WAFA Gardens Galore & Brahmaputra Sailing
FRC-898645/898621 Brahmaputra
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What's Included

  • Accommodation on Twin sharing room basis in the above mentioned hotels OR Similar in base category rooms and meal plan as specified above.
  • All transportation as per itinerary by AC Large Coach.
  • Services of English speaking accompanying tour leader staying in different hotels.
  • Porterage at the airports.
  • Train from Bharatpur to Ranthambore in AC Chair Car
  • Pick from Ranthambore Railway station to hotel is by Non AC Open Canter
  • Entrance fees at all monuments as per itinerary.
  • 2 Safaris at the Ranthambore National Park by non AC 20 Seater Canter
  • Dinner with the local family in Jaipur
  • Assistance on arrival & departure by our representatives at the airports.
  • Mineral water during all included meals (except on breakfast)
  • Mineral water during the road journey
  • All applicable government taxes.

What's Not Included

  • Expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
  • Any Insurance.
  • Any tipping.
  • Any meals or beverages that are not specified on the above inclusions.
  • International & Domestic Air fares.
  • Entrances and any other expense during the WAFA event
  • Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and air plane delays, roadblocks, vehicle malfunctions, political disturbances, taxes, lost luggage, etc.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Any force majeure liability
  • Any further tax levied by the government of India.
Itinerary
1
Day 1
Arrival - Delhi

On arrival at Delhi, our representative will meet you at the Airport and transfer you to the hotel.

 

Overnight at the Sheraton New Delhi  (No Meal)

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Day 2
Delhi

This morning, drive past the Red Fort followed by a Rickshaw Ride in Chandni Chowk; It is a magnificent bazaar and the main street of 'Old' Delhi. In Shah Jahan's day, it was endowed with fine mansions, had a tree-lined canal flowing down its centre and was renowned throughout Asia. Today it is one of the oldest and the busiest market in India with narrow lanes that host shops which sell books, clothing, electronic, consumer goods, shoes and leather goods. Chandni Chowk's speciality is its variety and authenticity.

Thereafter, visit the Jama Masjid. It is largest mosque in India, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. Built between 1644 and 1658, is one of the last architectural works of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Jama Masjid has three gates, two minarets (40 meters in height) and four towers. The minarets are made up of red sandstone and white marble bearing stripes of black colour.

Post lunch, visit the Lodhi Garden. Once known as 'Lady Willingdon Park', was renamed after India gained independence from the British. It houses the tombs of Sayyid ruler Mohammed Shah and Lodhi king Sikandar Lodhi. The architecture here shows a mix of work by Sayyidis and Lodhis and is the epitome of magnificent engineering that echoes of Delhi's illustrious history.

Later, visit the Qutub Minar; a UNESCO World Heritage Site is Delhi's most striking monument, which looms majestically across the wide plains of Delhi. It was constructed in 1192-1193 by Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak in red sandstone and marble. It is a 73-metre (240 feet) tall five storeys tapering tower with a spiral staircase of 379 stairs. A soaring conical tower, it is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture and is the tallest minaret in India.

 

Overnight at the Sheraton New Delhi  (B, D)

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Day 3
Delhi

Today, after breakfast, you will visit the majestic Mughal Garden in the president’s estate.  Spread over a vast expanse of 15 acres, Mughal Gardens has often been portrayed as the soul of the Presidential Palace. The Mughal Gardens draw its inspiration from the Mughal Gardens of Jammu and Kashmir, the gardens around the Taj Mahal and even miniature paintings of India and Persia. The Mughal Gardens is open for public during the annual festival, Udyanotsav, held in the months of February-March. Rose remains a key feature of the Mughal Garden as it boasts of growing 159 celebrated varieties of roses which blossom primarily in the month of February and March. Apart from roses, tulips, Asiatic lilies, daffodils, hyacinth and other seasonal flowers beautify the gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan. There are more than seventy varieties of seasonal flowers including exotic bulbous and winter flowering plants.

Later, drive past the Parliament House and India Gate; an arched war memorial dedicated to the Indian and British soldiers who died during the First World War and the Third Anglo-Afghan War, this monument has the names of 13,300 servicemen inscribed on its surface.

Thereafter, drive towards Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. This is the most prominent Sikh Gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in Delhi. It was originally a bungalow belonging to Raja Jai Singh, a 17th century Indian ruler. It is open to people of all faiths, castes and creeds. The premises house a sacred pond in which devotees bathe. They believe that this will wash off their misdeeds and thus allow them to attain peace of mind. The 'Langars' or the community kitchen is an ideal example of the prodigious hospitality of the Sikhs. Anyone and everyone can dine here irrespective of caste, colour or class.

 

Overnight at the Sheraton New Delhi  (B, D)

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Day 4
Delhi - Agra

After breakfast, drive towards Agra.

