Angami men drinking Rice Beer from Buffalo Horns, Nagaland

Itinerary: India - Passage To The North East - Nagaland

14 November to 5 December 2018

A Journey to India’s North-East States is a romantic adventure in the best traditions of travel and adventure. East India is ethnically distinct from the rest of India with strong cultural ties to East and South East Asia. From the Bodos, Kacharis, Rabhas hailing from the plains of Assam to the Khasis, Rengmas, Apatanis, Mishmis from the hills of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal, Tripura and Mizoram, every tribe has its own unique customs and traditions giving rise to vivid festivals, rituals, textiles, foods and ways of life.

Cut off for years, Nagaland, was only opened to visitors very recently. The ‘Peoples of the Hills’ came to exemplify an exotic society and their lands are a region of green hills and verdant valleys where much of the terrain remains forested, and towns and villages perch picturesquely on hill tops. A vibrant, incomparable cultural heritage remains imbued in the isolated Naga Hills to entice the traveller.

If you like to mingle with nature, romance in the mountains, feel the tingle of the cool and gentle breeze, watch leaves flutter in dance-like movements and hear sounds of birds fill the air, all set in the context of some of the worlds’ most enduring and vibrant cultures, then Passage to the North East is for you.

On this Journey you will:

• Immerse yourself in the great city of Kolkata, former capital of the British Raj
• Encounter the potters and devotional image makers of ancient Kumartuli
• Engage with a whirl of colour, devotion and ritual of ancient Hinduism at the great temples to Karli on the banks of the mighty Ganges
• Journey deep into remote North East India, punctuated by Himalayan peaks and verdant valleys of deep jungle; a region untouched by tourism with some of the greatest bio-diversity on earth
• Discover radically different cultures amongst dozens of tribal villages
• Go spotting for Gibbon, hornbills and Blyth’s Tragopan, butterflies and jungle denizens
• Stay with local peoples and sample an array of local foods and delicacies in an authentic setting; try traditional fresh water fishing with your hosts
• Learn how the peoples work in a sustainable way
• witness a kaleidoscope of the cultural extravaganza of Nagaland; the Great Hornbill Festival

Our Hotels:

We understand that travel isn't all about a fleeting glimpse of popular mass tourist spots, or staying at luxury hotels, but is also about time, space, privacy and those special destinations and moments that turn your holiday into a truly magical experience. Passage to the North East is a tour for everyone wanting to see India on roads less travelled and explore new horizons rarely encountered. With our innovative itinerary, our top-notch experts, and a thriving network of resources throughout these states, we have the privilege of offering you exceptional travel experiences. There is nothing quite like seeing places through the eyes of someone who knows them intimately and cares about them passionately. We take care of the details so you can relax, enjoy, and immerse yourself in the wonder of the places you are visiting and exploring.

Your accommodation is rich with atmospheric heritage which, on occasions in this remote part of India, offers more experience and charm rather than great comfort or luxury. At some places they will be simple, some, [permanent] camps, and you may stay in local homestays with neat and clean arrangements, ‘English’ toilets etc geared to entertain foreign guests, and most importantly, the amazing experiences afforded through them and by the local people with whom you will interact. Please note; where the program mentions tented camps, please indicate on your Booking Form if you would prefer this experience. The limited cottage accommodation will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Numbers on this Journey will be limited to around 12 people.

Meals:

Breakfast and dinner throughout. Most of the included lunches are in remote places and hence they will be picnic-style with packed (often hot) food brought from the hotel. Some of my fondest memories of India are picnics under huge jungle canopies with wild and domesticated animals, birds and butterflies all around. Meals are indicated as B (Breakfast) L (Lunch) D (Dinner).

Itinerary:

Day 1: 14 November 2018, Arrival Kolkata (3 nights)

Fly today from your home city to Kolkata. Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific have convenient schedules. Prices are not released yet but both airlines have ‘Early Bird’ spot specials around $1100. These seats are limited so we need to offer them to those who book first. They will need to be paid for a few days following the Booking.

