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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive new delhi

Bustling Delhi Bustling Delhi

Upon arrival at the Delhi international airport, you will be met by a representative and driven to your accommodations (approximately 35 minutes from airport) where you can recover from the long international trip.

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
Colonel's Retreat (or similar)

Day 2: new delhi to kaziranga

Indian Rhinoceros of KazirangaIndian Rhinoceros of Kaziranga

This morning you will be driven to the airport to connect to your flight to Guwahati, then drive on to Kaziranga National Park (4 hours drive). This afternoon enjoy your first jeep safari to the park looking for Indian Rhinoceros, Indian Elephant, Hog Deer, Asiatic Wild Buffalo, Gaur, Swamp Deer, Sambar and other mammals.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Wild Grass Lodge (or similar)

Days 3-4: kaziranga

The Great Hornbill  The Great Hornbill

Enjoy two full days exploring Kaziranga National Park in depth, with daily morning and late afternoon game drives in 4x4 open-air jeeps in the western and central ranges of the park. With sweeping views across grass and marshlands, you will get a sense of what natural India may have looked like prior to the days of the Raj and modern development. Kaziranga, in Assam in northeastern India, is on the banks of the Brahmaputra River and occupies about 180 square miles. It's 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
Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners
Lodging
Wild Grass Lodge (or similar)

Day 5: kaziranga to majuli

Elephants of KazirangaElephants of Kaziranga

After a relaxed breakfast at the lodge, you will be driven to Nemaitighat via Jorhat, the tea capital of Assam. Take a ferry across the Brahmaputra River to reach Majuli Island. Majuli is the treasure house of Assamese culture; ancient monasteries dedicated to preservation of the arts have existed here since the 15th century. In the 16th centure the social reformer Shankardeva visited the island and promulgated a form of Hinduism called Vaishnavism. He established monasteries or hermitages called Satras. These Satras became hubs of culture, art, religion and lifestyle. Even today, the Satras preserve antiques like weapons, utensils, jewelry and other articles of cultural importance. The monasteries have also become centers of culinary creativity and introduced unique and signature recipes to the region. Majuli is a World Heritage Site, recognizing the fragility of the island ecology and the unique cultural practices found here. Explore the Kamalabari Satra, meet young monks, witness the Matia Khora ritual, and taste the distinctive flavors of the island.

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

Day 6: majuli to ziro, arunachal

Ziro Village  Ziro Village

After an early breakfast, you will leave Assam and head northeast into Arunachal. Expect a long drive (7 hours on the road) as you gain altitude, and observe the changing scenery of towns, villages, forests, rivers and people. Arunachal Pradesh, located in the far northeastern corner of India, is rustic and undeveloped. The people live mostly in tribal communities that have held on to their distinct culture and culinary traditions. The cuisine, festivals, music, and literature make the area a gem of India. Your ultimate destination is the village of Ziro. This is a community of the Apatani tribe – simple, friendly and hospitable people with a deep respect for nature and unique wetland agricultural practices. With a total population of about 30,000 people, the majority of the tribe are permanently settled in the Ziro Valley at the eastern end of the Himalayas, living in sustainable villages made from wood and bamboo. Traditionally, the Apatani women wore facial tattoos and large nose plugs, called yaping hurlo, in order to appear unattractive to invading tribes. Though the tradition is no longer followed by the younger generation, you will see many older women around Ziro with these aesthetic markers. (Ask for permission before you take pictures.) On reaching Ziro, settle into your simple but clean homestays for the next four nights and begin getting acquainted with your hosts. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Village Homestary

