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Kolkata and Cruise on Brahmaputra River
11 NIGHTS / 12 days
DAY 01: Fly London Heathrow to Kolkata (Calcutta)
DAY 02: KOLKATA
Arrive at Kolkata airport you will be received by our representative and transfer to Hotel Peerless Inn, Kolkata. Afternoon walk around New Market and places of interest in & around your hotel. Over night at Kolkata.
Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal and is also the commercial capital of East India, located on the east bank of the Hooghly River. Kolkata was the capital of India during the time of the British Raj. The city's documented history, however, begins with the arrival of the English East India Company in 1690, when the Company was consolidating its trade business in Bengal. Job Charnock, an administrator with the company was traditionally credited as the founder of the city.
DAY 03: KOLKATA
After breakfast we will go for day excursion to explore Kolkata – Victoria Memorial, Marble Palace, Jorashanko Thakurbari, India Museum, Dalhousie Square, Esplanade and other historic places of Kolkata. Over night at Kolkata
DAY 04: KOLKATA - GUWAHATI
After breakfast, we will proceed to Kolkata domestic airport to take flight to Guwahati – the capital of Assam and the gateway to the North Eastern states of India.
Arrive at Guwahati LGB Airport our company representative will greet you and assist you to Hotel Brahmaputra Ashok in the city. Afternoon explore Navagraha Temple (Temple of Nine Planets) and then relax and dine at your hotel. Overnight at Guwahati.
DAY 05: GUWAHATI - TEZPUR- Distance 210 Kms / 05 hrs
Morning after breakfast at hotel in Guwahati, we will drive to Nilachal Hill to see the holy Maa Kamakhya Temple and city skyline from top of the hill. Later we will drive to Tezpur, with lunch on the way and board the river vessel, M. V. MANASHPUTRA. Dinner, cruise briefing and overnight onboard at Tezpur.
DAY 06: River Cruise begins
After Breakfast, we explore Tezpur, a town of magnificent scenic beauty and exquisite archaeological ruins. We will visit the 6th. Century ruins of the door frame of Da-Parbatia temple and Cole Park. Board the vessel and start sailing to Silghat with lunch Onboard. After reaching Silghat, we will proceed to Kaziranga National Park by road for a Jeep Safari. After the Safari we will drive back to Silghat. Reach Silghat, Dinner, Briefing and Overnight stay onboard at Silghat.
We rise early and before breakfast, drive to Kohora, central range of the Kaziranga National Park for an exciting elephant safari through the tall swamp grasslands. The great one-horned Indian Rhinoceros is very easy to see. Few sanctuaries anywhere can provide as certain an assurance of a unique setting and sight of its best known wild animals and birds as can Kaziranga. After safari, return back to Silghat, reboard the vessel, take breakfast and start sailing further upstream. Lunch will be onboard during sailing. We will reach Biswanath Ghat, early afternoon and will disembark the vessel for a small visit to the Biswanath Temple & its village. Return to the vessel which wil then moor at a deserted sand island near Biswanath Ghat.
Morning, we cruise further through Kaziranga National Park on its Northern boundary. Breakfast & Lunch onboard. If luck favours, we may have sightings of herds of deer, wild elephants or even a big cat. On the way we will stop over a river side ‘Mishing’ village to which the inhabitants migrated from the nearby state of Arunachal Pradesh to Assam centuries ago. We take a small walk and experience the life of a tribal village. Arrive at upstream Dhansirimukh for overnight stay.
Today we sail to see a deserted sand island and view the scenic beauty of Majuli Island. Whiel we sail you can participate in the Yoga Class, enjoy onboard game competitions, buy mementos in the onboard shop or can participate in the Guest Lectures. Dinner, briefing and overnight stay onboard the vessel near Majuli Island.
Today after breakfast onboard we will visit Majuli, the largest human inhabited river island in the world & also the cradle of Assamese culture. The religious and cultural traditions are kept alive by the dedicated monks living in the monasteries locally known as Sattra. We shall visit some monasteries & interact with the monks. Multifaceted in its attractions Majuli also unfolds a variety of interest like migratory birds, traditional handicrafts & pottery, ethnic culture and dance forms. The Sattriya dance from this sect is the latest entry into India’s recognized classical dances. After the visit we come back to the vessel and start sailing to Neemati Ghat, taking lunch onboard.
Evening reach Neemati Ghat. Dinner, briefing and overnight onboard at Neemati.
After breakfast, we drive to visit a Tea Garden in Jorhat where we can see the Tea Garden and the tea factory (tea factories during the months of December to March may not have any activities as there is no tea plucking during this period). After the factory visit, we go the manager/owner’s bungalow for lunch. After lunch, we may visit the small town of Jorhat and buy some souvenirs, returning to the vessel in the evening.
This is the last night on the vessel. We enjoy the farewell dinner and get introduced to the vessel staff. A brief moment for sharing our memories of the cruise.
Day 12: JORHAT - DIBRUGARH Airport - KOLKATA
We rise early morning to prepare for checkout. Take an early breakfast and then depart for the Dibrugarh Airport by road (3 hrs) to board you flight to Kolkata. (Lunch enroute).
After arrival in Kolkata we will transfer to Hotel Pride which is very close to Kolkata International Airport. Overnight in Kolkata.
DAY 13: KOLKATA Airport
Depending on your flight timings, today you may have a day of leisure in Kolkata, or, you can go shopping and explore places of interest in Kolkata. Appropriately timed transfer to the airport for your return flight.
TOUR COST GBP 1806 per person, based on Double/Twin Room Share
Single Supplement GBP 1295
Cost valid until April 2018, but will be subject to supplements for Peak Seasons
Tour Cost includes
All accommodation (Double/Twin room sharing)
All meals, including Tea/ Coffee / Bottle water, for Assam sector
All accommodation on Bed and breakfast basis in Kolkata
All transfers by air-con Tempo Traveller
One Elephant ride + two round jeep safaris at Kaziranga
Accompanied English speaking Tour Escort throughout
Tour Cost excludes
International and domestic airfares; Camera fees if applicable; Holiday/Medical Insurance; Tips, laundry, etc.; any other items not specified as included above
Hotels used, or similar
GUWAHATI HOTEL BRAHMAPUTRA ASHOK
River Cruise MV Manashputra
KOLKATA First two nights – HOTEL PEERLESS INN,
Last two nights – HOTEL PRIDE
Tour code: BRCHem
The river liner M.V. Manashputra is a 44 metre long, flat-bottomed shallow draft vessel powered by three marine engines.
There are 14 spacious, twin bedded, fully air-conditioned Guest Cabins all with en-suite shower and W.C. The floors of the vessel are split-level and inlcude the main deck, lower lobby, upper lobby, large main sundeck and upper sundeck. Twelve guest cabins are on the main deck and 2 are on the upper level sundeck level. The bar and dining room are in the upper lobby with full height glass windows on three sides while the guest lounge is on the hull deck at the front of the vessel.
Tour prices do not include international airfares, which are dependant on date and place of departure.
We will be pleased to arrange these for you.