Overnight stay: Oberoi Grand, located right in the heart of Kolkata – "The Grand Old Dame of Chowringhee", walking distance from the Indian Museum. This hotel rivals Raffles in Singapore for its grandeur and quality. Although somewhat more expensive than others in the city, it will be a wonderful introduction to the life of the Raj and the heady days of Calcutta.

Victoria Memorial architectural monument and museum at sunset. Kolkata, India

Day 2: 15 November 2018, Kolkata, B/D

The former capital of the British Raj, Kolkata, was once the most important trade centre in all of Asia, and while colonialism in the city is a thing of the past, it’s left a legacy behind. No trip to Kolkata would be complete without engaging with a mix of Raj and Indian attractions, and the city’s best include both. We begin the Journey on a sightseeing tour in Kolkata taking in some of the city highlights.

We will first enjoy a heritage walk of Dalhousie Square followed by visit to the flower market with impressive view of the Howrah Bridge. We then visit the enthralling historic quarter of Kumartuli, where potters create lavish images of deities for religious festivals. Its winding lanes are home to an artistic community that carry on a centuries-old tradition. Today Kumartuli is home to a community of more than 400 artisans who create thousands of clay effigies of the Goddess Durga, her children and asuras or demons. The figures are made from straw, bamboo and entel maati, a type of clay gathered from the banks of the River Hooghly that runs parallel to the district.

We will also visit the Kalighat (Kali) Temple, and gaze in awe at the mighty Hoogly River (one arm of the Ganges). After lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant we visit the Victoria Memorial. Nothing symbolizes the British Raj quite so much as the Victoria Memorial. This palatial white marble monument was built in 1901 as a tribute to the Queen following her death. Impressive from the outside alone, thanks to the interesting blend of Renaissance and Indo-Saracenic architectural elements, the monument also contains a museum displaying more than 3,500 artefacts from the British colonial period; possibly the most awesome reminder of the Raj to be found in India.

This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner savouring traditional Bengali cuisine at a local restaurant.

Overnight stay: Oberoi Grand

Day 3: 16 November 2018, Kolkata, B/D

In the early morning we will visit St Theresa of Calcutta (Mother Theresa’s) home. Missionaries of Charity care for those who include refugees, former prostitutes, the mentally ill, sick children, abandoned children, lepers, people with AIDS, the aged, and convalescent. They have schools run by volunteers to educate street children and run soup kitchens as well as other services according to the community needs. These services are provided, without charge, to people regardless of their religion or social status. Then it’s on to the South Park St Cemetery. You’ll walk through the shadows and memories of ages past. The foliage is thick, filtering out most of the sunlight from this city of souls huddled together. Built in 1767 for the earliest British pioneers of the East India Company, this necropolis is filled with crumbling colonnades, mossy mausoleums, obelisks, sarcophagi, and stone cupolas. It is the final resting place of the soldiers, sailors, civil servants, traders, women, and children who succumbed to the hardships of an unfamiliar and disease-ridden life in the Indian tropics. Followed by a visit to the famous book market of Kolkata. If time permits we may also visit a Jain Temple.

Later we visit the Indian Museum founded in 1814, making it the oldest museum in India and home of one of the largest art and artefact collections anywhere in Asia. Within the galleries are superb examples of ancient Buddhist and Hindu sculptures.

After lunch at a local restaurant, (own expense), for lovers of textiles, we visit the Weaver’s Studio, a sophisticated textile gallery, and wander around in a daze induced by the wealth of crafts traditions (amongst other things, India invented block printing, calico, chintz, crewel, and tie-and-dye), and also glorious saris of embroidered kantha cloth or shawls of naturally golden silk.

Overnight stay: Oberoi Grand

Day 4: 17 November 2018, Kolkata - Dibrugarh, B/D

Today we will be transferred to the airport and fly to Dibrugarh in Assam. (Indigo flight at 1230 hrs, arriving at 1405 hrs-subject to change), on arrival you will be transferred to our hotel. Assam is synonymous with breath-taking natural beauty, teeming wildlife, immaculate tea gardens and warm, welcoming people. Its strategic location makes it the gateway to the North East. In the evening enjoy a short walk to the colourful local markets to observe the interesting activities as well to get a quick glimpse of the varied and quirky items being sold.

