Kolkata & The Northeast Tours & Holidays
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KOLKATA & THE NORTHEAST HOLIDAYS AND TOURS
Unlike much of India, large swaths of the north and northeast are still to make their way onto the mainstream tourist trail. At Wild Frontiers that's a red rag to a bull. Northeast India is waiting to be discovered, and we intend to explore it. Whilst the Ganges River plain, with such iconic destinations as Rishikesh, Lucknow, Varanasi and Khajuraho, are well-known to Western travellers, far away in the northeast corner of the Indian subcontinent, is a world removed from the main tourist trails. ...
Unlike much of India, large swaths of the north and northeast are still to make their way onto the mainstream tourist trail. At Wild Frontiers that's a red rag to a bull. Northeast India is waiting to be discovered, and we intend to explore it. Whilst the Ganges River plain, with such iconic destinations as Rishikesh, Lucknow, Varanasi and Khajuraho, are well-known to Western travellers, far away in the northeast corner of the Indian subcontinent, is a world removed from the main tourist trails. Here the lush Himalayan foothills teem with wildlife and flora that adapt and change with the geography and climate as they progress to the plains. Among the meandering bends of the mighty Brahmaputra, the forests and grasslands of the Kaziranga National Park break up the distant horizons of this enormous river valley where wild elephant and Asian rhino abound as nowhere else in the world. The traditional bamboo houses of the tribes of Arunachal are a stark contrast to beautifully restored colonial bungalows in the verdant and immaculate tea gardens of Assam. At Sibsagar the Ahom Dynasty made their ancient capital that now lies in peaceful ruins. More recently Allied forces were based at Dibrugarh and drove the Stilwell Road across Burma to Kunming. Many of their graves can be seen at Kohima. In this interesting part of the subcontinent also lie Sikkim and Darjeeling, where spectacular terraced paddy fields and rolling tea plantations cling to the undulating hillsides in the lee of the mighty Katchanjunga... the world’s third highest peak. Here the colonial past still lingers in the architecture much of which has been converted into fine heritage hotels. The gentle easy pace of the hills contrast starkly to the buzz and hubbub of the great Indian metropolis of Calcutta. And of course there is also the ubiquitous, wonderful mayhem and colour that are part of all India.
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Classic Northeast: Sacred Ganges & Holy CitiesAn offbeat journey that will take you all the way from the east of the country to the colourful streets of Kolkata. Travel through wonderful culturally rich locations, exploring vibrant ancient religious sites along the Ganges river, through to the fascinating historic city of Lucknow and ending in the tranquil foothills of the Himalaya.
Undiscovered Northeast: Wild Landscapes & Ancient TribesA wonderful trip that explores some of the less-visited parts of Northeast India. From the rich landscapes of Meghalaya and Kaziranga to the tea plantations of Assam and remote corners of Nagaland, discover unique culture, beautiful landscapes and stunning wildlife.
HIGHLIGHTS OF KOLKATA & THE NORTHEAST
Sample Kolkata's street foodKolkata is known for its delectable dishes and so it is a must for any visitor to delve into the culinary delights that are on offer. Eat like the locals and sample an array of tasty offerings as you explore some of the city's best foodie hotspots.
Follow in the footsteps of the RajStroll around Kolkata's Dalhousie Square and immerse yourself in colonial British architecture as you explore this historical quarter of the city which is home to the buildings of a bygone era.
Visit Kolkata's flower marketRise with the sun and visit the colourful flower market at Mullik Ghat, before observing life along the Hooghly River, considered the life blood of the city.
Witness the sacred aarti ceremonyVaranasi is one of the oldest Hindu pilgrimage sites on earth and here you can witness the mesmerising aarti ceremony, performed by a group of young priests as they chant holy prayers and perform sacred rituals in order to provide offerings to the holy river.
Discover a birder's paradiseExplore Kaziranga National Park and enjoy the grasslands and pools backed by misty hills, home to a plethora of 400 species birds. The forests habitats and numerous water bodies are rich sources of food to over 100 species of migratory birds.
Learn from master weaversVenture into the lanes of the textile markets of Dal-Mandi and Hadahaa Sarai and meet the Ansari weavers and sari makers. Learn about the life of the weavers and the process of hand weaving on traditional looms in private homes and courtyards.
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CALCUTTA AND NORTHEAST INDIA TRAVEL GUIDEWild Frontiers' Jonny Bealby presents a guide to Calcutta and the Northeast of India. As far as Wild Frontiers is concerned Calcutta and the Northeast is a region that comprises pretty much anything…
KOLKATA & THE NORTHEAST REVIEWS
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