Day 7: ziro, arunachal

Ziro villagersZiro villagers

Begin today with a walk to the beautiful Talley Valley sanctuary where you will learn about the natural history of the region and see several species of birds, butterflies and, with some luck, even some mammals. Return to Ziro in time to watch the Myoko celebrations gather momentum and meet the shaman central to the festival. Observe local practices like visiting homes throughout the village to invoke the Myoko, visit shrines to shamans of the past, constructing Babo structures representing the fertile female deity, revering the sacred Blue Pine trees which are over 200 feet tall and are as old as the people who settled the area from Tibet. Attend a procession of male members of Apatani tribe carrying young, leafy tree branches to welcome Myoko. This afternoon visit the villages around Ziro and learn about the variation among these Apatani and Nyishi communities. Your guide will take you into homes where you can try local foods, rice beer (apong), or millet wine (hoopi o) if you wish.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Village Homestay

Day 8: ziro, arunachal

Shaman preparing for ritual performanceShaman preparing for ritual performance

Today is the main day of festival celebration – the day of the great pig sacrifices. Revelers believe that on this day the gods and goddesses will bless the community. In the midnight hours pigs are brought to the sacrificial altar and the priest starts reciting prayers, which last for many hours. With the sunrise, recently married women appear in festive attire and sprinkle rice flour and rice beer over the dozens of pigs lying on the ground. After the sacrifice, the tribe preserves the livers of the sacrificed animals, while young women go out to each home inviting them to the Myoko. The ritutal concludes with dancing, trance practice, and general revelry. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Village Homestay

Day 9: ziro, arunachal to lakhimpur

Typical homestay sitting areaTypical homestay sitting area

Say goodbye to your homestay hosts and slowly retrace your route back through the hills to Lakhimpur, where you will break up the long drive back to the airport. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon in Lakhimpur.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Basic Hotel

Day 10: lakhimpur to kolkata

Leave early this morning and complete the drive to Dibrugarh in time for a 2:30 pm flight to Kolkata. On arrival, check in at the conveniently located Swissotel only 10 minutes from the airport. The evening is yours at leisure.

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

Day 11: kolkata

Enjoy Kolkata along the riverEnjoy Kolkata along the river

Leave the hotel early to reach the other end of the city (20 minutes drive) and start the morning with a walking tour with your guide exploring the many faces of Kolkata. Enjoy breakfast in one of the many local restaurants. Meander back to the hotel through the city, and meet Ajit Kumar Das and his daughter Shilpinwita, artists who specialize in the art of natural dyes. Enjoy lunch with them, too. In the afternoon visit a home where you will learn about the culinary delights of Bengal – distinctive spices, fish, and the special way of using coconut milk and mustard oil for cooking. Enjoy the food as your dinner.

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

Day 12: kolkata to kanha

Encounters with Asiatic Sloth BearEncounters with Asiatic Sloth Bear

Early today you will be driven to the airport to connect to your flight to Raipur. Take breakfast at a nearby hotel and then be driven to Singinawa Jungle Lodge (4  hours 30 minutes drive), near Kanha National Park. This afternoon enjoy an afternoon safari in the park.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
The Singinawa Jungle Lodge

Days 13-14: kanha national park

Male tiger of KanhaMale tiger of Kanha

Early each morning, enjoy an open jeep safari to the park. Kanha is a beautiful and large national park where tigers rub shoulders with leopards, wild dogs, sloth bears and a large number of herbivores. This morning you will head for the Kanha zone of the park – the drive through the park will allow you to appreciate the park and see a cross section of the park in a beautiful way. The Kanha zone may allow you to get close views of a tiger or on the way one may see the Indian Wild Dogs, which are extremely rare in other parts of the world. Eat breakfast on the go while you experience the park. Head back to the lodge for lunch and a rest. Then head out for the afternoon drive.  On somes occassions activities in the park may be restricted in which case you will be driven outside the park boundaries, where you can expect to meet a few locals in addition to seeing birds and other wildlife. Sometime during your stay here, also visit a museum about the tribes of the area, the Gonds and the Baigas.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Singinawa Jungle Lodge

Day 15: kanha - new delhi

If you are lucky there will be multiple tiger sightingsIf you are lucky there will be multiple tiger sightings

Squeeze in one final safari drive before heading back to Raipur to board your flight to New Delhi. Drive to the international airport (45 minutes drive) for your homeward flight. Depending on the duration of your layover, take a room at the Eaton Smart Hotel within the international terminal and relax before boarding your plane home.
 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Eaton Smart Hotel (if needed)

