Kolkata plus Cruise - Indian Brahmaputra River cruise plus Kolkata stay
Validity Dates 28 Dec 2017 to 26 Mar 2020
Start Price AU $5,095 per person
Cruise Mahabaahu, Upstream ex Guwahati to Neamati
Cruise Line Mahabaahu Cruises
Ship Mahabaahu
Destination India Rivers
Brief Description A 9 night Cruise-Tour from Kolkata to Northern India's Brahmaputra River & Kaziranga National Park.
Type of Special 10 day Cruise Tour
Departure Date 25 Oct 2019
Inclusions Twin Superior cabin without balcony from AUD $5,095*pp
Twin Superior cabin with balcony from AUD $5,715*pp
Twin Suite cabin from AUD $6,780*pp
Single Superior cabin without balcony from AUD $8,935*

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KOLKATA PLUS CRUISE Cruise-Tour prices include:
- One way transfer from Kolkata airport to hotel
- 2 nights accommodation at The Oberoi Grand Hotel, Kolkata including breakfast
- Kolkata City tour with visit to the Victoria Memorial, Mother Teresa`s House/Shishu Bhawan and visit to an Indian Coffee House
- One way transfer from Kolkata hotel to airport
- Economy class airfare from Kolkata to Guwahati
- Arrival transfer from Guwahati airport to port including packed lunch and sightseeing at the Kamakhya Temple enroute
- 7 night Brahmaputra River cruise from Guwahati to Neamati Ghat aboard MV Mahabaahu
- Buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and ala carte dinner onboard
- 1 cocktail drink with each dinner onboard
- Arrival welcome glass of Champagne for cruise
- 2 glasses of domestic beer/wine during your welcome dinner on Mahabaahu
- 1 cocktail and 2 glasses of domestic beer/wine with farewell dinner from Mahabaahu
- Tea/coffee maker in all cabins plus complimentary cookies
- Entrance fees/National Park permits
- All excursions, performances & activities (see day to day itinerary below)
- English-speaking guides- Complimentary towels and juice after each excursion
- Complimentary shoe cleaning after each excursion
- Services of English speaking Naturalist/ Destination Manager during sightseeing
- Services of a tailor onboard
- Assistance on all Arrival & Departure transfers
- Departure transfer from Neamati Ghat - Jorhat including lunch at a tea estate
- Port/govt taxes
- One way economy class airfare from Jorhat to Kolkata

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DAY TO DAY IN-DEPTH ITINERARY:
(subject to weather and tidal conditions)

Day 1 (Friday): Arrive Kolkata
After clearing immigration and customs, we step into the receiving area where we will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Arrive and check-in to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel - no meals
The Oberoi Grand - Deluxe Room

Day 2 (Saturday): Kolkata
Kolkata, also known as the City of Joy, name comes from the lively and friendly and loving behavior of all the citizens all over the places making the city more lively and enjoyable. Today we will visit the Howrah Bridge, this amazing feat of engineering is similar in size to Australia`s Sydney Harbour bridge. It is considered the busiest bridge in the world and everything from pedestrians to bullock carts to push carts to automobiles to bicycles cross every day and the eastern India`s largest flower market with hundreds of stalls and vendors sitting on the ground. Approximately 2000 flower growers from the surrounding areas come daily to sell their flowers and during the wedding season and festivals, that number probably doubles. Thereafter, visit the Victoria Memorial (Closed on Monday). This marble-white monument is one of the most fascinating landmarks of Kolkata. Here, we will come face to face with miniature paintings and images of Queen Mary, King George V and Queen Victoria. Of special importance are the Queen's dresses, the famous Rosewood piano, the Whispering Gallery in the dome and numerous artillery weapons used in the Battle of Plassey.

Thereafter visit the Mother Teresa`s House, called `Nirmal Hriday,` and also visit Shishu Bhawan, located near her house. Mother Teresa`s great work of caring for abandoned children on the streets of Kolkata is carried out at this center. Watch the children`s face light up with just one smile of yours.

Wrap up your day with the visit of Indian Coffee House. Situated in the academic hub of Kolkata, the College Street, the Indian Coffee House has become a favourite destination for hangouts not only for the students of nearby schools and colleges but also the office goers and intellectuals of Kolkata. The history of Coffee House dates back to around 300 years when it was the residence of the great Bengali Philosopher and social reformer Shri Keshab Chandra Sen. Later this place was dedicated to Prince Albert Victor of Wales and was named `Albert hall`. During the freedom struggle many swadeshi meetings were held here. In the year 1942, the Coffee Board decided to start a coffee joint from the Albert Hall, and after independence in 1947, the Central Government changed the name to `Indian Coffee House`. In 1958 the management decided to shut down the Coffee House, but the workers association decided to run this place on their own and since then the `Indian Coffee House` is being run by the `India Coffee Board Worker`s Co-operative Society Ltd`. In the year 1994 The Supreme Court of India recognized Coffee House as a cultural center of India and declared it a Heritage building.
Overnight at the hotel (B)
The Oberoi Grand - Deluxe Room

