Silversea Luxury Cruises To Kolkata

Kolkata

Kolkata was known until 2001 as Calcutta, but the name has been changed from its Anglicized form left over from days when the city was Capital of the British Raj. This bustling city has a population of approximately 4.5 million people and is surprisingly green with parks and trees. Originally the city was little more than a series of villages built upon the Hooghly River’s banks. During British occupation the villages grew together and the area turned into a hub for trade. View more

Historic reminders of this era stand with the St Paul’s Cathedral, the Kolkata General Post Office, and the Victoria Memorial. The famous Tollygunge Club, which was the first Country Club of its kind in India, is a serene oasis on the southern fringes of Kolkata. Indian culture abounds at the Indian Museum and in the religious buildings and shrines including the Birla Temple, Dakshineswar Kali Temple and the Belur Math Shrine. Train buffs will want to stop at the Howrah Junction Railway Station, the oldest and busiest railway station in Eastern India.

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Land programmes in Kolkata

6NT PRE-CRUISE: WHERE TIGERS ROAM

Join a member of our Expedition Team as you travel to legendary Kathmandu. Rich in history and culture, it's the ideal launching point for your journey on the trail of the elusive Bengal Tiger. Explore the jungle first from the back of an elephant. Further exploration is done in the company of a local naturalist.


DAY 1 - KOLKATA

After you have finished with all entry procedures, you are met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Fondly known as the Grand Dame of Kolkata, The Oberoi Grand is situated in a prime location, near the central business district, bustling markets and cultural landmarks. Dating back to the late 1880s, The Oberoi Grand was frequented by the country's leading figures during colonial times and even now, hosts grand functions for Heads of State.

Dinner this evening is served at the hotel.


Overnight at the Oberoi Grand Hotel, Kolkata, India


DAY 2 - KOLKATA / KATHMANDU

After breakfast, check out and settle any incidentals with the hotel cashier. Any excess baggage may be safely stored at the hotel until your return.


The local representative is on hand to escort you to the airport for your scheduled flight to Kathmandu (via Delhi). An in-flight lunch is served during your journey. On arrival there, a Silversea representative meets you and transfer you to your hotel where you can quickly freshen up before spending the afternoon exploring parts of Kathmandu.


Boudhanath Stupa is one of the oldest and the largest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal at an imposing a height of 36 meters with three massive level Mandala style platforms. It is rich in Buddhist symbolism and considered to be a center of Tibetan culture. The Stupa is visited every year by tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world.


Continue onto Pashupatinath Temple which dates back to 400 A.D. and is one of the oldest Hindu Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is for the Hindus what Mecca is for the Muslims.


In the heart of Kathmandu sits the tranquil oasis of the Garden of Dreams, a European style garden, and the legacy of Late Field Marshall Kaiser Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana. Within the garden is the Kaiser Café where dinner will be served.


Overnight at the Dwarikas Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal


DAY 3 - KATHMANDU / CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast is offered at the hotel this morning. Then, after checking out of your hotel, depart for the airport for your short flight to Bharatpur for Chitwan National Park, situated in the south central subtropical lowlands of Nepal.


On arrival, transfer from the airport to your jungle resort. After check-in, lunch will be served before spending the afternoon participating in the jungle activities that the resort offers. Chitwan National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 and was a favourite hunting ground for Nepal's ruling classes during the cool winter season. Today Chitwan is home to 43 different species of mammals, one being the 'King of the Jungle' the Bengal tiger whose population is increasingly growing year by year. It is also home to 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros. Your first introduction to Chitwan will be an elephant ride through the forest with a local naturalist who will point out the various floras and fauna that can be spotted. Being so high up on the back of an elephant gives you a unique perspective indeed.


The Tharu are the indigenous people of this area and are said to come from the Rajputs, a high caste from the Indian state of Rajasthan. This evening watch them perform their traditional dances and be prepared to join in.

An exclusive dinner will be served overlooking the community forest.


Overnight at the Kasara Jungle Resort, Chitwan National Park



DAY 4 - CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK

Today is full of jungle activities; begin with an early morning canoe ride through the park followed by a jungle walk where your naturalist will endeavour to seek out the forest's wild animals in their natural habitat. Make a stop at the Gharial Breeding Center. Here endangered crocodile eggs are removed from the river banks, where the mothers have hidden them and brought to the center for incubating in order to increase the population of this rare animal.


Return to the hotel for breakfast and some time to enjoy the resort. You might consider a spa treatment or arrange an independent activity directly through the hotel.


