How do I reach Imphal from Silchar

Road to Mandalay - India, Bangladesh and Myanmar

Trip No. 6096

  • Weaving art in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar
  • Cruise through the world's largest mangrove forest - the Sundarbans
  • The cave complex of Hpo Win Taung near Monywa

Three countries, one journey: From the Indian West Bengal we go overland to Bangladesh with its Sundarbans National Park and on to Myanmar. A unique, exciting journey for explorers off the main route. Come with us on this pilot tour and get to know the cultural and scenic delicacies of this special route in a small group of adventurers.

Road to Mandalay - India, Bangladesh and MyanmarRoad to Mandalay - India, Bangladesh and Myanmar


Day 1: Arrival in Kolkata

Finally the time has come! Today your journey starts with the scheduled flight to India.

Day 2: Welcome to India

You reach the capital of West Bengal in the early morning. The hotel room is available to you as soon as you arrive. After a break and an invigorating breakfast, we get a first overview of the chaotic metropolis. Thousands of believers visit the ghats on the Hoogly River every day to wash away their sins. The imposing Howrah Bridge defies the weight of the overflowing traffic and is considered the landmark of Kolkata. During dinner together, we get in the mood for a great trip and enjoy our welcome drink. (A)

Day 3: Kolkata: colonial heritage and Hindu deities

We experience a symphony of colors at the impressive flower market below the Howrah Bridge. Then we marvel at the magnificent legacy of the British colonial era, visit the architecturally remarkable Ramakrishna temple Belur Math and stop by the Mother Theresa House. In Kumartuli we meet artists who work on the divine clay statues all year round. We look around and experience firsthand how elaborately the divine statues for the Durga Puja are made. (F)

Day 4: From Kolkata to the Sundarbans

Off to Bangladesh. We drive to the border in Petrapole and after completing the border formalities we continue to Khulna, gateway to the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Delta. Here we go on board and drive our ship deep into the Sundarbans, with the world's largest mangrove forests. An expert ranger accompanies our excursion and lets us share his knowledge. Overnight on board near Tambulbunia. 195 km (B, L, D)

Day 5: In the Sundarbans

The pulse rate of the Sundarbans is determined by the tides and the high tide of the great rivers. Depending on this, we go deeper into this fantastic world that seems to consist of untouched wilderness. The dense mangrove and primeval forests are home to a unique biotope with rich flora and fauna. We explore them with small boats and on foot and with a bit of luck we will track down the Bengal tiger. Overnight on board near Katka. (F, M, A)

Day 6: World of Wonders

Even today we first take the rowboat and then take an easy hike through a true wonder world. Our ranger shows us flora and fauna, but also informs us about the challenges and problems in the delta. We can relax on a lonely beach and then take the boat to Dhangmari, where we spend the last night on board. (F, M, A)

Day 7: From Mongla to Barishal

We leave the beauty of the wilderness behind and take a bus from Mongla to Barishal. A stop in the historic mosque town of Bagerhat is a must. The so-called sixty-domed mosque from the 15th century is particularly worth seeing. Now we are crossing the most important rice-growing area in Bangladesh. Today's destination is Barishal, where we visit a local theater in the evening. 130 km (B)

Day 8: From Barishal to Dhaka

Barishal and the surrounding area are known for the floating markets. We take a look at them and after our lunch break we take the catamaran through the widely branched river system to Dhaka. Once again we have the opportunity to talk about the delta and the life-giving power of water, but also about its destructive power. We arrive in Dhaka in the evening. (F, A)

Day 9: Dhaka: the pulsating life

Today we want to explore Dhaka and the surrounding area. We start with Sonargaon, the old capital and trading city of Bengal. Now off to Rupshi, where the finest Jamdani fabrics have been produced for centuries. Back in Dhaka we plunge into the swarm of old Dhaka. The small Lalbagh Fort, on the other hand, seems like an oasis of calm. And we can put our negotiating skills to the test at the Shankhari Bazaar. (F)

Day 10: From Dhaka to Srimangal

Today's day trip takes us to the northeast of the country near the Indian border. It is always tea time in Srimangal. The tea bushes cover the hills around the tea capital like a dark green carpet. We visit a plantation and let Romesch Ram Gour initiate us into the secrets of the famous three-, five- and seven-layer tea in the Nilkantha Tea Cabin - tasting included. A long walk through the Lawachara National Park leads us to the people of the Khasia, who give us an insight into their traditional weaving techniques. 180 km (F)

Day 11: From Srimangal to Silchar

Goodbye Bangladesh, hello again India. We cross the border at Karimganj and continue to Silchar in the Indian state of Assam. The city is located right on the bank of the Barak River in the Barak Valley. The Kancha Kanti Kali Temple and the picturesque Dolu Lake are well worth a visit. 180 km (F)

Day 12: From Silchar to Imphal

Today's stage takes us to the northeastern state of Manipur. To be more precise, to the capital Imphal. In this almost forgotten region live the Meithis, who have developed their own version of Hinduism due to the remoteness. On the way we have the opportunity to get to know the Naga people in a village. 260 km (B)

Day 13: Imphal: Yaoshang - Festival of Colors

A festive atmosphere is in the air in the state capital of Manipur. Everywhere we experience the exuberant atmosphere and the play with colors and water during the largest festival in the northeastern border state. The festival, which stands for the rejuvenation of the spirit, is celebrated with enthusiasm and joie de vivre. During the tour of the Shree Govindajee Temple we experience the festivities up close. A visit to the Kangla Fort and the women's market are also still on the program. In the evening we dance in the moonlight - accompanied by rhythmic music and drums we experience the Thabal Chongba dance, in which the participants join hands to form a circle. (F)