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$5,695
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:
$1,055
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.
Custom & private on your dates

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:
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Activity Level:
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Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
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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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Ziro Village Family
Ziro Village Family (Photo: Copyright,Tasso kago,2015)
Male tiger in Kanha
Male tiger in Kanha (Photo: Avijit Sarkhel)
Elephants of Kaziranga
Elephants of Kaziranga
Hopefully you will have multiple sightings of tigers
Hopefully you will have multiple sightings of tigers (Photo: Avijit Sarkhel)
Kolkata along the river
Kolkata along the river
Asiatic Sloth Bear, a rare sighting
Asiatic Sloth Bear, a rare sighting (Photo: Avijit Sarkhel)
Red Jungle fowl are easily seen
Red Jungle fowl are easily seen (Photo: Avijit Sarkhel)
Indian Rhinos will be seen in Kaziranga
Indian Rhinos will be seen in Kaziranga (Photo: Avijit Sarkhel)
Great hornbills can be seen in parts of India
Great hornbills can be seen in parts of India (Photo: Avijit Sarkhel)
Avijit Sarkhel, your guide
Avijit Sarkhel, your guide
Rufous Winged Fulvetta
Rufous Winged Fulvetta (Photo: Avijit Sarkhel)
Scarlet Minivet Jint
Scarlet Minivet Jint (Photo: )
Ziro Village
Ziro Village (Photo: Tasso Kago)

Tribal Culture & Tigers of Northeast India

Wilderness, Festivals and Tribal Cuisines of Assam and Arunachal

overview

Join senior naturalist guide Avijit Sarkhel on this new adventure in India. Begin your trip by searching for the elusive tiger in one of India's premier wildlife parks, Kaziranga National Park. Then, join in the festivities in Ziro as the local Apatanis people celebrate the annual Myoko Festival. Meet the shaman who leads the festival, observe his ritual trance, and watch the processionals that fill the streets on the main festival day. Participate alongside locals in dance and revelry. While in Ziro you will receive local hospitality, with homestay accommodations. This affords wonderful opportunities for personal connection, and to learn about food, cooking, and customs of the area. Also enjoy birdwatching, hiking, and wildlife viewing in the natural surroundings. From Ziro, proceed to Kolkata and then conclude at Kanha Tiger Reserve, a highlight of every wildlife enthusiast's experience in India. This multifaceted trip immerses you in some of India's most fascinating areas and offers firsthand experience with the richness of the country.

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overview

Join senior naturalist guide Avijit Sarkhel on this new adventure in India. Begin your trip by searching for the elusive tiger in one of India's premier wildlife parks, Kaziranga National Park. Then, join in the festivities in Ziro as the local Apatanis people celebrate the annual Myoko Festival. Meet the shaman who leads the festival, observe his ritual trance, and watch the processionals that fill the streets on the main festival day. Participate alongside locals in dance and revelry. While in Ziro you will receive local hospitality, with homestay accommodations. This affords wonderful opportunities for personal connection, and to learn about food, cooking, and customs of the area. Also enjoy birdwatching, hiking, and wildlife viewing in the natural surroundings. From Ziro, proceed to Kolkata and then conclude at Kanha Tiger Reserve, a highlight of every wildlife enthusiast's experience in India. This multifaceted trip immerses you in some of India's most fascinating areas and offers firsthand experience with the richness of the country.

