M V Mahabaahu Upstream Cruise - 5 Nights

M V Mahabaahu Upstream Cruise - 5 Nights (DAYS : 6)

DAY 1

ARRIVE GUWAHATI/ SILGHAT/ MV MAHABAAHU/ VISIT TEA ESTATE AND/OR JUTE MILL

On arrival at the airport, we are met at the receiving area with packed lunch. The drive to Silghat takes us about 5 hours. On arrival at Silghat, we are welcomed on board the MV Mahabaahu.

We take a short drive to Kaliabore Tea Estate which is a vast expanse of undulating estate with tea bushes. We take a short walk through this striking tea-garden, 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: MV Mahabaahu ( L, D )

DAY 2

KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK/ WEAVER’S VILLAGE AT BISHWANATH GHAT

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.

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.

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

DAY 3

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)

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

DAY 4

MISHING VILLAGE VISIT/ MAJULI VISIT

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 ghars', 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.

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

DAY 5

SAIL TO NEAMATI GHAT/ SIBSAGAR/ HOME HOSTED LUNCH

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 our farewell dinner or Alvida Bhoj.

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

DAY 6

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 in Jorhat, a couple of hours before the flight schedule and bid adieu to the land of Ahoms.

Night Stay: MV Mahabaahu (B, packed L)

Inclusion

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis on full board plan.
  • All Entrance fees at the Monuments and National Parks as per the itinerary.
  • 1 Glass of Domestic wine/beer with Farewell and Welcome dinners.
  • 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 except in Kaziranga and Mujuli Island.

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 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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Twin sharing basis / Person 115000 133000 178000
Single Room Supplement 103000 115500 178000
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  • Prices valid from October, 2017 till April, 2018
  • Except for the 20th December’ 2017 to 10th January’ 2018 period


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NOTIFICATION

Information contained in the FAR HORIZON CRUISE brochure, website or advertising materials is not an offer or a contract. The transportation of guests and baggage on the MV MAHABAAHU river cruise vessel is provided solely by FAR HORIZON and is governed by the terms and conditions printed on the Guest Booking Contract. For complete information on terms and conditions, itinerary, liability of FAR HORIZON, and all sections mentioned below, refer to the Guest Booking Contract below.

 

PAYMENT AND DEPOSIT POLICY:

A deposit for cruise fare of 25% per person is required to secure a confirmed booking. For Charter bookings this deposit is NON REFUNDABLE.

90 DAYS PRIOR TO DATE OF SAILING:  75% Per Person

For the Christmas and New Year holiday, the full balance must be paid 120 days prior. 

All reservations are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due date.

Air seats are limited; airfares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until full payment of the airfare is received. At the time of booking a 25% deposit for Airfare will be required.

Upon full payment by the participant(s) of the amount specified as the Full Fare (Invoice to be referred), FAR HORIZON agrees to arrange for the provision of the services as described herein and as modified by any supplementary marketing materials.

Upon receipt of your deposit or full payment or upon the issuance of the  Guest Booking Contract directly or by a  Booking agent or upon receipt of a confirmation letter or final invoice from us, both the Guest and the Carrier will be fully bound by all of the terms and conditions of the  Guest Booking  Contract.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

All cancellations must be in writing.

The following cancellation terms will be applicable for all written cancellations received prior to departure up to the scheduled time of departure.

 

CANCELLATION TERMS FOR CHARTER BOOKINGS APPLICABLE ON THE FULL FARE:

25% of the price will be charged for cancellation after the deposit has been paid

90-75 days prior, 50% of the charter cost will be charged

74-59 days prior, 75% of the charter cost will be charged

60 days and less, 100% of the charter cost will be charged

 

CANCELLATION TERMS FOR FIT AND GROUP DEPARTURES APPLICABLE ON THE FULL FARE:

120 to 90 days prior, 25% per person of the fare paid will be charged 

89-76 days prior, 50% per person will be charged

75-46 days prior, 75% per person will be charged

45 days and less, 100% per person will be charged

*Full Fare is defined as the full cost of any cruise package as mentioned in the price chart.

Note: for Christmas and New Year Departures, 100% cancellation is charged 90 days and under from the sailing date.

 

REVISIONS/CHANGES

Once a cruise booking has a deposit or air is paid in full, all changes are subject to a US$50 charge per change, provided the said change is prior to 90 days before date of departure/sailing.

 

The following situations are considered as Revisions and penalties will apply:

• Changes to departure date

• Substitutions of itinerary

• Substitution of another person for original booked guest(s)

• Changing to a promotional fare

 

DOCUMENTS

Documents will be issued approximately 3 weeks prior to departure. 

 

TRANSFERS

Only round trip airport-to-ship transfers are included.

 

TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION/VISAS

All guests must have passports valid for six months following disembarkation and necessary visas when boarding. Guests are advised to check with their Booking agent to determine which documents they must obtain.

Due to airline security measures, your passport name must match your airline ticket name or you may be denied boarding.

Far Horizon accepts no responsibility for obtaining required visas or for advising guests of visa or other immigration requirements.

 

CHILDREN/MINORS

We accept children onboard sharing a cabin with parents or guardians. They will be the sole responsibility of the parents/ guardians and must never be left unattended.  For Children of 15 years and above, a separate cabin will need to be booked.

