Welcome on arrival at Kolkata and Transfer to Hotel, Overnight at Hotel. Evening free for leisure. Kolkata is the city of Joy, contrast and culture. Once it was the capital of India and now is the capital of Bengal. A visit to Kolkata may bring visitors to be in touch with combination of a rich 300 years old cultural heritage, vibrant modern life and cultures of different communities. Situated on the banks of river Hooghly, Kolkata was the first headquarters of the East India Company and later served as the capital of British India until 1912.
Morning at 7 AM transfer to Godkhali jetty (125 Kms/3.5Hrs) through the beautiful countryside and rural bazaars. Arrive at Godkhali and board on the motorized boat. After briefing and interpretation by our local guide cum naturalist over Tea/Coffee/Welcome drink, cruise through Hogol, Gomor, Durgaduani and Gumdi rivers to the Sudhanyakhali watch tower through creeks and canals. Experience the Island Cruise and arrive at Bali Island and check into Resort. Evening enjoy the infotainment by the local villagers. Overnight at the Resort. Sundarban is the most intriguing wilderness of the world. This forest is the home of Royal Bengal Tiger, Crocodiles, Kingfishers, Spotted/Chital Deer, Dolphin, Wild Bear, Fishing Cat, Water Monitor, Marine Turtle, Red Hermit Crab, Egrets, Open Billed Stork, Heron, Tiger Prawn, Marine & estuarine Fish etc. The total area of forest is 4264 sq. km. The whole delta forest is studded with mangroves. Honey collectors, fishermen, woodcutters and other folks will be the added attraction to the tourists. Bonbibi Yatra, the well known folk theatre, which lucky visitors might see.
Morning after breakfast full day game cruise and birding tour to Netidhopani watch tower (Subject to weather permitting the same).Lunch will be served on board. Back to Bali Island, Evening enjoy the Bonbibi Yatra - the well known folk theatre, by the local villagers. Overnight at the Camp.
Morning after breakfast experience the village walk and to be followed by adventure cruise by manually oared country boat and cruise to Dobanki to experience the canopy walk in the tower, transfer back to the camp, lunch and followed by transfer to Kolkata, Overnight at hotel.
Morning at 9.30 AM starts the full day city tour with an introduction about India & Bengal, drive by the old heritage buildings of BBD Bagh and visit the bank of the River Ganga to understand the significance of the mighty river in our life. Also visit the famous Flower Market at Howrah, Victoria Memorial, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Kalighat Temple; you will finish the day’s tour at the Mother Teresa’s House, the headquarter of the Missionaries of Charity. Overnight at hotel.
Morning after breakfast transfer to Bishnupur (145 KM / 3.30 Hrs). Bishnupur is a town in the Bankura District of West Bengal. It is famous for its terracotta temples and baluchari sarees. The town has a glorious past that is reflected in its rich architecture, music and handicrafts such as pottery and weaving. It prospered in the 17th and early 18th centuries. Ruled by a line of Hindu Rajas of the Malla dynasty, Bishnupur developed a unique form of architecture and has perhaps the most brilliant and detailed terracotta work in Eastern India that has withstood the ravages of time.
The history of Bishnupur can be traced back to 694 AD, when King Raghunath I founded the Malla dynasty. However it was much later in 994 AD that the place was named Bishnupur. The name is derived from the name of the Hindu God ‘Vishnu'. The majority of the people belong to the ‘Vaishnava' sect. Followed by half day Bishnupur local sightseeing covering - Rasmancha, Jorebangla Temple of Keshto Rai, Pancha Ratna Temple of Shyam Rai, Madanmohan Temple, Lalbandh, Krishnabandh & Pokabandh.
Post lunch transfer to Shantiniketan (113 KM / 3 Hrs). Shantiniketan is a small town near Bolpur in the Birbhum District of West Bengal. It is famous due to Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, whose vision became what is now a University Town - Visva-Bharati University. The place now attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Shantiniketan was earlier called Bhubandanga (named after Bhuban Dakat, a local dacoit), and was owned by the Tagore family. In 1862, Maharishi Devendranath Tagore, the poet’s father, while on a boat journey to Raipur, came across a landscape with red soil and lush green paddy fields. He decided to plant more saplings and built a small house. He called his home Shantiniketan. He founded an ashram here in 1863 and became the initiator of the Bramho Samaj. Evening free for individual activity. Over night at Hotel.
