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Anyone who has travelled by train or plane through India, or who has been driven on India's roads, will be amazed to learn that there is actually a way to travel through the country in total
serenity and comfort. It is fact possible to cruise for some 1750 miles on the rivers and inland waterways of India, passing through great cities, alongside wildlife sanctuaries and historic
monuments, and into the heart of rural India. Enjoy a river cruise on the River Brahmaputra in Assam on board a luxury river boat, the "Charaidew", with 12 air-conditioned, en-suite cabins.
Wildlife and wilderness are the main attraction as the river bed is often 20 or 30km across and is home to an array of bird life as well as the Gangetic Dolphin. The cruises also give access to a
number of India's national parks, including Kaziranga, perhaps the finest of all. On a clear day (most likely in the autumn), you may catch glimpses of the distant Himalayan snows. Towns and villages
along the banks add cultural and tribal interest.
Assam Experience- 10 Nights
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Price includes: Accommodation for 9 nights on twin share basis, all transfers sightseeing excursion using air conditioned transport throughout, local English speaking guide
at each destinations for all sightseeing as mentioned in the program (There would no local guide on day at leisure), entrances to the monuments as specified in the program and all currently
applicable government taxes.
Not included: Meals – other than specified, international airfare, domestic airfare (quoted separately), any expenses of personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry, table
drinks and other beverages, etc., all tips and gratuities for porters, bellboys, guides and local representatives, drivers, charges for movie and still camera at the monuments, any unprecedented hike
in government taxes, hotel rates, fuel prices that may be applicable in the future, airport tax, if applicable and any other expenses not specifically mentioned to have been included above.
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Arrive Kolkata. Kolkata - the Gateway to Eastern India was founded by the English merchant trader Job Charnock in 1690. It is a city with a rich heritage, bustling streets and a bewildering
variety of facets. Overnight at Kolkata.
Morning guided tour of the city visiting the Victoria Memorial, a huge white-marble structure and an enduring monument of the British Raj in India housing some interesting memorabilia. The
structure is floodlit at night. See the temple of Kali - the demonic attribute of Parvathi at Kalighat. Drive past by Fort William, the Eden Gardens, the Dalhousie Square and the Writers Building,
all interesting relics of Colonial India. Stop by at the Howrah Bridge, a huge cantilever bridge supported by two piers 270 ft. high from the road level. Time permitting; also visit the Missionaries
of Charity, the home of Late Mother Teresa. Afternoon it is recommended that you visit the Indian Museum, built in 1874. An interesting and rather dilapidated structure, it is the oldest museum in
India and has some of the rarest collections of archaeological importance. Overnight at Kolkata.
Early morning transfer to the domestic airport to board flight for Guwahati. Guwahati is the capital of the state of Assam. It was once known the “city of astrology” and it derives its importance
from its location on the bank of river Brahmaputra. Upon arrival drive to Nilachal Hill to see the holy Kamakhya Temple, with its tantric rites and animal sacrifice, the more squeamish may prefer to
content themselves with the exterior. Visit the poignant Commonwealth War Graves cemetery. Finally visit the State Museum and the bazaars before embarking on the "Charaidew". We set sail and cruise
for about an hour upstream. Overnight on board the Charaidew.
The day is spent cruising upstream, with hills rising on either side. Reach an idyllic stop at Ganesh Pahar, where you can explore a delightfully serene hinterland lying under jungle-covered
slopes. Rest of the day at leisure for independent activities. Overnight on board the Charaidew.
Leaving the hills behind, enjoy your first taste of the wilderness experience. You may make a short stop to visit a bankside village. Moor for the night in a lunar landscape of sand islands, with
hopefully the Himalayas in view and providing a contrasting backdrop in the distance. Overnight on board the Charaidew.
Spend the morning cruising upstream to Singri Ghat, where you will land after lunch. Drive through tea estates on route to Orang National Park for a safari, hopefully spotting your first rhino.
Here, in this rarely visited park, you will ride elephants through forest and grassland looking for rhino, deer and other wildlife. Returning to Charaidew, we cruise upstream to the little trading
settlement of Singri Ghat, its main street running alongside a tea garden. Overnight on board the Charaidew.
Cruise this morning to Tezpur and drive out to the 6th century Da Parbatia temple ruins with a beautifully carved portal. Explore the town by cycle rickshaw, stopping at Cole Park with medieval
stone carvings saved from sites all over the region and perhaps penetrating the bungalow once lived in by Alexander Bruce, pioneer of the tea industry. Later continue upstream, passing below a
seemingly endless new bridge across the vast width of the river bed, to moor for the night at Silghat, a lovely beach backed by jungle-covered hills. Overnight on board the Charaidew.
In the afternoon drive to Kaziranga National Park and the Western Range for a jeep safari. Kaziranga National Park; A world Heritage Site is home to more than 75% of the world’s population of the
great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros. Kaziranga has a wide variety of fauna and fauna in a unique habitat. The main wildlife besides the Rhino include the Asiatic Water Buffalo, Elephant, Tiger,
Leopard, Swamp Deer, Barking Deer, Hog Deer and Sambar. More than 400 species of birds are found in the park. Return to the vessel in the evening. Overnight on board the Charaidew.
Disembark before dawn and drive to Kaziranga's Central Range for an early morning elephant ride, the best way to get really close to the rhino and other animals. After breakfast at a lodge, walk
through the terraced tea gardens and past a Karbi tribal village, then drive to a Mising tribal village, with their distinctive houses raised on piles. After lunch either take a jeep safari in the
little visited Eastern Range before returning to the boat, or if preferred return directly to Steemer Ghat, visit a delightful Assamese village nearby and walk along a path alive with butterflies to
a solitary temple on the river bank. Overnight on board the Charaidew.
Morning disembark from the boat and drive to Guwahati airport to board your flight back to Kolkata. A day room will be reserved for your use. Evening transfer to the Airport for your flights
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Windows on the wild