Day 14: Imphal: In the national park

It goes into nature. The Leibul Lamjao National Park south of Imphal is known for the huge Loktak lake area with its floating islands and the endangered sangai deer. We go stalking and enjoy the flora and fauna in the canoe. In Bishnpur we meet many of the tribes living here such as the Meities, Naga and Kabui, who mainly live from agriculture. 150 km (B, L)

Day 15: From Imphal to Kalewa

We turn our backs on India and are greeted in Myanmar with a friendly »Mingalabar«. In the border town of Tamu we take a look at the bazaar and continue to Kalewa. Upon arrival we explore the city, which has some churches to offer. 240 km (F)

Day 16: From Kalewa to Gangaw

Many Christians live in Kalewa and we have the opportunity to attend a service in one of the 500 churches. Before that, let's take a look at the morning market. Many of the surrounding tribes offer their goods here. With a bit of luck we will see some of the Chin women with their signature face tattoos. Continue to Gangaw. 180 km (F)

Day 17: Gangaw to Monywa

A day trip takes us to Monywa. On the way we stop in the surrounding villages every now and then and talk to the residents. We also don't miss the impressive caves of Hpo Win Daung with a multitude of Buddha images. 200 km (F)

Day 18: From Monywa to Mandalay

Monywa on the Chindwin River has a lot to offer. For example one of the most beautiful pagodas in Myanmar, the Thanboddhay Pagoda. In Sagaing we marvel at the spectacular variety of over 600 white and gold pagodas and monasteries. After the sightseeing we drive to Mandalay. 150 km (B)

Day 19: Mandalay: Tea and Mahamuni

In the morning we have breakfast like the Burmese in a tea shop. Then we visit the legendary Mahamuni in the pagoda of the same name and later some craft workshops for which Mandalay is so famous. We continue to look around and visit the wooden Shwenandaw monastery. Right next door, the largest book in the world is waiting for us in the Kuthadow Pagoda. We end this day with a visit to the Shwe Kyin Monastery, which, due to its location at the foot of Mandalay Hill, gives us impressive views of a wonderful sunset. (F)

Day 20: Mandalay: Inwa and Mingun

We take the ferry across to Mingun and face King Bodawhpaya's attempt to have the largest pagoda in the world built here. After all, the largest bell in the world is impressive next door. In Inwa we take a carriage ride and enjoy the view of the peaceful landscape. A short stop at the Bagaya Kyaung Teak Monastery is also a must. Then we travel on to Amarapura and let the impressive atmosphere of the U-Bein bridge work its magic on us. (F)

Day 21: From Mandalay to Yangon

We take the flight to the secret capital early in the morning. Prayer, meditation and trade are very close to one another in Yangon: the Sule Pagoda is located near the lively Bogyoke Aung San market in the middle of an intersection in the old town. We also have to see the Kyaukthatgyi Pagoda with the reclining Buddha. In the evening, when the setting sun is reflected in the gold of the stupa, we circle - barefoot and clockwise - the great Shwedagon Pagoda and absorb the Buddhist way of life. Over dinner together, we review the eventful days of our trip. (F, A)

Day 22: Back to Germany

Our journey is drawing to a close. Explore Yangon on your own or accompany our tour guide into the heart of Yangon if you wish. We see Chinatown, walk through the old town and take a boat trip on the Yangon River. Your flight to home starts in the early evening. (F)

Day 23: Back to Germany

In the night you will fly back to Frankfurt, which you will reach around noon. The right to change the flight schedule, hotel and program is expressly reserved. (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)

Your accommodations

placeNights / hotelNational cat.
Kolkata3 Peerless Inn4
Sundarbans3 ship
Barisal1 Grand Park Barisal3
Dhaka2 Golden Tulip The Grandmark Dhaka4
Srimangal1 November Eco Resort3.5
Silchar1 Cachar Club2
Imphal3 Classic Grand Hotel3
Kalewa1 Majesty Hotel3
Gangaw1 Gangaw Hotel2
Monywa1 Win Unity Resort3
Mandalay3 Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort4
Yangon1 Sedona Hotel4

Included in the tour price

  • Train to the airport*
  • Flights with renowned airline in economy class to Kolkata / from Yangon *
  • Domestic flight in economy class
  • Aviation tax, airport and flight security fees and exit taxes *
  • Round trip / excursions in the typical small or coach with air conditioning
  • Transfers on the day of arrival and departure *
  • 18 overnight stays in a hotel (bath or shower / toilet)
  • 3 nights on a river cruise ship in 2 bed cabins with shared bathrooms
  • 21x breakfast, 4x lunch, 6x dinner
  • German-speaking qualified Gebeco adventure tour guide
  • Weaving art in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar
  • Artists in Kumartuli
  • Sundarbans - the world's largest mangrove forests
  • Historical mosque town of Bagerhat
  • Visit to the theater in Barishal
  • Shankhari Bazaar in Dhaka
  • Loktak - lake with the floating gardens
  • Tasting of the famous seven - layer tea
  • Unique Schwedagon Pagoda
  • All entrance fees
  • 1 liter of mineral water per day

Desired services

  • Foodie tour in Imphal (14th day): € 15
  • City walk Yangon (22nd day): € 53
  • Half board: € 320
  • Surcharge train to 1st class flight: € 86
  • Visa for India for German citizens: from 130, - €
  • Visa for Myanmar German citizens: from 60, - €
  • Visa for Bangladesh German citizens: from 80, - €