Overnight stay: Hotel Tea County, Corporate Room - A Modern hotel located near a tea garden

Assam to Brahmaputra Sunset, India

Day 5: 18 November 2018, Dibrugarh - Mishmi Hills, B/L/D

Today we drive into the Mishmi Hills. Here we encounter a beautiful world of jaw-dropping landscapes — tropical forests, alpine meadows, shrubby woods, bamboo groves and sloping grasslands so deeply hued that verdant would be an understatement for this high-rainfall biodiversity hotspot. The setting is simply other-worldly. Cerulean skies seem to reach out for the rolling hills. Trees wear giant creepers, elegantly draped. Orchids flower profusely on the forest floor as well and high up on the trees. The earth far below the lush canopy is not only blanketed with decorative ferns, they leap up three meters tall and sprout like umbrellas at the top. The bends are hairpin and the valleys unfathomable. It’s one of the last places on earth, or at least in India, that are still mysterious — in fact, the number of species of mammals, birds, flowers, insects and butterflies that inhabit the Mishmi Hills are still being counted. They are sparsely visited by tourists, and I think that’s one of the reasons why this remote land belongs mostly to the clouds, fog and snow and, sometimes, sunshine. The monsoon is just over and the land is bursting with life and growth.

Driving deeper to the Lower Dibang Valley we come to the District of Arunachal Pradesh which appears as a giant patch of green on the country’s map. India’s wildest and least explored state, Arunachal (literally the ‘land of dawn-lit mountains’) rises abruptly from the Assam plains as a mass of densely forested and impossibly steep hills, culminating in snow-capped peaks along the Tibetan border. Home to 26 indigenous tribes, Arunachal is perhaps the last sanctuary for India’s natural and anthropological heritage. Much of the state remains beyond tourism’s reach, but new areas are slowly being opened to visitors. At Dholla we will cross the longest bridge in Asia recently open to the public. The bridge, measuring approx. 10 km across the Lohit river and the mammoth headwaters of the Brahmaputra, connects Assam and Eastern Arunachal Pradesh State. Before entering Roing town in the Mishmi Hills, we will stop at an Adi tribal village. Adi, a collective name for several indigenous clans such as the Padam, Minyong, Komkar, is the second largest tribe in Arunachal Pradesh. Followed by a traditional reception by the Village Chief, we will take a tour of the village to appreciate the unique culture and customs of the tribe. A hearty picnic lunch consisting of traditional local recipes will accentuate the charm of the experience. We will then head to a Jungle Camp where we will stay for 3 nights to explore the land of the Idu Mishmis.

Overnight stay: Dibang Valley Jungle Camp - Cottage Rooms. This is a lovely comfortable eco-friendly camp at an excellent location set amongst a private forest and orange orchards with lovely views of the Brahmaputra Valley. They have only 4 rooms so we may have to stay on triple share here if the group is larger, and / or in their tented camp with western style (pit) toilets.

Mishmi Hills, land of the rising sun, India

Fox Tail Orchid, Dibang Valley, India

Hoolock Gibbon, Read Headed Trogon, Dibang Valley, India

Snow capped peaks as seen from Mayudhia Pass, India


Day 6: 19 November 2018, Mishmi Hills, B/L/D

The hills are home to leopards, jungle cats, musk deer and Himalayan black bears. Hoolock gibbons abound plentifully. But it’s the different species of birds that dominate the Mishmi Hills. Birdwatchers are naturally thrilled by this unexplored paradise. Did you know that Arunachal Pradesh is home to 680 of the 1,200-odd bird species found in India? The bird species found here are a roll-call of exotic names — Slater’s Monal, Blyth’s and Temmink’s Tragopan, Chestnut-breasted Partridge, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Pale-capped Pigeon, Ward’s Trogon, Dark-sided Thrush, Green and Purple Cochoa, Rusty-bellied and Gould’s Shortwing, Beautiful Nuthatch, the Rusty-throated and Wedge-billed Wren Babbler, the Fire-tailed Myzornis, there are at least four Parrotbill species, there’s also the Black-headed Greenfinch, the Scarlet Finch, and the Grey-headed Bullfinch. In brilliant contrast to the background in variegated shades of green, Mishmi’s colourful birds are as much a treat to the eyes as the wildflowers that grow here.

