Golden Triangle with Cruise – Indian Brahamaputra River cruise plus Taj Mahal

Cruise Line
Mahabaahu Cruises
Ship
Mahabaahu
Package Departs
31 Dec 2019
Other Dates
Package Duration
12 Nights
Embark Ship
Guwahati, India
Disembark Ship
Neamati Ghat, India
Oceanview Balcony Suite
AU $6,595
per person
AU $7,195
per person
AU $8,280
per person

Twin Superior cabin without balcony from AUD $6,595*pp
Twin Superior cabin with balcony from AUD $7,195*pp
Twin Suite cabin from AUD $8,280*pp
Single Superior cabin without balcony from AUD $11,075*

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GOLDEN TRIANGLE WITH CRUISE Cruise-Tour prices include:
– One way transfer from Delhi airport to hotel
– 2 nights accommodation at The Shangri-La Hotel, Delhi including breakfast
– Day tour to Old and New Delhi with bicycle rickshaw ride
– One way transfer from Delhi to Agra by road including sightseeing to the Taj Mahal and Red Fort
– 1 nights accommodation at the ITC Mughal, Agra with breakfast
– One way transfer from Agra to Jaipur including sightseeing to Fatehpur Sikri enroute
– Dinner with a local family in Jaipur
– 2 nights accommodation at the ITC Rajputana, Jaipur with breakfast
– Sightseeing in Jaipur to the Palace of the Winds, Amber Fort and Royal Observatory
– One way transfer from Jaipur hotel to airport
– Economy class airfare from Jaipur 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 (Tuesday): Arrive Delhi
After clearing immigration and customs, our representative will meet you at the receiving area and escort you to your hotel. Thereafter, arrive at the hotel and check-in. Delhi is a dynamic city where the past coexists with the present. While historic evidence shows that the area around Delhi was first occupied around 2,500 years ago, Hindu mythology predates that by another 500 years. The British captured the city in 1803 and when they decided to make it the capital of India in 1911, they commissioned Sir Edwin Lutyens to draw up the plans. The result is slightly surprising with spacious tree-lined avenues punctuated with architecture which is among the most striking in the world.
Overnight at the hotel
Shangri La Hotel – Deluxe room

Day 2 (Wednesday): Delhi
After breakfast, experience the combined charm of Old and New Delhi. On the tour of `Old Delhi,` you will head out to explore this exotic locale with its narrow dirt roads, myriads of people and inexpensive and colorful bazaars that keep alive the traditional workmanship for which Delhi has always been famous. Drive past the Red Fort, and visit the Jama Masjid, one of the largest Muslim mosques in India. A bicycle rickshaw will take you into the heart of Chandni Chowk (the silver square – so named because of the silver merchants). Drive past India Gate, a 42-metre archway built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War and Rashtrapati Bhawan, built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy. Today, it is the official residence of the President of India. From here, visit the capital`s most striking monument; the 70-meter high Qutab Minar.
Overnight at the hotel (B)
Shangri La Hotel – Deluxe room

Day 3 (Thursday): Delhi / Agra (approx. 220km/4 hour drive)
After breakfast, depart for Agra. Though Agra`s history is largely recognized with Mughal Empire, the place was established much before it and has linkages since Mahabharata, the Mythological history. The golden age of the city began with the Mughals. Akbar made it the center of art, culture, commerce and learning. During the peaceful reign of Shah Jahan, his passion for architecture came to the fore and the world-famous architectural masterpieces were constructed including the Taj Mahal. Visit the imposing Red Fort of Agra (also known as Agra Fort). A creative, architectural, and strategic masterpiece, the Fort is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. In a cruel twist, Emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal and whose grandfather built the original Fort and who also assumed the throne himself, was imprisoned here at the end of his life by his own son – in a room looking out on the Taj Mahal across the river. This evening, savor a travel highlight as you embark on a tour of the Taj Mahal, the magnificent tomb of white marble built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who had implored her husband to build a monument symbolizing their undying love for each other. Some 20,000 laborers and artisans from around the world spent 22 years constructing what became Mumtaz`s mausoleum, which was begun in 1632. Along with its exquisite symmetry, the Taj features striking examples of pietra dura, a decorative art in which craftsmen embed precisely cut semi-precious stones in marble to form dazzling patterns. Return to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel (B)
ITC Mughal – Mughal Room

Day 4: (Friday): Agra/Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri (approx. 260km/5 hour drive)
After breakfast, check-out and drive to Jaipur. En route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the sandstone city, was the glorious but short-lived imperial capital of Akbar, the greatest of Mughal emperors. Lying on a rocky ridge, it boasts of palaces, forts and mosques representing a variety of architectural styles. On arrival check in to the hotel. This evening a local family will host you for the dinner at their private home
Overnight at the hotel (B, D)
ITC Rajputana – Executive Club room

