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Trip Extensions

Delhi and Agra Extension

Duration: 4 days

If you've always wanted to visit the Taj Mahal and Delhi, but are short on time, this is the perfect extension to add to your Asia adventure. You'll begin in Old Delhi where you'll visit some of the most important ancient sites, many of which are l... read more

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive kolkata

Welcome to India!Welcome to India!

After clearing customs at Kolkata's international airport you will be met and driven to your "homestay" hotel, a lovely bed-and-breakfast-style accommodation in a local home, with private bath and all the amenities of a comfortable hotel but a personal feel. Depending on arrival time, if you want to jump straight into your adventure, your guide will also be happy to take you on a short tour of Kolkata this afternoon.

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
Homestay (or similar)

Day 2: kolkata/imphal

Female sangai deer, festival namesakeFemale sangai deer, festival namesake

Early this morning you will be driven to the airport for your flight to Imphal. This vibrant city is located in the state of Manipur, on the eastern edge of India alongside Myanmar. It is home to a colorful Tibeto-Burmese tribal people with a distinct cultural identity.  The game of Polo originated in Manipur, possibly during the reign of King Kangba, more than two thousand years ago. English planters learned Polo from the Manipuri settlers in Cachar area in the mid-19th century and brought it back to Britain.

Upon landing in Imphal, check in at your hotel, then head to the grounds of the Sangai Festival. The Sangai is the Brow-antlered deer, an endemic ungulate found in the floating grasslands in Keibul Lamjao National Park in Manipur. The Sangai Festival is an event that celebrates everything about Manipur and its unique culture. It is a popular event with a polo match, musical shows, and a variety of spectacles. Attend the festival, and explore Imphal's surrounds with your guide.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Classic (or similar)

Day 3: imphal

Loktak LakeLoktak Lake

Early in the morning you will be driven out to Keibul Lamjao National Park where you will enjoy a boat ride to see its unique wildlife and birds. There is a good chance you will spot the Brow-antlered Deer – the Sangai! – in the wild. After that, head to picturesque Loktak Lake, one of festival's satellite venues. When the group is ready, return to Imphal to the main festival grounds for the remainder of the afternoon. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Classic (or similar)

Day 4: andro

Manipue Women's MarketManipue Women's Market

After an early breakfast, you will be driven to a village called Andro where you will be able to visit local homes, learn about the distinctive pottery unique to the village, and sample the cuisine. After the visit, return to Imphal for a free afternoon. Consider visiting the market, India's only market that is completely run by women. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Classic (or similar)

Day 5: imphal/khonoma

Enjoy the scenery during your driveEnjoy the scenery during your drive

After breakfast, travel into Nagaland (5 hours drive) to a quaint village called Khonoma. The village elders here have stopped the traditional hunting practiced in most other parts of Nagaland to allow the birds and wildlife to prosper. Head out with your guide for a bird walk on the outskirts of the village, followed by a walk through the village center.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Dovipie Inn (or similar)

Days 6-7: the hornbill festival

Enjoy the colorful festivalsEnjoy the colorful festivals

After an early breakfast, hit the road for the Hornbill Festival—also known locally as the "Festival of Festivals." Held annually the first week of December, this week-long festival is organized by the Government of Nagaland to encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote the cultural heritage of the region. Its namesake is the Indian hornbill, a large and colorful forest bird that is a a common character in local folklore. For guests, the festival provides an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the people and culture of Nagaland, and to experience the food, songs, dances, and customs of the region. During the festival you can expect to see: 

  • The Traditional Naga Morungs Exhibition
  • Artisans selling arts and crafts, such as paintings, wood carvings, and sculptures
  • Food stalls
  • King Chili Eating Contest (with peppers that are considered to be among the hottest in the world)
  • Herbal medicine stalls
  • Flower shows and sales
  • Songs and dances
  • Fashion shows
  • Beauty contest
  • Archery
  • Naga wrestling
  • Indigenous games
  • Musical concerts, including the Hornbill International Rock Festival

You'll have two days to experience the festival with your guide, with breaks mid-day for lunch.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Dovipie Inn (or similar)