What brings them here, these birds? It’s the flowering of jungle trees, orchids and grasses. Keep a look out - a keen eye can spot other, glorious wildflowers in bloom - it’s easy to overlook them when you are surrounded by so much beauty. Finally, the elusive Wren-babbler is easily sighted but just as difficult to photograph - still, you are bound to get lucky with a treasure of other bird sightings while you scan about for it.

In the early morning we will set out for a short hike to track the troupe of howling Western Hoollock Gibbons, the only Ape found in India, then after breakfast we will set off for a hike to the Idu Mishmi village where we spend the entire day. We will take part in traditional fresh water fishing and enjoy a picnic lunch by the river. See how many birds you can spot! In the evening, a senior member of the Idu Mishmi Cultural Association will give us insights into the cultural history of Idu Mishmi peoples.

Overnight stay: Dibang Valley Jungle Camp

Yellow Throated Marten, Dibang Valley, Mishmi Hills, India

Day 7: 20 November 2018, Mishmi Hills, B/L/D

After breakfast we will take a short excursion to the local tribal market and then visit a women’s self-help group who will demonstrate their traditional weaving methods, skill and pattern of the textiles used by the Idu men and women. In the evening we’ll enjoy an Idu Mishmi cultural dance. This ritual dance is very spiritual in nature and is associated with the priest or priestess – who holds the highest office in all religious festivities. They believe in good and bad spirits and pray to them and continuously try to please them and pray for their well-being and to protect them from the wicked spirits. So, the dance with the priest in the centre takes on a very spiritual and psychic turn and this is the specialty of these peoples.

Overnight stay: Dibang Valley Jungle Camp

Idu Mishmi Ladies pounding rice in traditional way, Mishmi Hills, India

Day 8: 21 November 2018, Drive to Digboi takes 5 hours, (2 nights), B/D

Located in the far north-eastern corner of Assam is the small and beautiful town of ’Digboi’. We drive here this morning to discover the colonial aura that still hangs in the air, the amiable people, a well-knitted society and a rich culture; Digboi is all about these and much more. It has always been of tremendous importance to India. Time permitting; we will visit the Digboi Heritage Oil Museum which chronologically highlights the history and evolution of the first Oil Refinery of India and oldest operating in the world.

Overnight stay: Namdang House - Standard Rooms, this is decent modern hotel with comfortable rooms

Day 9: 22 November 2018, Digboi, B/L/D

After breakfast, we will set off for a full day excursion to visit a very interesting Tippam Thake tribal village. These people are considered to come from Myanmar and Thailand and now integrated in Assamese culture but with their distinctive identity. A local host will present a live demonstration of various indigenous items used in the daily life of a Tai Phake tribe. We will also see the historic Stillwell road – named after the an American Army Engineer – built by the Allied Force to combat the advancing Japanese force in 2nd world war. The ambitious road project was conceived to establish road connectivity from India through Burma to China to ensure military essential supplies as well as arms and ammunitions.

Overnight stay: Namdang House

Tippam Thake Tribal Girls in their traditional dresses, India

Day 10: 23 November 2018, Drive Digboi - Lakhimpur (5 hours), B/D

Stay at Maple Leaf Hotel. This is a transit stop but still quite interesting as the hotel has an old British country style look with old furniture. After arrival and settling in we visit the local Lakhimpur market.

