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Highlights of Assam and Nagaland - Hornbill Festival
18 days
India - Trip code ANN

Highlights of Assam and Nagaland - Hornbill Festival

This adventurous tour sees us heading in to India's north-eastern states of Assam and Nagaland. After a brief stop in Guwahati we explore the tribal Khasi villages of Cherrapunjee and test out their ingenious living tree bridges. We spend time in Kaziranga National Park searching for rhino before moving on to Majuli Island, one of the world's largest river islands. Whilst in Nagaland we explore Ao Naga and Regma tribal villages as well as visiting Longwa, where half of the village is in India and the rest in Burma. On this departure we also spend two full days experiencing the annual Hornbill Festival.

Trip highlights

  • Hornbill Festival - Spend two full days at Nagaland's premier tribal festival
  • Cherrapunjee - Walk through Khasia tribal villages and test out their living root tree bridges
  • Kaziranga National Park - Take a jeep safari in search of Asian one-horned rhino
  • Majuli Island - Explore one of the world's largest river islands
  • Longwa - Visit the village which straddles the India Burmese border
Accommodation grade:
Simple
These are often small, family run establishments or campsites which provide a no-frills experience with adequate amenities and service standards. Sleeping arrangements are simple, sometimes with en suite facilities.
Trip pace:
Full on
Full on paced trips are for travellers who like their holidays packed with activities and experiences, moving on quickly from place to place with lots of early starts and long, busy days. Some may find them tiring, but others get a buzz from packing their precious holiday-time as chock-a-block full of new experiences as possible!
Group Size:
8 - 12
Maximum group size ranges from between 6 to 20 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included. We rarely have groups that are smaller than five or six people and the average is 12 people plus an Explore leader.

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Join tour in Guwahati

We begin our journey on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River, in Assam's bustling capital, Guwahati. After checking in to the hotel there will be time to relax and recover from the journey before heading out to eat in one of the cities many restaurants.

Accommodation: Prag Continental(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Meals Provided: None
Day 2 - Take a ferry to visit Umananda Temple

This morning we will be joined by those arriving on the early morning flight from London. After a chance to relax and freshen up we board a ferry to take us across the Brahmaputra to the 17th century Shiva temple of Umananda. Located on Peacock Island, believed to be the world's smallest inhabited island, the temple stands dramatically at the top of a series of steep steps that also provide a resting place for rare golden langur monkeys. Returning to the city we stop for lunch before a walking tour taking in the colourful markets of Paltan Bazaar. In the late afternoon we walk to Janardhan Temple where we can watch the sun setting over the Brahmaputra.

Accommodation: Prag Continental(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 3 - Drive to Cherrapunjee via Shillong Peak

Leaving the city after breakfast we head first towards the pine forests and rolling hills of Shillong, a region that the colonial British once described as the 'Scotland of India'. Our first destination is Shillong Peak, set amongst the landscapes of the Khasi Hills in the state of Meghalaya, one of the smallest provinces in India. We continue on past Elephant Falls to the Mawphlang Sacred Forest, where we will stop for a while. A haven for orchids and butterflies, these beautiful and sacred groves have been preserved for countless millennia and form a remarkable living museum that contrasts sharply with the expansive grasslands that surround them. We may also get an opportunity to visit the market at Ka Lewbah Sohrarim today, before completing our journey to Cherrapunjee, a town with a reputation as one of the wettest places on earth.

Accommodation: Cherrapunjee Holiday Resort(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4 - Walk through the forest to unique tree root bridges

These fertile landscapes are home to the Khasi people, who are believed to be descended from the Mon-Khmer tribes of Southeast Asia. Following breakfast this morning we will take a short drive to the start of our walk, after which we begin a tough day's hikking through the spectacular scenic beauty of the Khasi Hills. The first part of the trail takes us down a series of steep, stone steps, passing by small remote houses and on through the villages of Nongthymmai, Mynteng and Nongriat. At Nongriat we come across the stunning spectacle of the 'double decker' living root bridge, a truly unique structure that over the centuries has been 'trained' to span the river between two ancient rubber trees. After stopping to enjoy a picnic lunch and a well earned rest, we will begin the steep climb back, following the steps back up to our waiting bus. The entire trek will take us around seven hours and you may find walking poles a useful addition for the climb. At the end of the trek we return to Cherrapunjee for a second night.

Accommodation: Cherrapunjee Holiday Resort(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 - Drive to Kaziranga National Park

Today we drive to the World Heritage setting of Kaziranga National Park, some 320 kilometres to the south of Cherrapunjee. Encompassing 430 square kilometres of elephant grass, forest and swampland, it was established in 1974 to help save the Indian greater one-horned rhino. Lying in the shadow of the Karbi Anglong Hills, today this magnificent reserve can boast some 1,200 individuals, the greatest number anywhere in the country and it is probably one of the best places in India to view these rare rhino. Our journey takes us by way of the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Culture, a unique venture set up to preserve and promote the cultural diversity of Northeastern India. After paying a visit to the centre, we then continue towards the southern banks of the Brahmaputra River, where we will spend our next two nights in a simple lodge in the heart of this magnificent landscape.

Accommodation: Bonhabi Resort(or similar)

Simple Lodge
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6 - Search for Asian one-horned rhino and other wildlife by jeep

We begin early this morning with a jeep safari in search of the Asian one-horned rhino and other wildlife. The park is home to a sizeable population of tigers, a variety of snakes, large monitor lizards and a significant bird population that includes crested serpent eagles, Palla's fish eagle, great adjutant stork, whistling teal and pelicans. In the afternoon we take to the jeeps once more for more wildlife spotting, returning to our jungle lodge late afternoon. Before dinner we hope to have the opportunity to witness the local tribal communities of the area demonstrating traditional Bihu and Jhumur dance forms. Unique to the region, the dancers wear colourful clothing and are accompanied by drummers.

Accommodation: Bonhabi Resort(or similar)

Simple Lodge
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7 - Time for an optional morning safari: drive to Kohima

After the chance for another optional jeep safari this morning we depart the park after breakfast and head east, towards Kohima, Nagaland's pleasant and thriving capital. We travel via the city of Dimapur, site of the old capital of the Dimasa Kachari Kingdom, which ruled over these lands during the Middle Ages. We'll pay a visit to the ancient ruins of this once prosperous dynasty, before continuing on through to the dramatic landscapes of Nagaland. Occupying the eastern fringes of the subcontinent, next to the border with Myanmar, the hills and valleys of this staunchly independent and little visited region are the traditional homeland of the Nagas, fiercely proud warrior clans who still revere their ancestral beliefs. Interestingly some 90% of today's Nagas are Christian, the British missionaries finding a receptive flock amongst village communities that already believed in a solitary and all-powerful being.

Accommodation: Hotel Blue Bayou(or similar)

Simple Hotel
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8 - Meet members of the Angami tribe at Jakhma and Kigwema

Nagaland is made up primarily of 15 inter connected tribes, including those of the Ao, Konyak, Angami and Sema, all collectively termed under the one title of Naga. Spread across this majestic hill country the tribes number some 3.5 million in total, encompassing common languages and customs that hark back to their original arrival in these lands. The Naga were once headhunters, believing the head to contain the spirit. It was a belief which heralded a tradition of relieving their enemies of their heads and placing them in a central meeting house or 'Morung', ensuring the tribe gained from the added strength of fallen comrades and foes alike. Thankfully this is a custom that has mellowed with time and the removal of heads is not normally a part of any welcoming ritual! Today we'll pay a visit to the Angami villages of Jakhma and Kigwema, to meet with the elders and visit some of the local village homes. We may also get a chance to visit a school before returning to Kohima to pay a visit to Kohima's WWII cemetery, a memorial that honours one of the most bitterly fought battles of the Second World War.

Accommodation: Hotel Blue Bayou(or similar)

Simple Hotel
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9 - Full day at the Hornbill Festival

Today we join locals as they come together and celebrate at the annual Hornbill Festival. Taking place in the first week of December each year the fesitval is a celebration of the rich heritage of Nagaland. Tribes from all over the state come together and perform traditional dances, folk songs and display their ornate clothing, jewellery and for the men their hunting spears. The festival is named after the state bird, the Hornbill, admired by the tribes for the grandeur of it's plumage. The headresses worn by many of the tribes reflect the birds colourful feathers.

Accommodation: Hotel Blue Bayou(or similar)

Simple Hotel
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10 - Full day at the Hornbill Festival

Today we spend a second day soaking up the atmosphere at the festival. As well as the traditional dances being performed there is a chance to sample traditional artwork and sculpture or pick up a few souvenirs at various stalls selling traditional handicrafts. Food is a big part of the culture and there are stalls selling tempting treats throughout the day, look out for dishes containing the spicy naga chilli.