Day 8: khonoma to dimapur

Meet the people of Nagaland at every stopMeet the people of Nagaland at every stop

After breakfast you will be driven to Dimapur (about 3 hours drive), where you will stay at a small, family-run hotel. Head out for a tour of the local market, a busy place with vendors selling local variants of rice, legumes, vegetables, fish, and meat. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit a nearby village where they have tentatively scheduled to host a simple festival celebrating the revival of cultural weaving in Nagaland.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
The Aiers Enclave (or similar)

Day 9: dimapur to jorhat

After breakfast you will be driven to Dimapur railway station to board the 4 1/2-hour train to Jorhat. On arrival at Jorhat you will be driven to a nearby tea estate homestay for a relaxed afternoon and overnight. If interested, you may consider a tour of a small wildlife reserve nearby which is home to the only ape in India – the Hoolock Gibbon – and a number of other primates like the stump-tailed macaque, northern pig-tailed macaque, Assam macaque and the slow loris. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Tea-Estate Homestay (or similar)

Day 10: jorhat/ mokokchung

You will witness weaving throughout IndiaYou will witness weaving throughout India

After breakfast you will be driven to Mokokchung, home to the Ao tribe of Nagaland (4 hours drive). On arrival at Mokokchung you will check in to the simple family run hotel. After settling in, explore the village with your guide and learn about the practices of this distinctive tribe.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Whispering Winds Hotel (or similar)

Day 11: mokokchung

Enjoy festivals throughoutEnjoy festivals throughout

After breakfast you will be taken out to the Mopunchukit village to see its ways of life. The village was the first one that the British established in the Naga hills and it is also the village of the romance of Ao and Jina – the Naga equivalent of Romeo and Juliet. Later today explore other nearby villages where you can meet with the villagers and experience their customs. Once done return to the hotel and relax for the rest of the evening. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Whispering Winds Hotel (or similar)

Day 12: mokokchung to mon

Friendly hellos in NagalandFriendly hellos in Nagaland

After breakfast, get ready for your drive to Mon Village. The drive is through patches of very rough road, but it's well worth the scenery—as you head northeast deeper into Nagaland, the Chin hills and their beautiful surroundings come into view. Nearing Mon, you'll start to see the local culture emerge, with thatch houses coming into view. Here, the people speak a mix of Naga, Assamese and English (called Nagamese), plus their own language. The land of the Nagas runs from Myanmar into India, with some areas stretching across the two countries and allowing free movement across borders. The Naga people are tough forest dwellers who had until recently been living in an animistic society with very little education and scant regard for the world outside their tribes, even participating in a macabre ritual of head-hunting from enemy villages until the 1960's when American evangelists began moving into the region. Tribal elders still have their head-hunting tattoos that they proudly display. Nagaland has several tribes, and today you'll visit the Konyak tribe of Mon. Evangelists succeeded in baptizing people of the Konyak tribe, and the result is that almost everyone now is a practicing Christian. Nevertheless, the tribal beliefs have not changed much, and the way of life is completely tribal.

On arrival in Mon, enjoy a walk in the market, then check in to your simple lodge.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
The Helsa Morung (or similar)

Day 13: mon

See the tattoos of the headhuntersSee the tattoos of the headhunters

After breakfast, drive two hours to Lungwa, a village that is home to traditional head-hunters. Here you will see their current way of living and learn about their ancestry and culture. Walk through the village and see the mound where the heads have been buried, the local craftsmaker, and perhaps meet the village elder and his family. Your guide will be your translator so you can talk to everyone you meet.

