Embark on the ultimate off the beaten path India adventure with Geringer Global Travel’s exclusive 19-day Northeast India Tour with Hornbill Festival Itinerary that combines local history, cultural immersion activities, wilderness tours, a tribal festival and pure adventure. Travelers will have the unique opportunity to explore intimate villages on a wilderness river cruise, uncover native wildlife during a safari through Kaziranga National Park, partake in tribal rituals at the famous Hornbill Festival and taste local teas at the popular Glenburn Tea Estate. Guests who book by September 15, 2014 will save $500 per person on this special itinerary for travel dates November 24 to December 12, 2014.
Pricing for this itinerary begins at $11,905 per person, double, and includes most meals, transfers, excursions, tours and 18-night accommodations. Guests who book this itinerary before September 15, 2014 will save $500 per person based on double. International airfare, optional tours and cancelation insurance are not included.
- Expertly guided tours of cities including Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata;
- Celebrate the Hornbill Festival with over 16 Nagaland tribes through dances, traditional sports, songs, food stalls and local crafts;
- 7 nights on an all-inclusive wilderness Brahmaputra river cruise featuring exciting excursions such as wildlife viewings, village walks, and rickshaws rides;
- A jeep safari through UNESCO World Heritage site Kaziranga National Park, one of the best places to view rhinos;
- Enjoy an early morning elephant ride for up close access to local wildlife such as rhinos, sambars, swamp deer, wild pigs and more;
- Tea tasting, factory tour and cooking classes at one of India’s famous tea plantations, Glenburn Tea Estate.
The first stop on this ultimate tour of Northeast India is Delhi where guests will get acquainted with the city on an exciting rickshaw tour of Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi followed by a guided walking tour of the medieval settlement, Nizamuddin Basti.
From Delhi guests will travel to Guwahati where they will enjoy an orientation tour of the city before embarking on a 7-night wilderness river cruise along the Brahmaputra River. This week will be spent exploring the local towns and villages that dot the banks of the Brahmaputra through guided village tours, temple ruins visits, and rickshaw rides. On the fourth day aboard, guests will enjoy a special visit to Nameri National Park where they will float along the Jia Bhoreli River known for its excellent bird watching and chance wild elephant sightings. From there the ship will stop in Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, known as the best place in the world to see rhinos. Guests will come in close contact with many native species including rhinos, tigers, sambars, swamp deer and more during exciting jeep safaris and early morning elephant rides throughout the park.
After the cruise, guests will be transported by helicopter to Kohima where they will have an exclusive chance to visit the annual Hornbill Festival held in Nagaland. During this unique festival which takes place December 1st -10th , sixteen local tribes will come together to pay homage to the rich culture and history of Nagaland through customary song and dance, food stalls, locally-made handicrafts, traditional sports, concerts, a literary fest and more. After long days filled with celebration, guests will relax at the second year Ultimate Travelling Camp, India’s first luxury mobile camp company set amongst the foothills of the Japfu Mountain.
The trip will conclude at the famous Glenburn Tea Estate, an authentic tea plantation set high in the Himalayas. Here guests will witness firsthand the tea production process from beginning to end as they explore the ground’s tea fields, tour the onsite tea factory and finish up with a final tea tasting. The day will end with a cooking class held in the estate’s open kitchen where guests can watch the staff prepare local favorites and even share some recipes of their own.
For more information, please visit: http://geringerglobaltravel.com/northeast-india-tour-hornbill-festival/
About Geringer Global Travel
Susan Geringer, owner of Geringer Global Travel, is an experiential India travel specialist creating custom itineraries to India and the Subcontinent. Frequently traveling to India, Susan is able to keep a constant pulse on new properties, hidden gems, and discovering unique experiences that make her clients’ itineraries even more exciting. To understand a foreign culture, Geringer Global Travel feels there is nothing more important than one-on-one interaction with the local people for a chance to join them in their everyday lives. Susan is a member of ASTA, New York City Chapter as well as the New York City Chapter of PATA (Pacific Asian Travel Association).