Assam Bengal Navigation
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The East of India is an area of improbable diversity, one of the last frontiers that has much to reward the intrepid traveller, reaching from the Himalayas heights down to the Bay of Bengal, via the wild mangroves and swamps of the Sundarbans. The revered Ganges River snakes its way through the flat basin of Bihar, including the remarkable holy city of Bodhgaya, the sacred Buddhist place where the Buddha gained enlightenment.
At the very north-eastern tip, you will find the Seven Sister states home to the water-coloured, tea plantations of Assam, the ancient tribes of Nagaland and the magnolia clad mountain sides of Sikkim peppered with monasteries wrapped in fluttering prayer flags, overlooked by the great Himalayas. Nearby Darjeeling is set high up in cool, misty tea plantations where gentle walks and journeys on the celebrated Toy Train are a must. Drink in the tea scented countryside as the ‘toy train’, gently loops through the terraced tea plantations to the Victorian resort of Darjeeling. Step back in time at the impossibly charming Glenburn Tea Estate, boasting bedroom views of the spellbinding Kanchenjunga.
Further south is colonial Kolkata – experience Indian life at full pace in this bustling city. Disregard the undeserving reputation of the city and be instantly rewarded with one of the most sophisticated cities in India. Home of Tagore, one of India’s greatest poet, the city has a strong artistic soul. The masterpiece of the British Raj, this city is a tropical haven punctuated with the white washed Victorian buildings.
From here, fly to the eastern most point of the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands for a piece of paradise, encircled by pristine coral reefs. These remote isles offer true Robinson cruiso island living. Arrive at the capital of Port Blair and see the colonial heritage with is antique Saw Mill, and sinister Cellular Jail. Take a day excursion to the atmospheric ruins of Ross Island before heading to the pristine beaches of Havelock island with its new slick beach resorts and boutique hotels such as The Taj Exotica and Jalakara.
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Kolkata, Kalimpong, Gangtok, Pelling, Glenburn,
Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Balipara, Kaziranga
Delhi, Varanasi, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra
Delhi, Agra, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park, Pokhara
Delhi, Bhubaneshwar, Puri, Kolkata
Puducherry, Mahabalipuram, Chennai, Havelock Island, Kolkata
Paro, Punakha, Phodrang, Thimphu, Phuntsholing, Darjeeling