Splendors of the British Raj.

 

India’s hill stations, tea estates and trains are a legacy of the British. This program begins with Kolkata, the initial hub of East India Company operations and proceeds to Kaziranga, a wildlife reserve and the last refuge of the Indian Rhino that was brought back from the brink of extinction. From here to Darjeeling and the Himalayan Railways – a UNESCO world heritage monument. A definite highlight of this tour is the ‘tea estate’ experience at Glenburn. An hour from Darjeeling, Glenburn is inspired by the vineyards of Europe. Here guests can live on a working tea plantation and learn about tea, its history, agronomy and its journey to the ultimate teacup.

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Namaste and Welcome to India!

 

Upon arrival at Kolkata International Airport, you will be met by a Travel Scope representative and transferred to your accommodations and assist with Check-In.

 

Overnight in Kolkata.

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KOLKATA has always enjoyed a love-hate relationship with its visitors, fascinating tourists with its distinct imperial flavor for years. A city rich in art and culture, the former British capital of colonial India, the seat of freedom struggles and revolutionary movements, the inspiration for poets and movie-makers, Kolkata has so much history and romance that it is hard to know where to begin its story.

 

Begin your exploration of Kolkata with a visit to North Kolkata’s heritage buildings, such as the Marble Palace and Rabindra Bharti University, where a parallel culture heavily influenced by the Europeans, flourished among the pioneering families of Bengal.

The Marble Palace is perhaps the most bizarre of the Bengali mansions of this area.  Built by a wealthy Bengali merchant with a passion for collecting works of art, it houses a kitsch collection of paintings, marble sculptures and Belgian glass.  In the grounds of the mansion you will find remnants of the first Indian zoo and many exotic Indian birds. From the extravagance of the Marble Palace you will proceed to the calm, intellectual heart of the Bengali Quarter, the bastion of Bengali culture, and home of the multi-talented poet, novelist, musician, painter and playwright, the famous Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

 

In the afternoon you will take a trip to Kumartulior the Potters’ Market, where giant life-like religious idols are created for the city’s numerous festivals out of river clay, bamboo and straw, and then adorned with elaborate jewelry and clothes, with beautifully painted features. Thereafter you will proceed to the Jain Temple Complex, housing four ornate temples each with its unique shimmering mirrors, ceramic tiles and chandeliers brought over to India by rich merchants from lands as far away as Persia, Japan and Europe.

 

Stop for evening tea at Flury’s Tea Room, an iconic stop at Kolkata, and return to your hotel.

 

Overnight in Kolkata.

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Today you will start early for a Heritage Walk of Dalhousie Square. Alongside Armenian and Portuguese churches, and Jewish synagogues, you will embark upon a journey that started the British Raj in India, in and around Dalhousie Square, dating back to the time of the Black Hole, from where it transformed itself into a City of Palaces.

 

The famous Writers’ Building – the former HQ of the infamous East India Company, the magnificent Governor’s House and the almost forgotten Charnock Mausoleum – Here lay the administrative, judicial and political heart of an Empire that stretched from Aden to Burma.

 

Break for a cup of tea and a snack at St John’s Church, the first Cathedral of the city.

 

Two great institutions left behind by the British are the Park Street Cemetery and Victoria Memorial.  The almost forgotten cemetery dates back a few centuries with poignant images of its early society.  The Victoria Memorial houses a permanent collection of Art and a well laid out Calcutta Gallery telling the history of the city.

 

Lunch today will be at Bomti’s a private residence offering a rare glimpse of the old Calcutta way of life, now sadly endangered. Authentic and home-cooked Bengali cuisine served up with hot cups of fresh Darjeeling tea and stimulating insights into Bengali Art (with some for sale) and Modern Kolkata make up Bomti’s salon.

 

Return to your hotel where the remainder of the afternoon will be at your leisure.

 

WHEN IN KOLKATA TRAVEL SCOPE RECOMMENDS: -

 

·      Visit of Victoria Memorial and or Indian Museum.

·      Visit to the Dakshineshwar Temple

·      Boat Cruise up the River Hoogly.

·      Visit to the Botanical Gardens.

·      Visit to the Charitable Institutions and Schools.

·      A game of Golf at the Tollygunge Club or Royal Calcutta Turf Club.

·      Shopping for Bengal Art and Craft and Contemporary Bengal Art.

