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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 delhi

Welcome to India!Welcome to India!

After clearing customs at New Delhi's international airport you will be met and driven to your hotel. If you have time and want to jump straight into your adventure, enjoy a short tour of New Delhi, covering the Qutub Minar (pre-Mughal part of New Delhi and one of the older monuments of Delhi) and the Humayun’s Tomb, a Mughal period (16th century) monument that was pre-cursor to the Taj Mahal. Dinner will be at the hotel.

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
Colonel's Retreat (or similar)

Day 2: kaziranga national park

Asia elephants can be easily seen in KazirangaAsia elephants can be easily seen in Kaziranga

For your first full day in India, you'll hop on a flight to Guwahati, then drive four hours to Kaziranga National Park. After arrival, you're off to your first jeep safari!

Kaziranga is home to 70% of the world’s One-horned Rhinoceros, herds of Asiatic Wild Elephant, tigers, Asiatic Wild Buffalo, Eastern Swamp Deer, and many herbivores such as Wild Boar, Barking Deer, and Hog Deer. You may encounter a number of smaller and infrequently-sighted mammals such as the very rare Hispid Hare, Common and Small Indian Mongoose, Small Indian Civet, Bengal Fox, Jackal, Indian Pangolin, Hog Badger, Jungle Cat and the shy Fishing Cat. Four species of primates are found in the park, including the Assamese Macaque, the beautiful Capped Langur, and India’s only ape, the Hoolock Gibbon. The Brahmaputra River is home to the endangered Indo-Gangetic Dolphin, while Smooth-Coated Otters are seen often in its tributary, the river Diphlu. A splendor of birds, including the Swamp Francolin, Bengal Florican, Wreathed Hornbill, Greater Adjutant Stork, Pale-capped Pigeon, Sultan Tit, Jerdon’s Baza, Fairy Bluebird, Black-breasted Parrot bill, and the Goliath Heron, can also be seen here.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Jupuri Ghar (or similar)

Day 3: kaziranga national park

If you're lucky you will spot a tiger!If you're lucky you will spot a tiger!

Today is a full day exploring Kaziranga National Park, with morning and late afternoon game drives in 4x4 open-air jeeps in the western and central ranges of the park. The park, located in Assam, is on the banks of the Brahmaputra River and occupies about 180 square miles. With sweeping views across grass and marshlands, you'll get a sense of what untouched India may have looked like prior to the days of the Raj and modern development.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Jupuri Ghar (or similar)

Day 4: kaziranga to majuli

Learn the weaving practices of the local peopleLearn the weaving practices of the local people

After a relaxed breakfast at the lodge, you will head to Nemaitighat via Jorhat, the tea capital of Assam. Then, take a ferry across the Brahmaputra River to reach Majuli Island, a World Heritage Site and a treasure of the Assamese culture.

Ancient monasteries dedicated to preservation of the arts have existed in Majuli since the 15th century. In the 16th century, the social reformer Shankardeva visited the island and promulgated a form of Hinduism called Vaishnavism while establishing monasteries or hermitages called Satras. These Satras became hubs of culture, art, religion and lifestyle, today preserving antiques like weapons, utensils, jewelry and other articles of cultural importance.

The monasteries have developed into centers of culinary creativity, having introduced unique and signature recipes to the region. While on the island, taste its distinctive flavors, plus explore the Kamalabari Satra, meet young monks, and witness the Matia Khora ritual.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
La Maison (or similar)

Day 5: majuli to sibsagar

Enjoy the scenery during your driveEnjoy the scenery during your drive

After breakfast, cross the Brahmaputra and then drive four to five hours to Sibsagar. On the way, see the Kareng Ghar, a beautiful brick-masonry architecture that showcases the power and the aesthetics of the Ahom rulers.

After you get settled at the simple but functional Hotel Brahmaputra, head out to see another beautiful architectural wonder, the Rang-ghar, a place where royals entertained each other (Rang-ghar is appropriately named, since "Ghar" means house, and "Rang" means entertainment). After the tour, enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.

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

Day 6: sibsagar to mon

Friendly hellos in NagalandFriendly hellos in Nagaland

After breakfast, get ready for your drive to the Mon village in Nagaland. The drive is through patches of very rough road, but it's well worth the scenery—as you head northeast into Nagaland, the Chin hills and their beautiful surroundings come into view.

Once in Nagaland, you'll start to see the local culture emerge, beginning 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 Cottage (or similar)

Day 7: 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 the head-hunters. Here you will see their current way of living as well as their ancestry and culture. The village head and his family may be available, and if so, you will have the opportunity to meet them.

Enjoy an interesting walk through the village and see the mound where the heads have been buried, the local craftsmaker, and the wooden crafts that the villagers sell at throw-away prices. Your guide will be your translator so you can talk to everyone you meet.

After the tour 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.

