Tales of Indian Brew

22nd October, 2018 - 2nd November, 2018
  • Kolkata / Dibrugarh / Jorhat / Guwahati / Darjeeling / Kolkata

  • 11 NIGHTS / 12 DAYS

Creative’s Expert Resource for the Journey

A Tea drinker by birth and a Tea-Taster by profession, Anamika Singh has introduced new infusions with a mix of natural flowers and herbs to the Indian market.
With over 20 years of experience in the tea industry, Anamika showcases her knowledge and passion in a delicious brew. Her real love is tea & she celebrates every event of drinking it. With this passion and love for tea, Anandini was born.
Starting in Darjeeling as an apprentice under her father, Mr. A. K. Singh (a world-renowned tea specialist), she now invests a greater part of the year in the family owned tea gardens in Himachal Pradesh. Research & development in her workshop helps bring out the finest nuances of tea manufacturing and blending. Anamika's expertise extends to food pairing as part of the sensorial journey to culinary ecstasy.
Working in collaboration with exclusive Spas, Star hotels and top restaurants, Anandini Himalaya Tea has helped her to be part of this taste revolution.

Anamika Singh

One of India's Foremost Tea Experts

This tour has been especially curated to offer an experience of the renowned indigenous teas, such as Assam and Darjeeling, which grow exclusively in India. Explore some of India’s finest tea plantations with exclusive tea-tasting sessions. And learn about the delicate cultivation and production process behind this fine beverage.

We have put together the perfect brew with a range of exciting activities – immersive tours of tea estates, a tea factory and one of the largest tea auction centres in the world; an insightful exploration of the plantation, manufacturing and production process of teas; exquisite tea-tasting sessions and interactions with tea experts as well as a scenic ride across the mountains aboard the famous Darjeeling toy train; and a rendezvous with the tribes of the world’s biggest river island.

The Tea Board of India describes Darjeeling tea as having a flavour like a ‘delicate muscatel’ which is why the tea is popularly referred to as the ‘champagne of teas.’ Assam tea, on the other hand, is generally strong and has a nutty and earthy nuance to it. While some are best taken with milk and sugar; others require a more natural brew to bring out the distinct flavours. This tour offers a chance to experience all the nuances of tea making and drinking.

Crafted by Creative Advantages

  • Led by Anamika Singh, a tea connoisseur and expert
  • Tea tasting sessions with the locals
  • Local cultural performance
  • Visit Majuli, the largest inhabited river island in the world
  • Group photograph at a tea estate
  • Surprise gift to group members

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1
    22nd October 2018 (Monday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 2
    23rd October 2018 (Tuesday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3
    24th October 2018 (Wednesday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4
    25th October 2018 (Thursday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5
    26th October 2018 (Friday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6
    27th October 2018 (Saturday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    28th October 2018 (Sunday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8
    29th October 2018 (Monday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9
    30th October 2018 (Tuesday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10
    31st October 2018 (Wednesday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11
    1st November 2018 (Thursday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12
    2nd November 2018 (Friday)

    Arrive Kochi

    Be welcomed at the first destination of your tour - Kochi. The welcome dinner at the hotel is sure to help you unwind and prepare yourself for the tour ahead. Enjoy an interactive session with the tour expert, Mini Thapar, while she briefs you.

    • Horizon International
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 1
    22nd October 2018 (Monday)

    Arrive Kolkata

    Arrive at the first destination of your journey “The City of Joy” – Kolkata. Spend the evening interacting with your tour expert, Anamika Singh. Enjoy your dinner and get briefed by her about the tour.

    • The Oberoi Grand
  • Day 2
    23rd October 2018 (Tuesday)

    Kolkata

    You will spend your day taking a tour of Kolkata. Enjoy tea in the Khullar. The city tour is incomplete without a visit to Flurys – the legendary tearoom that was founded in 1927. Enjoy tea and cookies at Flurys and spend your night in Kolkata.

    • The Oberoi Grand
  • Day 3
    24th October 2018 (Wednesday)

    Kolkata / Dibrugarh

    Fly to Dibrugarh and in the afternoon visit the Mancotta Tea Factory and experience a tea tasting session and walk. In the evening, enjoy a cultural performance.