After lunch your naturalist awaits to take you into the heart of Chitwan National Park on a jeep safari and the opportunity to seek out those animals that live closer to the ground. Before dinner is served enjoy a private lecture from a local naturalist who will be happy to answer any questions that you have. Dinner will be served at an elephant camp amidst the jungle ambience with elephants in the background.


Overnight at the Kasara Jungle Resort, Chitwan National Park


DAY 5 - CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK / KATHMANDU

Experience the jungle one last time with an ox-cart ride to one of the local villages before returning to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast drive to Bharatpur for your flight back to Kathmandu.


On arrival in Kathmandu return to your hotel, check-in and enjoy lunch. This afternoon visit two of Kathmandu's ultimate monuments. First explore Durbar Square where kings were once crowned. The Square was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. This is an excellent place to get the feel of the city and is easy to spend time just sitting and watching the world go by. Continue onto Swayambhunath stupa with its whitewashed dome and golden spire. The dome itself represents the earth while the 13-tiered structure above signifies the thirteen stages that humans must pass through tor achieve nirvana.


A six course traditional Nepali dinner is served tonight in the signature restaurant of the hotel.


Overnight at the Dwarikas Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal


DAY 6 - KATHMANDU / DELHI / KOLKATA

Enjoy breakfast before bidding farewell to this magical place. The local representative is on hand to assist with your transfer to the airport. Your flights today take you via Delhi, and lunch is served in-flight.


Arriving back into Kolkata in the late afternoon, you are once again met and returned to the Oberoi Grand. Dinner this evening is served in the hotel.


Overnight at the Oberoi Grand Hotel


DAY 7 - KOLKATA

After breakfast transfer to Silver Discoverer taking in the highlights of Kolkata en-route. Dalhousie Square is a remnant of the British Raj. Spread over two kilometers it is an oasis in the heart of the city. Drive past various historic buildings some which have been left neglected but others are now being preserved. Buildings of note include Raj Bhawan, GPO, the Town Hall and St John's Cathedral.


Opened in 1921, the Victoria Memorial pays homage to Queen Victoria and it remains a stunning homage to the architectural brilliance of this era. Now a museum it houses 25 galleries and a 64 acre garden. Stop here for photographs before visiting Mother Theresa's House and continuing to the port for embarkation. Bon Voyage!


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Program Inclusions:

· Two one-night stays at the Grand Oberoi Hotel, Kolkata, India

· Two one-night stays at the Dwarikas Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal - Heritage Room

· Two nights at the Kasara Resort, Chitwan National Park - Deluxe Villa Room

· Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily (Lunches & Dinners include 2 drinks per person of your choice of house wine, local beer, soft drinks or mineral water)

· Economy-class flights Delhi / Kathmandu / Chitwan National Park / Kathmandu / Kolkata

· Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles (subject to availability)

· Please note that order of visits may differ.


Flight Details:

Day 2: Kolkata to Kathmandu - Flight duration is approximately 8 hours with a stop in Delhi

Day 3: Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park - Flight duration approximately 20 minutes

Day 5: Chitwan National Park to Kathmandu - Flight duration approximately 20 minutes

Day 6: Kathmandu to Kolkata (via Dehli) - Flight duration approximately 6.5 hours


Luggage Information:

Please pack one small bag to take with you to Nepal. Guests are limited to a maximum of 15kg / 33lbs per person. The remainder of your luggage is stored at the hotel in Kolkata and returned to you when you arrive.


Visa Information:

All guests must carry a valid Indian Multiple Entry Tourist Visa obtained in their country of residence before arrival into India. A visa is required for entry into Nepal. We recommend that guests apply online and bring their receipt with them to be shown upon arrival in Kathmandu as proof of payment.


Accessibility:

This tour is recommended for the physically fit only. It requires a substantial amount of walking, some of which may be strenuous. Therefore, it is not recommended to guests who require wheelchairs or other mechanical assistance.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications which may be appropriate for your state of health.


Please Note:

Sightings of wildlife cannot be guaranteed


The average temperature in Chitwan in early February is 20-25°C (68 - 77°F) during the day, and can drop to 4°C

(39°F) at night


The Kasara Resort has no heating and the bathrooms are open to the elements


Guests with back and neck problems may wish to decline the jeep rides as they are over bumpy terrain.


All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program.


Camera fees, required visas, gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

4NT POST MYSTICAL KINGDOM OF BHUTAN

Wing your way over the Himalayas to Bhutan. Centuries of architecture, culture and religion await. Visit the capital city of Thimphu and enjoy a private lecture by a Buddhist scholar to introduce you to the essential tenets of Buddhism. Climb the side of a cliff 3000 meters above sea level to gain access to the monastery known as the 'Tiger's Nest'.


