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Assam & the Brahmaputra

Exclusive cruise along India’s iconic Brahmaputra River including Assam’s tea country, rural and villages, the monasteries of Majuli Island, and wonderful wildlife of Kaziranga National Park

Meandering between forested banks, and widening to sweep past pebble shores, the Brahmaputra enters India from Tibet, running westward through Assam before turning south into Bangladesh. With different names in each country, it is the Brahmaputra only in India, where it is a sacred river to Hindus along its lower reaches. Here it is a broad and mighty river, passing temples, tea plantations and wildlife sanctuaries; splitting into two channels for 100km and coming together again to form the world’s largest river island, Majuli. Beginning the tour with a day of discovery in ‘colonial Calcutta’, we fly to Guwahati for our first sight of the river, where it tightens to just 1km wide, for a journey that takes us to Ahom era temples in Vishnath and Sibsagar; meets gentle tribal peoples in riverside villages; explores the remote Kaziranga National Park, UNESCO protected, boasting up to a thousand rare one-horned rhinos, and brought into the global spotlight in 2017 with a visit by the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge (now the Prince & Princess of Wales); and tours the UNESCO World Heritage enclave of Majuli Island, a monastic retreat of the Vaishnavite community and a hub of Assam heritage, displayed in traditional dance.

Overview

  • Day 1  - Flight
  • Days 2 & 3  - Kolkata
  • Day 4  - Guwahati / Steemer Ghat
  • Day 5  - Kaziranga National Park / Vishnath
  • Day 6  - Cruising the Brahmaputra
  • Day 7  - Kaziranga National Park
  • Day 8  - Cruising the Brahmaputra
  • Day 9  - Majuli Island
  • Day 10  - Sibsagar
  • Day 11  - Dibrugarh / Delhi
  • Day 12  - Return flight
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Tour Highlights

  • West Bengal's Capital City Kolkata
  • A Cruise of the Mesmerising Brahmaputra River 
  • Kaziranga National Park Jeep Safari
  • The Auniati Satra Monastery on Majuli Island
  • Traditional Assamese Dancing Performance
  • Assam’s Aromatic Tea Estate Tour

Exclusive cruise along India’s iconic Brahmaputra River including Assam’s tea country, rural and villages, the monasteries of Majuli Island, and wonderful wildlife of Kaziranga National Park

Notes:

Embarkation is sometimes at simple landing stages.

The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.

While the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions. Excursions will be limited to a maximum of 19 persons per group. The cruise vessel takes 36 guests.

Accommodation

Oberoi Grand - Kolkata

A 5-star heritage hotel with a fusion of classical Victorian and traditional Indian style architecture. Restaurants, bar, indoor pool, gym and WiFi (free). 209 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Taj Mahal Hotel - Delhi

The Taj Mahal, New Delhi, is a 5-star hotel which has been recently renovated and provides timeless appeal with contemporary charm. Situated in the heart of the city, the hotel offers a unique vantage point with views of the leafy boulevards of Lutyens Delhi and is close by to all of Delhi’s historic sites. The hotel offers 6 restaurants including a wine bar, wellness centre with outdoor pool and gardens. Hotel rooms have private facilities plus air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi and a TV and tea & coffee making facilities.

Vessels

RV Charaidew II

Operated by Assam Bengal Navigation the RV Charaidew II launched in early 2019, is 147 ft. long and powered by two engines with an extra shallow draft and lower profile to allow faster cruising. The crew are mainly Indian, the currency the Indian Rupee (Pounds, Euro and U.S. Dollar, Visa/Master cards accepted), the language English and WiFi (free/limited).

The décor is stylish with a touch of colonial elegance and traditional Indian-inspired designs. A comfortable saloon and bar, dining room, open sun deck, spa and gym.

Food is a mixture of Assamese (milder than most Indian cuisine) and continental. Wines, beer and spirits are available. Tea, coffee and water are complimentary.

Cold towel service, welcome drink and shoe cleaning are offered after each excursion.

18 air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and French balconies. 12 standard twin/double cabins (240 sq. ft.) and two Luxury front cabins (350 sq. ft.) on the Upper Deck. Four double cabins (all 170 sq. ft.) on the Main Deck.

Extension Options

Shimla & Amritsar

The former colonial summer capital and the Golden Temple.

Oberoi Cecil - Shimla

A celebration of the elegance and grace of the Colonial era in the Queen of Hill Stations, located amidst the majestic Himalayan ranges, The 5-star Oberoi Cecil, a Grand Heritage hotel, is a part of Shimla's rich colonial history. Restaurant, bar, indoor pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 75 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and TV.

Hyatt - Amritsar

A 4-star hotel with restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 248 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Vivanta by Taj Dwarka - Delhi

A 5-star airport hotel with 4 restaurants, bar, swimming pool, gym, spa and WiFi (free). 250 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Dates & Prices

per person in a twin/double room Main Deck cabin
Emirates from Heathrow

October
October 30 (Wednesday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, 3 nights’ at 5-star accomodation, breakfast daily, 1 dinner, full board on cruise, excursions, cruise director, local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • Single Supplement
  • £1300
Upgrades
  • RV Charaidew II - Upper Deck Twin/Double from £295
  • RV Charaidew II - Upper Deck Luxury Double from £795
Flight Options
  • London-Kolkata/Delhi-London British Airways from Heathrow
  • On request, please call
  • Emirates from Gatwick, Manchester or Birmingham
  • On request, please call
  • Emirates Business Class
  • On request, please call
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £800
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £49

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