October 9 - 20, 2020
Orissa Ext. to Oct. 24







About This Tour

India is a world unto itself. Each of its 29 states has its own unique history, culture and character. Much of East India feels very British, because the British Empire ruled the entire Indian subcontinent from Calcutta, which was once the world’s most fashionable city after London. During the 18th and 19th century, East India became one of the world’s greatest exporters, sending tea, textiles and spices to Europe, Asia and North America. The Europeans are no longer in control, and the Bengal Tigers that used to roam the mangrove forests here are now very rare, but much of this region retains a great deal of its past and feels very much unlike anywhere else in India.

From Kolkata we travel to the Sundarbans, a mangrove area in the delta formed by the confluence of Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna Rivers in the Bay of Bengal. The Bengali word for Sundarbans means “beautiful forest.” Four protected areas in the Sundarbans are enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Finally, the tour visits the Andaman Islands, an archipelago actually closer to Myanmar than to India, but an important historical outpost during the British colonial era and now an enticing vacation spot with its crystal clear waters and sandy beaches. Enjoy an optional extension to the Orissa state after the main tour, seeing Bhubaneswar and Puri.

Tour Highlights

  • Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta
  • Kolkata’s Dalhousie Square *
  • Sundarbans Delta *
  • River cruises
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Andaman Islands
  • Port Blair
  • Beach time


  • Bhubaneswar, capital of ancient Orissa
  • Konark Temple *
  • Puri, a “holy abode” of India
  • Gotipua, majestic folk dance of Orissa
  • * UNESCO World Heritage Sites