Head back to Mon for lunch, then hit the road again to visit another Konyak village. Return to Mon for dinner, and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
The Helsa Morung (or similar)

Day 14: dibrugarhto kolkata

Enjoy a little sightseeing of KolkataEnjoy a little sightseeing of Kolkata

Early today you will be driven to the Dibrugarh airport (6 hour drive) for your flight to Kolkata. On arrivat at Kolkata, you will be driven to your homestay for a relaxing afternoon. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Homestay (or similar)

Day 15: kolkata / depart

Say good-bye to IndiaSay good-bye to India

Before your journey home, beat the crowds and enjoy one last walking tour of the colonial parts of Kolkata, followed by breakfast at a local restaurant. After breakfast, check out of your hotel, then drive to the airport in time to catch your flight onward.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$6,195
Cost based on minimum 6 people, 4-5 person cost is $7250. The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$725
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Nov 29-Dec 13, 2019

Need to Know

Duration:
15 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
4-10
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Festivals of Nagaland and Manipur

hornbill, sangai, and weaving festivals plus village visits and wildlife safari

overview

This tour is a celebration of the tribal life and lifestyle of northeastern India. Visit two proximate yet culturally diverse states, Nagaland and Manipur, and delve into their rich range of cultures. Our senior guide Avijit (Avi) Sarkhel hand-crafted this Indian adventure to showcase a side of India that most travelers never see.

First, experience the Sangai Festival, a realtively newer and lesser known festival that offers a glimpse into the life of Manipur and its people. The Sangai, or the Brow-antlered deer, namesake of the festival, is an endemic mammal that can only be sighted in Manipur. Through performances and culinary offerings, locals celebrate their culture and teach visitors. Many domestic tourists attend to revisit their roots, and the festival is a declaration that tribal culture is thriving.

Manipur models its celebratory pride after Nagaland, a region of incomparable cultural riches and the area you explore next. (The word Naga comes from the Burmese word ‘No-ka,’ meaning pierced earlobes, and traditions here include piercing earlobes and wearing an antler or horn through the hole.) The highlight of your time in Nagaland is the Hornbill Festival, held the first week of every December. The festival is a medley of cultural performances, music, crafts, games, contests, fashion shows and more. Representatives of different tribes and villages come together to show off their talent, celebrate their cultures, build community, and fortify their traditions for the future. 

As you continue to explore Nagaland during your journey, you will see the villages these performers come from, and learn about their ways of life. You will see women celebrating the renaissance of weaving as a cultural tradition. You will visit markets, and taste distinctive dishes. 

Your guide, Avi, is also an expert naturalist, and he will be sure to point out every unique and exciting animal that crosses your path over the course of your travels through beautiful areas rich with fauna and flora as well as human life.

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overview

This tour is a celebration of the tribal life and lifestyle of northeastern India. Visit two proximate yet culturally diverse states, Nagaland and Manipur, and delve into their rich range of cultures. Our senior guide Avijit (Avi) Sarkhel hand-crafted this Indian adventure to showcase a side of India that most travelers never see.

First, experience the Sangai Festival, a realtively newer and lesser known festival that offers a glimpse into the life of Manipur and its people. The Sangai, or the Brow-antlered deer, namesake of the festival, is an endemic mammal that can only be sighted in Manipur. Through performances and culinary offerings, locals celebrate their culture and teach visitors. Many domestic tourists attend to revisit their roots, and the festival is a declaration that tribal culture is thriving.

Manipur models its celebratory pride after Nagaland, a region of incomparable cultural riches and the area you explore next. (The word Naga comes from the Burmese word ‘No-ka,’ meaning pierced earlobes, and traditions here include piercing earlobes and wearing an antler or horn through the hole.) The highlight of your time in Nagaland is the Hornbill Festival, held the first week of every December. The festival is a medley of cultural performances, music, crafts, games, contests, fashion shows and more. Representatives of different tribes and villages come together to show off their talent, celebrate their cultures, build community, and fortify their traditions for the future. 

As you continue to explore Nagaland during your journey, you will see the villages these performers come from, and learn about their ways of life. You will see women celebrating the renaissance of weaving as a cultural tradition. You will visit markets, and taste distinctive dishes. 

Your guide, Avi, is also an expert naturalist, and he will be sure to point out every unique and exciting animal that crosses your path over the course of your travels through beautiful areas rich with fauna and flora as well as human life.

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive kolkata
    Welcome to India!Welcome to India!

