Arrive Imphal by flight #...at.., transfer to Hotel (Standard check in time at 1200 noon)
Kolkata known historically in English as Calcutta is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River, it is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India, while the Port of Kolkata is India's oldest operating port as well as its sole major river port.
The British East India Company chose the place for a trade settlement. In 1698, the East India Company bought three villages (Sutanuti, Kalikata and Gobindapur) from a local landlord family of Sabarna Roy Choudhury. The next year, the company began developing the city as a Presidency City. In 1727, on the order of King George I, a civil court was set up in the city. The Calcutta Municipal Corporation was formed and the city had its first mayor.
Overnight: The Oberoi Grand (https://www.oberoihotels.com/hotels-in-kolkata/)
Start your day by visiting a very colourful Flower Market, set up daily along the Hoogly River, which is a sensory overload of very photogenic sights and smells. You visit KALI Mandir, Nirmal Hardey Home-set up by Mother Teressa, the Burra Bazar.
After lunch visit the Victoria Memorial… The Victoria Memorial (Victoria Memorial Hall) is a large marble building in Kolkata (Calcutta), which was built between 1906 and 1921. It is dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria (1819–1901) and is now a museum. Overnight: The Oberoi Grand
After breakfast board flight # 6E 982, 1115/1245 to Imphal. Transfer to Hotel Classic After lunch visit IMA Bazaar, Imperial War Cemetery. Evening see Sangai festival
The Sangai Festival strives to promote the best of what the state has to offer to the world. Witness the best of art and culture, handlooms, handicrafts, ethnic sports, cuisines, music, adventure sports, as well as the scenic natural beauty of the land. Having assumed great importance in recent years, the 2017 edition essential celebrates ethnic diversity of the society.
The festival format is such that events take place all over Manipur. During the day there are outdoor events. Post 4.30 PM cultural events take place at mini stadium. The festival venues are also crowded by stalls serving Manipuri delicacies. There are many options to check out Manipuri handicrafts/artificial jewellery from Thailand.
The events held in Imphal include polo matches. Witness traditional polo, which originated here and contemporary sport. It is from here that the British first learned polo. The traditional boat race, Hiyang-Hiren Tanaba is a power packed event. The dance forms of Manipur deserve special mention. Ras-Leela dance, Pung Cholom and the ethnic Manipuri dance form creates magic on visitors with elegant steps and poignant music. The fusion music performances during the festival are absolutely wonderful. Do not miss Nata Sankirtana, cultural performances by people of hilly districts. Power paragliding at Old Airfield and the ethnic games of the state are also organized in the capital city. The festival also hosts performances by artists from states of Tripura, Orissa and international locales of Thailand and Myanmar.
Events outside Imphal includes trekking climbing to highest peak of the state, Mount Iso. And boat exploration and encounters with fisherfolk on Loktak Lake Moirang. In the city festival performances, crafts and textiles are some of the highlights. The Festival is the right venue to get a perspective on Manipuri culture. Overnight: Hotel Classic
After breakfast visit the Kangla Museum which depicts the history of Manipur in the last century. The ruins of the Palace of Kangla are in the city centre, surrounded by a moat. Overnight: Hotel Classic.
Post breakfast drive to Loktak Lake “Floating Lake” (50km, 1hr 45mins), you will enjoy the boat ride and see the floating houses in the lake. Overnight: Hotel Classic
After breakfast drive to Kohima (140kms, 4-5hrs) to attend the tribal Hornbill festival or transfer to airport to your onward journey …or FLY BACK TO KOLKATTA/ONWARD
NOTE: Air fares may change at time of issuing the tickets.