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Tailor Made Tours & Holidays to North East India
For over 25 years Pettitts have been arranging tailor-made journeys for discerning travellers. Our website offers a selection of suggested itineraries, but by combining your ideas with our knowledge and experience we can help you create your own unique journey. Once you have formulated your ideas, or require some advice, please call us on 01892 515966 or simply 'Request a Quote' by clicking here.
RETURN TO DARJEELING & SIKKIM
PRIVATE JOURNEY – 18 DAYS – From £3,475
A relaxed and scenic journey, this itinerary represents an excellent introduction to the eastern Himalayan region. Starting in Kolkata, the cultural heart of India, continue on to the old Raj hill station of Darjeeling before travelling further north to explore some of the many monasteries of Sikkim. End your journey above the banks of the Rungeet River for a relaxing stay at the Glenburn Tea Estate - a delightful plantation retreat dating from 1860. With its stunning views, comfortable rooms and a tranquil location 32kms from Darjeeling, Glenburn is a true gem.
CRUISING ON THE MIGHTY BRAHMAPUTRA
PRIVATE JOURNEY – 13 DAYS – From £3,775
Operated by the Assam Bengal Navigation Company, the RV Charaidew and her sister ship the RV Sukapha are the only cruise boats to operate on the Brahmaputra, a once a much-used river highway. The cruises vary in length from shorter 3-night trips to longer 10-night journeys and, although each program differs, there are wonderful national parks, temples, tea gardens and tribal villages to explore. Both ships provide twelve generous-sized and air-conditioned twin-bedded cabins with en-suite bathrooms and have bars, a viewing area, a dining room and sundeck.
WEST BENGAL AND THE HISTORIC HUGLI RIVER
PRIVATE JOURNEY – 13 DAYS – From £2,800
This itinerary is built around a unique Assam Bengal Navigation Cruise which operates out of Kolkata and explores the Hugli River. This is a seldom visited region but one which is full of interest and historic importance. Starting with three nights exploring Kolkata, join the cruise and travel past rural communities and attractive countryside. Visits are made to spectacular Murshidabad, Berhampur, the battlefield of Plassey, Chandernagore and Barrackpore. The two vessels used on this route have comfortable cabins with en-suite facilities, bars, a viewing area, a dining room and sundeck.
JOURNEY THROUGH ASSAM
PRIVATE JOURNEY – 18 DAYS – From £4,930
Assam is defined by the mighty Brahmaputra River, boasts two out of India's five UNESCO environmental World Heritage sites and remains one of India's main tea producing regions. Combining these strands, this itinerary includes visits to both Manas and Kaziranga National Park, a short Assam Bengal Navigation cruise on the Brahmaputra and explores the little-visited Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. From here follow the river north to the tea-estates of Jorhat and fascinating Majuli Island ending in Dibrugarh. This truly is a region of unparalleled remote beauty.
THE ENCHANTED FRONTIERS
PRIVATE JOURNEY – 18 DAYS – From £4,970
The neighbouring countries of India and Bangladesh have a shared history and many similar cultural traditions and this itinerary combines both with a unique journey through North East India and rural Bangladesh. Flying to Dibrugarh, visits are made to Dibru Saikhowa and Kaziranga National Parks before continuing to Meghalaya, its capital Shillong and beautiful Cherrapunjee. Crossing overland into Bangladesh, time is spent around Sylhet, Bangladesh's very own 'tea country', and in the charming textile village of Tangail before ending in Bangladesh's bustling capital Dhaka.
ARUNACHAL PRADESH AND REH FESTIVAL
PRIVATE JOURNEY – 16 DAYS – From £3,875
Arunachal Pradesh is not only North East India's largest and most remote state but is also one of the least densely populated. Stretching from the foothills of the eastern Himalayas to the mountainous peaks of the north, the state has a truly rich tribal heritage with strong links to neighbouring Burma. Starting in neighbouring Assam, this itinerary combines staggering scenery and the wonderful national parks of Kaziranga and Dibru Saikhowa with the tea estates of Dibrugarh and the villages of Wakro and Roing - heartland of the Mishmi tribe and setting for the colourful Reh Festival.
NAGALAND AND THE HORNBILL FESTIVAL
PRIVATE JOURNEY – 14 DAYS – From £3,145
One of India's last remaining frontiers, travel to the eastern tribal state of Nagaland is challenging but hugely rewarding. A land of spectacular beauty and timeless history indelibly linked to the colourful indigenous tribal groups which form such an important part of the region, this itinerary visits Tuophema, Mokokchung and Mon stopping in many fascinating villages on the way. The highlight of this journey however is a two day visit to the Hornbill Festival - a grand celebration, held annually in December and attended by the sixteen tribes of Nagaland.
THE DEFENCE OF KOHIMA AND IMPHAL
PRIVATE JOURNEY – 16 DAYS – From £4,120
For many the North East of India is synonymous with World War II and the battles of Kohima and Imphal which turned the tide of war in Asia. Combining both locations this itinerary begin in Kolkata, former capital of the Raj, before flying to Kohima where visits will be made to the Kohima War Cemetery and local villages. From here the itinerary continues to Imphal to visit the Indian National Army Museum in Moirang and the Imphal War Cemetery before ending in the old Raj hill station of Darjeeling where many soldiers also went for some well earned R&R.
PRIVATE JOURNEY – 16 DAYS – PRICE ON REQUEST
The Himalayan landscape becomes more exotic the further east you travel and this unusual tour provides the opportunity to explore this rich diversity. Journey through jungle-covered foothills up into rhododendron forest and within sight of some of the world's highest peaks. Himalayan cultures feature strongly too, with the marvellous Newar architecture and carved wood of the Kathmandu Valley contrasting with the colourful Tibetan Buddhist-style monasteries of Sikkim and Bhutan.