THE BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER CRUISE 9 NIGHTS ON BOARD MV by hhab2910

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									                  THE BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER CRUISE
        9 NIGHTS ON BOARD MV MAHABAAHU (DOWNSTREAM ITINERARY)
                                         ~ DOWNSTREAM 2010 DATES ~

           15 & 29 January                    12 & 26 February               12 & 26 March
           9 & 23 April                       24 September                   8 & 22 October
           5 & 19 November                    3 & 17 December



Assam is a land of wooded hills, wide meandering rivers and sprawling tea gardens. With the Red
River, the Brahmaputra, flowing through it, this north-eastern state has a colorful, largely tribal
population and produces almost 60% of India's tea. The capital Guwahati is the gateway to the
Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the last remaining strongholds of the one-horned rhinoceros.
Assam is a vibrant land, known for its tribal people, astounding wildlife, silks such as paat and muga
which rank amongst the finest in the world, and of course its tea


Day 1: (Friday): Arrive Delhi
Arrive in Delhi. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel

Overnight at hotel (D)

Day 2: (Saturday): Delhi
After breakfast in the morning proceed for the full day city tour

Delhi - The capital city of India, Delhi has always been prized by India’s rulers and has made some dramatic
improvements in recent years. New Delhi, the well laid-out main metropolitan area built by the British when they
moved their capital here from Calcutta in 1911, blends internationalism and tradition, with many interesting
museums and art galleries as well as Lutyen’s Imperial City and countless monuments that pay homage to the
mighty Mughal Empire, like Humayun’s Tomb. A visit to Old Delhi is always an experience, with cycle rickshaws
whizzing through the ancient bustling, twisting alleyways. Take in the Red Fort, Jama Masjid (India’s biggest
mosque) and the Qutub Minar while you are here. Delhi is also a shopper’s paradise, being one big emporium for
all of India’s handicrafts, and hosting some of the best contemporary designers India has to offer. This energetic
city now has good dining and nightlife options to complement its considerable historical and architectural
interest.

Welcome Dinner at hotel

Overnight at hotel (B,D)

Day 3: (Sunday): Delhi / Dibrugarh - M.V. Mahabaahu
After early breakfast, drive to the airport to board flight to Dibrugarh.
Arrive Dibrugarh, meeting and assistance at the Airport.

Later, we will be transferred to the banks of the Brahmaputra River to board the M.V. Mahabaahu.

High Tea will be served onboard after a traditional welcome.

Overnight onboard (B, L, D)




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Day 4: (Monday): Dibrugarh - Sibsagar
Morning cruise for 3 hours to Sibsagar. Visit Sibsagar including the ruins of
the Ahom kingdoms. Sibsagar was the capital of the Ahom Kings who ruled
Assam before the advent of the British. The Tai-speaking Ahoms came to
the area from Yunnan, China, in the 13th century AD. In the 18th century,
Sibsagar was called Rangpur; several temples remain from that period. The
town is build round the Sibsagar tank, dug over 200 years ago. The tank is
above town level although situated in the heart of the town. On its banks
are located some of the famous temples of Sibsagar. The Shiva temple,
constructed in the year 1734 is believed to be the highest Hindu temple in
India.

Later cruise for 4 hours towards Majuli. The largest inhabited island in the world, it may be getting the UNESCO
world heritage site status soon. Majuli has been the cultural capital of Assam for the past five hundred years. It has
also been the cradle of Assamese civilization. Written records are found of the visit of Shankardeva, a social
reformer, during the 16th century. He promulgated a form of Hinduism that was also called vaishnavism. He
established monasteries or hermitages that were called satras. These satras became the hub of culture, art,
religion and lifestyle. Even today these satras preserve antiques like weapons, utensils, jewellery and other articles
of cultural importance. The tribal folk culture of Majuli also deserves preservation. These tribal are the mishing
tribes from the state of Arunachal and who migrated here many centuries ago.

