Visit sites of Assam which is proudly famous for its vast populations of the majestic one-horned rhinos, which can commonly be seen in large numbers. On the deck of the luxurious river cruise on the Brahmaputra, you can see wildlife and visit Mishing tribal ladies working on yarn in Majuli Island along with game drives in Kaziranga National Park.
Day 01: Arrival and welcome
Pick up from Kolkata airport and transfer to the hotel.
On arrival in Kolkata, you will be met at the airport by our representative and transferred to your accommodation. A mere village in the 17th century, Calcutta (renamed as Kolkata) thrived during the British Raj and became a leading center for commerce and a port of call for eastbound ships. Calcutta today reveals the rich diversity of the Bengali artistic heritage. Patronized by wealthy and rich connoisseurs, Calcutta has become the social and cultural capital of India. Gateway to the Orient is where any journey to the East begins. The first impression of Calcutta may not be very flattering. However, Calcutta is a city with a soul, which has been immortalized as ‘City of Joy’ by Dominique Lapierre.
Day 02: Tour of Kolkata City
The morning after the breakfast visit to Victoria Memorial, Botanical Gardens and Missionary of Charity.
Victoria Memorial: The Victoria Memorial is the greatest landmark of the city and one of the most solid reminders of the Raj to be found in India. This huge piece of architecture is a strange combination of classical European architecture with Mughal influence, and a resemblance can be seen between the Taj Mahal at Agra and St. Paul's Cathedral at London. The portraits, statues, paintings and other artifacts here tell the story of the British Empire in India at its peak.
Botanical Gardens: On the west bank of the Hooghly river are the extensive Botanical Gardens. This 273-acre park was set up in 1787 by Col Kyd of the East India Company. It has a variety of botanical specimens. The prime attraction of the park is a 200-year-old Banyan tree, said to have the second largest canopy in the world.
Missionary of Charity: Set up in 1953, Missionary of Charity is where Mother lived, prayed, worked, and guided her religious family of sisters spread across the world. It is here that her body was laid to rest.
Day 03: Kolkata - Jorhat
This morning transfer to Kolkata airport to board the flight for Jorhat.
Upon arrival at Jorhat, board the cruise.
Day 04: Kaziranga National Park
Assam cruising - day 1
Leave the boat in the early morning and travel into Kaziranga National Park for a game drive. Located on the banks of the Brahmaputra River, Kaziranga National Park covers an area of about 430 sq. km. It supports the largest number of endangered Indian one-horned rhinoceros in the sub-continent. With open country, covered mostly with elephant grass, Kaziranga gives the visitors a chance to see the fauna at fairly close quarters.
After your drive, return to the boat and continue cruising along the Brahmaputra. Enjoy views of the national park and keep an eye out for wildlife as you make your way along the waterway.
Around midday, you will arrive in the town of Vishnawath which is known for its Ahom period Shiva temple. Spend some time exploring the town at your leisure before returning to the boat.
Continue cruising down the river throughout the afternoon, enjoying views of Kaziranga's dense forests. You may catch sight of a wild elephant through the trees or even the twitch of a tiger's tail.
Relax on board during the evening and watch the sunset over the river and its islands.
Day 05: Kaziranga National Park
Assam cruising - day two
This morning you will have a full day at leisure on the river - admiring the changing landscapes around you and chatting to your fellow travelers. As your cruise, there will be a good chance of spotting the Ganges River Dolphin. These dolphins were once prolific across Nepal, India, and Bangladesh but the loss of habitat has driven them further and further into the wilderness. They can only live in freshwater and tend to travel alone or in small groups. If you are lucky, you will get the chance to see these beautiful creatures in the wild as they swim alongside the boat.
You can spend your day on board as you wish - taking photos of the nearby sites, reading on the top deck or chatting to your guides to learn more about the region.
In the early evening, the boat will arrive at Dhansiri Mukh. This is the point where the Brahmaputra and the Dhansiri Rivers meet and is a picturesque place to moor for the night.
Day 06: Kaziranga national park
Assam cruising - day three
The morning after enjoyed breakfast on board, you will disembark from the boat and take a jeep ride into Kaziranga's eastern range. This part of the park receives very few visitors and is known to offer excellent wildlife sightings. The quiet grasslands here are favored by rhinos and herds of wild elephants, so keep your camera at the ready. Wild buffalo are also seen in this part of Kaziranga, grazing unconcernedly as visitors look on. There is also spectacular birdlife in the region. The marshes are raptor country and the crested serpent eagle, the Pallas fishing eagle, and grey-headed fishing eagle can be seen circling the riverbeds. The water-bird variety includes swamp partridge, bar-headed goose, whistling teal, the Bengal florican, storks, herons, and even pelicans.
