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7 Nights Kerala River Cruise – South to North

Alleppey to Cochin

The river cruise boats of today are modified version of the traditional Kettuvallom or Rice barges of the past which had been in use for transporting of produces and goods from interior farms to the markets. Today they are comfortable cruising homes to unwind and relax, immersing in the pristine nature and inexplicable energy along the meandering network of the Backwaters.

Available Dates

S. No.

Boarding

Deboarding

1

01-Sep-2019 08-Sep-2019

2

15-Sep-2019 22-Sep-2019

3

04-Oct-2019 11-Oct-2019

4

25-Nov-2019 02-Dec-2019

5

20-Dec-2019 27-Dec-2019
6 03-Jan-2020 10-Jan-2020

7

03-Apr-2020 10-Apr-2020
8 17-Apr-2020 24-Apr-2020

 

Prices

Cabin

Tariff

Double/Twin Standard Cabin

USD 2639

Single Standard Cabin

USD 2316

5% Indian Government Tax not included.

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Day 1: Trivandrum or, Kochi or, Marari to Alleppey: 2-4 hours’ drive

After breakfast depart hotel /resort. Drive to Alleppey (Alappuzha), a prominent ancient trade centre visited by the Greek, Arabs and Romans.

Alappuzha (Alleppey) or Venice of the East as visualized by the British, or the present-day Rice bowl of the State, Alappuzha is blessed with natural bounties. This coastal town is built on strips of land along a magical network of rivers, lakes and lagoons. Seafood, coir, rice and metals & minerals are the major resources of Alleppey(Alappuzha).

Upon arrival in the town, we take a walk along the old part of the town and the market.

Proceed to the jetty and embark on RV Vaikundam. Check-in and set sail to experience the serene and green world of meandering waters and expanses of paddy fields and coconut plantations. This spectacular water world, of fertile land, tropical greenery and rich avian & aquatic species, at the Southern most corner of Indian peninsula is disconnected from the hustle and bustle of cosmopolitan life.

Passing by low-lying paddy fields and tiny hamlets, you may see country boats loaded with paddy or local produces or duck farmers herding schools of ducks, or local people criss-crossing by canoes.

We arrive in Kanjippadom village by evening. Take a leisurely walk, visit a dock for building or repairing of traditional wooden boats. It will be enjoyable to see how the coir rope tying process is used to lash the wooden planks of the boats together.

Explore the birds of the region. Return to boat and cruise till the fishermen lay their nets.

Meal Plan: (L, D)

Day 2: Cruise

After breakfast, we sail to a quaint village. Here a statue of Buddha of 11th century is preserved in a tiny shrine. Take a relaxing walk in the village indulging in the serenity of the surroundings. We cruise to Thrikkunnappuzha village till evening. The lunch will be served while cruising. The Enjoying calmness, soothing and refreshing, arrive in Thottappalli village close to the sea coast. Take a short walk to the beach to enjoy the sunset. Return and short cruise to Naluchira village.

Meal Plan: (B, L, D)

Day 3: Excursion

After breakfast, drive to a temple inside a sacred grove where snakes are revered and worshipped with much piety. The cult of worshipping serpents is still prevailing in Kerala.

We continue the journey through the midland to Konni to spend time with elephants at a shelter at the backdrop of forest. Elephants have significance in Hindu mythology and culture. The trip leader will share interesting facts about role of elephants in temple festivals in Kerala.

Proceed to Aranmula village which is home to a family of craftsmen who are skilled at making mirror out of a special combination of certain metals. The secret of the trade has been passed down through generations. Visit the mirror makers.

Listen to the story of the ritualistic Snake boat regatta of the village. Have lunch at a beautiful house of the village, located on the bank of the Holy River Pampa. Return to Thottappalli village to board the boat and cruise to Thakazhi village, interior village of Kuttanad- the expanses of land reclaimed from the shallow waters of lake and peripheries of rivers for cultivating paddy, during a period of famine in the beginning of last century. These paddy fields are at lower level than the sea and are protected from flooding by building dykes around them. It is very picturesque to sail in canals 10-15 feet above the surrounding paddy fields.

Meal plan: (B, L, D)

Day 4: Cruise to Champakkulam

Arrive in Changankari village to take a leisurely walk. Stop by to watch toddy tapping.

Kerala’s old spice trade used to pass through this town en route to Cochin and other ports on the west coast. Settled more than 1000 years ago by Syrian Christian traders, who later converted to Roman Catholicism under the Portuguese, the people chose to keep their syncretic cultural heritage. This can be seen in the monumental St Mary’s Church on the riverside. Built in 1550, the foundations are said to be as old as 8th century AD. Architecturally, it is a mélange of several European styles, from the Levantine altar and structure to the Dutch arches that tower overhead.

You may visit an old church, a school, the local artisans (open on weekdays) who, skillfully and passionately craft biblical heroes.

On a dock on the shore you will find the Snake boat (Chundan Vallom) which is the pride of the villagers. These types of boats being used for races today in modern days were, once maritime war boats and their structure and design reflect the prowess of ancient Kerala architecture. Life in the village comes to a state of exuberance and enthusiasm during the annual Snake boat race, despite being celebrated at the peak of monsoon rains. Return to the boat and cruise to Nedumudi. Lunch will be served while cruising.

Excursion: Drive from Nedumudi /Mannar

Drive through the scenic expanses of greenery and waterways, to the village Mannar (1.30hrs).

The village is famous for the traditional ornate locks, and lamps and vessels of different sizes and designs. These items are being used in temples and houses for ritualistic practices. The large utensils are for preparing food for feast. Interact with the artisans; inspire them, watching the indigenous method of casting of lamps, utensils and locks. Return to Nedumudi. Cruise till dusk and arrive in Pulinkunnu village.

Meal Plan: (B, L, D)

Day 5: Exploring Central Kuttanad

Cruise to Kainakari. This village in Kuttanad is of vast stretches of paddy fields, dykes criss-crossed by narrow canals.

This day as we cruise through the interior yet vibrant village, we visit a traditional Ayurveda centre. Interact with Ayurveda doctors and get to know about this ancient knowledge on holistic way of life. You may try any of the wellness massages, as per the recommendation of the doctor.

A short cruise ahead we arrive at Chavara Bhavan, the ancestral home of Saint Kuriakose Chavara, the first canonized Catholic male saint of Indian origin.

Saint Chavara was an Indian Catholic priest and social reformer. He was the co-founder of the first congregation for men, the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (C.M.I.), and of a similar one for women, the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel (C.M.C.). The ancestral home of the Saint has now been preserved as a museum.

You may also visit a toddy shop and see the various local cuisines like tapioca, duck and variety of fishes, which goes along with Toddy.

Cruise to Kavalam. Here we watch local folk dance (Kai kotti kali) performance by school children. We continue the cruise till dusk.

Meal Plan: (B, L, D)

Day 6: Cruise to Kumarakom

Arriving from Kavalam, we visit a farmhouse. This house is located on an island which was made by the men of the house, by reclaiming land from Backwaters. A walk in the farm will be educative. Experience the cordial living of a mother and her daughter-in-law. The hostess will demonstrate the preparation of traditional Syrian Christian cuisine. You may try your hand at cooking and also ask for their story of family of three generations of hard working men, and equally strong women who supported their pioneering spirit.

We set out by Canoe to watch the migratory and endemic birds of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which is a cluster of lagoons of Vembanad lake at the backdrop of mangroves, paddy fields and coconut groves.

Waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, heron and the water duck are some of the endemic species seen here. Parrots, teal, larks, flycatchers, wood beetle, and other birds are seen here during their respective migratory seasons.

Return to the boat and cruise to Thanneermukkom.

Meal Plan: (B, L, D)

Day 7: Cruise on Lake Vembanad

Arrive in Vechoor village. You may watch the morning prayers in an old church or take a leisurely walk. Breakfast will be served while cruising to Chenganda village.

The people of this village are engaged in coir making and fishing. Interact with them. The will demonstrate how to collect mussels and their indigenous methods of fishing and farming. Return to boat for lunch. Our Chef will demonstrate the preparation of mussels. You may also try your hand at it.

By evening we arrive in an ancient village Vaikom, in Kottayam-the land of natural rubber, by early evening. Watch cultural performance at a cultural center in Vaikom.

Visit the temple of Lord Shiva. Witnessing civil rights’ movement against discrimination for socially and financially under-privileged entering the temple or even using the public spaces around the temple, Vaikom got prominence in the history of Kerala during Indian independence movement when unity was of utmost importance. Take a tour around the temple to get to know about its history and architecture. The architecture of temples in Kerala is unique. It is based on ancient science of construction and geographical features of the land. As per the traditional architecture, each element of temple represents an element of human body, and, a temple is not only the space for spiritual enlightenment but also the venue for harmonious social networking. Vaikom temple is one of the biggest in Kerala

Meal Plan: (B, L, D)

Day 8: Departure

Cruise to Cochin

Cruise to Cochin through the serene Backwaters, passing by green and quite islands. Disembark by 9.30pm at the jetty at Marad in Ernakulam. Drive to the Kalari at Nettoor to watch authentic Kalarippayattu – the traditional martial art form of Kerala. Visit the Folk lore museum at Thevara.

You may proceed to the next destination of your tour.

Meal Plan: (B)

Inclusions & Exclusions:

Inclusions:

  • Transfer, Excursion, Sight seen Safaris.
  • All meals and Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
  • Services off and on board, English Speaking Naturalist/ Destination Manager.
  • All Entrance fees as per the itinerary.
  • Navigation/Cursing servicing as per itinerary.
  • One Passenger free on 15 Paying pax on one Barth Basis.
  • One Bottle of water per day.

Exclusions: 

  • An expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments and medical expenses etc.
  • Tips
  • Non-English Speaking Naturalist/ Destination Manager would on extra cost.
  • Any additional expenses due to Force Measure reason/ weather and river condition.
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7 Nights Kerala River Cruise – North to South

Cochin to Alleppey

The river cruise boats of today are modified version of the traditional Kettuvallom or Rice barges of the past which had been in use for transporting of produces and goods from interior farms to the markets. Today they are comfortable cruising homes to unwind and relax, immersing in the pristine nature and inexplicable energy along the meandering network of the Backwaters.

Available Dates

S. No.

Boarding

Deboarding

1

08-Sep-2019 15-Sep-2019

2

22-Sep-2019 29-Sep-2019

3

30-Oct-2019 06-Nov-2019

4

11-Oct-2019 18-Oct-2019

5

27-Dec-2019 03-Jan-2020

6

10-Jan-2020 17-Jan-2020

7

27-Mar-2020 03-Apr-2020

8

10-Apr-2020 17-Apr-2020

9

24-Apr-2020 01-May-2020

 

 

Prices

Cabin

Tariff

Double/Twin Standard Cabin

USD 2639

Single Standard Cabin

USD 2316

5% Indian Government Tax not included.

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Day 1: Cruise from Cochin city

After watching Kalarippayattu, the traditional martial art of Kerala, we arrive at Maradu jetty in Ernakulam (the urban area of Cochin) to embark on the River Cruise Boat RV Vaikundam.

After having the traditional lunch on- board, we set sail to explore that magnificent network of waterways formed along the coastal belt by the rivers from the Western Ghats before draining into the Arabian Sea. Amidst the rapid development in the city, the Backwaters of Cochin remains placid, giving life to many island villages. The serene and scenic sights are heartening.

 

By evening we arrive at an old town Vaikom, in Kottayam–the land of natural rubber latex and spices.

Witnessing civil rights’ movement against discrimination for socially and financially under-privileged entering the temple or even using the public spaces around the temple, Vaikom got prominence in the history of Kerala during Indian independence movement when unity was of utmost importance.

We take a tour around the temple to get to know about its history and architecture. The architecture of temples in Kerala is unique. It is based on the ancient science of construction and geographical features of the land. As per the traditional architecture, each element of temple represents an element of the human body, and, a temple is not only the space for spiritual enlightenment but also the venue for harmonious social networking.

Meal Plan: (B, L, D)

Day 2Cruise to Vaikom 

After having breakfast on the boat, we visit the cultural center in Vaikom to watch traditional dance performance Kathakali, the traditional dramatic and mimetic dance form, which plays stories from epics. It is a unique blend of dance, music, action, literature, and make-up. Cruise to Chenganda village. We visit a rustic village along the Backwaters, where people are having a laid-back and peaceful life, occupied with coir making, fishing, and shell harvesting.

 

Meet the people, the coir weavers, the coconut harvesters and farmers and engage in conversation about the riparian life. Watch various indigenous techniques of fishing: using shore-based ‘Chinese nets’, by drifting nets and or by hand.

Return to the boat for lunch. Cruise through Thanneermukkom barrage. The barrage across the largest lake of Kerala divides the lake into two– one half with perennial salty water and the other with fresh water enriched by 5 rivers from hills. This helps in preventing the salt water from flooding the low-lying paddy fields of Alleppey-Kottayam region/Kuttanad). Arrive in Vechoor village. You may take a walk or relax on board.

Proceed to the farmhouse by evening.  This house is located on an island which was made by the men of the house, by reclaiming land from Backwaters. A walk in the farm will be educative. Experience the cordial living of a mother and her daughter-in-law. The hostess will demonstrate the preparation of traditional Syrian Christian cuisine. You may also try your hand at cooking and also ask for their story of the family of three generations of hard-working men, and equally strong women who supported their pioneering spirit.

Meal Plan: (B, L, D)

Day 3: Birding

Having an early and light breakfast, set out for the escorted canoe ride to watch the migratory, as well as endemic birds of Kumarakom-which, is a cluster of lagoons of Vembanad Lake at the backdrop of mangroves, paddy fields, and coconut groves.

Waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, heron and the water duck are some of the endemic species seen here. Parrots, teal, larks, flycatchers, wood beetle, and other birds are seen here during their respective migratory seasons.

Return to the boat, refresh and while cruising elaborate breakfast will be served.