Day 3 (Sunday): Kolkata - Guwahati flight & board M.V. Mahabaahu
Arrive at the Guwahati International Airport and with packed lunch, we drive through the busy streets to the Kamakhya Temple. This Temple is devoted to Kamakhya, the eternal Feminine - the goddess of desire. After the Temple visit, we drive towards Pandu Port and check into the Cruise and gather on the open deck to enjoy the first sail! A quick orientation and we deboard for a short visit of the picturesque Peacock Island, the smallest island on the Brahmaputra (flight time permitting) famous for the highly endangered Golden Langur. It would be a good idea to have one`s binoculars and cameras at hand. Proceed into the evening with a talk on `Kamakhya and the occult in Assam`. Soon MV Mahabaahu drops anchor and the evening follows into the welcome dinner.
Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (Packed L, D)

Day 4 (Monday): Village visit/Full day Sail
MV Mahabaahu lifts anchor early. We enjoy Yoga on the deck for an hour and move on for breakfast. We enjoy a talk on `Assam, its geographical location in the national and international context and how it is acclaiming recognition`. MV Mahabaahu heads on towards an island that is occupied predominantly by a `Bangla` speaking Muslim community who are involved in extensive farming. After visiting this village, we return to the ship for lunch and sail towards the Orang Point. Evening sets in and over a cup of tea, we enjoy a talk on `The River Brahmaputra and the tribal life`. We anchor at a deserted island for the evening and enjoy a bonfire and a barbeque.
NOTE: (Bonfire may be avoided if a suitable sandbank cannot be found or if we experience inclement weather conditions)
Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 5 (Tuesday): Sail to Silghat / Visit Tea Estate AND/OR Jute Mill
MV Mahabaahu sails early and we enjoy Yoga on the deck and move on for breakfast and for a talk on `Wild life in Kaziranga with an overview of the wild life in India`. We sail on for the next couple of hours and enjoy a relaxed lunch as we reach Silghat. After a talk on `Tea, Jute & Silk in Assam`, we take a short drive to Kaliabore Tea Estate which is a vast undulating expanse. We proceed to the tea factory to see the processing of the Assam Tea and getting an insight into all that goes into preparing a good brewed relishing cup-of-tea. (The tea factory is not operational from mid-December to mid-February as it is time for pruning the tea bushes). While returning to the ship, we visit a co-operative Jute Mill which is an interesting place to understand how the Jute fibre takes the form of very eco-friendly gunny bags. We enjoy a cultural evening on the ship followed by an early dinner.
Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 6 (Wednesday): Kaziranga National Park / Weaver`s Village at Bishwanath Ghat
An early wake- up call with Tea/coffee and we set out towards the Kaziranga National Park. The most prized inhabitant of Kaziranga is the Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros, but the Park is home to as many as 180 different mammals including wild elephant, tiger, deer, Asiatic wild buffalo and a rich variety of birds. We reach the Kohora Mihimukh range of the National Park and are ready to start our morning adventure. An elephant-back safari is an experience, to search for the elusive rhinoceros, tigers, swamp deer, hog deer and more besides a large number of very interesting birds. The park never ceases to surprise its visitors!

After breakfast at a resort in Kaziranga, we drive on to Bagori, the Western Range of Kaziranga and get into the open jeeps for some more wildlife adventure and an extensive coverage of this magnificent park. We return to MV Mahabaahu to enjoy a leisurely lunch and as we start sailing towards Bishwanath Ghat. We get into the excursion boats to reach the shores of Bishwanath Ghat. We walk through the village and are struck by the simplicity of life while the weaver women surround us with their silk and cotton weaves. We enjoy some happy interaction with them. We return to the ship to enjoy an evening on a deserted island and then proceed for dinner onboard.
NOTE - Bonfire may be avoided if a suitable sandbank cannot be found or if we experience inclement weather conditions.