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive new delhi
    Bustling Delhi Bustling Delhi

    Upon arrival at the Delhi international airport, you will be met by a representative and driven to your accommodations (approximately 35 minutes from airport) where you can recover from the long international trip.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Colonel's Retreat (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: new delhi to kaziranga
    Indian Rhinoceros of KazirangaIndian Rhinoceros of Kaziranga (Photo: Avijit Sarkhel)

    This morning you will be driven to the airport to connect to your flight to Guwahati, then drive on to Kaziranga National Park (4 hours drive). This afternoon enjoy your first jeep safari to the park looking for Indian Rhinoceros, Indian Elephant, Hog Deer, Asiatic Wild Buffalo, Gaur, Swamp Deer, Sambar and other mammals.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Wild Grass Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Days 3-4: kaziranga
    The Great Hornbill  The Great Hornbill (Photo: Avijit Sarkhel)

    Enjoy two full days exploring Kaziranga National Park in depth, with daily morning and late afternoon game drives in 4x4 open-air jeeps in the western and central ranges of the park. With sweeping views across grass and marshlands, you will get a sense of what natural India may have looked like prior to the days of the Raj and modern development. Kaziranga, in Assam in northeastern India, is on the banks of the Brahmaputra River and occupies about 180 square miles. It's 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
    Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners
    Lodging
    Wild Grass Lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: kaziranga to majuli
    Elephants of KazirangaElephants of Kaziranga

    After a relaxed breakfast at the lodge, you will be driven to Nemaitighat via Jorhat, the tea capital of Assam. Take a ferry across the Brahmaputra River to reach Majuli Island. Majuli is the treasure house of Assamese culture; ancient monasteries dedicated to preservation of the arts have existed here since the 15th century. In the 16th centure the social reformer Shankardeva visited the island and promulgated a form of Hinduism called Vaishnavism. He established monasteries or hermitages called Satras. These Satras became hubs of culture, art, religion and lifestyle. Even today, the Satras preserve antiques like weapons, utensils, jewelry and other articles of cultural importance. The monasteries have also become centers of culinary creativity and introduced unique and signature recipes to the region. Majuli is a World Heritage Site, recognizing the fragility of the island ecology and the unique cultural practices found here. Explore the Kamalabari Satra, meet young monks, witness the Matia Khora ritual, and taste the distinctive flavors of the island.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Le Maison (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: majuli to ziro, arunachal
    Ziro Village  Ziro Village (Photo: Tasso Kago)

    After an early breakfast, you will leave Assam and head northeast into Arunachal. Expect a long drive (7 hours on the road) as you gain altitude, and observe the changing scenery of towns, villages, forests, rivers and people. Arunachal Pradesh, located in the far northeastern corner of India, is rustic and undeveloped. The people live mostly in tribal communities that have held on to their distinct culture and culinary traditions. The cuisine, festivals, music, and literature make the area a gem of India. Your ultimate destination is the village of Ziro. This is a community of the Apatani tribe – simple, friendly and hospitable people with a deep respect for nature and unique wetland agricultural practices. With a total population of about 30,000 people, the majority of the tribe are permanently settled in the Ziro Valley at the eastern end of the Himalayas, living in sustainable villages made from wood and bamboo. Traditionally, the Apatani women wore facial tattoos and large nose plugs, called yaping hurlo, in order to appear unattractive to invading tribes. Though the tradition is no longer followed by the younger generation, you will see many older women around Ziro with these aesthetic markers. (Ask for permission before you take pictures.) On reaching Ziro, settle into your simple but clean homestays for the next four nights and begin getting acquainted with your hosts. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Village Homestary
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: ziro, arunachal
    Ziro villagersZiro villagers (Photo: Copyright,Tasso kago,2015)

    Begin today with a walk to the beautiful Talley Valley sanctuary where you will learn about the natural history of the region and see several species of birds, butterflies and, with some luck, even some mammals. Return to Ziro in time to watch the Myoko celebrations gather momentum and meet the shaman central to the festival. Observe local practices like visiting homes throughout the village to invoke the Myoko, visit shrines to shamans of the past, constructing Babo structures representing the fertile female deity, revering the sacred Blue Pine trees which are over 200 feet tall and are as old as the people who settled the area from Tibet. Attend a procession of male members of Apatani tribe carrying young, leafy tree branches to welcome Myoko. This afternoon visit the villages around Ziro and learn about the variation among these Apatani and Nyishi communities. Your guide will take you into homes where you can try local foods, rice beer (apong), or millet wine (hoopi o) if you wish.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Village Homestay
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: ziro, arunachal
    Shaman preparing for ritual performanceShaman preparing for ritual performance (Photo: Shishir Adhikari)