We cruise to the interiors of Kuttanad-the expanses of land reclaimed from the lake for paddy cultivation when the region was severely hit by famine during the colonial period. These paddy fields are at the lower altitude than the sea. Dykes are built around to protect them from flooding of saline water during the tides.

We watch a folk dance performance (Kaikotti kali) by the girls of the village.

Return to the boat and cruise till dusk, to further interior, to Veliyanad village. Relax onboard overnight.

Meal plan: (B, L, D)

Day 4: Cruise to Kainakari

This village in Kuttanad is of vast stretches of paddy fields, dykes, and narrow canals.

 

This day we cruise to another interior yet vibrant village. En route, we visit a traditional Ayurveda center. Interact with the doctor and get to know about this ancient knowledge on the holistic way of life. You may try any of the wellness massages, as per the recommendation of the doctor.

A short cruise ahead we arrive at Chavara Bhavan, the ancestral home of Saint Kuriakose Chavara, the first canonized Catholic male saint of Indian origin.

Saint Chavara was an Indian Catholic priest and social reformer. He was the co-founder of the first congregation for men, the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (C.M.I.), and of a similar one for women, the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel (C.M.C.). The ancestral home of the Saint has now been preserved as a museum.

After having lunch, cruise to Pulinkunnu village. Get closer to the laid-back, yet harmonious, life along the way, paddling along the narrow canal by country boat, interacting with the villagers.

Meal Plan: (B, L, D)

Day 5:  Excursion. While having breakfast, we cruise from Pulinkunnu

On arrival at Nedumudy, we drive through the scenic expanses of greenery and waterways, to the village Mannar (1.30hrs). The village is famous for the traditional ornate locks, and lamps and vessels of different sizes and designs.   These items are being used in temples and also in the houses for ritualistic practices. Inspire the craftsmen, interacting with them and watching the indigenous method of casting of lamps, vessels, and locks.

Refresh, have lunch and relax. We cruise to Champakkulam village. Kerala’s old spice trade used to pass through this town en route to Cochin and other ports on the west coast. Settled more than 1000 years ago by Syrian Christian traders, who later converted to Roman Catholicism under the Portuguese, the people chose to keep their syncretic cultural heritage. This can be seen in the monumental St Mary’s Church on the riverside. Built in 1550, the foundations are said to be as old as 5th century AD. Architecturally, it is a mélange of several European styles, from the Levantine altar and structure to the Dutch arches that tower overhead.

You may visit an old church, a school, the local artisans (open on weekdays) who skillfully and passionately craft biblical heroes.

We come across the Snake boat (Chundan Vallom) of the villagers, gracefully docked on the shore. These types of boats, which are being used for races today in modern days, were once maritime war boats and their structure and design reflect the prowess of ancient Kerala architecture and are one of the icons of Kerala culture. Life in the village comes to a state of exuberance and enthusiasm during the annual Snake boat race, despite being celebrated at the peak of monsoon rains.

Cruise to Changankari village till dusk, passing through the serene canals. You may relax on board or take a walk around a temple, watching the evening rituals. You may interact with the devotees to feel the deep routed faith.

Meal Plan: (B, L, D)

Day 6Excursion to the midland.

After having early breakfast, we drive through a prosperous and picturesque, curvy, stretch of State high-way to Konni village. (You may have to wait near a railway cross), at the backdrop of the forest.

Spend time with elephants at a shelter at the backdrop of the forest. Elephants are an integral part of Kerala culture. It is the State animal and is featured on the State’s emblem. Pageant of caparisoned elephants accompanied with percussions is the high light of all temple festivals in Kerala.

 

Proceed to Aranmula village which is home to a family of craftsmen who are skilled at making the mirror out of a special combination of certain metals. The secret of the trade has been passed down through generations. These mirrors have the distinctive feature of 100% reflection, unlike the common mirror. Also, it is considered as one of the auspicious items that bring prosperity in-house. Visit the mirror makers and inspire them. The ancient temple of Krishna, Snake boat building, the mural art, the school of traditional architecture are the other high lights of this old village of heritage value.

On your return, we will be passing by small plantations of rubber, banana, and tropical trees, sawmills beautiful houses of contemporary design and traditional architectural elements, small and prospering townships. Lunch will be arranged at a local house of beautiful architecture, located on the bank of Pampa, the holy river of natives. The host will talk about the art of Snake boat building and the ritualistic annual regatta in Aranmula.

Drive back to Changankari. After refreshment, cruise to Thottappali spillway through canals of serene and splendid views of greenery. We take a leisurely walk to the beach. On the way, you may visit a toddy shop (humble village Bar). Toddy is a local alcoholic beverage made from the sap of tender flower of the coconut palm. You can see the favorite hot and spicy cuisines available for the day.  Return to the boat and relax on board.

Meal Plan: (B, L, D)

Day 7: Cruise to Champakkulam

Today we will have early breakfast and take a short drive to visit an ancient sacred grove where serpents are worshipped. You can take walk inside and see the rituals going on. Return to Thottappalli. Honoring your cruise with us,   we plant a coconut sampling for the village. The coconut tree is considered as the ‘Kalpavriksha ‘ or divine tree of Kerala. Every part of the coconut tree is useful in different ways. Coconut water is a healthy drink; the white meat is the edible and inevitable component of every cuisine; fiber from the coconut husk is used to make coir, mats, and geotextile; Coconut leaves are used for thatching. The wood is good for furniture. All dried parts make good firewood.

After breakfast, we arrive in Karumadi village. A sculpture of Buddha, belonging to the period of the dynasty of early centuries of Common Era, is protected here inside a small shrine. We talk about the history and culture of Kerala while taking a walk through this quiet and rustic village.

Cruise to Kanjippadom village to visit a dock where (on weekdays you can watch building or repair of wooden boats.  You might be able to see the art of building of the traditional Kettuvallom-the traditional wooden boat, made by joining wooden planks using coir rope and organic resins.

After lunch, cruise through Pallathuruthy village and arrive at a small lake (Vattakkayal) amidst paddy fields.  We take a relaxing walk along the dykes.  Interact with toddy tappers as they clamper up and down coconut trees as they have been doing for centuries. You may sample a sip of toddy! Return to the boat after beautiful sunset. Tonight we celebrate our sojourn over farewell dinner on board RV Vaikundam.

Meal Plan: (B, L, D)

Day 8: Departure
Cruise to Alleppey (Alappuzha)

Breakfast will be served while cruising. After checking out at the jetty in Alleppey town, you may take a guided tour to experience the heritage of this ancient port town and bustling trade center. Visit the old market, temples, churches and mosques, the beach and the oldest lighthouse of the country.

Meal Plan: (B)

Inclusions & Exclusions:

Inclusions:

  • Transfer, Excursion, Sight seen Safaris.
  • All meals and Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
  • Services off and on board, English Speaking Naturalist/ Destination Manager.
  • All Entrance fees as per the itinerary.
  • Navigation/Cursing servicing as per itinerary.
  • One Passenger free on 15 Paying pax on one Barth Basis.
  • One Bottle of water per day.

Exclusions: 

  • An expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments and medical expenses etc.
  • Tips
  • Non-English Speaking Naturalist/ Destination Manager would on extra cost.
  • Any additional expenses due to Force Measure reason/ weather and river condition.
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Wildlife Tour with Cruise

Price Per Person: TBA, call for price
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Valid From: 1st October 2018 to 15th April 2019
Not Valid From: 20th December 2018 to 10th January 2019

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Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Monday          :        Arrive Delhi
Day 2: Tuesday         :        Delhi – Raipur – Kanha NP
Day 3: Wednesday   :        Kanha NP
Day 4: Thursday       :        Kanha NP
Day 5: Friday             :        Kanha NP – Raipur – Kolkata
Day 6: Saturday        :        Kolkata
Day 7: Sunday           :        Kolkata – Guwahati / Jorhat

Day 1: Monday: Arrive Delhi

You arrive at Delhi airport. After clearing India Immigration and Customs, you step into the receiving area where you will be met by our representative.

Overnight at the hotel (No meals)

Day 2: Tuesday: Delhi – Raipur – Kanha National Park

Delhi to Raipur by flight: Indigo Airline 6E – 2393 at 0830 / 1015 Hrs.
Raipur to Kanha by road: Approx. 185 Kms & 5 Hrs. drive

Morning after early break check out and transfer to airport to board your flight to Raipur. On arrival in Raipur drive to Kanha National Park. The lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided inspiration to Rudyard Kipling for his famous novel “Jungle Book”. The Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh came into being in 1955 and forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The main wildlife attractions in the park are tiger, bison, gaur, sambhar, chital,  barasingha, barking deer, black deer, black buck, mouse deer, sloth bear, jacka,l fox, porcupine, hyena, jungle cat, mongoose, tiger, and leopard etc. On arrival check into your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel (B, D)

Day 3: Wednesday: Kanha National Park

Kanha has a large, healthy population of tigers. But this park features more than tigers; it supports the full range of Indian wildlife described in The Jungle Books. The variety and abundance of wildlife in Kanha is remarkable. The park is famous for its herds of hard-ground Barasingha – also called swamp deer, a large and beautiful endemic animal with 12-point antlers (it has probably been saved from extinction by careful management in Kanha). Also found are herds of the beautiful chital (common name is spotted deer), and sambar, the biggest of the Indian deer. Other commonly seen herbivores include barking deer, nilgai antelope, four-horned antelope, wild boar, and the imposing gaur (also called the Indian bison), which is considered the largest wild bovine in the world. A gaur bull can stand over six feet tall at the shoulder and weigh more than a ton!

Morning will be spent on intriguing jungle game drives in the National Park as you discover the mysteries of wildlife. Rest of the day is free at leisure or enjoy the facilities available at resort.

Please note: The park is closed for afternoon safaris on Wednesdays.

Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

Day 4: Thursday: Kanha National Park

Morning and afternoon will be spent on intriguing jungle game drives in the National Park as you discover the mysteries of wildlife.

Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

Day 5: Friday: Kanha National Park – Raipur – Kolkata

Kanha to Raipur by road: Approx. 185 Kms & 5 Hrs. drive
Raipur to Kolkata by flight: Indigo Airline 6E – 252 at 1710 / 1840 Hrs.

Morning enjoy another game drive in the National Park. Return back to your hotel for breakfast. Post breakfast drive to Raipur airport to board your flight to Kolkata. On arrival in Kolkata transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 6: Saturday: Kolkata

Morning after breakfast proceed for guided city tour of Kolkata. Kolkata is an ‘in your face’ city that shocks and charms the unsuspecting visitor. Long known as the cultural capital of India and home to the Bengal Renaissance, Kolkata continues to spawn generations of poets, writers and film directors. As the former capital of British India, Kolkata retains a feast of dramatic colonial architecture, with more than a few fine buildings in photogenic states of semi-collapse. Love it or hate it, you definitely won’t forget the city on the Hooghly river bank.

Flower Market, 125 years old, the Kolkata Flower Market is eastern India’s largest flower market with hundreds of stalls and many more sitting on the ground. Thousands of flower sellers, who gather daily below the Howrah Bridge from sunrise until sunset to sell their garlands, provide a colorful and eye catching display of bright orange and yellow marigolds carried on the arms, heads and piled on the ground.

Victoria Memorial, one of the renowned monuments in Kolkata, was built in the loving memory of Queen Victoria in 1921. It is an impressive edifice, which is made in white marble and is a perfect blend of Mughal and European architectural styles. It is also a museum that houses some rare pictures of men and women who played a prominent part in the history of India, queen’s dress, along with several artillery weapons from the Battle of Plassey, the Whispering Gallery in the dome and the famed Rosewood piano.

Later, visit the Indian museum, the house of various wonderful and awe inspiring discoveries and excavations undertaken by mankind. Considered one of the oldest and largest museums in the country, the Indian museum and its 60 galleries are replete with a dazzling collection of geographical, archaeological, textile and botanical objects. Be prepared to be stunned by the skeletal remains straight from the sites from Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa, Buddhist stupa, various rare antiques, and a big collection of meteorites.

Marble Palace is an art gallery, depicting history in arts, photographs, oil paintings and beautiful sculptures. The star attractions of the Marble Palace are undoubtedly the collection of masterpieces by Reuben and the paintings by various renowned international artists such as Reynolds, Van Gogh and Rembrandt.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 7: Sunday: Kolkata – Guwahati / Jorhat

Kolkata to Guwahati by flight: Indigo Airline 6E – 207 at 1040 / 1155 Hrs.
Kolkata to Jorhat by flight: Indigo Airline 6E – 5989 at 0955 / 1135 Hrs.

After breakfast, transfer to airport to board your flight to Guwahati or Jorhat to board MV Mahabaahu Cruise.

 (B)

Pricing

Group Size Per Person Prices
2 pax in twin sharing TBA, please call
Single Supplement TBA, please call

Validity

Valid From: 1st October 2018 to 15th April 2019
Excluding: 20 December 2018 to 10 January 2019

Hotels With Meal Plan & Numbers of Nights:

Day City / Itinerary Hotel Names Room Category
Day 01 Arrive Delhi Pullman Aerocity Deluxe
Day 02 Delhi – Raipur – Kanha NP Chitvan Jungle Lodge Jahl (Water) Suite
Day 03 Kanha NP Chitvan Jungle Lodge Jahl (Water) Suite
Day 04 Kanha NP Chitvan Jungle Lodge Jahl (Water) Suite
Day 05 Kanha NP – Raipur – Kolkata Taj Bengal Deluxe
Day 06 Kolkata Taj Bengal Deluxe

Airfare Supplement:

 

Sector Flight Schedule
Delhi / Raipur 6E 2393 ETD 0830/ETA 1015 Hrs.
Raipur / Kolkata 6E 252 ETD 1710/ETA 1840 Hrs.
Kolkata / Guwahati 6E 207 ETD 1040/ETA 1155 Hrs.
Kolkata / Jorhat 6E 5989 ETD 0955/ETA 1135 Hrs.
  • Flights are on economy class and subject to availability at the time of purchasing the ticket
  • Baggage allowance: 15kg Check in bag + 7kg hand bag
  • The airfare and schedule subject to change by airlines without prior notice.

