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Classic East India: Sundarbans & Orissa

Tailor Made Itinerary

11 Days From £4,290

Overview

Starting in the colourful backstreets of Kolkata, make your way to the largest mangrove eco-system in the world - the Sundarbans, which offers over 4,000 square kilometres of UNESCO World Heritage habitat. Here you will have the unique opportunity to cruise the peaceful backwater landscapes of the Sundarbans, home to the majestic Bengal Tiger, over 260 species of birds, 42 species of mammals and over 60 species of reptiles and amphibians. You will have an expert naturalist guide with you for the ...
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore Kolkata’s cultural and architectural highlights and colourful backstreets
  • Explore the Sundarbans - the largest mangrove eco-system in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Go in search of the Royal Bengal Tiger and other wildlife species in the largest estuarine park in the world
  • Stay on a luxury cruise for three nights exploring the Sundarbans
  • Visit the historic sites of Puri and Bhubaneshwar including the spectacular Konark Sun Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE KOLKATA

DAY 1: ARRIVE KOLKATA

The adventure begins in Kolkata (Calcutta), once the capital of British India and one of the largest and most vibrant cities in India. Home to one of the largest museums in Asia and a city with a proud tradition in cultural and political thinking, Kolkata is one of India's truly great cities, a rich mix of European culture, Bengali tradition and nationalistic fervour that still retains a touch of colonial elegance that harks back to its days as the showpiece city of the Raj. On arrival you will be met at the airport by a Wild Frontiers representative and transferred to your hotel.

The Oberoi Grand

DAY 2: KOLKATA

DAY 2: KOLKATA

Enjoy a guided tour of Kolkata and discover one of the most culturally fascinating cities in India. Start early with a visit to the vibrant Mallick Ghat Flower Market, which offers a colourful, scent-filled overload near the banks of the River Howrah. Then make your way to see the clay model-makers’ haven of Kumartuli, where dramatic life-size idols are crafted out of river clay and straw, before continuing on to the impressive Parshwanath Temple (Jain temple) for a visual treat. Finally, explore the colonial side of the city, visiting the beautiful St John's Church and the fine architecture of B.B.D. Bagh's old buildings. End the afternoon on the banks of the river, where along with a specialist guide, you will climb aboard your boat to take a private gentle cruise down the Hooghly, a tributary of the Ganges River.

The Oberoi Grand
Breakfast

DAY 3: KOLKATA – SUNBARBANS CRUISE

DAY 3: KOLKATA – SUNBARBANS CRUISE

This morning you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the jetty to board the river cruise to the Sundarbans. Located in the heart of the Bay of Bengal where the two mighty rivers of the Ganges and Brahmaputra converge, the Sundarbans are the world’s largest Delta Mangrove Forest and home to the famous Royal Bengal Tiger. Covering an area roughly the size of Belgium, with two thirds lying in Bangladesh and a third in India, most of the region is designated as a national park, devoid of humans, making it a wild land of rivers, channels and islands of dense mangrove forest. As a UNESCO World Heritage protected biosphere reserve, the Sundarbans represent one of nature’s most pristine and fascinating environments, with an array of stunning flora and fauna, including estuarine crocodiles, over 260 species of birds, and of course the elusive Bengal Tiger. Travelling by boat with other explorers, you will journey deep into the heart of this incredible wilderness, navigating the network of islands and mud-flats, exploring just a small part of the 10,000 square kilometres of forest and freshwater swamps that cover this vast delta.

Antara Ganges Voyager
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: SUNDARBANS CRUISE

DAY 4: SUNDARBANS CRUISE

After breakfast today you will set off in a smaller local boat to visit Bhagabatpur Island, where you will have the opportunity to explore the hatchery and sanctuary for estuarine crocodiles. This island is also home to the endangered northern river terrapin known as the Batagur Baska, a species of riverine turtle.

Antara Ganges Voyager
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: SUNDARBANS CRUISE

DAY 5: SUNDARBANS CRUISE

Today you will rise to the sounds of the mangrove forest and its inhabitants as you cruise the narrow canals, spotting wildlife as you go.  After an early breakfast on board, you will set off once again on your local boat and explore the narrow creeks of the mangrove forest as you reach the Dobanki watchtower in Sudhanyakhali where you can enjoy a canopy walk and discover the different birds and wildlife in this area, which is also home to a deer rehabilitation research centre.

Antara Ganges Voyager
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: SUNDARBANS CRUISE - KOLKATA - BHUBANESWAR

DAY 6: SUNDARBANS CRUISE - KOLKATA - BHUBANESWAR

Sail back to Kolkata today where you will catch a short flight to Bhubaneshwar. The main religious base and capital of the eastern state of Orissa, Bhubaneswar’s history spans over two millennia. Here you can see monasterial chambers carved into caves, natural sulphur springs, stone elephants and yogini shrines which are open to the sky. A city truly rich in culture and history.

Trident
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7: BHUBANESWAR

DAY 7: BHUBANESWAR

Located on the edge of the Mahanadi Delta in Orissa, and despite its relatively modern appearance, Bhubaneswar can trace its ancestry back some 2,000 years, being home to some of India’s finest medieval temples. At its religious epoch the city boasted over 7,000 temples, though today that number has reduced to just over 500. After a relaxing breakfast you will have the opportunity to explore the impressive Hindu temples of Mukteshwar, Parasurameswara and Rajarani, as well as the Khandagiri Caves, before returning back to our hotel.

Trident
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8: BHUBANESWAR - PURI

DAY 8: BHUBANESWAR - PURI

This morning you will be transferred to the coastal town of Puri, a journey of 1.5 hours. En route visit the heritage village of Nayakpatna and walk to Raghurajpur, a heritage crafts village famous for its master Pattachitra painters - an art form which dates back to the 5th century along with bamboo, papier-mache and stone handicrafts. Situated in the eastern part of Orissa, Puri is one of the four holy dhams of Hinduism. Revered as the hallowed seat of Lord Jagannath, it lies besides the white beaches of the Bay of Bengal and draws pilgrims from all over India to its famous 12th century temple. Towering 65 metres high, the Temple of Jagannath is one of the country’s most sacred monuments and lies at the centre of the annual Ratha Yatra Festival that is held around July each year. Puri also boasts one of the best swimming beaches in India.

Mayfair Heritage Puri
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9: PURI

DAY 9: PURI

Today with your guide explore Konark, home to a stunning 13th century temple. One of India’s most popular ancient sites, the Sun Temple is a breath-taking monument standing on the windswept sand dunes of the Bay of Bengal. Fringed with palm and casuarina plantations, it’s a stunning masterpiece of the 13th century Kalingan style of art and one of the unrivalled technical marvels that the age has produced. You’ll then drive back to Puri, where you’ll visit the magnificent Jagannath Temple, one of the four holy dhams (abodes of the gods) and a living temple that is home to some 6,000 priests and temple servants. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple so if possible on the day you’ll view the chaotic proceedings from the roof of the nearby Raghunandan library, an ideal vantage point to take in the crowded streets and lively bazaars of the Grand Road.

Mayfair Heritage Puri
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10: PURI

DAY 10: PURI

Today visit the stunningly located Udayagiri caves to admire the pillar reliefs and the surrounding landscape.

Mayfair Heritage Puri
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11: PURI – KOLKATA

DAY 11: PURI – KOLKATA

Today you will be transferred to Bhubaneshwar airport for a short flight back to Kolkata where you can connect with your onward flight. 

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

CLASSIC EAST INDIA: SUNDARBANS & ORISSA (11 DAYS) £4,290

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra - The best of the best, the ultimate indulgence
Luxury - Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium - Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior - Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple - No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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