Tales of Indian Brew

12th October, 2018 - 21st Octobber, 2019
  • Kolkata / Dibrugarh / Jorhat / Guwahati / Darjeeling / Kolkata

  • 9 NIGHTS / 10 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 and she celebrates every event of drinking it. With this passion and love for tea, Anamika gave birth to the Anandini Himalaya Tea. 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 and development in her workshop help bring out the finest nuances of tea manufacturing and blending.

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
  • Immersive tours of tea estates, a tea factory and one of the largest tea auction centers in the world
  • Tea tasting sessions with the locals
  • Local cultural performance
  • Interactions with tea experts
  • Visit Majuli, the largest inhabited river island in the world
  • Ride on the famous Darjeeling toy train
  • Enjoy a boat ride and picnic
  • Group photograph at a tea estate
  • Surprise gift to group members

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1
    12th October 2019 (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 2
    13th October 2019 (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 3
    14th October 2019 (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 4
    15th October 2019 (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 5
    16th October 2019 (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 6
    17th October 2019 (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 7
    18th October 2019 (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 8
    19th October 2019 (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 9
    20th October 2019 (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 10
    21st October 2019 (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
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  • Day 1
    12th October 2019 (Saturday)

    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 dinner and get briefed by Anamika about the tour.

  • Day 2
    13th October 2019 (Sunday)

    Kolkata

    Spend the day exploring the city of Kolkata. Enjoy tea served in traditional earthenware cups called khullars. The city tour would be incomplete without a visit to Flurys – the legendary tearoom that was founded in 1927. Enjoy tea and cookies at Flurys and spend your last night in Kolkata.

  • Day 3
    14th October 2019 (Monday)

    Kolkata / Dibrugarh

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

    *Note: Tea processing can be witnessed if it is operational on the day. 

  • Day 4
    15th October 2019 (Tuesday)

    Dibrugarh

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

  • Day 5
    16th October 2019 (Wednesday)

    Dibrugarh / Guwahati

    Fly to Guwahati and spend your afternoon interacting with tea brokers and auctioneers.

  • Day 6
    17th October 2019 (Thursday)

    Guwahati / Bagdogra / Darjeeling

    Fly to Bagdogra and then drive down to Darjeeling, approximately 3.5 hour-drive. This little hill town is known for one of the most globally recognised teas.

  • Day 7
    18th October 2019 (Friday)

    Darjeeling

    While in Darjeeling, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, (also known as the toy train ride), is a must-experience! Get onboard for unmatched views of the hillside and then spend the afternoon taking a tour of the city. 

  • Day 8
    19th October 2019 (Saturday)

    Darjeeling

    Spend the day on a tea tour at Glenburn Tea Estate, a heavenly little plantation retreat. Visit the tea factory and savour tea served with a selection of homemade cakes and biscuits along with Glenburn’s signature "Tea Leaf Pakoras" – as you enjoy the majestic surroundings.

  • Day 9
    20th October 2019 (Sunday)

    Darjeeling / Bagdogra / Kolkata

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

  • Day 10
    21st October 2019 (Monday)

    Leave Kolkata

    After 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

    This tour has been especially curated to offer an experience of the renowned indigenous teas, 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.  

  • 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
  • Immersive tours of tea estates, a tea factory and one of the largest tea auction centers in the world
  • Tea tasting sessions with the locals
  • Local cultural performance
  • Interactions with tea experts
  • Visit Majuli, the largest inhabited river island in the world
  • Ride on the famous Darjeeling toy train
  • Enjoy a boat ride and picnic
  • Group photograph at a tea estate
  • Surprise gift to group members

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