This exciting journey features a 10-night cruise that starts from Dibrugarh and sails downstream along the Brahmaputra. Along the way, the river cruise offers visitors to the region the opportunity to discover the ancient capital of the Ahom Kings; visit Hindu monasteries on one of the largest riverine islands; and take a 4x4 safari in search of the endangered one-horned rhinoceroses. The voyage comes to an end at Guwahati; a town renowned for its 'tantric' traditions.
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Fly from London to Kolkata, via Dubai, with Emirates. (N)
Morning arrival and transfer to the Oberoi Grand for 2 nights. Afternoon city tour. (N)
Morning visit to the flower market and cruise down the Hooghly river. Afternoon visit to the Marble Palace and South Park Cemetery. (B)
Fly to Dibrugarh and transfer to Dikhou Mukh to board the boat (subject to river conditions, it may be required to board the boat at Neamati, which is closer to Jorhat). The next 10 nights will be spent on either RV Sukhapa or RV Charaidew. Each boat has a fixed departure date and therefore if you prefer to be on a specific boat, please discuss this with your consultant at the time of your enquiry. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to Sibsagar, the one-time capital of the Kings of Assam, who ruled Assam for nearly 700 years between the 12th century and early 19th century. The Ahoms' distinct culture and architecture delightfully blends Indian with south-east Asian and some of this distinct style can be seen in the stupa-like temples and palaces. Following lunch in a tea estate, return to the boat and cruise for 3 hours to Majuli, the largest riverine island. (B, L, D)
This morning on arrival at Majuli island, explore the largest riverine island in the world. The island is home to some unique Vaishnavite Satras (monasteries) that are renowned for their dance drama performances. You will visit the Auniati monastery with an eclectic museum and watch a dance performance at the Kamalabari monastery before returning to the boat. Late afternoon cruise downstream for an hour or two. (B, L, D)
Continue cruising and take a visit to a riverside tribal village. By the afternoon, the Kaziranga National Park will be on your left and you might be able to spot wild elephants from your boat. (B, L, D)
Morning visit the temple town of Vishnath. Returning to the boat, continue cruising downstream. In the afternoon take a 4x4 safari through the western range of the Kaziranga National Park. (B, L, D)
Early morning elephant-back safari through Kaziranga's central range looking for one-horned rhinoceroses. After breakfast, walk through terraced tea gardens and visit a village of the Mising tribe. In the afternoon, take a 44x4 safari through Kaziranga's little visited eastern range. (B, L, D)
This morning continue cruising downstream to Tezpur. Following lunch, visit the ruins of the sixth century Da Parbatia temple, which has exquisite carvings. Take a cycle rickshaw to explore the local bazaars and continue to Cole Park to see the collection of medieval stone carving. (B, L, D)
Today is spent cruising, passing through sand islands with dramatic lunar landscapes. (B, L, D)
This morning, continue cruising downstream towards Guwahati. This afternoon, visit the Aswaklanta temple on the hill before visiting the ruins of the Madan Kamdev temple with their erotic carving reminding visitors of the strong tantric traditions for which the region is renowned. (B, L, D)
Arrive in Sualkuchi and visit the silk weavers. You will have the opportunity to see the entire process of silk manufacture and how exquisite sarees are crafted. This afternoon, visit the Kamakhya temple in Guwahati, the Commonwealth War Graves, the museum and the bazaars. (B, L, D)
Transfer to the airport and fly to Kolkata. Transfer to the Oberoi Grand for 2 nights. (B)
Day at leisure. (B)
Morning flight to London, via Dubai, with Emirates. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
The river cruise itinerary is subject to river conditions and the elephant safaris are subject to availability. Kaziranga National Park features low-lying grassland, which may be off-limits when the river is at or near flood level.
The Oberoi Grand is located in the heart of the city, near the main monuments and shopping district. It is 22 km from the international airport, which takes approximately 45 minutes by road.
The hotel has been a feature of Kolkata (Calcutta) for over 125 years and it combines classic Victorian architecture with modern facilities. It has 6 categories of rooms and suites. Deluxe rooms offer a panoramic view of the city and some luxury rooms have a private balcony overlooking the central courtyard. Premier rooms feature four-poster beds and private balconies and classic suites overlook the pool and garden. Set amid the palm-fringed courtyard and pool are the deluxe suites and the 3 luxury suites, each measuring 84 sqm, feature four balconies overlooking the hotel grounds. All rooms have a satellite television, DVD player, Internet access, safe, telephone and mini bar.
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RV Charaidew is a 38-metre-long passenger boat with 12 air-conditioned cabins all located on the upper deck of the boat. Known as the 'grand old lady' of ABN cruises' fleet, RV Charaidew has an abundance of character and features a sun deck from where you can enjoy the scenery whilst you drift down the river. The dining room is on the lower deck and serves a mixture of Assamese and continental cuisine.
Features: 12 cabins, bar, lounge, dining room, sun deck with shaded area. Cabin amenities: Air conditioning, hairdryer, safe, en suite facilities including...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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