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Meghalaya, Kaziranga with Upstream Cruise (3 nights 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 Arrival Guwahati - Shillong by road: Approx. 120 kms / 2 ½ hrs drive

    Shillong

    Arrive Guwahati and drive to 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.

    Later in the evening visit – Shillong’s prime market Police Bazaar.

    Overnight at the Hotel (No Meals)

  2. Day 2 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)

  3. Day 3 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)

    Accomodation
  4. Day 4 Shillong to Guwahati by road -Approx. 120 kms / 2 ½ hrs drive

    Guwahati

    After breakfast, drive to Guwahati to board MV Mahabaahu cruise. On arrival you will be met by our Cruise representative. We drive through the busy streets to the Kamakhya Temple. This Temple is devoted to Kamakhya, the eternal Feminine- the goddess of desire.

    We drive to Pandu port where we will be welcomed on board the MV Mahabaahu. You will be allotted the cabins and soon after we enjoy lunch on board.

    We sail away from the Saraighat bridge that supports a rail and a road and marks the narrowest stretch of Brahmaputra. We sail past the Peacock Island and notice the hills around Guwahati that make it picturesque.

    We will use the afternoon to settle in, and in the evening, indulge in a short local sail to enjoy the hues of the sun as it dips into the horizon. On the deck we raise a toast to the River Brahmaputra and enjoy this sundowner and look out for the Gangetic Dolphins that hunt in these deep waters.

    After the sun dips, we gather for a safety briefing and a presentation on the ship’s facilities.

    Soon, MV Mahabaahu drops anchor and the evening follows into the welcome dinner at Ship’s Restaurant ‘Mungri Mungram’.

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

  5. Day 5 Village Visit/ Sail on Brahmaputra

    Guwahati

    Today morning 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.

    We interact with the village people to understand their simple and satisfied subsistence life styles. They live off the Brahmaputra river, both for farming and fishing. They understand that they can enjoy the privilege of owning large expanse of land only till the river decides to remain benevolent. The river starts receding from October to mid-Feb and slowly the snow-melt in the Himalayas starts creating volume and an indication to get ready.

    We return to the ship for lunch and enjoy some leisurely time on board or one can indulge in a steam, Sauna, Jacuzzi or an Ayurvedic Massage or any other treatment. You can also enjoy a dip in the swimming pool or be on the sun deck.

    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)

    Accomodation
  6. Day 6 Sail To Silghat / Visit Tea Estate and Jute Mill

    Silghat

    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 along Singri and Tezpur and under the Kaliabhamura bridge and reach Silghat where the ship docks.

    After an early lunch we walk to the Jute Mill to witness the complete process in a co-operative mill for turning the golden fibre into a gunny bag. All the families in Silghat and the Jute Mill have formed a special eco-system for themselves. From here 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 operational till mid Nov and after mid-Feb).

    We enjoy the State Dance of Assam, ‘Bihu’ by young village boys and girls and return to the ship.

    We spend the evening in the lounge and then enjoy a cultural evening on the ship followed by an early dinner.

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

    Accomodation
  7. Day 7 Deboard MV Mahabaahu & Drive to Kaziranga National Park: Approx. 45 kms/ 1.5 hour

    Kaziranga National Park

    We rise very early today and after a warm cup of tea and some snacks, deboard MV Mahabaahu and drive 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.

    We 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.

    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 look for the Asiatic Wild Elephants, the striped cats, the Wild Water Buffalo with enormous horn span, the hog deer and the swamp deer and of course the one horned-rhinoceros that this UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for.

    Return to the Hotel and relax for the evening.

    Overnight at Hotel (B, L, D)

  8. Day 8 Kaziranga to Guwahati by road: 211 kms | 5 hours drive

    Kaziranga National Park

    Today morning, after breakfast, check out from the Hotel & drive towards Guwahati airport to connect with your onward flight.

    (B)

    Accomodation

Dates & Prices

Day City Hotel/Accomodations Meal Plan
1 Shillong Hotel Polo Towers, Shillong
Premier Room
2 Shillong Hotel Polo Towers, Shillong
Premier Room
B
3 Shillong
Premier Room
B,
4 Guwahati MV Mahabaahu
Superior Cabin
B, L, D
5 Guwahati MV Mahabaahu
Superior Cabin
B, L, D
6 Silghat MV Mahabaahu
Superior Cabin
B, L, D
7 Kaziranga National Park Hotel Borgos
Executive Room
B, L, D
8 Kaziranga National Park
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 129899
Single Room Supplement INR 88515

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 03-Jan-2020 Available
2 28-Feb-2021 07-Mar-2021 Available
3 21-Mar-2021 28-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 to Kamakhya Temple.
  • Visit Remote Village on Brahmaputra River.
  • Visit Tea garden factory (Subject to Operations)
  • Yoga on the Deserted Island.
  • Cultural Dance Performance.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • All excursions/lectures/performances and activities as per the itinerary.
  • Assistance on all Arrival & Departure transfers with Representative at the airport and Land transport by Air-Conditioned vehicles.
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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