Day 5: (Saturday): Jaipur
This was the home of India`s legendary Hindu warriors, whose historic forts, palaces, and gardens lend a timeless quality to this storied region. Called the `pink city` for its buildings of rose-hued sandstone, Jaipur today retains the exquisite symmetry of its original construction, as well as the eight historic gates that protected the city centuries ago. Full day sightseeing of Jaipur including a visit to the Amber Fort and a photo stop at the Palace of the Winds, the Hawa Mahal in the morning. Visit Amber Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site built by the Kachhawah Rajputs as their capital from 1037 to 1728 and considered the pinnacle of Rajput architecture. We tour the unoccupied citadel this morning, to admire the fresco-covered portal, the impressive room of mirrors, walls of jewel-encrusted marble, and the royal apartments offering beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding valleys. We continue on to Jantar Mantar, the incredible open-air Royal Observatory (ca. 1728) housing oversized astronomical instruments and a UNESCO World Heritage site; and City Palace, former residence of the Maharajas of Jaipur, built in the shape of the city itself and now converted to a museum that houses the rulers magnificent art collections.
Explore the local markets or visit a jeweler`s workshop as Jaipur is most famous for its gems.
Overnight at the hotel (B)
ITC Rajputana – Executive Club room

Day 6: (Sunday): Jaipur /Guwahati / flight & board MV Mahabaahu (6E-207 at 0755/1150 hrs.)
(M.V. Mahabaahu sets sail at 14:00 hours)
Early morning check-out with packed breakfast and transfer to Jaipur airport to connect with flight to Guwahati. 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 de-board 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 (B, Packed L, D)

Day 7 (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 8 (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 9 (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 10 (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 11 (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 12 (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 13 (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.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 28 Dec 2017 to 27 Feb 2020 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Pre-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
31 Dec 2019 Arrive Delhi, Transfer to hotel
01 Jan 2020 Day tour of Old and New Delhi (B)
02 Jan 2020 Transfer to Agra, sightseeing to Taj Mahal/Agra Fort (B)
03 Jan 2020 Transfer to Jaipur, visit Fatehpur Sikri enroute (B,D)
04 Jan 2020 Jaipur touring inc. Palace of the Winds (B)
05 Jan 2020 Transfer airport, Fly Jaipur to Guwahati, Board ship (BLD)

Cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
05 Jan 2020
Guwahati, India
06 Jan 2020
River Cruising
07 Jan 2020
Silghat, India
08 Jan 2020
Kaziranga, India
08 Jan 2020
Biswanath Ghat, India
09 Jan 2020
Kaziranga, India
10 Jan 2020
Majuli Island, India
11 Jan 2020
Neamati Ghat, India
12 Jan 2020
Neamati Ghat, India

Post-cruise Itinerary

DateActivityArriveDepart
12 Jan 2020 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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7 Night Cruise sailing from Guwahati to Neamati aboard Mahabaahu.

Day 1: (Sunday): Guwahati / Kamakhya / MV Mahabaahu / Peacock Island / Sail
(M.V. Mahabaahu sets sail at 14:00 hours)

Arrive at Guwahati International Airport and with packed lunch we drive to the Kamakhya Temple. This Temple is devoted to the eternal Feminine- the goddess of desire whose name is Kama Khya, granter of desires.

After the Temple visit, we drive towards Pandu Port where an Assamese welcome aboard the MV Mahabaahu awaits us. After the essential safety briefing and a short presentation on the Peacock Island that is famous for its highly endangered Golden Langur, we check into our cabins.

All gather on the open deck to enjoy the first sail and scan the river for a fleeting sight of the Gangetic Dolphins. We visit the Peacock Island and return to MV Mahabaahu where we enjoy a talk on ‘Kamakhya and the Occult in Assam’

An evening in the Soma Lounge followed by the ‘Kamrup Swaagat Bhoj’—a sit down welcome dinner completes the day.

Day 2: (Monday): A village visit/ full day Sail
MV Mahabaahu lifts anchor early. We enjoy Yoga on the deck for an hour and move on to breakfast, while MV Mahabaahu heads on through the hills towards an island that is occupied predominantly by a Bangla speaking Muslim community who are involved in extensive farming.

After breakfast we enjoy a talk on ‘Assam, its geographical location in the national and international context and how it is acclaiming recognition’

After the visit to this village, we return to the ship for lunch and sail towards Orang Point.

We enjoy A talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the tribal life’, over a cup of tea and some snacks.