NOTE - Kaziranga National Park is open from 1st November until the 30th of April. During October and May, the Park has a `Partially Open` status which means that the Park will be open but that not all roads may be navigable as they work to restore them to pre-monsoon standards.
Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 7 (Thursday): Boat Safari
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast over a talk on `The River Brahmaputra and the life that exists alongside`. We proceed for the boat safari, viewing roof turtles on protruding drift wood, water lizards, otters, elephants, wild buffaloes, rhinos, darters, herons, pied kingfishers, white throated kingfishers, serpent eagles and many more. (The sightings are determined by the weather conditions). We return to the ship for hot lunch. This evening, we enjoy the Chef`s Cooking Demonstration and sample the snacks. The evening on a deserted island with bonfire is always exclusive! We enjoy dinner onboard.
NOTE: Bonfire may be avoided if a suitable sandbank cannot be found or if we experience inclement weather conditions
Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 8 (Friday): Mishing Village Visit
After Yoga and breakfast, we enjoy the sail towards the Mishing Village. The Mishings live on the bank of river in `Chang Ghars` - houses with raised platforms. All Mishing women are expert weavers. We can buy the ethnic colorful cotton weaves and indulge in a dhoti tying and Mekhela Chaadar wearing demonstration. We return to the ship to enjoy a talk on `Sibsagar and the Ahom civilization` and proceed to get ready for a Traditional Assamese evening followed by a sumptuous dinner.
Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 9 (Saturday): Majuli Visit / Neamati Ghat / Sibsagar
After breakfast, we enjoy a talk on `Majuli the seat of Neo –Vaishnav Culture` and then proceed in our excursion boats to the mainland. Here on, a drive takes us to a scenic corner of a Satra (Monastery) for an interesting cultural performance by Satriya singers and dancers. Next, we proceed to Kamlabari Satra to witness the Vaishnavite priests dancing to the rhythm of cymbals, drums and chanting in the temple premise. The humble dwellings of the monks are a revelation of utmost simplicity. We enjoy lunch on MV Mahabaahu as we sail towards Neamati Ghat. Post lunch, we drive through the countryside to reach Sibsagar, the ancient city, built around a huge man made water tank ordered by the Ahom queen. A town that literally means `the ocean of Lord Shiva`. We notice the district is strewn with the tell-tale ruins of a powerful empire of the Ahoms. Sibsagar was the capital of the Tai-speaking Ahoms who came in the 13th Century AD to the area from the north-east and were essentially of Tibeto-Burman origin.

The Shiva Dol, constructed in the year 1734 is believed to be one of the highest Shiva temple in India. We visit Talatal or Kareng Ghar which was the palace of the Ahom Kings and after a leisurely stroll in and around the monument, we go on to Rang Ghar which was a place for hosting wrestling bouts and buffalo fights and other entertainment or important meetings of the Royals and their guests.
We return to MV Mahabaahu by sunset for the farewell dinner.
Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 10 (Sunday): Disembark & flight to Kolkata and connect with International Flight from Kolkata
Morning is at leisure to enjoy, Yoga/ bird-watching or perhaps an early morning indulgence in the spa. A relaxed breakfast awaits all (Baggage down prior to breakfast is requested for easy de-boarding). We drive to the Jorhat airport en-route stopping at a tea Estate to enjoy a traditional Assamese early lunch. Drive on to the airport to board the flight to the Kolkata. On arrival at Kolkata, connect with flight to onward destination.

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (28Dec17). All prices based on cash/direct deposit payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. International airfares/taxes are not included. Prices converted to AUD from current Indian Rupee rates and include current 5% government taxes (subject to change or increase without notice by the Indian Govt.). Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Travel insurance is not included but highly recommended. Cruise does not include gratuities, beverages or any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusions. A good level of fitness and mobility is required to participate in this cruise.
Special Conditions *Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (28Dec17). All prices based on cash/direct deposit payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. International airfares/taxes are not included. Prices converted to AUD from current Indian Rupee rates and include current 5% government taxes (subject to change or increase without notice by the Indian Govt.). Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Travel insurance is not included but highly recommended. Cruise does not include gratuities, beverages or any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusions. A good level of fitness and mobility is required to participate in this cruise.
Sailing Dates
  • 11 Oct 2019
  • 25 Oct 2019
  • 08 Nov 2019
  • 22 Nov 2019
  • 03 Jan 2020
  • 17 Jan 2020
  • 31 Jan 2020
  • 14 Feb 2020
  • 28 Feb 2020
  • 27 Mar 2020
  • 24 Apr 2020
Prices
Category Twin Per Person Single Per Person
Oceanview AU $5,095 Request Price
Balcony AU $5,715 Request Price
Suite AU $6,780 Request Price
Itinerary

Pre-cruise Itinerary

DayDateActivityArriveDepart
1 25/10 Arrive Kolkata, Transfer to hotel
2 26/10 Touring Kolkata (B)
3 27/10 Transfer to Airport, Fly Kolkata to Guwahati, Tfer to port

Cruise Itinerary

DayDateActivityArriveDepart
3 27/10 Guwahati, India
4 28/10 River Cruising
5 29/10 Silghat, India
6 30/10 Kaziranga, India
6 30/10 Biswanath Ghat, India
7 31/10 Kaziranga, India
8 01/11 Majuli Island, India
9 02/11 Neamati Ghat, India
10 03/11 Neamati Ghat, India

Post-cruise Itinerary

DayDateActivityArriveDepart
10 03/11 Transfer to Jorhat, Fly to Kolkata. (B,L) Tour ends
All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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