Kolkata

Kolkata is the most important city in eastern India – a historic metropolis and capital of the British Raj. Still one of the forward-thinking intellectual centres of India, the city has long been noted for its wonderful architectural landmarks – many of which date from the colonial period. Kolkata is also known as the ‘soul of India’ and as one of the most populous urban areas on earth is an intensely human city. Visit St John’s Church with its memorial to the city’s founder Job Charnock, the Writers Building – now a seat of government – and the grand General Post Office. Explore the imposing white marble Victoria Memorial, built in 1921 and today a treasure trove of Raj relics, wander the excellent Indian Museum and visit the lively Kali Temple at Kalighat close to the colourful daily flower market. Pettitts specialises in providing quality, tailor-made holidays and tours to India.

Suggested Journeys for Kolkata

We are pleased to offer the following selection of suggested itineraries based on our personal experiences. By combining these itineraries with your thoughts and ideas we can tailor any journey to make it special, unique and designed around you.

Nepal and Sikkim

15 days starting from £3350 per person

Bordering Nepal to the east, the small Indian state of Sikkim has much in common with its near neighbour. With a common heritage and similar Buddhist cultural traditions, this journey follows the eastern ranges of the Himalayas to uncover the region's most compelling sights. Starting in...

Return to Darjeeling and Sikkim

18 days starting from £3440 per person

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...

Bhutan - Land of the Thunder Dragon

11 days starting from £3560 per person

Bhutan remains one of the least visited countries in the world, a place unchanged for centuries with proud ancient traditions. A land of staggering friendliness and beauty, just being in Bhutan, the roof of the world, is to experience something unlike anywhere else. Starting in Kolkata, fly to...

Nagaland and the Hornbill Festival

14 days starting from £3780 per person

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...

The Defence of Kohima and Imphal

16 days starting from £3970 per person

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...

The National Parks of North East India

16 days starting from £3985 per person

Wild and remote, India’s north east is a wildlife lover’s paradise. From the spectacular Dibru-Saikhowa National Park close to Arunachal Pradesh and isolated Nameri National Park to world-famous Kaziranga National Park, home of the Indian one-horned rhinoceros, this journey highlights the...

Arunachal Pradesh and the Reh Festival

16 days starting from £3995 per person

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...

Tigers, Temples and Distant Palaces of Central India

20 days starting from £4680 per person

Visiting India's central states is a hugely rewarding experience. Rich culture, spectacular scenery, exceptional wildlife and a strong tribal heritage combine to make travel worthwhile to parts of an India few ever get to see. After admiring Kolkata's architecture, travel by air to Raipur in the...

Journey through Assam

18 days starting from £4690 per person

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...

The Enchanted Frontiers - India and Bangladesh

18 days starting from £4760 per person

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...

Himalayan Kingdoms

16 days starting from £4820 per person

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...

A Journey through Bhutan

22 days starting from £4970 per person

This itinerary offers a once in a lifetime opportunity not only to spend time in one of the world’s least visited countries but to also explore parts of Bhutan that continue to remain virtually closed to the outside world. A tiny land–locked state in the high Himalayas, the one airport in the...