North East India + Bhutan + South India

THE LAST SHANGRI-LA?

18 DAYS: SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2018

KOLKATA – DARJEELING – BHUTAN

Kolkata – A wise old soul with a throbbing intensity that breeds brilliance of every emotion imaginable.
A city Mother Theresa called home.

  • 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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    “Another “expect the unexpected” experience! Incredible days of passion and wonderment. So appreciated. Unforgettable. Namaste. So many vibrant memories – food for the soul. You are amazing Shammi, we are family. Thankyou.”

    - Jo Patterson
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    “We have so enjoyed all the “unexpected!“ Thank you and so grateful for the care you have given us. You are a remarkable woman; truly from your wide open heart, you give so much.”

    - Linda McDougall
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    “Shammi, you are amazing, thanks so much for such a well organised experience. I can’t believe I’ve had so many experiences in 3 weeks. I have loved every moment and WOW what culinary delights! You organised fantastic guides who were passionate about their culture. So engaging and entertaining. Trip of a life time for me.”

    - Laurie McIntyre
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    “Shammi, well done for another exceptional trip. I very much appreciate all of your research and efforts that allow me just to sign my name and walk to the plane. It has been a pleasure to travel with team happiness. Congratulations, well done.”

    - Chris Reeve
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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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    ” Thank you for another ‘mind blasting’ travel experience. Every experience exceeded. Yeah, you did it again Shammi. Even more steps and stretches….of everything – especially the imagination. How does this all work – days end – accommodation OMG. Sanctuaries always beyond expectation. Love you.”

    - 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