Golden Triangle 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.
- 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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Golden Triangle Land Tour with Brahmaputra River Cruise
Day 1: Monday - Depart UK
Day 2: Tuesday - Arrive Delhi
Day 3: Wednesday - Delhi
Day 4: Thursday - Delhi / Agra
Day 5: Friday - Agra / Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri
Day 6: Saturday - Jaipur
Day 7: Sunday - Jaipur / Jorhat / Nimati / MV Mahabaahu
Day 8: Monday - MV Mahabaahu: Nimati-Sibsagar-Majuli
Day 9: Tuesday - MV Mahabaahu: Majuli-Bishwanath Ghat
Day10: Wednesday - MV Mahabaahu: Bishwanath Ghat
Day 11: Thursday - MV Mahabaahu: Bishwanath Ghat-Silghat- Tea Estate
Day 12: Friday - MV Mahabaahu: Kaziranga National Park
Day 13: Saturday - MV Mahabaahu; Guwahati
Day 14: Sunday - Disembark Guwahati - Delhi/Kolkata-fly to UK
Day 15: Monday - Arrive UK
Day by day itinerary
DAY 1: (Monday): Depart UK
DAY 2: (Tuesday): Arrive Delhi
After clearing immigration and customs, our representative will meet you at the receiving area and escort you to your hotel for check-in. Delhi is a dynamic city where the past coexists with the present. While historic evidence shows that the area around Delhi was first occupied around 2,500 years ago, Hindu mythology predates that by another 500 years. The British captured the city in 1803 and when they decided to make it the capital of India in 1911, they commissioned Sir Edwin Lutyens to draw up the plans. The result is slightly surprising with spacious tree-lined avenues punctuated with architecture which is among the most striking in the world.Overnight at the Suryaa hotel
DAY 3: (Wednesday): Delhi
After breakfast, experience the combined charm of Old and New Delhi.
The day begins with the sightseeing of Old Delhi and a visit to the Raj Ghat. Drive past the Red Fort on your way to the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. A tour through the bazaars of Chandni Chowk is followed by a drive past the historical India Gate, the President's estate and the Parliament House. The day is concluded with a visit to the capital's most striking monument; the 70 meter high Qutab Minar.
Overnight at the Suryaa hotel (B)
DAY 4: (Thursday): Delhi / Agra (approx. 220km/5 hour drive)
After breakfast drive to Agra and visit Sikandra en-route. Sikandra is named after Sikandra Lodhi. Here stands the Tomb of the Mighty Akbar. The construction of this mausoleum was started by Akbar himself but was completed in 1613 by his son Emperor Jehangir. On arrival, check-in to the hotel. At Sunset, visit the Taj Mahal surely the greatest monument to love and one of the wonders of the modern world. Completed in 1652, skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and some 20,000 laborers worked for 17 years to build this edifice, constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Overnight at the Radisson hotel (B)
DAY 5: (Friday): Agra/Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri (approx. 260km/5 hour drive)After breakfast, visit the red sandstone Agra Fort, which stands like a crescent on the banks of the Jamuna River enclosed by forbidding 20-meter high walls, with a 12-meter moat between them. Three successive Mughal emperors - Akbar, Jehangir and Shah Jehan - helped create this massive structure which contains Hindu and Muslim architecture. Later drive to Jaipur. En route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the sandstone city that was the glorious but short-lived imperial capital of Akbar, the greatest of Mughal emperors. Lying on a rocky ridge, it boasts of palaces, forts and mosques representing a variety of architectural styles. On arrival check in to the hotel.
Enjoy Dinner with a Noble family at the Sankotra Haveli.
Overnight at the Diggi Palace hotel (B, D)
DAY 6: (Saturday): Jaipur
After breakfast, half-day excursion tour takes us to the Amber Fort. En route, we make a photo stop at the Palace of Winds the Hawa Mahal. A 5-storied building with 25cm thick facade from the 18 century having 953 windows and niches so that ladies of the royal family could see the procession and events in the city without being visible to the people. Proceed to the Amber City Fort situated 130m high with the Aravalli Hills around and 11 km north of Jaipur. It was the ancient capital of the Kachhawaha Rajputs till 1037. Enjoy an Elephant ride to the top of the Palace Fort. In the afternoon visit the "Pink City" of Jaipur. The City Palace occupies the center of Jaipur. It now houses the Royal residence and museums with collections of textiles and costumes, armory, manuscripts, paintings etc. Also visit Jantar Mantar (1728-34) built by King Jai Singh II who had great interest in astrology.
Overnight at the Diggi Palace hotel (B)
DAY 7: (Sunday): Jaipur / Jorhat / Nimati / M.V Mahabaahu
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and transfer to Jaipur airport to connect with flight to Jorhat via Kolkata.
Arrive at Jorhat Airport and transfer to Nimati (approx. 45 mins drive), where we will be welcomed on board the M.V. Mahabaahu. After check-in and guest safety briefing, we set sail and enjoy the Captain's Welcome Dinner. Overnight on board (B, L, D)
DAY 8: (Monday): Nimati / Sibsagar / Majuli
After a short sail in the morning, we will board vehicles for 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 Ahom who came to the area from Yunnan, China, in the 13th century AD. The town is built 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. Back on board the M.V. Mahabaahu for lunch and sail for Majuli.