Overnight stay: Maple Leaf Hotel

Day 11: 24 November 2018, Drive to Ziro with photo stops on the way (3 nights),B/D

Home to the famous Apatani tribe and considered one of the most beautiful valleys in the country, with layered rice fields and impossibly blue skies, surrounded by a ring of deep green forests and the towering jagged Eastern Himalayan range in the distance, Ziro is the perfect place to connect with nature, revive the body, mind and soul, and feel alive. Named a World Heritage Site for its stunning natural beauty, the Ziro region is rich in rice fields and it is surrounded by mountains that boast of pine trees in great numbers. The wide range of flora and fauna seen here is soul captivating. Cool summers and cooler winters are characteristics of Ziro. Every angle is above perfect and every view is spectacular; no wonder the best of cameras fail to do justice to the hues of Ziro.

Overnight stay: Homestay in Ziro is the best way to experience the culture of the Apatani tribe. We will be staying in 2 or even 3 home stays depending on size of group as there are not enough rooms in one home stay to accommodate entire group.

Nagaland Terraced Paddy Farm Khonoma, India

Day 12: 25 November 2018, Ziro, B/L/D

After breakfast we will set off for a full day excursion to traditional Apatani villages and Paddy farms to experience Apatani tribe and their culture, traditional houses and local craft and textile creation. We will encounter women with nose plugs and tattoos which were designed to stop raiders stealing their women from their villages. The practice of nose plugging and facial tattooing has not been carried out on an Apatani woman since the 1970’s. Apatani tribespeople practice an animistic religion known as Donyi-Polo, where they pray to the Sun and the Moon...heir unique agricultural methods are considered very special and sustainable, an ancient example of perma culture. This area has been shortlisted as a World Heritage Site. On our way back to the hotel, we will visit the Craft Emporium of the Apatani tribe.

Overnight stay: Our homestay in Ziro

Traditional Tai Khamti Tribal House, India

Cane & Bamboo Crafts North East India, India

Tribal Handicraft Cane and Bamboo Baskets, India

Day 13: 26 November 2018, Ziro, B/L/D

This morning we hike to the road-head of Talley Valley National Park biodiversity zone which is home to a wide range of endangered species, including the elusive Clouded Leopard. The beautiful forests here enjoy much less human intervention and have a wide range of flora and fauna. Silver fir trees, orchids, stunning ranges of bamboo and ferns are some of the trees found here. Our Apatani tribal host will prepare a traditional bush lunch for us. In the evening a senior member from the Apatani Cultural Association will deliver a short talk about their cultural history after which the host will demonstrate the method of preparing local brew-rice beer, which will be followed by a traditional Apatani dinner. Not only will we encounter the Atapani people but also the Nyishi tribe – the biggest of Arunanchal State. The men of this group wear a cane helmet surmounted with the beak of the great Indian hornbill. The usage of actual hornbill beaks is discouraged these days due to tough wildlife protection laws since the great Indian hornbill is a protected species and generally due to growing awareness among the people as well. Nowadays it is being supplemented by beaks made of cane or other materials and the entire headgear/cane helmet itself is readily available in the market for purchase.

Overnight stay: Our homestay in Ziro

Proud Naga tribal people in traditional attire, Nagaland, India

Hornbill festival cultural troupe, Nagaland, India

Day 14: 27 November 2018, Drive and ferry to Majuli (around 6 hours), (2 nights),B/D

Boarding our ferry we sail to Majuli, wrapped in the turbulent embrace of the mighty Brahmaputra, and which happens to be one of the world’s largest riverine islands and centres for art. Majuli is a mystic place that is shrouded in history and culture and one of the star attractions of Assam. Majuli is not just the biggest river island in the world, but it is also the seat of Vaishavinism in Assam. Majuli tourism may be small, but it is filled with life. If the mighty Brahmaputra enhances the natural beauty of the place, the Satras (monasteries) give it the cultural identity.