 

DISABLED GUESTS

We ask that you advise us at the time of booking of any disability or special needs you may have while on your Far Horizon Cruise itinerary. Most transportation services, including the motorcoaches, are not equipped with elevators or wheelchair ramps. Far Horizon India will make reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of travelers with disabilities, but we are not responsible in the event we are unable to do so, or there is a denial of service by vessel operators, air carriers, hotels, restaurants or other independent suppliers.

 

We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance to a guest for walking, dining, getting on and off vessels, motor coaches and other vehicles, or other personal needs. A qualified and physically able companion must accompany travelers who need such assistance and must assume full responsibility for their wellbeing. The guest assumes the full risk of use and of any prohibitions imposed by vendors.

 

TIPS

It is customary to give cruise gratuities, subject to your satisfaction of services rendered. Gratuities on board and on land are not included in your Full Fare.

 

FAR HORIZON

FAR HORIZON acts solely as a Sales Agent for the all direct guests or Booking Agents of the vessels described in Far Horizon advertising.

 

RESPONSIBILITY

Far Horizon accepts no liability or responsibility, whether occasioned by railroad, motor coach, private car, boat, aircraft or any other conveyance, for any injury, damages, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason or defect, through the acts or defaults of any company or person, or in carrying out the arrangements of the cruise, as a result of any cause beyond the control of Far Horizon.

 

Guests specifically release FAR HORIZON from any and all claims for loss or damage to baggage or property or from personal injuries or death, or from loss or delay, arising out of the acts, omissions or negligence of any independent contractors, such as air carriers, hotels, shore excursion operators, restaurateurs, transportation providers, medical personnel or other providers of services or facilities.

 

All arrangements made for guests with independent contractors, including medical services, are made solely for convenience to participants and are done at the participant’s own risk. Medical personnel are independent contractors. 

 

FAR HORIZON specifically disclaims all liability for damages for emotional distress, mental suffering or psychological injury of any kind.

 

Tickets, vouchers and any other travel documents are subject to all terms and conditions of the respective suppliers (some of which may limit supplier’s liability).

 

FAR HORIZON and the owners and operators of the vessels identified herein shall be entitled to any and all liability limitations, immunities and rights applicable to them or any of them under the Strasbourg Convention on the Limitation of Liability of Owners of Inland Navigation Vessels (CLNI), with protocols and amendments, together with the further provisions of the International Convention of Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976, with revisions and amendments (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Convention”), if and as applicable, and by those other and further limitations of liability set forth in the statutory and general maritime law of the United States, (including Title 46 U.S. Code Section 181-186, 188), as well as any other applicable nation’s laws limiting liability. Far Horizon and the owners and operators of the vessels identified herein shall be entitled to claim the benefit of whichever law, regulation, treaty or doctrine provides the greatest legal protections to FAR HORIZON and the owners and operators of the vessels identified herein.

 

REFUSAL OF PASSAGE

Far Horizon shall not be required to refund any amount paid by any guest who must leave the cruise prematurely for any reason, nor shall FAR HORIZON or the owners of the vessel identified herein be responsible for the lodging, meals, return transportation or other expenses incurred by such guest.  However, facilitation of all services to the said affect would be made on request and paid for by the guest.

 

ADVANCED, CANCELLED OR DELAYED SAILING

Far Horizon reserves the right to withdraw and/or cancel a cruise or to make changes in the itinerary and hotel accommodations whenever, in its sole judgment, or in the judgment of the vessel owner, conditions warrant it. In the event of charters of the vessel, truces, lockouts, riots or stoppage of labor from whatever cause or for any other reason whatsoever, the owner of the vessel identified herein may, at any time, cancel, advance or postpone any scheduled cruise and may, but is not obliged to, substitute another vessel or itinerary and shall not be liable for any loss whatsoever to guests by reason of any such cancellation, advancement or postponement.

 

ACTS OF GOD, STRIKE, OR OTHER CONDITIONS BEYOND CONTROL

Neither FAR HORIZON nor the owners of the vessels identified herein shall be liable for delay or inability to perform any condition described herein or any part thereof caused by or arising out of strikes, lockout or labor difficulties or shortages whether or not the carrier is party thereto, or explosion, fire, collision, standing or foundering of the vessel or breakdown or failure of or damage to the vessel or its hull or machinery or fittings howsoever and wheresoever any or the same may arise or be caused, or civil commotion, riot, insurrection, war, government restraint, requisitioning of the vessel, political disturbance, acts or threats of terrorism, inability to secure or failure of supplies including fuel, Acts of God, or other circumstances beyond their control.

 

SERVICES PROVIDED BY AIRLINES

FAR HORIZON reserves the right to choose the air carrier, routing and city airport from each gateway city.  FAR HORIZON, may utilize contracted block space as outlined by each specific carrier, therefore all flights and routings may not be available any additional costs including penalties for cancellations/rebooking will be made at the guest’s expense. All airline tickets issued by FAR HORIZON are refundable only to FAR HORIZON, therefore, all tickets should be returned to:  FAR HORIZON: Attention Air Refunds. 

 

FAR HORIZON will determine the amount of any refund due. If the air ticket is lost, the guest is responsible for the cost of its replacement. 

 

FAR HORIZON has no responsibility for any change in travel plans caused by airline delays or for any act, omission or event.

 

TRAVEL PROTECTION

Travel Protection is not included in the listed fares. It is the individual responsibility of each guest.