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The Ancient India and the Mighty Brahmaputra (15 Days)

Kolkata, Guwahati, Silghat, Kaziranga National Park, Majuli, Neamati Ghat, Sibsagar, Delhi, Agra

The mighty Brahmaputra river in Northern India originates high in the Himalayas before flowing through the scenic Assam Valley where UNESCO protected national parks and remote rural communities provide the traveller with the most wonderful and authentic expedition. We are pleased to operate our programme aboard the very comfortable and specially designed MV Mahabaahu whose knowledgeable expedition team take safaris by small boat, jeep and the even elephant in search of the Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros and Indian Tiger. With fascinating visits to ‘Mishing’ people who live on the world’s largest river island, tea plantations and many exotic Satras to explore, your Assam adventure will leave lifetime-lasting memories.

Day 01: Depart Australia – Arrive Kolkata (-/-/-)

Fly to Kolkata. The city is the gateway to Eastern India with a rich heritage, bustling streets and bewildering variety of facets. Meet and transfer to the hotel for check in. Overnight at ITC Sonar Kolkata.

Day 02: Kolkata (B/-/-)

Start your day with Heritage Walk of Dalhousie Square. It starts from the Governor’s House (Raj Bhavan) goes past the Treasury Building to St. John’s Church, up to the Kolkata General Post Office (GPO), and around past the Collectorate Office and the Writer’s Building – the seat of the state government. Then you can take a quick round of St. Andrew’s Kirk, take a straight walk down the Old Court House Street and go past the Old Currency Building. Cross over to see the Postal Sorting Office, the Central Telegraph Office. Then turn left into Wellesley Place (now Red Cross Place), past the Raj Bhavan outhouses and left again to the Great Eastern Hotel. Continue your sightseeing tour visiting, Jain Temple, Marble Palace, Indian Museum and Victoria Memorial Finish your day with a short Chariot Ride. Overnight at Kolkata.

Day 03: Kolkata (B/-/D)

Visit Howrah Bridge and the neighbouring flower market Continue to Kumartuli (Potters Colony) the unique artisan village dates back 400 years, making it perhaps the oldest of its kind in the world. Next enjoy Tram ride. Kolkata is the only Indian city which maintains such rich heritage. Continue your tour with visit to legendary Mother Teresa House. Later in the evening drive to a local house to have dinner with Bengali Family. Enjoy home cooked dinner at the family home tonight.

Day 04: Kolkata – Guwahati (B/L/D)

Morning transfer to airport for your flight to Guwahati. On arrival, transfer to the MV Mahabaahu via a visit to the ‘Kama-khya Temple’, devoted to the goddess of desire. Set sail passing Peacock Island, famous for the endangered Golden Langur. Enjoy an evening welcome dinner and talk.

Day 05: Sailing toward Silghat (B/L/D)

Spend the day enjoying the stunning natural scenery and wildlife of the Brahmaputra River. Observe river dolphins and birds of prey as we pass uninhabited islands and the fragile communities that live here. After tea, enjoys a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the tribal life that exists alongside’.

Day 06: Silghat (B/L/D)

Pass Tezpur and a gigantic 3 Km long arched bridge arriving at Silghat, where we take an excursion through stunning countryside to a tea estate and factory producing the famous Assam tea.

Day 07: Kaziranga National Park (B/L/D)

Our expedition continues with a visit to the UNESCO accredited Kaziranga National Park where we enjoy a safari on elephant searching for the elusive Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros and Indian Tiger. We continue to Bagori, where by open jeep we further explore the wildlife of this magnificent park. We also travel to Biswanath Ghat and discover the charming village by small boat where women weave colourful traditional handicrafts by the riverside.

Day 08: River Safari (B/L/D)

After more dramatic scenic cruising, we take a boat safari on the Eastern range of Kaziranga where River Dhansiri and River Brahmaputra meet. Here, observe wildlife at its most natural including pied kingfishers, eagles, vultures, water buffalos, monitor lizards and otters. Dinner is enjoyed al fresco on a deserted island.

Day 09: Toward Majuli (B/L/D)

Visit a local village on what is the world’s largest river island and home to the ethnic ‘Mishing’ people. Here, women weave on hand- looms to create characterful costumes and we enjoy a demonstration of a Dhoti & Chaddor – traditional dresses for the men and women of the Mishing communities. It is a pleasant place to explore.

Day 10: Majuli, Neamati Ghat and Sibsagar (B/L/D)

Arrive at the ancient town of Majuli, where we explore the impressive Satras dating back to the 15th century. We continue to Sibsagar, the capital of the Tai-speaking Ahoms who came from Yunan and China in the 13th Century AD. Explore the Shiva Dol, built in 1734, the highest Shiva temple in India. Our day is completed with an insight into the making of Assam tea from a tea estate family.

Day 11: Jorhat – Delhi (B/-/-)

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Jorhat airport. Arrive at Delhi and transfer to the hotel for check in. Overnight at Jaypee Vasant Delhi.

Day 12: Delhi (B/-/-)

After buffet breakfast, start your sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi, including the Qutab Minar and the India Gate; Gandhi Memorial; Two renowned 17th-century landmarks: Lal Qila – the Red Fort palaces which we drive pass, the Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk Bazaar where we enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride. Conclude your day tour with a visit to Humayun’s Tomb; built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden tomb on the Indian subcontinent.

Day 13: Delhi – Agra (B/-/-)

Drive to Agra. In the mid-16th century and early 17th century, Agra witnessed a frenzy of building activity, including the Taj Mahal. Upon arrival, visit Agra Fort; built by Emperor Akbar. It is built with red sandstone and is a mixture of the Islamic and Hindu styles of architecture. Later this evening we’ll enjoy the Sunset visit to Taj Mahal – the epitome of love stands on the banks of the river Yamuna Overnight at Jaypee Palace hotel Agra or similar.

Day 14: Agra – Delhi – Australia (B/-/-)

After breakfast, Free at leisure until transfer to Delhi Airport to board your flight back to Australia.

Day 15: Arrive Australia (-/-/-)

Arrive home.

Number of Days 15

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Departure Dates

Inclusions

International airfares
5* Luxury Accommodation with daily breakfast
7 nights luxury river cruise full board service on MV Mahabaahu
All transfers by air-condition vehicle
Domestic flights and taxes
Arrival and Departure assistance
Meals as indicate
Entry fee & Monument charges
English speaking guide


Exclusions

Tipping at own discretion
Travel Insurance
Personal expenditures
Indian Visa
Camera and video permits may be required at some sights


Price Details

Minimum 5 travellers.

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