Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Flight of the Hornbill: India's Northeast by Helicopter (14 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Calcutta, India To Nagaland, India

Valid for Departures Now Through: 28 Mar 2019


Day 1
Calcutta, India
Oberoi Grand Dinner

Touch down in Calcutta, the City of Joy, where your guide will be waiting to take you to the classically enchanting Oberoi Grand Hotel. Check in, rest, and refresh before taking in a breathtaking sunset on the grounds of the Victoria Memorial.

Day 2
Calcutta, India
Oberoi Grand Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, begin your tour of Calcutta with a visit to the city’s Mullik Ghat Flower Market. Chaotic, crowded, and colorful, this is place is a photographer’s dream. Long strings of vibrant orange and yellow marigolds are piled high and transported through the market among vendors selling bundles of lotus buds. Next, make your way to the northern part of the city to an area called Kumortuli, which literally means “the potters’ quarter.” This part of town is known for its artisans, sculptors who work around the clock on crafting idols and deities, mostly of the image of Durga, from clay. This afternoon, set out on a private tour of the colonial architecture of Calcutta. This will focus on the city's elegant (and sometimes crumbling) old colonial architecture, including the National Library of India, the stately 19th-century Marble Palace, the Indian Museum, the General Post Office, and the grand Victoria Memorial.

Day 3
Kaziranga National Park, India
Diphlu River Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Following breakfast, check out and prepare to fly to Guwahati. Upon arrival, a private car will transport you from the airport to Kaziranga National Park. Check in to the exclusive Diphlu River Lodge and settle in to your raised bamboo cottage, admiring your picturesque surroundings. Enjoy a custom dinner menu at the hotel and fall asleep to the tune of the jungle around you.

Day 4
Kaziranga National Park, India
Diphlu River Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake to the sounds of stirring birds and beasts and prepare for a full day of touring the World Heritage Site that is Kaziranga National Park. This morning, go on a forest trek accompanied by an expert naturalist. This two to three hour excursion requires special permission and will have you on the ground in Kaziranga National Park in search of wildlife. After lunch, you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the park’s elephants. Accompanied by their handlers, you will be able to bathe the elephants in the river and learn firsthand what it is like to be an mahout.

Day 5
Kaziranga National Park, India
Diphlu River Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a hearty breakfast and prepare for another full day ahead. Set out this morning on the Brahmaputra River in search of the increasingly rare South Asian river dolphins. Sail first to an 11th century Hindu temple before attempting to spot the dolphins native to the region’s riverways. In the afternoon, stop off in the city of Tezpur, which is considered to be the cultural capital of the Assam state.

Day 6
Jorhat, India
Burra Sahib's Bungalows Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast this morning, you will be driven approximately two hours east to the city of Jorhat, regarded as the second most important city in Assam. It is the gateway to upper northeastern Assam and to the Nagaland state. Check into your room at the Burra Sahib’s Bungalows, a former tea plantation which has maintained it’s colonial estate atmosphere.

Day 7
Jorhat, India
Burra Sahib's Bungalows Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will be escorted by helicopter for a day trip from Jorhat to the Tawang Monastery in a remote region near the borders with Tibet and Bhutan. It is the largest monastery in India and the second largest in all of Asia. At an elevation of 10,000 feet, the monastery complex consists of over 50 buildings and is enclosed in a 2,000-foot wall. The Dalai Lama has visited the location several times since leaving Tibet in 1959. During your visit, you will receive a tour of the monastery and learn of the significance both regionally and around the world. Return this evening back to your accommodation in Jorhat.

Day 8
Majuli Island, India
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel by private car and boat to Majuli, one of the world’s largest river islands. A naturalist will take you on a birdwatching tour; the island is rich with biodiversity. After birdwatching, take time to explore Majuli’s 15th-century Assamese Vaishnavite monasteries. Spend the night once again at Burra Sahib’s Bungalows.

Day 9
Mon, India
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly in style on your private helicopter from Jorhat to Mon, a remote region of the Nagaland State. Settle in to the luxury Tented Camp and relax for the rest of the day. Enjoy a meal at your hotel and retire to your tent, with its hot water and private bathroom, for the night.

Day 10
Mon, India
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend today sightseeing and learning about Mon and the surrounding area. The region is best-known for its bloody history as home of the headhunting Konyaks. Here you will experience life far-removed from modernity, find traditional villages and tattooed warriors clad in loincloths, as you visit the surrounding villages of remote Mon. Overnight once again back at the Tented Camp.

Day 11
Nagaland, India
Kohima Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel by helicopter from Mon to Kohima this morning. Kohima is the hilly capital of India’s northeastern Myanmar-bordering state, Nagaland. Settle into another luxury Tented Camp and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 12
Nagaland, India
Kohima Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend today touring about culture-rich Kohima. Visit bustling, colorful sites such as the Naga Bazaar and learn from the collection of rare Naga artifacts at the Kohima Museum. Attend the Hornbill Festival, an annual, weeklong celebration of culture and tradition, showcasing each of the sixteen tribes of Nagaland. Take a fascinating glimpse into the past and hopeful view of a future of cultural preservation and continuity. Relax tonight at your camp.

Day 13
Nagaland, India
Kohima Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, pick up where you left off, touring Kohima. Next on the agenda is a visit to the local Naga villages surrounding Kohima. See history preserved and experience the village lifestyle of these ancient clans. Laced in history and culture, the villages of this hilly region present a fascinating glimpse into the past. Spend a final night in the comfort of the Tented Camp.

Day 14
Nagaland, India
None Breakfast

Bid farewell to remote India from the skies during your helicopter ride from Kohima to Dibrugarh. Connect with your departing flight, either home or to your next exciting destination.

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VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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Embark on this captivating 14-day discovery tour through Northeast India. From the busy streets of Calcutta to the remote Nagaland province and the diverse Kaziranga National Park, you will experience life far removed from western modernity. Encounter spectacular landscapes, tribal villages, Naga warriors, Ang chiefs, colorful art, relics and markets, and the rich biodiversity of a World Heritage National Park, as well as the unforgettable annual Hornbill Festival. Travelling by helicopter adds a special note to this spectacular, exclusive adventure.


(Note - the Hornbill Festival takes place 1-10 December.)


  • Celebrate indigenous history and culture at the colorful Hornbill Festival in Kohima

  • Explore the historic and cultural wonders of India’s City of Joy, Calcutta

  • Travel by helicopter between some of India’s most remote and stunning destinations

  • Take a safari ride through Kaziranga National Park with rhinos, tigers, and elephants

  • Sleep beneath the stars in remote locations at two luxury tented camps

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