On arrival, check in to the hotel and relax. Later, visit the Mehtab Bagh.

Mehtab Bagh is located just north to the Taj Mahal and overlooks the Agra Fort and Yamuna River on the opposite side, Mehtab Bagh is a rare retreat of natural bliss and one of the most scenic spots in Agra. Perfectly quadrilateral in shape and colloquially known as the Moonlight garden, the garth is the last one of the eleven similar Mughal- built garden complexes along the Yamuna bank. Laid out in just the right symmetry and perfectly aligned with the Taj in view, the garden provides ample mesmerising sights and picture-perfect moments for the photography fanatics and nature enthusiasts. It is believed that Shah Jahan especially got the bagh designed for his personal interests so he could come up here and admire the infinite beauty of his favourite piece of art. On the moonlit nights, the clear reflection of the wondrous Taj Mahal in the waters of the park is a sight beyond description. It is now a horticulture delight with scores of vibrantly blooming floral plants and medicinal herbs, besides the umpteen fruit trees, which add to the beauty of the park.

 

Overnight at the ITC Mughal (B, D)

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Day 5
Agra

After breakfast, visit the world famous Taj Mahal. Surely the greatest monument of love and one of the seven wonders of the modern world, Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage."

The gardens at Taj Mahal beautify the monument of love, beginning from the entryway and spreading across to the base of the mausoleum is one of the leading highlights of visiting Taj Mahal. The concept of this garden (popularly known as Paradise Garden), built in the Persian Timurid style was brought in by Babur. A unique attribute followed while constructing this garden is the usage of the number four and its multiples. This was done as four is considered as the holiest number in Islam. The enchanting garden is divided into four parts, with two marble canals studded with the fountains occupying the centre. Each quarter portion of the garden has 16 flowerbeds each of which was planted with 400 plants. The Taj Garden abounds with lush trees, chirping birds, fruits, flowers and symmetry, signifying the abstract meaning of paradise. This quaint setting makes for a wonderful backdrop for those perfect shots.

Later, visit the Agra Fort. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Few forts in the world have a more fascinating story to tell than the Great Fort of Agra. Originally planned as an impregnable military structure by Akbar, the Agra Fort, over a period of time, acquired all the elegance, lavishness and majesty of an imperial palace. This Fort was just one of the many large fortified residences that the emperor wanted to have at various strategic points of his empire.

 

Overnight at the ITC Mughal (B, D)

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Day 6
Agra – Fatehpur Sikri / Bharatpur – Ranthambore by train

After breakfast, check out from hotel and drive towards Fatehpur Sikri; built in red sandstone, during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. This place was abandoned then due to scarcity of water which could not support the growing population and due to turmoil brewing from the North West. Fatehpur Sikri’s history is rich and nostalgic, with the empty walls of the imperial town echoing a past that could not sustain a future.

Lunch at the local restaurant in Bharatpur

Later, you will be dropped at the Bharatpur railway station to board the train to Sawai Madhopur. On arrival, you will be received and transferred to Ranthambore.

 

Overnight at the Tigress Spa & Resort (B, L, D)

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Day 7
Ranthambore

Early in the morning, drive to the dense jungle of Ranthambore with naturalist on open top roof canter or jeep (subject to availability), for tracking tiger and exploring wildlife. The visits will last for approx. three hours. Thereafter, return to the resort and enjoy a relaxed breakfast.

The day time is to relax and enjoy the facilities of the hotel. You may take a dip in the pool for a break from the heat of the day or can explore the wild surroundings. Post lunch; go for the afternoon game drive to Ranthambore National Park with naturalist by jeep or canter.

 

Overnight at the Tigress Spa & Resort (B, L, D)

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Day 8
Ranthambore - Jaipur

After breakfast, drive to Jaipur.

Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and freshen up as post lunch you can explore the local markets and shops to discover the handicrafts that Jaipur is so famous for.  Things such as textiles, carpets and jewellery are all bargains in Jaipur.

Lunch on own.

Tonight we are dinner guests of a local Rajasthan family in their home.  This provides a fascinating window on Indian life and an opportunity to witness up close the traditional society from which India is transitioning to a more urban lifestyle.

 

Overnight at the ITC Rajputana (B, D)

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Day 9
Jaipur

After breakfast, start the sightseeing tour of Jaipur by visiting the Amber Fort. The fort was built in 1592, the fort does look old on the outside but is quite beautiful on the inside and boasts of various buildings of prominence. The aesthetic ambiance of this formidable fort is seen within its walls on a four level layout plan (each with a courtyard) in a well turned out opulent palace complex built with red sandstone and marble.