DAY 1 - KOLKATA

The local Silversea representative meets you at the pier following disembarkation. Transfer to the Kolkata Airport for the flight to Bhutan.


The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in the entire Himalayas. Bhutan's first gift to you as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air. After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you are met by our representative and welcomed to Bhutan.


Leaving the airport, you drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan with a stop en-route at Chuzom, the confluence of the Thimphu and Paro rivers. Three different style of stupas - Tibetan, Nepalese and Bhutanese adorn this confluence. Just before arriving in Thimphu, visit Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang). Located at a short drive from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from here. You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.

Check-in to your hotel which is at an altitude of 2400m (7,875 ft.) and enjoy lunch. This afternoon, drive to Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress like temple and monastic school perched on a ridge above Thimphu. The temple was established in 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drugom Shigpo, who came from Tibet. The central statue here is Chenrezig in a manifestation with 11 heads. From the temple courtyard, admire the fascinating view of Thimphu valley.


As you make your way back to the hotel, stop for a visit at the Takin Reserve. The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and a goat. Legend has it that the animal was created by the great Buddhist yogi, DrupaKunley, and it can be found only in Bhutan and nearby areas. Taxonomists place the animal in a category of its own as it is not similar enough to any other animal to fit established categories.


Take an evening stroll through the main town of Thimphu before returning to your hotel to freshen up and enjoy a cultural show and dinner.


Overnight at the Taj Tashi Hotel, Thimphu, Bhutan


DAY 2 - THIMPHU

Breakfast is served at the hotel this morning.


The bustling town of Thimphu is home to Bhutan's royal family, the civil servants, and foreign missions with representation in Bhutan. It is also the headquarters for a number of internationally funded development projects.

This morning, pay a visit to the National Library which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature, with some works dating back several hundred years as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion.

From here, move on to the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums. Both of these museums opened in 2001 and provide a fascinating insight into Bhutanese material culture and way of life.


Continue on for a visit to Simply Bhutan - an exclusive project under the Bhutan Youth Development Fund. It is a living Museum and Studio encapsulating the cultural heritage of the Bhutanese people. The infrastructure portrays ancient Bhutanese architecture which is in danger of being lost to modernization.


Return to your hotel for lunch before continuing your exploration of this rare city.

This afternoon there are plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the rich culture this kingdom has to offer. With your first stop at the Chorten Memorial; a beautiful stupa built in the memory of Bhutans third King "The father of Bhutan" which serves both as a memorial to the late king and a monument to peace.

Your final visit of the day before returning to your hotel is Trashichhodong, an impressive fortress/monastery which houses the Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices.

This evening, before dinner at the hotel, enjoy a private lecture by a leading Buddhist scholar providing a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.


Overnight at the Taj Tashi Hotel


DAY 3 - THIMPHU / PARO

After breakfast at the hotel take the road back to Paro. After checking in to your hotel and freshening up, your first visit from Paro will be to Ta Dzong. Once a watchtower, built to defend Rinpung Dzong during inter-valley wars of the 17th century, Ta Dzong was inaugurated as Bhutan's National Museum in 1968. Today it holds a fascinating collection of art, relics, religious thangkha paintings and Bhutan's exquisite postage stamps. The museums circular shape enhances its varied collections displayed over several floors.


Continue with a walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, which has a long and fascinating history. Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district. The approach to the Dzong is through a traditional covered bridge called Nemi Zam. A walk through the bridge, over a stone inlaid path, offers a good view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it.

Return to your hotel for lunch.

This afternoon drive to the village of Lango where you experience rural Bhutanese life with a visit to a local farm house. Bhutanese farmhouses are very colourful, decorative and traditionally built without the use of a single nail.


At the end of your visit, return to your hotel and either take an evening stroll or try your hand at Bhutan's national sport, archery. Each village has its own archery range and high spirited competitions are regularly held. Dinner will be served at the hotel.


Overnight at the Zhiwa Ling Hotel, Paro, Bhutan


DAY 4 - PARO

An early start this morning gives you the opportunity to participate in a Tshewang Ceremony where a group of monks pray for good health, peace and prosperity and a butter lamp is lit at the monastery altar.


