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Meghalaya, Kaziranga with 4 night Downstream Cruise

Introduction

  • One time entrance of all Entrance fees at the Monuments/ National Park as per the itinerary.
  • English speaking accompanying guide in Shillong
  • Visit to Shillong.
  • Explore Cherrapunjee including Nahkhalikai Falls and Mwasmai Cave.
  • Visit to Mawlynnong Village (Cleanest village) & trek to living root bridge.
  • Visit India/Bangladesh Border, "Dawki', and boat ride (Direct Payment) on the Crystal Clear Umgot River.
  • Visit Mishing Tribal Village.
  • Visit Majuli Island (Largest river island in the world)
  • Monk Dance performance.
  • Visit Sibsagar.
  • Visit Shiva Dol (Temple) - The Tallest Shiva Temple.
  • Lunch at Tea Garden.
  • Yoga on the Deserted Island.
  • Cultural Dance Performance.
  • Boat Safari on river Brahmaputra.
  • One Elephant & Jeep Safari in the Kaziranga National Park.

Destinations Covered

Detailed Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Arrive Jorhat & transfer to Neamati Ghat / Board MV Mahabaahu: Approx. 35 kms/ 45 mins drive

    Jorhat

    On arrival at Jorhat airport, you will be met by the cruise representative and will be transferred to Neamati Ghat (with packed lunch) where an Assamese welcome aboard the MV Mahabaahu awaits you. After the essential safety briefing we check into our cabin.

    On the Donyi Polo Deck, we raise a traditional toast to the mighty Brahmaputra River that carves the valley of Assam. If Lucky, we 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.

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

    A relaxed evening in the Soma Lounge followed by a sit down welcome dinner completes the day.

    Overnight on board MV Mahabaahu (L, D)

    Accomodation
  2. Day 2 Sibsagar/ Home hosted lunch

    Sivasagar

    After an early breakfast, we start our day-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.

    We 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.

    Thereafter, we 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.

    We return to MV Mahabaahu by sunset and enjoy a relaxed evening before proceeding for dinner.

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

    Accomodation
  3. Day 3 Majuli island visit/ Mishing village visit

    Majuli

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

    After breakfast, we enjoy a talk on 'Majuli, the seat of Vaishnav culture’ and proceed in the excursion boats to the mainland where 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.

    We enjoy hot lunch on MV Mahabaahu and 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. We 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 we enjoy a talk on ‘Assam, its geographical location & importance’.

    We later enjoy the evening under the stars on a deserted island and 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)

    Accomodation
  4. Day 4 Boat safari

    Kaziranga National Park

    After Yoga/early morning walk on a deserted island, MV Mahabaahu sails towards the Eastern Range of Kaziranga. We enjoy breakfast and a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the life that exists alongside’. and proceed for the 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. The sightings are always determined by the weather conditions.

    We return for lunch. This evening we enjoy the Chef’s Cooking Demonstration followed by a talk on ‘Tea, Silk and Jute in Assam.’

    An evening on a deserted island with bonfire is always exclusive. We enjoy dinner on MV Mahabaahu.

    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)

  5. Day 5 Weaver’s village at Bishwanath Ghat/ Sail to Silghat and drive to Kaziranga: 45 Kms/ 1.5 hour drive

    Kaziranga National Park

    After Yoga/walk on the deserted island and breakfast on MV Mahabaahu, we enjoy an interesting talk on ‘Kaziranga and the wild life in India’. Then we step into our excursion boats to go to 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 sail on for the next couple of hours and enjoy a relaxed lunch and reach Silghat.

    Later, we deboard the cruise and drive towards Kaziranga.

    Kaziranga National Park is a protected area in the northeast Indian state of Assam. Spread across the floodplains of the Brahmaputra River, its forests, wetlands and grasslands are home to tigers, elephants and the world’s largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses. Ganges River dolphins swim in the park’s waters. It’s visited by many rare migratory birds, and gray pelicans roost near Kaziranga village.

    We drive on to Bagori, the Western Range of Kaziranga and get into the open jeeps for some wildlife adventure and an extensive coverage of this magnificent park. Return to Hotel & relax for the evening.

    Overnight at Hotel (B, L, D)

    Accomodation
  6. Day 6 Kaziranga to Shillong by road - by road -Approx. 252 kms / 6 hrs drive

    Shillong

    We rise very early today and reach the Kohora Mihimukh range of the National Park and are ready to start our morning adventure; once-in-a-lifetime elephant-backed safari where we 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 us.

    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.

    Return to the hotel and post breakfast check out & drive towards Shillong - the capital of Meghalaya. On arrival check into your hotel.

