Britain’s Greatest Battle; Tour of Kohima
2 -10 October 2021 Special Interest

India

Group tour to Kohima Led by Robert (Bob) Cook, Curator at Kohima Museum York  Special Interest

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.

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.

Bob is also the deputy chairman of the Burma Campaign Society which aims to improve and enhance the reconciliation between Japan and the U.K. In this role 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 to 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 

 

 

8 days from £2,560.00 per person
Following the success of this tour in April 2019, we are operating it again in October 2021, due to popular demand - spaces are limited! Prices from £2560 Per Person

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Itinerary View Map

Day 1: From London To Kolkata

Saturday 2 October

Departure from London with Emirates Airlines via Dubai.

Day 2: To Dimapur via Kolkata

Sunday 3 October

Arrive Kolkata change for flight to Dimapur with Air India. Arrive Dimapur, meet and transfer to Naithu Resorts for one night.

Day 3: Kohima

Monday 4 October

Early start today for a full day visit to:

- Dimapur Railway – Almost unchanged since 1944. Ground briefing. A vital logistic hub for the Allies
- Nichuguard – 10 miles from Dimapur – Ground briefing - the gateway to India from the east. A very strategic point
- Zubza – 10 miles from Kohima – Ground briefing. First contact for 2nd Division and first casualties

Check in Hotel Vivor for five nights

Accommodation: Hotel Vivor, Kohima

Day 4: Kohima

Tuesday 5 October

Full day visit to: Battlefield tours :

- Merema Ridge – Ground briefing. Battlefield overview
- Point 5120 – Naga village
- Kohima Cathedral
- War Cemetery

Day 5: Kohima

Wednesday 6 October

Full day visit to: Battlefield tours :

- Mount Pulebadze – requires early start
- Grover Memorial at Jotsoma – Ground briefing
- Viewing platform – Ground briefing
- Khonoma Village – cultural visit

Day 6-7: Kohima

Thursday 7 - Friday 8 October

Visits to Kohima Educational Trust Scholarship awards including Orphanage visit

Day 8: Kohima

Saturday 9 October

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

Day 9: To Kolkata

Sunday 10 October

Afternoon flight from Dimapur Airport to Kolkata.

Meeting, assistance and transfer to Hotel in Kolkata, Rest of the day free to relax ahead of your departure.

Day 10: To London

Monday 11 October

Morning depart for Kolkata Airport for your flight London (regional options available) with Emirates via Dubai.

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Dates & Prices

Dates Price per person (Double/Twin share) Single room supplement
02-09 Oct 2021 £2,560.00 £248.00
Cost includes:
  • International and internal air fares inclusive of all taxes in economy class. Upgrade class available upon request and subject to availability
  • Accommodation with private facilities as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meal Plan: Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner in Imphal & Kohima. Kolkata on Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • A transfers and sightseeing arrangements by an air-conditioned chauffer driven private vehicles.
  • 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.
  • A contribution of £25 per person will be made to The Kohima Museum.
Cost does not include:
  • E-tourist visa fee for India
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any expense of a personal nature
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

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