West Bengal Package
2 DAYS TOUR IN THE â€œCITY OF JOYâ€
West Bengal is a state in eastern India, between the Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal. Its capital, Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), retains architectural and cultural remains of its past as an East India Company trading post and the capital of the British Raj. The city's colonial landmarks include the government buildings around B.B.D. Bagh square, and the iconic Victoria Memorial, dedicated to Britain's Queen Victoria.
KolkataTour Kolkata’s most famous landmarks on this private sightseeing tour of the city. Check out Mother Teresa’s Mission and Mother House and admire the impressive architecture of iconic structures like the Howrah Bridge and Victoria Memorial. Experience local religion with stops at the Jain Temple and Magen David Synagogue, then tour the University of Calcutta for a bit of academic flavor. The largest cricket stadium in India, allows travelers to experience the beauty of this city from air-conditioned comfort. Highlights Full-day private tour of Kolkata with an expert guide Discover the city's religious diversity with visits to various places of worship like the Jain Temple and the Magen David Synagogue Walk the grounds of one of the top-ranking universities in India, the University of Calcutta Visit two of Kolkata's impressive architectural works: the Victoria Memorial and the Howrah Bridge See Eden Gardens, the largest cricket stadium in India Enjoy a multi-cuisine fare at a popular restaurant Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle Enjoy a bit of time at Eden Gardens, where you’ll learn about the nation’s favorite pastime at the largest cricket stadium in India. After checking out what is arguably the most iconic stadium in the country, make a stop at the Victoria Memorial, a museum that’s home to a vast collection of sculptures, manuscripts, paintings and other items from the time of British rule. Finally, make a stop for photos on the Howrah Bridge—the sixth largest cantilever bridge on earth—as you make your way back to your Kolkata hotel after a day of taking in the city sights.
DoarsDoars is located in the district of Jalpaiguri, Bihar. It is a gateway to the hill stations of North Bengal. There are lot of dense forest, lust green tea gardens, criss-crossed by Teesta, Raidak, Torsha, Jaldhaka, Kaljani and other rivers. There are some attractions in Doars like Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Gorumara National Park, Buxa Tiger Reserve and Raas Mela.
ShantiniketanShantiniketan is a small town near Bolpur in the Birbhum District of West Bengal and about 212 kms north of Kolkata. It is famous due to Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, whose vision became what is now a University town - Visva-Bharati University. The place now attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Ganges CruiseNo river on earth plays a more important cultural, economic or social role in the lives of more people than the Ganges River in India. The spiritual heart of the Hindu religion, the banks of the Ganges are strewn with India’s fascinating cities, culturally-important pilgrimage sites, charming villages, mountains and magical forests. Infused with influences of past rulers and European settlers during the British rule of India, a river cruise on the Ganges will introduce you to one of the most important and glorious rivers in the world. We are treated to a tapestry of Muslim and colonial architecture, Hindu culture, Buddhist temples, the daily rituals of Indian village life, and unspoiled countryside all along our river cruise route. We sail through Nalanda, a sanctuary for the Gangetic river dolphin, and marvel at the "Bodhi Tree," where Gautama first attained enlightenment to become Buddha.
2 DAYS TOUR IN THE “CITY OF JOY”Spend the first day exploring central and south Kolkata, and the second visiting sites in the north, for which you should hire a car and driver.
1 Night 2 Days- SUNDARBAN
DAY 01: (Central & South Kolkata)Start by catching a taxi south to the city's most famous temple, Kalighat. After this, visit Mother Teresa's Nirmal Hriday home, right next door. Or, if you're a bookworm, check out the National Library in the 300-year-old former summer residence of the grandson of Emperor Aurangzeb. The library has over 2 million books. Our recommendation is to enjoy the relaxing, tranquil atmosphere of South Park Street Cemetery before you head into the chaos of central Kolkata. If you're hungry, nearby Suruchi (89 Elliot Rd., near Mallik Bazaar); is an authentic Bengali restaurant, with a no-frills, homely atmosphere. You can save time by using a vehicle to move on to central Kolkata, or enjoy the walk along Park Street to Chowringhee Road, taking in the upmarket shops and boutiques and perhaps stopping. Now officially known as "Jawaharlal Nehru Road," Chowringhee is Kolkata's main drag, with less human excrement along its sidewalks than almost anywhere else in the city. It is lined with colonial Victoriana -- including the monumental Indian Museum and that pinnacle of Calcutta's society life, When you've had your fill of life on the sidewalks, make your way south again, along Government Place East. You'll soon find yourself in the green expanse that is the Maidan -- one of the largest city-center parks in the world -- Shahid Minar (Martyr's Tower), is worth noting. Eden Gardens, India's most famous cricket stadium, while much farther south is the imperious Victoria Memorial. Buy a ticket and venture in if you are keen to broaden your knowledge of the city's history. But don't feel guilty if you just want to lie on the lawn and watch Bengalis socializing. Otherwise, brave the traffic and catch a cab to Howrah to explore the 18th-century Indian Botanical Gardens.