Return to your hotel for breakfast before continuing on to what many say should be an 8th Wonder of the World. Perched on the side of a cliff 3000 meters above sea level and 900 meters above the Paro valley it is a three hour hike one way to Tatktshang Monastery otherwise known as 'Tigers Nest'. If you take a steady pace with plenty of stops for photographs and perhaps a cup of tea at the midway café once you reach the top you will realize that it was all worth the effort. There are breathtaking views that greet you throughout the hike and at your final destination this magical monastery awaits your exploration.


It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a flying tigress and meditated at this monastery hence the name 'Tiger's Nest'. This site has been recognised as a most sacred Buddhist place and visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April, 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of building but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendour.


A picnic lunch will have been arranged by your hotel and will be a well-deserved break once you reach the bottom to sit in the forest congratulating yourself on your achievement.

After lunch visit Kyichu Lakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to 7th century. The lhakhang complex is composed of two temples. The first temple was built by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century and in 1968, H.M. Ashi Kesang, the Queen Mother of Bhutan, built the second temple in same original pattern.


Following an incredible day return to your hotel to relax and have dinner.


Overnight at the Zhiwa Ling Hotel


DAY 5 - PARO / KOLKATA

Once you've had breakfast and checked-out transfer to Paro airport for your journey to Kolkata airport and your onward flight.

As of September, 2015 the flight from Paro to Kolkata is scheduled to arrive in Kolkata at approximately 2:40pm. This time is likely to change. We strongly recommend that guests book homeward bound flights that depart after 8:00pm.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

· Two nights at the Taj Tashi Hotel, Thimphu - Deluxe Rooms

· Two nights at the Zhiwa Ling Hotel, Paro - Junior Suite

· Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily

· Economy-class flights: Kolkata / Paro / Kolkata

· Visits to sites as described above

· Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles (subject to availability)

· Please note that order of visits may differ.


Flight Details:

Days 1 & 5: Kokata to Paru: Flight duration is approximately 1 hour 10 minute


Luggage Information:

Please pack one small bag to take with you to Bhutan. Guests are limited to a maximum of 20kg / 44lbs on flights to Bhutan. The remainder of your luggage is stored in Kolkata and returned to you at the airport..


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details about Indian visas. It is the responsibility of the guest to obtain appropriate visa documents before your cruise.


The Silversea representative in Bhutan can assist with the processing of the visa. In order to process the Bhutan visa they require a clear readable colour copy of each guest's passport (page containing passport number and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) no later than January 31, 2017. Passports must be valid a minimum 6 months from the date of entry into Bhutan (excluding the travelling month).


Guests are required to have multiple entry visa for India if they are travelling to Bhutan from India and again re-entering into India from Bhutan. Please note that Indian visa does not have '2 months re-entry restriction'. If restriction has been stamped in your Indian visa, then you will have to get it endorsed from the Indian embassy in Thimphu for a nominal charge. For this however, you will need to be in Thimphu on working days, Mon - Fri during office hours excluding Govt. holidays. You will be asked to provide your travelling documents (such as passports, air tickets etc ) . Our local representative will be able to assist.


Accessibility:

This tour requires a substantial amount of walking, some strenuous, and some over very uneven terrain. Therefore, it is not recommended to guests who require wheelchairs or other mechanical assistance.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications which may be appropriate for your state of health.


Please note:


The average temperature in Bhutan in early February is 8°C (48°F) during the day and can drop below 0°C (32°F) during the night. Guests are advised to pack accordingly


There is extensive walking with some high altitudes which guests should take into consideration.


Toilets - Good quality, clean, western style toilets can be difficult to find in India/Nepal/Bhutan. Every effort will be made to insure guest's comfort, however, in most cases there are only one or two facilities available so guests may experience some queuing.


All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program.


Camera fees, required visas, gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Hotels in Kolkata

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PRE-CRUISE GRANDE HOTEL: TAJ BENGAL

Set in landscaped grounds in downtown Kolkata, the Taj Bengal offeres 5-star luxury with elegant rooms, an outdoor pool and spa.

POST-CRUISE GRANDE HOTEL: TAJ BENGAL

Set in landscaped grounds in downtown Kolkata, the Taj Bengal offeres 5-star luxury with elegant rooms, an outdoor pool and spa.

PRE-CRUISE SIMPLY HOTEL: SWISSOTEL

Swissotel Kolkata is Kolkata's newest luxury hotel with easy access to the airport and a shopping mall featuring a variety of retailers and restaurants.

POST-CRUISE SIMPLY HOTEL: SWISSOTEL

Swissotel Kolkata is Kolkata's newest luxury hotel with easy access to the airport and a shopping mall featuring a variety of retailers and restaurants.