India Eastern Horizons
Eastern India encapsulates some of the most striking contrasts in the whole subcontinent. In the north lies the great Himalayan range with Mt Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain overlooking the tea gardens of Darjeeling and rainforest of Sikkim, a quaint state with its Buddhist influence and rich flora and fauna. Further in the east are the plains of Assam where you can see the majestic tiger prowling in a jungle, or elephants and rhinos trampling their way through tall grass. The low hills with coniferous forests, grasslands, temples and tea gardens make it a relaxing tour with echoes of romance and nostalgia.
UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: EXPLORING THE HISTORICAL EAST INDIA OF THE BRITISH RAJ.
This tour is very popular with travellers who have an association with eastern India, but it also attracts many first time visitors, some of whom take this tour along with their north India option to broaden their experience.
The tour begins in Kolkata or Calcutta, India’s second largest city and generally regarded as the intellectual and cultural capital of the nation. As the former capital of British India, Kolkata retains a feast of dramatic colonial architecture, with more than a few fine buildings.
Nestled among the rolling mountains with the glistening Mt Kanchenjunga towering over the azure sky, Darjeeling fondly called "Queen of the Hills", provides a perfect gateway for those seeking to be in harmony with nature. Famous for Darjeeling tea, revered by connoisseurs across the globe and the century old miniature steam engine, that still chugs uphill.
Pemayangtse, the ‘Perfect Sublime Lotus’, is one of Sikkim’s oldest and most significant gompas. Magnificently set on a hilltop overlooking the Rabdentse ruins, the atmospheric compound is ringed by gardens and traditional monks’ cottages walled in unpainted stone.
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, located on a hill-top is a beautiful town that was once a major stopover destination on the trade route between Lhasa in Tibet and cities such as Kolkata (then Calcutta) in British India.
Flaunting blissful beauty and old world charm, Kalimpong is one of the most striking and outstanding hill stations in the northeastern region of India. The town is rich in colour and fragrance, thanks to the stunning flora. Once a trading post on the famous Silk Road between India and Tibet, it is a secluded retreat, perfect for travellers seeking peace and serenity in the lap of nature.
Finally, we travel to the Kaziranga National Park, known for its one horned rhino. It is also recognised as an important Bird Area and a breeding ground for elephants, wild water buffalo and swamp deer. And, it boasts the highest density of tigers among protected areas in the world.
All major international airlines fly to India’s main airports: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Airports tend to be on the outskirts of cities. Pre-paid taxi services and auto-rickshaws are stationed outside the terminus to get you into the city.
If you are travelling with AwimAway, transfers from an airport in India are arranged by our representatives who will meet you at the arrival lounge and transfer you to the hotel.