Inclusions & Exclusions:

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation in Double/Twin sharing room as per the above mentioned hotel & meal plan in base category of room.
  • All Entrance fees at the Monuments as per the itinerary.
  • Services of English speaking local guide in Kolkata
  • 04 Jeep safaris (shared) in Kanha NP along with entrance fee to national park
  • Assistance at the airports.
  • Domestic flights as per itinerary
  • All Arrival & Departure transfers with Representative at the airport
  • Private land transport using Air-conditioned Toyota Innova
  • Mineral water during the road travel
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Exclusions:

  • Expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
  • Any Insurance.
  • Any tipping
  • Any Visa fees
  • Any meals or beverages that are not specified on the above inclusions.
  • International Air fares.
  • Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and air plane 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
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Post Cruise: Tour of Kolkata

Price Per Person: $ 665
Single Supplement: $ 290

Valid From: September 2018 to April 2019

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Itinerary at a Glance

Day 01  : Arrive Kolkata
Day 02  : Kolkata
Day 03  : Departure

Day 1: Arrive Kolkata

After clearing immigration and customs, we step into the receiving area where we will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Arrive and check-in to the hotel.

Overnight at hotel (No meals)

Day 2: Kolkata

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for guided sightseeing tour of Kolkata.

Drive past British Kolkata seeing the colonial buildings. Stop for a visit of the interesting flower market located on the bank of the Hoogly River – it is a colorful market located very near the famous Howrah Bridge. Drive on for a visit of the Jain temple.

After lunch (on own), visit the St. Paul’s cathedral and the Victoria Memorial.. End the day with a visit to Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 3: Kolkata – Mahabaahu Cruise

Kolkata to Guwahati or Jorhat by flight:

9W- 917    9:20/11:45 hrs             Delhi-Guwahati
9W- 917    9:20/11:45/13:20 hrs    Delhi-Guwahati-Jorhat

After breakfast check out and transfer to airport.

 (B)

Pricing

Pax Details Per Person Prices
2 pax in twin sharing USD 665
Single Supplement USD 290

Validity

Valid From: September 2018 to April 2019

Hotels with meal plan and number of nights:

Day Itinerary Hotel/ Similar Room Category Meals
Day 1 Arrive Kolkata Taj Bengal Deluxe N/A
Day 2 In Kolkata Taj Bengal Deluxe B
Day 3 Depart Kolkata B

Inclusions & Exclusions:

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation on Twin sharing room basis as per the above mentioned hotel OR Similar in base category room
  • Meal plan – As mentioned above against each day
  • Domestic flight to Kolkata
  • Arrival & departure transfers with assistance at the airport.
  • Porterage at the airport.
  • Sightseeing in Kolkata as per the program with services of an English speaking local guide
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Transportation by Air-Conditioned vehicle
  • Service tax 5%

Exclusions:

  • Expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
  • Any Insurance.
  • Any Tipping.
  • Any meals or beverages that are not specified in the above inclusions.
  • International Air fares.
  • Brahmaputra cruise, which is priced separately.
  • Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and air plane 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.
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Backwater Cruise With 3 Nights in Kochi

Price Per Person: $ 1,107
Single Supplement: $ 802

Valid From: October 2018 to September 2019
Not Valid From: 20 Dec 2018 to 10 Jan 2019 & 1-28 Feb 2019

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Itinerary at a Glance

Day 01   :  Arrive Kochi
Day 02  :  Kochi
Day 03  :  Kochi / Backwater Cruise
Day 04  :  Backwater Cruise
Day 05  :  Backwater Cruise
Day 06  :  Backwaters Cruise/ Kochi
Day 07  :  Kochi Departure

Day 1: Arrive Kochi

After clearing immigration and customs, step into the receiving area where our representative will meet you and escort you to your hotel.

Arrive at your hotel and check-in. Rest of the day is at leisure on own.

Overnight at hotel (No meals)

Day 2: Kochi

Morning visit Fort Kochi, your first stop, where the Portuguese flag was first hoisted is also believed to be the oldest settlement in India. Thereafter, visit the St. Francis church, built in 1510 by friars brought to India by Vasco da Gama. The gorgeous view of the ocean from the beach enhanced by the Chinese fishing nets, first erected between 1350 and 1450 AD makes extremely picturesque sight.  Proceed the old commercial area Mattancherry  an take a walk along the Jew Street. Visit the Jewish Synagogue (closed to non-Jews Fridays and Saturdays) and the Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays) which contains mythological murals and traditional Keralite flooring.

In the evening watch a Kathakali dance performance, the most developed dance-drama art of India where facial expressions and hand gestures combine with movement to create this highly expressive traditional Kerala art form which depicts great Indian epics.  Distinct among the six classical Indian dances, Kathakali is a highly dramatic and mimetic dance depicting various stories from Indian epics.

Overnight at hotel (B)

 Day 3: Kochi / Thottapally (Backwater Cruise) (Approx. 73 miles / 116 Kms. / 2 Hrs.)

Drive towards Thottapally to the house boat.

In the afternoon board your private houseboat. An environmentally-friendly vessel unique to Kerala’s placid waterways. Prior to their conversion to passenger boats with all the modern comforts, these traditional craft known as kettuvallom once plied these waters as rice barges. Coir (coconut fiber rope) and resin from cashew kernels, not nails, hold the kettuvallom together – a ship making practice passed down through the centuries.

The uniqueness of Kerala has always been its Backwaters, and no place in the world is blessed with this mesmerizing beauty. It’s the reason; this heaven is called “GOD ‘S OWN COUNTRY!!”

On this comfortable floating home you may spend your day relaxing and unwinding. As you slowly cruise along the backwater canals of the Arabian Sea, you may choose to stop and explore some of the many small villages, farmlands, old temples and churches that you come across.

Overnight onboard (B, L,D)

Day 4: Backwaters (Houseboat)

Today, we see Indian life up close as we slowly cruise along the palm-fringed backwater canals of the Arabian Sea, a distinctive region whose beauty and tranquility have earned it the sobriquet “God’s own country.” Along the way we go ashore to visit some of the local villages and farms, observing traditional livelihoods such as coir making, boat building, fish farming, rice growing and toddy tapping – the extraction of palm sap for production of palm wine, or toddy. We also see churches in a land synonymous with the very beginnings of Christianity: Saint Thomas the Apostle was said to have made a missionary visit to Kerala in 52 AD; to this day Kerala has a significant Christian minority.

Overnight onboard (B, L, D)

Day 5: Backwaters (Houseboat)

A vast network of lagoons, lakes, and canals formed by the confluence of Kerala’s numerous rivers and the Arabian Sea, the Kerala backwaters run alongside the coast for more than 550 miles.  These labyrinthine waterways have served as a thoroughfare for boats like ours from ancient times, and the daily existence in the communities here has changed little over the centuries.

Enjoy a farewell dinner onboard.

Overnight onboard (B, L, D)

Day 6: Backwaters (Houseboat) / Kochi (Approx. 73 miles / 116 Kms. / 2 Hrs.)

After breakfast, cruise to Thottappalli and check-out. Drive to Kochi and check-in to the hotel.

Optional Tour

In the afternoon, a walk to the local spice market with the chef of a well-known Kochi restaurant. Learn about the various spices of Kerala and their growing and processing methods. This will be followed by a cooking demonstration and lunch.

Afternoon is at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 7: Kochi & Departure

In time, check–out from the hotel and transfer to  airport for your onward flight.

 (B)

Pricing

Pax Range Price Per Person 
2 paying pax on twin-sharing basis USD 1,104
Single Supplement USD 802
Optional: Market visit along with chef, followed by cooking demo & lunch
(venue: Brunton Boatyard, Fort Cochin)
USD 118

Validity

Prices valid from : October 2018 to September 2019
Prices not valid from : 20 December 2018 to 10 January 2019 & 1 – 28 Febuary 2019

Hotels With Meal Plan and Number of Nights

Day City Hotel Option Room Category Meal Plan
Day 1 Arrive Cochin Vivanta Taj – Malabar Superior Charm Tower Wing NA
Day 2 Cochin Vivanta Taj – Malabar Superior Charm Tower Wing B
Day 3 Cochin / Backwater Cruise House Boat Deluxe room B,L,D
Day 4 Backwater Cruise House Boat Deluxe room B,L,D
Day 5 Backwater Cruise House Boat Deluxe room B,L,D
Day 6 Backwater Cruise / Kochi Vivanta Taj – Malabar Superior Charm Tower Wing B
Day 7 Depart Kochi Vivanta Taj – Malabar Superior Charm Tower Wing B


Inclusions & Exclusions:

Inclusions:

  • All Entrance fees as per the itinerary.
  • Services of English speaking local guide as per the itinerary
  • All arrival & departure transfers with representative at the airports.
  • Assistance and porterage at the airports.
  • Accommodation as per the above mentioned hotels/houseboat or similar & meal plan as specified.
  • Land transportation by: AC Vehicle
  • Service tax 5%

Exclusions: 

  • Expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals or beverages not specified in the above inclusions.
  • Christmas & New Year Evening dinner supplements.
  • Air fares.
  • Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and air plane delays, roadblocks, vehicle malfunctions, political disturbances, taxes, lost luggage, etc.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Any force majeure liability
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Pre-Cruise Delhi Package

Price per Person: $ 400
Single Supplement: $ 155

Valid From: 1st October 2018 to 15th April 2019

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Itinerary at a Glance

Day 01  :   Arrive Delhi
Day 02  :  Delhi city tour
Day 03  :  Delhi – Guwahati

Day 1 (Friday): Arrive Delhi

Arrive at Delhi airport, step into the receiving area, where our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel.

Arrive and transfer to hotel.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 2 (Saturday): Delhi

Delhi is one of the best examples in the world where old meets new.

After breakfast, experience the combined charm of Old and New Delhi. We encounter Old Delhi, capital of Muslim India between the 12th and 19th centuries. We stop first at the Gandhi Memorial (Rajghat), the simple black marble slab honoring India’s beloved Mahatma Gandhi, the political and spiritual leader of India’s independence movement renowned for his advocacy of civil disobedience as a form of nonviolent resistance.

Next we drive past the Red Fort for a photo opportunity. The Red Fort complex of palaces is considered the greatest of all Delhi’s earlier cities and is today a UNESCO World Heritage site.

From here we visit India’s largest mosque, the red sandstone and marble Jama Masjid, completed in 1656 as the last monument commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal.  Our tour continues with a Rickshaw Ride through bustling and colorful Chandni Chowk market, one of Delhi’s oldest and busiest, and where Moghul royalty once shopped.

We drive past India Gate & Rashtrapati Bhawan.

India Gate – The majestic 137-feet high arch that stands over an eternal flame to honor the 90,000 Indian soldiers who died fighting alongside the British during World War I and the Afghan wars.

Rashtrapati Bhawan – built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy is today the official residence of the President of India and Parliament House, a unique circular building with huge colonnades, houses the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament.

We continue on to see Qutab Minar, one of Delhi’s most visited and striking monuments. King Qutub-ud-din Aibak laid the foundation for the monument after defeating the last Hindu Kingdom in 1199.  With a height of 239 feet, this red stone tower ranks as the highest in India.

Return to the hotel.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 3 (Sunday): Delhi – Guwahati/ Jorhat

After early breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to the airport to board the flight to Guwahati. On arrival you will be received by our representative.

9W- 917    9:20/11:45 hrs             Delhi-Guwahati
9W- 917    9:20/11:45/13:20 hrs    Delhi-Guwahati-Jorhat

Overnight at hotel (B)

Pricing

Group Size Per Person prices for land arrangements package with Option A Per Person prices for land arrangements package with Option B
2 Pax in twin sharing USD 400 USD 663
Single Supplement USD 155 USD 350

Validity

Valid from: 1st October 2018  to 15th April 2019

Hotels With Meal Plan and Numbers of Nights:

Days City Option A Option B Meals
Day 1 (Fri) Arrive Delhi The Suryaa Deluxe Room Shangri- la Deluxe room B
Day 2 (Sat) Delhi The Suryaa Deluxe Room Shangri- la Deluxe room B
Day 3 (Sun) Delhi-Guwahati M.V. Mahabaahu M.V. Mahabaahu B,L,D

Inclusions & Exclusions:

Inclusions

  • 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..
  • Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
  • Services of English speaking local guides during the sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Assistance and porterage at the Airports.
  • Mineral water during the sightseeing tour OR road travel.
  • Domestic flights to start of cruise
  • All Arrival & Departure transfers with Representative at the airport and Land transport by exclusive using:
  • All applicable taxes.

Exclusions:

  • Expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
  • Any Insurance.
  • Any tipping.
  • Any meals or beverages that are not specified on the above inclusions.
  • International Air fares.
  • Brahmaputra cruise which is priced separately.
  • Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and air plane 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.
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Price Per Person: $ 2,268
Single Supplement: $1,232

Valid From: October 2018 to September 2019
Not Valid From: 20th December 2018 to 10th January 2019

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Itinerary at a Glance

Day 01  :  Arrive Chennai
Day 02  :  Chennai / Mahabalipuram
Day 03  :  Mahabalipuram / Kanchipuram / Mahabalipuram
Day 04  :  Mahabalipuram / Pondicherry
Day 05  :  Pondicherry / Thanjavur
Day 06  :  Thanjavur / Madurai
Day 07  :  Madurai
Day 08  :  Madurai / Thekkady
Day 09  :  Thekkady / Backwaters (Houseboat)
Day 10  :  Backwaters (Houseboat)
Day 11   :  Backwaters (Houseboat) / Kochi
Day 12  :  Kochi
Day 13  :  Departure Kochi

Day 1: Arrive Chennai 

After clearing immigration and customs, our representative will meet you at the receiving area and escort you to your hotel. Thereafter, check in to the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel

Day 2: Chennai / Mahabalipuram (approx. 1 hour 30 mins drive)

Check out after breakfast, depart for your guided tour around Fort St. George which was built by the British East India Company and also houses a small quaint museum known as the Fort Museum.