Morning after breakfast full day Shantiniketan local sightseeing covering Uttaryan Complex (houses of Tagore- Udayan, Shyamali, Konarak, Udichi, Punashchha & Bichitra Museum), Viswa Bharati University Campus, Khoai, Kopai River, Saturday’s & Sunday’s Hut (handicrafts fair), Amar Kutir & Deer Park at Ballavpur, Bird Sanctuary (Prokriti Bikhon Kendra), Prantik, Shyer Bithi (Eco-park) at Lahabadh, Srijani Silpagram under EZCC near Sriniketan, Sriniketan Chapter of Viswa Bharati, Kankalitala (Sati Pith Temple), Siksha Bhavana, Vidya Bhavana, Sangeet Bhavana, Patha Bhavana, Nippon Bhavana, Sriniketan Chhatimtala, Rabindra Bhavan, Kala Bhavana. Evening free for individual activity. Over night at Hotel.
Morning after breakfast transfer to Murshidabad (116 KM / 3.30 Hrs) through beautiful rural Bengal. En-route lunch at local restaurant. Check in at Murshidabad Hotel. Murshidabad, the last capital city of independent Bengal was named after Nawab Murshid Quli Khan, the Dewan of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. It is situated on the banks of the river Bhagirathi. A city of splendors & famous for its silk, was made capital of Bengal in 1717. The British shifted the capital to Kolkata in 1773. Later visit local markets & Bhagirathi River. Evening free for individual activity. Overnight at Hotel.
Morning After breakfast proceeds for a full day Murshidabad local sightseeing covering The Hazarduari Palace, or the palace with a thousand doors is the chief tourist attraction of Murshidabad. This three-storied palace was built in 1837 by Duncan McLeod for the Nawab Najim Humaun Jah, descendent of Mir Zafar. It has thousand doors (among which only 900 are real) and 114 rooms and 8 galleries, built in european architectural style. The total area of Hazarduari Palace is 41 acres. It is now a museum and has an exquisite collection of armoury, splendid paintings, exhaustive portraits of the Nawabs, various works of art including beautiful works of ivory (Murshidabad School) of China (European) and many other valuables. The armoury has 2700 arms in its collections of which only few are displayed. Swords used by Shiraj-ud-Daulla and his grandfather, Nawab Alivardi Khan, can be seen here. The other attractions in this floor are Vintage Cars and Fittan Cars used by the Nawabs and their families. Between the palace and the Imambara is a small mosque, ‘Madina’, with colorful tiled verandahs. The mosque has an ornamented replica of Hazrat Muhammad's tomb at Madina. Around the palace are other attractions like the Imambara, Wasef Manzil, Katara Mosque, Jahankosha Canon, Jafarganj Cemetery, Khosh Bagh, Katgola, Nasipur Palace, Footi Mosque, Moti Jheel, Nimak Haram Deori (The Traitor’s Gate). Evening free for individual activity. Overnight at hotel.
Morning after breakfast transfer to Malda (135KM / 4Hrs). Malda was formerly known as English Bazaar as an English factory was established here in 1771. Lying on the confluence of the Mahananda and Kalindri rivers the Malda town rose to prominence as the river port of the Hindu capital of Pandua. Malda is a base for visiting Gaur and Pandua. Gaur, capital to three dynasties of ancient Bengal - the Buddhist Palas, the Hindu Senas and the Muslim Nawabs - has seen three distinct eras of glory. Pandua, once the alternate seat of power to Gaur, has the third largest concentration of Muslim monuments in Bengal. Historical monuments include the mosque Jami' Masjid (1566) and the landmark Nimasari tower across the river.
During the 18th century it was the seat of prosperous cotton and silk industries. Constituted a municipality in 1867, it has several colleges affiliated with the University of North Bengal. Rice, jute, legumes, and oilseeds are the chief crops in the surrounding area. Mulberry plantations and mango orchards occupy large areas; mango trade and silk manufacture are the main economic activities. Evening free for individual activity. Overnight at Hotel.
