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Britain’s Greatest Battle; Tour of Imphal & Kohima
19 – 31 March 2023

A small Group tour to Imphal & Kohima Led by Robert (Bob) Cook, Curator at Kohima Museum York 

It was on Kohima Ridge in 1944, that the invasion of India by the Japanese Imperial Army was halted by the bravery of a small garrison of just 1500 British and Indian soldiers, who, although outnumbered by about 10:1, held out for 14 days, until relieved by the British 2nd Division. We are delighted to offer this tour working with Bob Cook of Kohima Musuem. With access to original maps, operational and personal accounts, the Battlefield tour will give you a view of the battle from the perspective of the soldier in the trench, to the battalion commander up to the Divisional and Corps commanders. We hope you will be able to join us on this tour.

Talk by Robert (Bob) Cook - Available to view here

Robert (Bob) Cook

Retired as a Warrant Officer from the British Army after 34 years. His family has a long almost unbroken line of military service dating back alhmost 170 years.

Since retirement from the army Bob has operated a busy Bed & Breakfast in York, U.K. together with his wife. Amongst other interests, Bob is the volunteer curator of the 2nd Infantry Division Kohima Museum Trust also located in York. It was in this role that Bob first visited the battlefields of Kohima in 2008 and has since been back another 8 times leading military and civilian groups to explain and explore the many different aspects of what is probably the most important unknown battle of WW2. During his visits to Kohima, Bob’s knowledge and understanding of the Battle has steadily increased as has his liking for the friendly Naga Hill people of Nagaland in North East India.

In addition to being the curator, Bob is also a Trustee of the Kohima Educational Trust which aims to repay the debt of gratitude owed by the British veterans to the Naga Hill people for their unstinting aid and assistance against the Japanese Imperial Army. One of the ways of repaying this debt of gratitude is by sponsoring the education of the Naga children aged 14 – 16.

As a previous deputy chairman of the Burma Campaign Society which aims to improve and enhance the reconciliation between Japan and the U.K, he has also visited Japan in company with a British army veteran of the battle to visit and pay respects to Japanese veterans of the Burma campaign and visit the grave of Lieutenant General Kotoku Sato who commanded the 31st Japanese Division at Kohima.

Kohima Educational Trust gave out Scholarship to 241 Students   - Watch the Video 

Narrow Escapes of WW2 - The Siege of Kohima - Watch the Video 

13 days
London - Kolkata - Imphal - Kohima - Dimapur - Kolkata - London

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Itinerary View Map
Soaring above the clouds a view from the airplane window

Day 1 : From London To Kolkata

Departure from London with Emirates Airlines via Dubai evening flight.

Kanglatongbi Fort

Day 2 : To Imphal Via Kolkata

Arrive Dubai at and connect to your onward flight to Kolkata. Arrival at 07:40. Clear immigration and customs collect your baggage and proceed to your afternoon flight to Imphal. (Lounge stay in Kolkata Airport).
Arrive Imphal, meeting, assistance on arrival the check into Hotel Classic Grande for 3 nights stay. L, D

Nunshigum

Day 3 -4 : Imphal

Battlefield visits to Imphal include Kangla fort and General Slims cottage, Nunshigum Ridge Battlefield, Red Hill Memorials (2 of them The Japanese one and next to it the Imphal Peace memorial), Imphal Museum of the war Co-located with the above memorials and Commonwealth War Cemeteries and Battlefield of Shangshak and Shenam Saddle.
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Day 5 : To Kohima

Early departure from Imphal to Kohima by road (4-5 hours). A short stop at Kanglatongbi to explain the significance of the Lion Box Battle. (A small cemetery to explore here as well). Arrival in Kohima, check in at Hotel Vivor for 4 nights. B, L, D

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Day 6 : Kohima

Battlefield Visits :
- Merema Ridge – Ground briefing. Battlefield overview
- Point 5120 – Naga village
- Kohima Cathedral
- War Cemetery B, L, D

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Day 7 : Kohima

Battlefield Visits :
- Mount Pulebadze – requires early start
- Grover Memorial at Jotsoma – Ground briefing
- Viewing platform – Ground briefing
- Khonoma Village – cultural visit
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Plaque reads

Day 8 : Kohima

Visit to Museum of the war including
- Revisit War cemetery
- Kohima Ridge and battle for DIS B, L, D

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Day 9 : To Dimapur

Morning depart for Dimapur. Visit to the vital logistic hub for the Allies, the gateway to India from the east Nichuguard, a very strategic point Zubza which was the First contact for 2nd Division and first casualties and finally the Dimapur Railway Station almost unchanged since 1944.
check in to Naithu Resort for overnight stay. B, L, D

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Day 10 : To Kolkata

Morning fly to Dimapur to Kolkata. Check in to Astor Hotel for 3 nights stay. Rest of the day at leisure. B, L, D

Victoria Memorial, Kolkata , India – Reflection On Water.

Day 11 : Kolkata

Kolkata full day sightseeing to include the Jain Temple, Victoria Memorial, National Museum and Mother Teresa’s Orphanage. B, L, D

Boating on the River Hoogly Kolkata

Day 12 : Kolkata

Kolkata Morning heritage walk of Kolkata. Visit the High Court and walk past Government House (now Raj Bhawan) built by Lord Wellesley, who said in justification of its enormous cost ‘India should be governed from a Palace, not a counting house.’ Visit St John’s Church (built 1784) with its painting of The Last Supper by Johann Zoffany and its beautiful marble memorials. Outside, in the first Kolkata cemetery, are the tombs of Job Charnock, the founder of British Kolkata, and Begum Johnson, who outlived four husbands. Also here is the Black Hole memorial, erected by Lord Curzon. Walk past the Lal Dighi (the Great Tank), the General Post Office (on the site of the first Fort William), Writers’ Buildings and St Andrew’s Kirk.
Afternoon at leisure. B, L, D

Aircraft emirates

Day 13 : To London

Morning transfer to Kolkata International Airport for your return flight at 09:55 home onboard Emirates Airlines via Dubai. B

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Prices

Price per person
(Double/Twin share)
Single room supplement
£3,475.00 £468.00
Cost includes:
  • International flights with scheduled Emirate Airlines in economy class. Please contact us if you wish to departure from a regional UK airport and for upgrade to club class
  • Internal flights in economy class as per the itinerary with 23 Kg’s checked in baggage.
  • Accommodation with private facilities as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meal Plan: Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the tour. Lunches will be provided in local restaurants. Refreshments will be served at the Premium lounge in Kolkata on arrival from London.
  • All transfers and sightseeing arrangements by an air-conditioned chauffer driven small coach or private cars.
  • Entrance fee to all monuments and places of interest.
  • Services of a local English-speaking guide.
  • Services of Mr Robert Cook as tour leader.
  • Complimentary mineral water while driving and on sightseeing.
  • Full ATOL & ABTA bonding.
  • Airline Failure Insurance.
  • A contribution of £15 per person will be made to The Kohima Museum & £10.00 will be paid to Kohima Educational Trust.
Cost does not include:
  • Visa for India.
  • Any expense of a personal nature
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance*

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