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The Tea Basket
Savoring & Exploring the Tea Gardens
Experience North East

This tour starts from the wonderful city of Kolkata that is drenched in colonial and the native charm in equal measures. In Calcutta, perched on the edge of the Hooghly River, we discover the delights of the Victoria memorial – an iconic landmark that rises regally from the capital’s skyline and displays, through the impressive white marble structure, a fusion of British and Mughal architecture. From the sensory overload of the cityscape we journey into the cool foothills of the Himalayas. Here we are greeted with lush green tea plantations, the air heavy with sweet aromas and a skyline dominated by dramatic mountain peaks. Along the way we savour the region’s delicacy and discover the secrets of the perfect tealeaf from local specialists. the journey moves towards the city of Dibrugarh, which is a gateway to three of the main cities of Arunachal Pradesh. It carries the distinction of being the producer of 50% of the tea n India. The mighty and the majestic Brahmaputra is at its best here. Continuing into Assam, we explore one of the holiest cities of the Vaishnavaites sect of India and that is Jorhat. Basketry, ivory art, silver filigree is some of the noteworthy attractions of this city. We stay throughout at comfortable hotels and traverse the landscape in cosy overland vehicles pampered all the way by our specialist travel teams that we personally train for the best that hospitality has to offer........

Day 01: Arrive in Kolkatta: (Fly from home country directly):
The plane flies you directly from your home country across the Gangetic heartland of India to the majestic colonial capital of Calcutta. Arriving in the city, you will experience the Indian culture as soon as you touch down and mix in with a host of Indian people right from the airport to the hotel. Check in at the hotel for your first night of hospitality that the Indian traditions reserve for their guests. Overnight in hotel.

Day 02: In Kolkata: Sightseeing:
After breakfast we begin a tour around the city and visit the famous landmarks. Calcutta before the advent of the British was a village and the then capital of Bengal was Murshidabad. The village was styled as the capital city of the East India Company in 1690 by Job Charnok – an agent with the company because of its strategic location on the Hooghly river. We begin with the Voctoria memorial – a state of the art British architectural system. We explore the vast estate and later head to St. John’s Church. Originally a cathedral, it was among the first public buildings erected by the colonials. The church was raised in 1784 at a cost of 30’000 Indian rupees and was completed in 1787. The churc is the hird oldest church in Kolkatta next only to the Armenian and the Old Mission Church.

From the church we will drive to the local cultural sites of the city: We visit the Kalighat Kali Temple – dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali. Next we visit the Dakshineswar Kali temple which has been dedicated to the presiding diety of Bhavatarini – an aspect of Kali. The temple was built by Rani Rahmoni a philathropist and a devotee of Kali in 1855. The temple is also famous for its asscociation with Ramakrishna – a mystic of 19th century Bengal. In the evening we will visit the historic shopping district now known as New Market. Opened in 1874, it was named Hogg market after the commisioner Sir Stuart Hogg. It was renamed as New Market after Independence. After a well spent day, we will head back to the hotel for our overnight stay.

Day 03: Fly to Dibrugarh:
We drive to the domestic airport in the morning and take an internal flight to Dibrugarh in Assam. On arrival in the afternoon, we will be driven to the city centre and check in at the hotel. Rest of the day will be at leisure for individual activities. In the evening, we experience the Bihu Dance (An Assamese Folk dance). ‘Bihu’ performed by young men and women reflect youthful passions and joys rejuvenating life during the spring season, accompanied by songs woven around the theme of love and physical yearning. Overnight in hotel.

Day 04: Sightseeing in Dibrugarh:
After breakfast we will leave for a visit to the Dikom Tea Estate in Jokai. The forest reserve is located at a distance of 07 kolimeters and is known as one of the last vrigin rain forests of Assam. In Dikom estate we will see the plantation of organic tea. Later we drive to visit the tribal village of the Nam Phake. The village is home to around 2000 tribals who originally hail from China, moved on to Thailand and Myanmar and finally settled in Dibrugarh in Assam. Situated on the banks of the Dihing River, the village is clean and picturesque. The people have fiercely protected thier cultural identity even while welcoming the outsiders. The quint stilt bamboo huts are amazing and still use age old traditions and methods of living. The main occupation of the village is agriculture that includes cultivating betel nuts, took and paddy. In the village we visit the monastery which houses rare manuscripts dating back to the medieval times. Driving back to the hotel in the late afternoon, we settle for a rest or stroll around the Dibrugarh market. Overnight in hotel.

