Indian Panorama with Brahmaputra Cruise - Upstream

Introduction

Far Horizons take you on a special journey showcasing the traditional Indian culture imbibed in the vibrant streets and monuments throughout the Northern region of India with luxury on wheels. This itinerary combines the best of three worlds – the great cultural experience of Khajuraho, the soft adventure of a river cruise on the Brahmaputra River, aboard the M.V. Mahabaahu and experiencing luxury on wheels.

Tour Highlights

  • Travel like a Maharaja on the leading luxury train of India “The Maharaja Express”
  • Explore the North East India while cruising on the mighty Brahmaputra River
  • Sunrise visit of Taj Mahal
  • Explore the famous sites of North India
  • Visit to Tea Gardens and Tribals of Assam
  • Bird watchers’ paradise - Brahmaputra River
  • Boat, Jeep and Elephant safari in Kaziranga National Park
  • Visit to Majuli island – the Largest River island in the World
  • Visit to Umananda island – the smallest inhabitant River island in the World

Destinations Covered

Detailed Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Arrive Delhi

    Delhi

    After clearing Customs and Immigration, step into the receiving area, where our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel.

    Overnight at the hotel (No Meals)

  2. Day 2 Delhi

    Delhi

    Today morning after breakfast, proceed to explore the Old Delhi.

    On the tour of “Old Delhi,” you will head out to explore this exotic locale with its narrow dirt roads, myriads of people and inexpensive and colourful bazaars that keep alive the traditional workmanship for which Delhi has always been famous. Drive past the Red Fort, and visit the Jama Masjid, one of the largest Muslim mosques in India.

    A bicycle rickshaw would take you into the heart of Chandni Chowk (the silver square - so named because of the silver merchants).

    Lunch on own.

    We then drive to the outskirts of New Delhi to explore the Qutub Minar, on the way our guide will point out the Raj-era architecture in the city centre, including the renowned India Gate and Edwin Landseer Lutyens’ and Herbert Baker’s monumental governmental building on Raisina Hill.

    Qutub Minar, a victory minaret built by the first invading Persian, Qutub-ud-din, a millennium ago in South Delhi. One of Delhi’s most visited and striking monuments, the 72-meter (230 feet) high tower which majestically over the wide plains of Delhi. It is a victory tower built by the slave king Qutubuddin Aibak and later completed by his successor Iltutmish. 

    Return to the hotel.

    Overnight at the hotel (B)

  3. Day 3 Board Maharaja Express

    Jaipur

    After breakfast, we will proceed to Safdarjung railway station to board the Maharajas Express Train, bestowed the "World's Leading Luxury Train" award at the World Travel Awards for five consecutive years from 2012 to 2016. The Maharaja's Express has redefined the luxury travel experience by offering guests the opportunity to explore fabled destinations providing a glimpse of rich cultural heritage of Incredible India which will leave you with fond memories of this train journey to be cherished.

    You will get to enjoy a traditional welcome and welcome drink. Enjoy your lunch while the train leaves for its first destination, Jaipur. Reach Jaipur and enjoy the dinner at an exclusive venue in Jaipur. Post dinner return back to Maharaja Express.

    Overnight on-board Maharajas Express (B, L, D)

  4. Day 4 Maharaja Express - Jaipur

    Jaipur

    Wake-up to a delicious on-board breakfast. Later, to take a closer look at the history of Jaipur, guests visit the ancient Amber Fort which is known for its artistic Hindu style elements. Post visiting Amber Fort return to train for lunch. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Evening enjoy dinner on-board as train leaves for Ranthambore.

    Overnight on-board Maharajas Express (B, L, D)

  5. Day 5 Maharaja Express – Ranthambore & Fatehpur Sikri

    Agra

    Early morning train arrives at Sawai Madhopur and you would then proceed for an exciting game drive at Ranthambore National Park. After an on board breakfast the Maharajas' express departs for the ancient Mughal capital, Fatehpur Sikri.

    Post on-board lunch, as train arrives in Fatehpur Sikri, proceed to explore the deserted city, Fatehpur Sikri where once the Mughal emperor, Akbar ruled. Return back to the comfort of Maharaja Express and enjoy dinner on-board.

    Overnight on-board Maharajas Express (B, L, D)

  6. Day 6 Maharaja Express - Agra

    Agra

    This morning train arrives at Agra and you would then proceed for a visit to Taj Mahal. Later, proceed for a Champagne Breakfast at Taj Khema.

    Post on-board lunch, you will have an opportunity En-route to witness Pietra Dura Marble Inlay Work.

    Return back to the comfort of Maharaja Express and enjoy dinner on-board.

    Overnight on-board Maharajas Express (B, L, D)

  7. Day 7 Maharaja Express – Orchha & Khajuraho

    Khajuraho

    Early morning train reaches its next destination, Orchha. Post on-board breakfast visit Orchha. Enjoy your lunch on-board as train proceeds to Khajuraho. Arrive Khajuraho and proceed to visit the Western group of Khajuraho temples, the beginning of spiritual escapade in our Indian luxury odyssey.

    Later return back to train for on-board dinner and train leaves for Varanasi.

    Overnight on-board Maharajas Express (B, L, D)

  8. Day 8 Maharaja Express – Varanasi

    Varanasi

    Enjoy breakfast & lunch on-board as trains continues for Varanasi. Reach Varanasi and visit the Silk weaving centre and Sarnath. Followed by boat-ride on Ganges to witness the magnificent evening Aarti ceremony at Ganges. Post dinner at exclusive venue proceed to Maharaja Express.

    Overnight on-board Maharajas Express (B, L, D)

  9. Day 9 Delhi - Kolkata (Deboard Maharajas Express in Delhi)

    Kolkata

    After Lunch, we will deboard the train at the Safdarjung Railway station at Delhi and will transfer straight to Delhi airport to connect with flight to Kolkata.

    Arrive and check-in to the hotel.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B, L)

  10. Day 10 Kolkata – Guwahati

    Guwahati

    After breakfast, transfer to Kolkata airport to connect with flight to Guwahati. On arrival, we drive through the busy streets to the Kamakhya Temple. This Temple is devoted to Kama Khya, the eternal Feminine- the goddess of desire.

    After the Temple visit, we drive towards Pandu Port and check into the Cruise and gather on the open deck to enjoy the first sail!

    A quick orientation and we de-board for a short visit of the picturesque Peacock Island, the smallest island on the Brahmaputra (flight time permitting) famous for the highly endangered Golden Langur. It would be a good idea to have one’s binoculars and cameras at hand.

    Proceed into the evening with a talk on ‘Kamakhya and the occult in Assam’.

    Soon MV Mahabaahu drops anchor and the evening follows into the welcome dinner.

    Overnight on-board MV Mahabaahu Cruise (B, PL, D)

  11. Day 11 Village Visit/ Full Day Sail

    Guwahati

    MV Mahabaahu lifts anchor early. We enjoy Yoga on the deck for an hour and move on for breakfast. We enjoy a talk on 'Assam, its geographical location in the national and international context and how it is acclaiming recognition'. MV Mahabaahu heads on towards an island that is occupied predominantly by a ‘Bangla’ speaking Muslim community who are involved in extensive farming. After visiting this village, we return to the ship for lunch and sail towards the Orang Point.

    Evening sets in and over a cup of tea, we enjoy a talk on 'The River Brahmaputra and the tribal life’. We anchor at a deserted island for the evening and enjoy a bonfire with barbeque.

    NOTE: (Bonfire may be avoided if a suitable sandbank cannot be found or if we experience inclement weather conditions)

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

  12. Day 12 Sail To Silghat / Visit Tea Estate and Jute Mill

    Kaziranga National Park

    MV Mahabaahu sails early and we enjoy Yoga on the deck and move on for breakfast and for a talk on 'Wild life in Kaziranga with an overview of the wild life in India'.

    We sail on for the next couple of hours and enjoy a relaxed lunch as we reach Silghat.

    After a talk on ‘Tea, Jute & Silk in Assam’, we take a short drive to Kaliabore Tea Estate which is a vast undulating expanse with tea bushes. We proceed to the tea factory to see the processing of the Assam Tea and getting an insight into all that goes into preparing a cup-of-tea.

    (The tea factory is not operational from mid-December to mid-February as it is time for pruning the tea bushes).

    While returning to the ship, we visit a co-operative Jute Mill which is an interesting place to understand how jute fibre takes the form of very eco-friendly gunny bags.

    We enjoy a cultural evening on the ship followed by an early dinner.