 

Overnight in Kolkata.

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After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Jorhat.

 

Upon arrival, you will be met by your chauffeur and driven to a tea plantation near Jorhat for lunch stop. From here you will begin your journey to Kaziranga.  Upon arrival, check-in to your accommodations.

 

Overnight in Kaziranga.

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KAZIRANGA. The wild, untamed tropical forests of Kaziranga in the northeast state of Assam are home to the remarkable Great Indian One-horned Rhinoceros, a prehistoric species once close to extinction. The roughly 400 km of parkland straddles the great Brahmaputra River and is a moist and rich forest of evergreen tropical forest, elephant grass and swampland, home to a plethora of animal and bird species.

 

Explore the Jungles of Kaziranga on a Jeep Safari or Elephant Safari with your expert naturalist. There’s a short waiting time at the park gate to complete the entry formalities.

 

Return back to your lodge for brunch and time to relax before embarking on the afternoon safari to continue exploring the jungle.

 

Overnight in Kaziranga.

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Today you may choose to continue exploring the Kaziranga National Park on jeeps or elephant back, or walk in the extreme Western Range of the Kaziranga National Park to spot the Hoolock Gibbons the only species of apes in India. You may also chose to proceed on a half-day excursion to seedolphins on the Brahmaputra River – including a short hike to a 10th century temple.

 

Overnight in Kaziranga.

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Spend a relaxing morning at your lodge. After an early lunch commence  your road journey from Kaziranga to Guwahati. On arrival check-into your accommodations.

 

Overnight in Guwahati.

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After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to Guwahati airport for your flight to Bagdogra.  Stop enroute to visit the Kamakhya Temple, one of the important shrines dedicated to Shiva’s consort Parvati. Her form of Kamakhya at this temple is believed to be the goddess of fulfilling wishes.

 

On arrival at Bagdogra Airport you will be transferred to Siliguri for lunch.  After lunch commence your 4-hour journey to Darjeeling.  Upon arrival check-in to your accommodations.

 

Overnight in Darjeeling

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DARJEELING. This mid-19th century town was originally a retreat for the British, originally setting up a sanitorium and military depot, and later expanding into tea plantations, where tea growers developed hybrids of black tea and created new fermentation techniques. The resultant distinctive Darjeeling tea is internationally recognized and ranks among the most popular of the black teas. The town is famous for old bookstores and trekking, apart from the tea experience.

 

Begin your exploration of Darjeeling with a visit to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling Zoo and the Tibetan Refugee Camp. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute has a museum dedicated to the memorabilia from the various Himalayan expeditions. A memorial dedicated to the famous mountaineer Sir Tensing Norgay is located here.

 

Return to your hotel for lunch. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure to explore mall road.

 

Overnight in Darjeeling

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After breakfast this morning you will be transferred to the Darjeeling Railway Station for your short train ride to Ghoom. Traveling the short distance from Darjeeling to Ghoom takes a little more than an hour with many photo-ops along the way. Ghoom railway station still maintains the old structure and has a museum, which chronicles the history and events that have been a part of the years of DHRC.

 

Upon arrival at Ghoom you will be met by your car driver and transfer to Glenburn Estate. Check-in to your accommodations.  Spend the remainder of your day at leisure.

 

Overnight in Glenburn.

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Wake up early this morning to watch the rays of the rising sun fall on the Kanchenjunga, the tallest peak of the Indian Himalayas.

 

Spend a day relaxing in the vicinity of Glenburn.

 

Overnight in Glenburn.

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The day begins with a walking tour of the tea plantations with a Glenburn Tea Expert – you will also learn more about the history of tea on this excursion.

You may choose to pick a spot for your picnic lunch or return to the hotel.

  

This afternoon you will visit the Factory to experience the process from withering to sorting of the tea. The day will end with a Tea Tasting session.

 

Overnight in Glenburn.

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After breakfast this morning you will commence your 4-hour journey to Bagdogra Airport where a Travel Scope representative will assist you with check-in formalities for your flight to Kolkata.

 

On arrival in Kolkata you will be met by our representative and transferred to your accommodations. A car and driver will be at your disposal for the remainder of the day to accomplish your last minute shopping requirements.

 

Overnight in Kolkata.

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Early this morning you will be transferred to the International Airport. A Travel Scope Representative will assist you with check-in formalities at the airport for homebound flight.

 

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