Later drive to Mahabalipuram and check-in to the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 3: Mahabalipuram / Kanchipuram / Mahabalipuram (approx. 1 hour 30 min one-way drive) 

Embark on a half-day excursion to Kanchipuram, also known as the, ‘City of a thousand temples’.

The most famous of these are the Ekambeshwara temple and the Varaderajaswamy temple. Drive back to Mahabalipuram to explore its five ‘Pagodas,’ or chariots.  

Mahabalipuram is commonly known as the “City of the Seven Pagodas,” even though five of the seven pagodas are actually rathas (stone chariots). The Pallavas, the ruling power of South India during the 7th and 8th Centuries and prolific patrons of the arts, reached their greatest architectural achievement in the visually dramatic temples at Mahabalipuram. A wealthy maritime trade with Southeast Asia enabled the Pallava monarchs to construct a large number of temples and sculptural programs, which garnered them both religious merit and promoted the political and social ideals of South Indian society.

We will visit the photogenic and windswept Shore Temple, dramatically perched near a promontory overlooking the Bay of Bengal. We can see the aforementioned Panch Rathas (Five Stone Chariots), at the southern end of town. The rathas, which date to the 7th Century, are extraordinary examples of rock shrines  made from monolithic stone, and are named for the heroes of the epic Indian tale the Mahabharata.

In the center of Mahabalipuram is the main cluster of temples and rock sculptures. Life size stone statues of an elephant, bull and a lion guard these delicately sculptured temples. Depictions of scenes from Indian mythology carved out of stone cover the temples. One of the most elaborate is the Bhagirathi’s Penance, which despite its mammoth proportions, is intricately carved. So large is the bas-relief that it is often described as a “fresco in stone.” In fact, a number of stonecutters still work in Mahabalipuram and continue to produce high-quality traditional sculptures.

Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 4: Mahabalipuram / Pondicherry (approx. 3 Hours 30 minutes’ drive)

After breakfast, check out and drive to Pondicherry. On arrival, check in to the hotel.

The French relinquished control of their former colony just 50 years ago and “Pondy” (as it’s locally known) still bears its European heritage. The local cuisine has a distinctive French influence, as does the architecture of homes, boulevards and city buildings. Often referred to as “a little piece of Medieval France in India” and “a sleepy provincial French town,” Pondicherry has managed to retain its French aura. From its delightful restaurants offering French cuisine and streets bearing French names, Pondicherry’s French connection is very much alive – yet, very subtle.

Pondicherry is also famous as a center chosen by late Sri Aurobindo, revolutionary turned saint, who built his Ashram here in 1926, drawing huge crowds of followers with its unique spiritual concept revolving around work as a divine offering.

Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 5: Pondicherry / Thanjavur (approx. 7 hours’ drive with visits Enroute)

Check out after breakfast and drive to Thanjavur. Enroute visit the temples at Chidambaram & Darasuram.

On arrival at Thanjavur check into the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 6: Thanjavur / Madurai (approx. 5 hours’ drive)

After breakfast, check out and visit  the magnificent Brihadishwara Temple is the crowning glory of Chola temple architecture and is dedicated to Shiva as Nataraja, king of the cosmic dance. Its beauty is particularly enhanced in late afternoon, when its sandstone tower is bathed in the golden hues of sunset. The vimana, or tower, over the temple sanctuary soars to a height in excess of 200 feet, and is adorned with several exquisite pieces of Chola sculpture. The temple sits in the middle of a spacious courtyard, faced by a massive 20-foot long sculpture of Shiva’s vahana (vehicle), the great bull Nandi, carved from a single piece of granite.

Then we visit Tanjore’s second great historical site, the Royal Palace complex, with its impressive observation tower. The Nayakas, who ruled this area in the 16th and 17th Centuries, constructed the palace. Aside from the historical significance of the palace itself, the complex also houses several important museums and libraries.

Thereafter, leave for Madurai.

Late evening, those interested can visit the night ceremony at the great Meenakshi temple where the Lord Shiva is reunited with his wife Meenakshi for the night.

Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 7: Madurai      

After breakfast, depart for a sightseeing tour of the Meenakshi temple and Tirumalai Nayak Palace.

The Meenakshi temple of Madurai is estimated to receive 10,000 pilgrims every day. A riotously baroque example of Dravidian architecture with twelve gopuras (towers), ranging in height from 130 to 165 feet, the towers are covered from top to bottom in a breath-taking profusion of multicolour images of gods, goddesses, animals and mythical figures.

Legend has it that the temple was founded by Indra (King of Gods) himself. Every point in the temple has a legend attached to it. While exploring the temple, visit the “Hall of a Thousand Pillars,” with its fascinating study of “human expression” carved on the pillars, the walls and the ceiling. Just outside you will find the “musical pillars,” each emitting a different musical note when struck. Explore the Kambatti Mundapum (yet another hall) containing pillars sculptured with various manifestations of Lord Shiva. The Meenakshi Temple is arguably the preeminent example of South Indian temple architecture, and is also one of India’s most important places of pilgrimage.

Explore the colorful markets of Madurai.

Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 8: Madurai / Thekkady (approx. 4 hours 30 min)

Check out after breakfast and drive to Thekkady. Arrive Thekkady and check in to the hotel.

A pleasant boat ride would be a perfect way of observing the wildlife in their natural habitat (Subject to water level) OR guided Nature Walk that takes one through dense deciduous forests and swampy grasslands.

Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 9: Thekkady / Thottappally (Backwaters) (approx. 5 hours’ drive)

After breakfast, check out and visit a Spice Plantation.  Later depart for the backwaters.

In the afternoon board your private houseboat. An environmentally-friendly vessel unique to Kerala’s placid waterways. Prior to their conversion to passenger boats with all the modern comforts, these traditional craft known as kettuvallom once plied these waters as rice barges. Coir (coconut fiber rope) and resin from cashew kernels, not nails, hold the kettuvallom together – a ship making practice passed down through the centuries.

The uniqueness of Kerala has always been its Backwaters, and no place in the world is blessed with this mesmerizing beauty. It’s the reason; this heaven is called “GOD ‘S OWN COUNTRY!!”

On this comfortable floating home you may spend your day relaxing and unwinding. As you slowly cruise along the backwater canals of the Arabian Sea, you may choose to stop and explore some of the many small villages, farmlands, old temples and churches that you come across.

Overnight Onboard (B, L, D)

Day 10: Backwaters (Houseboat)

Today, we see Indian life up close as we slowly cruise along the palm-fringed backwater canals of the Arabian Sea, a distinctive region whose beauty and tranquility have earned it the sobriquet “God’s own country.” Along the way we go ashore to visit some of the local villages and farms, observing traditional livelihoods such as coir making, boat building, fish farming, rice growing and toddy tapping – the extraction of palm sap for production of palm wine, or toddy. We also see churches in a land synonymous with the very beginnings of Christianity: Saint Thomas the Apostle was said to have made a missionary visit to Kerala in 52 AD; to this day Kerala has a significant Christian minority.

Overnight onboard (B, L, D)

Day 11: Backwaters (Houseboat) / Kochi (approx. 2 hours 30 mins drive)

After breakfast, cruise to Thottappalli and check-out. Drive to Kochi and check-in to the hotel.

In the evening, we attend a performance of Kathakali dance, where facial expressions and hand gestures combine with movement to create this highly expressive traditional Kerala art form which depicts great Indian epics.  Distinct among the six classical Indian dances, Kathakali is a highly dramatic and mimetic  dance  depicting  various stories from Indian epics. It originated in Kerala during the 17th century and has developed over the years with improved looks, refined gestures and added themes besides more ornate singing and precise drumming.

Overnight at Hotel (B)

Day 12: Cochin

After breakfast, enjoy a tour of Kochi. Fort Cochin, your first stop, where the Portuguese flag was first hoisted is also believed to be the oldest settlement in India.

Thereafter, visit the St Francis Church, built in 1510 by friars brought to India by Vasco da Gama. The gorgeous view of the ocean from the beach enhanced by the Chinese fishing nets, first erected between 1350 and 1450 AD makes extremely picturesque sight only to be followed by a visit to the Jewish Synagogue (closed to non-Jews on Fridays and Saturdays).

Depart for the Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays) which contains mythological murals and traditional Keralite flooring.

Finally, wrap up your experience with a traditional cooking demonstration and dinner with a local family.

Overnight at Hotel (B, D)

Day 13: Departure Cochin

In time check out from your hotel and transfer to the airport to board your onward flight.

Please note: Your room will be available for use till 12 Noon

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Pricing

Pax Details  Price Per Person
2 Pax USD 2,268
Single supplement USD 1,232
February 2019 Spice Garden Surcharge USD 55

Validity

Price Valid From: October 2018 to September 2019
Price Not Valid From: 20th December 2018 to 10th January 2019

Hotels with room category and Number of Nights

City Hotels Option Room Category Nights
Chennai ITC Grand Chola Executive Club 1
Mahabalipuram Radisson Temple Bay Chalet Garden 2
Pondicherry The Promenade Deluxe 1
Thanjavur Sangam Hotel Standard 1
Madurai Taj Gateway Hotel Standard 2
Periyar Spice Village Standard Villa 1
Backwaters FH House Boat Deluxe 2
Cochin Taj Malabar Standard 2

Inclusions & Exclusions:

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per the above mentioned hotels and base category rooms
  • All Entrance fees at the Monuments as per the itinerary
  • Services of English speaking local guides during sightseeing as per the itinerary.
  • Kathakali dance performance in Cochin
  • All arrival & departure transfers with representative at the airports.
  • Assistance and porterage at the airports.
  • Land transport by exclusive using Air-conditioned Toyota Innova Car
  • Govt. service tax 5%

Exclusions:

  • Expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
  • Any Insurance
  • Any tipping.
  • Any meals or beverages that are not specified in the above inclusions.
  • Christmas & New Year Evening dinner supplements.
  • Air fares.
  • Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and air plane delays, roadblocks, vehicle malfunctions, political disturbances, taxes, lost luggage, etc.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Any force majeure liability
  • Any further tax levied by the government of India
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Price Per Person: $ 3,435
Single Supplement: $ 1,974

Valid From: October 2018 – September 2019
Not Valid From: 20th December 2018 to 15th January 2019

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Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1     :    Arrive Hyderabad
Day 2     :    Hyderabad
Day 3     :    Fly Hyderabad / Hampi
Day 4     :    Hampi
Day 5     :    Fly Hampi / Bangalore & drive to Mysore
Day 6     :    Mysore
Day 7     :    Drive Mysore to Bangalore & Fly to Kochi
Day 8     :    Kochi
Day 9     :    Kochi / Thekkady
Day 10   :    Thekkady
Day 11   :    Thekkady / Backwaters
Day 12   :    Backwaters
Day 13   :    Backwaters
Day 14   :    Backwaters / Trivandrum & departure

Day 1: Arrive Hyderabad

Arrive Hyderabad, after clearing immigration and customs, our representative will meet you at the receiving area and escort you to your hotel.

Thereafter, arrive at the hotel and check-in.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 2: Hyderabad

Today, after breakfast set-off for city sightseeing tour of Hyderabad.

We will visit an amazing blend of Indo-Islamic architecture, Charminar represents the glorious history of the city. Built in 1591 by Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, Charminar is a square-shaped structure which is 56 meters high and 30 meters wide. Popularly known as ‘Arc de Triomphe of the East’, Charminar was constructed in the honour of Bhagmati, wife of Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah; immediately after he had shifted his capital to Hyderabad, which was earlier in Golconda.

After Charminar visit one of the oldest and most popular shopping areas of Hyderabad, Laad Bazaar is located adjacent to Charminar. It is said that this market was equally lively even during the times of the Qutub Shahis and the Nizams. Presenting an ages old heritage, the “Laad Bazaar” has got its name from the word “Laad” meaning Lacquer. This market boasts of an incomparable varieties of bangles, which have Lacquer has one of its key material.

Located atop 280-foot-high hillock of Kalapahad, the beautiful Birla Mandir has derived its name from the industrialist Birlas who have constructed Birla temples in various parts of the country. Constructed in 1976, it is said it took close to 2000 tonnes of white marbles to build this stunning temple which was brought from Rajasthan.

Later we will visit Chowmahalla Palace, with literal meaning of ‘four palaces’ in Urdu language was built in the 18th century. It was during the reign of fifth Nizam, Afzar-ud-Daulah, Asaf Jav V, from 1857 to 1869, that the palace was completed. Initially spread across an area of 45 acres, the palace now covers 12 acres of land.

Tonight we enjoy a dinner together at hotel.

Overnight at the Hotel (B)

Day 3: Fly Hyderabad – Bellary (Vidyanagar) & Drive to Hampi (Approx. 18 Miles / 29 Kms / 40 minutes’ drive)

Today morning after breakfast check-out from the hotel, transferred to airport for board the flight to Bellary (Vidyanagar).

Departure     : Hyderabad                         At: 12:55 Hrs.                      Trujet Airline # 2T-416
Arrives           : Bellary (Vidyanagar)      At: 14:00 Hrs.

Upon arrival board a motor coach for the drive to Hampi (Approx. 29 Kms / 40 minutes’ drive).

Arrive Hampi and check into the hotel.

Overnight at the Hotel (B, D)

Day 4: Hampi

After breakfast ready for sightseeing tour of Hampi, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Someone rightly said “If dreams were made out of stone, it would be Hampi”

The foundation of the Vijayanagara Empire was laid in Hampi in 1336 A.D, making it the capital of the largest empire in post-mogul India. It later became famous for its support towards renovation/reconstruction of temples re-establishment of Indian culture, its support for music, art and literature throughout India. Today the ruins silently narrate the story of grandeur and fabulous wealth, palaces and gateways of the broken city tells a tale of men of infinite talent and power of creativity together with his capacity for senseless destruction.

