Day 1 : Arrival
Arrive in Kolkata, where you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative and transferred to your hotel. After check in, the rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure. Overnight in Kolkata.
Meal plan: n/a
Colonial Kolkata, Darjeeling toy train & Buddhism
Unravel the colonial history of Bengal on a walking tour of Kolkata and watch tea trading at an auction house. Travel north and take the ‘toy train’ in Darjeeling gazing out at its cliff-hanging tea estates. Cross the border into the tiny Buddhist kingdom of Sikkim and wander through its alpine forests, catching a glimpse of Kanchenjunga, India’s highest peak. Witness monks pouring over ancient Buddhist scripts in monasteries, before returning to Bengal and end your trip cruising the waterways of the Sunderbans, the world’s largest mangroves.
Kolkata - Darjeeling - Pelling - Gangtok - Sunderbans
Marvel at India's most incredible forts and palaces
Discover colonial Kolkata and the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve
Experience the best of North and South India
Travel through the Himalayan foothills to Ladakh
Fort cities, rural villages & camel fair
Nomadic tribes, traditional textiles, crafts & Mewar Festival
Experience Bhutan's rich culture, colonial Kolkata and rural life in Assam
Rural villages, grand forts & wildlife
Idyllic backwaters, tropical forests & ancient temple towns
Golden Triangle, tigers & exotic Goa
Distinct tribal cultures, unique temples & traditional textiles
Discover iconic sights of India, Nepal & Bhutan
India's Golden Triangle & the best of Sri Lanka.
Visit the two most populous countries on Earth.
Aoling Festival, wildlife in Assam & natural beauty of Manipur
Get under the skin of Asia's two best wildlife spots.
Spot lemurs, tigers & orangutans
Colonial Kolkata, Darjeeling toy train & Buddhism
Golden Triangle and the Himalayas
Tea, spices, backwaters & beaches
Tropical mountains, tea & spice plantations, and backwaters
Wildlife, tribes & rural life in Assam, Nagaland and Manipur
An intoxicating immersion into India's diversity
Temple towns of Tamil Nadu to backwaters of Kerala
Coffee farms, wildlife and stone temples
Discover the forts, palaces, villages and desert of Rajasthan
Remote tribal cultures in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam & Nagaland
Waterfalls, hills and living bridges in North East India
Uncover the religious diversity of India
Set foot in Ladakh's hidden Himalayan valleys
Experience the thrill of the Indian jungle ...
Houseboats, Himalayas & Hemis Festival
Lucknow, Varanasi & the wonders of Madhya Pradesh
Himalayan mountains, unseen tribes & amazing wildlife
Diverse wildlife in Assam and the Sunderbans
Spot tigers, lions, leopards, buffalo, rhino & elephants
Discover the huge diversity of North India's cuisine
Experience the flavours and exotic spices of South India
Villages, temples, salt flats & the world's last Asiatic lions
Joan Edmunds (USA) , Tailormade India
I have been on 3 tailor made trips with Travel The Unknown and have found them to be knowledgeable and reliable. We`ve stayed in some wonderful places and have had some unusual and satisfying experiences that go beyond the standard tours.
Tracey & Gary , Tailormade India
I would highly recommend Travel the Unknown to anyone visiting India. The service we received both prior to, during and following our travels was always timely and excellent. We were able to customize our trip to our liking and to enjoy a wide variety of activities. The guides in every location were outstanding! Honestly. Having travelled through much of the world I can truly say that we have never been more impressed with the quality of the guides arranged for us in each location, as well as the service we received. Similarly, the hotels were excellent and allowed us to live very comfortably while, at the same time, enjoy an authentic Indian experience. If you haven`t already booked your trip with Travel the Unknown, then either do so now....or at least give them a chance to show you what they can offer.
Penelope Smith , Assam & Nagaland Hornbill Festival, India
What an excellent service! Rahul adapted, extended and improved our trip so many times without a qualm and we ended up with the trip of a lifetime. The destinations are unusual and interesting but everything has been checked out by the team and works brilliantly. I can`t wait to do another trip.
Christina Taft , Living Bridges of Meghalaya, India
Travel the Unknown put together an Itinerary in North East India - Living Root Bridges for me and a travelling companion. The accommodations, transportation, promptness of drivers, and knowledge of our guide was excellent. Easy booking from office and good pre trip information. Thanks TTU!
Mary Trubek (USA) , Tailormade India
I thoroughly enjoyed my tailor made tour of northwestern and central India. Guides and accommodations were excellent and we saw as much of the area as could be packed into two weeks. I look forward to another tour with Travel the Unknown.
John & Christine Gregory , Tailormade India
This is our second fabulous trip with Travel The Unknown and we were not disappointed. Rajasthan's vibrant colours of turbans and saris, the noise, the spicy aromas, the silence in the hot air balloon over rural Jaipur, the majestic forts and palaces of ancient times, sighting leopards in the wild, all far exceeded our expectations and the heritage homes and hotels we stayed in, whilst being of high standard in every way, still had a friendly family touch. Thanks so much to Rahul and the team for such a memorable trip. Six weeks on and we still can't stop talking about it. I can't wait for the next one!
Ken Sankey , Living Bridges of Meghalaya, India
Wow, India is incredible and Travel The Unknown put together a trip that really showed the diverse nature of the country and cultures, from the busy capital Delhi to the splendour of the Taj Mahal and then off the main tourist trek with an overnight sleeper train to Varanasi on the Ganges, the Hindu religious capital with bathing , washing and cremations alongside the river - an astonishing experience. We then moved to the forgotten North East corner where there is a tribal culture in an area seemingly cut off from the rest of India. Our destination was the Living Root Bridges which are unique and remote. Just want to go back to India for more...
Hazel & James Frost , Tailormade India
Another fantastic trip with this company. WE really managed to get off the beaten track and have seen some amazing sights. Well put together. We will travel again with Travel the Unknown
Andria & John Palmer , Living Bridges of Meghalaya, India
The Living Root Bridges trip was our first time with Travel the Unknown and we would have no hesitation from booking with them again.
Christian Noni , Tailormade North East India
I had been studying the Apatani Tribe for quite some time… I’m talking roughly 7 years! Travel The Unknown made my dreams come entirely true. They organized every aspect of my experience in the most minute detail. I have never felt such confidence in an agency nor worked with one more knowledgeable about their destination. Because of them and their kind efforts, I will continue to travel with Travel The Unknown for all future expeditions to this or similar regions. Thanks, Travel The Unknown, for everything!
Stephen , Living Bridges of Meghalaya, India
Gotta say thanks to Travel The Unknown for organising my fascinating trip to a little-known area of the world. The scenery was fantastic, food was amazing, the guide was great and the living bridges were inspiring. An India not many get to see. Thanks again.
Terry Cooper , Living Bridges of Meghalaya
As always Travel The Unknown were exceptional in organising my trip to India. The guides for Meghalaya and the Golden Triangle were friendly, extremely helpful and very informative. The tour was busy but never felt rushed; the combination of Meghalaya and Golden Triangle giving quite a varied perspective of India.