Day 05: Dibrugarh to Sonitpur: 324 km’s / 6-7 hrs drive):
After breakfast, We begin a daylong drive to the wonderful tea estate of Sonitpur. Driving past the city limits we will first make it to the town of Sibsagar. located around 147 kilometers Sibsagar - formerly known as Rangpur, it was the capital of the Ahom Kingdom from 1699 to 1788. It was also ruled briefly by the Moghul Empire. We will visit the famous temple of Sivadol believed to be the tallest Shiva temple in India. From Sibsagar we drive to our next stop at a small village of Teok. The name Teok comes from Tai an language which means abundance of milk. Mostly inhabited by small agriculturalists and tea garden labourers, Teok also has a college that is surrounded by beautiful tea gardens. The college is sometimes compared with an ancient Ashram. From Teok we will drive to Jorhat and further drive to Tezpur via the world famous Kaziranga Park. The drive goest through small tea estates and moves parallel with the Brahmaputra river for several miles. En-route we will drive through the villages of Kamargaon and Bokakhat. In Bokakhat we will visit the Kristo Jyoti Church – which was started in 1982 and has a catholic population of over 200 People including some five Adivasi communities with the Parish. From Kaziranga the distance to Sonitpur is around 90 kilometers and will be covered in 1-2 hrs drive. Arrive at Wild Mahseer, and check in at a comfortable bungalow for the night. Overnight in bungalow.

Day 06: In Wild Mahseer:
Wild Mahseer is a beautiful oasis set in the midst if the Addabarie Tea Estate, established by the British Assam Tea company. Named after one of the toughest game fish in the world, Wild Mahseer is a unique haven for legendary conventions of the erstwhile British planters of Assam. We begin with a tour to the Addabarie Tea Estate owned by the Williamson Magor Group – renowned for producing some of the company’s best leaf (specifically Reddish Bright quality tea). A total of 700 hectares planted under tea with a labour force of over 1500 People, the management welcomes us to visit the factory. We traverse on the estate gardens dotted with shade trees women mostly dressed in vivid sarees patrol the rows of bushes plucking the tea. Later we will explore the factory on our own and see the machinery and different processes involved in producing the finsished leaf. Later we will drive back to the bungalow for a brief rest. After lunch we will begin the other half day on an elephant through the tea estates again. Delighting in the contrasting experience of riding a hulking, rugged elephant to an elegant tea party – in fact the most aptly named tea party in the world, one laid out in the tranquil setting of a genuine tea garden. The mahout gives us the signal of rideing out of the estate through local villages, bamboo groves and farmland, across babbling brooks and dried up river beds where the distant himalayas are visible. We finally move into a neighbouring tea garden where a white lacy cloth-covered table set with classic bone china awaits. A tea party begins, when tea is pured and curry puffs and cakes are served to us in the middle of the tea bushes. Then as the sun begins to sink, we re-mount the wlephant and ride back to the bungalow to end the perfect afternoon.

Day 07: Leisure day in Wild Mahseer:
We spend the morning at the resort and later after lunch visit the village of Baligaon – a unique community belong to the Mising Tribe. Known as the second largest ethnic group in Assam and orginally a hill tribe from Tibet and Mongolia, they settled on the plains of Assam around 08th century. The people still have their own language which can be traced to some Tbetan – Mongoloid languages and which follows the Roman script. The women of the village are renowned for thier exquisite handlooms of cotton and silk, especially the mirizen shawls and blankets. We learn the agricultural practices, like growing of medicinal plants, as we stroll to inspect the village rice fields and discover the intricacies regarding paddy cultivation. Later we drive back to the bungalow in the evening. Overnight in bungalow.

Day 08: Wild Mahseer to Tezpur and fly to Kolkatta:
After breakfast, we drive to the Tezpur airfield in the morning and then take an internal flight to Calcutta. On arrival we are transferred to the city where we wash n change and later after dinner, drive to the international airport for our flight home.


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