The mighty Ganges river starts its sweeping turn towards the sea in West Bengal creating the world`s largest delta but the landscape varies distinctly in this region. Calcutta ( Kolkatta), Eastern India`s biggest urban centre and India`s largest city draws passionate reactions from almost every visitor; cosmopolitan and crowded it still lays claim to being the artistic and intellectual capital of India.
The hill station of Darjeeling and its surroundings, tea gardens & toy trains is nestled at the foot of the Himalayas; while it is impossible not to be overawed by Sikkim`s sharp lush hills, leaping waterfalls and thundering rivers and placid lakes.
And then there is The `Sunderbans` the world`s largest mangrove forest; home to the famous Royal Bengal Tiger in its natural habitat.
"here there are no borders to divide fresh water from salt, river from sea, even land from water. The tides reach more than two hundred miles inland, and every day thousands of acres of mangrove forest disappear only to re-emerge hours later. For hundreds of years, only the truly dispossessed and the hopeless dreamers of the world have braved the man eaters and the crocodiles who rule there, to eke a precarious existence from the unyielding mud."
Amitav Gosh - The Hungry Tide
Classic East ( 13 Nights / 14 days )
Fly UK/Europe - Calcutta - River Cruise - Fly Badgodra - Darjeeling - Pemyangtse - Gangtok - Kalimpong - Badgodra - Fly back to Calcutta and connect Intl flight back to UK/Europe
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