Experience the joys of India’s most remote corners – Sikkim, Assam and Nagaland.
The northeastern states of India may well be the most beautiful in the entire country. Explore Kolkata, India’s cultural heartland, then set off on an adventure to the unspoiled wildlife reserves, spectacular wetlands and rambling mountain villages that make this far-flung part of the subcontinent such a special one. Check out the eclectic cultures of Sikkim, Assam and Nagaland, search for the iconic one-horned rhinoceros in Kaziranga National Park and take a train trip like no other on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. This is a relatively unexplored part of the country, perfect for an expedition. Be prepared to be wowed.
Discover India’s cultural capital, Kolkata. Browse the colourful flower market, visit cultural treasures on a guided tour, and explore the Kumartuli district where clay idols are made
There aren’t too many places in the world like Ima Keithel. This 100% female-run bazaar is an absolute inspiration, and has been around for longer than you might think!
Travel to Nagaland and learn about the warrior-like Naga tribes in Kigwema Village and Naga Heritage Village
Embark on a jeep safari through Kaziranga National Park, famous for its one-horned rhinos, and make a day trip to spectacular Cherrapunjee, the wettest landscape on the planet
It doesn’t get much more romantic than a steam-powered locomotive ride in the Himalayas. Gaze out the windows of the Toy Train as it winds its way through the mountains
It’s easy to see why Gantok, perched artlessly on a mountain ridge, is a haven for Tibetan Buddhists. Visit the Rumtek monastery and take in superb views from local lookouts
These photos prove why this part of India is so special: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/northeast-india-photos/
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.
As we are travelling long distances 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 2000m above sea level. It can get colder than you might expect of 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.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
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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.
Our India Expedition: Tea & Tribes trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 9 reviews in the last year.
This trip is not about the sights, but about the journey. It is unlike any other part of India.Be prepared for some long and rough travelling days but at the end you are rewarded by wonderful laid-back places like Darjeeling and Gangtok.
Review submitted 02 Apr 2018
A wonderful trip. Well worth the long journeys and bumpy roads for the diverse experiences, contrasting cultures, scenery, wildlife and fantastic food. Highly recommended for a great taste of North East India.
Review submitted 02 Apr 2018