North East India + Bhutan + South India

THE LAST SHANGRI-LA? SOLD OUT!

20 DAYS: 25 SEPTEMBER – 14 OCTOBER 2017

KOLKATA – DARJEELING – BHUTAN – KERALA
OPTIONAL SRI LANKA TOUR (8 DAYS: 14-21 OCTOBER)

Kolkata – A wise old soul with a throbbing intensity that breeds brilliance of every emotion imaginable.

  • Visit Mother Teresa House.
  • Morning market walk, a hidden treasure, for its extraordinary street food.

Darjeeling – Famed for its distinctive Darjeeling tea in the foot hills of the Himalayas with a back drop of the majestic Mt. Kanchenjunga.

  • Ride UNESCO World Heritage-listed ‘Toy Train’ the steam locomotive from Darjeeling to India’s highest train station, Ghum (7,407ft). Few journeys can match the views.
  • Indulge in the champagne of Darjeeling teas in a stunning family run tea estate, with views of Mt Kanchenjunga.

Bhutan – A tiny and remote kingdom nestling in the Himalayas. Almost completely cut off for centuries, fiercely guarding its ancient traditions.

  • A hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery that hangs on a clifftop.
  • Experience Thimphu Festival to see a series of highly stylised masked dance rituals from its ancient Buddhist culture.

Kerala – Spice garden of India – named as one of the 10 paradises of the world by National Geographic. Tropical paradise of palms, wide sandy beaches, backwaters and dance forms like

  • Kathakali.
  • Cruise the tranquil backwaters in elegant ‘Kettuvallam’ houseboats.
  • Lush spice gardens and cooking demonstrations.

Sri Lanka

  • Stay at a lush Tea Estate and enjoy Sri Lankan cuisine.
  • Optional wildlife safaris.
  • Visit ancient kingdoms and ruins.

Shammi says...

“City of Joy – Kolkata, to the foothills of the Himalayas, to the serene and pristine kingdom of Bhutan. Enliven the senses, as you then will be transported to another world, another culture, another heritage – Kerala and Sri Lanka”.

TESTIMONIALS

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    “Shammi’s boundless energy, enthusiasm, charm and passion created a tour that was impeccably planned, varied and wonderfully intriguing.”

    - Coral and Stuart Brander
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    “Shammi’s in charge. Wonderful trip, fascinating with unexpected gems! Thought challenging.”

    - Sue and Brian Farley
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    “Thanks for the experience, the memories, the fun and friendship. Thank you for all the happy surprises in your India.”

    - Ele and Grant Ludemann
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    “Dear Shammi, our love and sincere thanks for your untiring attention to the detailed planning of our trip to India. You made our tour of your homeland Inspiring, Incredible and Incomparable! for all of us, your family of Kiwi travellers.”

    - Gloria and Ian Hurst
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    “There are no words that can describe the journey you gave us as our entry into India. Thank you, we learnt so much and there is still so much to know. Hope for many more adventures together.”

    - Mandy and Terry Pratley
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    Namaste, we will remember you Shammi and our time in India forever.

    - Jo and Nick Patterson
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    “Shammi’s Boutique Tours reflects immense variation, thus giving us that most valuable and privileged experience of being able to meet local people in their homes. This differentiated Shammi’s tour, from our other holiday travels. We have been altered by our experiences Shammi. Thanks so much.”

    - Jack and Kareen Searle, Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand
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    “I have been with Shammi on two of her specially designed Indian tours. Shammi’s itinerary exactly matched my expectations. Her local knowledge was extraordinary and coupled with humour and humility imbued a personal touch. I recommend Shammi’s Boutique Tours for a diverse and intriguing experience”.

    - Pam Thompson, Sydney, Australia
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    “We did an amazing trip in India with Shammi. The organisation, places we went, interaction with the locals, meals and top class accommodation throughout made this one of the best trips we have ever done. We have recommended this to our friends as a “must do” and we are planning on returning with Shammi.”

    - Priscilla and Leo Van Dijk
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    “We have long had a fascination with all things Indian. Travelling through Rajasthan was marvellous. Sumptuous Palaces, Temples and Hotels, glorious landscapes, delicious and varied Indian cuisine, and a totally fascinating variety of cultures and occupations. With Shammi as a friend and guide with all the local knowledge is an experience not to be missed” 

    - Sir Michael and Lady Christine Hill, New Zealand