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Private Travel | General interest 13 Days & 11 Nights Lead-in price: £3895

Explore the best of the east, taking in bustling and historic cities, coastal settlements, ancient temples and toy train rides.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Travel from the lowlands of Orissa to the centre of India’s tea plantations
  • Visit the impressive sun temple at Konark
  • Morning boat ride on Lake Chilika
  • Tour the magnificent city of Kolkata
  • Relax at a traditional tea estate in Darjeeling
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Kolkata


Day 2: Kolkata

Arrive in Kolkata (Calcutta) and transfer to the Oberoi Grand for a 2-night stay. (N)

Day 3: Kolkata

Morning city tour visiting the Indian Museum – the oldest and largest in India – the Victoria Memorial, Howrah flower market, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Marble Palace, which houses paintings by Rubens, Titian and Reynolds. (B)

Day 4: Fly to Bhubaneswar

Early morning flight to Bhubaneswar for a 2-night stay at Mayfair Lagoon. Bhubaneswar is known for its many awe-inspiring temples; take an afternoon sightseeing tour to visit three of the most important: Lingaraja, Mukteswara and Rajarani. (B)

Day 5: Bhubaneswar

Excursion to the caves at Udayagiri, Ratnagiri and Lalitgiri, among the earliest in India and dating from the Jain and Buddhist occupation of the region. The caves have been etched out of coarse-grained sandstone hills, which rise nearly 40 metres above the surrounding lateritic plain. (B)

Day 6: Puri

Drive to the coastal settlement of Puri, stopping en route at the artisan villages of Pipli and Raghurajpur. Pipli is known for its beautiful applique craftwork that is displayed in every house and shop along the road, giving out a burst of colour. Stay 3 nights at Mayfair Waves. (B)

Day 7: Konark

Visit the impressive sun temple at Konark, a Unesco-listed site constructed in the mid-13th century. It is thought to have been built by the Orissan king, Narashimhadev I, to celebrate his military victory over the Muslims. (B)

Day 8: Lake Chilika

Morning boat ride on Lake Chilika, the largest brackish body of water in Asia. The lake is noted for the one million or more migratory birds, including osprey, grey-legged geese, cranes and flamingoes, that flock here in winter (Nov to Jan) from as far as Siberia and Iran. (B)

Day 9: Fly to Bagdogra • Darjeeling

Fly to Bagdogra, via Kolkata, before driving to Darjeeling. Stay 3 nights at Glenburn Tea Estate outside Darjeeling. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Darjeeling

Guided walking tour of the estate and time at leisure to relax. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Darjeeling

Ride the toy train from Darjeeling to Ghoom. Afternoon guided walking tour of Darjeeling including the Tibetan Refugee Centre and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Fly to Delhi

Take the afternoon flight from Bagdogra to Delhi for an overnight stay at the Roseate House. (B)

Day 13: Fly home


Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Oberoi Grand
    Oberoi Grand

    The Oberoi Grand is a classic and stylish hotel located in the heart of the city, near the principal monuments and New Market. The hotel has two restaurants and offers some of the best dining experiences in the city, including an authentic Thai restaurant. The swimming pool and central courtyard offer a great place to relax, away from the bustling city while the stylish bar has a pool table and often features live music, including jazz and blues. Features: 209 rooms, Wi-Fi, swimming pool, spa, gym, beauty salon, 2 restaurants, bar. Room amenities: Television, writing desk, safe, minibar, tea & coffee facilities, en suite bathroom.

  • Mayfair Waves
    Mayfair Waves

    The hotel Mayfair Waves is located on the seafront of Puri and adjacent to its sister property the Mayfair heritage. Offering just 34 spacious rooms, the hotel has a boutique feel to it and offers guests two different dining options, a full service spa and access to its own private beach. All rooms have a private balcony and some offer views over the Indian ocean. Features: 34 rooms, Wi-Fi, 2 restaurants, bar, swimming pool, spa, beauty salon, gym, games room, library and private beach area. Room amenities: Balcony, television, writing desk, safe, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities and en suite bathroom.

  • Glenburn Tea Estate
    Glenburn Tea Estate

    Glenburn is a 1,600 acre tea estate just an hour's drive from Darjeeling. The estate has breath-taking views of the Kanchenjunja mountain range and is an ideal place to relax and explore the beautiful countryside for a couple of days. Accommodation is full of character in one of the luxuriously converted suites within a 19th century planter's bungalow. Picnics and barbeques can be arranged for guests, as well as refreshments throughout the day. Tours of the estate can be arranged with tea tasting sessions, as well as bird-watching and nature walks. Features: 8 rooms, dining room, garden, spa, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Ceiling fan, four-poster beds, writing desk.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £3895 per person

High season from £3985 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
    • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated

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