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FESTIVALS & SAFARIS OF NORTHERN INDIA

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Fares
  • Accommodation

A journey overview

  • Delhi
  • Dudhwa
  • Lucknow
  • Varanasi
  • Kolkata
  • Kohima

17 Days Explorations
  • Departing:
  • 21 Nov 2020

Attend Northern India’s festivals in Varanasi and Kohima and celebrate its cultural and spiritual traditions.

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Having arrived in Delhi, we check in to the celebrated Taj Palace. A rickshaw ride through Old Delhi gradually orients us to the chaos of pedestrian and vehicle traffic, who share the roads. Take in the sights of New Delhi or enjoy time at leisure. A Welcome Dinner is then held at Masala Library, a fine-dining restaurant founded by Jiggs Kalra, considered the ‘Czar of Indian cuisine’.

Farewell Delhi and board a flight to Lucknow, where we make our home at Jaagir Lodge. At Dudhwa National Park, we have the chance to spot Bengal tigers, leopards and one-horned rhinoceroses. Visit Thari tribal villages or, perhaps, set out on a guided walk through Sathiyana Forest. At Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary, our group embarks upon a boat ride along the Girwa River before setting out on a 4x4 safari.

All the elegance and charm of traditional Nawabi hospitality is bestowed upon us with an evening of mesmerising music, courtesan dance and culinary delights. Here we are honoured to be in the company of the royals of Kotwara. The vast Bara Imambara Complex is then ours to explore, before we head to the majestic Shah Najaf Imambara. In Varanasi, we are hosted by the local raja and indulge in a delectable lunch of the freshest produce.

Following an early morning yoga session, a short drive delivers us to Sarnath, the location of Buddha’s first sermon. On the banks of the Ganges, we witness a spectacular Aarti ceremony, as part of the festival of Dev Deepawali. A live Indian classical music concert presents us with the opportunity to interact with some of the artists. We then take some time at leisure before departing for Kolkata, where we stay in the majestic Taj Bengal.

At the Mullick Ghat Flower Market, we admire the sea of yellow and orange marigolds being arranged for religious rituals. Our exploration of Kolkata continues as we meet with gifted storyteller Errol O’Brien. The serene Kohima Camp then beckons us to revel in its tented luxury. Here, in Nagaland, we immerse ourselves in the cultural traditions of the region’s 16 tribes at the renowned Hornbill Festival; celebrating their art, music and cuisine.

After enjoying some more time at the Hornbill Festival, choose to admire the traditional houses of Kigwema village or, perhaps, try a glass of the local rice beer at the village of Jakhama. Afterwards, pay a visit to Kohima’s terraced war cemetery on Garrison Hill. Naga tribes fought alongside Allied forces during World War Two and we view preserved artefacts at a private museum.

Departing our luxury camp, we make our return to Dimapur, from where we board an early afternoon flight to Kolkata.

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