    Shillong is a hill station in northeast India and capital of the state of Meghalaya. It’s known for the manicured gardens at Lady Hydari Park. Nearby, Ward’s Lake is surrounded by walking trails. North, the Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures features displays on the region’s native people. Waterfalls include the Elephant Falls to the southwest. East of here, forested Shillong Peak offers city views.

    If time permitting one can visit the Archery Field to witness the famous Traditional Archery Game of Meghalaya (Sunday closed and starts around 4 PM) also visit – Shillong’s prime market Police Bazaar.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  7. Day 7 Shillong – Day trip to Cherrapunjee - Approx. 56 kms / 2 ½ hrs drive

    Shillong

    This morning after breakfast proceed for local sightseeing of Cherrapunjee: Seven Sisters Waterfalls, Nahkhalikai Falls, Dainthlen Falls, Thangkharang Park and Mwasmai Cave . The stalactites and stalagmites caves have innumerable forms, shapes and sizes inside leaving one to imagine as many life forms as possible. This magnificent natural wonder is the handiwork of years of natural abrasion and underground water. Later, visit Kho Ramhah Rock or Motrop to see a single gigantic cone shaped rock formation.

    Later return to hotel & relax for the evening. (Please note that during dry season waterfalls may not have enough water)

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  8. Day 8 Shillong – Day trip to Mawlynnong - Approx. 90 kms / 3 hrs drive & Dawki Approx 35 kms / 1 hr drive

    Shillong

    After breakfast, proceed for a full day excursion to Mawlynnong (known for its cleanliness). The village offers picturesque natural beauty. Take a short trek to the living root bridge at a neighbouring village Riwai. The village also offers a sight of natural balancing rock, a strange natural phenomenon of a boulder balancing on another rock. Explore the village & proceed for our nest destination Dawki. Dawki Border, located in the Jaintia Hills, is the crossing between India and Bangladesh. One can take a boat ride on the glass-like, emerald green waters of the Umngot – the water is so clear that one can see the river bed 12 feet below.

    Later, drive back to Shillong and relax for the evening.

    Overnight at the Hotel (B)

  9. Day 9 Shillong to Guwahati: Approx 120 kms / 2 ½ hrs drive

    Shillong

    After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Guwahati Airport to connect with your onward flight.

    (B)

    Accomodation

Dates & Prices

Day City Hotel/Accomodations Meal Plan
1 Jorhat MV Mahabaahu
Superior Cabin
L, D
2 Sivasagar MV Mahabaahu
Superior Cabin
B, L, D
3 Majuli MV Mahabaahu
Superior Cabin
B, L, D
4 Kaziranga National Park MV Mahabaahu
Superior Cabin
B, L, D
5 Kaziranga National Park Hotel Borgos
Executive Room
B, L, D
6 Shillong Hotel Polo Towers, Shillong
Premier Room
B
7 Shillong Hotel Polo Towers, Shillong
Premier Room
B
8 Shillong Hotel Polo Towers, Shillong
Premier Room
B
9 Shillong
B

*B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Prices
Particular Prices Per Person
Per Person prices for minimum 2 paying guests staying in twin sharing INR 159999
Single Room Supplement INR 111090

Valid from 1st October 2020 till 15th April 2021 (Not Valid from 20th December 2020 till 5th January 2021) 

Available Departure Date for Cruise
S. No. Boarding Date De-Boarding Date Status
1 27-Dec-2020 04-Jan-2020 Available
2 28-Feb-2021 08-Mar-2021 Available
3 21-Mar-2021 29-Mar-2021 Available

 

Inclusions
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per the above mentioned Hotels OR Similar
  • Meal Plan: As specified above
  • One time entrance of all Entrance fees at the Monuments/ National Park as per the itinerary.
  • English speaking accompanying guide in Shillong
  • Visit to Shillong.
  • Explore Cherrapunjee including Nahkhalikai Falls and Mwasmai Cave.
  • Visit to Mawlynnong Village (Cleanest village) & trek to living root bridge.
  • Visit India/Bangladesh Border, "Dawki', and boat ride (Direct Payment) on the Crystal Clear Umgot River.
  • Visit Mishing Tribal Village.
  • Visit Majuli Island (Largest river island in the world)
  • Monk Dance performance.
  • Visit Sibsagar.
  • Visit Shiva Dol (Temple) - The Tallest Shiva Temple.
  • Lunch at Tea Garden.
  • Yoga on the Deserted Island.
  • Cultural Dance Performance.
  • Boat Safari on river Brahmaputra.
  • One Elephant Safari in the Kaziranga National Park.
  • One Jeep Safari in the Kaziranga National Park.
  • Land transport by exclusive using Air Conditioned Vehicle.
  • All applicable government taxes.
Exclusions
  • 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, 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.
  • Any tipping
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Supplement of peak period from 20th December 2020 till 10th January'21 will be advised on booking request for that period.

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