Vithala Temple Complex – The most splendid monument of Hampi is undoubtedly the Vithala Temple Complex with its 56 musical pillars. Here see the famous Stone Chariot with stone wheels that revolve. In front of the shrine stands the great mantapa. Resting on a richly sculpted basement, its roof is supported by huge pillars of granite, each consisting of a central pillar surrounded by detached shafts, all cut from one single block of stone.

The Virupaksha Temple rises majestically at the western end of the famous Hampi Bazaar. The temple has a 120 feet tall tower on its eastern entrance. The temple contains the shrines of Shiva, Pampa and Bhuvaneswari.Parts of this temple are older than the Vijayanagar kingdom itself. The work of this style dates back to the 11th or 12th century.

Hazara Ramaswami temple is believed to have been the private place of worship of the royal family. The chief attraction of the temple is the series of scenes from the Ramayana carved on two of the inside walls of the mantapa. The genesis of the place known today as Hampi dates back to the age of the Hindu epic Ramayana when it was the site of Kishkinda, a monkey kingdom.

Later visit the Achyutaraya Temple and walk through the bazaars of Sule and Hampi

Return to hotel.

Overnight at the Hotel (B, D)

Day 5: Drive to Bellary (Vidyanagar) (Approx. 18 Miles / 29 Kms / 40 minutes’ drive) & Fly to Bangalore & drive to Mysore (Approx. 94 Miles / 150 Kms / 4 hours drive)

Today morning after breakfast check-out from the hotel, transferred to Bellary (Vidyanagar) airport for board the flight to Bangalore.

Departure     : Bellary (Vidyanagar)      At: 13:55 Hrs.                      Trujet Airline # 2T-418
Arrives           : Bangalore                           At: 14:55 Hrs.

Upon arrival at Bangalore board a motor coach and drive to Mysore (Approx. 150 Kms / 4 hours drive).

Arrive Mysore and check into the hotel.

Overnight at the Hotel (B)

Day 6: Mysore

This morning, we visit the Chamundi Hills, site of the 12th-century Chamundeshwari Temple with its 1,008 ancient steps leading to the summit.  The highlight of this lofty temple is the statue of Nandi, the enormous bull used as a mount by Hindu god Shiva, which sits on the 800th step of the temple.  The ornately carved granite bull presides over the temple’s visitors; at over 15 feet high and 24 feet long, it dwarfs the iconic Charging Bull statue in New York’s Financial District.

Our next stop brings more magnificent architecture, as we visit the Palace of Mysore, the Indo-Saracenic blend of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles that remains the home of the Maharajahs of Mysore and counts among India’s most popular attractions.  The palace before us, among India’s most grand, and the fourth to stand on this site, replaced the last which fire destroyed in 1897.  An exquisite opulence greets us within through a dazzling array of carvings, chandeliers, mosaics, stained glass, paintings, and frescoes.  From these two overwhelming structures, we move to a humbler stop:  a visit to a local workshop to learn how the local sandalwood incense is made by hand.

Afternoon we visit the river island town of Srirangapatna, with its celebrated 9th-century Hindu Ranganatha Temple.

The Indian ruler Tipu Sultan made his capital here and opposed the East India Company forces in four wars until he fell in a siege in 1799; the temple and the island as a whole has become an important pilgrimage site.

Return to the hotel.

Overnight at the Hotel (B)

Day 7: Drive to Bangalore (Approx. 94 Miles / 150 Kms / 4 hours drive) & Fly to Kochi

Today morning after breakfast check-out from the hotel, transferred to Bangalore airport (Approx. 94 Miles / 150 Kms / 4 hours drive) for board the flight to Kochi.

Departure     : Bangalore               At: 15:00 Hrs.                      Spice Jet Airline # SG-432
Arrives           : Kochi                       At: 16:00 Hrs.

Upon arrival at Kochi, our representative will meet you at the receiving area and escort you to your hotel.

Arrive and check into the hotel.

Overnight at the Hotel (B)

Day 8: Kochi

Morning visit Fort Cochin, your first stop, where the Portuguese flag was first hoisted is also believed to be the oldest settlement in India. Thereafter, visit the St. Francis church, built in 1510 by friars brought to India by Vasco da Gama. The gorgeous view of the ocean from the beach enhanced by the Chinese fishing nets, first erected between 1350 and 1450 AD makes extremely picturesque sight.  Proceed the old commercial area Mattancherry  an take a walk along the Jew Street. Visit the Jewish Synagogue (closed to non-Jews Fridays and Saturdays) and the Dutch Palace (closed on Fridays) which contains mythological murals and traditional Keralite flooring.

In the evening watch a Kathakali dance performance, the most developed dance-drama art of India where facial expressions and hand gestures combine with movement to create this highly expressive traditional Kerala art form which depicts great Indian epics.  Distinct among the six classical Indian dances, Kathakali is a highly dramatic and mimetic dance depicting various stories from Indian epics.

Overnight at the Hotel (B)

Day 9: Kochi – Thekkady (Approx. 171 Miles / 107 kms / 4 ½ hour drive)

Today we will drive toward Thekkady. The journey by road itself is an experience, rubber plantations on the foothills and undulating tea gardens and spice plantations on the mountains.

Arrive Thekkady and check-in to the hotel.

We will do the guided walk of a nearby private spice plantation which grows pepper, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and more. You will enter the magical world of Indian spices. What they are, how to use them, combine them, and savour the special magic they bring to even the most commonplace foods and understand how each tree has a story to tell.

Overnight at the Hotel (B)

Day 10: Thekkady (Periyar)

This morning with packed breakfast proceed for the guided Nature Walk that takes one through dense deciduous forests and swampy grasslands followed by the exciting bamboo rafting.

(Special Note: 1st Batch from 07:30 – 12:00 hrs. and 2nd Batch from 09:30 – 14:00 hrs.)

Later in the afternoon, at the Elephant Camp, you will not only spend time by simply watching Elephants but of course, learning more about them. A trained expert is at hand to explain the various aspects of the Elephant history, ecology and biology. You may also take pictures, feeding and enjoy the Elephant ride.

Return to the hotel.

Overnight at the Hotel (B)

Day 11: Thekkady – Backwaters (Houseboat) (Approx. 89 Miles / 142 Kms / 4 Hours’ drive)

After breakfast drive to the coastal village of Thottapalli to embark the houseboat. This lush and serene village  by the spillway helps to drain the excess waters of the rivers from the Western Ghats into the low lying Kuttanad area partly to the east and the rest to the saline river mouth to the west.

We explore the narrow canals and arrive in the quaint village of Karumadi. The village is famous for its black granite partially broken statue of Buddha (9th or 10th century) that was recovered from the Pampa river in the last century.  It is protected as a remnant of Buddhism that prevailed in ancient India.  We interact with a toddy tapper and watch how he climbs coconut trees and taps the sap of coconut flowers which when fermented becomes Toddy, an alcoholic beverage.

Overnight on-board the Houseboat (B, L, D)

Day 12: Backwaters (Houseboat) – Cruising to Kanjippadam Village

We take a walk around the temple and meet the devotees.  We interact with the village folk and understand their relation with the Coconut Palm.

We watch women occupied in spinning coir rope,   weaving coconut palm leaf, drying coconut in the sun extracting oil and cooking delicious cuisines using fresh coconut.

We cruise to the interiors of Kuttanad, watching the activities on the vast expanses of paddy fields and arrive in Kainakari village. The best way to enjoy the village is by country boat or by a relaxing walk.

Overnight on-board the Houseboat (B, L, D)

Day 13: Backwaters (Houseboat) to Champakkulam village

After breakfast we cruise to the interiors of an  ancient coastal village of Champakkulam  where we visit an old church, meet children of a school and watch artisans sculpting biblical heroes.

Here we see Snake boats or Champakulam Chundans that were supposed to be Navy boats of Chempakasserry rulers; their structure and design reflect the prowess of ancient Kerala architecture. Traditionally each boat belongs to a village, and the villagers worship that boat like a deity. These are now used for racing during festivals.  Only men are allowed to touch the boat, and to show respect they should be bare feet. Here we interact with the caretaker to know the nitty-gritties of construction of these boats and interesting tales.

We buy some fresh catch from the local fishermen and the chef on-board indulges us in  delicacies flavored with local spices served on banana leaf.

Overnight on-board the Houseboat (B, L, D)

Day 14: Backwaters (Houseboat) to Trivandrum

After breakfast, cruise to Thottapally and check-out. Drive to Trivandrum and check-in at an airport hotel where you will have rooms for day use (for use till 6 PM).

In time, transfer to airport for your onward international flight.

(B)

Pricing

Pax Details Price Per Person
2 Pax USD 3,435
Single Supplement USD 1,974

Validity

Price Valid From: October  2018 to September 2019
Price Not Valid From: 20th December 2018 to 15th January 2019

Hotel With Meal Plan and Number of Nights:

Destination Hotel Option Room Category Meal Plan Nights
Hyderabad Taj Krishna Hotel Deluxe Room B 2
Hampi Evolve Back Resort
(Orange County Hampi)
Nivasa Room B, D 2
Mysore Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Superior Room B 2
Kochi Vivanta by Taj – Malabar Superior Charm
(Tower Wing)
B 2
Thekkady Spice Village Hotel Spice Garden Cottage B 2
Backwaters Houseboat Deluxe Cabin B, L, D 3
Trivandrum Vivanta by Taj-Trivandrum Superior Charm
(Tower Wing)
N/A Day-use

Domestic Flights:

Day Sector Flight Schedule
Day 3 Hyderabad / Bellary (Vidyanagar) 2T-416 1255 / 1400 hrs.
Day 5 Bellary (Vidyanagar) / Bangalore 2T-418 1355 / 1455 hrs.
Day 7 Bangalore / Kochi SG-432 1500 / 1600 hrs.

Inclusions & Exclusions:

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per the above mentioned hotels or similar in base category rooms.
  • Meal Plan: As specified above.
  • Bamboo rafting on the Periyar National Park on seats sharing basis.
  • Kathakali Dance performance at Cochin.
  • All Entrance fees at the Monuments as per the itinerary.
  • Services of English speaking local guide for sightseeing tour only as per itinerary.
  • 2 Bottles of mineral water per person per day for sightseeing tour OR road travels.
  • Domestic flights as per itinerary
  • All Arrival & Departure transfers at the airport and Land transport by exclusive using an Air-Conditioned vehicle.
  • All currently applicable taxes 5%.

Exclusions:

  • Expense of personal nature like tipping, laundry, insurance and telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
  • Meals other than those specified above.
  • Any Insurance
  • Any tipping.
  • Any sightseeing other than the sightseeing mentioned in the outlined itinerary.
  • Anything which is not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and air plane delays, roadblocks, vehicle malfunctions, political disturbances, taxes, lost luggage, etc.
  • Any force majeure liability
  • Any further tax levied by the government of India
  • International airfare
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Kerala with Sri Lanka

Price Per Person: $ 4,800
Single Supplement: $ 2,248

Valid From: 1st October 2018 to 30th September 2019
Not Valid From: 20th December 2018 to 10th January 2019

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Itinerary at a Glance

Day 01   :   Arrive Cochin
Day 02  :   Cochin
Day 03  :   Cochin / Thekkady
Day 04  :   Thekkady
Day 05  :   Thekkady / Backwaters
Day 06  :   Backwaters
Day 07  :   Backwaters
Day 08  :   Backwaters / Cochin & flight to Colombo
Day 09  :   Colombo / Pinnawala / Dambulla
Day 10  :   Dambulla / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Dambulla
Day 11  :   Sigiriya / Matale / Kandy
Day 12  :   Kandy
Day 13  :   Kandy / Colombo
Day 14  :   Departure

Day 1: Arrive Cochin

Arrive at Cochin airport. After clearing India Immigration and Customs, step into the receiving area where you will be met by our Chennai representative and transferred to Hotel.

Kochi “Queen of the Arabian Sea” (formerly called Cochin), the first of Europe’s colonies in India and the southern state of Kerala’s commercial capital. From antiquity the prosperous spice trade drew seafarers to Kochi:  Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Jews, Chinese, Portuguese, the Dutch, and finally the British.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 2: Cochin

Today we will have a walking tour of Mattancherry, the bustling part of Old Fort Cochin and the epicentre of the spice trade for centuries. It remains a densely populated place housing people from different ethnic groups and faiths in very close quarters. Mattancherry is home to a small Jewish community whose origin dates back nearly 2000 years, during the period of King Solomon, when large scale trade took place between the Middle East and the Malabar Coast. Our touring today reveals Kochi’s multi-layered past, a rich brew of Arab, Portuguese, British, and Dutch influences.  We begin with the Dutch Palace, actually built by the Portuguese as a gift for the Raja of Kochi in 1555.  The Dutch renovated and expanded it a century later, earning it its name. The palace also contains some of India’s finest mythological murals; the walls depict scenes from the great Hindu epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata (please note:  the Dutch Palace closes on Fridays and Saturdays).

Then we see St. Francis, India’s first European church (ca. 1510), famed as the original burial site of Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama, who died in Kochi in 1524 while on his third visit to India.  Not immune to the turbulence of the colonial era, the originally Catholic St. Francis changed hands – and denominations – with each new power that took control of Kochi, becoming a Protestant Dutch Reformed church under the Dutch in 1663 then Anglican under the English in 1804.  Next we pay a visit to the picturesque Chinese fishing nets unique to Kochi.  These iconic land-based nets combine elegance and ingenuity, their massive frames balanced by counterweights manipulated by teams of up to six men.  Long believed to have been introduced by the Chinese explorer Zheng He in the 14th century or possibly travelers from Kublai Khan’s court, these nets actually trace their origin to Portuguese settlers from Macau.

