In The Footsteps Of The British Raj With Downstream Cruise
FRC-559130/559107 Brahmaputra
18 Nights
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At A Glance

What's Included

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per the above mentioned Hotels OR Similar
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All Entrance fees at the Monuments and National Parks as per the itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Two bottles of mineral water per person per day
  • Toy train ride from Shimla to Kalka.
  • All arrival & departure transfers
  • Land transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accommodation on board M.V Mahabaahu on twin sharing basis on a full board plan
  • 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 excursion

What's Not Included

  • Personal expenses including laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
  • Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any meals or beverages that are not specified in the itinerary
  • International & domestic air fares
  • Evacuation charges in case of medical emergencies
  • Expenses caused by factors beyond our control such as 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
Day 1
Arrive Delhi

On arrival at Delhi airport  you will be met and transferred to the hotel. This afternoon you will enjoy a visit to the National museum, before meeting your fellow guests at the Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel (D)

Day 2

This morning, meet your guide for a walk in the old city, which will take you through the landmarks of the uprising of 1857. It also covers the life and times of British living in the city before the revolt broke out. The trail includes Nicholson Cemetery, Kashmiri Gate, St James Church, old campuses of Hindu College and St. Stephens’, Dara Shukoh’s library, Telegraph Memorial and remains of the British magazine.

Later this afternoon, visit the Red fort and enjoy a rickshaw ride through the busy streets of Chandani Chawk.

Overnight at the hotel. (B)

Day 3
Delhi - Chandigarh - Shimla

This morning you will out of your hotel and be transported to Delhi airport to board your flight to Chandigarh.

On arrival at Chandigarh, you will be met and escorted to your vehicle, which will drive you onwards to Shimla (Approx. 124 km / 4 hours).

On arrival in Shimla, check in to your hotel the Oberoi Cecil. In 1885, when Rudyard Kipling's family came to Shimla, they stayed in the Tendrils cottage on the Cecil Estate. That area is now under the Oberoi Group. The room in which they stayed is now called "The Tudor Section".

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 4

Today you will begin by visiting Christ Church at the Ridge, which is the second oldest church in northern India, constructed in 1846-1857. The church is built in the neo-Gothic style to serve the largely Anglican British community. The silhouette of Christ Church is visible for miles around the vicinity of Shimla city and remains one of the enduring legacies of the British Raj.  

Later, enjoy an interesting talk by Raja Bhasin, on the British footsteps in Shimla and sample a cup of tea at the famous Gaiety Theater.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 7
Delhi - Lucknow

Today you will depart Delhi and fly to Lucknow, which fell under the control of the British Raj in 1857.

This afternoon, immerse yourself in the rich history and be part of a 'Victorian Walk' covering the British Market of Lucknow, which has been renovated to its former glory at the height of the British Empire in India. Continue to Council House, which perfectly characterizes Colonial architecture.

The influence of the nawabs, the 18th and 19th century Muslim rulers, lingers in the cuisine of Lucknow, which is extremely rich: cream, raisins, saffron, almonds and cashews are common ingredients. Enjoy this special Awadhi cuisine for dinner tonight.

Overnight at the hotel (B,D)

Day 8

In the morning, you will enjoy sightseeing of this historical city including Asafi Masjid, Bada Imambara and Chota Imambara before visiting the British Residency and Museum. The museum was built in 1800 to house the British Resident General and became the site of a bloody siege at the hands of an Indian rebellion.

This afternoon, visit La Martinière College, this British boys school recruited its pupils to help fight during the 1857 uprising, and they helped defend the Residency during the 86 day siege. Take a closer look at the city's railway station, a masterpiece that began life as an orchard before its ostentatious designs began taking shape in 1914.

This evening you will return to your hotel where you can enjoy a talk by an expert on the ‘History of Lucknow’.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 9
Lucknow - Kolkata

After a leisurely morning in Lucknow, you will be trasnfered to the airport for your flight to Kolkata.

Upon arrival in Kolkata, check in to the hotel, before you spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Kolkata - Once known as Calcutta, was the capital of India under the regime of the British Raj, having been originally founded as an East India Company trading post, but now regarded as the country's intellectual and cultural capital.  

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 10

The British had sought to build the second city of the Empire right here and it is a ‘building’ that you will see in the course of your walk this morning through the ‘European’ areas of what was once the capital of the British Empire in India. There are major plans on to beautify and restore this heritage site with its rich and varied architectural styles.

Later you can visit the Victoria Memorial built to commemorate the peak of the British Empire in India. Lord Curzon, the then Viceroy specified its classical style, but the actual plan of Victoria Memorial was laid down by the well-known architect, Sir William Emerson. The Victoria Memorial blends the best of the British and Mughal architecture. The Prince of Wales laid the foundation stone of Victoria Memorial in 1906 and it was inaugurated in 1921 in memory of Queen Victoria. At present the Victoria Memorial has notable collection of weapons, sculptors, paintings, maps, coins, stamps, artifacts, textiles and much more to explore.

Stop at Flurys for high tea, which was founded way back in 1926 by Mrs. and Mr. J. Flury. It is a classic place for high tea and lovingly called “the Queen of Park street”.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 11
Kolkata - Jorhat - Neamati Ghat - Embark MV Mahabaahu

This morning, check out of your hotel before being transferred to Kolkata airport to board your flight to Jorhat. Upon arrival in Jorhat you will be transferred to Neamati Ghat where an Assamese welcome aboard the MV Mahabaahu awaits you. After the essential safety briefing, check into your cabin.

Up on the Donyi Polo Deck, we raise a traditional toast to the mighty Brahmaputra River that carves the valley of Assam. If you're lucky, you may catch a fleeting glimpse of the Gangetic dolphins and notice the sky flocked with bar headed geese, egrets and cormorants returning to their abodes on deserted islands as the sun lowers itself in the western horizon.

This afternoon, enjoy a talk on 'Sibsagar, the seat of Ahom Civilisation' that ruled the north eastern region of India for six centuries and a short talk on 'Tea in Assam' which continues over High Tea.

Enjoy a relaxed evening in the Soma Lounge followed by a sit down welcome dinner.

Overnight on board MV Mahabaahu (Packed L, D)

Day 12
Sibsagar & Home Hosted Lunch

After an early breakfast, start your day with an 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.

You will visit The Talatal or Kareng Ghar, the palace of the Ahom Kings and the Rang Ghar, an amphitheatre, a place of entertainment or important meetings for the Royals and their guests. Later, drive to a Tea Estate for a relaxed afternoon and a traditional Assamese lunch with the Tea-estate family who have been involved in the tea business for over a century.

Later this afternoon, return to MV Mahabaahu by sunset and enjoy a relaxed evening before dinner.

Overnight on board MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 13
Majuli Island & Mishing Village Visit

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 you have your breakfast, we sail towards Majuli, a cosmos of Assamese culture where various philosophies co-exist and thrive.

After breakfast, enjoy a talk on 'Majuli, the seat of Vaishnav culture’ before boarding the excursion boats to the mainland where a short drive takes you to a scenic corner of a ‘Satra’ (monastery) for an interesting cultural performance by Satriya singers and dancers.

Next, proceed to Kamlabari Satra to witness the Vaishnavite priests dancing to the rhythm of cymbals, drums and chanting in the temple premise. You will enjoy a hot lunch onboard MV Mahabaahu as we sail towards the closest Mishing Village.

The Mishings live on the bank of river in 'Chang Ghars', houses with raised platforms. All Mishing women are expert weavers. Here you can buy ethnic colourful cotton weaves and indulges in a dhoti tying and Mekhela Chaadar wearing demonstration.

After the Mishing Village visit, MV Mahabaahu heads towards Dhansiri Mukh where the waters of Brahmaputra and Dhansiri meet, while you enjoy a talk on ‘Assam, its geographical location & importance’.

Later, enjoy the evening under the stars on a deserted island and proceed for dinner.

Overnight on board MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 14
Boat Safari

After Yoga or an early morning walk on a deserted island, MV Mahabaahu sails towards the Eastern Range of Kazirang. Enjoy breakfast and a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the life that exists alongside’ before embarking on a boat safari. 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.

Return to the MV Mahabaahu for lunch. This evening you can enjoy the Chef’s Cooking Demonstration followed by a talk on ‘Tea, Silk and Jute in Assam.’

Spend this evening on a deserted island with bonfire, before enjoying dinner onboard MV Mahabaahu.

Overnight on board MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 15
Weaver's Village at Bishwanath Ghat - Sail to Silghat - Tea Estate Visit & Jute Mill

After Yoga or walk on the deserted island and breakfast on MV Mahabaahu, enjoy an interesting talk on ‘Kaziranga and the wild life in India’. Then, step into the excursion boats to go to the shores of Bishwanath Ghat.

As you walk through the village, be struck by the simplicity of life while the weaver women surround you with their silk and cotton weaves. Enjoy some happy interaction with them, before emarking the ship once more as we sail on for the next couple of hours and enjoy a relaxed lunch and reach Silghat.

Here, you will take a short drive to the Kaliabore tea estate, which is a vast undulating expanse of land with tea bushes. Visit the tea factory to see the processing of the Assam Tea and get an insight into all that goes into preparing a cup-of-tea.

Later you willl return to where the ship is anchored close by a co-operative Jute Mill. This is an interesting place to understand how the Jute fibre takes the form of very eco-friendly gunny bags. At sunset, enjoy a cultural evening on the ship followed by an early dinner.

Overnight on board MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 16
Kaziranga National Park - Sail Towards a Deserted Island

Early this morning you will receive a wakeup call before we 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. Once you reach the Kohora Mihimukh range of the National Park, start your morning adventure; a once-in-a-lifetime elephant-backed safari where you will search for the elusive rhinoceros, tigers, swamp deer and hog deer and more and a large number of very interesting birds.

After breakfast at a resort in Kaziranga, 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.

This afternoon you will return to MV Mahabaahu for a leisurely lunch and a relaxed afternoon. In the evening, we enjoy a traditional Assamese themed dinner.

Overnight on board MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 17
A Village Visit - Peacock Island

This morning, catch up on Yoga on an island or on the deck for an hour before moving on to breakfast while MV Mahabaahu lifts anchor and heads on towards an island that is occupied predominantly by a ‘bangla’ speaking Muslim community who are involved in the extensive farming. After lunch, enjoy a talk on ‘Kamakhya and the Occult and Peacock Island’. After a visit to this village, you will return to the ship for lunch and sail towards the Peacock Island- famous for the highly endangered Golden Langur.

We later sail towards Pandu Port.

Tonight, get ready for the Farewell Dinner ‘Alvida Bhoj’ and enjoy a relaxed evening.

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 18
Guwahati - Kamakhya Temple Visit - Disembark MV Mahabaahu

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast this morning before your final excursion. With packed lunch, drive to the Kamakhya Temple, this Temple is devoted to the eternal feminine the Kama Khya, goddess of desire.

You will now bid farewell to the land of Kamakhya and drive to the airport to board your onward flight.

Arrive in Kolkata and connect with your onward international flight.

(B, packed L)