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Assam Bengal Navigation Taster Cruise

Duration:
8 days / 7 nights
Destinations:
Kolkata, Brahmaputra River Cruise, Sualkuchi, Peacock Island, Pobitora Wildlife Santuary, Guwahati
Price Guide:

Price guide for this 8 day Assam Bengal Navigation Taster Cruise is £2050 based on two people travelling.

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Overview

Discover magnificent wildlife including the one horned rhinoceros  on a jeep safari at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, marvel at the expanse of the Brahmaputra River as you drift along on your luxury ship, learn more about the culture with visits to local villages and historic monuments, and enjoy the magic of Kolkata on this wonderful taster cruise.

Highlights of the Assam Bengal Navigation Taster Cruise Include:

  • Full day sightseeing tour of Kolkata including entrance fees and English speaking guide
  • Luxury 4 night cruise along the Brahmaputra River
  • Boat ride on the Hooghly River
  • Walking tour through Sualkuchi to learn about Assam silk production
  • Jeep Safari in Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Sightseeing tour of the city of Guwahati
  • Tour of riverside village
  • Cookery demonstration on-board ship
  • Visits to various historic monuments and temples
  • Luxury accommodation
  • Airport meet and greet service. Chauffeur driven air-conditioned car throughout the tour

Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and this Assam Bengal Navigation Taster Cruise is just an example to help inspire you.

This tour can be combined with a range of options such as additional destinations in North India, a tour of South India or a beach extension.

Assam Bengal Navigation Taster Cruise - 8 days / 7 Nights

Discover local village life as you drift along the Brahmaputra River on board your boutique ship. With a wide ranging itinerary and an exciting programme of tours there's plenty to see and do, as well relaxing and enjoying the facilities on-board either the ABN Charaidew II or ABN Sukapha

You'll explore Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary by jeep safari looking out for magnificent wildlife including the one horned rhinoceros, discover how Assam silk is produced, learn more about the culture with visits to local villages and historic monuments and enjoy the magic of Kolkata on this wonderful Assam Bengal Navigation Taster Cruise.

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Day 1: Arrive Kolkata

Upon arrival at Kolkata International Airport, you will be welcomed by your Authentic India Tours representatives who will transfer you to your hotel for a 2 night stay.

The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the wonderful facilities of your luxury hotel or explore the local area. Just a short walk away is the new Kolkata market.

Accommodation: The Oberoi Grand
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 2: Kolkata

Today is an opportunity to discover this charming metropolis with a full days sightseeing tour. It’s an early start to visit the colourful flower market, followed by a boat ride on the Hooghly River.

The afternoon’s sightseeing includes the Victoria Memorial, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Indian Museum, one the largest museums in India.

Accommodation: The Oberoi Grand
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 3: Kolkata - Guwahati - Brahmaputra River Cruise

This morning you will be transferred to Kolkata Airport for the flight to Guwahati.

At the airport you will be met by your driver and taken to your ship close to the great Saraighat Bridge for the start of your cruise. As the afternoon progresses you will cruise downstream to visit the riverside village of Vijaynagar and the chance to meet some local people.

Approximate travel time and distance: 1 hour 30 mins, 500 kms

Accommodation: Cruise Ship, ABN Charaidew II or ABN Sukapha
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 4: Brahmaputra River Cruise

This morning your cruise continues upstream to the bustling little town of Sualkuchi. Established as the centre of Assamese silk production, your walking tour of the town will include a visit to the weaving workshops. Here you will witness the whole process of silk manufacture, from cocoon and spinning to dyeing and finally hand-weaving into exquisite mekhela chadars, a two-piece sari, the traditional attire of an Assamese woman.

Later you visit Hajo, a place sacred to Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. The tour starts with a hilltop Muslim shrine with far-reaching views over the surrounding rural landscape, followed by, a simple Hindu temple with its frieze of elephants and a sacred Buddhist tank full of great carp, catfish and turtles.

The cruise then continues with an overnight stop near the Saraighat Bridge.

Accommodation: Cruise Ship, ABN Charaidew II or ABN Sukapha
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 5: Brahmaputra River Cruise

This morning your journey upstream takes you to Pandu Docks to go on a short sightseeing tour of Guwahati City.

Later, the day continues with a drive to Nilachal Hill to see the holy Kamakhya Temple. With its tantric rites and animal sacrifice, the more squeamish may prefer to just enjoy the exteriors. This is followed by a stop at the poignant commonwealth war graves cemetery

You will then cross by country boat to the mid-stream peacock island with its population of Golden Langurs before reboarding the ship and cruising pass Kurua on the north bank.

Accommodation: Cruise Ship, ABN Charaidew II or ABN Sukapha
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 6 - Brahmaputra River Cruise

Today your cruise takes you past jungle covered hills and along the Mayong River. From here it is a short ride on a country boat to the roadhead for the drive to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.

This small park has a dense population of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros. As you venture through the park on a jeep safari there is an excellent chance of sighting some of these magnificent beasts.

Later you will return to the ship to cruise to a riverside village, which you can explore on foot and learn more about local life.

For the last night the ship docks close to the picturesque Aswaklanta Temple on the north bank opposite Guwahati.

Accommodation: Cruise Ship, ABN Charaidew II or ABN Sukapha
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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Day 7: Guwahati - Kolkata

All to soon the cruise is over and you will disembark after breakfast near Saraighat Bridge.