It's interesting to note that it's most likely the Nagas people came from the northern reaches of China, and began spreading into Southeast Asia approximately 12,000 years ago. They seem to have elements of Australoid and Negrito populations, such as in their culture (tools, megalithic stone settings, forked wooden posts,), beliefs (such as the belief that their soul resides in the head), and physical appearance (i.e. small size and woolly hair).

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

Day 8: mon to dibrugarh

Red Jungle fowl can be found in this part of IndiaRed Jungle fowl can be found in this part of India

After breakfast, it's time for a five hour drive to Dibrugarh, where you'll get settled in your hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
The Tea County (or similar)

Day 9: dibrugarh to dimapur

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

Today you will drive between six and seven hours to Dimapur for an overnight stay before the start of the Hornbill Festival. If time allows, enjoy an excursion to see the nearby Kachari Ruins. 

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

Days 10-11: the hornbill festival

Your luxury tent for the festivalYour luxury tent for the festival

After an early breakfast, it's time to hit the road for the Hornbill Festival—also known 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 and evenings to explore on your own.  

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
TUTC Camp, Luxury tent (or similar)

Day 12: kohima to kolkata

Enjoy a little sightseeing of KolkataEnjoy a little sightseeing of Kolkata

Early today you will be driven 30 minutes to Khonoma village where you will be able to enjoy a little bit of birding and an excursion into the life of the Angami Nagas. The Angami Nagas are a major Naga tribe native to Nagaland. They are mainly farmers but were traditionally headhunters and spent the majority of their time in war until the late 1800's and the arrival of the British. 

After the tour, head to Dimapur airport to connect to your Kolkata flight. On arrival in Kolkata, settle into your hotel for the day. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Pipal Tree (or similar)

Day 13: kolkata to sunderbans

You might spot a fishing cat on safari (photo M. Faucher)You might spot a fishing cat on safari (photo M. Faucher)

After breakfast, drive three hours to a jetty where you transfer to the boat that will take you into the jungles of Sunderban. This region is culturally unique, as people have moved from island to island as they adjust to the shifting rivers. 

On arrival, settle into your lodge, then head out for your first safari. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Sunderban Jungle Camp (or similar)

Day 14: sunderbans

Enjoy the view from your boat safariEnjoy the view from your boat safari

After breakfast, transfer to the boat for a morning boat safari. During your safari, explore the rich biodiversity and see a number of fascinating species, including the Bengal Tiger, Jungle Cat, Leopard Cat and Fishing Cat. Spotted Deer, Wild Boar and Rhesus Macaques form the chain of primary eaters, and a large variety of birds are found here as well. Reptiles like the Saltwater Crocodile, the Water Monitor, the Bengal Monitor, and a number of snakes inhabit the islands.

Return to the lodge for lunch, and then head out in the afternoon for another boat safari. Enjoy a relaxing evening back at the lodge after your safari-filled day. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Sunderban Jungle Camp (or similar)

Day 15: sunderbans to kolkata

See beautiful birds on your morning safariSee beautiful birds on your morning safari

After a morning safari, depart for the jetty and transfer back to Kolkata by vehicle. On arrival, go to your hotel where you can freshen up before an afternoon tour of the city, with some time afterwards to enjoy the boutiques of Kolkata. This evening enjoy a special farewell dinner.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
The Pipal Tree (or similar)

Day 16: kolkata / depart

Say good-bye to IndiaSay good-bye to India

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

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$6,395
Cost based on minimum 6 people, 4-5 person cost is $7450. 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:
$2,325
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 26-Dec 11, 2017

Need to Know

Duration:
16 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.
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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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Hornbill Festival and Wildlife Safaris of India

See the wildlife of India and visit the friendly tribes of the Nagaland people

overview

This tour is a celebration of the tribal life of Nagaland in northeastern India, with a dash of wildlife in Kaziranga and city life in Kolkata. Our senior guide Avijit (Avi) Sarkhel hand-crafted this Indian adventure to showcase a cultural side of India that most travelers never see, while ensuring that you don't leave India without experiencing some of the country's highlights. 

Your trip is bookended with searches for India's wildlife, a skill that Avi has perfected over the years. At the beginning, he'll take you to Kaziranga National Park, one of India's premier wildlife parks, then at the end of your trip he'll guide you through the mystical forest of the Sunderbans, with a boat-based wildlife search along the Bengal Bay. If you're lucky you may spot the elusive tiger.

In between wildlife searches, you'll experience a culture like no other: the tribes of Nagaland. The word Naga comes from the Burmese word ‘No-ka,’ meaning pierced earlobes. Traditions here include piercing earlobes and wearing an antler or antelope or deer horn through the hole, hence the name Nagaland.

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. Watch this video to get a taste of what you'll experience during the Hornbill Festival. 

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overview

This tour is a celebration of the tribal life of Nagaland in northeastern India, with a dash of wildlife in Kaziranga and city life in Kolkata. Our senior guide Avijit (Avi) Sarkhel hand-crafted this Indian adventure to showcase a cultural side of India that most travelers never see, while ensuring that you don't leave India without experiencing some of the country's highlights. 

Your trip is bookended with searches for India's wildlife, a skill that Avi has perfected over the years. At the beginning, he'll take you to Kaziranga National Park, one of India's premier wildlife parks, then at the end of your trip he'll guide you through the mystical forest of the Sunderbans, with a boat-based wildlife search along the Bengal Bay. If you're lucky you may spot the elusive tiger.

In between wildlife searches, you'll experience a culture like no other: the tribes of Nagaland. The word Naga comes from the Burmese word ‘No-ka,’ meaning pierced earlobes. Traditions here include piercing earlobes and wearing an antler or antelope or deer horn through the hole, hence the name Nagaland.

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. Watch this video to get a taste of what you'll experience during the Hornbill Festival. 

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itinerary

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

    After clearing customs at New Delhi's international airport you will be met and driven to your hotel. If you have time and want to jump straight into your adventure, enjoy a short tour of New Delhi, covering the Qutub Minar (pre-Mughal part of New Delhi and one of the older monuments of Delhi) and the Humayun’s Tomb, a Mughal period (16th century) monument that was pre-cursor to the Taj Mahal. Dinner will be at the hotel.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Colonel's Retreat (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: kaziranga national park
    Asia elephants can be easily seen in KazirangaAsia elephants can be easily seen in Kaziranga

    For your first full day in India, you'll hop on a flight to Guwahati, then drive four hours to Kaziranga National Park. After arrival, you're off to your first jeep safari!

    Kaziranga is home to 70% of the world’s One-horned Rhinoceros, herds of Asiatic Wild Elephant, tigers, Asiatic Wild Buffalo, Eastern Swamp Deer, and many herbivores such as Wild Boar, Barking Deer, and Hog Deer. You may encounter a number of smaller and infrequently-sighted mammals such as the very rare Hispid Hare, Common and Small Indian Mongoose, Small Indian Civet, Bengal Fox, Jackal, Indian Pangolin, Hog Badger, Jungle Cat and the shy Fishing Cat. Four species of primates are found in the park, including the Assamese Macaque, the beautiful Capped Langur, and India’s only ape, the Hoolock Gibbon. The Brahmaputra River is home to the endangered Indo-Gangetic Dolphin, while Smooth-Coated Otters are seen often in its tributary, the river Diphlu. A splendor of birds, including the Swamp Francolin, Bengal Florican, Wreathed Hornbill, Greater Adjutant Stork, Pale-capped Pigeon, Sultan Tit, Jerdon’s Baza, Fairy Bluebird, Black-breasted Parrot bill, and the Goliath Heron, can also be seen here.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Jupuri Ghar (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: kaziranga national park
    If you're lucky you will spot a tiger!If you're lucky you will spot a tiger!

    Today is a full day exploring Kaziranga National Park, with morning and late afternoon game drives in 4x4 open-air jeeps in the western and central ranges of the park. The park, located in Assam, is on the banks of the Brahmaputra River and occupies about 180 square miles. With sweeping views across grass and marshlands, you'll get a sense of what untouched India may have looked like prior to the days of the Raj and modern development.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Jupuri Ghar (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: kaziranga to majuli
    Learn the weaving practices of the local peopleLearn the weaving practices of the local people

    After a relaxed breakfast at the lodge, you will head to Nemaitighat via Jorhat, the tea capital of Assam. Then, take a ferry across the Brahmaputra River to reach Majuli Island, a World Heritage Site and a treasure of the Assamese culture.

    Ancient monasteries dedicated to preservation of the arts have existed in Majuli since the 15th century. In the 16th century, the social reformer Shankardeva visited the island and promulgated a form of Hinduism called Vaishnavism while establishing monasteries or hermitages called Satras. These Satras became hubs of culture, art, religion and lifestyle, today preserving antiques like weapons, utensils, jewelry and other articles of cultural importance.

    The monasteries have developed into centers of culinary creativity, having introduced unique and signature recipes to the region. While on the island, taste its distinctive flavors, plus explore the Kamalabari Satra, meet young monks, and witness the Matia Khora ritual.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    La Maison (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: majuli to sibsagar
    Enjoy the scenery during your driveEnjoy the scenery during your drive

    After breakfast, cross the Brahmaputra and then drive four to five hours to Sibsagar. On the way, see the Kareng Ghar, a beautiful brick-masonry architecture that showcases the power and the aesthetics of the Ahom rulers.