In Majuli, we visit Samagudi Satra and enjoy the masked dance. (This trip will take approximately 3 hours) Return to the M.V Mahabaahu and enjoy a talk on Vaishnavism in Assam.
Overnight on board (B, L, D)
DAY 9: (Tuesday): Majuli / Sailing towards Bishwanath Ghat
Majuli is the treasure house of Assamese culture; ancient monasteries dedicated to preservation of the arts have existed here since the Fifteenth Century. 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 Satra. These Satras became the hub of culture, art, religion and lifestyle. Even today, the Satra preserve antiques like weapons, utensils, jewellery and other articles of cultural importance. After breakfast, we will drive to the Kamalabari Satra to explore the Satra and experience young monks perform (Matia Khora). Return back to M.V Mahabaahu for lunch and set sail.
Later in the evening, we enjoy a cooking demonstration on board followed by a bonfire at an isolated island before returning to the ship for dinner.
Overnight on board (B, L, D)
DAY 10: (Wednesday): Arrive Bishwanath Ghat
Begin sailing today towards Bishwanath. Disembark after breakfast for a visit to a Mishing Village where they are very happy to share their experiences. After lunch, we enjoy a boat safari.
In the evening, we drop anchor at Bishwanath Ghat where we are entertained on board by a dance performance followed by a demonstration of the technique of wearing an Assamese sari. This is followed by dinner on board.
Overnight on board (B, L, D)
DAY 11: (Thursday): Bishwanath Ghat / Silghat / Tea Plantation
After breakfast, disembark to take the smaller boats to this charming village where we watch the women weaving cotton and silk in almost all of the households there. We sail to Silghat and drive to visit a Tea Plantation that is set in perfect ambience and encompasses tasteful hospitality in all its hues. Wander through the manicured tea gardens, watch tea pickers at work and then enjoy a talk on the art of making the perfect cup of tea!
Return to the ship for dinner.
Overnight on board (B, L, D)
DAY 12: (Friday): Kaziranga National Park
Rise before the sun to set off for the Kaziranga National Park's Kohora Gate and a once-in-a-lifetime elephant-backed safari searching for the elusive rhinoceros and tiger. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park is located in the flood plains on both sides of the Brahmaputra. The most prized inhabitants of the Park is the Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros but the Park is also home to as many as 180 different mammals including wild elephants, tiger, deer, bison, and a rich variety of birds. After breakfast at a Park Resort, we return to Kohora Gate and once again explore the wildlife experience in a jeep safari to ensure we have complete coverage of this magnificent park. We return to the ship for lunch and as we sail towards Guwahati in the afternoon, we can enjoy a presentation on the "Wildlife of Kaziranga". Alternatively, relax with a massage in the spa, a soak in the Jacuzzi or a swim in the pool or simply sit on deck and scan the river for a fleeting sight of the Gangetic Dolphin and bird watching.Dinner is onboard M.V Mahabaahu.
Overnight on board (B, L, D)
DAY 13: (Saturday): Guwahati
Today we sail all day to Guwahati and a day for total relaxation on board: on deck watching the world and the wildlife pass you by, reading one of the books from the well-stocked library, enjoying the Spa facilities, swimming in the pool or watching a DVD on the Tribes of Assam. Enjoy the Farewell dinner and share your experiences of your stay in India with your fellow guests.
Overnight on board (B, L, D)
DAY 14: (Sunday): Fly Guwahati - Kolkata or Delhi & Departure
After breakfast you will be met, assisted and driven to the Guwahati airport by our representative to board the flight for Kolkata OR Delhi. We will visit the Temple of Kamakhya on the way to the airport (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. The different names associated with the goddess are names of local Aryan and non-Aryan goddesses. Animal sacrifices take place here almost every day.
(B, Packed lunch from ship)
DAY 15: (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 - Golden Triangle 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
- All Entrance fees at the Monuments as per the itinerary
- Battery bus ride at Agra
- Elephant ride at Jaipur (Ascending - Subject to availability of Elephants)
- Dinner with Noble family at Sankotra Haveli, Jaipur
- Services of English speaking local guide at all the places during the sightseeing
- 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
- All currently applicable taxes
- 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
- 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
UK Departure Dates
- 10 Nov 14
- 24 Nov 14
- 2 Feb 15
- 2 Mar 15
- 23 Mar 15
- 19 Oct 15
- 2 Nov 15
- 23 Nov 15
- 18 Jan 16
- 15 Feb 16
- 7 Mar 16
- 28 Mar 16
- 5 Oct 14
- 3 Nov 14
- 17 Nov 14
- 19 Jan 15
- 16 Feb 15
- 9 Mar 15
- 5 Oct 15
- 26 Oct 15
- 16 Nov 15
- 21 Dec 15
- 1 Feb 16
- 29 Feb 16
- 21 Mar 16
- Read a day-by-day review and photo blog for the river cruise here - Brahmaputra River Cruise review
Prices per person from
- Superior Cabin £2,499
- Balcony Cabin £2,599
Contact us to add on
- International flights
...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.