The Defence of Kohima and Imphal
16 days 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 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.
Kohima, the hilly capital of Nagaland, snakes along a high ridge, typical of Naga settlements. In 1944 the Battle of Kohima turned the tide of the Burma Campaign in favour of the British.
Imphal, site of an important World War II battle, is the capital of Manipur state. In the centre of the city are the ruins of the Palace of Kangla, the royal seat of the Kingdom of Manipur.
Synonymous with quality tea, Darjeeling is perched at 2000 metres and has spectacular views of Kanchenjunga. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway connects the town with the plains.
Day 1 Depart UK
Today depart the UK on the Emirates flight to Dubai. (N)
Day 2 Arrive Kolkata
Arrive into Dubai and connect onto the Emirates flight to Kolkata. Once in Kolkata you will be met and transferred to the Oberoi Grand Hotel where you will stay for the next two nights. Kolkata is the heart of Eastern India. One of the forward-thinking intellectual capitals of India, the city has long been noted for its wonderful architectural landmarks—many of which date from the period of the British Raj. Kolkata is also known as the 'soul of India', one of the most populous urban areas on earth and an intensely human city. (N)
Day 3 Kolkata
Today explore Kolkata with your guide. Places of interest include St John's Church which has a memorial to the city's founder Job Charnock, the Writers Building which is now the seat of government, South Park Cemetery and the silver-domed General Post Office. Also visit the imposing white marble Victoria Memorial, built in 1921 and today a treasure trove of Raj relics. End the day at the excellent Indian Museum, the largest museum in the country which was established in 1814. (B)
Day 4 Kolkata to Dimapur – by air
Dimapur to Kohima – 80kms
This morning return to Kolkata Airport for your onward flight to Dimapur. On your arrival you will be met and begin the drive to Kohima stopping en-route to visit the medieval remain of the Kachari kingdom. Once in Kohima continue to the Vivor Hotel where you will stay for the next three nights. The state capital of Nagaland, Kohima is situated at an altitude of 1,444 metres and is a beautiful town with wide panoramic views of the surrounding area. (B/D)
Day 5 Kohima
Today visit the Kohima War Cemetery in honour of those killed during Battle of Kohima and World War II. There are 1,420 soldiers buried here and the cemetery is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Later continue to the State Museum which house a rare collection of artefacts from each of the Naga tribes, before ending the day in the 700 year old Angami villages of Khonoma. (B/L/D)
Day 6 Kohima
Start the day at the Kohima War Museum before visiting the local Angami villages of Jakhama and Kigwema. In the afternoon visit the Cathedral Church of Kohima built, in part, by contributions of those who fought in the Battle of Kohima and their families. The cathedral dominates the town and is thought to be the largest in Asia. (B/L/D)
Day 7 Kohima to Guwahati – 435kms
Today is a long drive from Kohima to Guwahati where you will stay overnight at the Dynasty Hotel. Holding a commanding location on the banks of the Brahmaputra River, the city of Guwahati is a gateway to the North East of India and the commercial, cultural and political centre of the entire region. (B/L/D)
Day 8 Guwahati to Imphal – by air
This morning transfer to Guwahati Airport in good time to catch your onward flight to Imphal. On your arrival visit the Govindaji Temple then continue to the Classic Hotel where you will stay overnight. (B/L/D)
Day 9 Imphal
Today visit the Kangla Fort, Kangla Museum, local market, State Museum and the Imphal War Cemetery. There are 1,600 British and Indian soldiers are buried here who fought in World War II and at the Battle of Imphal. (B/L/D)
Day 10 Imphal
After breakfast travel outside of Imphal to visit the Japanese War Memorial, Loktak Lake and Sendra Island. Later continue to the town of Moirang, once the headquarters of the Indian National Army and where it is possible to visit the interesting INA Museum. End the day at the Keibul Lamjao National Park, a refuge for the endangered eld's deer. (B/L/D)
Day 11 Imphal to Guwahati – by air
Return to Imphal Airport and fly back to Guwahati where you will stay overnight at the Dynasty Hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 12 Guwahati to Bagdogra – by air
Bagdogra to Darjeeling – 90kms
After breakfast transfer back to Guwahati Airport to catch your onward flight to Bagdogra. On your arrival you will be met and transferred to the old Raj hill station of Darjeeling. Surrounded by tea plantations, Darjeeling is a fascinating town with a distinctive mix of Buddhist and colonial architecture. Stay three nights in Darjeeling at the Windamere Hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 13 Darjeeling
Before sunrise visit Tiger Hill from where the views extend across an incredible assortment of peaks. Later visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the Himalayan Zoo and the Tibetan Self-Help Centre. Also take a ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway to visit the Yiga Choling Monastery at Ghoom. (B/L/D)
Day 14 Darjeeling
At leisure to relax and enjoy Darjeeling. (B/L/D)
Day 15 Darjeeling to Bagdogra – 90kms
Bagdogra to Kolkata – by air
Today you will be met and transferred abck to Bagdogra Airport in good time to catch your onward flight to Kolkata. On your arrival you will be met and transferred to the Swissôtel Kolkata which is ideally located close to the international airport and where you will stay overnight. (B)
Day 16 Kolkata to the UK
Today transfer back to Kolkata Airport to catch the Emirates flight to Dubai. On your arrival connect onto the onwards Emirates flight to the UK. (B)
KEY: N = No meals B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
- International flights from the UK
- Domestic flights
- Private car with English speaking driver
- Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
- Accompanying tour escort
- Hotel accommodation and taxes
What's not included
- Cost of visas
- Travel Insurance
- Expenses of a personal nature
Guide to Price
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