TEA & WINE TOUR

Departure Date

Monday

Duration

09 DAYS/08 NIGHTS

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09 DAYS & 08 NIGHTS

KOLKATA I DARJEELING I MUMBAI I NASHIK

 

This tour will show you a very different culinary aspect of India, which includes visiting to famous tea farms in Darjeeling & visiting the Vineyards in Nashik famous for Sula Vine. Planning a tea & wine tour to India is one of the best ways of relaxing, tasting different wines & Teas.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01Arrive/Kolkata by Int’l flight

Arrive Kolkata International Airport

Meet & assistance on arrival by our travel executive.

Transfer to your Hotel.

Briefing of the tour by the executive

Kolkata, a city that means many things to many people. For some, Kolkata is the city of joy, while for others it is dirty, crowded, and noisy. Once the greatest colonial city in the Orient, Kolkata was later reviled as a cauldron of poverty, dirt, and disease. Today, it ranks among the four major metropolis of India along with Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. A mere village in the 17th century, Kolkata is not an ancient city like Delhi. Like Mumbai and Chennai, it originated largely due to the expansionist ambitions of the European powers, especially the British Raj. Little wonder, Kolkata has some of the finest Raj edifices built in a variety of styles

In the evening enjoy Tea Lounge in your hotel. The Tea Lounge is part of the heritage star property that re-opened its doors under the flagship of The Lalit. Walking in, you’re instantly transported to a bygone era – the classic decor and sophisticated vibe only adding to the old-world charm.

Overnight at hotel
Day 02Kolkata

Breakfast in the Hotel.

Depart for half day sightseeing tour of Kolkata visiting

Victoria Memorial

The Victoria Memorial is built of white makrana marble from Rajasthan in commemoration of Queen Victoria of the UK who also carried the title of Empress of India. It currently serves as a museum and a tourist attraction. The memorial was designed by Sir William Emerson in an architectural style similar to Belfast City Hall Earlier asked to design the building in the Italian Renaissance style, Emerson was against the exclusive use of European styles and used Indo-Saracenic style, incorporating Mughal elements in the structure. Vincent Esch was the superintending architect while Lord Redesdale and Sir David Prain designed the gardens. The work of construction was entrusted to Messrs Martin & Co. of Calcutta.

Jain Temple

Also visit the Jain Temple on the north side of Belgachai road is the Paresnath Jain Temple, this ornate Digamber Jain Temple built in the central Indian style by a Jeweller in 1867, is dedicated to the 10th Tirathankara.

Late afternoon visit Flury’s Tea Room on Park Street a legendary Tea room for a fine cup of tea, followed by a visit to a local sweet shop for tasting local Bengali specialties.

Overnight at hotel
Day 03Kolkata/Bagdogra by Flight (1.5hrs), Bagdogra/Darjeeling by road (85kms/3hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Transfer to Kolkata domestic airport in time to connect flight to Bagdogra.

Meet/Assist on arrival and driven by car to Darjeeling and check in at Hotel.

Overnight at hotel

Day 04Darjeeling

Breakfast in the hotel

The Tea Experience

Walk down hill this can be adjusted to suit each guest. Most of the walking is down hill, and the duration of the walk can range from 1.5 hours to 3 hours, with the level of difficulty from moderate to tough, depending on the route one takes. Guests may also drive the entire route, stopping along the way for short walks at various points of interest.

The tour begins with an audio-visual presentation on the history of Darjeeling, and a brief overview of how tea is grown, manufactured and tasted. In the Tea Factory where you will be taken for a guided tour on how the leaf is brought in from the fields, weighed, and then taken through the processes of withering, rolling, fermenting, drying and sorting.

The factory tour

The factory tour ends with a tea tasting session with our range of black, green, oolong and white teas, where one can discover the differences in aroma, flavour and appearance of tea manufactured in different ways and at during different times of the year.

Walk or drive through the tea fields with one of our guides, who will give you an insight into how the tea bush is grown and looked after. Interact with the Darjeeling tea picker ladies and learn how to pluck the “two leaves and a bud” that is later manufactured into the tea that ends up in your teacup. During the winter season, learn about the different types of pruning that is undertaken to increase the yield of the coming season. Interact with the estate workers as you move from one part of the estate to another. Enjoy the variety of bird life, butterflies and flora that add to the diverse landscape that makes up a tea estate. Catch a crab, or pick some watercress from the numerous springs that filter through the fields. Refreshments will be provided at a suitable mid-way point.

Rest of the day is free to relax

Overnight at hotel

Day 05Darjeeling

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for sightseeing tour of Darjeeling

Darjeeling is popularly known as the "Queen of the Hills" and produces the famous Darjeeling Tea, one of the world's finest teas. It is also home to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Enjoy TOY TRAIN up to Ghoom the highest railway station on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Also visit the Tibetan Refugee Center , which is renowned internationally for its excellent carpets, woollen wear, woodwork and leather work. The Mountaineering Institute which Trains climbers of any nation. Also visit the Zoo adjoing to the Mountaineering Institute

Overnight at hotel

Day 06Darjeeling/Bagodogra by road, Bagdogra/Mumbai by 9W 624 at 1200/1655hrs

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Bagdogra airport in time to connect flight to Mumbai

Meet/Assist on arrival and transfer to hotel

Mumbai – earlier known as Bombay, is the capital of the Indian State of Maharashtra. The city is the second most-populous in the world; with approximately 14 million inhabitants. Along with the neighbouring cities of Navi Mumbai and Thane it forms the world’s 4th largest urban agglomeration, with around 19 million people. Mumbai lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural Harbor.