    After clearing customs at Kolkata's international airport you will be met and driven to your "homestay" hotel, a lovely bed-and-breakfast-style accommodation in a local home, with private bath and all the amenities of a comfortable hotel but a personal feel. Depending on arrival time, if you want to jump straight into your adventure, your guide will also be happy to take you on a short tour of Kolkata this afternoon.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Homestay (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: kolkata/imphal
    Female sangai deer, festival namesakeFemale sangai deer, festival namesake

    Early this morning you will be driven to the airport for your flight to Imphal. This vibrant city is located in the state of Manipur, on the eastern edge of India alongside Myanmar. It is home to a colorful Tibeto-Burmese tribal people with a distinct cultural identity.  The game of Polo originated in Manipur, possibly during the reign of King Kangba, more than two thousand years ago. English planters learned Polo from the Manipuri settlers in Cachar area in the mid-19th century and brought it back to Britain.

    Upon landing in Imphal, check in at your hotel, then head to the grounds of the Sangai Festival. The Sangai is the Brow-antlered deer, an endemic ungulate found in the floating grasslands in Keibul Lamjao National Park in Manipur. The Sangai Festival is an event that celebrates everything about Manipur and its unique culture. It is a popular event with a polo match, musical shows, and a variety of spectacles. Attend the festival, and explore Imphal's surrounds with your guide.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Classic (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: imphal
    Loktak LakeLoktak Lake (Photo: )

    Early in the morning you will be driven out to Keibul Lamjao National Park where you will enjoy a boat ride to see its unique wildlife and birds. There is a good chance you will spot the Brow-antlered Deer – the Sangai! – in the wild. After that, head to picturesque Loktak Lake, one of festival's satellite venues. When the group is ready, return to Imphal to the main festival grounds for the remainder of the afternoon. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Classic (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: andro
    Manipue Women's MarketManipue Women's Market

    After an early breakfast, you will be driven to a village called Andro where you will be able to visit local homes, learn about the distinctive pottery unique to the village, and sample the cuisine. After the visit, return to Imphal for a free afternoon. Consider visiting the market, India's only market that is completely run by women. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Classic (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: imphal/khonoma
    Enjoy the scenery during your driveEnjoy the scenery during your drive

    After breakfast, travel into Nagaland (5 hours drive) to a quaint village called Khonoma. The village elders here have stopped the traditional hunting practiced in most other parts of Nagaland to allow the birds and wildlife to prosper. Head out with your guide for a bird walk on the outskirts of the village, followed by a walk through the village center.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Dovipie Inn (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Days 6-7: the hornbill festival
    Enjoy the colorful festivalsEnjoy the colorful festivals

    After an early breakfast, hit the road for the Hornbill Festival—also known locally as the "Festival of Festivals." Held annually the first week of December, this week-long festival is organized by the Government of Nagaland to encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote the cultural heritage of the region. Its namesake is the Indian hornbill, a large and colorful forest bird that is a a common character in local folklore. For guests, the festival provides an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the people and culture of Nagaland, and to experience the food, songs, dances, and customs of the region. During the festival you can expect to see: 

    • The Traditional Naga Morungs Exhibition
    • Artisans selling arts and crafts, such as paintings, wood carvings, and sculptures
    • Food stalls
    • King Chili Eating Contest (with peppers that are considered to be among the hottest in the world)
    • Herbal medicine stalls
    • Flower shows and sales
    • Songs and dances
    • Fashion shows
    • Beauty contest
    • Archery
    • Naga wrestling
    • Indigenous games
    • Musical concerts, including the Hornbill International Rock Festival

    You'll have two days to experience the festival with your guide, with breaks mid-day for lunch.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Dovipie Inn (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: khonoma to dimapur
    Meet the people of Nagaland at every stopMeet the people of Nagaland at every stop (Photo: Manoj Sharma)

    After breakfast you will be driven to Dimapur (about 3 hours drive), where you will stay at a small, family-run hotel. Head out for a tour of the local market, a busy place with vendors selling local variants of rice, legumes, vegetables, fish, and meat. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit a nearby village where they have tentatively scheduled to host a simple festival celebrating the revival of cultural weaving in Nagaland.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    The Aiers Enclave (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: dimapur to jorhat

