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Kolkata's history is intimately related to the British East India Company, which first arrived in 1690, and to British India, of which Calcutta became the capital of in 1772. Job Charnock was widely known as the founder of Calcutta (Sutanuti, Govindapur & Calcutta) but in recent years a number of Indian historians have disputed this claim, arguing that Calcutta occupies the site of an older Indian city, centered around the ancient Kali temple at Kalighat. This claim has been accepted by the Kolkata High Court. The Court has dismissed the name of Job Charnock as the founder of the city and 24 th August as its date of birth. The historic Judgement was based upon an high level Expert Commitee findings. It has been proved that Kolkata had an highly civilized society for centuries before the Europeans first came here. Whatever its origins, Calcutta flowered as the capital of British India during the nineteenth century, the heyday of the Raj. Calcutta University, the first modern Indian university was founded here in 1857. Calcutta became the center of Indian arts and literature, and the national movement for independence got its start here. However, with the transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1911, the pains of the partition of Bengal in 1947, and a violent and bloody Maoist movement (the Naxalite movement) in the 1970s, Calcutta has become synonymous with urban decay and poverty ("New York is deteriorating into New Calcutta," opined an editorial in The New York Times on Dec. 25th, 1988). Kolkata's history is intimately related to the British East India Company, which first arrived in 1690, and to British India, of which Calcutta became the capital of in 1772. Job Charnock was widely known as the founder of Calcutta (Sutanuti, Govindapur & Calcutta) but in recent years a number of Indian historians have disputed this claim, arguing that Calcutta occupies the site of an older Indian city, centered around the ancient Kali temple at Kalighat. This claim has been accepted by the Kolkata High Court. The Court has dismissed the name of Job Charnock as the founder of the city and 24 th August as its date of birth. The historic Judgement was based upon an high level Expert Commitee findings. It has been proved that Kolkata had an highly civilized society for centuries before the Europeans first came here. Whatever its origins, Calcutta flowered as the capital of British India during the nineteenth century, the heyday of the Raj. Calcutta University, the first modern Indian university was founded here in 1857. Calcutta became the center of Indian arts and literature, and the national movement for independence got its start here. However, with the transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1911, the pains of the partition of Bengal in 1947, and a violent and bloody Maoist movement (the Naxalite movement) in the 1970s, Calcutta has become synonymous with urban decay and poverty ("New York is deteriorating into New Calcutta," opined an editorial in The New York Times on Dec. 25th, 1988). Sagar Island is about 80 km south of Kolkata, cut off from the main land by Muriganga river. At present there is no road bridge to connect the island to the main land. The Muriganga river can be crossed by ferry service to reach the Sagar Island. After crossing, the confluence of Sagar (bay of Bengal) & Ganga (holy river Ganges) can be reached via private taxis also. There are two major railway stations in Kolkata - Howrah (not in Kolkata actually, it's in the adjoining city Howrah) and Sealdah. A new terminus station called 'Kolkata' has also started functioning since 2005, but presently it accommodates very few trains. Directly facing Howrah are ferries (Rs. 4) that can get you to the other side of the river either Babu Ghat or Fairlie Place from where you can arrange onward transportation with anything from taxis to public buses to human rickshaws. With the traffic situation this might actually save you time as well as money.Room incidentals. Lunch during the tour Any broker charges for Temple. Horse ride/pony ride etc. Tipping/gratuities to guide/driver. Beverages during meal time. All entrance fees where ever applicable apart from above. Camera & Video permits. Any services not mentioned in the above.18-0120-12

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Day wise Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrive Kolkata

    Upon arrival at Howrah Railway station meet & greet by our representative and transfer to hotel. En route visit Howrah Bridge. Check in to the hotel. Afternoon proceed to The famous Eco Tourism Park at Rajarhat. Evening enjoy Light & Sound show. Back to hotel. Dinner & overnight stay at Hotel

    • Meals & Drinks : Dinner
  • Day 2 : Kolkata (Day long excursion to Gangasagar)

    early morning proceed to Gangasagar, (with packed breakfast)Sagar Island is an island in the Ganges delta, lying on the continental shelf of Bay of Bengal about 100 km (54 nautical miles) south of Kolkata. It belongs to the Republic of India and is governed by the State government of West Bengal. The island is large — with an area of 224.3 km, lying between 21°36’ to 21°56’ north latitude and 88°2’ to 88° 11’ east latitude.[1] It has 43 villages and a population of over 160,000. The largest village is also named "Ganga Sagar" or "Gangasagar". Although Sagarisland is a part of Sunderban Administration, it does not have any tiger habitation or mangrove forests or small river tributaries as is characteristic of the overall sunderban delta.This island, also known as Gangasagar or Sagardwip, is a place of Hindu pilgrimage. Every year on the day of MakarSankranti(14 January), hundreds of thousands of Hindus gather to take a holy dip at the confluence of river Ganges and Bay of Bengal and offer prayers (puja) in the Kapil Muni Temple. Back to hotel. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel.

    • Meals & Drinks : Breakfast & Dinner
  • Day 3 : Kolkata City & Temple tour

    After breakfast proceed to Dakhineswar temple and Belur Math (Visit Kali Mata, Thakur Ramakrishna Home and Mata Sarada, Swami Vivekananda math etc), On 2nd half proceed for Kolkata city tour – Victoriya Memorial, Eden Garden, Indian Museum, Fort William etc. Evening proceed for Shopping by Underground Kolkata Metro Railway.

  • Day 4 : Depart Kolkata

    After breakfast check out from hotel and transfer to Airport / Railway station

    • Meals & Drinks : Breakfast

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Inclusions

  • Hotel
  • 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals
  • Sightseeing
  • Transport
  • Transfers
  • Airport Pickup-Drop
  • Veg & Non Veg Meals

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Exclusions

  • Room incidentals.
  • Lunch during the tour
  • Any broker charges for Temple.
  • Horse ride/pony ride etc.
  • Tipping/gratuities to guide/driver.
  • Beverages during meal time.
  • All entrance fees where ever applicable apart from above.
  • Camera & Video permits.
  • Any services not mentioned in the above.

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Price & Rates

No of pax Age Limit Price per pax (Rs)
Adult Above 12 years INR 12800 / Adult

* Mentioned prices may vary depending upon date of travel, hotel availability, surge pricing and seasonal rush.

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Package Start From

  • Kolkata, West Bengal, India, Asia

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Terms & Conditions

Payment Terms & Methods :
* Some Advance Percentage of total booking amount * Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.

Cancellation & Refund Policy :
* Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount. * Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.

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Client Testimonials

  • RAMESH CH. MAHATO -

    Reviewed: Nov 02, 2019

    All Hotels was excellent. Agency coordination was also good. My complaint on the driver only, name Rajesh Sikhawat was not good person, his talking way was not well always doing unnecessary arguments. Mr Santanu from SUNBIRD always trying to control his way but he didn't listen to anyone. Otherwise SUNBIRD services was good.

  • DAKSH THAKAR - Gujrat

    Reviewed: Sep 12, 2019

    Overall it was good except the hotel in "ARAKU" Other hotel available at the rate cheaper then what you fixed Go & compare Hotel quality & rates of hotel " THIS IS TO HELP YOUR BUSINESS" Otherwise everything was good.

  • G S KISHORE - Bangalore

    Reviewed: Jul 08, 2019

    Complete my 10 days Uttarakhand trip, traveled 2nd time with Sunbird. Service was best as per earlier.

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