Renamed Kolkatta by the Indian government after independence in 1947, today it is the capital of the state of West Bengal and one of the world's emerging mega-cities - a frantic, giant metropolis that nonetheless has its gentle side. Culturally, Calcutta has inspired numerous artists, writers and scholars, sparking what some have called a "Bengali Renaissance"; among such notables was Rabindranath Tagore, winner of the Noble Prize in Literature (1913) and writer of the national anthems of both India and Bangladesh.
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Calcutta Polo Club
Dine at the Calcutta Polo Club, the oldest private polo club in the world. If they are available, dine with the Maharaja of Burdwan and his wife, who are friends of Remote Lands, while watching a polo match. On occasion, we can arrange for guests to have cocktails and dinner at the Maharaja's home, joined by leading members of Kolkatta society.
Have a privately guided tour focusing on the city's elegant (and sometimes crumbling) old colonial architecture, including the National Library of India, the stately 19th-century Marble Palace, the Indian Museum, the General Post Office, and the grand Victoria Memorial. At the latter, Remote Lands can on occasion arrange a private curator-led tour of areas not normally accessible to the public.
Visit Mother House, the final resting place for Mother Teresa as well as the headquarters for her order, the Missionaries of Charity. Formed in 1950, the hall serves as both a museum and mausoleum, with her grave located on the ground floor. On occasion, Remote Lands can arrange for guests to have a private mass with resident sisters of Mother House (donation required).
Go riding or play golf or tennis at the Tollygunge Club, an exclusive country club whose history dates back almost 225 years.
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Andaman & Nicobar Islands
- Andaman And Nicobar Islands
- Arunachal Pradesh
- Bandhavgarh National Park
- Kanha National Park
- Nagarhole & Bandipur
- New Delhi
- Panna National Park
- Pench National Park
- Satpura National Park
Explore the sights and attractions of India’s exciting Bengal region, on a 12-day luxury journey from Bangladesh’s bustling Dhaka, through the lush Sundarbans mangrove forest, onwards to Calcutta for lunch at the Polo Club, and ending Darjeeling for a tour and stay at Glenburn Tea Estate.
- 12 days / 11 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $9,000
This 8-day luxury tour of Darjeeling and Northeastern India starts in Calcutta at the city’s famous Polo Club, and continues on to fragrant Darjeeling, with a tour and stay at Glenburn Tea Estate, rounding off in Sikkim, with its friendly locals, and incredible mountain views.
- 8 days / 7 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $7,000
Spend 22 days traveling from India to Bhutan on this luxurious adventure of a lifetime. Shop in New Delhi’s world-famous Chandni Chowk market, dine at the Calcutta Polo Club, and marvel at the ancient Tibetan Buddhist Ghoom Monastery, while staying in luxury hotels like Amankora and Oberoi.
- 22 days / 21 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $20,600
Explore India’s fascinating Northeast on this incredible 14-day journey. You’ll tour the ancient architecture of Calcutta, spend time inside Kaziranga National Park at the exclusive Diphlu River Lodge, see river dolphins, venture inside India’s largest monastery, and travel by helicopter to Nagaland.
- 14 days / 13 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $21,000
Assam Bengal Navigation is famous for river cruising in India and the ABN Charaidew is one of the longest established boats of the Brahmaputra River. The original vessel is now moored near Majuli Island, providing accommodation and sightseeing opportunities in its new life as a floating hotel. Meanwhile, the new ABN Charaidew II continues the sailing route between Calcutta and Dibrugarh. Travelers can choose from four, seven or ten nights on the river, taking in nature reserves, tea gardens, tribal village performances and endangered wildlife safaris. Accommodation aboard is comprised of 18 cozy and comfortable cabins, all featuring balconies for views of the passing river scenery. The limited accommodation allows for an intimate experience and guests can socialize in the vessel's saloon & bar after a day of excursions to see historical, cultural and natural wonders. Or, keep fit in the gym, relax at the spa, or lie out on the sun deck - the choice is yours.
Affectionately called the “Grand Dame of Chowringhee,” the stately, neo-classical Oberoi Grand has stood for 125 years in the heart of Kolkata (Calcutta). With elegant decor evoking the city’s colonial past as the capital of the British Raj, all rooms and suites provide wired and wireless high-speed Internet, a 32-inch LDC television, satellite TV, DVD, Ayurvedic toiletries, and more. Dining options include gourmet Thai cuisine at Baan Thai, the all-day international buffet at La Terrasse, while fine wines, beer, spirits, and cigars are available at the Chowringhee Bar. The health center features state-of-the-art Life Fitness cardio machines and weight training equipment. The Oberoi Spa offers a variety of massage treatments, body wraps, Ayurvedic therapies, salon treatments, and personal yoga and meditation sessions. The Oberoi Grand is approximately a 50-minute drive from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU).
The Glenburn Penthouse
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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
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