Overnight at hotel
Day 07Mumbai/Nasik by road (175kms/4hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Nasik and check in at hotel

Relaxing in an open meadow with a glass of your favourite wine sounds alluring. India has an age-old history with wines. Wine making in India started around 5,000 years ago. The tradition of making wine started during the Mughal rule. At present, India is home to some of the finest vineyards in the world.

Every year, thousands of wine lovers visit these vineyards to taste their favourite blend of wine and experience the art of wine manufacturing. These wine tours are gaining popularity with wine connoisseurs all over the world. We cannot talk about wine tours in India without mentioning some of our excellent home grown vineyards.

Every year, Sula Vineyards offers wine connoisseurs an opportunity to cherish the taste of an eclectic variety of wines. Since the last few years, Sulafest has become one of the most popular wine tours in India and its admirers call it ‘The Mecca of Wines’.

Sula Vineyards

After a small introduction session, we will start exploring Sula Vineyard and winery for winemaking process for an hour. Delight yourself with the taste of four different wines at Sula ! Now, it’s time for most awaited activity “Stomping!” That 15 minutes of fun; crushing grapes barefoot in the container is one of the best part of day. Further proceed for lavish fingerlickin lunch at Indian restaurant in Sula. Post lunch, you are free to fill your shopping bags with real Sula Wines. Overnight at hotel
Day 08Nasik/Mumbai by road (175kms/4hrs)

Breakfast in the Hotel

Depart for Mumbai and check in at hotel

Afternoon half day sightseeing tour of Mumbai

Gateway of India

Mumbai's most famous monument in the city was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone. Ironically, when the Raj ended in 1947, this colonial symbol also became a sort of epitaph: the last of the British ships that set sail for England left from the Gateway.

Marine Drive

Drive past Marine Drive  a 3-kilometre-long boulevard in South Mumbai in the city of Mumbai. It is a 'C'-shaped six-lane concrete road along the coast, which is a natural bay. This is a windswept promenade, flanked by the sea and a row of art deco buildings. Looped between the concrete jungle of Nariman Point - Mumbai's Manhattan, and the leafy green slopes of Malabar hill, Marine Drive was once called the queen's Necklace, strung with glittering street lights like an enormous strand of imperious jewels.

Mani Bhavan

Mani Bhavan in Mumbai is the temporary residence of Mahatma Gandhi – the Father of the Nation, who stayed here between 1917 and 1934 during India's freedom struggle. The house comprises his personal clothes, glasses and office furniture etc. The visit to Mani Bhavan gives a serene feeling

Dhobi Ghat

The Dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly ironed to your doorstep. The "laundries" are called "ghats", row upon row of concrete wash pens, each fitted with its own flogging stone. The clothes are soaked in sudsy water, thrashed on the flogging stones, then tossed into huge vats of boiling starch and hung out to dry. Next they are ironed and piled into neat bundles.

Hanging Garden (Kamala Nehru Park)

Perched at the top of Malabar Hill, where the elite have built their plush modern palaces is Kamala Nehru Park, the hangout of the bourgeois middle class. It has little to offer by way of entertainment, apart from a "Old Woman's Shoe" relegated to a distant corner, but the view of the city is spectacular and should not be missed. For most Mumbaiites, Kamala Nehru Park is to Mumbai what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris -- a vantage point that casts a proud eye on the entire city.

Overnight at hotel

Day 09Depart/Mumbai by International flight

Today you will be tranfserred to Mumbai International airport in time to connect your onward flight to next destination.

COST & INCLUSIONS

SummerUS$2295US$1983
WinterUS$2577US$2248
KolkataTaj BengalThe Lalit
DarjeelingWindermere HotelElgin Hotel
MumbaiTaj Mahal PalaceTrident
NashikThe Gateway HotelThe Gateway Hotel

The above rates are valid from

Winter – 1st October 2019 – 20th December 2019 & 11th January 2020 – 15th April 2020

Summer – 16th April 2020– 30th September 2020

 

 

Based on Minimum 2 persons traveling together.

  Tour Includes

 

   Share twin accommodation with breakfast
   Transfers & sightseeing by Air Conditioned vehicle
   Services of Local English speaking Guide
   Tea Factory visit in Darjeeling
   Toy Train Joy ride ticket
   Wine taste in Nashik
   Present Applicable taxes as on

  Tour Excludes

 

    Entrance tickets to Monuments
   International Airfare
   Domestic Airfare
   Visa fee & Insurance
   Items of personal nature i.e. laundry, telephone, camera fee, drinks & tips etc
   G.S.T if applicable at the time of operation of the tour

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