Bhutan Land Tour and Brahmaputra River Cruise

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Bhutan Land Tour and Brahmaputra River Cruise

Brahmaputra River, Assam, India

The Brahmaputra River is the only navigable river in the world (apart from the River Zambezi), from which elephant, jeep and boat safaris are conducted. It is a river that spans 3 kms at it's narrowest and 40 kms at it's widest. In floods, it rises by over 8 meters and spreads another 20 kms.

With national parks, temples, monasteries, tea plantations, migratory birds, fresh water dolphins and weaver's tribal villages, it is still a world of great adventures.

MV Mahabaahu

M.V. Mahabaahu

  • The MV Mahabaahu is 55m long and 10m wide. It has a total of 5 decks including a sun deck, and can accommodate 46 guests in Superior and Suite grades, 10 of which feature a balcony.
  • Public areas include a restaurant, lounge, bar, reception area, spa, sun deck, and swimming pool.
  • Food is served buffet style and is selection of Indian and Europe cuisine.

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Bhutan Land Tour with Brahmaputra River Cruise

Tour Summary

Day1: Sunday - Depart UK
Day 2: Monday - Arrive Kolkata
Day 3: Tuesday - Kolkata - Paro - Thimpu
Day 4: Wednesday - Thimpu
Day 5: Thursday - Thimpu - Punakha
Day 6: Friday - Punakha - Paro
Day 7: Saturday - Paro
Day 8: Sunday - Paro - Guwahati - mv Mahabaahu
Day 9: Monday - MV Mahabaahu: Kiriakara-Silghat
Day 10: Tuesday - MV Mahabaahu: Silghat-Tea Estate
Day 11: Wednesday - MV Mahabaahu: Kaziranga-Bishwanath
Day 12: Thursday - MV Mahabaahu: Bishwanath Ghat- Majuli
Day 13: Friday - MV Mahabaahu: Majuli Island
Day 14: Saturday- MV Mahabaahu: Majuli-Nimati-Sibsagar
Day 15: Sunday - Disembark Nimati Ghat-Jorhat-fly to UK
Day 16: Monday - Arrive UK

Day by day itinerary

DAY 1: (Sunday): Departure UK


DAY 2: (Monday): Arrive Kolkata
After clearing immigration and customs, you will be met by our representative in the receiving area and escort you to the
Oberoi Grand Hotel for check-in. Overnight at the Oberoi Grand Hotel


DAY 3: (Tuesday): Kolkata / Paro by Flight & Paro / Thimphu (Approx. 41 miles / 65 km / 2 hours)
This morning, we drive to the airport to take the flight to Paro. The flight into the Himalayas reveals breathtaking views of the World's highest peaks, taking you right into the Dragon Kingdom cloud-scraping airstrips at the lush green valley of
Paro (alt. 7000 ft.). Upon arrival in Paro, meet your Bhutanese tour director, then drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. This afternoon, visit Tashichhodzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government's office and the King's Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot.
Overnight at the Phuntsho Pelri hotel (B, L, D)

DAY 4: (Wednesday): Thimphu
Get an insider's perspective of Bhutanese culture with exposure to the traditional arts at the famed School of Arts &
Crafts in Thimphu, Tango Gompa and the National Library which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature,
with some works dating back several hundred years'. Visit the nearby Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as
the Painting School). Evening visit to the colorful market of Bhutan.
Overnight at the Phuntsho Pelri hotel (B, L, D)


DAY 5: (Thursday): Thimphu / Punakha (Approx. 44 miles / 70 Km / 4 ¼ hours)
After early breakfast drive to Punakha. Afternoon, visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, the newly built stupa. Visit
Wangduephodrang Dzong: Stretched along the hilltop above the confluence of the Punakha Chu and Tang Chu rivers, the
imposing Wangduephodrang Dzong is the town's most visible feature. This district is famous for its fine bamboo work,
stone carvings, and slate which are mined up in a valley a few kilometres from the town.
Overnight at the Zangtho Pelri hotel (B, L, D)


DAY 6: (Friday): Punakha / Paro (Approx. 110 miles / 176 km / 5 hours)
Morning at leisure and later drive to Paro. On arrival in Paro, check-in to the hotel.
Overnight at the Namsey Chholing hotel (B, L, D)

DAY 7: (Saturday): Paro
After breakfast, we set off for sightseeing of Paro visiting Ta Dzong, originally built as a watchtower, which now houses
the National Museum. We walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning ("fortress of the heap of jewels"). Drive
to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. Along the way, see
the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by a Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo.
Overnight at the Namsey Chholing hotel (B, L, D)

