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East India

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.

Itineraries in East India

Assam Bengal Navigation

4 / 14 Night Cruise

River boat cruise in Assam India

Darjeeling & Sikkim – The Eastern Himalaya

Kolkata, Kalimpong, Gangtok, Pelling, Glenburn,

Frontier Land, Assam and Beyond

Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Balipara, Kaziranga

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Heart & Soul Of India – The Golden Triangle And Beyond

Delhi, Varanasi, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra

Greaves India Jal Mahal Itineraries

Northern Sights & Nepalese Heights

Delhi, Agra, Orchha, Khajuraho, Varanasi, Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park, Pokhara

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Orissa Unveiled

Delhi, Bhubaneshwar, Puri, Kolkata

Tamil Nadu & The Andaman Islands – Temple Towns & Barefoot Beaches

Puducherry, Mahabalipuram, Chennai, Havelock Island, Kolkata

The Land of The Thunder Dragon

Paro, Punakha, Phodrang, Thimphu, Phuntsholing, Darjeeling

Hotels in East India

Hotels in East India tend to have a colonial feel especially in the tea country of Darjeeling and Assam. Here the undulating tea plantations give way to picture perfect Tea bungalows, filled with an old world charm.

The lovingly restored Glenburn Tea Estate, in particular has won many awards and offers the quintessential tea plantation experience. Overlooked by the imposing Mount Kanchenjunga, this working tea estate offers the perfect retreat and base for Darjeeling and the surrounding region.

On to Assam where the quaint heritage properties and river cruises allow a glimpse into some of the more rural and rewarding parts of the country. The Diphlu River Lodge is the perfect base to explore the Kaziranga National Park and its unique wildlife, such as the one horned rhino.

The Assam Bengal Navigation operates 2 river cruise vessels, which navigate the mighty Brahmaputra and backwaters of Bengal. While further south, the Vivada Cruises which offer the opportunity to explore the mystical mangroves of the Sunderbans.

Kolkata, the centerpiece of the British Raj offers some wonderful hotels including the Taj Bengal and colonial grand dame, The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata.

Assam Bengal Navigation

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Diphlu River Lodge, Assam

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Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling

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Jalakara, Andaman Islands

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MV Rudra Singha, Assam

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Andamans

Taj Nadesar Palace, Varanasi

Outdoor area at Taj Nadesar Palace

The Ganges Voyager, River Ganges

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