Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

A Journey Through Bengal: Bangladesh and India (12 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Dhaka, India To Darjeeling, India

Valid for Departures Now Through: 18 Mar 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Dhaka, India
None Dinner

Begin your trip in one of South Asia’s most happening cities, Bangladesh’s Dhaka. Check out the National Museum for a fantastic introduction to the country’s dazzling artwork. The daunting National Parliament House is a must-see. Check in to the humble-but-accommodating Westin Dhaka, the best option in the area.


Day 2
Dhaka, India
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin your tour of the city in Old Dhaka. This old-world architecture is reminiscent of the city’s one-time important role as one of the largest and richest cities in the Indian subcontinent. Walk through the shockingly Pink Palace also known as Ahsan Manjil. Finish the day with a visit to the Star Mosque, Tara Masjid. Finally, you’ll take an exciting rickshaw tour of the city for an unforgettable adventure.


Day 3
Sylhet , India
Nazimgarh Garden Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Make your way to Sylhet (around 5 hours' drive) through the major urban center of Srimangal. This is the hotspot of the country’s tea industry. Take a bicycle tour of the lush, fragrant tea fields. Enjoy a seven-color tea tasting, before concluding your day with a visit to a local hilltribe to learn about a rare culture. Check in to the Nazimgarh Resort to rest your head for the evening.


Day 4
Chittagong, Bangladesh
Peninsula Chittagong Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast at your hotel, fly to the second-most populous city in the country - Chittagong. Upon arrival, check in to the Peninsula Chittagong. After getting comfortable, take off to see the Shrine of Bayazid Bostami. The tomb is a revered holy place that draws many pilgrims. The on-site pond is home to black soft-shell turtles - a species that has been extinct in the wild since 2002.


Day 5
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Westin Dhaka Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Go straight to the heart of Bangladeshi culture upon this morning’s visit to a hilltribe outside of Chittagong. The remote area has little influence from the outside world. Observe tribe members in their daily traditional activities. The people still weave their own clothing and grow their own food. This evening, catch a flight to Dhaka and check in to the Westin Dhaka.


Day 6
Sundarban, Bangladesh
The Sundarban National Park Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Journey out of Dhaka and into the thick of the largest single block of mangrove forest in the entire world. Catch a flight to Mongla, where you will step aboard a private boat for an up-close tour of the forest’s roots. On the way back to Dhaka, visit the incredible Mosque City of Bagerhat. The city was once considered a “lost city.” The Sixty Dome Mosque is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel back to Dhaka by crossing the rushing Padma River on a ferry.


Day 7
Calcutta, India
The Oberoi Grand Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Depart Bangladesh and travel to exciting India. Your first stop is the former capital of the British East India Company - urban Calcutta. We recommend the Oberoi Grand or the Taj Bengal for a comfortable, luxurious stay in the city.


Day 8
Calcutta, India
The Oberoi Grand Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day enjoying the city to the fullest. Have a private tour of the city’s elegant colonial architecture. Highlights include the National Library of India, the sprawling 19th-century Marble Palace, the Indian Museum, the General Post Office and the Victoria Memorial. Dine at the oldest polo club in the world for lunch at the Calcutta Polo Club. This afternoon, visit the Mother House, the final resting place of the revered Mother Theresa.


Day 9
Darjeeling, India
Baghdogra, India
Glenburn Tea Estate Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Check out of Calcutta and fly to Bagdogra. From Bagdogra you will be driven to lush Himalayan town of Darjeeling. The British introduced tea plants to the area in 1849 and the industry still thrives today. Check in to the Glenburn Tea Estate and enjoy the perfect combination of tea plantation, homestay and luxury resort.


Day 10
Darjeeling, India
Glenburn Tea Estate Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Start your day by touring the fragrant tea plantations at the Glenburn Tea Estate. You can tailor the teas to suit your personal preferences during a tasting at the tour’s end. Next, take a drive through the dense Simbong Forest until you reach the River Rung Dung. A local guide will help you identify the local flora and fauna on a nature walk. Cross the impressive Manjitar Suspension Footbridge and visit the local Shiva Temple in the small Manjitar Village. Return to your hotel this evening.


Day 11
Darjeeling, India
Glenburn Tea Estate Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A visit to Darjeeling isn’t complete without a ride on the quaint Toy Train. The train is thus named because it is the narrowest gauge railway - only two feet wide. Next, have a private tour of the 1875-built Ghoom Monastery. Enjoy a cup of tea with the senior resident monks and learn about their way of life. Hayden Hall and the Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center are both fantastic nonprofits to visit in the area.


Day 12
Darjeeling, India
None Breakfast

Check out of your hotel in Darjeeling. Transfer to the airport and fly through Bagdogra to Calcutta. This is the end of your journey - you can choose to extend your stay or make the journey home.


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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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Description

Tour the most populous cities in the world, stroll along serene tea fields and chat with tribal members when hiking up into the hills. You can have it all when you embark on this 12-day Bengal Journey through Bangladesh and India Itinerary. The trip takes you through Dhaka, Sylhet, Chittagong and the Sundarbans in Bangladesh. Fly into Kolkata to begin the Indian portion of the adventure and travel to Bagdogra and Darjeeling. This is the perfect balance of nature, culture and bustling city life.


Highlights


  • Visit the final resting place of the adored Saint Mother Theresa

  • Get a rush from a fast-paced rickshaw tour through the buzzing city of Dhaka

  • Bike through the fragrant tea fields of Sylhet and even sample the leaves yourself

  • Take a ride aboard the charming Toy Train in Darjeeling

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Refund Policy
  • Fully refundable, less a 15% of total trip price cancellation fee, if cancelled 91 days or more before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • 50% of total trip price refundable if cancelled 30-90 days before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • No refund less than 30 days before departure

  • Please note that some vendors have onerous cancellation policies with substantial penalties for changes where funds paid are non-refundable


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