Overnight onboard (B, L, D)

Day 5 : (Tuesday): Majuli – Jorhat – Kaziranga
                              Morning cruise to Jorhat for 2 hours.
                              Visit the Tea Research centre and learn the history of Tea from an expert. The Tea
                              Research Association (TRA) is a registered co-operative society dedicated to
                              scientific research and extension for improvement in productivity and quality of tea
                              in the North East India. Research on all aspects of tea cultivation and processing is
                              carried out at Tocklai Experimental Station, Jorhat the oldest and the largest
                              research station of its kind in the world. Later cruise for 4 hours to reach the eastern
                              side of Kaziranga National Park.

                              Overnight onboard (B, L, D)



Day 6: (Wednesday): Kaziranga
A pre dawn expedition to one of the tributaries of Brahmaputra and then jeep ride for an
hour will bring us to the central zone of the park. One of the best wildlife parks in the
world; it is a UNESCO world heritage site
From here we will take a one hour elephant safari. After breakfast at a local lodge, we
explore the jungle again for 2-3 hours by Jeep. After lunch at a local lodge, drive to the
western part of the park where we again do a jungle safari. Later, we board our cruise
ship which has, in the meantime, moved to the western most part of the park.
Overnight onboard (B, L, D)

                               Day 7: (Thursday): Kaziranga – Tezpur – Orang National Park
                               Morning, we go back for half an hour by cruise ship to scan the Kaziranga National
                               Park from the river side. Later cruise for one hour to reach Tezpur. On arrival in
                               Tezpur visit Da Parbatia, the oldest ruins found in Assam dating back to 6th century
                               AD.
                               Also visit Bahumi Pahar which is a hill littered with ruined palace dating back to 10th
                               century AD. Later we climb up in Cole Park to have a high view of the
                               Brahmaputra River Cruise further 4 hours to reach Orang National Park.

                               Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)


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Day 8: (Friday): Orang National Park – Kuruwa - Guwahati
Early morning we use our expedition tenders to enter the Orang National Park by a small channel where our safari
jeeps will be waiting for us. Jeep safari in the park to look for Elephants, Rhinos, wild water buffalos and perhaps
the elusive tiger.
Cruise for 3 hours to reach Kuruwa. A nice village to walk around and mingle with the local people who live in
bamboo huts. Close by you may see local fishermen fishing with their portable Chinese fishing nets.
Cruise further to reach Guwahati. Later visit Kamakhya temple. The Kamakhya Temple in Assam symbolizes the
"fusion of faiths and practices" of Aryan and non-Aryan elements in Assam. The different names associated with
the goddess are names of local Aryan and non-Aryan goddesses. Animal sacrifices take place here almost every
day. Farewell dinner onboard.

Overnight onboard (B, L, D)

Day 9: (Saturday): Cruise - Guwahati / Fly to Kolkata
Breakfast onboard

Early morning cruise by expedition to visit the Umananda temple on Peacock Island. The island has an old
temple which we will visit. It also has 8 rare golden langurs which can be seen as we visit the temple.

Drive to Guwahati and transfer to the Airport to board flight to Kolkata
Arrive in Kolkata. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel and Check-in at hotel.

Overnight at hotel (B,D)

Day 10: (Sunday): Depart Kolkata
On time transfer to the international airport to board the flight for onward journey

INCLUSIONS:
• 2 nights pre-cruise accommodation in Delhi
• 6 night cruise on board MV Mahabaahu
• 1 night post-cruise accommodation in Kolkata
• Economy domestic flights (within India)
• Daily meals as per program with a bottle of water with each meal for land and cruise
• All shore excursions, land transportation as per the itinerary in jeeps, on elephants and small boats.
• Entrance fees to the monuments and national parks.
• All applicable taxes as of this date, porterage at airports & hotels
• USD$100 on board credit per person


          CABIN                       DOWNSTREAM

       STANDARD                          USD$3,395*

        SUPERIOR                         USD$3,695*

          DELUXE                         USD$3,995*

          LUXURY                         USD$4,595*

           SUITE                         USD$5,895*
*Per person twin share & subject to currency fluctuations.
Special conditions apply. Please refer to the ship page.




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