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Cheers India ! (Tour Code: IN/011) – ‘Cheers’ they say is the most important of utterances while drinking, as the drink shakes up your sense of smell, touch and sight but not your sense of hearing. We take you to destinations that cheer you to their tea, coffee and wine. We visit the imperial capital of India, Calcutta then move on to Jorhat, to enjoy Assam tea and later move to Darjeeling – the exotic tea destination. We also visit Nasik to try an array of wines that come from the variety of Indian grapes grown in the vineyards here. Coorg for coffee and later to Wayanad and Ooty for yet another variety of tea. This is a truly learning experience that takes you through the process that is followed by Cheers !
Day 01 Arrival day in Kolkata
Upon arrival in Kolkata, our representative will meet, assist you and you will be transferred to your hotel. Check in at the hotel and day up to lunch at leisure. Post lunch you visit The Victoria Memorial and other colonial places that still make Calcutta a city of joy. You also have an option to experience the Tram ride or for that matter the hand-pulled rickshaws. Back to hotel by evening. Overnight at the hotel in Kolkata.
Breakfast at the hotel and post breakfast you will check out from the hotel and transfer to airport in time to connect your morning flight to Jorhat (via Guwahati). Arrive Jorhat and you will be transferred to the resort in Jorhat. Check-in and overnight at the resort in Jorhat.
Day 03 Jorhat
Start your day early today. Take a walk around the tea gardens and experience the process of tea making. Breakfast with diverse tea blends will be served on this tour. Post lunch you will be visiting Tokolai Tea Research Center which is a registered co-operative society dedicated to scientific research and improvement in productivity and quality of tea in the North Eastern Region of India. Back to the resort and overnight at the resort in Jorhat.
Breakfast at hotel and post breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to airport in time to connect your morning flight to Guwahati (1 hrs.) . Arrive Guwahati by the afternoon. Later you will take afternoon flight to Bagdogara (1 hrs). Arrive Bagdogra and drive to Darjeeling (95 kms / 3 hrs). Upon reaching Darjeeling by the evening you will be transferred to the Tea Estate (hotel) for 3 nights stay. Check in and overnight at the Tea Estate (resort) in Darjeeling.
Day 05 Darjeeling
Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast walk or drive through the tea fields with one of our specialist guides, who will give you an insight into how the tea is grown and looked after. Drive back up the hill to the Tea Factory where your Tea Estate Manager will take you for a guided tour on how the leaf is brought in from the fields, weighed, and then taken through the processes of withering, rolling, fermenting, drying and finally sorting. Post lunch you can enjoy the ambience and flora of your resort. Overnight at the resort in Darjeeling.
Day 06 Darjeeling
Early morning drive to Tiger Hills to experience the magnificent sunrise from the Himalayas. Back to resort for breakfast. Post breakfast you will take a tour of Happy Valley Tea Estate. The Happy Valley tea estate is located towards the North of the Darjeeling town and whilst walking to this place, one cannot possibly miss the magnificent view of the Mt. Kanchenjunga. On the way to Happy Valley Tea Estate, one shall also come across the crematorium of some world famous personalities. The estate stretches to many kilometers and one can hardly perceive its end. The estate produces world class Darjeeling Tea and is one of the oldest and most renowned tea estates in Darjeeling. You have an option to have lunch during your tour of Tea Estate. In the afternoon you will be taking a tour by Darjeeling Heritage Train.( 3 hrs) A journey on this railway is a unique experience as one passes through the breathtaking landscape of the majestic Himalayas, through tunnels and over bridges; amid the lush green valleys embellished with pine and oak trees. The traveller is left with a long lasting memory of rhapsody and triumph. Back to resort. Overnight at the resort in Darjeeling.
Day 07 Darjeeling / Bagdogra / Kolkata
Early breakfast and check out from the resort.and transfer to Bagdogra airport (95 kms / 3 hrs) in time to connect your morning flight to Kolkata. (1 hr ). Arrive Kolkata by the afternoon and you will be transferred to hotel. Check in at the hotel. In the evening you have an option to visit the local Markets. Back to the hotel and overnight at the hotel in Kolkata.
Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast you will be transferred to airport in time to connect your morning flight to Mumbai (3 hrs). Arrive Mumbai by the afternoon and you will drive to Nasik (170 kms / 4 hrs). Arrive Nasik by the evening and check in at the Sula Vineyards Resort. Overnight at the resort in Nasik.
Day 09 Nasik
Breakfast at the resort. This full day you will be visiting Sula Vineyards and Refineries. Here you can explore various mechanisms of wine preparation and tasting rooms. Back to resort by the evening. Overnight at the resort in Nasik.
After early morning check out and drive to Mumbai (170 kms / 4 hrs). Packed breakfast on board your car. Arrive Mumbai and you will be transferred to airport in time to connect your afternoon flight to Mangalore (1.5 hrs). Arrive Mangalore and drive to Coorg (170 kms / 3 hrs). Reach Coorg in the late evening and you will check in at the Resort which is nestled in the Western Ghats amidst 300 acres of coffee and spice plantations. Overnight at the resort in Coorg.
Day 11 Coorg
Breakfast at the resort. Post breakfast you will be taken for a guided tour of the 300 acre coffee and spice plantation. Learn the difference between an Arabica and Robusta, discover how the Malabar blend got ‘monsooned’, and explore the spice scented pathways of Orange County to slip into the spirit of the land. Post lunch you are free to explore the natural beauty of Coorg and Coffee fields on your own. Overnight at the resort in Coorg.
Day 12 Coorg / Wayanad
Breakfast at the resort. Post breakfast drive to Wayanad (120 kms / 3 hrs). Reach Wayanad and you will check-in at a Coffee Resort in Wayanad. Nestled away in the laps of a serene and picturesque plantation, this resort is a delicious concoction of tradition, luxury and homeliness. Day up to lunch at leisure. Post lunch you will explore the countryside estate or trek up the spectacular mountainsides to become one with the Western Ghats’ natural beauty. Back to resort by the evening. Overnight at the resort in Wayanad.
Day 13 Wayanad
Breakfast at the resort. Post breakfast you can explore the Coffee Plantation and meet the local workers at the coffee plantation. Back to resort by the lunch. Post lunch you will be visiting Pookote lake and Meenmutty Waterfalls. Meenmutty Waterfalls is a spectacular fall that cascades from a height of about 300m in three stages. It is the second largest waterfall in Kerala. Located in the lush deciduous forest 29km south of Kalpetta, the falls can be reached only after a 2km trek. Back to hotel by the evening. Overnight at the resort in Wayanad.
Day 14 Wayanad / Ooty
Breakfast at the resort. Post breakfast drive to Ooty (130 kms / 3 hrs). Reach Ooty and you will check-in at your resort. Check in at the resort and day up to lunch at leisure. Post lunch you can visit the lush green tea plantation. Back to resort by the evening. Overnight at the resort in Ooty.
Day 15 Ooty
Breakfast at the resort. Post breakfast you will be visiting the lake, Botanical Gardens, Dodda Betta, Conoor Tea Gardens, Sim’s Park, Dolphin’s Nose. Back to hotel by the evening. Overnight at the resort in Ooty.
Breakfast at the hotel. Post breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Coimbatore (100 kms / 2 hrs). Upon arrival in Coimbatore you will be transferred to airport in time to connect your morning flight to Kolkata.
The highlights of this tour are tasting sessions of tea at Darjeeling & Jorhat, Wine at Sula Vineyards and Coffee at Wayanad & Coorg.
We have handpicked the properties for stay on this tour so that you are closest to your subject and enjoy the blends, where they are blended or matured.