India Expedition: Sikkim, Assam & Nagaland

16 Days | Explore India’s lushest and most remote corners

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Set off on a 16-day expedition to the unspoiled wildlife reserves, spectacular wetlands and rambling mountain villages that make far-flung northeastern India so spectacular. Learn about the cultures of Sikkim, Assam and Nagaland, search for the iconic one-horned rhinoceros in Kaziranga National Park and take a winding journey on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Explore the floating villages of Majuli Island, visit Gangtok’s controversial Rumtek Monastery and check out a living root bridge – the handiwork of the Khasi people. Be prepared to be wowed by a side of the country few visitors see.

Trip overview

Map of India Expedition: Sikkim, Assam & Nagaland including India
Start
Kolkata, India
Finish
Kolkata, India
Theme
Expedition
Destinations
India
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
HHSI
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Embark on full day trips to vast national parks, including Kaziranga National Park, home to two-thirds of the world’s one-horned rhinos, as well as wild boar, tigers, elephants, panthers and some incredible birdlife.
  • Learn about the proud warrior traditions of the Naga people and their resistance against colonial forces, exploring hillside villages like Khonoma and Kigwema.
  • Visit a lush Khasi village dubbed the cleanest in India by the former prime minister, then hike to a living root bridge that looks like something out of a fairy tale.
  • Gaze out at the Himalayas from the Darjeeling Toy Train as it winds its way through the mountains – it doesn’t get much more fun than a steam-powered locomotive ride.
  • Travel to parts of India seldom seen by tourists, and be rest assured that with a local trip leader by your side every step of the way, you’ll find the best lookout points, dinner spots and local secrets.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip takes you to a part of India rarely seen by foreign travellers and is ideal for those who have been to India previously and are keen to explore more. Our past travellers have commented that each day is an adventure, varied from the day before and full of interesting glimpses of India which are impossible to find on any other trip.
  • You'll likely be of as much interest to the locals as they are to you – be prepared for plenty of selfies and conversations.
  • We cover a lot of ground on this trip. There are some long travel days by train and van, including on winding mountain or bumpy local roads, particularly in Nagaland. It's not unusual for journeys to take longer than estimated and travel times to vary from one departure to the next.
  • Parts of this trip travel to over 2000 me above sea level. It can get colder than you might expect in India so make sure you check the weather at your time of travelling to help you pack and bring a jacket and layers just in case.

Itinerary

Map of India Expedition: Sikkim, Assam & Nagaland including India

Inclusions

Meals

14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport

Plane, Private vehicle, Heritage train, Overnight sleeper train, Boat, Metro, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (14 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Activities
  • Kigwema Village visit
  • Khonoma Village visit
  • Jorhat - Tea Plantation Visit
  • Kaziranga National Park - Morning Jeep Safari
  • Kaziranga National Park - Evening Jeep Safari
  • Shillong - Single Root Bridge
  • Darjeeling - Tiger Hill
  • Darjeeling - Toy Train ride
  • Gangtok - Rumtek Monastery

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip and is available for all nights with the exception of the overnight train on day 10.
2. You must bring 5 passport-size photographs for your permits in Nagaland and Sikkim.
3. Please provide your full name exactly as it appears on your passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for flight tickets and national park permits. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases, you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.
4. Luggage limit for the included flights is strictly 15kg for checked baggage and 7kg for carry on.

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India Expedition: Sikkim, Assam & Nagaland
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USD $2,921