    After breakfast you will be driven to Dimapur railway station to board the 4 1/2-hour train to Jorhat. On arrival at Jorhat you will be driven to a nearby tea estate homestay for a relaxed afternoon and overnight. If interested, you may consider a tour of a small wildlife reserve nearby which is home to the only ape in India – the Hoolock Gibbon – and a number of other primates like the stump-tailed macaque, northern pig-tailed macaque, Assam macaque and the slow loris. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Tea-Estate Homestay (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 10: jorhat/ mokokchung
    You will witness weaving throughout IndiaYou will witness weaving throughout India

    After breakfast you will be driven to Mokokchung, home to the Ao tribe of Nagaland (4 hours drive). On arrival at Mokokchung you will check in to the simple family run hotel. After settling in, explore the village with your guide and learn about the practices of this distinctive tribe.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Whispering Winds Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 11: mokokchung
    Enjoy festivals throughoutEnjoy festivals throughout

    After breakfast you will be taken out to the Mopunchukit village to see its ways of life. The village was the first one that the British established in the Naga hills and it is also the village of the romance of Ao and Jina – the Naga equivalent of Romeo and Juliet. Later today explore other nearby villages where you can meet with the villagers and experience their customs. Once done return to the hotel and relax for the rest of the evening. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Whispering Winds Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 12: mokokchung to mon
    Friendly hellos in NagalandFriendly hellos in Nagaland (Photo: Manoj Sharma)

    After breakfast, get ready for your drive to Mon Village. The drive is through patches of very rough road, but it's well worth the scenery—as you head northeast deeper into Nagaland, the Chin hills and their beautiful surroundings come into view. Nearing Mon, you'll start to see the local culture emerge, with thatch houses coming into view. Here, the people speak a mix of Naga, Assamese and English (called Nagamese), plus their own language. The land of the Nagas runs from Myanmar into India, with some areas stretching across the two countries and allowing free movement across borders. The Naga people are tough forest dwellers who had until recently been living in an animistic society with very little education and scant regard for the world outside their tribes, even participating in a macabre ritual of head-hunting from enemy villages until the 1960's when American evangelists began moving into the region. Tribal elders still have their head-hunting tattoos that they proudly display. Nagaland has several tribes, and today you'll visit the Konyak tribe of Mon. Evangelists succeeded in baptizing people of the Konyak tribe, and the result is that almost everyone now is a practicing Christian. Nevertheless, the tribal beliefs have not changed much, and the way of life is completely tribal.

    On arrival in Mon, enjoy a walk in the market, then check in to your simple lodge.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    The Helsa Morung (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 13: mon
    See the tattoos of the headhuntersSee the tattoos of the headhunters (Photo: Avijit Sarkhel)

    After breakfast, drive two hours to Lungwa, a village that is home to traditional head-hunters. Here you will see their current way of living and learn about their ancestry and culture. Walk through the village and see the mound where the heads have been buried, the local craftsmaker, and perhaps meet the village elder and his family. Your guide will be your translator so you can talk to everyone you meet.

    Head back to Mon for lunch, then hit the road again to visit another Konyak village. Return to Mon for dinner, and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    The Helsa Morung (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 14: dibrugarhto kolkata
    Enjoy a little sightseeing of KolkataEnjoy a little sightseeing of Kolkata

    Early today you will be driven to the Dibrugarh airport (6 hour drive) for your flight to Kolkata. On arrivat at Kolkata, you will be driven to your homestay for a relaxing afternoon. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Homestay (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 15: kolkata / depart
    Say good-bye to IndiaSay good-bye to India

    Before your journey home, beat the crowds and enjoy one last walking tour of the colonial parts of Kolkata, followed by breakfast at a local restaurant. After breakfast, check out of your hotel, then drive to the airport in time to catch your flight onward.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$6,195
Cost based on minimum 6 people, 4-5 person cost is $7250. The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$725
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Nov 29-Dec 13, 2019

Need to Know

Duration:
15 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Activity Level:
●○○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
4-10
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Delhi and Agra Extension

Duration: 4 days

If you've always wanted to visit the Taj Mahal and Delhi, but are short on time, this is the perfect extension to add to your Asia adventure. You'll begin in Old Delhi where you'll visit some of the most important ancient sites, many of which are l... read more

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× comfort level
Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
× activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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