Morning after breakfast full day Malda local sightseeing covering Gaur, 12 km south of Malda, right on the Indo-Bangladesh border is one of the most important Historical places of 14th and 15th century Bengal having immense value from the archeological point of view. The relics particularly worth seeing are the Bara Sona Mosque, Dakhil Darwajah (built in 1425), Qadam Rasul Mosque, Lattan Mosque and the ruins of the extensive fortification. There are colourful enamelled tiles on the Gomti Gate and Firoz Minar. Gol Ghar, Chika Masjid, Qutwali Gate, 12 gated Mosque and Qudm-e-rasul are the other places of attraction.
After lunch proceed to Pandua, 18 km north of Malda, another important site of archeological importance has some impressive Muslim architecture including the vast Adina Mosque built by Sikander Shah in 1369. It is one of the largest mosques in India, built over a Hindu temple, and has 378 small domes. The Eklakhi mausoleum and several smaller mosques are the other places of attractions in Pandua followed by Adina Deer Park, Nimasarai Tower, Jami Masjid, Pandua Shrine, Piran-e-Pir Shrine, lost monastery of Jagjivanpur and Ramakrishna Mission Temple. Afternoon board train for Siliguri (240KM / 4Hrs). Overnight at Siliguri Hotel.
Welcome on arrival at Siliguri and transfer to Kurseong (55Kms / 02 Hrs). Evening free for leisure. Overnight at Hotel. Kurseong locally known as "Kharsang", which in Lepcha means 'the Land of White Orchids', referring to the small white orchids prolific here. The serenity and tranquillity of this place is what attracts people. On the outskirts of main town of Kurseong is Cochrane Place, a recreated and restored stately British Colonial home of its previous resident, Percy John Cochrane, MBE. The stunning view of the tea garden along with the mountains and the foothill forests of the Eastern Himalayas from this Tea Resort are enchanting. Overnight at Hotel.
Morning after an early breakfast enjoy a tour of the Makaibari Tea Factory and Plantation to interact and discover the charming character, rich culture and history with the friendly people of the tea estate. Later transfer to Darjeeling (35Kms / 45 mins). Once the summer capital of India, Darjeeling is a land of infinite variety and charm. It will cater you a mix-experience of lively nature & charming Himalayan people. It is the place of Dorje, the mystic thunderbolt of the Lama-Religion. Surrounded by tea gardens; this little town faces some of the highest peaks of the Himalayas. Take rest and then walk around town to appreciate the new culture you are in. Overnight at Hotel.
Early morning start for Tiger Hill to watch the spectacular sunrise and its amazing effects on the Mt. Khangchendzonga (World’s 3rd highest peak), Visit Ghoom Monastery and Batashia Loop War Memorial while returning to the Hotel. Breakfast at the Hotel followed by half day local Best points sightseeing covering Padmaja N. Zoological Garden (Closed on Thursday), Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (Closed on Thursday), Tibetan Refugee Self-help Center (Closed on Sunday), Rope way (entry fees not included), walk around visit to the Mall and Local Market (Closed on Thursday). Evening Free for shopping & individual activity, overnight at hotel.
Morning after breakfast transfer to Kalimpong (54kms/2hrs) and later the Local Sight Seeing In and Around Kalimpong City, covering Durpin Dhara, Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brong Monastery, and Flower & Orchid Nurseries & Kalimpong Market. Evening free for individual activity. Overnight at Hotel.
Morning after breakfast transfer to Jaldapara (96 Kms / 3.30 Hours). This was declared a sanctuary in the year 1941 for the protection of Wild Life, particularly one-horned rhinos, an animal threatened with extinction. In May 2012 this was declared as a National Park. The evening is at leisure to explore the area on your own and accustom yourself to this entirely different atmosphere you are in. Overnight at hotel.
Early morning safari to Jaldapara National Park. Crisscrossed by several big and small rivers like Hollong, Torsa, Malangi, Chira-khawa, Sissamara, Buri-Torsa etc. the forest is mainly savannah covered with tall elephant grasses. The wild life, in addition to one-horned rhinos, consists of Royal Bengal Tigers, wild elephants, sambhar, barking deer, spotted deer and hog deer, wild pig, bison and a number of birds. After lunch visit the local tribal village called Totopara. Overnight at hotel.
Morning after breakfast check-out & transfer to NJP / IXB (150Kms/ 3.5 Hrs). Tour Ends.
Mr. Akash Chaudhary
G-55, Royal Palace, 2nd Floor, Office No. 206, Vikas Marg, Laxmi Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi, India - 110092
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