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Eastern India Holidays

Kolkata, principal city of eastern India, is a place of extreme contrasts, a forward-thinking intellectual capital of India home to some of the nations finest writers and poets as well as the setting for some of the grandest landmarks of the British Raj. To the north of Kolkata, in the shadows of the mighty Kanchenjunga, lie the old Raj hill station of Darjeeling and the small Buddhist Himalayan state of Sikkim with its monasteries and high-altitude scenery. It is possible to cruise the Hooghly River between Kolkata and Patna opening up a huge swath of India’s interior and allowing access to Barrackpore, Murshidabad, Plassey and Monghyr. Some cruises now continue further to Varanasi as well. Visits can also be made to Bodh Gaya, site of Buddha's enlightenment, or travel south to Odisha to visit Bhubaneshwar, Puri and the local indigenous villages surrounding Jeypore. Utilise our knowledge and experience to create the perfect holiday to eastern India. We are also specialists in creating luxury tours throughout the wider Indian subcontinent.

Holiday Ideas for Eastern India

Eastern India and the Tribes of Orissa

17 days from
£4310 per person


Himalayan Kingdoms

16 days from
£4630 per person


Land of the Buddha

17 days from
£3920 per person


Nepal and Sikkim

15 days from
£3495 per person


Return to Darjeeling and Sikkim

18 days from
£4435 per person


The Defence of Kohima and Imphal

16 days from
£5150 per person


When to visit Eastern-India

Best Times
Good Times

The best time to visit Kolkata, West Bengal and Sikkim is between October and early May although this is a loose timescale that broadly covers what are distinctive geographical and climatic regions. Kolkata and the lowland areas of West Bengal are considerably warmer than the mountains that rise to the north. The period between October and March is ideal for Kolkata – temperatures are lower, it is less humid and the risk of rain low. Temperatures increase from mid-March and can reach 35°C or higher prior to the monsoon which commences in May and lasts until September. Darjeeling and the hills of northern Bengal are at their best in the autumn and spring although even at its hottest temperatures rarely reach 25°C. Winters, particularly the months of December and January can be very cold. The climate in Sikkim is similar to that of Darjeeling with the ideal time to visit either from September to November or mid-February to May. The winter, which runs from December to early February can be freezing whilst there can be heavy rainfall during the monsoon season that occurs between June and September.

What is a Tailor-Made Holiday?

We create a holiday tailored to your specific requirements, including:

  • When you go
  • Duration
  • Time spent in each place
  • How much you want to spend

We offer our experience and knowledge to help create your perfect, tailor-made itinerary

What to do in Eastern India

The vast and varied eastern region of India stretches from the high mountains of Buddhist Sikkim to the low-lying delta south of Kolkata and from the rolling plains of Bihar to the forested hills of rural Odisha. Cultured Kolkata dominates the region and is a fascinating city of grand public buildings, museums, churches and temples. Kolkata is also the starting point for a number of exploratory river cruises upstream on the Hooghly River. These cruises provide an opportunity to visit some of the earliest, European settlements in India including French Chandernagore, Danish Serampore, British Murshidabad, Dutch Cossimbazar and the battlefield of Plassey. Heading north, visit the charming old Raj hill station of Darjeeling and ride the iconic Himalayan Railway then continue on to the beautiful state of Sikkim with its fine mountain scenery and impressive monasteries. Further afield, visit both Nalanda and Bodh Gaya – sites irrevocably linked to the life of the Buddha – or visit Odisha and the temple city of Bhubaneswar, Puri’s Jaganath Temple, the UNESCO protected Sun Temple at Konark and the indigenous communities of the interior.

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