In the evening, we attend a performance of Kathakali dance, where facial expressions and hand gestures combine with movement to create this highly expressive traditional Kerala art form which depicts great Indian epics.  Distinct among the six classical Indian dances, Kathakali is a highly dramatic and mimetic  dance  depicting  various stories from Indian epics. It originated in Kerala during the 17th century and has developed over the years with improved looks, refined gestures and added themes besides more ornate singing and precise drumming.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 3: Cochin / Thekkady (approx. 5 hour drive)

Today we will drive toward Periyar. The journey by road itself is an experience, passing through bustling towns in the plains, rubber plantations on the foothills and undulating tea gardens and spice plantations on the mountains.

On arrival, check-in to the hotel.

We will do the guided walk of a nearby private spice plantation which grows pepper, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and more. You will enter the magical world of Indian spices. What they are, how to use them, combine them, and savour the special magic they bring to even the most commonplace foods and understand how each tree has a story to tell.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 4: Thekkady

This morning with packed breakfast proceed for the guided Nature Walk that takes one through dense deciduous forests and swampy grasslands followed by the exciting bamboo rafting

(Special Note: One batch can take maximum 10 people, hence we will divide the group if required – 1st Batch from 0730 – 1200 hrs. and 2nd Batch from 0930 – 1400 hrs.)

This evening witness the Martial Art performance (“Kalaripayattu”). Kalaripayattu-the oldest of martial arts-is a gift to the modern world and known as the mother of all martial arts.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 5: Thekkady / Backwaters

After breakfast, drive along the Keralan coast to the docks at Thothapally in the Alleppey district to board our houseboat.

An environmentally-friendly vessel unique to Kerala’s placid waterways.  Prior to their conversion to passenger boats with all the modern comforts, these traditional craft known as kettuvallom once plied these waters as rice barges.  Coir (coconut fiber rope) and resin from cashew kernels, not nails, hold the kettuvallom together – a shipmaking practice passed down through the centuries.

The uniqueness of Kerala has always been its Backwaters, and no place in the world is blessed with this mesmerizing beauty. It is for this reason; this heaven is called “GOD ‘S OWN COUNTRY!!”

Overnight onboard Houseboat (B, D)

Day 6: Backwaters

Today, we see Indian life up close as we slowly cruise along the palm-fringed backwater canals of the Arabian Sea, a distinctive region whose beauty and tranquility have earned it the sobriquet “God’s own country.” Along the way we go ashore to visit some of the local villages and farms, observing traditional livelihoods such as coir making, boat building, fish farming, rice growing and toddy tapping – the extraction of palm sap for production of palm wine, or toddy.  We also see churches in a land synonymous with the very beginnings of Christianity:  Saint Thomas the Apostle was said to have made a missionary visit to Kerala in 52 AD; to this day Kerala has a significant Christian minority.

Overnight onboard Houseboat (B, L, D)

Day 7: Backwaters

A vast network of lagoons, lakes, and canals formed by the confluence of Kerala’s numerous rivers and the Arabian Sea, the Kerala backwaters run alongside the coast for more than 550 miles.  These labyrinthine waterways have served as a thoroughfare for boats like ours from ancient times, and the daily existence in the communities here has changed little over the centuries.

Overnight onboard Houseboat (B, L, D)

Day 8: Backwaters / Cochin & flight to Colombo

After relaxed breakfast, check-out and drive to Cochin airport to connect with flight to Colombo.

Our Sri Lankan representative will meet you on arrival at the Colombo airport and transfer you to the hotel near the airport.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 9: Colombo / Pinnawala / Dambulla

After breakfast, leave for Dambulla. En-route visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala – This orphanage is the home for about 89 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authorities. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when one will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. Also could accompany the elephants to a river close-by and see them having their daily bath.

Continue drive to Dambulla and visit the Dambulla Rock Temple. Climb up to the temple, which was donated by king Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks. Dambulla is a World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and the ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 meters.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 10: Dambulla / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Dambulla

Today we explore the World’s heritage site Sigiriya. Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock.  Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway.  These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.

Thereafter we leave to enjoy a Sri Lankan village experience where a walk along the village path will bring us to a “Wewa” typical village lake. The village homes are totally different to build up urban areas of Sri Lanka. The small houses are surrounded by green woods on the edge of which their home gardens extend. It is common to spot watch huts in the fields from which the men folk keep up at night on the lookout for wild Elephants and Wild Boar.

Cross the Lake by canoe observing the rich birdlife. Once we reach the farm, the lady of the house gladly demonstrates her cooking abilities using a traditional hearth. We can also participate if you wish in this experience before partaking off her delicious meal.

Once completed, proceed on a sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa – which was the 2nd capital   city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world   heritage site Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya –   where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, king   Parakramabahu’s statue, and the Parakrama Samudraya lake built by King Parakramabahu the great.  There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.

Return to Dambulla for the overnight stay

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 11: Sigiriya / Matale / Kandy

After breakfast, leave for Kandy. En-route visit a Spice garden in Matale to see the different types of flavours the island is famous for and how they are grown.

Continue drive to Kandy and check-in to the hotel on arrival.

In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 12: Kandy

Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, and is a World Heritage Site.  The name Kandy conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive.  Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts center and a gem museum and a lapidary. Enjoy the tuk tuk ride in the Kandy bazaar.

Thereafter, visit a tea plantation and factory.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 13: Kandy / Colombo

After breakfast, leave for Colombo. On arrival, check-in to the hotel and thereafter proceed for the sightseeing tour of city. The city skyline has dramatically changed during the last decade, trendy malls and cafes sit alongside old colonial architectural monuments and local eateries. The city tour will take you pass the Colombo harbor to the area known as the Fort, the islands administrative and main banking quarter adjoining the famous Dutch Hospital and the esplanade known as the Galle Face. The colorful religious edifices that adorn the different zones in the city reflect the countries multi-ethnic, religious and cultural diversity. The Cinnamon Gardens, the ‘chic’ residential section of Colombo with its numerous villas and mansions blends well with the recently restored Race- Course and Victoria Park. The Gangaramaya Temple with its collection of oriental antiquities and Buddhist manuscripts offers visitors a completely different turn-around from the rich and grand archeological monuments of Sri Lanka.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 14: Departure

After breakfast, check-out and transfer to Colombo international airport to connect with flight to onward destination.

Pricing:

Pax Details Price Per Person 
2 Person USD 4,800
Single Supplement USD 2,248

Validity

Valid From: 01-Oct-2018 to 30-Sep-2019

Price Not Valid From: 20Dec-2018 to 10Jan-2019

Hotels With Meal Plan and Number of Nights:

Destination Hotel Room Category Meal Plan Nights
Cochin Brunton Boatyard Standard Sea View B 2
Thekkady Spice Village Standard Villa B 2
Backwaters Houseboat Deluxe Room B, L, D 3
Colombo (Arriving in Sri Lanka) Airport Garden Hotel Standard B 1
Dambulla Jetwing Lake Hotel Deluxe Room B 2
Kandy Cinnamon Citadel Superior Room B 2
Colombo (Departing from Sri Lanka) Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel Superior Room B 1

Inclusions & Exclusions:

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per the above mentioned hotels, meal plan and room category.
  • All Entrance fees at the Monuments as per the itinerary.
  • Economy Airfare on Sri Lankan Airline from Cochin – Colombo
  • Kathakali dance performance in Cochin
  • Activities in Thekkady: Martial art performance, bamboo rafting, and spice plantation visit
  • Elephant orphanage visit
  • Canoe ride in Sri Lanka
  • Cultural dance show in Sri Lanka
  • Cooking demo & lunch at Farm house
  • Mineral water during the road travel
  • Services of English speaking Local guide during sightseeing at all the places as per the itinerary in Kerala.

Exclusions:

  • Expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
  • Any Insurance
  • Any tipping.
  • VISA FEES
  • Any meals or beverages that are not specified on the above inclusions.
  • All other International or Domestic Air fares not included above.
  • Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and air plane 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.
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Price per Person: $ 2,998
Single Supplement: $ 984

Valid From: September 2018 to April 2019

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Itinerary at a Glance

Day 01  :   Arrive Kolkata
Day 02  :  Kolkata
Day 03  :  Fly Kolkata – Paro & drive to Thimphu
Day 04  :  Thimphu
Day 05  :  Thimphu / Punakha
Day 06  :  Punakha / Paro
Day 07  :  Paro
Day 08  :  Paro / Guwahati
Day 09  :  Guwahati / M.V. Mahabaahu

Day 1: Saturday: Arrive Kolkata

After clearing immigration and customs, we step into the receiving area where we will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Arrive and check-in to the hotel.

Overnight at the Taj Bengal hotel (No meals)

Day 2: Sunday: Kolkata

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for guided sightseeing tour of Kolkata.

Drive past British Kolkata seeing the colonial buildings. Stop for a visit of the interesting flower market located on the bank of the Hoogly River – it is a colorful market located very near the famous Howrah Bridge. Drive on for a visit of the Jain temple.

After lunch (lunch on own), visit the Victoria Memorial. Later see the St. Paul’s cathedral. End the day with a visit to Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

Overnight at the Taj Bengal hotel (No meals)

Day 3: Monday: Kolkata / Paro by Flight & drive Paro / Thimphu (Approx. 65 kms / 40 miles 2 hours)

This morning, we leave for the airport to take the flight to Paro (For early morning flight we will depart with packed breakfast). The flight into the Himalayas reveals breathtaking views of the world’s highest peaks, taking you right into the Dragon kingdom’s cloud scraping airstrip in the lush green valley of Paro (alt. 7000 ft).

  • Flight KB-121           Sector: Kolkata/Paro                       Dep: 06:50 hrs.          Arr: 08:30 Hrs.
  • Flight KB-211           Sector: Kolkata/Paro                       Dep: 12:40 hrs.          Arr: 14:40 Hrs.

Upon arrival in Paro, we will met by our Bhutanese tour director and drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

Late afternoon/early evening 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 hotel (B, L, D)

Day 4: Tuesday: Thimphu

After breakfast we leave for sightseeing of Thimphu. We visit the National Library which has a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts.

Later we drive to the Painting School, famous for traditional thangkha paintings. Here we see, students at work producing intricate designs on cloth. We also visit the Traditional Medicine Institute where centuries old healing methods are still practiced. Later we visit the Textile and Folk Heritage Museum, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese culture and living traditions.

After lunch we visit the Handicrafts Emporium which displays a wide assortment of beautifully handwoven and crafted products. We then drive to the Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in memory of Bhutan’s Third King who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside this monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

Day 5: Wednesday: Thimphu / Punakha (Approx. 77 Kms / 48 miles – 3.5 hours)

After breakfast, we drive to Punakha with a short stop enroute at the Dochula pass (3,050m) that offers enchanting views.

We arrive in Punakha and check into our hotel.

Later we visit the Punakha Dzong, the 17th century fortress which has played an important role in building up of modern Bhutan. This is followed by a visit to the local market. We then visit the Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, the newly built stupa.

After the visits in Punakha, we drive to the nearby town of Wangduephodrang and visit the local market. The district of Wangduephodrang is famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings.

Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

Day 6: Thursday: Punakha / Paro (Approx. 136 km/ 5 hours)

After breakfast, we drive to Paro en-route visiting the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, it now houses the School for religious studies.

We arrive in Paro and check into our hotel.

In the afternoon we visit the Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. Originally built as a Watch Tower, since 1967 it is serving as the National Museum of the country and holds a fascinating collection of art, artifacts, thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps. We then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history.

Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

Day 7: Friday: Paro

After an early breakfast, we leave for an excursion to the Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery, hence it is called the “Tiger’s Nest”. The trek/hike to the view point takes about 5 hours for a round trip.

(Special Note: Ponies are available to go upto 1st view point only,  however to return back guests will have to walk)

In the afternoon, we drive north of Paro valley to the ruins of the Drukgyel Dzong. From this fort the Bhutanese repelled several invasions by Tibetan armies. Later we visit nearby traditional Bhutanese Farm House which offers a good insight into the lifestyle of the local people. On our way back, we visit the Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom.

Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

Day 8: Saturday: Paro / cruise port by flight

Today morning at leisure and enjoy sumptuous breakfast later in time transfer to the airport to board flight to Guwahati.

On arrival at airport, meet and transfer to hotel.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 9: Sunday: Board M.V. Mahabaahu

After breakfast, check-out and transfer to Pandu Port to board the M.V. Mahabaahu cruise ship on the Brahmaputra River.

(B)

Pricing

Price per person Sep, Oct & Nov 2018 Dec 2018 Jan & Feb 2019 Mar & Apr 2019
2 pax on twin sharing USD 3,332 USD 2,998 USD 3,184 USD 3,575
Single Supplement USD 1,032 USD 984 USD 1,034 USD 1,086

Validity

Valid From: September 2018 to April 2019

Hotels With Meal Plan and Numbers of Nights:

Day Days Itinerary Hotel/ Similar Room Category Meals
Day 1 SAT Arrive Kolkata Taj Bengal Deluxe N/A
Day 2 SUN In Kolkata Taj Bengal Deluxe B
Day 3 MON Kolkata / Paro / Thimphu Hotel Druk Deluxe Room B,L,D
Day 4 TUE Thimphu Hotel Druk Deluxe Room B,L,D
Day 5 WED Thimphu / Punakha Zinkham Resort Standard Room B,L,D
Day 6 THU Punakha / Paro Naksal Boutique Resort Superior room B,L,D
Day 7 FRI Paro Naksal Boutique Resort Superior room B,L,D
Day 8 SAT Paro / Guwahati Radisson Standard room B
Day 9 SUN Guwahati / MV Mahabaahu B

Airfare Supplements:

 

SECTOR FLT. NO. SCHEDULE
Kolkata / Paro (Option 1) KB–121 0650/0830 HRS
Kolkata / Paro (Option 2) KB–211 1240/1440 HRS
Paro / Guwahati KB-140 1600/1625 HRS
Guwahati / Jorhat
(for Downstream Cruise)
9W-903 1235/1325 HRS
  • Flights are in economy class, subject to availability.
  • Instant purchase fare is subject to availability at the time of purchasing the ticket
  • The airfare and schedule subject to change by airlines without prior notice. The above Air fare supplement is the Special Fare available as of now which are subject to change at the time of issuance.

