Journey through Assam
18 days from £4690 per person
Assam is defined by the mighty Brahmaputra River, boasts two out of India’s five UNESCO environmental World Heritage sites and remains one of India’s main tea producing regions. Combining these strands, this itinerary includes visits to both Manas and Kaziranga National Park, a short Assam Bengal Navigation cruise on the Brahmaputra and explores the little-visited Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. From here follow the river north to the tea-estates of Jorhat and fascinating Majuli Island ending in Dibrugarh. This truly is a region of unparalleled remote beauty.
A Brahmaputra River cruise on board one of the Assam Bengal Navigation ships is the best way to experience this remote region. Classic riverboat design ensures comfort and serenity.
Hosting two-thirds of the world’s population of one-horned rhinos, Kaziranga National Park consists of elephant grass and marshlands, ideal for buffalo, deer and a variety of rare birds.
Known as the Tea City of India, Dibrugarh is the centre of the Upper Assam region. Take time to explore one of the estates and enjoy learning about the tea-producing process.
Day 1 Depart UK
Today depart the UK on the Emirates flight to Dubai. (N)
Day 2 Arrive Kolkata
Arrive into Dubai and connect onto the Emirates flight to Kolkata. Once in Kolkata you will be met and transferred to the Oberoi Grand Hotel where you will stay overnight. Kolkata is the heart of Eastern India. One of the forward-thinking intellectual capitals of India, the city has long been noted for its wonderful architectural landmarks—many of which date from the period of the British Raj. Kolkata is also known as the 'soul of India', one of the most populous urban areas on earth and an intensely human city. (N)
Day 3 Kolkata to Guwahati – by air
Guwahati to Manas National Park – 150kms
This morning fly to Guwahati and on arrival transfer to Manas National Park. Located in the Himalayan foothills on the Bhutanese border, Manas is covered by tall grass and dense semi-evergreen forest. This beautiful Project Tiger reserve is home to most of the larger animals found in Kaziranga and over twenty-two species in the park are classified as endangered. The tiger count here is now estimated at over thirty and wild elephant number over five-hundred. Stay for three nights at the Musa Jungle Retreat. (B/D)
Day 4 Manas National Park
Day 5 Manas National Park
Over the next two days explore Manas and the surrounding area. Take an elephant ride to see several different species of deer and monkeys as well as some of the park's 380 different species of birds. There is a wide range of wildlife to observe including wild buffalo, elephant and, if exceptionally lucky, tiger. Also visit local villages, a nearby tea garden and Bodo tribal hand-weaving. (B/L/D)
Day 6 Manas to Guwahati – 150kms
Begin Brahmaputra Cruise
This morning you will be met and transferred to Guwahati to join either the ABN Charaidew or ABN Sukapha cruise boat which will be your base for the next three nights. Later leave Guwahati and cruise downstream to an overnight stop close to the village of Viajynagar. (B/L/D)
Please note that this cruise is operated on a 'join in' basis and you should expect to be joined by other travellers.
Day 7 Brahmaputra Cruise
Cruise upstream to the little town of Sualkuchi, loud with the clatter of looms, to visit its silk weaving workshops and witness the whole process of silk manufacture. From here drive to Hajo, a place sacred to Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists and visit a hilltop Muslim shrine with far-reaching views and a simple Hindu temple with a sacred tank full of great carp, catfish and turtles. Later re-board and cruise to an overnight mooring near the Saraighat War Memorial. (B/L/D)
Day 8 Brahmaputra Cruise
Continuing upstream disembark at Pandu docks for a short sightseeing tour of Guwahati including a visit to the Kamakhya Temple which is located atop Nilachal Hill and the poignant Commonwealth War Graves cemetery. Later cross by country boat to the mid-stream Peacock Island with its population of golden langur monkeys before re-embarking and cruising on to Kurua on the north bank. (B/L/D)
Day 9 End Cruise
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary to Kaziranga National Park – 200kms
This morning cruise past jungle-covered hills and turn into the Mayong River. Using the country boat, cruise to the road-head and from there enter the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary by road. This small park has a dense population of the India one-horned rhinoceros and it would be unlucky not to spot some of these amazing armoured beasts on a jeep safari around the park. Later leave Pobitora and drive to Kaziranga National Park and the comfortable ABN Diphlu River Lodge for a three night stay.