You will be transferred to Guwahati airport where you will fly to Kolkata. On arrival you will be meet and transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation: The Oberoi Grand
Meals included: Breakfast
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Day 8: Transfer to Kolkata Airport

In plenty of time you will be taken to Kolkata Airport to board your return flight.

Alternatively if you have time you could extend your holiday with a beach extension, a tour of South India or a trip to the Himalayas.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation

The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

The 5-star Oberoi Grand is fondly referred to as the 'Grand Dame of Chowringhee' and has been an icon on Kolkata's landscape for more than a century. The hotel combines traditional features with modern amenities and has lovely open spaces for guests to enjoy fresh air and sunsets. 

The international cuisine and specialist Thai dishes will tingle your tastebuds, and there is a multitude of delicious beverages to choose from in the bar. The Oberoi spa with its antique lamps and teak floors awaits you for an indulgent treatment.

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ABN Charaidew II, Brahmaputra River Cruise

ABN Charaidew II, entered service on the Brahmaputra River in January 2019. Specially designed to cruise efficiently along the river she offers the perfect way to discover Assam.

The decor reflects a sense of homecoming to Assam, with touches of colonial elegance, brought to life by traditional Assamese designs on hand-woven cotton fabrics. There is a comfortable saloon and bar, dining room, a big open sundeck, gym, and a small spa onboard which offers a wide range of treatments onboard. All standard cabins on ABN Charaidew II have French balconies, while the two deluxe cabins have a private balcony.

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ABN Sukapha

ABN Sukapha is a boutique cruise ship offering comfortable and contemporary accommodation while celebrating Assam and Bengal's rich regional heritage. The décor is fresh and stylish, featuring handlooms, bamboo panelling, and locally made cane and rattan furniture.

With only 12 cabins, all of which are located on the upper deck of the ship, it is ideal for those who prefer smaller group travel. ​All cabins have private bathrooms, French balconies, individual climate control and plenty of storage space.

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Destinations

Kolkata

Kolkata is a thriving city famous for its culture, cuisine and historical monuments. Often referred to as the City of Joy, it is also known for its unique ‘adda’, a freestyle exchange of socio-political ideas and intellectual debate that is enthusiastically engaged in, in public spaces over a cup of steaming chai.

The charming metropolis is bursting with sights to see, including the colourful flower market, the stunning Victoria Memorial, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Indian Museum – one of the largest museums in India.

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Brahmaputra River

The Brahmaputra River is a major Asian river originating in the Himalayas in Tibet, and measuring 1,800 miles long, as it meanders its way through India and Bangladesh to the Bay of Bengal

Encompassing the state of Assam, the river is home to many beautiful islands like Majuli, that owe their rich diversity and fertile landscape to its generous bounty. Cruising along this vast waterway discovering the sights of Guwahati city, the dense and swampy expanse of Kaziranga National Park, the various ancient monuments and village life that line the banks, is a truly special experience.

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Sualkuchi, Assam

Known as the textile centre of Assam, the village of Sualkuchi is famous for its handloom industry that produces beautiful silks using techniques passed down through generations. These Muga, Pat and Eri silks are then sewn into the traditional Assamese dress Mekhela chador and Gamosas, a multipurpose white rectangle used as clothing, after bathing and in religious ceremonies.

Visit Aamar Sualkuchi to learn more about the weaving industry through a series of sculptures and the 400-year-old Hatisatra Monastery with its colourful statues dedicated to Lord Krishna.

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Pricing and Inclusions

The price guide for this 8 day Assam Bengal Navigation Taster Cruiseis £2050 based on two people travelling.

The prices do not include flights.

Authentic India Tours is a member of ABTA and ATOL. All the holidays on this website are ABTA protected. If you would like us to arrange your holiday including flights we will be happy to provide a quote and your holiday will also be ATOL protected.

This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to meet your exact requirements. Prices will vary depending on the number of people, length of tour, accommodation & season. Reductions are normally available for groups of three or more. Some hotels operate an additional peak pricing rate during busy times which is normally from mid December to mid January. 

Please get in touch with your dates and we will be pleased to provide you with your personal itinerary and accurate quote.

Included with this tour are the following:

  • Meet and greet assistance on all arrivals and departures.
  • All internal road travel by a private chauffeur-driven air-conditioned large car.
  • All scheduled sightseeing expenses including English speaking guides and entrance fees at monuments.
  • Economy class flight tickets for Kolkata - Guwahati - Kolkata travel (Please note the luggage allowance on all domestic flights is only 15 kg per person. You have the option to buy an extra 5 kg or 10 kg as required).
  • Accommodation for 7 nights on double/twin sharing basis. 
  • Meal Plan: Full Board on cruise; Bed & Breakfast in Kolkata.
  • Mineral water on all days of travel

Price does not include:

  • International flight tickets
  • Travel insurance and visa
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, tips, beverages etc
  • Meals other than mentioned in the above meal plan
  • Camera and video fees at national parks, museums & monuments

The prices given above are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room. All prices were valid at the time of publication but they may be subject to change, based on your date of travel and local market fluctuations. You will be informed of any price differences prior to booking.

For further information or a quote based on your exact dates of travel, any alternative accommodation or a change to the itinerary, please call Authentic India Tours on 01792 315499 or email us at info@aitholidays.com