    (Note: Witness of tea processing is subject to being operational on this day.)

    • Tea County
  • Day 4
    25th October 2018 (Thursday)

    Dibrugarh

    Start your day by taking a tea tour around a tea estate known for producing high quality CTC teas. Enjoy a boat cruise on the Bhramaputra river, followed by picnic lunch with a view of the Eastern Himalayas. Enjoy your dinner at Heritage Chang Bungalow with some local tea planters.

    • Tea County
  • Day 5
    26th October 2018 (Friday)

    Dibrugarh / Jorhat

    Drive to Jorhat, an approximately 3 hour-drive. En route, visit the Ahom monuments and temples at Sivasagar, which encompass the 600-year-old history of the Ahom Dynasty. In the evening, visit Tocklai Tea Research Station.

    • Kaziranga Golf Resort
  • Day 6
    27th October 2018 (Saturday)

    Jorhat / Majuli / Jorhat

    Enjoy a boat ride to Majuli, the largest inhabited river island in the world. Enjoy cultural performances and tribal lunch at a resort.

    • Kaziranga Golf Resort
  • Day 7
    28th October 2018 (Sunday)

    Jorhat / Guwahati

    Drive to Guwahati, which is an approximately 6.5 hour-drive and spend your afternoon interacting with a tea broker and tea auctioneer. Guwahati is home to one of the largest Tea Auction Centers in the world.

    • Vivanta by Taj
  • Day 8
    29th October 2018 (Monday)

    Guwahati / Bagdogra / Darjeeling

    Fly to Bagdogra and from there, drive to Darjeeling, which is an approximately 3.5 hour-drive

    • New Elgin
  • Day 9
    30th October 2018 (Tuesday)

    Darjeeling

    When in Darjeeling, one of the most amazing experiences is the Joy rain ride. Enjoy the joy ride between Darjeeling to Ghum railway station and spend your afternoon taking a tour of the city.

    • New Elgin
  • Day 10
    31st October 2018 (Wednesday)

    Darjeeling

    The day will be spent enjoying the tea tour at Glenburn Tea Estate, a heavenly little plantation retreat. Enjoy a tour of the tea factory with its majestic surroundings and a scrumptious lunch. Savour tea and cookies and drive back to Darjeeling.

    • New Elgin
  • Day 11
    1st November 2018 (Thursday)

    Darjeeling / Bagdogra / Kolkata

    Drive to Bagdogra airport, an approximately 3.5 hour-drive to fly to Kolkata. En route visit Karseong Toy Train museum.

    • The Oberoi Grand
  • Day 12
    2nd November 2018 (Friday)

    Leave Kolkata

    After relishing your breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport to leave India

  • INCLUDED ACCOMMODATION

    CITY

    NAME OF THE HOTELS

    • Kolkata
    • The Oberoi Grand
    • Heritage Lifestyle Hotel
    • Dibrugarh
    • Tea County
    • Boutique Hotel
    • Jorhat
    • Kaziranga Golf Resort
    • Boutique Hotel
    • Guwahati
    • Vivanta by Taj
    • Boutique Hotel
    • Darjeeling
    • New Elgin
    • Boutique Hotel
    • Kolkata
    • The Oberoi Grand
    • Heritage Lifestyle Hotel
  • JOURNEY COST

    Assured tour operation with minimum 2 guests:

    On twin sharing basis
    • GBP EURO USD AUD
    • 4420 5020 6190 8070
    Over and above the twin sharing journey cost
    • GBP EURO USD AUD
    • 970 1105 1360 1775
    Airfare in economy class for the sector - Lucknow / Mumbai (air fare subject to change at the time of booking)
    • GBP EURO USD AUD
    • 260 300 380 480
  • WHAT’S INCLUDED

    Journey led by an expert resource, one of the foremost specialist in the world of Indian teas.

    Visit to tea factories to witness the various stages

    Accommodation based on twin / double sharing basis including breakfast for 11 nights & 12 days

    Lunch and dinner as per the program

    Drinks with the welcome dinner on first night

    All transfers, journeys & excursions by appropriate air-conditioned vehicles based on the number of guests

    All entrance fees at the places of interest based on the program

    Assistance on all arrival, departure & during the journey

    Tea journey with picnic lunch in Darjeeling

    Tea journey in Dibrugarh & Jorhat

    Tea tasting sessions with the locals

    Local cultural program in Dibrubagh

    Porterage at airport & hotels

    Boat rides to an island with lunch

    All currently applicable taxes 

  • WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

    All personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, telephone calls, shopping etc.