DAY 8: (Sunday): Paro / Guwahati / Embarkation

After breakfast, drive to the airport to board flight to Guwahati. Assam......a rich, green land of rolling plains and dense forests is the gateway to the northeastern part of India. The mighty Brahmaputra River that has its origins in Tibet, charts its majestic course through Assam. This mystic land of eternal blue hills and beautiful rivers is renowned for its tea, rich flora and fauna, the world famous one-horned rhinoceros and other rare species of wildlife on the verge of extinction. Except for Africa, there is perhaps no part of the world where such a variety of wildlife exists.
The one-horned Indian rhinoceros has been successfully saved from near extinction in the Kaziranga National Park. Assam
also provides one of the last wild habitats for the Asian elephant. It is increasingly becoming a popular destination for
wildlife tourism. Kaziranga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If time permits, we will visit the Temple of Kamakhya on the way to the ship (Closed from 13:00 - 15:30 hours). This temple is devoted to the eternal feminine, the goddess of desire whose name is Kama Khya, granter of desires. The temple symbolises the "fusion of faiths and practices" of Aryan and non-Aryan elements in Assam.
On arrival in Guwahati, you will be met and assisted by our representative for the drive to embark M.V Mahabaahu
which sets sail at 16:00 hours on the Brahmaputra River to Kiriakara.
After check-in and guest safety briefing, enjoy the Captain's Welcome Dinner.
Overnight on board (B, Packed Lunch from Ship, D)


DAY 9: (Monday): Kiriakara / Silghat
The upstream cruise offers a perfect vantage point for life on the mighty Brahmaputra River while we spend the day sailing to Silghat. Enjoy a massage in our spa, soak in the Jacuzzi, or swim in the pool. One may prefer to scan the river for a fleeting sight of the Gangetic Dolphin or do some bird watching from the decks. Book lovers are sure to enjoy our well stocked library. We enjoy a presentation on 'Wildlife of Kaziranga' later in the afternoon.
Overnight on board (B, L, D)

DAY 10: (Tuesday) Silghat -Kaziranga
We start sailing to Silghat enjoying our breakfast as we cruise. Lunch onboard and on arrival at Silghat, we drop anchor.
In the afternoon disembark at Silghat and drive to a Tea Estate. The Kaliabor Manor is set in perfect ambiance and
encompasses tasteful hospitality in all its hues. Experience a walk through the manicured tea gardens and watch tea pickers at work followed by a talk on the art of making that perfect cup of tea! Return to the ship for dinner.
Overnight on board (B, L, D)


DAY 11: (Wednesday) Kaziranga - Bishwanath
Rise before the sun to set off for the Kaziranga National Park and an once-in-a-lifetime elephant-backed safari where we
search for the elusive rhinoceros and tiger. After breakfast at a resort in Kaziranga, we return to Kohora Gate to once again explore the wildlife experience in a Jeep Safari and to ensure we have had complete coverage of this
magnificent park. We return to the ship for lunch and continue sailing to Bishwanath. We take the smaller boats
to visit this charming village where we can watch the women weaving cotton and silk in almost all the households here.
In the evening, enjoy a traditional dance performance on board followed by a demonstration of the technique of wearing an Assamese sari.Overnight on board (B, L, D)


DAY 12: (Thursday) Bishwanath Ghat - Towards Majuli
While the ship sails to Majuli, we enjoy a DVD on 'Tribes of the North East'.
After lunch, we enjoy a boat safari before returning to M.V. Mahabaahu to continue our
journey to Majuli. Later in the evening, we enjoy a cooking demonstration on board followed by a bonfire at
an isolated island. We then return to the vessel for dinner.
NOTE: (If a suitable sandbank cannot be found or we experience inclement weather conditions, dinner may be on board).
Overnight on board (B, L, D)

DAY 13: (Friday) Majuli Island
Continue sailing towards Majuli before disembarking for a visit to a Mishing Village where the
community is happy to share their experiences whilst the children look at us with dreamy eyes.
Return to the ship for lunch before sailing again towards Majuli. This afternoon enjoy a massage in the spa, soak in the jacuzzi or swim laps in the pool. Alternatively, one may prefer to scan the river for a fleeting sight of the Gangetic Dolphin or bird watch from the decks.
Drop anchor at Majuli and before dinner you will be enlightened by a talk on Vaishnavism in Assam
Overnight on board (B, L, D)


DAY 14: (Saturday) Majuli - Nimati - Sibsagar
This morning before breakfast we offer a Yoga session on board and then depart for Majuli Island to visit the Satras
(Monasteries). Majuli is the treasure house of Assamese culture where ancient monasteries are dedicated to preservation of the arts that have existed here since the 15th century. Here we find records 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 Satra and became the hub of culture, art, religion and lifestyle. Even today, the Satra preserve antiques weapons, utensils, jewellery and other articles of cultural importance.
In Majuli, we visit Samagudi Satra and enjoy the masked dance. We also explore the Kamlabadi Satra and experience
young monks perform (Matia Khora).
Return to M.V Mahabaahu for lunch and set sail. Arrive at Nimati and drop anchor.
This evening we enjoy our Farewell Dinner onboard together and share our latest experience of India with each other.
Overnight on board (B, L, D)