A World Heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park is located in a beautiful setting on the banks of the Brahmaputra River and covers a vast area. Predominately swamp with tall thickets of elephant grass, Kaziranga provides the ideal habitat for the Indian one-horned rhinoceros. There are also good populations of tiger, wild elephant, sambar, swamp deer, hog deer, wild pig and many other species. (B/L/D)
Day 10 Kaziranga National Park
Day 11 Kaziranga National Park
Over the next two days explore Kaziranga and the surrounding area enjoying early morning and evening game safaris by jeep and on elephant back. Aside from the one-horned rhinos, Kaziranga is also home to over 1,000 wild buffalo, sambar, swamp deer, elephant, python and tiger. There is also a wide variety of birdlife as well as river otters and dolphins which are regularly seen. If possible, also visit a tea gardens and a Mising tribal village. (B/L/D)
Day 12 Kaziranga to Jorhat – 100kms
This morning leave Kaziranga and follow the Brahmaputra River north-east to Jorhat where you will stay for two nights at the charming 1920s Thengal Manor. Jorhat is one of Assam's major tea centres and, due to its location, is also an excellent base for exploring nearby Majuli Island. (B/L/D)
Day 13 Jorhat – visit Majuli Island
After breakfast leave Jorhat and drive to Neematighat for the one-hour ferry ride to Majuli. A World Heritage Site, Majuli is located in the Brahmaputra River and is the largest inhabited river-island in the world. The island has long served as a monastic retreat to the local Vaishnavite community, is noted for its traditional Assamese and Mishing tribal architecture as well as for its beautiful rural setting. Majuli is also a bird-watchers' paradise. In the afternoon return to Jorhat. (B/L/D)
Day 14 Jorhat to Dibrugarh – 150kms
This morning drive to Sivasagar where a series of Ahom monuments, tanks and temples encompass the 600 year old history of the Ahom dynasty. From here continue on to Dibrugarh and the Heritage Chang Bungalow where you will stay for two nights. Dibrugarh is the gateway to the 'hidden land' of Arunachal Pradesh. (B/L/D)
Day 15 Dibrugarh
Today explore Dibrugarh and visit the Mancotta Tea Estate to learn all about tea - from its origin to how it is grown to its processing and tasting. This area of India is one of the oldest tea producing regions in the country and plenty of time will be spent enjoying the estate's 157 year old tea gardens. (B/L/D)
Day 16 Dibrugarh to Kolkata – by air
After breakfast transfer to Dibrugarh Airport in for the flight to Kolkata. On your arrival you will be met and transferred to the Oberoi Grand Hotel where you will stay for the next two nights. (B)
Day 17 Kolkata
Today explore Kolkata with your guide. Places of interest include St John's Church which has a memorial to the city's founder Job Charnock, the Writers Building which is now the seat of government and the silver-domed General Post Office. Also visit the imposing white marble Victoria Memorial, built in 1921 and today a treasure trove of Raj relics. End the day at the excellent Indian Museum, the largest museum in the country which was established in 1814. (B)
Day 18 Kolkata to the UK
Today transfer back to Kolkata Airport to catch the Emirates flight to Dubai. On your arrival connect onto the onwards Emirates flight to the UK. (B)
KEY: N = No meals B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
- International flights from the UK
- Domestic flights
- Private car with English speaking driver
- Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
- Wildlife viewing with local naturalist
- Hotel accommodation and taxes
- Cruise accommodation and sightseeing with other passengers
What's not included
- Cost of visas
- Travel Insurance
- Expenses of a personal nature
Guide to Price
The price above is a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and season. If you wish to travel alone we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements and will provide a proposal on request
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