    Today is the main day of festival celebration – the day of the great pig sacrifices. Revelers believe that on this day the gods and goddesses will bless the community. In the midnight hours pigs are brought to the sacrificial altar and the priest starts reciting prayers, which last for many hours. With the sunrise, recently married women appear in festive attire and sprinkle rice flour and rice beer over the dozens of pigs lying on the ground. After the sacrifice, the tribe preserves the livers of the sacrificed animals, while young women go out to each home inviting them to the Myoko. The ritutal concludes with dancing, trance practice, and general revelry. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Village Homestay
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: ziro, arunachal to lakhimpur
    Typical homestay sitting areaTypical homestay sitting area (Photo: Shishir Adhikari)

    Say goodbye to your homestay hosts and slowly retrace your route back through the hills to Lakhimpur, where you will break up the long drive back to the airport. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon in Lakhimpur.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Basic Hotel
    Show on a map
  • Day 10: lakhimpur to kolkata

    Leave early this morning and complete the drive to Dibrugarh in time for a 2:30 pm flight to Kolkata. On arrival, check in at the conveniently located Swissotel only 10 minutes from the airport. The evening is yours at leisure.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Swissotel Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 11: kolkata
    Enjoy Kolkata along the riverEnjoy Kolkata along the river

    Leave the hotel early to reach the other end of the city (20 minutes drive) and start the morning with a walking tour with your guide exploring the many faces of Kolkata. Enjoy breakfast in one of the many local restaurants. Meander back to the hotel through the city, and meet Ajit Kumar Das and his daughter Shilpinwita, artists who specialize in the art of natural dyes. Enjoy lunch with them, too. In the afternoon visit a home where you will learn about the culinary delights of Bengal – distinctive spices, fish, and the special way of using coconut milk and mustard oil for cooking. Enjoy the food as your dinner.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Swissotel Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 12: kolkata to kanha
    Encounters with Asiatic Sloth BearEncounters with Asiatic Sloth Bear (Photo: Avijit Sarkhel)

    Early today you will be driven to the airport to connect to your flight to Raipur. Take breakfast at a nearby hotel and then be driven to Singinawa Jungle Lodge (4  hours 30 minutes drive), near Kanha National Park. This afternoon enjoy an afternoon safari in the park.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    The Singinawa Jungle Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Days 13-14: kanha national park
    Male tiger of KanhaMale tiger of Kanha (Photo: Avijit Sarkhel)

    Early each morning, enjoy an open jeep safari to the park. Kanha is a beautiful and large national park where tigers rub shoulders with leopards, wild dogs, sloth bears and a large number of herbivores. This morning you will head for the Kanha zone of the park – the drive through the park will allow you to appreciate the park and see a cross section of the park in a beautiful way. The Kanha zone may allow you to get close views of a tiger or on the way one may see the Indian Wild Dogs, which are extremely rare in other parts of the world. Eat breakfast on the go while you experience the park. Head back to the lodge for lunch and a rest. Then head out for the afternoon drive.  On somes occassions activities in the park may be restricted in which case you will be driven outside the park boundaries, where you can expect to meet a few locals in addition to seeing birds and other wildlife. Sometime during your stay here, also visit a museum about the tribes of the area, the Gonds and the Baigas.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Singinawa Jungle Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 15: kanha - new delhi
    If you are lucky there will be multiple tiger sightingsIf you are lucky there will be multiple tiger sightings (Photo: Avijit Sarkhel)

    Squeeze in one final safari drive before heading back to Raipur to board your flight to New Delhi. Drive to the international airport (45 minutes drive) for your homeward flight. Depending on the duration of your layover, take a room at the Eaton Smart Hotel within the international terminal and relax before boarding your plane home.
     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Eaton Smart Hotel (if needed)

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$5,695
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:
$1,055
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.
Custom & private on your dates

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:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
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

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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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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