EASTERN GHAT DELIGHT
DURATION : 18 NIGHTS / 19 DAYS
Places Covered :: Kolkata – Dibrugarh – Jorhat – Kaziranga – Brahmaputra – Guwahati – Kolkata – Sunderban – Bhubaneswar – Dhauli – Hirapur – Pipli – Puri – Konark – Raghurajpur – Chilika – Gopalpur – Bhubaneswar – Kolkata
DAY 01 : Arrival at Kolkata
Arrival at Kolkata aiport transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit of Birla temple , Victoria Memorial & Indian Museum & New Market. Overnight at Kolkata.
DAY 02 : Kolkata – Dibrugarh:
Morning Proceed to airport for Dibrugarh. Received at Dibrugarh airport and transfer to Jorhat enroute visit Sivasagar, the historical capital of Ahom Dynasty. Overnight stay.
DAY 03 : Jorhat:
Morning drive to Neemati for a private ferry crossing to the river island Majuli. Visit to Auniati & Kamalabari Sattra with cultural dance performances. Lunch at Majuli. Afternoon return to Neemati on the private ferry and then transfer to Jorhat for overnight stay.
DAY 04 : Jorhat – Kaziranga National Park:
Morning to noon, tea activities, do tea plucking, tea factory visit, tea tasting, etc. Evening drive to KNP for overnight stay (Iora or similar).
DAY 05 : Kaziranga
Morning Elephant safari followed by a Jeep safari. Afternoon another Jeep safari. Overnight at KNP.
DAY 06 : Brahmaputra:
Morning, after an early breakfast/tea, drive to Tezpur. A short city sightseeing before proceeding further to Guwahati. Visit Kamakhya on reaching Guwahati and later board the Houseboat (HB) – by afternoon. Sail for an or so to reach near Sualkuchi. Bonfire & BBQ and overnight stay on House Boat on deserted sand island near Sualkuchi.
DAY 07 :Brahmaputra
Half day Sualkuchi sightseeing. Later return to HB by noon and start sailing upstream with towards a deserted sand island upstream Guwahati city. Evening bonfire & BBQ and overnight stay on HB on deserted sand island.
DAY 08 : Brahmaputra :
Morning with breakfast, sail towards Kajoli Choki (confluence point of river Kolong & Brahmaputra). Lunch on a sand island while sailing towards Kajoli Choki. Later transfer by road from Kajoli Choki to Pobitora for an afternoon Elephant safari. Evening return to HB for overnight stay.
DAY 09 :Guwahati – Kolkata: by flight
Morning after breakfast, start sailing towards Guwahati city. On the way visit Umananda Temple situated atop the Peacock Island on the Brahmaputra. Reaching Guwahati, disembark HB and proceed towards the Airport for Kolkata. Overnight at Kolkata.
DAY 10 : In and Around Kolkata
Full day of sightseeing of Jain Temple, Kolkata University, Dakshineswar Kali Temple, Belur Math, Vidyasagar Setu, Botanical Garden., Overnight at Kolkata.
DAY 11: Kolkata to Sunderban by surface
Early morning departure from Kolkata for Basanti port by surface (92 kms approx 3 Hrs journey) through the village of Bengal . Transfer to Deluxe launch for journey towards main forest area through riverine way. Afternoon arrival at Sunderban check in at Resort. Enjoy forest excursion during afternoon and evening through the creeks of riverine way of the dense forest. Overnight stay at hotel/Resort in Sunderban.
DAY 12: Sunderban
A thrilling Boat Cruise inside creeks and dense forest (breakfast on boat during cruise) through numerous rivers while visiting Dobanke Watch Tower where the canopy walk inside the forest sends chills down your body (experience the life in which caged animals live in, while getting an all around view of the forest). Also visit the Spotted Deer Rehabilitation Centre.
DAY 13 :Sunderban
Visit to Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower and Cruise through Rivers and Narrow Creeks of Pitchkhali- Sarakhkhali-Sudhanokhali- Bonobibi Dharani (narrow creek) and visit the Watch-Tower followed by a cruise around the Islands of the Sunderban Tiger Project Area (Breakfast on Boat during Cruise). Overnight stay at hotel/Resort in Sunderban.
Day 14 : Sunderban to Kolkata by surface
Kolkata to Bhubaneswar by flight
Departure for Kolkata from Sunderban. Assistance on departure transfer to Bhubaneswar.
On arrival at Bhubaneswar airport and met by our representative & transfer to hotel. Overnight at Bhubaneswar.
DAY 15 :Bhubaneswar
Morning visit to famous city temples including Lingaraj, Parsurameswar, Mukteswar (known as the ‘gem of Orissan architecture’) & Rajarani temple. After lunch visit to Nandankanan Zoo (closed on Monday). This Zoo is famous for its white tiger safari. Overnight at Bhubaneswar.
DAY 16 :Bhubaneswar – Dhauli – Hirapur – Pipli – Puri
Morning after breakfast drive to Puri enroute visit Dhauli ( the peace pagoda ), Hirapur 64 yogini temple & Pipli ( the appliqu? work village ) . On arrival check in to the hotel. Rest time relax on the golden beach of Puri. Overnight at Puri.
DAY 17:Puri – Konark – Puri
Morning visit to Jagannath temple ( non hindus are not allowed ). Then drive to Konark to visit the Sun temple. Enroute visit to Ramchandi & Chandrabhaga beach. Back to Puri & Overnight.
DAY 18 :Puri – Raghurajpur – Chilika ( Barkul ) – Gopalpur
Morning drive to Gopalpur enrute visit Raghurajpur craft village & Chilika lake at Barkul. Proceed to Gopalpur and check in to the hotel. Overnight at Gopalpur.
DAY 19 :Gopalpur
Full day excursion to Taptapani to visit the hot sulpheric spring along with Chandragiri a Tibetian settlement to witness Baudha Vihar established by Guru Dallailama OR visit to Taratarini temple ( a legendary temple situated in a hillock ) & Patisonapur beach. Overnight at Gopalpur.
DAY 20: Gopalpur – Bhubaneswar by surface
Bhubaneswar- Kolkata by flight
Morning drive back to Bhubaneswar and transfer airport for Kolkata .