Inclusions & Exclusions:

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation on Twin sharing room basis as per the above mentioned hotel OR Similar in base category room
  • Meal plan – As mentioned above against each day
  • Arrival & departure transfers with assistance at the airport.
  • Porterage at the airport.
  • Entrance fees at monuments as per the itinerary.
  • Pony for the hike to Taktsang monastery in Paro (upto 1st view point only – going upward)
  • Services of accompanying English speaking guide in Bhutan as per the itinerary.
  • Government Royalty, Taxes & Bhutan Visa Fee.
  • All currently applicable taxes as of this date.
  • Sightseeing in Kolkata as per the program with services of an English speaking local guide
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Transportation by Air-Conditioned vehicle in Kolkata
  • Transportation by NON Air-Conditioned Vehicle in BHUTAN
  • Service tax 5%

Exclusions:

  • Expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
  • Any Insurance.
  • Any Tipping.
  • Any meals or beverages that are not specified in the above inclusions.
  • All other air fares.
  • Brahmaputra cruise, which is priced separately
  • Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and air plane delays, roadblocks, vehicle malfunctions, political disturbances, taxes, lost luggage, etc.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
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Price Per Person: $2465
Single Supplement: $1480

Valid From : May 2018 to September 2019

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Itinerary at a Glance

Day 01   :   Arrive Delhi
Day 02   :   Delhi/Leh (By Flight)
Day 03   :   Leh
Day 04   :   Leh/Likir/Alchi/Tingmosgang (approx. 50 kms/ 1 ½ hrs drive)
Day 05   :   Tingmosgang/Lamayuru/Tingmosgang (approx. 40 kms/1 hr, one way)
Day 06   :   Tingmosgang/Basgo/Leh (approx. 90 kms/4 hrs drive’ with enroute visit
Day 07   :   Leh
Day 08   :   Leh/Pangong (approx. 5 hrs drive)
Day 09   :   Pangong/Leh (approx. 5 hrs drive)
Day 10   :   Leh/Nubra  (approx. 5 hrs drive)
Day 11   :   Nubra
Day 12   :   Nubra/Leh (approx. 5 hrs drive)
Day 13   :   Leh/Delhi
Day 14   :   Delhi/Departure

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

After clearing Customs and Immigration, step into the receiving area, where our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel.

Overnight at airport hotel (No Meals)

Day 2: Fly Delhi/Leh (9W-2366 at 0615/0745 hours OR G8-203 at 0640/0805 hours)

With packed breakfast, check-out from the hotel and transfer to Delhi airport to connect with your flight to Leh. Arrive Leh and check in to your hotel.

Leh, the capital city of Ladakh and a historical transit point for caravans of the bygone Silk Route, still looks and feels like a trading post of the ancient past. It is an imminently accessible and fascinating locale, featuring two notable monasteries, a palace, a mosque, and countless narrow, crooked alleyways beckoning the curious visitor. District Leh is situated at an altitude ranging from 2300 meters to 5000 meters above sea level.

Rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatize.

Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

Day 3: Leh

Start your day with the visit of Shey, the King’s old Palace. The Palace was built by King Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of the 17th century AD as a summer residence for the Kings of Ladakh. It is the oldest palace in Ladakh and above it is an even older fortress. The Palace and Fort are in ruins but the Monastery is in use to this day. Inside is a 39-foot statue made of gilded copper of the Shakyamuni Buddha, which was made by King Deldan Namgail in the memory of his father Singay Namgail. The statue is the only of its kind in the region.

We make our way towards the Thiksey Gompa – an impressive imitation of Lhasa’s Potala Palace dramatically perched on a slope overlooking the Indus Valley. Thiksey is the most beautiful of all monasteries in Ladakh, belonging to the Gelukpa order. The Gompa was first build at Stakmo by Changsem Sherab Zangpo of Stod. Later the nephew of Sherab Zangpo, Spon Paldan Sherab, founded the Thiksey Gompa on a hilltop to the north of the Indus River in 1430 AD. There are sacred shrines and many precious objects to be seen there.

After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Hemis Gompa, the biggest Monastery in Ladakh. Located 45 Km to the south of Leh, it is built on a green hillside surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery and hidden in a gorge. The Monastery belongs to Dugpa Kargyutpa order and houses monks of the Brokpa or Red Hat sect. One can see beautiful frescoes (paintings) on the walls and the largest Thangka painting in Ladakh, which is over 12m in length. Within the Monastery there are to be seen a copper-gilt statue of the Lord Buddha, various stupas made of gold and silver, sacred thankas and many objects. The Monastery was founded by the first incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso in 1630, who was invited to Ladakh by King Singay Namgial and offered a religious estate throughout the region.

Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

Day 4: Leh/Likir/Alchi/Tingmosgang (approx. 50 kms/ 1 ½ hours’ drive)

Check out after breakfast and drive to the Likir Monastery

The Likir Monastery or Gompa is one of the oldest and well maintained monasteries in Ladakh. The Monastery is located in Likir village and is believed to have been in existence since the 11th century. The Monastery is also known for the 75 feet statue of Buddha. The Gompa belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Buddhism which is also referred as Yellow Hat sect. It was founded by Tsongkhapa in the 15th century.

After the visit drive on to Alchi (22 Kms/ approx. 45 mins)

The village of Alchi is situated around 70 kms from Leh on the left banks of the Indus river. The main attraction in Alchi village is the Alchi Monastery or Alchi Gompa. The Alchi Monastery dates back to nearly one thousand years. There are five shrines in the Choskor temple complex which has some splendid wall paintings.

Lunch will be at a local restaurant in Alchi.

After lunch, drive on to Tingmosgang (approx. 32 kms/ 1 hour drive).

Arrive and check in to your hotel/camp. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

Day 5:  In Tingmosgang/Lamayuru/Tingmosgang (approx. 40 kms/1 hr, one way)

After breakfast, leave for an excursion to Lamayuru

Dating back to the 11th century, the Lamayuru Monastery was founded by Mahasiddhacharya Naropa and belongs to the Red-Hat sect of Buddhism. This Monastery is home to more than 150 monks and houses a rich collection of artifacts, wall paintings, thangas, statues, carpets and an impressive 11-headed, 1000 eyed image of Chenzing. Apart from the Monastery, Lamayuru also attracts tourists for its beautiful landscape. This remote Monastery is a favorite amongst photographers and trekkers.

Return to your hotel for lunch.

In the afternoon visit the village or a local school.

Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

Day 6: Tingmosgang/Basgo/Leh (approx. 90 kms/4 hrs drive’ with enroute visit)

After breakfast, check out and depart for Leh, visiting Basgo enroute

Basgo Monastery, also known as Basgo Gompa, is a Buddhist Monastery located in Basgo. The Monastery was built by Namgyal rulers in 1680 and is situated on top of a hill towering over the remains of the ancient town and is noted for its Buddha statue and Murals. It was a cultural and political center and has a feature of being the only place where original 16th century Murals still exist.

Arrive Leh and check in to your hotel. Rest of the day is free.

Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

Day 7: Leh

In the morning visit the Leh & the Stok Palace.

The Leh Palace was built during the 17th century by the ruler King Sengge Namgyal. Its construction is on the same lines as the construction of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. This palace had to be deserted by the royal family in the middle of the 19th century, because of the taking over of Ladakh by Dogra forces.

Later visit the Stok Palace. Located 15 Kms south of Leh, on the West Bank of the Indus River, is the Royal Palace dating from 1834 A.D.

Later visit Shanti Stupa a Buddhist white-domed stupa (chorten) located on a hilltop. It was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura. It holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama himself. The Stupa has become a major attraction not only due to its religious significance but also due to its location which provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. We dine at our hotel.

In the afternoon, visit the Leh Bazaar.

Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

Day 8: Leh/Pangong (approx. 5 hrs drive)

After breakfast, leave for Pangong Lake.

The route to Pangong passes through typical Ladakh landscape and over the Chang La pass, one of the highest motorable roads in the world.

Pangong Lake: One-third of the lake lies in India while the remaining two-third lies in Tibet. The serene, tranquil blue lake with a backdrop of mountains is best photographed in the afternoon.

After a visit to the lake return to your camp.

Overnight at tented camp (B, L, D)

Day 9: Pangong/Leh

After breakfast, check out and return to Leh, Enroute visit the Tak-Thok monastery.

The Tak Thok Gompa: The name Tak Thok in Ladakhi means “Rock Roof” and refers to the cave chapel found in this unusual gompa. The gompa houses about 55 lamas of the Nying-ma-pa sect of Buddhism, also known as the “Old Order”. The Rimpoche or head lama of Tak Thok is from Tibet and is highly respected by the Ladakhis.

Arrive Leh and check in to your hotel. Rest of the day is free.

Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

Day 10: Leh/Nubra (approx. 5 hrs drive)

Check out after breakfast and drive to Nubra valley (approx. 5 hrs drive) driving over the Khardungla Pass, this is the World’s highest motor able road at 18832 feet above sea level. At Khardungla pass, the snowcapped peaks and the mountain views are amazing. The road then passes through a bridge laid on Glacier which finds its way in Guinness Book of world records. Drive through the Valley which is extremely beautiful for photography.

Arrive Nubra and check-in to your camp.

Later visit the Samstaling Monastery.

Overnight at tented camp (B, L, D)

Day 11: Nubra

After breakfast, depart for an excursion to Deskit & Hundar villages. Visit the Hundar village & its small monastery. Later visit the Deskit Gompa.

Thereafter, stop at the sandunes here where you may find the double humped Bactrian camels.

The valley is a photographer’s paradise.

Overnight at tented camp (B, L, D)

Day 12: Nubra/Leh (approx. 5 hrs drive)

After breakfast, return to Leh over the Khardung-La pass and check in to your hotel.

Rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

Day 13: Fly Leh/Delhi (9W-2367 at 0820/0945 hours’ OR G8-204 at 0835/0955 hours’)

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to Leh airport to connect with your flight to Delhi.

You will be received on arrival and proceed for a sightseeing tour of New Delhi with a drive past the India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan (President’s Residence) & the Parliament House. Time permitting, visit the Qutab Minar.

Thereafter check in to your hotel.

Overnight at hotel (Packed B)

Day 14: Depart Delhi

In time transfer to the airport to board your onward flight.

Please note: Your room will be available for use till 12 Noon.

(B)

Pricing

Details Price Per Person
02 Pax USD 2,465
Single Supplement USD 1480

Validity

Valid from: May 2018 to September 2019

Hotels included with the Meal Plan

City Hotels Option  Room Category Nights Meal Plan
Delhi (airport hotel) Holiday Inn Superior 1 B
Leh Shangrila Standard Room 2 B,L,D
Tingmosgang (or Ulleytokpo) Hotel Namra Standard Room 2 B,L,D
Leh Shangrila Standard Room 2 B,L,D
Pangong Tented Camp 1 B,L,D
Leh Shangrila Standard Room 1 B,L,D
Nubra Tented camp 2 B,L,D
Leh Shangrila Standard Room 1 B,L,D
Delhi The Suryaa Deluxe Room 1 B

Domestic Flights:

Days SECTOR FLIGHT SCHEDULE
Day 2 Delhi /Leh 9W-2366 0615/0745
Option -Day 2 Delhi /Leh G8-203 0640/0805
Day 13 Leh / Delhi 9W-2367 0820/0945
Option – Day 13 Leh / Delhi G8-204 0835/0955
  • Flights are in economy class, subject to availability.

Inclusions & Exclusions:

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per the above mentioned hotels/tented camps in base category rooms as per above mentioned meal plan.
  • All Entrance fees at monuments & monasteries as per the itinerary.
  • Services of English speaking local guide in Ladakh
  • Domestic flights as per itinerary
  • All arrival & departure transfers with representative at the airports.
  • Assistance and porterage at the airports.
  • Land transport by suitable Air-conditioned vehicle in Delhi & Non air-conditioned car (Non-AC Toyota Innova or similar) in Ladakh
  • Govt. service tax 5%

Exclusions:

  • Expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
  • Any Insurance
  • Any tipping.
  • Any meals or beverages that are not specified in the above inclusions.
  • Christmas & New Year Evening dinner supplements.
  • International Air fares.
  • Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and air plane delays, roadblocks, vehicle malfunctions, political disturbances, taxes, lost luggage, etc.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Any force majeure liability
  • Any further tax levied by the government of India.
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Post Tour: Golden Triangle

Price Per Person: $ 1,600
Single Supplement: $ 563

Valid From: 1st October 2018 to 15th April 2019
Not Valid From: 20th December 2018 to 5th January 2019

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Itinerary at a Glance

Day 01  :   MV Mahabaahu Cruise / Jorhat or Guwahati / Arrive Delhi
Day 02  :   Delhi
Day 03  :   Delhi – Agra (Approx. 136 miles / 218 Kms / 4 hour drive – One way)
Day 04  :   Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Kalakho
Day 05  :   Kalakho – Abhaneri – Jaipur
Day 06  :   Jaipur
Day 07  :   Jaipur – Delhi Airport & Depart

Day 1 (Sunday): MV Mahabaahu Cruise / Guwahati / Arrive Delhi

Leave Jorhat for Delhi by flight via Guwahati.

Arrive at Delhi airport, step into the receiving area, where our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel.

Depart Jorhat                  13:55 hrs.           Jet Airways # 9W 904
Arrive Guwahati              14:45 hrs.

Depart Guwahati             16:00 hrs.           Jet Airways # 9W 7068
Arrive Delhi                       18:35 hrs.

Arrive and transfer to hotel.

Overnight at hotel

Day 2 (Monday): Delhi

Delhi is one of the best examples in the world where old meets new.

