Active Travel – an Australian travel company specialising in Indian adventures – will take Australians on a tour of India’s remote north-eastern region this November to uncover the ancient monasteries, spectacular valleys, colourful festivals and diverse cultural events of Sikkim and Nagaland.
Departing on November 23, 2016, and part of Active Travel’s new ‘Cultural’ range of experiences, the 22-day tour will allow travellers to explore India in-depth, as they visit small tribal villages, take part in a Sikkimese cooking class, and learn about Indian history and culture.
Hosted by experienced Australian adventure guide, Mike Taverner, the tour will focus on Sikkim and Nagaland, two states located in the north and north-east of India, famous for their beautiful mountain scenery and rich cultural heritage.
Travellers will fly into Kolkata where they will explore the iconic city with its grand colonial architecture and numerous vibrant markets. From there, the tour will continue to the foothills of the Himalayas and then spend a few days travelling through lush forests, beautiful valleys and small tribal villages, visiting historic monasteries along the way. A visit will be made to the Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, home to endangered species such as the red panda and the Himalayan black bear. Each night, guests will stay in comfortable farmhouses or hotels and will spend one night in an alpine tent on the Dzukou Valley trek – one of the most spectacular treks in north-east India.
The tour includes many opportunities to engage with the local community and get a taste of Indian culture. Travellers will experience local hospitality during homestays and take part in the annual Hornbill Festival at Kohima in Nagaland, which showcases food, songs, dances and customs from most of the Naga tribes.
The 22-day tour is available for A$7864 per person, twin-share, and includes accommodation, 49 meals, flights in India, train tickets, sightseeing, transport and entrance fees. A special single supplement of just 19 per cent is available – A$1514 extra, subject to availability. International airfares are extra, and can be booked through Active Travel.
For more information about the Active Travel tour, visit www.activetravel.com.au or call 1300 783 188.