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INDIA'S GOLDEN TRIANGLE AND THE BRAHMAPUTRA
13 NIGHTS GUWAHATI - JAIPUR - DELHI FROM US$4,944.50

We are pleased to present this unique opportunity to combine a fabulous 7-night cruise exploring Assam in North East India on a cruise on the custom-built MV Mahabaahu with a 6-night tour of the Golden Triangle visiting most popular cultural gems in historic Delhi, Agra, the Taj Mahal and the imposing capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur. We also stay for one night at the Dera Village Retreat, offering the chance to discover villages in the Aravalli Hills, home to the Meena Tribal people.

Please note this programme is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

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ITINERARY

DAY 1 GUWAHATI

Transfer to the MV Mahabaahu via a visit to the ‘Kama-khya Temple’, devoted to the goddess of desire. Set sail passing Peacock Island, famous for the endangered Golden Langur. Enjoy an evening welcome dinner and talk.

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DAY 2 SAILING TOWARDS SILGHAT

Spend the day enjoying the stunning natural scenery and wildlife of the Brahmaputra River. Observe river dolphins and birds of prey as we pass uninhabited islands and the fragile communities that live here. After tea enjoy a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the tribal life that exists alongside’.

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DAY 3 SILGHAT

Pass Tezpur and a gigantic 3 Km long arched bridge arriving at Silghat, where we take an excursion through stunning countryside to a tea estate and factory producing the famous Assam tea.

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DAY 4 KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK

Our expedition continues with a visit to the UNESCO accredited Kaziranga National Park where we enjoy a safari on elephant searching for the elusive Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros and Indian tiger. We continue to Bagori, where by open jeep we further explore the wildlife of this magnificent park. We also travel to Biswanath Ghat and discover the charming village by small boat where women weave colourful traditional handicrafts by the riverside.

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DAY 5 RIVER SAFARI

After more dramatic scenic cruising, we take a boat safari on the Eastern range of Kaziranga where River Dhansiri and River Brahmaputra meet. Here, observe wildlife at its most natural including pied kingfishers, eagles, vultures, water buffalos, monitor lizards and otters. Dinner is enjoyed al fresco on a deserted island.

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DAY 6 TOWARDS MAJULI

Visit a local village on what is the world’s largest river island and home to the ethnic ‘Mishing’ people. Here, women weave on hand-looms to create characterful costumes and we enjoy a demonstration of a Dhoti & Chaddor - traditional dresses for the men and women of the Mishing communities. It is a pleasant place to explore.

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DAY 7 MAJULI, NEAMATI GHAT AND SIBSAGAR

Arrive at the ancient town of Majuli, where we explore the impressive Satras dating back to the 15th century. We continue to Sibsagar, capital of the Tai-speaking Ahoms who came from Yunan and China in the 13th Century AD. Explore the Shiva Dol, built in 1734, the highest Shiva temple in India. Our day is completed with an insight into the making of Assam tea from a tea estate family.

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DAY 8 JORHAT - DELHI

Disembark the Mahabaahu after breakfast and transfer to Jorhat airport for your flight to Delhi (via Kolkata). Transfer to the Suryaa hotel (or similar standard), Delhi for a 2-night stay on a room and breakfast basis.

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DAY 9 DELHI

Morning tour of Delhi visiting the Gandhi Memorial, India’s largest mosque Jama Masjid and Qutab Minar built by King Qutub-ud-din Aibak after defeating the last Hindu Kingdom in 1199. We also observe the stunning Red Fort, India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan.

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DAY 10 DELHI - AGRA

Drive to Agra and check into the Taj Gateway Hotel (or similar standard hotel) for a 1-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. We then visit the red sandstone Agra Fort on the banks of the Jamuna River enclosed by a 20-metre high wall. Later, at sunset, we visit the legendary Taj Mahal, completed in 1652 and one of the wonders of the modern world and the greatest monument of love. Some 20,000 laborers worked tirelessly for 17 years to build the Taj Mahal. The marble used was brought from Makrana, near Jodhpur and the precious stones such as Onyx, Amethyst, Malachite, Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Jade, Crystal and Mother of Pearl were carried to Agra from Persia, Russia, Afghanistan, Tibet, China and the Indian Ocean.

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DAY 11 AGRA - FATEHPUR SIKRI - KALAKHO

Travel by road to the magnificent ancient fortified city of Fatehpur Sikri with its stunning Palaces and Pavillions. Continue to Kalakho where we check-in at the Dera Village Retreat for a 1-night stay on a full board basis. After lunch at the resort, enjoy a camel safari in the village meeting the local people. Evening cultural dance show performed by local tribes followed by dinner.

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DAY 12 KALAKHO - ABHANERI - JAIPUR

Travel to Abhaneri where we visit the Abhaneri Stepwell invented by the local people to harvest rainwater Continue to the city of Jaipur, where we check into the Holiday Inn hotel (or similar standard hotel) for a 2-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. Afternoon visit to Sanganer, famous for textile printing, handmade paper industry, and for its Jain temples.

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DAY 13 JAIPUR

Explore ‘The Pink City’. This morning visit the iconic Amber Fort, built by the Kachhawah Rajputs as their capital from 1037 to 1728 and considered the pinnacle of Rajput architecture. The impressive room of mirrors, walls of jewel-encrusted marble and royal apartments offer beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding valleys. Observe the Palace of Winds, the Hawa Mahal dating from the 18the Century. Continue to the Jantar Mantar observatory (1728-34), built by Maharajah Jai Singh II, who had great interest in astrology and finally explore the City Palace which houses the Royal residence and museums with collections of textiles and costumes, armory, manuscripts, paintings, and other royal treasures.

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DAY 14 JAIPUR - DELHI AND DEPARTURE

Transfer to Delhi International airport for your onward flight.

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WHATS INCLUDED

Cruise Price Includes: Entrance fees, port dues, govt tax, porterage, guide services (English language), main meals, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water. Transfers between ports of embarkation and Jorhat and Guwahati Airports at the start and end of the voyage. Land Section Includes: Accommodation on a twin sharing basis including breakfast, all transfers and transportation, all entrances fees, battery bus ride in Agra, govt service taxes, English speaking guides on each city, 2 bottles of mineral water per day, all taxes, assistance and porterage at airports.


Price Excludes: International flights, laundry, all visa costs, drinks, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), espressos and cappuccinos at bar, tipping.

Please Note: Drinks and crew gratuities are NOT included on our partner cruises. We suggest to change money at a bank at the international airport before exiting (currently there is shortage of new money bills in India).

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TRANSFERS & JOINING

DAY 1 GUWAHATI

Transfer from Guwahati airport (you must arrive between 10am and 12 noon to obtain the included transfer) to the MV Mahabaahu.

DAY 14 JAIPUR - DELHI AND DEPARTURE

Transfer to Delhi International airport by bus (estimated 6 hours driving) for your onward flight.

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