After breakfast, experience the combined charm of Old and New Delhi. We encounter Old Delhi, capital of Muslim India between the 12th and 19th centuries. We stop first at the Gandhi Memorial (Rajghat), the simple black marble slab honoring India’s beloved Mahatma Gandhi, the political and spiritual leader of India’s independence movement renowned for his advocacy of civil disobedience as a form of nonviolent resistance.

Next we drive past the Red Fort for a photo opportunity. The Red Fort complex of palaces is considered the greatest of all Delhi’s earlier cities and is today a UNESCO World Heritage site.

From here we visit India’s largest mosque, the red sandstone and marble Jama Masjid, completed in 1656 as the last monument commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal.  Our tour continues with a Rickshaw Ride through bustling and colourful Chandni Chowk market, one of Delhi’s oldest and busiest, and where Moghul royalty once shopped.

We drive past India Gate & Rashtrapati Bhawan.

India Gate – The majestic 137-feet high arch that stands over an eternal flame to honor the 90,000 Indian soldiers who died fighting alongside the British during World War I and the Afghan wars.

Rashtrapati Bhawan – built in the early 20th century as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy is today the official residence of the President of India and Parliament House, a unique circular building with huge colonnades, houses the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament.

We continue on to see Qutab Minar, one of Delhi’s most visited and striking monuments. King Qutub-ud-din Aibak laid the foundation for the monument after defeating the last Hindu Kingdom in 1199.  With a height of 239 feet, this red stone tower ranks as the highest in India.

Return to the hotel.

Overnight at hotel(B)

Day 3 (Tuesday): Delhi – Agra (Approx. 136 miles / 218 Kms / 4 hour drive – One way)

After breakfast drive to Agra.

Arrive Agra and 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 at sunset, visit the legendary Taj Mahal (Taj Mahal closed on every Friday), poetry in marble and a symbol of eternal love.  The Taj Mahal was completed in 1652 and is to this day regarded as 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 this edifice.  It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved queen Mumtaz 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.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 4 (Wednesday): Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Kalakho (107 miles/ 170 kms – 04 hrs approx.)

After breakfast, drive to Fatehpur Sikri (40 kms/ approx. 1 hr)

Visit Fatehpur Sikri:

Fatehpur Sikri bears exceptional testimony to the Mughal civilization at the end of the 16th century. It offers a unique example of architectural ensembles of very high quality constructed between 1571 and 1585. Its form and layout strongly influenced the evolution of Indian town planning, notably at Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi).

The ‘City of Victory’ had only an ephemeral existence as the capital of the Mughal empire. The Emperor Akbar (1556-1605) decided to construct it in 1571, on the same site where the birth of his son, the future Jahangir, was predicted by the wise Shaikh Salim Chisti (1480-1572). The work, supervised by the great Mughal himself, was completed in 1573. In 1585, however, Akbar abandoned Fatehpur Sikri to fight against the Afghan tribes and choose a new capital, Lahore. Fatehpur Sikri was to be the seat of the great Mughal court only once more for three months in 1619, when Jahangir sought refuge there from the plague that devastated Agra. The site was then finally abandoned, until its archaeological exploration in 1892.

After the visit, leave for Kalakho (approx. 3 hrs). Arrive Kalakho and check-in at the Dera Village Retreat.

Lunch at the retreat.

Late afternoon, proceed for camel safari in the village where you will interact with the local people to understand village life and return back to the retreat. Evening experience a cultural dance show performed by local tribes followed by dinner.

Overnight at the retreat in Kalakho (B,L,D)

Day 5 (Thursday): Kalakho – Abhaneri – Jaipur (86 miles/ 140 kms – 04 hrs approx.)

After breakfast at the retreat, leave for Abhaneri (approx. 45 mins)

Visit the Abhaneri Stepwell.

Abhaneri is prominent for ‘Baoris’, step wells which were invented by the natives to harvest rain water. These tanks were used as cool places of retreat and as water reservoirs during parched times of the year. Chand Baori is the most popular of the wells in the region, and it is one of India’s deepest and largest. There are three ways to reach the water using the steps, which are divided into stories. This colossal, delicately carved well is located in front of the Harshat Mata Temple. It was a ritual to wash the hands and feet at the well before visiting the adjoining temple.

After the visit, leave for Jaipur (approx. 3 hrs)

Arrive Jaipur and check-in at your hotel.

In the afternoon, leave for an excursion to Sanganer.

Sanganer is situated 16 km south of Jaipur. It is famous for textile printing, handmade paper industry, and for Jain temples. Sanganer prints are one of its own kinds, for the reason that patterns in bright colors are always printed on white backgrounds. Sanganeri Hand block printing received the geographical indication (GI) tag in 2010.

After the visits return to your hotel.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 6 (Friday): Jaipur

Breakfast at your hotel.

After breakfast, proceed to the 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 the royal apartments offering beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding valleys. Enjoy an Elephant ride (subject to availability of Elephant) up to the Palace fort and jeep ride for descending.

Make a photo stop at the Palace of Winds, the Hawa Mahal. A five-story building with 25-cm thick façade, dating from the 18the Century, the Hawa Mahal has 953 windows and niches so that ladies of royal family could see the procession and events in the city without being visible to the people.

Continue to visit the Jantar Mantar observatory (1728-34), built by Maharajah Jai Singh II, who had great interest in astrology.

Thereafter, visit the City Palace which occupies the centre of Jaipur. It now houses the Royal residence and museums with collections of textiles and costumes, armory, manuscripts, paintings, and other royal treasures.

After the visits return to your hotel.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 7 (Saturday): Jaipur – Delhi Airport (approx. 280 km / 174 miles / 6 hour drive) & Depart

Today morning at leisure, enjoy sumptuous breakfast at your hotel.

12 Noon – Check-out from your hotel and leave for Delhi International Airport for your onward flight (No hotel in Delhi).

(B)

Pricing

Group Size Per Person Prices 
2 Pax in twin sharing USD 1,600
Single Supplement USD 563

Validity

Valid From:  1st October 2018 to 15th April 2019
Excluding: 20th December 2018 to 5th January 2019

Hotels With Meal Plan and Number of Nights

Days City Hotels Option Room Category Meals
Day 1 MV Mahabaahu Cruise / Guwahati / Arrive Delhi The Suryaa  Deluxe Room N/A
Day 2 Delhi The Suryaa  Deluxe Room B
Day 3 Delhi – Agra Radisson  Superior Room B
Day 4 Agra – Kalakho Dera Village Retreat  Deluxe Cottage B,L,D
Day 5 Kalakho – Jaipur Hilton  Guest Room B
Day 6 Jaipur Hilton  Guest Room B
Day 7 Jaipur – Delhi Airport & Depart B

Domestic Flights:

Sector Flight Schedule
Jorhat / Guwahati 9W 904 13:55 / 14:45 hrs
Guwahati / Delhi 9W 7161 16:00/ 18:35 hrs
  • Applicable flight(s) are in Economy class, subject to availability

Inclusions & Exclusions:

Inclusions:

  • 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 in Agra.
  • Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
  • Camel cart ride in Kalakho
  • Elephant ride in Jaipur (subject to availability)
  • Cultural dance performance in Kalakho
  • Services of English speaking local guides during the sightseeing as per the itinerary (Supplement for accompanying tour leader mentioned above)
  • Assistance and porterage at the Airports.
  • Mineral water during the sightseeing tour OR road travel.
  • All Arrival & Departure transfers with Representative at the airport and Land transport by exclusive using:
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Exclusions: 

  • Expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
  • Any Insurance.
  • Any tipping.
  • Any meals or beverages that are not specified on the above inclusions.
  • India Visa
  • International Air fares.
  • Brahmaputra cruise, which is priced separately
  • Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and air plane 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.
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Downstreams Package

7 Nights Downstream Cruise
Our downstream adventure begins in Jorhat, the erstwhile capital of the Ahom Kingdom and this journey works in reverse order to the upstream cruise. Our first stop on this route is the ancient cultural and traditional hub of Sibsagar following which we continue with the cruise route. Get ready to witness the “living cultures” of Assam in all their glory!

Cabin Configuration Superior without Balcony Superior with Balcony Luxury Cabin with Balcony (new offering starting Sep 2019) Suite Cabin
Cabin for Two Persons USD 5,170 USD 6,030 USD 6,461 USD 7,538
Cabin for One Person USD 4,892 USD 5,600 USD 6,461 USD 7,538

5% Indian Government Tax not included.

Day 1 (Sunday): ARRIVE JORHAT/ NEAMATI GHAT/ MV MAHABAAHU/ DESERTED ISLAND (MV Mahabaahu sets sail at 15:00 hours)

On arrival at the Jorhat airport, we are met at the receiving area and with packed lunch, we drive to Neamati Ghat to board the MV Mahabaahu. We check into our cabins and immediately gather in the restaurant for the essential safety briefing and to experience the first sail.

All gather on the open deck to enjoy the first sail and scan the river for a fleeting sight of the Gangetic Dolphins.

We proceed into the evening with a talk on ‘Sibsagar and the Ahom civilization’.  Soon MV Mahabaahu drops anchor and the evening follows into welcome dinner.

 Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (packed L, D)

Day 2 (Monday): SIBSAGAR/ HOME HOSTED LUNCH

After an early breakfast, we start our day-excursion to Sibsagar, the ancient city and 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. Sibsagar town literally means ‘the ocean of Lord Shiva’ as it 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.

We visit Talatal or Kareng Ghar 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.

Thereafter we drive to a Tea Estate for a relaxed afternoon where we enjoy a traditional Assamese lunch with the Tea-estate family who have been involved in the tea business over a period of a century.  Here we sip our beverages as we explore the lawns and proceed to indulge in traditional Assamese cuisine.

We return to MV Mahabaahu by sunset and enjoy a relaxed evening in the Soma lounge before proceeding for dinner.

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu(B, L, D)

Day 3 (Tuesday) : MAJULI ISLAND VISIT/ MISHING VILLAGE VISIT

We start the day with Yoga or go for a walk along the swamps to catch a sight of owls, orioles, changeable eagles, adjutant storks, sea gulls, kingfishers, swallows and many more.

As we have our breakfast we sail towards Majuli which literally means land between two rivers, the Subansiri and the Brahmaputra. Majuli is a cosmos of Assamese culture where various philosophies co-exist and thrive.

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 Kamlabari Satra to witness the Vaishnavite priests dancing to the rhythm of cymbals, drums and chanting in the temple premise.

We enjoy hot lunch on MV Mahabaahu and sail towards the closest Mishing Village.

The Mishings live on the bank of river in ‘Chang ghars’, houses with raised platform.  All Mishing women are expert weavers.

The indoor life of a Mishing person revolves around the kitchen area where the family can get together. We can but ethnic colourful cotton weaves and indulges in a Dhoti Tying and Mekhela Chaadar wearing demonstration.

After the Mishing Village MV Mahabaahu heads towards Dhansiri Mukh where the waters of Bhramaputra and Dhansiri meet, while we enjoy a talk on ‘Assam, its geographical location & importance’. We then enjoy the evening under the stars on a deserted island and proceed for dinner.

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu(B, L, D)

Day 4( Wednesday) : BOAT SAFARI

After Yoga and an early morning walk on a deserted island MV Mahabaahu sails 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 followed by a talk on ‘Tea, Silk and Jute in Assam.’

The evening on a deserted island with bonfire is always unusual.  We enjoy dinner on MV Mahabaahu. (Bonfire may be avoided if a suitable sandbank cannot be found or if we experience inclement weather conditions)

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 5 ( Thursday) : WEAVER’S VILLAGE AT BISHWANATH GHAT/ SAIL TO SILGHAT/ TEA ESTATE VISIT AND/OR JUTE MILL

After Yoga/walk on the deserted island and breakfast, we enjoy an interesting talk on ‘Kaziranga and the wild life in India’.  Then we step into our tenders to go to 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 sail on for the next couple of hours and enjoy a relaxed lunch and reach Silghat.  Take a short drive to the Kaliabore tea estate, which is a vast expanse of undulating land 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.

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu(B, L, D)

Day 6 (Friday) : KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK/ SAIL TOWARDS A DESERTED ISLAND

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 Kohora Mihimukh 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.

(If Kaziranga National Park is closed, we substitute for a short Jeep Safari in the outer area of the park. Elephant safari is not possible but one can opt for elephant ride experience on the outskirts of the park. We also have an additional Boat Safari in a very picturesque area at the confluence of Diphlu and Brahmaputra River.)

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 Bishwanath Ghat. We visit the Shiva Dol in reverence of Lord Shiva and the women with uniquely beautiful weaves. We enjoy a walk through the village and see how this suburban village thrives.

 

We return to MV Mahabaahu for a leisurely lunch and a relaxed afternoon. You may choose to nap or sit and admire the scenery.

At night, we once again get together for the traditional Assamese theme dinner.

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 7 (Saturday) : A VILLAGE VISIT/ FULL DAY SAIL/PEACOCK ISLAND

We catch up on Yoga on an island or on the deck for an hour and move on to breakfast while MV Mahabaahu lifts anchor and heads on towards an island that is occupied predominantly by a angle speaking Muslim community who are involved in extensive farming. After breakfast we enjoy a talk on ‘Kamakhya and the Occult and Peacock Island and then proceed for a visit to get an insight on village life

We return to the ship for lunch and sail towards the Peacock Island that is home to some Golden Langurs.

After the Peacock island visit, we sail towards Pandu Port and anchor at a jetty.  We get ready for the Farewell Dinner ‘AlvidaBhoj’ and enjoy a relaxed evening.

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 8 (Sunday) : GUWAHATI/ KAMAKHYA TEMPLE VISIT/ DEPARTURE

We have a relaxed breakfast.

The crew on-board organises our transport and with packed lunch we drive to the Kamakhya Temple.  This Temple is devoted to the eternal feminine; the goddess of desire whose name is Kama Khya, granter of desires.

We arrive at the International airport in Guwahati and bid farewell to the land of Kamakhya.

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