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Calcutta & Assam Holidays

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A kaleidoscope of extraordinarily contrasting landscapes and experiences. The eastern quadrant of India offers an exhilarating kaleidoscope of extraordinarily contrasting landscapes and experiences.

This is the borderland where the Indian plate collides against south-east Asia, grinding under the Tibetan plate to throw up the highest, steepest mountains on Earth. It is a region dominated by Everest and Kangchanjunga. It is where one of the great rivers of Asia, the Brahmaputra, which predates the rise of the Himalayas, breaks through the barrier of the mountains to create the vast, fertile alluvial floodplain of Assam.

A fabulous river journey by luxurious river boat makes it possible to explore this incredible riverine system, visiting vibrant traditional farming communities and steaming through remote stretches of the river populated by rare Gangetic dolphins during our Calcutta and Assam holidays.

Superb wildlife reserves like Kaziranga, Manas and Nameri preserve the last fragments of floodplain grassland and riparian jungle that support great one-horned rhino, tigers, elephants, wild buffalo, a host of deer, pig and an incredible assortment of birds, reptiles, butterflies and plants.

Bordering the plains are deep, isolated valleys where tribal groups – more akin to south-east Asia than India – still practice traditional hunting lifestyles. From the foothills of Bengal one can board the 100 year-old Darjeeling Himalayan Railway – a world heritage monument – and steam up through some of the most stupendous scenery in the subcontinent, to chug through hill towns jostling through crowds and markets and traffic jams to emerge above the clouds in a landscape covered by endless acres of velvety tea bushes.

Stay in a beautiful lodge on a tea plantation near Darjeeling and hike through magnificent high country in the shadows of Kangchenjunga – a region that offers some of the finest walking holidays in India, remote and beautiful scenery, Buddhist culture and unmatched birding. The region also offers some of the finest fishing and rafting for your enjoyment on your Calcutta and Assam holidays. There is also a wonderful, private walk or trek that you can take in Sikkim with your own Sherpa guides. Otherwise, one can walk and ride from a wonderful converted tea plantation bungalow at Dibrugarh, Assam where tea was first planted. Head into the fascinating states of Nagaland or Mizoram with their unique cultures.

Calcutta or Kolkata – the hub of this region is a must – try to spend several days here. It has beautiful hotels, amazing history and architecture to rival that in Delhi – brought alive by our special heritage private tours of India that bring this incredible city to life.

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The architectural and artistic treasures of Calcutta

Wonderful day tours with superb guides that really bring this fascinating city with some of the finest examples of colonial architecture to life!
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Superb walking holiday India

Whether in the Eastern Himalayas or from a gorgeous tea plantation close to Darjeeling where one can stay in beautiful, sympathetically restored bungalows or even on a village trek in Sikkim, a private walking holiday with a Sherpa guide.
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Wildlife Holidays Assam

The state of Assam famous for tea, rhinos, wild elephants, hoolock gibbons and other wildlife.
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Cruising the great Brahmaputra and Hooghly Rivers

Cruising the great Brahmaputra River – with a chance to view the Gangetic dolphins.
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Excellent riding from a tea estate

Excellent riding from a tea estate on one of our Assam holidays, along the Bhramaputra River on superbly schooled thoroughbred horses.
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Unique Himalayan cultures

Isolated hunter-gatherer tribes of Arunachal Pradesh and the Monpa Buddhists of Tawang in the Eastern Himalayas.
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As a guide, the cost of our extraordinary and utterly bespoke journeys tends to start from $1200 per person per day excluding international flights.

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