DAY 02: (North Kolkata)Early in the morning, head towards Howrah Bridge, where you can witness people bathing at the ghats (steps leading down to the Hooghly River) or the pandemonium at the colorful flower market (you need to arrive before 7am). Crossing over Howrah Bridge, head toward the Belur Math Shrine. From here you can either incorporate a short stop at popular Dakshineshwar Temple (across Vivekananda Bridge) or take a look at the potters' village at Kumartuli (N. Chitpur Rd.), a warren of alleys where clay deities and images of Mother Teresa are produced by the thousands. If you prefer to slow the pace, however, skip these and head south to beautiful Pareshnath Temple -- not as famous as the Kali temple, but certainly Kolkata's prettiest, and north Kolkata's star attraction. From here, you can head east to shop and eat at Swabhumi Heritage Plaza, a mall with 2.4 hectares (6 acres) of shopping, dining, and entertainment diversions; or head south to Rabindra Bharati University Museum to visit the Rabindranath Tagore House Museum. Born to a wealthy entrepreneurial family in 1861, Tagore remains Bengal's best-loved artist and intellectual, and his home is filled with artworks and collectibles. Browse through the thousands of bookstalls along College Street, and finish with coffee at the Indian Coffee House.
1st Day:8AM: Meet at our office and leave Calcutta by car/van. Clients can also have a pick up point from Science city at 9am. 9AM: Breakfast will be served. Three and half hours of journey to Godkhali, the last road point 11AM: Cross over to the island of Gosaba, by local ferry which is the biggest market for hundreds of villages around. 1.30PM: Reach the eco village abode on the island of Satjelia, followed by lunch. 3.00PM: A walk through the beautiful paddy fields and the village of honey collectors and fishermen, looking out for local rituals and beliefs.This village has no car or electricity hence it makes this walk surreal. 3.30PM : Country boat ride for bird watching, during two to three hours, spotting seven types of kingfisher, egret, brahmani eagles, pond heron, black cormorants etc and above all getting introduced to the lovely mangroves, with surreal creatures like fiddler crabs, mud skipper fish etc. 6.30PM: Return to the eco village, just after the sunset. 7PM: An enchanting evening with the local musicians with their age old musical instruments, trying to understand the local music in their backyard. A session of refreshments. 8.30-9PM: Dinner is served according to the leisure of every individual guest, getting prepared to spend the night in the mud cottages of our eco village or in the sleeping cabins of boats. Eco-village is powered by Solar energy so you can have the creature comfort of fan and light in your cottage with the silence of the jungle and be sure to sleep like a baby.
2nd Day:6.30AM: We try to start as early as possible, board personalized engine boat, get the required permissions from the forest office, which is just opposite to the village, and head off into the jungle, for our rendezvous with one of the biggest mangroves of the world, rich in flora and fauna. This boat cruise will last till sunset and during this period we will visit 3 watch towers, namely Sajnekhali, Sudhanyakhali and Dobanki. Cruising the small channels and creeks we will try to spot different wildlife, spotted dear, wild boars, civet cat, monitor lizard, crocodiles, dolphins and yes the ROYAL BENGAL TIGER. Breakfast, lunch and other refreshments will be cooked and served on the boat. At sunset we start our journey back for Kolkata and reach by 9 to 10pm. We try not to have too many guests on any given day, so that we can give proper attention to each and every traveller in the group.