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KOLKATA PRE TOUR 2 NIGHTS

Experience Indian life at full pace in Kolkata, this colourful and cultural city, perhaps India’s most soulful city and certainly the most over looked. Discover the legacy of British Raj, stroll through India’s largest flower market and sample some of the city’s cuisine before your Pandaw adventure.

 

DAY 1

KOLKATA

Sbagata and welcome to Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal. Experience Indian life at full pace in this colourful and cultural city, perhaps India’s most soulful city and certainly the most over looked. During the British Raj, Calcutta as it was known, was the Jewel of the East and the capital until 1911. Discover Tagore, India’s greatest poet, Victorian buildings and some of the country’s best food. Receive a warm Pandaw welcome and transfer privately to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day easing into your magical surroundings, or step outside and explore the neighbourhood. Time permitting you may want to take High Tea at Flurry’s, an old Calcutta institution on Park Street or indulge in a more luxurious version at The Penthouse, high above the streets of Kolkata overlooking the Victoria Memorial (additional charge).

Meals: none
Accommodation: The Lalit Great Eastern Hotel / Premier Room

DAY 2

KOLKATA

Immerse yourself in city life with an early morning visit to the vibrant flower market, one of Asia’s largest. Wind through the mountains of marigolds and jasmine and watch as people buy flowers for temple offerings and prayers. Stroll down to the river to witness a traditional Akhara (subject to timing). Step inside and watch men of all ages practice a traditional form of wrestling known as kushti or pehlwani.

Follow in the footsteps of the British Raj with a walking tour of colonial Kolkata. See Dalhousie Square, now known as B.B.D. Bagh, in the political heart of the city. Admire the colonial buildings, including the prominent Writers’ Building the former HQ of the East India Company, and step inside St John’s Church with its painting of The Last Supper, with the city’s residents dressed as the apostles. In the gardens discover the monument built by Lord Curzon to the Black Hole of Calcutta.

Enjoy Bengali hospitality in the home of Bomti Iyengar, a charming art collector and bon vivant who lives in a great heritage building. Join him for lunch and share fascinating stories, surrounded by his eclectic art collection.

Later, experience the serenity of the Victoria Memorial with a stroll through the splendid gardens. Admire the domed white marble hall built in memory of Queen Victoria and discover Victorian memorabilia and British Raj-era paintings. End the day in the Maidan, the city’s largest urban park and the "lungs of Kolkata”, watching as people come together over a game of cricket.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: The Lalit Great Eastern Hotel / Premier Room

DAY 3

KOLKATA

Following breakfast, transfer from your hotel or airport in Kolkata to embark on your Pandaw ship for your river cruise adventure.

Meals: Breakfast

The Lalit Great Eastern

The LaLiT Great Eastern Kolkata was built in 1841 as the “Auckland Hotel” and is the longest continuously operating luxury hotel in Asia with 165 years of operation until its renovation in 2006, according to the CRISIL Report. The architecture at this hotel is a combination of Victorian, Edwardian and contemporary styles. The LaLiT Great Eastern Kolkata is centrally located in close proximity to key commercial and business locations. It operates 215 rooms and suites and offers over 13,000 square feet of conference and banqueting space. The spa at this hotel is spread over 13,000 square feet and includes a salon. The LaLiT Great Eastern Kolkata operates two restaurants, namely, Alfresco and The Legacy Grill. The hotel also operates a tea lounge, a bakery and a bar.

1,2,3 Old Court House Street, Dalhousie Square, Kolkata, 700069, India

Tel: +91 33 4444 7777

Visit Hotel Website

Rates include

2 nights accommodation, arrival transfer with assistance, one full day exclusive city tour with English speaking guide and entry fees (Central Kolkata and walking tour or North Kolkata and Modern Art), mineral water with transfers and during sightseeing, lunch at Bomti Iyengar (subject to availability) with soft drinks / mineral water / tea or coffee

Price per traveller in USD

Accommodation Type Price per Traveller
Sharing (2 Pax) US$770.80
Single (1 Pax) US$963.41

Extension Code: LTID-ITS-KOL-PRE-1

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