Stay is included in this package
1 Glass of Domestic wine/beer with Farewell and Welcome dinners
1. Accommodation on twin sharing basis on a full board plan.
2. All Entrance fees at the Monuments and National Parks as per the itinerary.
3. 1 Glass of Domestic wine/beer with Farewell and Welcome dinners.
4. All excursions/lectures/performances and activities as per the itinerary.
5. Services of English speaking naturalist / Destination Manager during sightseeing at all the places as per the itinerary.
6. Assistance on all Arrival & Departure transfers with Representative at the airport and Land transport by Air-Conditioned vehicles except in Kaziranga and Mujuli Island.
1. 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.
2. Any Insurance.
3. Any further tax levied by the government of India.
4. Evacuation charges in case of medical emergencies, insurance is available on request.
5. Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and airplanes delays, roadblocks, vehicle malfunctions, political disturbances, taxes, lost luggage, etc.
6. Any tipping, Suggested Tipping for the ship’s crew is INR 4,000 per person for the cruise and for the naturalist and Destination Manager we also recommend INR 4,000 per person for the cruise. Tips to safari and vehicle drivers are not included and we suggest an amount of approximately INR 1,400 per person.
7. International & Domestic Air fares.
8. Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
9. Supplement would be applicable for Christmas and New Year Eve Dinner.
* Prices are on per person basis.
* GST is chargeable extra.
Arrive Guwahati/ Silghat/ 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. 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.
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 KohoraMihimukh 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 for a leisurely lunch and a relaxed afternoon.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 BishwanathGhat. 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 scrumptiousdinner.
Dhansiri Boat Safari
This morning Cruise 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 and sample the snacks followed by a leisurely evening on a deserted island with bonfire is always unusual. Ennjoy dinner on Cruise. (Bonfire may be avoided if a suitable sandbank cannot be found or if we experience inclement weather conditions)
Mishing Village Visit
After Yoga and breakfast we enjoy a talk on ‘Majuli the seat of Neo –Vaishnav Culture’ and then enjoy the sail towards the Mishing Village .The Mishings live on the bank of river in 'Chang ghars', houses with raised platform. All Mishing women are expert weavers. Carrying some cash would be a good idea.The indoor life of a Mishing person revolves around the kitchen area where the family can get together. We buy the ethnic colourful cotton weaves, vegetables and move on.We indulge in a Dhoti Tying and Mekhela Chaadar wearing demonstration at this village.We return to enjoy A talk on ‘Sibsagar and the Ahom civilization’ and proceed to prepare for a Traditional Assamese evening.
Majuli Visit/ Sibsagar/ Neamatighat
After breakfast, we enjoy a talk on 'Majuli' the seat of Vaishnav culture and proceed in our tenders to 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 KamlabariSatra 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 hot lunch on Cruise as we sail towards NeamatiGhat.Carry binoculars as the fields alongside the road will showcase purple swamp hens, adjutant storks, egrets, kingfishers, Indian rollers, bulbuls and open billed storks. We drive through the countryside to reach Sibsagar, the ancient city of the Ahom Kings; a town that literally means 'the ocean of Lord Shiva’. We notice as we drive that 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 Sibsagar town 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.Then we visit Talatal or KarengGhar 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 Cruise by sunset and enjoy the farewell dinner.
Neamati Ghat/ Home Hosted Lunch/ Jorhat/ Departure
We start the day with Yoga and/or go for a nature walk along the swamps to catch a sight of owls, aureoles, yellow footed green pigeons, changeable 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.En route the airport we visit a Tea Estate for a relaxed afternoon where we enjoy a traditional Assamese lunch with the Tea-estate family to get a peep into the lifestyle of the families that have been involved in the tea business over a period of a century. Here we sip our beverages and indulge in tea tasting as we explore the lawns and proceed to enjoy a traditional Assamese cuisine. 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.