We anchor at a deserted island for the evening and enjoy sitting around a bonfire to indulge in barbequed snacks.

Day 3: (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 and wild life in India’

We sail on for the next couple of hours and enjoy a relaxed lunch and reach Silghat. After a talk on ‘Tea and Jute in Assam’, we take a short drive to Kaliabore Tea Estate which is a vast expanse of undulating estate with tea bushes, watching the tribal women pick tea leaves. We proceed to the tea factory to see the process of finally producing Assam Tea and coming to terms with all that goes into preparing a cup-of-tea. (The tea factory is not operational from mid-December to mid-February as the tea is at its dormant stage during this time of the year)

We return to where the ship is anchored. Close by, a co-operative Jute Mill is an interesting place to understand how the Jute fibre takes the form of very eco friendly gunny bags.

By sunset, we enjoy a cultural evening on the ship. We have an early dinner and retire for the evening.

Day 4: (Wednesday) : Kaziranga National Park / Weavers’ village at Bishwanath Ghat
We rise very early today and after a warm cup of tea and some snacks, we drive 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 elephants, 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; once-in-a-lifetime elephant-backed safari where we search for the elusive rhinoceros, tigers, swamp deer and hog deer and more and a large number of very interesting birds. The park never ceases to surprise us.

tiger

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 wild life adventure and an extensive coverage of this magnificent park.

We return to MV Mahabaahu for a leisurely lunch and a relaxed afternoon.

(In October and May when Kaziranga National Park is closed we do a short Jeep Safari in the outer area of the Kaziranga National Park. Elephant safari is not possible but one can opt for elephant joy ride on the outskirts of the park. During these two months we have an additional Boat Safari in a very picturesque area at the confluence of Diphlu and Brahmaputra River.)

After the leisurely pace of the day and having recovered the lost sleep, we once again get together for A talk on ‘Silk in Assam’. We get into the tenders to reach the shores of Bishwanath Ghat. We visit the Shiva Dol in reverence of Lord Shiva and there is no way that we can avoid the women with their weaves. We enjoy a walk through the village and see how this suburban village thrives.

We return to the ship to enjoy an evening on a deserted island and then proceed to a scrumptious dinner.

Day 5: (Thursday) : Dhansiri Boat Safari
This morning, MV Mahabaahu sails early towards the Eastern Range of Kaziranga for boat Safari. We enjoy breakfast and a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the life that exists alongside’.

We proceed for the safari in our tenders for about two hours. The shores are high but one can see 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 always determined by the weather conditions.

We return for lunch. This evening we enjoy the Chef’s Cooking Demonstration followed by a talk on ‘Majuli’, the seat of Vaishnav culture

The evening on a deserted island with bonfire is always unusual. We enjoy dinner on MV Mahabaahu.

(Bonfire may be avoided if a suitable sandbank cannot be found or if we experience inclement weather conditions)

Day 6: (Friday) : Mishing Village Visit/Majuli visit—one of the largest river island systems of the world

After Yoga, as we have our breakfast, we sail towards the Mishing Village and further on to Majuli, a cosmos of Assamese culture where various philosophies co-exist and thrive.

After breakfast, we enjoy a talk on ‘Majuli’ the seat of Vaishnav culture’. Thereafter we set off in our tenders to a Mishing Village.

The Mishings live on the bank of river in ‘Chang ghar’, houses with raised platform. All Mishing women are expert weavers. The indoor life of a Mishing person revolves around the kitchen area where the family can get together.

MV Mahabaahu leaves behind the Mishing village and after lunch, we enjoy a talk on ‘Sibsagar and the Ahom civilization’ followed by a visit to Majuli Island.

We get on the tenders and arrive on the mainland where a drive takes us to a scenic corner of a Satra for an interesting cultural performance by Satriya singers and dancers. Next, we drive to Kamlabari Satra to witness the Vaishnavite priests dancing to the rhythm of cymbals, drums and chanting in the temple premise.

We return to the ship and we prepare for a Traditional Assamese evening.

Day 7: (Saturday)Sail to Neamati Ghat / Home hosted lunch and Sibsagar
After an early breakfast, we start our day-excursion to Sibsagar, the ancient city and 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. Sibsagar town literally means ‘the ocean of Lord Shiva’ as it is built around a huge man made water tank ordered by the Ahom Queen

The Shiva Dol, constructed in the year 1734 is believed to be the highest Shiva temple in India. We visit The Talatal or Kareng Ghar, the palace of the Ahom Kings and the Rang Ghar, an amphitheater, a place of entertainment or important meetings for the Royals and their guests. Thereafter, we drive to a Tea Estate for a relaxed afternoon where we enjoy a traditional Assamese lunch with the Tea-estate family who have been involved in the tea business over a period of a century. Here, we sip our beverages as we explore the lawns and proceed to indulge in traditional Assamese cuisine.

