- Accommodation onboard M.V Mahabaahu on twin sharing basis on a full-board plan.
- All entrance fees at the Monuments and National Parks as per the itinerary.
- One glass of domestic wine/beer with Farewell and Welcome dinners.
- All excursions/lectures/performances and activities as per the itinerary.
- Services of English speaking naturalist / Destination Manager during sightseeing at all the places as per the itinerary.
- Assistance on all Arrival & Departure transfers with Representative at the airport and Land transport by air-conditioned vehicles except in Kaziranga and Mujuli Island.
What's Not Included
- Expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, internet, imported wines & spirits, camera/video camera fee at monuments/National Park, medical expenses, Salon/massages, airport departure tax etc.
- Any Insurance.
- Any further tax levied by the government of India.
- Evacuation charges in case of medical emergencies, insurance is available on request.
- Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and airplanes delays, roadblocks, vehicle malfunctions, political disturbances, taxes, lost luggage, etc.
- Govt. service tax 5 %
- Any tipping, Suggested Tipping for the ship’s crew is INR 4,000 per person for the cruise and for the naturalist and Destination Manager we also recommend INR 4,000 per person for the cruise. Tips to safari and vehicle drivers are not included and we suggest an amount of approximately INR 1,400 per person.
- International & Domestic Air fares.
- Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
- Supplement would be applicable for Christmas and New Year Eve Dinner.
Arrive at MV Mahabaahu via airport car transfer. Then enjoy an optional visit to Kamakhya temple and walk through a village in Hajo and interact with Bell Metal Workers. Later, enjoy local snacks at Sualkuchi – a silk weaving hub and enjoy a process of silk weaving
Overnight in Sualkuchi
05:00: Light snack with tea and coffee
This morning, drive to Kukurmara for Dolphin watching.
Enjoy a local breakfast at Kukurmara, a village at the confluence of Kulsi and Kuiya tributaries and understand the dolphin protection project. In spite of sand mining by the locals the numbers of dolphins has been on the increase because of the surrounding wetlands of Koloni, Sol and Dora beels which are spawning sites for riverine fish that increase the food supply for dolphins
Return to MV Mahabaahu and enjoy sailing towards Goalpara, located on a spur of the Meghalaya hills. By the evening we sail under the Naranarayana Bridge which is another railroad bridge over the mighty Brahmaputra river in the state of Assam. Naranarayan Setu is 2.24 kilometres long truss bridge and connects Pancharatna and Goalpara towns.
Overnight in Goalpara
06:30 – 07:30: Breakfast
Visit Shri Damdama Sahib Gurudwara for an early morning Ardas.
Visit Asharikandi Village for Clay pottery and Terracotta Crafts. Walk through the village community of Khumhars and Hiras who use the Hiramati soil to shape the pots and idols.
Return to the Gurudwara for lunch at the Langar. Guru Nanak started the Sikh langar when, as a young boy, he came across people from different backgrounds who were in need of food. In an act of grace and charity, he spent all of the money his father had given to him to start a business. He described it as sucha sauda (the truest and highest of all businesses) to bring all people together.
Overnight in Dhubri
Early Morning cruising from Dhubri towards Chilmari and custom clearance formalities at both ends.
Overnight in Chilmari
07:00 – 08:00: Breakfast.
10:00 – 12:00: Talks on Bangladesh & Tourism industry.
12:30 – 13:30: Lunch on board Sailing continues.
14:00 – 15:00: Tour Manager will brief about Bahadurabad & Sirajganj,
16:00 – 17:00: Afternoon Tea/Coffe, snacks.
18:00: Arrival at Sirajganj via Chandon Boissha completing Bunkering / Pilot change.
18.30: Offer visual Presentation on Bangladesh followed by dinner.
Overnight in Sirajganj
06:00 – 07:00: Breakfast. 08:00 – 12:00: Tour managers will lead the guests for sightseeing: Hati Kumrul Nabaratna Temple.
Weaving Villages for colorful Gamchas, Lungis and Sarees.
Bangabandhu Multipurpose bridge. ‘opened in June 1998, is the longest bridge in Bangladesh, the 5th longest bridge in South Asia, and the 92nd longest bridge in the world
Return to the ship for lunch
19:00: Folk Music Show followed by Dinner
Overnight in Aricha
06:00: Cruising will resume following the Padma river.
07:00 – 08:00: Breakfast, Sailing continue.
10:00 – 10:30: Arrive Mawa & Pilot change & Cruising restarts to-wards Narayanganj / Dhaka.
11:00: Disembark & Riverside life style of country people.
18:00: Vessel will arrive at the destination to anchor for overnight at Narayanganj.
Overnight in Narayanaganj
06:00 – 07:00: Breakfast .
08:00 – 11:00: Sonargaon sightseeing
11:30 – 12:30: Sri Loknath Brahmachari Ashram
13:00 – 14:00: Lunch at a local restaurant
14:45 – 17:00: Jamdhani weaving village
18:00 – 18:30: Back to the Cruise Ship Sonargaon belongs to Narayanganj, one of the first and oldest capitals of Bengal. Sonargaon was known as ‘The City of Panam’ and was a focal part of the renowned Deva Dynasty until the thirteenth century. After the thirteenth century Sonargaon was made Secondary capital of the Sultanate of Bengal. The Goaldi mosque in the Goaldi village is a wonderful example of a mix of Indian, European and Mughal architecture.
The Folklore museum houses a variety of artefacts from all over Bangladesh, representing the many cultural groups that exist in the country. Next visit Barodi ashram to see and pay rituals to the great Sri Sri Loknath Brahmachari followed by lunch.
