West Bengal is often combined with holidays to Sikkim & Assam in the northeast – with a highlight being a visit to the hill station at Darjeeling, famous for its distinctive black tea and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, fondly known at the “Toy Train”. Here you can visit the Ghoom monastery or, for a truly authentic cultural experience, venture further afield to Gangtok with its Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.
For wildlife enthusiasts, Kaziranga National Park in Assam has two thirds of the world’s remaining population of severely endangered one-horned rhino. This park is home to large breeding populations of Asian elephant, water buffalo and swamp deer as well as being a tiger reserve, where you can experience game viewing on the back of an elephant.
Holidays to Sikkim & Assam can be combined with a visit to Chitwan National Park in Nepal, one of the richest wildlife areas in Asia, or the Buddhist country of Bhutan, with monasteries in breathtaking locations such as Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang).