DAY 1 - ARRIVE / KOLKATA
Meeting and assistance on arrival at Kolkata international airport and transfer to Hotel.
Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta, is located on the banks of River Hooghly and is the capital city of the state West Bengal. It is also the commercial capital of eastern India. Kolkata also served as the capital of India during the time of British rule till 1911. As the former capital of India, Kolkata was the birthplace of modern Indian literary and artistic thought. Bengal has a rich heritage of literature, (Rabindranath Tagore), dissent (Gandhi) and “the good of the whole” (Jyoti Basu). A short ride on the cities underground subway and a boat ride on the Hooghly will provide an intriguing window into life in this colourful and robust city.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 2 - EXPLORE KOLKATA
After breakfast proceed for city sightseeing of Kolkata visiting various historical monuments and imperial buildings, Howrah Bridge and Ghats of River Hooghly.
Kolkata has many buildings adorned with Gothic, Baroque, Roman, Oriental and Indo-Islamic (including Mughal) motifs. Several major buildings of the Colonial period are well maintained and have been declared "heritagestructures", while others are in various stages of decay. Established in 1814, the Indian Museum is the oldest museum in Asia and houses vast collections of Indian natural history and Indian art. The Victoria Memorial, one of the major tourist attractions in Kolkata, has a museum documenting the city's history. The National Library of India is India's leading public library. Academy of Fine Arts and other art galleries hold regular art exhibitions.
One can also visit the missionaries of charity. Overnight stay at Hotel.
DAY 3 - KOLKATA / DIBRUGARH
Meeting and assistance on arrival at Dibrugarh and then transfer to a point (Dikhou Mukh) from where you will embark your ship for cruising.
Dibrugarh, the original tea city of India and a typical colonial town which had Major American base in during the world-war 2. Overnight on ship.
DAY 4 - EXCURSION TO SIBSAGAR
Excursion by road to Sibsagar, the one-time capital of the Ahom kings of Assam. Shan by origin (Assam and Siam share the same derivation) but converted to Hinduism, they ruled Assam for some 700 years until the 1820s, and their culture and architecture is a strange and delightful amalgam of Indian and S.E. Asian. See temples with stupa-like profiles, and palaces of distinctive form – note the crocodiles and rather sexy caryatids that adorn the roof of the Rang Mahal. For the record book, the temple tank here is claimed to be the world’s largest hand-excavated reservoir. Lunch is taken at Horu Charai, a typical tea estate. Return to the ship and cruise for 3 hours down river to Majuli island, supposedly the world’s largest river island.
DAY 5 - MAJULI ISLAND
Majuli Island – explore the unique Hindu monasteries popular for their drama shows. The Island may gain the status of UNESCO world heritage site very shortly. A dance performance will be organized at Kamalabari monastery post noon. Later return to the ship for cruising.
DAY 6 - ON BOARD AND VISIT TO TRIBAL VILLAGES
Today we will be spending most of the time on the ship and occasionally stopping en route for visiting the tribal village along the banks of the river. We should touch the out skirts of Kaziranga National park in the afternoon and if lucky enough you may be able to see some wildlife movement from your ship itself.
DAY 7 - KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK
First thing in the morning will be a visit to little temple town of Vishnath, with a fine Ahom-period temple and then take a stroll ashore before boarding the ship back for sailing.
At noon we will reach the disembarkation point of Kaziranga National Park.
Kaziranga is a World Heritage site, and with a population of over 1000 rhinoceros is the best place in the world to see these beasts. There are also good populations of tiger, wild elephant, sambar, swamp deer, hog deer, wild pig and many other species.
Afternoon jungle safari through Kaziranga National Park, taking a jeep ride through its Western Range, with good woodland as well as grassland and wetlands which can be viewed from look-out towers.
DAY 8 - KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK
Early morning elephant ride in the central range of the national park, the best way to get really close to the rhinos. After breakfast, walk through terraced tea gardens and visit a village of the missing tribe.
In the afternoon drive to Kaziranga’s little-visited Eastern Range or the newly-opened Burapahar Range for a further jeep safari before returning to your cruising vessel.
DAY 9 - CRUISE TOWARDS SINGRI HILL
Spend the morning at leisure today on board. After lunch on board, we visit the, Da Parbatia temple. Later we will take cycle rickshaws to explore the local markets. Re-boarding our ship we cruise down to moor for the night near the isolated Singri Hill.
DAY 10 - FULL DAY CRUISE
The day is spent on the river, traversing a lunar landscape of sand islands then closing on the range of hills beyond which lies Guwahati. We should stop for the night not far from Ganesh Pahar.
DAY 11 - GUWAHATI
This morning’s voyage is particularly pretty, with jungle-covered hills on the south bank. Reaching Guwahati at midday, we moor opposite the city and climb up to the pretty Aswaklanta temple on the hill above before driving out to the beautifully sited temple ruins of Madan Kamdev, their erotic carving an indicator of the strong tantric traditions in the area. Returning to the ship we cruise down to Sualkuchi either this evening or the following morning.
DAY 12 - GUWAHATI
Today in the morning we will explore Sualkuchi to visit weaving workshops and see the whole process of silk manufacture, from cocoon to spinning to dyeing and finally to hand weaving into exquisite saris and dress lengths.
We will explore the Guwahati town after the ship docks and then even drive upto the Nilachal hill to see the Kamakhya temple, a pilgrimage destination for Hindus and especially for Tantric worshippers. The devotees offer flowers but may also offer animal sacrifice to Goddess Kamakhya.
DAY 13 - DEPARTURE
You have reached your destination today and its time to say good bye and proceed to board your flight for onward destination.
River cruise subject to river conditions, elephant safaris subject to availability. Both Kaziranga and Orang National Parks contain low-lying grassland which may not be visitable when the river is at or near flood level.