Thereafter, make a photo stop at the Palace of Winds, the Hawa Mahal. A five-story building with 25-cm thick façade, dating from the 18the Century, the Hawa Mahal has 953 windows and niches so that ladies of royal family could see the procession and events in the city without being visible to the people.

In the afternoon, visit the City Palace, which occupies the centre of Jaipur. It now houses the Royal residence and museums with collections of textiles and costumes, armoury, manuscripts, paintings, and other royal treasures. We will also visit the Jantar Mantar observatory (1728-34), built by Maharajah Jai Singh II, who had great interest in astrology.

 

Overnight at the ITC Rajputana (B, D)

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Day 11
Jaipur - Guwahati

Transfer to the airport to board your early morning flight to Guwahati. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

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Day 12
A Village Visit / Full Day's Sail

Your ship lifts anchor early today and you can enjoy yoga on the deck for an hour before breakfast. Afterwards, there’s a talk on ‘Assam, its location, international context and how it is gaining recognition’. Visit a village that is occupied predominantly by a Bangla-speaking Muslim community. Returning to the ship for lunch, sail towards Orang Point. Enjoy a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the tribal life’ over a cup of tea and some snacks. Anchor at a deserted island for the evening and enjoy a bonfire to indulge in barbequed snacks.

 

Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

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Day 13
Silghat/ Visit Tea Estate or Jute Mill

Yoga and breakfast are followed by a talk on ‘Wildlife in Kaziranga and in India’. Enjoy a relaxed lunch, until you reach Silghat. After a talk on ‘Tea and Jute Assam’, take a short drive to Kaliabore Tea Estate to see the women pick tea leaves. Visit the tea factory to understand the process of producing Assam Tea. Returning to the ship, take a look around a nearby Jute Mill where you will see how the Jute material is turned into eco-friendly gunny bags. Later, enjoy a cultural evening on the ship, an early dinner and then retire for the evening.

Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

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Day 14
Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park/Weaver’s Village at Bishwanath Ghat. An early start as you take some snacks and drive towards the Kaziranga National Park. The park is not only home to the fantastic greater one-horned rhino but as many as 180 more mammals including wild elephants, tiger, deer, buffalo and a rich variety of birds. You will get the opportunity to experience a oncein- a-lifetime elephant-backed safari. After breakfast in Kaziranga, drive on to Bagori, the Western Range of the park, swap the elephants for a jeep and continue your explorations. Later, return to the ship for lunch and a relaxed afternoon. After a break and a chance to catch up on any lost sleep, we get together for a talk on ‘Silk in Assam’ before heading ashore at Bishwanath Ghat. We visit the Shiva Dol and watch weaver women helping their community thrive. The evening features a talk on ‘Kamakhya, the Occult and Peacock Island’ and is followed by a traditional Assamese dinner.

 

Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

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Day 15
Dhansari Boat Safari

Dhansiri Boat Safari. This morning sail towards the eastern range of Kaziranga for a boat safari. Enjoy breakfast and a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the life that exists alongside’. The shores are high but you might get to see array of wildlife. Sightings are always determined by weather conditions. Return for lunch and the evening includes a cooking demonstration by the chef. There’s a talk on Majuli Island before ending the evening on a deserted island with bonfire.

 

Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

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Day 16
Majuli Island

Mishing Village/Majuli Island. After yoga and breakfast, sail towards the Mishing Village and on to Majuli, a cosmos of Assamese culture. The Mishings live on the river bank in houses with raised platforms. After lunch, enjoy a talk on ‘Sibsagar and the Ahom civilization’ followed by a visit to Majuli Island. A short drive takes you to a scenic corner of a Satra for a cultural performance by Satriya singers and dancers. Next, drive to Kamlabari Satra to witness the Vaishnavite priests dancing to the rhythm of cymbals, drums and chanting in the temple premise. Return to the ship and prepare for a traditional Assamese evening.

 

Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

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Day 17
Neamati - Sibsagar

Neamati Ghat/Sibsagar/Home hosted Lunch. After an early breakfast, start the day-excursion to Sibsagar, the ancient city and capital of the Tai-speaking Ahoms. ‘Sibsagar’ literally means ‘the ocean of Lord Shiva’. Explore the Shiva Dol, believed to be the tallest Shiva temple in India, the Talatal or Kareng Ghar, the Palace of the Ahom Kings and the Rang Ghar, an amphitheatre which held important meetings for the royals and their guests. After the tour of the town, drive to a tea estate and enjoy a traditional Assamese lunch with a family who have been involved in the tea-making industry for around a century. Return to the ship by sunset and enjoy a relaxed evening before dinner.

 

Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

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Day 18
Jorhat - Disembark

Start the day with yoga and/or a walk along the swamps to catch a sight of an abundance of wildlfe. After breakfast, bid farewell and prepare for your onwards flight.

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