NEW Nabobs & Tea Planters: 10 nights from £3195 per person
By: Corinthian Travel
Designed for Indophiles and second-time visitors to India, highlights of the unhurried journey include gazing on Sir William Emerson's grandiose milk-white Victoria Memorial - the 'Taj of the Raj' - in Calcutta, relaxing in a beautifully converted planters' bungalow, set amidst the lofty Himalaya, taking afternoon tea on the lawns of the famed Darjeeling Club.
There will also be a chance to travel aboard the Darjeeling Express toy train to Ghoom monastery, which overlooks mighty Mount Kanchenjunga at an impressive 8586m.
As the journey progresses, partake in some of the time-honoured traditions of Raj that have now become an integral part of modern India.
Even today, guests at Glenburn Tea Estate are woken with a tray of biscuits and 'Bed-Tea'. In the afternoon, traditional High Tea is served on the veranda with freshly baked cakes and scones.
Then, after a stroll in the hills, join other in-house guests for G&Ts before proceeding to the dining room for a sumptuous and traditional repast.
Accommodation on the private tour compliments the journey's theme and includes a stylish colonial-themed boutique property in the heart of Calcutta, a delightful planters bungalow near Darjeeling, and an opulent 19th century Nabob's pile in rural Bengal.
The trip which provides a window on a grand, ceremonial, and unhurried way of life, costs from £3195 pp (two sharing a room). This includes all transportation on a private basis, 10 nights' B&B (plus five lunches and five dinners), sightseeing, activities and a guide. Flights extra (bookable through Corinthian Travel).
For further information or bookings call 020 3583 6089 (www.corinthiantravel.co.uk).
Mick Thompson, Travel Dog PR