Accommodation: Hotel Blue Bayou(or similar)

Simple Hotel
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 11 - Visit Tseminyu Village en route to Mokochung

Heading north today we drive to the hill-town of Mokochung, a typical Naga town who's surrounding countryside is scattered with Ao villages. We plan en route to stop and pay a visit to either Tseminyu or Longkhum villages. Longkhum was once a vanguard village for the Ao back in the old headhunting days and today is well known for its handicrafts. The village's high point is occupied by a watch tower which commands some stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The village is also home to a set of preserved footprints that are believed to belong to Chenna and Etiben, the Romeo and Juliet of Ao mythology. Our long day's drive ends in Mokochung, the cultural centre of the Ao and the most economically and politically important city in northern Nagaland.

Accommodation: Hotel Metsuben(or similar)

Simple Hotel
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 12 - Take a ferry to Majuli Island

This morning we drive to the town of Neematighat, where we board a ferry across to the island of Majuli, the largest river island in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Majuli is home to some splendid Hindu temples and has been the cultural capital of Assam for the past 500 years. Its origins are steeped in mystery, but it is believed that the social reformer Shankardeva came here in the 16th century and established the 'satras' (monasteries and hermitages) that dot the island, sowing the seeds for a unique tribal culture that continues today. The cradle of its civilisation, these satras have become beacons of art and religion, their traditions still holding sway over the life of the Assamese. On arrival on the island we plan to pay a visit to some of these remarkable centres of culture before making our way on to our overnight eco camp. Our main bags will stay in Neematighat and we will be using just an overnight bag for our stay on Majuli.

Accommodation: Mepo Okum Eco Camp(or similar)

Simple Hut
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 13 - Explore the monasteries and villages of Majuli

We will spend today exploring the island on foot, visiting some of its monasteries and learning a little more about Majuli's unique traditions and its hold over its people. The monasteries are still seen as centres for learning, drama and dance and the ethnic culture of the Mishing and the Deori have remained relatively unchanged for centuries. Its handicrafts are also famed, with pottery from the island being made from the beaten clay of Majuli and fired in driftwood fuelled kilns. Besides its cultural importance, the island is also well known for its migratory birdlife, affording us some possibilities of an encounter or two with some of its resident birds. There may also be a possibility to organise a visit to a performance of Satriya dance at one of the monasteries.

Accommodation: Mepo Okum Eco Camp(or similar)

Simple Hut
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 14 - Return to the mainland and drive to Mon, Nagaland

Taking the ferry back to the mainland this morning we then drive on to the town of Mon, the district headquarters for the entire region and a town populated almost exclusively by Konyaks and Aos; tribes distinguishable by their elaborate dress, adorned as they are with a rich array of jewellery and colourful designs. Arriving this afternoon we then have the rest of the day free to meet the villagers and enjoy some time exploring the town on our own.

Accommodation: Paramount Guesthouse(or similar)

Simple Guesthouse
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 15 - Visit Longwa Village, located in both India and Burma

This morning we pay a visit to Longwa village, one of the largest in the Mon district, lying on the Indian/Myanmar border. The traditional ceremonial attire of these magnificent people is in itself an art form, with elaborate headdresses and ornate weaponry combining with elephant tusk bracelets and colourful hornbill feathers to present a magnificent spectacle of pomp and majesty. The village is also somewhat unique. Its chief (Angh) controls an area that extends into neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar, with the international boundary running through the middle of his house (apparently his kitchen is in Burma and his bedroom is in India!). The villagers also benefit from dual citizenship. We'll take an orientation tour of the village with the local headman and take a walk up to a viewpoint, before returning to visit the village's international trade centre. After lunch we then return to Mon for a second night.

Accommodation: Paramount Guesthouse(or similar)

Simple Guesthouse
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 16 - Drive to Dibrugarh via the ancient capital of Sivasagar

We head next for Dibrugarh in the upper districts of Assam. The drive takes us via the town of Sivasagar, the former capital of the Ahom Kingdom which ruled this region for some six centuries, from 1228 until their destruction by the Burmese in the early 19th century. We will stop and pay a visit to the ancient ruins before continuing on to the city that has been titled the 'Tea City of India'. Located close to the Brahmaputra River, Dibrugarh lies in the heart of Assam's tea country, its surrounding estates accounting for some 50% of the entire regions tea crop. In 1950 a major earthquake, measuring 8.5 on the Richter Scale, diverted the course of the river and wiped out about three quarters of the old city. From those disastrous ashes though a new city arose, one that has gone on to become a major centre of learning and commerce in India's northeastern provinces.

Accommodation: Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow(or similar)

Simple Hotel
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 17 - Learn about the tea industry at a local tea garden; fly to Kolkata

After breakfast we visit a working tea plantation to learn about how the tea is picked, processed, tasted and sent to auction before heading to the airport for an afternoon flight to Kolkata.

Accommodation: Hotel Treebo Globe International(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 18 - Tour ends in Kolkata

Our last day is free for you to relax before your journey home or explore more of Kolkata. You may like to take a cruise on the Hooghly River, enjoy a walk of the old colonial areas or visit the impressive Dakshineswar Kali temple.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Why book this trip

This tour is ideal for people wanting to experience a different side of India. This busy itinerary travels through the remote north eastern states and spends time in Nagaland, a state more akin to South East Asia. The roads may be bumpy and the accommodation simple but the rewards for travelling through this little visited region are great with a chance to explore villages where headhunting was still taking place as late as the 1960s.

What's included?

Included meals
  • Breakfast: 17
  • Lunch: 14
  • Dinner: 14
Transport
  • Bus
  • 4WD
  • Ferry
Trip staff
  • Explore Tour Leader
  • Driver(s)
  • Local Guide(s)
  • Naturalist(s)
Accommodation
  • 2 nights simple guesthouse
  • 5 nights standard hotel
  • 6 nights simple hotel
  • 2 nights simple hut
  • 2 nights simple lodge
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Country information

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Climate

There is considerable variation between the different regions of India but, in general, the climate is tropical. Summer temperatures on the plains are very hot, but cooled by the South-West Monsoon, which lasts from June- September. During these months it can be very wet and therefore very humid. At altitude, temperatures can become quite cool at night even in the summer and may drop below freezing between December and February so warm clothing is necessary. In the winter, northern and mid India can be very cool, with cold evenings, so warm clothing, including plenty of layers, are essential. The south of India remains warm and sunny during the winter months.

Time difference to GMT

+5

Plugs

3 Pin Round

Religion

Catholicism, Hindu, Islam and Sikhism

Language

Hindi and English.

Budgeting and packing

Clothing

In general only lightweight clothing is needed during the day, but bring a warm sweater for early mornings and during winter evenings Nov/mid March (esp. Dec/Jan, when a windproof jacket, warm layers, gloves and hat are also recommended). Hotel heating arrangements are not on a par with UK standards and from December to February thermals are also recommended. Casual clothes are the most practical: tight fitting garments, brief shorts and skirts should be avoided, since they attract unwelcome attention. Waterproofs and or and umbrella may be useful.

Footwear

Comfortable shoes or trainers and sandals.

Luggage

20kg

Luggage: On tour

One main piece of baggage and a daypack. We recommend a holdall or rucksack for ease of getting on and off trains and buses and please remember, you are expected to carry your own luggage so don't overload yourself. You will need to take an overnight bag whilst staying on Majuli Island, the main luggage will be left in Neematighat.

Equipment

A walking pole will be useful for the walk to the living tree bridges in Cherrapungee. The terrain is steep steps for the entire walk and so the additional support can ease the strain on knees.

Tipping

Explore leader
At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
Local crew
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leaders may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour. Accordingly you should allow approx. £65 for gratuities for local staff.
Country Information

India Holidays & Tours

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£6
Dinner price
£8
Beer price
£1.4
Water price
£0.5
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Indian Rupee Recently new 500, 1000 and 2000 rupee notes have been bought in to circulation and as the old notes are no longer accepted there have been some cash flow issues. You don't need to worry about being given old notes as it's very easy to tell the difference, the new notes are pristine in comparison with most Indian money which is fairly tatty.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
GBP/US$ are the best currency to change into local currency.
Where To Exchange
The Indian rupee is a restricted currency and it is best not to obtain in the UK as rates are very poor. You can either change money at the airport on arrival or in major towns during the tour. Your Tour Leader will advise you on the best places in each town. Both GBP and USD cash are easy to exchange at the airport and at hotels however you will be restricted to changing £60 cash at a time and it's not possible to change money at these locations using a credit or debit card.
ATM Availability
ATMs are available in most large cities in India but they are very limited elsewhere so please do not rely on this.
Credit Card Acceptance
Very rarely, only in the larger outlets.
Travellers Cheques
Opportunities to exchange are limited.

Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, 4WD, Ferry

Accommodation notes

Booking a Single Room

All of our group tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation. Please refer to the tour notes where the single room option availability is detailed on a night by night basis for this tour, and the price for the available nights is detailed on the dates & prices tab by departure date. For Self-Guided trips the Single Room supplement offers the option of a single room each and is charged per person. The Single Room supplement also applies to the third person in a party of three that will be accommodated in a single room.


