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A selection of carefully thought overland destinations ex- New Delhi combined with a luxury river cruise on the Ganges and the Hugli rivers provides a truly exhilarating experience.

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  • Overland and River Cruises

  • JTI is a family-owned company specializing in carefully crafted small group tours and bespoke holidays to India, Bhutan and Nepal. Having started as a destination specialist of Northeastern India, JTI has evolved over the years to offer experiential tours in select areas of India, Bhutan and Nepal. Recognized for good service and word-of-mouth recommended tours, JTI is also known for its award-winning products the superbly appointed Diphlu River Lodge, and its pioneering long-distance river cruises on the Ganges, Hugli and Brahmaputra rivers. As a testament to our passion for these destinations, JTI was awarded the National Tourism Award.

    Jungle Travels India have been handling FITs and small group tours to India with specific focus on Eastern India for more than two decades. We are active members of Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) & TAAI( Travel Agents Association of India), Tour Operators for Tigers (www.toftigers.org), CII (Confederation of Indian Industries), ICC (Indian Chamber of Commerce) and we are also members of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) - India chapter. Jungle Travels India is the first IATA accredited Travel Company of North East India.

    In a tiny back-room with nothing more than a telephone, a thick index of flights and a solid knowledge of the destination, husband-wife traveler duo Ashish and Jahnabi Phookan established JTI. That was 1989. Today, after 25 years of organizing successful tours, a lot of hard work and learning along the way; and the sheer passion for doing what we do. JTI has expanded into representative offices in New Delhi, Kolkata and Cochin and works closely with our select partners in Bhutan and Nepal. Our sister company, Assam Bengal Navigation, pioneered long-distance River cruising in India in 2003. For this, we were awarded another National Tourism Award. Our jungle lodge, Diphlu River Lodge was adjudged as the 2nd best wildlife lodge in India by Lonely Planet magazine in 2013.

    Jungle Travels India

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  • Assam BengalNavigation

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    Anyone who has travelled by train or plane through India, or who has been driven on Indian roads, will be amazed to learn that there is actually a way to travel through the country in total serenity and comfort. It is in fact possible to cruise for some 1750 miles on the rivers and inland waterways of India, passing through great cities, alongside wildlife sanctuaries and historical monuments, and into the heart of rural India.

    Assam Bengal Navigation has been the pioneer in opening up this mode of travel and these words from our first brochure in 2003 remain true today. Our expertise in river cruising is still unmatched.

    Assam Bengal Navigation Co., an Indo-British joint venture with offices in India and the UK, launched Indias first-ever long-distance river cruises on the Brahmaputra River in Assam in 2003. For this innovative enterprise the company was the recipient of the Indian National Tourism Award in 2005. In 2007 we launched river cruises on the Hugli River in West Bengal, and in 2010 we commenced cruises on the Ganges, up from the Hugli junction through Bihar to Patna. On 15th February, 2014 our third vessel ABN Rajmahal was launched on the Ganges from Kolkata to Patna and then sailed up to Varanasi in the month of August 2014.

    Some important milestones for this company:

    2003: ABN launched Indias first-ever long-distance river cruises on the Brahmaputra in Assam. For this innovativeEnterprise the company was the recipient of an Indian National Tourism Award in 2005.2007: ABN initiated cruises on the Hugli River in West Bengal.2010: ABN commenced cruises on the Ganges, up from the Hugli junction through Bihar to Patna.2014: ABN Rajmahal reached Varanasi in August 2014.

    Assam Bengal Navigations position has been recognized by CNN International who lists their Brahmaputra cruises as No.6 in the top 10 Most Adventurous Cruises in the World for 2013.

  • Taste of India We are passionate about travel and India. A JTI journey is carefully crafted to provide a deeper insight into the essence of India.

    The Essence of Traveling in India

    Its not just about a new of experiencing India, but its also about places you may hear of for the first time. We endeavour to create experiences through these India journeys, a way to look beyond the ordinary, learn and grow by seeing the unusual, by interacting with locals, and by witnessing sights that continue to invoke inspiring moments.

    Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi

    Your friendly local guide will lead you through the alleys and

    roads of Old Delhi as you ride cycled rickshaws and explore the walled city. You will ride past old havelis and mosques that once housed the Mughal Empire. Its an unique experience in discovering how modern life flows through the ancient architecture.

    Local Train journeys

    Be it a journey from Agra to Jhansi or Farakka to Kolkata or Delhi to Kalka , it is bound to offer you an authentic glimpse into the real India. A train ride in India no doubt will make you think that India is a challenging place to visit, but the adventure, the sites and the people make it all worthwhile. Off course , your friendly escort and guides will ensure that it is a smooth one.

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  • Art and Architecture

    One of the most enduring achievements of Indian civilization is undoubtedly its architecture, which extends to a great deal more than the Taj Mahal or the temple complexes of Khajuraho. While the land tours covers well known architectural destinations across India like Agra, Khajuraho, Hampi , Jaipur , Delhi or Hyderabad , our river cruises in the Ganges or the Hugli takes you across lesser known places of art and architectural interest in the states of West Bengal, Bihar or Uttar Pradesh. A Kathakali dance presentation in Cochin or the retreat ceremony in Wagah border , is bound to give you a closer view of Indias rich tradition and history.

    Morning Boat ride in Varanasi

    The Ganges is a holy river to the Hindus and the early-morning light is particularly inspiring, and all the colour and clamor of pilgrims bathing and performing puja unfolds before you as you embark on a morning boat ride in the river. The walking tour of this old city posts this boat ride gives youre a deeper insight into the tradition and culture flowing through the city.

    Local Markets

    Fragrant spices, local food, handicrafts, flowers and fruits of different destinations that you visit will remind you always what a diversified country India is. As you explore the local markets of Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Kolkata, Hyderabad or Chennai , you will relish every moment of your India experience.

    The Wild Life Experience in India

    Not much can come close to that feeling when you spot an animal in the wild, especially when youre not expecting it. As you explore the jungles of Kanha National Park or Bandhavgarh National Park on your jeep safaris or you try to spot wildlife as you embark on a boat ride in Lake Periyar in Kerela you will realize India has much to offer when it comes to wildlife. Your stays in unique jungle resorts or lodges in this destinations enhances your wild India experience.

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  • Delhi

    Modern Delhi is a chaotic tapestry of medieval fortifications, Mughal mausoleums, dusty bazaars, and colonial-era town planning. Navigate the city via the metro, maximizing the time spent in the citys magnificent museums and monuments, its stellar restaurants and its eclectic emporiums.

    Shimla

    The former summer capital of the British in India, and the present capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla has been blessed with all the natural bounties which one can think of. It has got a scenic location, it is surrounded by green hills with snow capped peaks. The spectacular cool hills accompanied by the structures made during the colonial era creates an aura which is very different from other hill.

    Bulging at its seams with unprecedented expansion, Shimla retains its colonial heritage, with grand old buildings, among them are the stately Viceregal Lodge, charming iron lamp posts and Anglo-Saxon names. The Mall, packed with shops and eateries, is the centre of attraction of the town, and Scandal Point, associated with the former Maharaja of Patiala's escapades, offers a view of distant snow clad peaks.

    Pragpur

    Pragpur is located at an elevation of 2000 feet above sea level, heritage village Pragpur is ideally suited to explore the Kangra valley. The area has several streams that drain into the river Beas. Many places of historic, religious and cultural importance

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  • are with in easy reach. With its equitable climate, easy access, safe passage and rich flora and fauna, Pragpur and its surroundings offers an ideal location for village tourism. The ambience of the heritage zone of Garli-Pragpur is zealously protected by the local residents. In their endeavour that Garli-Pragpur retains its unique character, panchayats preserve their heritage buildings. Several heritage structures are now being restored using original techniques but with modern facilities to facilitate tourist.

    Jaipur

    Jaipur is a land of natural beauty and great history. It has a flourishing tourism industry. Also called pink City, it is the capital of Rajasthan. Jaipur was the capital of former Kachwaha rulers and it so presents itself as a versatile tourist destination. This royal place is rich in heritage, culture and architecture. With splendid fortresses, majestic palaces, tranquil temples and beautiful havelis; Jaipur turns out to be an ideal tourist destination. It is not just the r