching ‘hot-spots’ and a must for any nature enthusiast. Spend a blissful three days here, going on safari through the lush grasses to look for endangered one-horned rhinoceros, tigers and a host of other species. Take a leisurely boat trip (look out for rare Gangetic dolphins!) before venturing southwest to the vast and swampy Sundarbans National Park. Covered in thick mangrove forest, this park is a haven for a significant population of iconic Bengal Tigers and is also an important Biosphere Reserve. Finally, conclude your tour in India’s cultural and intellectual centre, cosmopolitan Kolkata.
Active India Holidays are local operators and, as such, have seen first-hand the benefits that tourism can bring to some of India’s most remote regions. They understand that tourism often helps to alleviate poverty and develop communities and, as part of the global tourism industry, acknowledge that they too have a crucial role to play in providing commercial benefits and financial impetus in local communities. The company is conscious of both the negative and positive impacts its operations potentially have within sensitive environments and communities, particularly in the Himalayas where most of Active India’s trekking and adventure operations are conducted.
To ensure that they operate in as responsible a way as possible, Active India trains all of its tour leaders and support staff on sustainability practices. One example is their ‘Leave no Trace’ policy, which ensures that campsites and trails are left free from any waste. The company even extends this policy to include the waste left by travellers who have come before them, collecting and disposing of any extra rubbish in a safe manner. Active India hopes to contribute towards building a tourism industry that brings pleasure to travellers whilst also constructing a future for the local people and places that the industry depends on.
Arrival in Delhi: Arrive at Delhi’s international airport and receive a traditional ‘Swagat’ (welcome) from Active India’s representative before transferring to your hotel. The rest of the day is free!
Delhi: After breakfast, head out for some spectacular sightseeing in Delhi. Visit the busy walled city of Old Delhi and explore India’s biggest mosque, the 17th century Jama Masjid, as well as the Rajghat, which serves as a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Experience the hustle and bustle of Chandni Chowk, a typical Indian market alive with activity. Next, drive past the colonial buildings built during the British Raj era in the early 20th century.
Delhi – Guwahati – Kaziranga: Take a morning flight to Guwahati, Assam’s capital, and continue by road to Kaziranga. A vast expanse of elephant grass and tropical broadleaf forest, Kaziranga is criss-crossed by four major rivers, including the Brahmaputra. Kaziranga National Park was established as a Reserve Forest in 1905, and has also been identified as an ‘important bird area’ by Birdlife International Society as it is home to a variety of domestic and migratory bird species.
Kaziranga National Park: You will embark on two game drives in the park today – one in the morning and another in the afternoon. The park is famed for its endangered Indian one-horned rhinoceros population; these rare animals can be found in large numbers only in this park! On your game drives, you’ll get the opportunity to spot a wide variety of wild animals and birds. The evening is free for you to explore at your leisure.
Kaziranga National Park: Take another early morning safari to visit the central range of the park before returning to the hotel for breakfast. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, the park is home to tigers, large breeding elephants, swamp deer and wild water buffaloes as well as a huge variety of domestic and migratory bird species. Located on the banks of the river Brahmaputra, the park also has a breathtaking array of flora, giving it a beautifully scenic quality. Relax for a while at lunchtime, before enjoying another game drive in the afternoon.
Kaziranga: Take a leisurely boat ride in the park in the morning, in the hope of spotting more animals and birds – you might even see some animals bathing in the water! In the evening, take some time to explore the local area.
Kaziranga – Guwahati – Kolkata: Return to Guwahati Airport in the morning for your flight to Kolkata. Situated on the east bank of the Hooghly River, Kolkata is East India’s main commercial and cultural centre. The centre of the 19th and early 20th century Bengal Renaissance, today the city has gained wide audiences for its music, fine art, dance, literature and theatre, and holds a richly colourful cultural heritage.
Sundarbans: Leave your hotel and drive to the jetty where you’ll board a boat to the Sundarbans National Park. The Sundarbans is the world’s largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest, covering an area of approximately 10,000 square kilometres. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sundarbans National Park is also a Tiger Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve.
Sundarbans: Take a boat ride on the Sundarbans’ serene waters, keeping an eye out for Bengal tigers and other wildlife as you drift along amidst beautiful surroundings. Spend the evening getting close to nature, staying overnight in the enchanting green mangroves.
Sundarbans – Kolkata: Return to Kolkata by boat for some last-minute sightseeing. Visit the grand Victoria Memorial, a stunning white-marble building that houses many rare and unique antiques. Continue to the huge Kali Temple, situated on the bank of the Hooghly River.
Tour Concludes: Transfer to Kolkata’s International Airport for your onward flight.
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- 3 x wildlife safaris at Kaziranga National Park (including Park entrance, forest guard and vehicle charges)
- 1 x boat ride at Kaziranga National Park
- English speaking monument sightseeing guides at cities
- All land transport
- Government service tax as applicable
- Travel insurance
- Indian visa fees
- Any monument entrance fees
- Flights (domestic/international)
- Any optional activities or services not mentioned in inclusions
- Services of any professional English speaking tour leader/escort during the tour
- Miscellaneous expenses for tips, laundry, drinks, any medical emergencies and souvenirs etc.