Accommodation in India is as varied as the country itself. On our tours we stay in a mix of hotels, heritage properties, camp sites and homestays. Standards do not equate to standards in the UK and it's best to approach each type of accommodation with an open mind. Service can be slow in places especially when travelling with a group. For the most part hotels do not have heating so in the winter months it can be chilly and if you feel the cold you may wish to ask for extra blankets. Hot water is not always available 24 hours a day in some of the smaller properties, and with a group staying you might find if you are showering last you may miss out on the hottest water. Please note on the last two nights of this trip in Dibrugarh, depending on group size, we will be staying across two different tea plantations that are approximately 4km apart, Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow & Chowkidinghe Heritage Chang Bungalow. Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow is the bigger of the two, so meals will be served there. The tea bungalows are of the same standard and there will be transfers provided between both to accommodate group meals and relaxation time. Your Explore Leader will confirm room allocation on arrival.

Essential information

FCO Advice

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Under 18 immigration guidance

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Essential Information

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa Information

India: Holders of passports endorsed 'British citizen' may be eligible for the e-Tourist Visa to enter India. The visa can be applied for through the official Indian government visa website only - https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html. Please check all eligibility criteria that can be found on the website but important points are listed below - You must be arriving into one of 24 selected entry points which can be found via the official Indian Government website link above. However, you can exit from any of the authorised immigration check posts in India. Passports must have at least 6 months validity from the date of arrival in India and at least two blank pages for stamping. The visa application will take approximately 4 days to process. It is valid for 60 days from the date of arrival in to India, and double entry is permitted on the e-Tourist visa. You can only obtain 2 e-visas for India in a calendar year. The visa costs $75. Biometric data will be collected on arrival in India. Whilst the online form offers a relatively quick way to apply for a visa, a number of applicants have reported difficulty in completing the form. Travcour will complete the on-line visa on your behalf for a fee of £25 + the visa cost. Please contact them directly if you wish to take up this service. If you are not eligible for the e-Tourist Visa, please refer to VFS Global to apply for your Indian visa - http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/how_to_apply.html. If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

Booking conditions

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Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


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Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

India Holidays & Tours

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against Tetanus, Infectious Hepatitis, Typhoid and Polio. Please consult your travel clinic for the latest advice on Malaria, Dengue and Zika Virus. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider.

Dates, prices and booking

Date
Price from
Single room option
Thursday 23 November 2017 - Tuesday 12 December 2017
This departure is guaranteed
ANN_2017 Hornbill Festival
From £3049
Single room option

0 spaces available

Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Guwahati
Time and place
11:00 at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Kolkata
Time
19:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Monday 27 November 2017 - Saturday 16 December 2017
This departure is guaranteed
ANN_2017 Hornbill Festival
From £3049
Single room option

0 spaces available

Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Guwahati
Time and place
11:00 at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Kolkata
Time
19:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes
Thursday 29 March 2018 - Sunday 15 April 2018
ANN_2018
From £3265
Single room option
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Guwahati
Time and place
11:00 at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Kolkata
Time
19:00
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Friday 23 November 2018 - Wednesday 12 December 2018
This departure is guaranteed
From £3599
Single room option
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For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Guwahati
Time and place
11:00 at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Kolkata
Time
19:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Tuesday 27 November 2018 - Sunday 16 December 2018
This departure is guaranteed
From £3599
Single room option
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All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Guwahati
Time and place
11:00 at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Kolkata
Time
19:00
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Date
Price from
Single room option
Friday 24 November 2017 - Monday 11 December 2017
This departure is guaranteed
ANN_2017 Hornbill Festival
From £2495
Single room option

0 spaces available

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All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Guwahati
Time and place
11:00 at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Kolkata
Time
19:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Tuesday 28 November 2017 - Friday 15 December 2017
This departure is guaranteed
ANN_2017 Hornbill Festival
From £2495
Single room option

0 spaces available

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All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Guwahati
Time and place
11:00 at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Kolkata
Time
19:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Friday 30 March 2018 - Saturday 14 April 2018
ANN_2018
From £2395
Single room option
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All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Guwahati
Time and place
11:00 at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Kolkata
Time
19:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Saturday 24 November 2018 - Tuesday 11 December 2018
This departure is guaranteed
From £2695
Single room option
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All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Guwahati
Time and place
11:00 at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Kolkata
Time
19:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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Wednesday 28 November 2018 - Saturday 15 December 2018
This departure is guaranteed
From £2695
Single room option
Show full details for this departure, including trip notes
All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
Joining Point
Town
Guwahati
Time and place
11:00 at Hotel reception
Ending Point
Town
Kolkata
Time
19:00
If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
Download Trip Notes

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