India & Bangladesh Cruise
FRC-897318/897292 India
20 Nights from
£4,499
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At A Glance

What's Included

  • Accommodation at 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.
  • 1 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

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
  • International & Domestic Air fares.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
Itinerary
1
Day 1
Kolkata, India

Arrive at Kolkata-Airport.

Meet and greet on arrival at Kolkata airport and drive to Botanical Garden Jetty to board MV Mahabaahu Cruise.

We sail with the tide towards Namkhana and beyond towards Sundarbans

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (Includes Lunch and Dinner)

2
Day 2
Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary

We use a local boat to cruise into the silent creeks and observe the mangrove fauna and flora

We visit the Mangrove Interpretation Center and learn about the people and their lives entwined with the mangroves

Evening local boat trip

Enjoy an absorbing evening watching Bono Bibir Pala (A folklore of Sundarban) and Live Baul performance (Folk Music).

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

3
Day 3
Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary And Sail To Hemnagar

Before breakfast we walk through the villages to experience local rustic life

After breakfast enjoy local boat trip inside the creeks

Lunch on board and Sail towards Hemnagar for custom formalities and sail towards Aungtihara

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

4
Day 4
Angtihara For Custom Clearance, Jorshing, Chalna And Kotka Wildlife Sanctuary

Shahaber Agla (BGB) and Chilmari for Pilot

Hemnagar to Aunstihara

Half day sail through the Sundarbans

India Bangladesh Border Waters with Mangrove fauna and flora on either side

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

5
Day 5
Boat Safari Through Mangroves For Wildlife, Nature Walk, Jamtola Beach And Harvaria Forest Station

06:00: Jorshing to Chalna (7 / 8hrs) & Chalna to Kotka wildlife sanctuary (7/8hrs).

A day of sailing through the Sunderbans

20:00: Arrive at Kotka. Anchor the ship near the Forest office.

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

6
Day 6
Kotka, Finland

05:30 – 07:30: Cruising by Tender inside narrow creeks to see wildlife and to feel the mangrove eco-system.

09:00 – 11:00: Nature walk behind the Kotka forest office.

12:00 – 13:30: Lunch

14:00 – 16:00: Climbing Watch Tower, exploring Jamtola beach and discover ‘Fresh Pugmark’ of Tiger.

16:00 – 20:00: Ship will cruise to-wards Harvaria Forest Station.

Enjoy the cruising through the rivers inside the Sundarbans.

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

7
Day 7
Shrimp And Crab Market Visit And Pottery Village Visit

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 onboard MV Mahabaahu (Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

8
Day 8
Boat Trip And Jungle Safari

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, 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: hrs 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 onboard MV Mahabaahu (Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

9
Day 9
Dhamrai Village For Metal Craft, Nayarhat, Kakran Village And National Martyr’s Monument

07:30 – 08:30: Visit Shrimp & Crab market.

08:30 – 10:00: Breakfast

08:30 – 13:30: Mongla to Barisal.

Note: During the cruising we 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

Anchor at Barisal Jetty.

14:00 – 17:00: Visit Pottery village

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

10
Day 10
Sadarghat For Ahsan Manzil / Pink Palace Shakhari Bazaar, Lal Bagh Fort, Dhakeshwari Temple, Language Martyr’s Monument And Chawkbazaar

06:00 – 10:00: visit Floating market.

10:30 – 18:30: Sail to Chandpur and start following Buriganga

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

11
Day 11
Goaldi Mosque At Sonargaon, The Folklore Museum, Barodi Ashram Of Loknath Brahmchari, Jamdhani Weaving Village

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 onboard MV Mahabaahu (Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

12
Day 12
Dhaka – Dhamrai Metal Craft – Pottery Village – National Martyr’s Monument – National Assembly Aarongshop – Ship

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 to -wards 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.

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

13
Day 13
Old Dhaka City

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 Shell , which are worn by Hindu ladies as a sign of being married women.

12:00 – 12:30: Lunch

13:30 – 14:30: Lalbagh Fort, 17 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 onboard MV Mahabaahu (Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

14
Day 14
Hati Kumrul Nabaratna Temple, Pachalia Village For Gamchas, Lungis And Sarees, Bangabandhu Rail And Road Bridge

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 Aricha / Daulatdia

11:00: Disembark & Riverside life style of country people.

18:00: Vessel will arrive at the destination to anchor for overnight at Aricha

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

15
Day 15
Aricha / Daulatdia – Sirajganj Sightseeing

05:00: Sail to Kaulia

08:00: Breakfast.

Lunch on board

15:00: 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

Dinner on the Ship

19:00: Folk Music Show

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

16
Day 16
Chilmari For Custom Clearance And Shahaber Agla (Bgb)

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 onboard MV Mahabaahu (Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

17
Day 17
Dhubri Gurudwara For Ardas And Langar Asharikandi For Clay And Terracota

Chilmari – (8 Hrs) Shahaber Agla (Bgb) – Shishumara – (5 Hrs) Dhubri

Early Morning cruising from Chilmari to Dhubri for custom clearance formalities at both ends.

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

18
Day 18
Goalpara For Jogighopa

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 Kumhars and Hiras who use the Hiramati soil to shape the pots and idols.

Sail towards Goalpara

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

19
Day 19
Kukurmara /hajo For Bell Metal And Sualkuchi For Silk

Sail towards Guwahati

We walk through a village in Hajo and interact with Bell Metal Workers

We enjoy local snacks at Sualkuchi , a silk weaving hub and enjoy the process of silk weaving

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

20
Day 20
Guwahati, India

After breakfast disembark and transfer to Guwahati airport with en-route visit to Kamakhya Temple.

(Includes Breakfast)

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