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Featured India River Tours INDIA RIVER CRUISE – GANGES EXPERIENCE EXPLORE NORTH INDIA & THE GANGES Two incredible adventures – a highlights tour of a cruise on the mighty Ganges River and second one Golden triangle tour with Taj Mahal – in one extraordinary experience. Our unique itinerary takes in the lively rush of Delhi, the character of rural villages, and the pure serenity of sailing the river from temple to palace. From land to sea, immerse yourself in India and all its glory. BRAHMAPUTRA CRUISE WITH GOLDEN TRIANGLE TOUR Travel Duration: 14 Nights & 15 Days Destination Covered: - Delhi – BHRAMPUTRA CRUISE – Delhi - Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur – Delhi - Depart Day 01: Arrival Delhi Departure from Cruise and board flight for Delhi. Upon arrival in Castle and King India executive will wait at the arrival with a placard in your name to greet you. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer and check in at the hotel. Delhi: - Capital for many ancient and medieval Empires. The city of Delhi was built on the banks of the Yamuna River and the history of Delhi dates back more than 3000 years. Indraprastha according to legends was the old Capital of Delhi and founded by the Pandavas in the times of the Mahabharata 1500 B.C. and was located near the Old Fort. Today the city is a unique blend of Old and New which is very evident in the two parts – Old Delhi and New Delhi, the latter mainly built by the British. Overnight stay in Delhi. Day 02: Delhi – Jorhat By Flight: 9W7067, DEP: 0950, Arr; 1350 Hrs Early in the morning you will be picked up by our representative and transferred to the Airport to board flight for Jorhat. On arrival at the Jorhat airport, we are met at the receiving area and with packed lunch, we drive to Neamati Ghat to board the MV Mahabaahu. We check into our cabins and immediately gather in the restaurant for the essential safety briefing and to experience the first sail. All gather on the open deck to enjoy the first sail and scan the river for a fleeting sight of the Gangetic Dolphins. We proceed into the evening with a talk on ‘Sibsagar and the Ahom civilization’. Soon MV Mahabaahu drops anchor and the evening follows into welcome dinner. Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (Packed L, D) Day 03: SIBSAGAR/ HOME HOSTED LUNCH 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 visitTalatal 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. Thereafter we drive to a Tea Estate for a relaxed afternoon where we enjoy a traditional Assamese lunch with the Tea-estate family who have been involved in the tea business over a period of a century. Here we sip our beverages as we explore the lawns and proceed to indulge in traditional Assamese cuisine. We return to MV Mahabaahu by sunset and enjoy a relaxed evening in the Soma lounge before proceeding for dinner. Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D) Day 04: MAJULI ISLAND VISIT/ MISHING VILLAGE VISIT 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 which literally means land between two rivers, the Subansiri and the Brahmaputra.Majuli is a cosmos of Assamese culture where variousphilosophies co-exist and thrive. After breakfast, we enjoy a talk on 'Majuli', the seat of Vaishnav culture and proceed in our tenders to the mainland where a drive takes us to a scenic corner of a Satra for an interesting cultural performance by Satriya singers and dancers. Next, we drive to KamlabariSatra 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 platform. All Mishingwomen are expert weavers. The indoor life of a Mishing person revolves around the kitchen area where the family can get together. We can but ethnic colourful cotton weavesandindulges in a Dhoti Tying and MekhelaChaadar wearing demonstration. After the Mishing Village MV Mahabaahu heads towards DhansiriMukh where the waters of Bhramaputra and Dhansiri meet, while we enjoy a talk on ‘Assam, its geographical location & importance’. We thenenjoy the evening under the stars on a deserted island and proceed for dinner. Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D) Day 05: BOAT SAFARI After Yoga and an early morning walk on a deserted island MV Mahabaahu sails towards the Eastern Range of Kaziranga for boat Safari. We enjoy breakfast and a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the life that exists alongside’. We proceed for the safari in our tenders for about two hours. 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.’ The evening on a deserted island with bonfire is always unusual. We enjoy dinner on MV Mahabaahu. (Bonfire may be avoided if a suitable sandbank cannot be found or if we experience inclement weather conditions) Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D) Day 06: WEAVER’S VILLAGE AT BISHWANATH GHAT/ SAIL TO SILGHAT/ TEA ESTATE VISIT AND/OR JUTE MILL After Yoga/walk on the deserted island and breakfast, we enjoy an interesting talk on ‘Kaziranga and the wild life in India’. Then we step into our tenders to go to the shores of Bishwanath Ghat. We visit the Shiva Dol in reverence of Lord Shiva and there is no way that we can avoid the women with their weaves. We enjoy a walk through the village and see how this suburban village thrives. We sail on for the next couple of hours and enjoy a relaxed lunch and reach Silghat. Take a short drive to the Kaliabore tea estate, which is a vast expanse of undulating land with tea bushes, watching the tribal women pick tea leaves. We proceed to the tea factory to see the process of finally producing Assam Tea and coming to terms with ‘all that goes into preparing a cup-of-tea.’ (The tea factory is not operational from mid- December to mid -February as the tea is at its dormant stage during this time of the year) We return to where the ship is anchored. Close by a co-operative Jute Mill is an interesting place to understand how the Jute fibre takes the form of very eco-friendly gunny bags. By sunset, we enjoy a cultural evening on the ship. We have an early dinner and retire for the evening. Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D) Day 07: KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK/ SAIL TOWARDS A DESERTED ISLAND We rise very early today and after a warm cup of tea and some snacks, drive out 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. 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 wild life adventure and an extensive coverage of this magnificent park. We return to MV Mahabaahu for a leisurely lunch and a relaxed afternoon. After the leisurely pace of the day and having recovered the lost sleep, we once again get together for the traditional Assamese theme dinner. In October and May when Kaziranga National Park is closed we do a short Jeep Safari in the outer area of the Kaziranga National Park. Elephant safari is not possible but one can opt for elephant joy ride on the outskirts of the park. During these two months we have an additional Boat Safari in a very picturesque area at the confluence of Diphlu and Brahmaputra River. Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D) Day 08: A VILLAGE VISIT/ FULL DAY SAIL/PEACOCK ISLAND We catch up on Yoga on an island or on the deck for an hour and move on to breakfast while MV Mahabaahu lifts anchor and heads on towards an island that is occupied predominantly by a angle speaking Muslim community who are involved in extensive farming.After breakfast we enjoy a talk on ‘Kamakhya and the Occult and Peacock Island and then proceed fora visit to get an insight on village life We return to the ship for lunch and sail towards the Peacock Island that is home to some Golden Langurs. After the Peacock island visit, we sail towards Pandu Port and anchor at a jetty. We get ready for the Farewell Dinner ‘AlvidaBhoj’ and enjoy a relaxed evening. Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D) Day 09: GUWAHATI/ KAMAKHYA TEMPLE VISIT/ DELHI BY FLIGHT: 9W608, Dep: 1255, Arr: 1545 Hrs We have a relaxed breakfast. The crew on-board organises our transport and with packed lunch we drive to the Kamakhya Temple. This Temple is devoted to the eternal feminine; the goddess of desire whose name is Kama Khya, granter of desires. We arrive at the International airport in Guwahati and bid farewell to the land of Kamakhya (B, packed L) Upon arrival in Delhi transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Delhi. Day 10: Delhi Sightseeing After breakfast at the hotel process to visit New Delhi the Qutub Complex, which takes you to the beginnings of Islamic rule in Delhi. From there, you can drive to British Delhi, to visit the monuments now synonymous with independent India – the President’s House, Parliament House, and India Gate. After a lunch break, start with Old Delhi visiting the Red Fort, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1638 of the Mughal Dynasty. Opposite the Red fort is the Jama Masjid, the mosque also built by Shah Jahan and is the largest in India. After that we recommend you try our popular Bazaar Walk in Old Delhi, which takes you to the bustling and interesting Chandni Chowk area exceptional Cycle rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk. Overnight stay in Delhi. Day 11: Delhi – Agra By Surface: 220 Kms, 4 Hrs After breakfast drive to Agra. Agra the home of India's most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. A poem of white marble, the Taj is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love. Reach and check into hotel. Later in the afternoon process for the sightseeing of the city visit to the Agra Fort also built by Akbar in 1565 AD – the construction is dominated and houses the beautiful pearly mosque also it is from here that Shah Jahan imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb looked across the Yamuna river in the last few day of his life as the Taj mahal also visit Itmadullah’s Tomb known as the Baby Taj Mahal and build between 1622-26 AD by Nur Jahan the wife of Jahangir in memory of his father Ghias-ud-Din-beg. From Itmadullah’s Tomb – a wonderful view of the river and the public laundry can be seen which is very interesting. Overnight stay in Agra. Day 12: Agra – Fatehpursikri – Jaipur By Surface: 255 Kms 5 Hrs Early morning visit to Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays), a UNESCO Heritage Site, to catch the sun rising over the Taj Mahal – undisputedly one of the world’s most beautiful buildings. In the soft morning light, as the mist rises from the Yamuna River, it seems to float like a mirage above the surrounding landscape. Built from dazzling marble, its colour changes from white to yellow, cream and to almost orange… an exquisite image that you’ll remember forever. Return to hotel for breakfast. Later check out and travel to Jaipur, en-route visit Fatehpursikri, The deserted, sandstone city, Emperor Akbar built that as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. It a veritable fairytale city and its “ruins” are in pristine conditions … its not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur. After visiting continue drive to Jaipur reach and check into hotel. Jaipur:- The origins of the beautiful city of Jaipur can be traced back to the eighteenth century, during the reign of Jai Singh II who ascended the Amber throne in 1699. Jaipur today, epitomizes the spirit of Rajputana. In-spite of growing into a bustling metropolis, it still retains its character and history - A beautiful fusion of the yesteryears and modernity. Popularly known as the Pink City because of the extensive use of the locally abundant pink plastered stone, painted so in honor of the visit of the royal consort of Queen Victoria. Jaipur thrills the soul with its massive forts, magnificent palaces, exquisite temples and lush gardens. Overnight stay in Jaipur. Day 13: Jaipur After breakfast at hotel, proceed for excursion to Amber Fort in the outskirts of Jaipur. Elephant ride ascent to the fort. Amber Fort Palace - Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. Its construction was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression. Proceed for sightseeing of the city. City Palace - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace sprawls over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It houses the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple, and the City Palace Museum. Jantar Mantar - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the country. This observatory consisting of outsized astronomical instruments is still in use. Hawa Mahal - The ornamental facade of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storey structures of sandstone plastered pink encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. The palace has 953 niches and windows. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Overnight stay in Jaipur. Day 14: Jaipur Breakfast at the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure or visit local markets. Optional tour to Samode Village or Dera Amer (On additional cost) Samode Village: After a relaxed breakfast proceed for excursion to Samode. (42 kilometer from Jaipur). This is small and beautiful village of Samode, famous for its fort and Haveli. On the tour to Samode enjoy camel cart ride. It is good way to explore the village and enjoy its colors and unique customs. On the way enchant with the people of Samode, who are known for their warm and affectionate nature. The guides take you through the historical lanes of Samode giving you the best insights of the forts and palaces. The tourists guide entertains you with the various stories of the royal past on the way. Dera Amer: Morning proceed to excursion tour to Dera Amer, reach and enjoy the Elephant ride, jeep safari into the village also experience Elephant painting and bathing. Have Lunch at the Camp. Later drive back to Jaipur for Overnight stay. Overnight stay in Jaipur. Day 15: Jaipur – Delhi - Departure By Surface: 265 Kms, 5 Hrs After a relaxed breakfast transfer to Delhi. Reach Delhi and transfer to International airport to board flight for onward destinations with sweet memories of India Tour. Please allow a minimum of 2 ½ hours for flight check-in formalities at the airport. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey home behalf from Castle & King Team! Tour End ABOVE PACKAGE INCLUDES: - • Internal airfare from Delhi to Jorhat & Guwahati to Delhi. • Accommodation at M.V Mahabaahuon 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 except in Kaziranga and Mujuli Island. • Meet and assist by company representative in each destination. • Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the travel plan. • Accommodation on double rooms in each hotel. • Nice and comfortable Toyota Innova or 9 seated tempo traveler at disposal as per the itinerary. • English speaking guide for all sightseeing’s. • Rickshaws ride in old Delhi. • Elaborately carved tomb of itmad-ud-dullah’s. • Bazaar walk in Jaipur’ walled city • A charming elephant ride to explore the foothills of the aravali range in Jaipur. • Entrance monuments fees. • Toll taxes, driver allowance, and parking are included during the tour. • Mineral water in the transport during the whole tour. • All applicable taxes and service charges. • All prevailing taxes like luxury tax in all hotels and expenditure tax wherever applicable.
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