DAY 15: (Sunday) Nimati Ghat - Jorhat - Kolkata or Delhi & Depart India
After breakfast, disembark and travel overland to Sibsagar, the ancient city of the Ahom Kings. The town, which literally
means 'the ocean of Lord Shiva', is strewn with the tell-tale ruins of a powerful empire, the Ahom.
Sibsagar was the capital of the Thai-speaking Ahoms who came to the area from Yunnan, China, in the 13th century AD.
Their unique architectural style is evident in the well-preserved monuments scattered around the town.
The town is built round the Sibsagar Lake (or tank), dug over 200 years ago. 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.
From here we drive to the airport with packed lunch to board our flight to Delhi or Kolkata.
(B, L)

DAY 16: (Monday): ARRIVE UK

Fares include on board

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
  • Accommodation at M.V Mahabaahu will be on full board basis.
  • Domestic Wine/Beer at welcome & farewell dinner only.
  • All Entrance fees at the Monuments and National Parks as per the itinerary.
  • 1 Game drive and one Elephant Safari to the Kaziranga National Park for the period when the Park is open.
  • All excursions/lectures/performances and activities as per the itinerary.
  • Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing at all the places as per the itinerary.
  • Arrival & departure assistance transfers with representative at the airports.
  • Assistance and porterage at the airports.
  • All Arrival & Departure transfers with Representative at the airport and Land transport by air-conditioned transportation.

Fares include - Bhutan land tour

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per the above mentioned hotels OR similar in base category rooms as per
    above mentioned meal plan
  • Daily meals per the programme with one bottle of water per person per meal
  • All Entrance fees at the Monuments as per the itinerary
  • Services of English speaking local guide at all the places during the sightseeing
  • Domestic flights
  • Assistance and porterage at the airports/railway station
  • Attendance of a representative for all arrival & departure transfers at the airport using exclusive transfer vehicles:
  • 2 Pax : Air-conditioned Indigo Car
  • Bhutan Visa & Tourism Development fee
  • All currently applicable taxes

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee
  • at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
  • Any insurance
  • Any tipping
  • Services of accompanying tour leader
  • Any meals or beverages that are not specified in the above Hotels with Meal Plan chart
  • Christmas & New Year evening dinner supplement
  • International air fares
  • Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and flight delays, roadblocks, vehicle malfunctions,
  • political disturbances, taxes, lost luggage, etc.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Any further tax levied by the government of India/Bhutan

SPECIAL NOTES:-

  • Hotel check-in 14:00 hours, check-out time 12:00 hours
  • Prices are subject to change with any increase in the cost
  • Prices include only those items specified in your itinerary
  • A supplement will be charged in case of any currency fluctuations, amendment to local Government taxes, or fuel
  • increase

Departure Dates

Departs weekly from October 2014 to March 2015 & October 2015 to March 2016

Prices per person from

  • Superior Cabin £3,299
  • Balcony Cabin £3,399

Optional Extras

Contact us to add on

  • International flights
  • Goa and Cochin land extensions

...and other bespoke tailor-made travel arrangements and land-tour extensions.

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Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person, cruise-only, based on two sharing and are subject to availabilty and possible change.

Please note, there are no elephant-backed or jeep safaris between May and the first half of October. Boat safaris will be offered instead during these months. During the months that the Kaziranga National Park is closed, we are able to explore the shores of the Park with our expedition boats. We will cruise the Park shoreline and many of the riverine islands that are home to a number of animals and a wide variety of birds.
During the peak winter season of mid-December to mid-February, the itinerary will be adjusted according to daylight hours as the M.V. Mahabaahu does not sail during darkness. In order to provide for full coverage of the Kaziranga National Park during these winter months, we will not visit Bishwanath Ghat.

This itinerary is subject to weather and river conditions. The Captain/Cruise Director reserves the right to adjust the itinerary for passenger safety and comfort.The Brahmaputra River is subject to seasonal fluctuations. Islands and sand bars can appear and disappear between one sailing and the next. Also, being one of the highest precipitation zones in the world, our program is subject to weather and River conditions. Far Horizon Tours reserve the right to convert the direction of the cruise from upstream to downstream or vice versa without any compensation.

Additional services, if any, during the trip must be paid for by the clients. Kindly note that names of hotels mentioned
above only indicate that our rates have been based on usage of these hotels, and it is not to be construed that accommodation is confirmed at these hotels until and unless we convey such confirmation to you. In the event of any of the above-mentioned hotels not becoming available, we shall book alternate accommodation at a similar or next best available hotel and shall pass on the difference of rates (supplement/reduction whatever applicable) to you.