    After you get settled at the simple but functional Hotel Brahmaputra, head out to see another beautiful architectural wonder, the Rang-ghar, a place where royals entertained each other (Rang-ghar is appropriately named, since "Ghar" means house, and "Rang" means entertainment). After the tour, enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Brahmaputra (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: sibsagar to mon
    Friendly hellos in NagalandFriendly hellos in Nagaland (Photo: Manoj Sharma)

    After breakfast, get ready for your drive to the Mon village in Nagaland. The drive is through patches of very rough road, but it's well worth the scenery—as you head northeast into Nagaland, the Chin hills and their beautiful surroundings come into view.

    Once in Nagaland, you'll start to see the local culture emerge, beginning 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 Cottage (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: 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 the head-hunters. Here you will see their current way of living as well as their ancestry and culture. The village head and his family may be available, and if so, you will have the opportunity to meet them.

    Enjoy an interesting walk through the village and see the mound where the heads have been buried, the local craftsmaker, and the wooden crafts that the villagers sell at throw-away prices. Your guide will be your translator so you can talk to everyone you meet.

    After the tour 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.

    It's interesting to note that it's most likely the Nagas people came from the northern reaches of China, and began spreading into Southeast Asia approximately 12,000 years ago. They seem to have elements of Australoid and Negrito populations, such as in their culture (tools, megalithic stone settings, forked wooden posts,), beliefs (such as the belief that their soul resides in the head), and physical appearance (i.e. small size and woolly hair).

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    The Helsa Cottage (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: mon to dibrugarh
    Red Jungle fowl can be found in this part of IndiaRed Jungle fowl can be found in this part of India (Photo: Avijit Sarkhel)

    After breakfast, it's time for a five hour drive to Dibrugarh, where you'll get settled in your hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    The Tea County (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: dibrugarh to dimapur
    Meet the people of Nagaland at every stopMeet the people of Nagaland at every stop (Photo: Manoj Sharma)

    Today you will drive between six and seven hours to Dimapur for an overnight stay before the start of the Hornbill Festival. If time allows, enjoy an excursion to see the nearby Kachari Ruins. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    The Aiers Enclave (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Days 10-11: the hornbill festival
    Your luxury tent for the festivalYour luxury tent for the festival

    After an early breakfast, it's time to hit the road for the Hornbill Festival—also known 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 and evenings to explore on your own.  

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    TUTC Camp, Luxury tent (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 12: kohima to kolkata
    Enjoy a little sightseeing of KolkataEnjoy a little sightseeing of Kolkata

    Early today you will be driven 30 minutes to Khonoma village where you will be able to enjoy a little bit of birding and an excursion into the life of the Angami Nagas. The Angami Nagas are a major Naga tribe native to Nagaland. They are mainly farmers but were traditionally headhunters and spent the majority of their time in war until the late 1800's and the arrival of the British. 

    After the tour, head to Dimapur airport to connect to your Kolkata flight. On arrival in Kolkata, settle into your hotel for the day. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Pipal Tree (or similar)
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  • Day 13: kolkata to sunderbans
    You might spot a fishing cat on safari (photo M. Faucher)You might spot a fishing cat on safari (photo M. Faucher)

    After breakfast, drive three hours to a jetty where you transfer to the boat that will take you into the jungles of Sunderban. This region is culturally unique, as people have moved from island to island as they adjust to the shifting rivers. 

    On arrival, settle into your lodge, then head out for your first safari. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Sunderban Jungle Camp (or similar)
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  • Day 14: sunderbans
    Enjoy the view from your boat safariEnjoy the view from your boat safari

    After breakfast, transfer to the boat for a morning boat safari. During your safari, explore the rich biodiversity and see a number of fascinating species, including the Bengal Tiger, Jungle Cat, Leopard Cat and Fishing Cat. Spotted Deer, Wild Boar and Rhesus Macaques form the chain of primary eaters, and a large variety of birds are found here as well. Reptiles like the Saltwater Crocodile, the Water Monitor, the Bengal Monitor, and a number of snakes inhabit the islands.

    Return to the lodge for lunch, and then head out in the afternoon for another boat safari. Enjoy a relaxing evening back at the lodge after your safari-filled day. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Sunderban Jungle Camp (or similar)
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  • Day 15: sunderbans to kolkata
    See beautiful birds on your morning safariSee beautiful birds on your morning safari

    After a morning safari, depart for the jetty and transfer back to Kolkata by vehicle. On arrival, go to your hotel where you can freshen up before an afternoon tour of the city, with some time afterwards to enjoy the boutiques of Kolkata. This evening enjoy a special farewell dinner.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    The Pipal Tree (or similar)
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  • Day 16: kolkata / depart
    Say good-bye to IndiaSay good-bye to India

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

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$6,395
Cost based on minimum 6 people, 4-5 person cost is $7450. 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:
$2,325
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 26-Dec 11, 2017

Need to Know

Duration:
16 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.
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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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Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
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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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