M V Mahabaahu Upstream Cruise - 3 Nights

M V Mahabaahu Upstream Cruise - 3 Nights (DAYS : 4)

DAY 1

GUWAHATI/ KAMAKHYA TEMPLE/ MV MAHABAAHU/ PEACOCK ISLAND/ SAIL

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.

Night Stay: MV Mahabaahu (packed L, D)

DAY 2

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.

Night Stay: MV Mahabaahu ( B, L, D )

DAY 3

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.

Night Stay: The Resort (B, L, D)

DAY 4

KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK/ DEPARTURE

We rise very early today and after a warm cup of tea and some snacks, 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.

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.

Return to the MV Mahabaahu to get ready for check-out and drive to Guwahati Airport (4 Hrs. 30 Minutes’ drive) with packed lunch to board our onward flight for Kolkata OR Delhi & departure.

(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.).

Night Stay: (B, packed L)

Inclusion

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis on full board plan.
  • 1 Jeep Safaris with Naturalist by non-air conditioned Jeeps at Kaziranga National Park.
  • 1 Elephant Safari at Kaziranga National Park.
  • All Entrance fees at the Monuments and National Parks as per the itinerary.
  • 1 Glass of Domestic wine/beer with Farewell and Welcome dinners at Guwahati & Neamati only.
  • All excursions/lectures/performances and activities as per the itinerary.
  • Services of English speaking Naturalist/ Destination Manager during sightseeing at all the places as per the itinerary.
  • Assistance on all Arrival & Departure transfers with Representative at the airport and Land transport by Air-Conditioned vehicles.

Exclusion

  • Expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, internet, imported wines & spirits, camera/video camera fee at monuments/National Park, medical expenses, Salon/massages, airport departure tax etc.
  • Any Insurance.
  • Any further tax levied by the government of India.
  • Evacuation charges in case of medical emergencies, insurance is available on request.
  • Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and airplanes delays, roadblocks, vehicle malfunctions, political disturbances, taxes, lost luggage, etc.
  • Govt. service tax 4.5%
  • Any tipping.
  • International & Domestic Air fares.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Supplement of peak period from 20th Dec'16 till 10th Jan'17 will be advised on booking request for that period.

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River cruising in this part of the world is an adventurous experience. Assam is still in the developing stages of tourism and the developing infrastructure is rushing to keep pace with the rapidly growing interest in this part of India. As such, our voyage is an expedition-style cruise with all creature comforts on-board. Our shore-side staff will make every effort to attend to your comfort during onshore expeditions. However, vehicles and roads may not be of the same standard that you have experienced elsewhere, although we use the best of what is available locally.

Please note, this itinerary is subject to weather and river conditions. The Captain/Cruise Director reserves the right to adjust the itinerary for passenger safety and comfort. The Brahmaputra River is subject to seasonal fluctuations. Islands and sand bars can appear and disappear between one sailing and the next. Also, being one of the highest precipitation zones in the world, our program is subject to weather and River conditions. Also, we reserve the right to convert the direction of the cruise from downstream to upstream or vice versa without any compensation.