Overnight stay: Prashanti Tourist Lodge or Jyoti’s Homestay, This is standard grade tourist lodge and nothing fancy. We will try and make best possible arrangements

Day 15: 28 November 2018, Majuli, B/L/D

The island is famous for Vaishnavite culture. (Vishnu is the Lord of Preservation in the Hindu tradition). In the morning we will visit the Mishing (Hill Miri) villages and their textiles, art and unique bamboo houses on stilts. We will then visit the heritage Auniati, Uttar Kamalabari and Garmur monasteries, meet the monks and get an overview of the spiritual monastic order introduced by the spiritual guru of Assam, Srimanta Sankardev. These great Vaishnava monasteries were founded at the initiative of the Ahom Kings of Assam in the middle of the 17th century. Satra is an institution which motivates the minds of the people through ritual performances to realize the existence of God. They are also the centre of art and culture in Assam. They make the use of various ritual and devotional performances to help the people understand and practice the doctrine of Vaishnavism and realize belief in one God and the means of ultimate, eternal peace. Our visit will conclude with meeting the mask painters and potters at their workshops. A traditional lunch will be arranged at the famous Ural restaurant run by a local youth self-help group. In the evening we will enjoy a theatre performance by local folk artists.

Overnight stay: Prashanti Tourist Lodge or Jyoti’s Homestay

Day 16: 29 November 2018, Majuli - Khonoma, B/D

Ferry and transfer to Khonoma ( Around 6/7 hrs drive). Stay for 2 nights. We are in the land of the Nagas! It is a land of folklore passed down the generations through word of mouth. Here, music is an integral part of life; folk songs eulogising ancestors, the brave deeds of warriors and traditional heroes; poetic love songs immortalising ancient tragic love stories.

Overnight stay: Khonoma Homestay or Dovepie Resort. A homestay is the best way to experience the culture of Nagaland but here again we may have to use 2 or even 3 home stays depending on the size of the group. We may choose to stay at Dovepie Resort to keep the group together if there is not enough space in Home stays

Intricate woodcarvings of a Naga house and Gate of a traditional Khonoma compound, Khonoma, Nagaland, India

 Terraced Rice Paddy Farms, Khonoma, Nagaland, India

Day 17: 30 November 2018, Khonoma, B/L/D

After breakfast we will set out for a full day visit of the unique village. This fortified cluster of villages truly represent the cultural heritage and military skill of the Western Angami tribe known for their bravery, self-esteem, well-integrated social customs and their affinity to conserve the biodiversity of their homeland. We will experience the food, culture, textiles of the Angami Tribe. We will also hike to their terraced agricultural farms where they follow a very harmonized traditional system of growing paddy as well as Alder trees to source their food and need for fire wood both. In the evening a local village ranger will give a presentation about their community conservation forest reserve to protect the natural habitat and the endangered population of Blyth’s Tragopan.

Overnight stay: Khonoma Homestay or Dovepie Inn

Day 18: 01 December 2018, Drive to Kohima (around 1 hour/20 kms), (3 nights), B/L/D

Today is the 'Festival of Festivals'. The Hornbill Festival is a kaleidoscope of the cultural extravaganza of Nagaland, showcasing the unique cultural heritage of all 17 tribes of Nagaland under one roof. Day and night, for a week, the festival brims with music, vibrant dances, games, and colourful ceremonial attire, including decorated spears, beaded and ivory armlets, and elaborate headgear of woven bamboo festooned with flowers, boar's teeth and hornbill feathers. Apart from displaying myriad cultural programmes performed by the Naga folk art troupes, the festival also provides a true insight into the rich craft, culinary, indigenous sports and games and textile heritages of Naga communities.

After settling in, drive to the site of the Great Hornbill Festival. Moving toward the festival field, you will hear Naga war cries echoing among the hills as hundreds of participants in their tribe's colourful traditional attire raise their voices as one—the Hornbill Festival has begun!

Overnight stay: Hotel De Oriental Grand or similar, a modern hotel

Day 19: 02 December 2018, Hornbill Festival, B/L/D

In the morning we visit the cemetery maintained by the Commonwealth Graves Commission and then return to the Festival. As you approach you will hear the powerful rhythm and pulsation of the warriors’ log-drums, see heroic tales re-enacted, watch folk dances and hear songs from ages past. Indigenous games are played, and contests are waged. This revered jungle bird after which this festival is named, is known for its impressive size, for its longevity and for the unique prominent and bright yellow and black casque atop its massive bill. In Naga culture, the great hornbill is revered for its beauty and alertness. In the past, Naga warriors needed to prove their valour in battle in order to wear feathers from the magnificent bird.

