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36 days Necklace of India Part - 2

Trip Facts

Prices from: INR 371970/- per person (GBP 4350 Approx.)
Accommodation: Budget resorts/hotels & bush camps (dome tents).
Max. Participants: 8
Min. Participants: 4
No. Of crew: 2 (+1 Local guides for few locations)
Vehicle type: Adventure maxi-van
Duration: Days- 36, Nights- 35 (Approx.)
Meals: Breakfast X 35, Lunch X 35, Dinner X 35
Departure: Jabalpur
End: Gangtok

Departure date:
  1. 17th Feb 2017
  2. 17th Feb 2018


Trip Map

Overlanding, Trip Map
  1. Wildlife safaris in game rich jungles
  2. Thar desert
  3. Himalayan mountains
  4. Mangrove forest
  5. Brackish lagoon
  6. Gorges
  7. Rivers
  8. Lakes
  9. Grassland
  10. Bengal Tigers
  11. Asiatic Elephants
  12. One horned rhinos
  13. Marine life
  14. Migratory birds
  15. India's diverse culture
  16. Indian cuisine
  17. Tribal life
  18. Traditional dance & music
  19. Traditional shopping
  20. Bustling city life
  21. Museums
  22. Street food
  23. Age old forts & monuments
  24. Sea beaches
  25. Boat cruise in rivers
  26. India’s finest tea estates
  27. Narrow gauge train in the hills
  28. Adventure sports
  29. Buddhist monasteries
  30. Himalayan hospitality
  1. Jabalpur (Trip departs)
  2. Bandhavgarh (Wildlife reserve)
  3. Kanha (Wildlife reserve)
  4. Achanakmar (Wildlife reserve)
  5. Satkosia gorge (wildlife reserve + tribal life)
  6. Chilika lake (Lagoon + migratory birds)
  7. Bhubaneswar (World heritage site temples)
  8. Tajpur (Sea beach)
  9. Kolkata (Palaces + museums + street culture & food)
  10. Sunderbans (Mangroves + wildlife reserve)
  11. Jaldapara (Wildlife reserve)
  12. Darjeeling (Hill station)
  13. Kalimpong (Hill station)
  14. Gangtok (Trip ends)

Day 1 – 2: ‘Marble city’ of Jabalpur
Pickup from Jabalpur airport. Accommodation in comfortable hostel. Visit a waterfall on river Narmada, boat cruise in the white marble canyon, water sports at Bargi dam. Shopping excursion for white marble statues, jewellery etc. 

Day 3 – 4: Land of tigers – Bandhavgarh National park
Drive to Bandhavgarh. Accommodation in dome tents. Wildlife safaris in the national park looking for superb tiger sightings along with other wildlife. Visit to a wildlife artist’s studio.


Day 5 – 7: Rudyard Kipling’s inspiration – Kanha National park
Drive to Kanha National park. Accommodation in dome tents. Wildlife safaris in the national park looking for tigers, leopards, Indian bison, wild dogs and lot of birds. Village safari in an open jeep. Tribal dance of the Baiga tribe. Nature walk along the local river. Picnic lunch on the banks of the river.

Day 8 – 9: Achanakmar tiger reserve
Drive to Achanakmar. Accommodation in dome tents/dormitory. Wildlife safaris in the tiger reserve. Nature walks in the buffer area of the reserve. A relaxing spot.  

Day 10 – 12: Satkosia gorge
Drive to the remote gorge formed by the river ‘Mahanadi’ called Satkosia. Accommodation in tents pitched on the sandy banks of the river. Visit to the local forest for birds, mammals, reptile (rare gharial crocs). Interaction with the local tribes. Boating in the river.

Day 13 – 14: Chilika Lake and lagoon
Drive to the Chilika Lake. Accommodation in comfortable hostel next to the lake. Boat cruise in the lake looking for migratory and resident birds on several islands. Visit to the local fishing and tribal villages. Amazing variety of sea food. A session on the variety of marine and terrestrial life in and around the lagoon.

Day 15 – 16: The ‘temple city’ Bhubaneswar
Drive to Bhubaneswar. Accommodation in comfortable hostel. Visit to Lingaraj temple, Konark Sun temple, Khandagiri & Udaigiri caves. Excursion to Nandan Kanan zoo, one of the biggest in India.

Day 17 – 19: Tajpur beach
Drive to Tajpur. Accommodation in a beach resort. Relaxing 2 days on the beach. Superb sea food.

Day 20 – 22: City of Kolkata
Drive to Kolkata. Accommodation in comfortable hostel. Visit to the Victoria memorial, India’s one of the biggest Natural History Museum, Kolkata museum, Botanical garden. A ferry ride in the river Hoogli. Authentic Bengali food with locals. Visit to some of the India’s biggest fish markets. Amazing variety of seafood and rich Bengali sweets.

Day 23 – 25: The land of man-eating tigers in the Mangroves – ‘Sunderbans National park’
Drive to Port Canning. Ferry/boat ride to the remote Bali island in the dense mangrove jungle. Accommodation in a budget resort on the Island which is run and managed by the local community. Wildlife safaris in open boats in the waterways and channels looking for tigers, crocodiles, otters, fishing cats, leopard cats, more than 10 species of mangroves and tons of other life that this unique ecosystem offers. Freshly caught fish/seafood cooked in completely traditional style. Visit to the local fishing village on the island.

Day 26 – 28: Jaldapara National park
Drive to Jaldapara. Accommodation in dome tents. Wildlife safaris on elephant’s back/open jeeps looking for Indian one horned Rhino, Indian elephants, hog deer and lots of other endemic wildlife.

Day 29 – 31: The hills with tea estates – Darjeeling
Drive to Darjeeling. Accommodation in dome tents. Visit to the various tea estates of Darjeeling and tea tasting. A ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan railway which has received the UNESCO World Heritage Area status. A visit to the rock garden. Shopping excursion in the bazaars. Option to experience a wide range of adventure sports like white water river rafting, bungee jumping, paragliding etc.

Day 32 – 33: The Himalayan ‘town of orchids’ - Kalimpong
Drive to Kalimpong. Accommodation in dome tents/hostels. Visit to the flower markets offering hundreds of different flower species specially orchids. Visit to the Buddhist monasteries, Deolo hill for exquisite mountain views, Kalimpong golf course (one of the most beautiful in the world), and cactus nursery for the ‘tequila plant’. Good Chinese food. White water river rafting in the River Teesta is also an option.

Day 34 – 36: City of Gangtok

Drive to Gangtok. Accommodation in hostels. The scenery from the town all around is amazing with exquisite views of the Himalayas. Visit to the Enchey Buddhist Monastery, Banjhakri waterfall. A ride on the ropeway cable car above the city. Authentic Himalayan food. Treks in the mountains around the city can also be arranged on request. Farewell trip meeting. Drop of at the airport/railway station. Trip ends.

  1. 3 Meals a day – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  1. Single sharing dome tents for camping
  2. Twin sharing for hotels, hostels and homestays
  3. Single sharing for hotels, hostels and homestays (only if extra single supplement charge paid)
  1. Fully equipped safari vehicle
  2. Camping and cooking equipment
  3. National park entries, forts/monuments/heritage building entries, city tours, adventure activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  4. All road tolls and vehicle taxes
  5. All ground transportation
  6. Meals as indicated
  7. Services of two crew + 1 local guide (if applicable)
  1. Visas
  2. Flights
  3. Travel insurance
  4. Airport transfers
  5. Sleeping bag
  6. Sleeping mats
  7. Optional activities
  8. Drinks, tips
  9. Items of a personal nature