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New Year on Andaman islands + main cities of India

New Year on Andaman islands + main cities of India

New Year on Andaman islands + main cities of India

New Year on Andaman islands + main cities of India

Price
$1260
+ flight to Delhi and back home + 2 internal flights (from $326)
Duration
14 days
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This trip is about India’s main cities and beautiful wild Andaman Islands. We will relish exotic beaches and caves, ride elephants, visit fishermen villages and see unique underwater world. From stunning wild nature we hop to India’s main cities, starting with magical Kolkata – arguably the most elegant city of India. Next is the holy city of Varanasi on the sacred Ganges river where we visit remains of ancient stupas, temples and observe ancient Hindu religious ceremonies. Finally, we arrive in Delhi – the bustling Indian capital, merging grand ancient sites with modernity.
  • Day 1
    Arrival in Delhi, flight to Port Blair, the main city of Andaman islands. Check into a hotel in the center. Next day we will visit the famous Cellular Jail, a former colonial prison where many leaders of Indian national movement were imprisoned. We will also enjoy the sea wharf and explore the city. Those interested can also visit local oceanarium.
  • Day 2-5
    We take a ferry to Havelock island (2-3 hours) and check into simple bungalows on the beach. During three days here we will enjoy white sand beaches, relish sunrises and sunsets, snorkel and dive, and ride elephants on the famous Radhanagar beach - the best beach in Asia, according to Time magazine. We will also spend New Year ’s Eve on the beach.
  • Day 6-8
    We will take a ferry either to Neil island or Long Island, depending on weather conditions. If on Neil, we will check into the only guesthouse on a 5 km long beach and will enjoy the seaside. We will also explore the island on foot, visiting nearby caves. If on Long island, we will check into a guesthouse on the beach, enjoy the seaside and make a 2-hour simple cross island walk to the picturesque Lalaji Bay beach. At the end of our stay we take a ferry back to Port Blair, check into the same hotel and visit the famous seafood restaurant.
  • Day 9-10
    Flight to Kolkata, checking into a hotel on the historic Sudder street. During our two days in Kolkata we will visit the oldest museum in India - the National Museum, boasting unique collection of 2300 years old Hindu and Buddhist sculpture and other artifacts. We will also discover Victoria Memorial, walk the old British part of the city, exploring colorful bazaars, famous Bengali sweats shops, and the grand colonial cemetery. At the end of our stay we take a comfortable night train to Varanasi.
  • Day 11-12
    Arrival in Varanasi, the ancient Hindu holy town, checking into a hotel near the mighty Ganges river. In the evening we take a boat to ghats - riverfront steps where daily Hindu ceremonies and cremations take place. Next morning we ride rickshaws to the nearby village of Sarnath, the place of first sermon of Buddha Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism. We visit the place of the first sermon, a massive 5th century Dhamek stupa and Sarnath museum. Another part of the day is free and can be spent roaming mazy streets of the old town. At the end of our stay we take a comfortable night train to Delhi.
  • Day 13-14
    Arrival in Delhi, checking into a hotel in Paharganj district. During our 1,5 days in the capital we will visit India Gate, Lotus temple, a grand Akshardham temple, and Secretariat – the district of government buildings and Presidential palace. We will also get acquainted with northern Indian Mughlai cuisine, and will leave some time for shopping. At the end of our stay we fly back home.
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At a Glance
Diving, Snorkeling, Elephant rides, Caves, Place of Buddha's first sermon, The oldest museum in India, Ancient Hindu religious ceremonies, Radhanagar beach
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Trip deposit - $410.
Group size 5-14 persons.
This trip is about India’s main cities and beautiful wild Andaman Islands. We will relish exotic beaches and caves, ride elephants, visit fishermen villages and see unique underwater world. From stunning wild nature we hop to India’s main cities, starting with magical Kolkata – arguably the most elegant city of India. Next is the holy city of Varanasi on the sacred Ganges river where we visit remains of ancient stupas, temples and observe ancient Hindu religious ceremonies. Finally, we arrive in Delhi – the bustling Indian capital, merging grand ancient sites with modernity.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is dynamic, of below average difficulty level. It consists of long city and town walks as well as short easy walks on beaches and jungle. We might also take an easy 2-hour cross island walk. We will use ferries (rides up to 3 hours long), boats, and spend two nights in comfortable trains (with sleeping benches, sheets and air conditioning). Accommodation will be provided in simple bungalows, budget hotels or guesthouses, most of them will have hot water, some will have wi fi internet.  

Price of the trip includes:

  • Accommodation in double/twin (sometimes triple or larger) rooms in budget hotels, guesthouses and bungalows;
  • All transportation, including 3AC class of trains (with sleeping benches, sheets and air conditioning), ferries, specially rented vehicles and all kinds of public transportation;
  • Professional guide services;

To be paid separately:

  • Flight to Delhi and from Delhi back home;
  • Two domestic flights (Delhi – Port Blair; Port Blair- Kolkata);
  • Food ($5-7 per person per day);
  • Medical insurance (mandatory);
  • Entrance tickets to museums, palaces, parks and other places of interest ($150);
  • Indian visa ($62).
At a Glance
Diving, Snorkeling, Elephant rides, Caves, Place of Buddha's first sermon, The oldest museum in India, Ancient Hindu religious ceremonies, Radhanagar beach
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This trip is about India’s main cities and beautiful wild Andaman Islands. We will relish exotic beaches and caves, ride elephants, visit fishermen villages and see unique underwater world. From stunning wild nature we hop to India’s main cities, starting with magical Kolkata – arguably the most elegant city of India. Next is the holy city of Varanasi on the sacred Ganges river where we visit remains of ancient stupas, temples and observe ancient Hindu religious ceremonies. Finally, we arrive in Delhi – the bustling Indian capital, merging grand ancient sites with modernity.
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Citizens of almost all countries need a visa to enter India. Visa costs $62 and should be obtained prior to the trip online or in the Indian embassy in your country of residence.

We provide free visa consulting for our clients.

At a Glance
Diving, Snorkeling, Elephant rides, Caves, Place of Buddha's first sermon, The oldest museum in India, Ancient Hindu religious ceremonies, Radhanagar beach
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3G mobile internet in India
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Prepaid local sim card with 3GB internet package
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Diving, Snorkeling, Elephant rides, Caves, Place of Buddha's first sermon, The oldest museum in India, Ancient Hindu religious ceremonies, Radhanagar beach
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