Day 01: Arrive Kolkata
Namaste! We are welcomed the traditional Indian way with hands clapped together. Following customs & immigration formalities and baggage collection, a Bestway Tours representative will meet you as you EXIT the ARRIVALS TERMINAL building and driven through the city to your hotel.
Overnight at Hotel in Kolkata – 2 nights
Day 02: Kolkata
Calcutta or Kolkata was the capital of the former British India and the same reflects from its dramatic colonial architecture. In the morning after breakfast we start the tour of our cultural city with a visit to the famous Malik Ghat flower market beneath the Howarh Bridge. This is the place where the cities floral retailers buy their fresh merchandise. It is a perfect place to witness Kolkata's colorful and chaos. Next we visit Howrah bridge which is the iconic symbol of modern Calcutta followed by visit to Belur Math.
Belur Math is the headquarters of Ramkrishna Mission founded by Swami Vivekanand. It is located on the west bank of Hoogly river and is one of the significant institutions in Kolkata. The temple is notable for its architecture that fuses Hindu, Christian and Islamic motifs as a symbol of unity of all religions. Later we visit Dakshineswar Kali Temple. Our afternoon concentrates on the British Part of Calcutta. We visit the famous St. John's Church which was the first public buildings to be erected by the East India Company after Kolkata became the effective capital of British India. We also visit St. Paul's Cathedral. The cathedral conforms to the Neo-Gothic or the Gothic Revival style of architecture that was greatly patronized by the British during the days of the colonial era. Our next stop is Victoria Memorial. The white marble building at the Southern end of Calcutta's maidan continues to be the city's pride and joy. Victoria Memorial, with its formal gardens and water courses was conceived by Lord Curzon to commemorate the British Empire at its peak. (B,D)
Day 03 : Arrive Dimapur – Kohima (74 kms/ 3 hrs) LD
Morning after breakfast transfer to airport in Kolkata in time to board flight to Dimapur the capital of Nagaland. Arrive Dimapur, the commercial hub of Nagaland. Meet and assist at the airport. Transfer to Kohima – Home of the Angami Nagas, the capital of Nagaland and also the second largest village in Asia. On arrival check into Razhu Pru. Dinner and overnight.
Please note there in no flight to Dimapur on Friday.
Day 04: Kohima – day trip to Khonoma BLD
After breakfast visit the very interesting local vegetable and fish market and then proceed to an Angami Naga Village – Khonoma village, 20 km / 1 hr, famous for its valour and fiercely independent mindset. Back to Kohima for lunch. Afternoon visit the Kisama Naga model village and the II world War cemetery – the largest cemetery in NorthEast India. Dinner and overnight.
Day 05: Kohima – Touphema (42 kms/ 2 hrs) BLD
Morning drive to Touphema Tourist Village. Enroute visit the state museum (closed on Monday and govt. holidays). On arrival at Touphema, check into neatly appointed huts built in the Angami Naga style. Afternoon visit ‘Touphema Bawe’ meaning – the old village. Evening you can enjoy as traditional / cultural presentation from the local
villagers. Dinner and overnight.
Day 06: Touphema – Mokokchung (120 kms/ 5 hrs) BLD
Morning after breakfast drive to Mokokchung. Enroute we will go through villages of the Rengma tribes at Tsemenyiu and the Lotha Naga tribes in Wokha district. On arrival check into the tourist Lodge. Dinner and overnight
Day 07: Mokokchung – Tuensang (115 kms/ 4 hrs) BLD
Morning drive to Tuensang, the homeland of Changs, Yimchungers, Khiamungans, Sangtam and Phoms Nagas. On arrival check into Govt. Guest House. Afternoon visit the old Tuensang village of the Chang Tribes. Dinner and overnight.
Day 08: Tuensang – Day trip to Noklak Village (85 Kms/ 5 hrs) BLD
Morning go for a day trip to Noklak village of the Khiamniungan Naga tribe. Return by late afternoon. Dinner and overnight.
Day 09: Tuensang – Mon (150km 8hrs) BLD
Morning drive to Mon, home of the famous ‘Konyak’ Nagas through lush green valleys of the tea-estates of Assam. ‘Konyak’ are seen by everyone as the most backward of the sixteen Naga tribes. This on the other hand can also be perceived as the most traditional of the tribes. They have given up their head-hunting ways, but still lives in a very traditional lifestyle. Konyak are adept artisan and skilled Craftsman; here you can find excellent woodcarving, doas (machete) guns, gunpowder, head brushes necklace etc. On arrival check into a private guest house Helsa Cottage/ Helsa Morung. If time permits we will visit the nearby Mon village. Dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Mon – Day trip to Longwa (40 kms/2 hrs) BLD
Commence an excursion to Longwa village perched dominantly on a ridge between India and Myanmar. Return to Mon for overnight stay.
Day 11: Mon – Day trip to Langmeang (42 kms/2 hrs) BLD
Today, we will head towards Langmeang village, one of the most traditional villages where you can still see people gathering in the ‘Morung’ – the traditional dormitory. Meet village folk, see their way of life. Then on our way back, if time permits we can visit the Chi village. Return to Mon in the evening. Dinner and overnight
Day 12: Mon – Dibrugarh (170 Kms/6 hrs) BLD
Morning we will drive down to Dibrugarh, Assam. Enroute visit the ancient capital of the Ahom – Shiv Sagar. On arrival check into Mancotta tea estate, a heritage property. PM if time permits, visit the local market. Dinner and overnight.
Day 13: Dibrugarh – Delhi - fly
Morning is free, afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi we are transferred to our Hotel. In the evening we enjoy a farewell dinner with our hosts at a local restaurant.
Day 14 : Delhi – Home
The capital of India is a true reflection of the old and new of India. We start our morning tour with old Delhi, starting with the famous Red Fort. Built by Shah Jehan, this was once the most opulent fort of the Mughal Empire. Next we visit another Mughal majesty, the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque, enjoy a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes & bazaars of Chandni Chowk, followed by Raj Ghat, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Our afternoon concentrates on New Delhi and visit first the famous India Gate followed by the Houses of Parliament, Connaught Place, Birla House and the Qutub Minar - a perfect minaret towering 102 meters / 112 yards into the sky. New Delhi is a blend of Mughal India, Hindu India, British India and, certainly, modern independent India. After the sightseeing tour we are transferred to airport in Delhi in time to board our flight back home (B)
Red fort and Birla House are closed on Monday and Chandni Chowk is closed on Sunday.
(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner
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PRICES OF THE ABOVE TOUR -
(All Prices on Per Person Basis in US $)
||Per person cost on Twin Sharing
||Single Room Supplement
|1st Oct. 2011 to 30 Sep. 2012
||Number of Nights
||Hotel Hindusthan International
||Angami Naga Style Huts
||Government Guest House
||private guest house Helsa Cottage/ Helsa Morung.
||Mancotta tea estate
||The Royal Plaza
|All transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary by AC Car
||Camera charge, tips, drinks, laundry, insurance, telephone charge or any other services which is not mentioned above.
|Fuel and drivers expenses.
||Any other meals than those mentioned in the itinerary
|All accommodation in twin sharing on full board basis in Nagaland and on Room + Breakfast basis in Kolkata & Delhi.
||Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control like change in schedule / cancellation of flights / trains / political disturbances, natural phenomenon etc.
|Domestic Air in Economy class for Kolkata-Dimapur and Dibrugarh-Delhi sectors.
|Services of local guide wherever necessary & 01 English speaking escort throughout in Nagaland.
|Monumental entrance fees/charges, village visits as per itinerary.
|01 cultural/traditional program at Touphema.
|Govt. Service tax.