    Meals not included and mentioned in the program

    Personal fees for cameras at the places of visit, depends on size of camera and equipment

    Any International airfare or domestic airfare (which is quoted separately). All flight schedules and airfare are subject to change till the time of final booking

    Any Visa fee (all nationalities require an entry visa prior to arrival in India)

  • SPECIAL NOTES

    Please send all bookings and information related emails to our Special Projects team at crafted@creative.travel

    Copies of passports for all guests will be required at the time of booking

    Check in times at the hotels are 1400 Hrs. / Check out times at the hotels are 1200 noon

    Free baggage allowance on domestic flights, as prevails currently (subject to change):Economy Class passengers: 20 kilos per person in check-in bag and 7 kilos in cabin bag.Excess baggage allowance can be purchased online in advance or at the airport while checking in

    Due to any unforeseen circumstances, if any airline opts to cancel / withdraw their flight operation(s) on particular sector(s) their liability is limited to the 100% refund of the airfare charged for the particular sector(s) and do not stand responsible for re-routing or re-booking seats on any other airline. In such events / situations, Creative Travel Pvt. Ltd. will try best to work out most suitable alternative option to make our guests travel and all applicable supplement(s), if any, to be borne by the guests / passengers

    The driving times mentioned in the proposal are approximate and as per normal traffic & road conditions

    The maximum group size will be 24 guests to ensure a delightful experience

    Journey prices are based on current taxes, in case of any change, the same will be levied additionally

  • BOOKING, CANCELLATION AND AMENDMENT FEE

    BOOKING 

    1.25 % of Journey cost to be paid at the time of booking

    2.Remaining payment to be paid 70 days prior to Journey

    3.If booking is made within 70 days of the journey, full payment is required to confirm the Journey

    4.Payment can be made by bank transfer or through Creative's online payment gateway

    CANCELLATION 

    1.Upto 70 days prior to Journey - 10% cancellation fee shall be applicable.

    2.Between 69 - 50 days prior to Journey - 25% cancellation fee shall be applicable

    3.Between 49 - 31 days prior to Journey - 50% cancellation fee shall be applicable

    4.Less than 30 days prior to Journey - 100% cancellation fee shall be applicable

    NAME CHANGE 

    1.Accommodation: Free of cost upto 72 hours before arrival

    2.Flights: A fee of US$ 55 per person, per sector shall be applicable along with any change in the ticket fare.

    3. Trains: A fee of US$ 5 per person, per sector shall be applicable.

  • CANCELLATIONS AND MATERIAL ALTERATION BY CREATIVE TRAVEL

    The journeys are planned well in advance. We reserve the right to modify itineraries, substitute accommodations, including flights and trains, at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond our control such as

    'force majeure' events - flood, fire, act of God, war or threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activities, strikes, airport closure, technical problems with transport, alteration or cancellation of scheduled travel services. Most of the changes will be minor and we will advise you of them at the earliest possible date but occasionally there could be a major change closer to the departure date.

    We also reserve the right in any circumstances to cancel your travel arrangements. For example, if the minimum number of guests required for a particular travel arrangement is not reached, we may have to cancel it.

    In both conditions of change / cancellation, you will have the choice of either accepting the change of arrangements or cancelling your booked holiday and receiving a full refund deducting the taxes except where the major change/cancellation arises due to reasons of force majeure. In case of force majeure, we will refund you for all unutilised services after deducting taxes.

Getting ready for India

We look forward to welcoming you to India. Here is some pre-departure information to help you prepare for your trip. Incase you need any other information, please do reach out to us. Download 24 Hours Emergency Contact Number: (+91) 9911 266277

Your Journey

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Highlights

  • Led by Anamika Singh, a tea connoisseur and expert
  • Tea tasting sessions with the locals
  • Local cultural performance
  • Visit Majuli, the largest inhabited river island in the world
  • Group photograph at a tea estate
  • Surprise gift to group members

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