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India with the Tea Centre
The Tea Centre has teamed up with Dex India Holidays, to offer a vibrant 17-day holiday to the sub-continent. Getting you to the heart of India, exploring mouthwatering sites like the Taj Mahal and the Pink City of Jaipur, they also visit the tea plantations of Darjeeling and Assam, staying at authentic tea bungalows.
Day 1: Delhi
Friday. Namaste! Welcome to India. They will be there to collect you as you arrive in to New Delhi for your transfer to the hotel. Overnight – Delhi

Days 2 - 3: Delhi Old & New
Old Delhi	Over the next two days they will explore all that Elderly & New Delhi must offer. Modern New Delhi is a striking contrast to the unorganised chaos of the Elderly City although both are as appealing. Our tour of Elderly Delhi begins with a visit to Raj Ghat, a quiet & simple memorial that pays homage to the Mahatma Ghandi & marks the spot where they was cremated. They continue on to Red Fort, a magnificent complex overlooking the Jamuna River. Next they jump aboard local rickshaws & make our way to Jama Masjid, of Asia’s largest mosques.

Later on they visit the famous Khari Baoli Spice & Food Grain Market where they have the privilege of a short interactive session with a local spice & grain merchant who will report to us lots of fascinating facts about spices & tea in India.
On day three they explore New Delhi, kicking off with Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India before paying a visit to Humayun’s Tomb -  the first garden tomb in the Indian subcontinent & inspired the construction of the legendary Taj Mahal. They finish off the tour with a trip to India Gate, the Parliament building & Rastrapathi Bhawan - the President’s residence.
This afternoon they relax at The Atrium in the Hotel Imperial and enjoy a pleasant Afternoon Tea. Overnight – Delhi

Day 4: Agra & the Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal in AgraDelhi - Agra. This morning they travel to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal! Our first cease of the day is the Tea Lounge at the Radisson where they will indulge in an exquisite tea & coffee afternoon. Later on they visit the lofty Agra Fort, an impressive red sandstone structure that surrounds the beautiful Pearl Mosque. From here it is possible for you to to see your first glimpses of the Taj.

In the early evening they make our way to India’s most popular tourist attraction, the Taj Mahal. Constructed over a period of 21 years, this stunning monument was built as a memorial for Shah Jehan’s spouse Mumtaz Mahal. They spend our time here exploring the wonderful monument whilst enjoying a stunning Indian sundown at night draws in. Overnight – Agra

Day 5: Fetehpur Sikri

Agra - Jaipur. After breakfast they start our journey to Jaipur, stopping at Fetehpur Sikri en route. This sprawling sandstone city was built in the 16th Century & housed Emperor Akbar, his three wives Muslim, Hindu & Christian), his lots of staff & limitless concubines.

This afternoon they drive to the final part of the Golden Triangle, the brilliant Pink City of Jaipur. Overnight – Jaipur

Day 6: Jaipur - the Pink City
Hawa Mahal in JaipurWe start the morning with a visit to striking Amber Fort. Arriving in to the fort in style atop an Indian elephant, as the royal families would have done.
This afternoon they embark on a city tour taking in the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal & Birla Hindu before being treated to High Tea at the stunning Rambagh Palace which was the home to generations of royals for  centuries & is now a luxury hotel, fondly often called the 'Jewel of Jaipur'. Overnight – Jaipur

Day 7: Dibrugarh
Jaipur - Dibrugarh. Today they take a flight to Dibrugarh by Delhi and Guwahati. Dibrugarh is called The Tea Capital of Assam, being the gateway to of the largest tea producing districts. Overnight – Dibrugarh

Days 8 - 9: Assam's tea estates
Tea estate in AssamWe spend the next two days touring tea factories and tea gardens. They start with a visit to a tea factory that makes use of the CTC (Crush, Tear and Curl) process of producing tea.
We also visit the Mancotta Tea Estate which practices the orthodox method of producing tea. Whilst here they take a walk around the plantation, visit the tea factory and sample the different types of tea that Mancotta produces. Overnight – Dibrugarh

Day 10: Guwahati
Dibrugarh - Guwahati. Early this morning there is the chance to take an optional horse ride through the plush green tea plantations of Ethelwold & Jalaangar Tea Estate before they fly onward to Guwahati, the capital of the Assam region. The evening is free for you to explore this pretty city. Overnight – Guwahati

Days 11 - 12: Darjeeling - home of tea
Tea plantations in DarjeelingGuwahati - Bagdora - Darjeeling. This morning they fly to Bagdora and transfer to Darjeeling -  probably the most famous tea region in India.
We will visit the Tea Factory and partake in a spot of tea tasting with a local professional as well as enjoying High Tea at the Tea Lounge at the New Elgin Hotel. However, Darjeeling isn’t all about the tea. The famous Sherpa Tenzing Norgay is from here and given its close propinquity to the Himalayas means it is home to the Everest Museum, the Mountaineering Institute and the Mountaineering Museum, all of which they will visit.

There is and a Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre to visit, which has been set up to help rehabilitate refugees from neighbouring Tibet, who have fled since the Chinese invasion, and a Zoological Park. The park houses a whole host of local animals including the Siberian Tiger and the Red Panda. Overnight – Darjeeling

Day 13: Makaibari & Salim Hill
 Salim hill estateDarjeeling - Salim Hill Estate. After breakfast they visit the Makaibari Tea Estate for a morning tea experience before continuing on to Salim Hill, a sprawling organic tea estate. At Salim Hill they spend some time in the tea garden & the factory. In the evening they take a leisurely stroll along the tea gardens to sundown point. They also have the chance to visit of the Tea Picker’s homes in the local village. Overnight – Darjeeling

Day 14: Dam Dim Tea Estate
Salim Hill - Dam Dim Tea Estate. After breakfast they travel to Dam Dim Tea Estate in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas, for a tea experience followed by a Planter style lunch at Dam Dim tea bungalow with appetizing local recipes carefully handed down through generations. They then visit the tea gardens as well as a huge commercial tea factory including the tea packing units. Overnight - Dam Dim Tea Estate/Zurantee Tea Bungalow.

Days 15 - 16: Kolkata city tour
Tea gardenDam Dim - Jalpaiguri - Kolkata. On day 15 they spend the morning at leisure before travelling to New Jalpaiguri train station for an overnight train to Kolkata – India’s bustling capital of culture. On arrival on day 16 they enjoy some sightseeing around this vibrant city, including visits to the imposing marble Victoria Memorial, the Indian Museum, which houses of the best collections of Indian art and the stunning Jain Temple.

Day 17: Kolkata
Your tour concludes after breakfast and onward transfer to the airport.

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