We return to MV Mahabaahu by sunset and enjoy a relaxed evening in the Soma lounge before proceeding for dinner.

Day 8: (Sunday) : Neamati Ghat / Jorhat / Departure
We start the day with Yoga and/or go for a walk along the swamps to catch a sight of owls, orioles, yellow footed green pigeons, changeable hawk eagles, adjutant storks, quails, sea gulls hunting with the dolphins and pied kingfishers, swallows and martins diving to fish.

We have a relaxed breakfast. The luggage is brought out of the cabins according to the flight schedule.

The crew on board organises our transport

We arrive at the Rowriah Airport with packed lunch in Jorhat a couple of hours before the flight schedule and bid adieu to the land of Ahoms.

Cruise – for an “Experiential Journey” – on the Brahmaputra, one of the greatest rivers of Asia, on board our prestigious river cruise vessel, M.V. Mahabaahu.

The Brahmaputra in Assam spans from 3 to 40 kilometers across (2-25 miles), flowing under the shadows of the eastern Himalayas with mountains reaching a height of over 7400 meters (24,278 feet). The area along the river is a true natural history paradise. Here you find over 850 different species of birds, fresh water dolphins, and four national parks with abundant elephants, single-horned rhinos, and wild buffalo.

Perhaps most fascinating to the visitor, are the over 40 different tribal cultures found in the region. A true opportunity to “Experience the Living Cultures of India” for which Far Horizon India is famous.

Two tenders ferry guests safely to and from the vessel with embarkation and disembarkation supervised by a senior officer. At least one guide escorts all excursions ashore. There is nightly entertainment in the form of local tribal dances or guest lectures held in the theatre. Recreational facilities on board include a swimming pool, sports room, spa, hair salon, sundeck, well stocked library with magazines, internet cafe and various board games.

All cruising takes place between 6am and 6pm to take full advantage of the spectacular scenery.

In the evenings there are local tribal dances or guest lectures.

Recreational facilities onboard include:
A well-stocked library
Various board games
Swimming pool on the first deck
Spa and Salon on the lower deck
Sun deck

Other attractions are Buddhist monasteries and Hindu Gurukuls, teaching in an education style of over 5,000 years. The architecture of the temples of Assam, built in traditional Indian and Thai styles, showcases the artistic talents of the local people. The brilliant greens of the terraced rice paddies and the lush tea plantations will have you marveling at this little-known paradise.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 55 metres
  • Tonnage: 675 Gross Tonnes
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 58
  • Dining Staff Nationality: Indian
  • Ship Registration: India

Ship Amenities

  • Satellite Television
  • In Room Safe
  • Mini Bar
  • In Room Telephone
  • Air Conditioning

Ship Facilities

  • Library
  • Swimming Pool
  • Spa
  • Salon
  • Sun Deck
  • Dining Room
  • Laundry
  • Conference / Lounge
  • Bar
  • Jacuzzi
  • Health Club
  • Onboard Store

Assam….. a rich, green land of rolling hills, plains and dense forests, is the gateway to the North Eastern part of India. The mighty Brahmaputra River that has its origin near Lake Mansarovar and Mount Kailash, prayed to by four religions of Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bonpas, charts its course through Tibet, Assam and Bangladesh. Assam, the mystic land of blue hills and beautiful rivers, is renowned for it’s tea, rich flora and fauna.

Its “Big Four” include the great single horned rhinos, elephants, wild buffaloes and the tigers. Fresh water dolphins in the river and great bird like the Great Hornbills, Great Adjutant Storks and the Black Necked Cranes. These all along with, over six hundred varieties of migratory and domestic birds, other mammals like deers, apes like the Hollock Gibbons, turtles & tortoises, makes this as one of the greatest natural habitats and varieties of wildlife outside of Africa. National Geographic board members said in January, 2011 that this was the Serengeti of India.

The Brahmaputra River is the only navigable river in the world from which you can see 7400 mtrs high, snow covered Himalayan mountains. It is also the only river, apart from the River Zambezi in Africa, from which elephant, jeep and boat safaris are conducted. The visit to temples, tribal villages, monasteries, ancient palaces and tea estates gives a great “Living Cultures” experience.

Situated between 90-96 degrees East Longitude and 24-28 degrees North Latitude, Assam is bordering on the North and East by the Kingdom of Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh. Along the South East lies Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. Meghalaya and Bangladesh are South, while West Bengal lies to the West.

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