Then drive to Noapara –Jamdhani weaving village, where the whole village is engaged in the craft.
Overnight in Narayanganj
07:00 – 08:30: Sadarghat river port , one of the largest river port in the world passing around 150,000 passengers every day.
08:30 – 09:00: Pink Palace/Ahsan Manzil ,Ahsan manzil also known as Pink Palace dating back to 1872, was built on the site of an old French Factory by Nawab Abdul Gani,. Some 16 years after it was damaged by a tornado and reconstructed again altering massively and became even grander than before.
09:30 – 10:30: Shakhari Bazar/Hindu Street Artisans here make bangles from Conch Shells, which are worn by Hindu ladies as a sign of being married women.
12:00 – 12:30: Lunch
13:30 – 14:30: Lalbagh Fort, 17th century Mughal Fort started by Prince Mohammad Azam and handed over to Shaista Khan, Governor of Dhaka, who didn’t finish it because of death of his daughter Pari Bibi whose tomb is inside the fort.
14:45 – 15:30: Dhakeswari temple, & Language martyr’s monument: There after drive back to the Ship.
15:45 – 16:30: Chawkbazar: This area takes a festive look with different kinds of food items during Ramadan.
16.30: Drive back to port to board the ship.
Overnight in Sadarghat
05:30 – 06:30: Breakfast
07:00: Drive 2hrs to Dhamrai
09:00 – 10:00: Dhamrai Metal Craft village to experience the Brass Artifices made following the Lost Wax method. Few families are keeping up the tradition. Also visit the Wooden Chariot used during the Rath-Jatra.
10:00 – 11:30: Move back to Nayarhat, cross a small river by local boat to visit the Kakran pottery village, to experience the traditional Pot making technique. A handful of families are still continuing with the traditional profession.
11:30 – 12:00: Visit National Martyr’s monument-built in memory of millions who sacrificed their lives during the Liberation War in 1971. 12:30 – 13:30: Lunch at a local restaurant.
14:00: Drive towards Dhaka city, visit National Assembly building from outside, which is a masterpiece of architecture designed by the celebrity Architect Louis I Kahn.
15:00: Visit Aarong Craft shop to buy some souvenir.
16:00: Move to Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel –Reception & Dinner.
19:00: Overnight on the ship
Overnight in Sadarghat
06:00: Cruising to-wards Barisal via Chandpur starts following Buriganga river & on to Meghna river.
10:00 – 11:00: Chandpur experience Hilsa Fishing at the confluence of the Meghna & Padma river. We shall collect some fresh Hilsha Fish for lunch if available. Necessary Bunkering & Pilot Change will be done to continue to Barisal.
18:00: Arrive at Barisal to anchor the ship for overnight.
Overnight in Barisal
05:30 – 06:30: Breakfast
07:00 – 10:00: Floating market visit
11:00: Back to the ship & it will start cruising towards Kotka Wildlife Sanctuary (Sundarbans Mangrove Forest) with Bunkering if necessary & Pilot change at Barisal. Note: During the cruising it will pass through the rivers and mangrove forest will be on both sides + spotted deer, monkeys may be seen from the ship. If lucky you can come across Crocodile also.
18:00: Arrive at Kotka to anchor the ship
Overnight in Sundarbans
05:00 – 06:00: Early morning silent country boat trip through the narrow creeks/Canals to experience the mangrove eco-system from a close range and wildlife sighting.
06:30 – 07:30: Back to the ship & breakfast.
08:00 – 10:00: Moderate Jungle Safari/Board walk behind the Kotka Forest office for around 2hrs to see wildlife upclose like; spotted deer, monkeys, wild boar, monitor lizard, etc.
10:30 – 12:30: Climbing watch tower for interested members, jungle safari through the Jamtola beach, for wildlife sighting and FRESH PUGMARK OF TIGER.
13:00 – 14:00: Lunch on board
14:30 – 17:00: Watching spotted deer, wild boat , monkeys movement behind the Kotka Forest office.
17:30: Back to the ship, afternoon Tea / Coffee, Snacks.
18:00 – 19:30*: Talk on Tiger /Sunderbans, Film clips, presentation followed by Q/A session.* Presentation on human activity inside the Forest followed by Film show on Wild-honey collection. * A silent Country-boat trip at night to experience SILENCE & SOUNDS of the night forest for curious participants.
Overnight in Sundarbans
05:00: Ship will start its voyage to-wards Mongla
07:00 – 08:00: Breakfast
12:00 – 13:30: Lunch on board * The ship will sail through Shushuk (Gangetic River Dolphin) sanctuary to witness this very rare dolphin in their natural habitat. *Experience amazing Fishing technique by trained Otter, dating back to 6th century.
14:30 – 16:30: At Mongla, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Sixty domes mosque’, a 15th century Mosque, Tomb of Khan Jahan-builder of the Mosque,
17:00: Back to the Ship
18:00: Enjoy cultural performance ‘POTER GAAN’ by local artist group.
Overnight in Mongla -Sundarbans
05:00: Completing all formalities Ship will start its cruising to-wards Hemnagar.
14:00: Arrive at Shekbaria for BGB clearance Aungtihara
19:00: Enter West Bengal
Overnight in Hemnagar
Ship will sail towards Kolkata and we will explore the Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary possibly the only place where tourists can walk through. Situated adjacent to the Sunderban Tiger Reserve.
Overnight in Kolkata
End of Cruise, De-boarding formalities by 0930 hrs.
Airport Departure or a 2-day extension in Kolkata