In the early afternoon, you will return to the boat and continue your cruise down the river.
Spend your rest of the time onboard at your leisure
Day 07: Jorhat
Assam cruising - day four
This day you will enjoy a full day cruising along the river at your leisure. Wander through one of the local villages and take a short hike through the nearby landscape.
From there, you will return to the boat and spend the evening relaxing on board.
Day 08: Majuli island
Assam cruising - day five
Today morning, you will arrive on the shores of Majuli Island. Majuli is a large river island in the Brahmaputra River with a total area of 1,250 square kilometers. The island was formed due to course changes by the river Brahmaputra and its tributaries, mainly the Lohit. Majuli has been the cultural capital and the cradle of Assamese civilization for the past five hundred years and today you will have the chance to explore the rural life of the island.
Majuli is a center of handicrafts and now hosts an annual festival celebrating its unique culture. Explore the art of pottery making without the use of a wheel. Pottery is made in Majuli from beaten clay and burnt in driftwood fired kilns. These same methods have been practiced for hundreds of years and were first forged by the ancient Harappan Civilization. Masks are a huge part of Majuli's cultural scene and you will get to meet the artisans making them from clay, bamboo, and cloth. While on the island, you will also visit the Vaishnavite monasteries and learn about the religious life of the local people. At Kamalbari monastery you will get to watch a traditional dance performance.
Return to the boat and cruise across to Neamati Ghat on the mainland. Here you will dock to spend the evening at leisure.
Day 09: Sibsagar
Assam cruising - day six
Disembark from the boat in the morning to pay a visit to Horu Charai, a local tea estate. You will tour the estate with a professional guide to learn all about the various steps in the tea production process. Having explored the verdant fields, you will have the chance to taste the teas and relax with commanding views over the surrounding landscape.
From there, you will drive to the city of Sibsagar, the onetime capital of the Ahom kings of Assam. They ruled the state for over 700 years until the mid-1820s. Their art and architecture styles are an amalgamation of Indian and Southeast Asian traditions, with stupa-like temples and ornate palaces. You will tour the city with a local guide, taking in the highlights and learning about the unique blend of cultures that exists here.
In the afternoon, you will return to the boat and spend the evening on board at your leisure.
Day 10: Dibrugarh
Assam cruising - day seven
Transfer from Jorhat to Dibrugarh
Assam cruising - day seven
Spend your final morning on board relaxing with your fellow passengers and enjoying breakfast on the water. The boat will then dock and you will disembark with all of your luggage for your onward journey.
Drive northeast along the banks of the Brahmaputra river to Dibrugarh, one of the main cities in the Assam region.
Day 11: Dibrugarh
Tour of Dibrugarh town. Dibrugarh is widely known as a tea city of Assam due to large numbers of tea garden spread all around the region. Situated on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River, Dibrugarh does offer a lot to explore in and around to a discerning traveler.
You may just stroll around local market places to feel the city at a leisurely pace and try out some local Assamese cuisine at a local joint. Visit Haaj-Paar, a small weaving center which employs women, where you would learn how the traditional mekhla chadars are woven in various designs. They also make sarees from both muga and paat silk which is unique to Assam. You may also visit one of the tea gardens and learn about tea - its origin, how it is grown, tea tasting and it's quality.
Tour of tea plantations. Dibrugarh is widely known as a tea city of Assam due to a large number of tea gardens spread all around the region. Situated on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River, Dibrugargh became a hub for tea exporting and commerce. To this day, it is the industrial hub of the northeast and is the gateway to the surrounding tea country.
Visit one of the tea plantations on the outskirts of the city. You will have the chance to tour the plantation and its adjoining factory, chat to the workers about the tea making process and even sample some of the product yourself. If you like, you can also enjoy a walk through the tea fields and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
Day 12: Dibrugarh
Free day in Dibrugarh
Enjoy a day at your leisure in the verdant tea fields around Dibrugarh. You could take a hike through the surrounding plantations, organize activities with your lodge or simply relax with a freshly brewed cup of local tea.
Of course, if the prospect of a free day is a little overwhelming, our local experts are on hand with tips, suggestions and unique tours to give you a bit more structure. These may include excursions to nearby villages and temple complexes.
Day 13: Dibrugarh – Delhi via Guwahati by flight
This morning shared transfer to Dibrugarh Airport to board the flight for Delhi. Where you will board your flight to back home with sweet and lifetime memories