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

  13. Day 13 Kaziranga National Park / Weaver’s Village at Bishwanath Ghat

    Kaziranga National Park

    An early wake- up call with Tea/coffee and we set out towards the Kaziranga National Park. The most prized inhabitant of Kaziranga is the Great 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. We reach the Kohora Mihimukh range of the National Park and are ready to start our morning adventure. An elephant-back safari is once in a lifetime experience, to search for the elusive rhinoceros, tigers, swamp deer and hog deer and more and a large number of very interesting birds. The park never ceases to surprise its visitors!!!

    After breakfast at a resort in Kaziranga, we drive on to Bagori, the Western Range of Kaziranga and get into the open jeeps for some more wildlife adventure and an extensive coverage of this magnificent park. We return to MV Mahabaahu and start sailing towards Bishwanath Ghat as we enjoy a leisurely lunch and a relaxed afternoon.

    We get into the excursion boats to reach the shores of Bishwanath Ghat. We walk through the village and are struck by the simplicity of life while the weaver women surround us with their silk and cotton weaves. We enjoy some happy interaction with them.

    We return to the ship to enjoy an evening on a deserted island and then proceed for dinner.

    NOTE: (Bonfire may be avoided if a suitable sandbank cannot be found or if we experience inclement weather conditions).

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

  14. Day 14 Dhansiri Boat Safari

    Majuli

    We relish a relaxed breakfast over a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the life that exists alongside.

    We proceed for the boat safari viewing 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. (The sightings are determined by the weather conditions).

    We return to the ship for hot lunch. This evening, we enjoy the Chef’s Cooking Demonstration and sample the snacks. The evening on a deserted island with bonfire is always exclusive! We enjoy dinner on-board.

    NOTE: (Bonfire may be avoided if a suitable sandbank cannot be found or if we experience inclement weather conditions)

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

  15. Day 15 Mishing Village Visit

    Majuli

    After Yoga and breakfast, we enjoy the sail towards the Mishing Village.

    The Mishings live on the banks of river in 'Chang Ghars' -houses with raised platforms. All Mishing women are expert weavers. We can buy the ethnic colorful cotton weaves and indulge in a dhoti tying and Mekhela Chadar (the indigenous traditional Assamese dress) wearing demonstration.

    We return to the ship to enjoy a talk on ‘Sibsagar and the Ahom civilization’ and proceed to get ready for a Traditional Assamese evening.

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

  16. Day 16 Majuli Visit / Neamati Ghat / Sibsagar

    Jorhat

    After breakfast, we enjoy a talk on ‘Majuli’- the seat of Neo –Vaishnav Culture and then proceed in our excursion boats to the mainland. Here on, a drive takes us to a scenic corner of a Satra (Monastery) for an interesting cultural performance by Satriya singers and dancers.

    Next, we proceed to Kamlabari Satra to witness the Vaishnavite priests dancing to the rhythm of cymbals, drums and chanting in the temple premise. The humble dwellings of the monks are a revelation of utmost simplicity.

    We enjoy lunch on MV Mahabaahu as we sail towards Neamati Ghat.

    Post lunch, we drive through the countryside to reach Sibsagar, the ancient city, built around a huge man made water tank ordered by the Ahom queen.

    A town that literally means 'the ocean of Lord Shiva.’ We notice the district is strewn with the tell-tale ruins of a powerful empire of the Ahoms. Sibsagar was the 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.

    The Shiva Dol, constructed in the year 1734 is believed to be one of the highest Shiva temple in India. We visit Talatal or Kareng Ghar which was the palace of the Ahom Kings and after a leisurely stroll in and around the monument, we go on to Rang Ghar which was a place for hosting wrestling bouts and buffalo fights and other entertainment or important meetings of the Royals and their guests.

    We return to MV Mahabaahu by sunset for the farewell dinner.

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

  17. Day 17 Neamati Ghat/ Jorhat/ Kolkata

    Jorhat

    Morning is at leisure to enjoy, Yoga/ bird watching or perhaps an early morning indulgence in the spa. A relaxed breakfast awaits all (Baggage down prior to breakfast is requested for easy de boarding) We drive to the Jorhat airport en-route stopping at a tea Estate to enjoy a traditional Assamese early lunch.

    Depart for the airport to board the flight to Kolkata.

    Arrive Kolkata and connect with your onward international flight.

    (B, L)

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