West Bengal, in the eastern part of India, stretches from the rich tea-draped Himalayan foothills to the exotic mangroves of the Bay of Bengal, offering a remarkable range of destinations and experiences in a single state.
Its capital, Kolkata, was once the capital of British India, founded in the 1690s by the East Indian Company merchants on the banks of the River Hooghly. The city is dotted with ancient monuments and old palaces, as well as heritage hotels and clubs. It is also home to many old communities and religions of the world and a walk along its old quarters will let you explore several global cultures closely.
Up north, Darjeeling still retains the charm of a quaint British-era hill station with rolling tea estates that offer views of the massive Khangchendzonga. Here you will wake up in heritage tea bungalows and experience a taste of the famous Darjeeling tea, otherwise known as the champagne of teas.
Bengal’s plains are dotted with several centres famous for history, art and culture and a visit to places such as Bishnupur, Murshidabad and Shantiniketan takes the traveler back in time. While Bishnupur is famous for the ornate terracotta Hindu temples that date to the 16th century, Murshidabad was the last capital of independent Bengal before the British rule and lets you experience a luxurious stay in the old havelis (palaces) of the erstwhile zamindars that have been beautifully restored.
When in Bengal, your holiday will also include visits to some of the old European outposts of Chandernagore, once a French colony, Chinsurah, an opulent trading post of the Dutch East India Company and of Armenian trade and Serampore on the banks of the Hooghly where the Danes once kept their flagstaff and cannons.
And finally, a trip to Bengal isn’t complete without its famous Autumn Carnival that marks the return of Durga or the Mother Goddess from her heavenly abode in the Himalayas into the home and hearts of her people. This is a time of great jubilation and the whole state transforms into a carnival ground that celebrates humanity above all beliefs, religions and cultures.
This year Flying Squirrel Holidays brings you a specially curated holiday to Bengal where you travel back in time to explore the grandeur of India’s culture capital, its princely charms and diverse topography.
Join us as we set out to explore the rich heritage, traditional art, classical music, marvellous architecture and authentic cuisine of Bengal.
Here’s an assortment of three different itineraries to choose from
Durga’s Homecoming & the Autumnal Carnival: This exclusive 14-night 15-day itinerary is designed to welcome travellers from different parts of the world to experience one of the greatest carnivals in the world, when people of Bengal welcome the Mother Goddess Durga into their hearts and homes. Join the merriment as you explore the traditions, customs, rituals, cuisine and more of Bengal. We take you on a specially curated heritage walk through the glorious chapters of Kolkata’s history. There’s more of an adventure to this holiday as you travel down to Sunderbans, home to the enigmatic mangrove forests and the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger.
A Heritage Tea Holiday in the Himalayas:
Luxurious and relaxing, this 11-night and 12-day itinerary is sure to mesmerize your senses. While the first three days are reserved to offer you a glimpse at Kolkata’s rich heritage and let you enjoy your stay at a beautiful property of your choice, the rest of the days of your stay are planned at the foothills of the Himalayas.
Enjoy a leisurely stay in a colonial bungalow that dates back to the British era tasting some of the finest varieties of Darjeeling tea, walking along the tea garden and exploring scenic regions of Kalimpong.
Bengal’s Heritage - A Timeless Experience: A specially handcrafted 10 nights and 11 days itinerary familiarises you with the rich cultural heritage of Bengal’s erstwhile zamindars and nawabs. In this exotic period holiday you will stay in luxury heritage homes, explore historical landmarks and residences of nawabs and zamindars, terracotta temples of Bishnupur, Shantiniketan’s folk art, and European influences on the state that earned Bengal the name of Little Europe on the Ganges.
Itineraries can further be customized based on your preference hence you need to discuss further with our holiday experts. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +91-33-4052-5777.
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