Have your cameras ready to capture the colours and patterns of traditional attire, and dazzling headdresses in this evening’s street carnival.

Overnight stay: Hotel De Oriental Grand or similar

Tribal Hornbill Festival Performance, Nagaland, India

Day 20: 03 December 2018, Hornbill Festival, B/L/D

In the morning we visit the colourful local market followed by a quick stop at the Anthropological Museum and then the rest of the day at the Hornbill Festival.

Overnight stay: Hotel De Oriental Grand or similar, a modern hotel

Fresh fruits Nagaland market, Nagaland, India

Day 21: 04 December 2018, Drive to Dimapur (around 3 hours), fly to Kolkata, B/D

Drive to Dimapur (around 3-4 hours), fly to Kolkata - Air India flight at around 1330 hrs - Arriving Kolkata at 1440 hrs. You will be met and transferred to our hotel near the Airport, from where we can explore the shopping arcades and nearby markets, have dinner and return to the airport in time to check-in for your international flights home. We have reserved 2 rooms for your convenience, hand luggage storage, and to freshen up. Singapore Airlines departs around 2200, Cathay Pacific at 0010 the next morning (2017 schedules; subject to change).

Day 22: 05 December 2018, Arrive in Singapore (with Singapore Airlines) or Hongkong (with Cathay Pacific) with a free day. Connect to your onward flight home.

Pricing:

Price per person twin share (Land only): AUD 5347.00
Single Supplement: AUD 1703.00
Airfare ex Adelaide: from approx. AUD 1100.00 (other capitals by arrangement). Zen Oriental Journeys will provide advice re "early bird" airfares as soon as they become available.

COST INCLUSIONS:

• Tour Leader from Australia (Ruth Flaherty)
• Accommodation in the above mentioned hotels or similar
• Meals as mentioned Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, (B L D), (packed - sometimes hot) picnic Lunch
• Air-conditioned Tempo Traveller or similar for all transfers in Kolkata and Toyota Innova or similar (3 people in a vehicle) from Dibrugarh to Dimapur)
• All entrances to the National Parks
• All entrances to the monuments
• ‘Inner Line’ and Restricted Area Permits
• Ferry charges wherever required
• Accompanying Indian Escort for the entire trip to the North East (Dibrugarh to Dimapur)
• Domestic flights Kolkata - Dibrugarh, and Dimapur - Kolkata in economy class
• All applicable taxes

COST EXCLUSIONS:

• International airfare to/from India
• Visa fee
• Meals not specified
• Camera fee wherever levied separately
• Any increase in entrances and rail fares as per Government notifications in future
• Any additional taxes levied by the Government of India on the tourism sector in future
• Any expenses of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, phone/fax calls, tips etc.
• Any increase in the entrance fee to the National Parks
• Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/stay, on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond our control
• Travel Insurance (compulsory). Please obtain once you have paid for your ticket. If you need assistance, go to:

Sharon Evans
Owner / Manager
helloworld Marion Westfield Mall Level 2
Westfield Marion
Oaklands Park SA 5046
Telephone: (08) 8358 1949
E-mail: Sharon

Prices may fluctuate due to changes in charges, taxes and currency. Prices and flights are correct at time of preparing this program and are subject to availability at time of booking. Special conditions and seasonal surcharges to airfares and package prices may apply depending on date of travel. Flight times are subject to change by the airline. Please visit http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/or ring 1300 139 281 for information on current Government traveladvice.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

On International Flight tickets

• Please refer to your conditions of ticketing

On land package cost

• Before 68 days prior to departure, no cancellation penalty
• From 67 days to 50 days cancellation penalty 10%
• From 49 days to 35 days cancellation penalty 30%
• From 34 days to 18 days cancellation penalty 40%
• From 17 days to 09 days cancellation penalty 60%
• From 10 days prior to arrival, cancellation penalty 100%

For further information, don’t hesitate to contact Zen Oriental Journeys by emailing Lee Grafton or ring 0401 123 347

BOOKINGS CLOSED

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