Rating in India
$ 1258

Kolkata & Sunderbans

Trekking  +  walking
Trekking + walking
min $ 1258
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: Kolkata
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 1258
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  • Overview & dates
  • Itinerary
  • What's included

Overview & dates

INTRO


Discover the hidden secrets of India's colonial gem on a fascinating walking tour of Kolkata, visit Kumartuli's master sculptors who craft thousands of Hindu deities, and stop off in one of the largest flower and fruit markets in India. Cruise through the Sunderbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world, home to swimming Bengal tigers, reptiles and birdlife.


DATES

This trip can be run on dates to suit you, please contact us for more information and to let us know when you would like to travel.


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HIGHLIGHTS

Kolkata’s imperial monuments & markets

Discover the real Kolkata on our walking tour

Cruise the world’s largest mangrove forest


PLACES VISITED

Kolkata - Sunderbans Kolkata
Sunderbans

Itinerary

ITINERARY

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Day 1 : Kolkata

Evening transfer to guesthouse. Overnight in Kolkata.

Pick up early evening from Kolkata airport and transfer to hotel. Rest of day free. Overnight in Kolkata.

Meal plan : n/a


Day 2 : Kolkata

City tour of Kolkata. Overnight in Kolkata.

After breakfast depart for city tour of Kolkata. Take in Kolkata's rich colonial past with visits to the impressive Victoria Memorial, St Paul's Cathedral and the High Court. Stop off at the bizarre Marble Palace and cross the famous Hoogly River, the city's main trading post. Pay respect and witness the fantastic work at Mother Teresa's Sisters of Charity, then head into one of Kolkata's most artistic areas - Kumartuli - famous for sculptures of Hindu deities which are used in elaborate Hindu ceremonies. Lunch and dinner at local restaurants. Overnight in Kolkata.

Meal plan : Breakfast


Often labelled the  "Cultural City of India", Kolkata is India's second biggest city and one of its major ports, located on the east bank  of the Hooghly River. Previously named 'Calcutta', it was the former capital of the British Indian Empire until 1911 and originally designed in the style of a grand European capital. As a result, Western influences can be seen throughout the city within its colonial-era architecture: Raj Bhavan, the state governor's residence, imitates Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, the Indian Museum is built in the Italian style, while the Victoria Memorial Hall attempts to combine classical Western and Mughal architecture. Kolkata was also the centre of the Indian independence movement, and to this day still plays an important role in contemporary state politics.

Day 3 : Kolkata - Sunderbans

Boat ride into the Sunderbans. Check into cottage. Buffet dinner and folk dance and music. Overnight in Sunderbans.

After breakfast transfer to the departure point for your boat ride into the Sunderbans. Snacks and drinks served on board the boat. Check in to your cottage at the Camp. Savour an excellent lunch in the open buffet area. Leave for your afternoon boat ride along the Sunderbans many waterways and visit the watch tower. Tea/coffee and snacks served onboard. Return to camp for evening buffet dinner, followed by traditional folk dance and music. Overnight in Sunderbans.

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sunderbans is a National Park, a Tiger Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve. It is home to one of the world's largest areas of halophytic mangroves and is also a hotspot for Royal Bengal tigers, boasting one of the highest Bengal tiger populations in India. Situated in Bangledesh, two-thirds of the park fall into the district of West Bengal. The name 'Sunderbans' literally means 'beautiful forest', and the reserve is very scenic, intersected by a series of waterways, tidal islands and mudflats, and boasting a diverse range of endemic plant species. There is also a significant Watch Tower which offers panoramic views of the area.

Day 4 : Sunderbans Tiger Reserve

Morning search for tigers. Walk to the local village. Watch film on the Sunderbans.

Early morning tea served at your cottage. Set off on boat ride through mangroves and creeks in search of tigers. It's usually the best time to catch glimpses of these majestic predators. Breakfast served on-board. Stop off by bank, and take a canopy walk above the forest. Return to buffet lunch at camp. After a rest, take a walk to the local village, where you will see children walking home from school, beautiful thatched huts, open fields and a vibrant market place. Return to camp for tea and snacks, followed by a short film on the Sunderbans. Buffet dinner at camp. Overnight in Sunderbans.

Meal plan : Breakfast, lunch & dinner


Day 5 : Sunderbans - Kolkata

Morning boat ride in Sunderbans. Transfer to Kolkata by boat and bus for overnight.

Morning tea served at cottage. Boat ride with breakfast on-board. as you cruise through more mangroves and creeks admiring the scenery as well as looking out for more of the Sunderbans wildlife. Return to camp for buffet lunch and then transfer to Kolkata by boat and minibus. Transfer to guesthouse for dinner. Overnight in Kolkata.

Meal plan : Breakfast & lunch


Day 6 : Departure

Walking tour of Kolkata. Transfer to airport for flight home.

After breakfast embark on a fascinating half-day walking tour of hidden Kolkata. You will take in some of the lesser-known streets of Kolkata famous for carpentry and metalwork. Visit the colourful flower and fruit markets, one of the largest in India. Stop off for chai at one of the foodstalls. Hop on board the water taxi that ferries passengers along the Hooghly. Visit the area first colonised in Kolkata and also the house of Rabindranath Tagore, Bengal's most famous literary genius. Lunch en-route or back at hotel. Transfer to airport for return flight to Delhi/UK.

Meal plan : Breakfast


What's included

INCLUDED Airport transfers Ground transport with driver Accommodation Entrance fees to sites & parks Breakfasts and some meals (refer to itinerary for meal plan) English-speaking guides
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Travel The Unknown
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