India Adventure: Cruise & Bike the Brahmaputra - 9 Nights India Travel Guide

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Start in Kolkata (Calcutta) and end in Guwahati! With the bicycle tour India Adventure: Cruise & Bike the Brahmaputra , you have a 9 day tour package taking you through Kolkata (Calcutta), India and 5 other destinations in India. India Adventure: Cruise & Bike the Brahmaputra includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Itinerary

  • Welcome & City Tour

    The British had sought to build ?thesecond city of the Empire? here in Kolkata. This morning we?ll set off on a walking tour of the ?European? areas of what was once the capital of occupied India. It?s the perfect introduction to both old and new Kolkata. Our welcome day also includes your first taste of authentic Indian cuisine featuring the flavours you?ll savour throughout our journey. Meals: LD

  • Welcome Aboard

    In and around Jorhat20km cycling The morning begins with a transfer to Kolkata International Airport. It?s approximately an hour by air to Jorhat, one of two major tea centers in Assam. Upon arrival, we?ll enjoy lunch at a tea bungalow before mounting our bikes. ?A short ride towards the river where our ship will be docked will get our cycling legs ready for the week ahead. Once on board, settle into your accommodation and enjoy the sunset plus an introductory Assamese traditional dinner, your first impression of the cuisine of the region. Meals: BLD

  • Explore Majuli Island

    35 - 55km cycling Majuli Island, a vast body of land in the Brahmaputra, is home to a number of unique Vaishnavite Hindu monasteries famous for performances of religious dance-drama. Majuli is a microcosm of regional culture that represents authentic, rural Assam. Majuli also offers a beautiful, flat landscape for cycling. Let?s hop on our bikes and check out the surroundings, where rural villagers will welcome us enthusiastically, as foreigners are not often seen cycling the area. At the end of the day, we?ll visit a monastery and its eclectic museum to attend a dance performance. Later, we return to the ship to start our cruise. Non-cyclists will attend the performance as well, with much of the day allotted to leisure time on board our elegant vessel to take in the changing scenery as the boat floats by. Meals: BLD

  • Cruise the Brahmaputra

    Today, relax on board as we sail towards Biswanath Ghat. We?ll have a chance to meet the crew operating the Chairadew and tour the ship. As time permits well make a short visit to a riverside village community. By late morning, Kaziranga National Park will be on our left ? wild elephants, are sometimes visible from the boat and at times, memorably, a tiger. Meals: BLD

  • Biswanath Ghat & Balipara

    40 - 60km cycling Assam has many hidden gems, and certainly one such place is the Biswanath Ghat. ?Named after an ancient temple housing nearly 330 million gods and goddesses, the area still contains more than 100 temples in the vicinity, though what is left today in many cases are just the stone posts. ?We will pedal from near the river to the start of tea plantation country straddling the northern shore of the river. ?After this cycling exploration, we?ll rejoin the ship near Tezpur. Tonight there?s time to stroll through this lively town located in the prosperous agricultural region. Non-riders will enjoy a walking tour of a few main temples before retiring to the ship. Meals: BLD

  • Explore Tribal Villages & Ganesh Ghat

    35 - 55km cycling An early morning transfer takes us to the edge of Nameri National Park. A naturalist guide will lead us on a walk of this migratory gateway. Later by bike we?ll continue our cycling exploration of small villages and take advantage of the chance to immerse ourselves in this unique subset of Indian culture. Meals: BLD

  • Cruise Day to Laharighat & Activities

    Today is our second full day to relax aboard our ship. Take advantage of this to restore your body for the next day?s riding and enjoy the views as we cruise along. We will have the opportunity to savor a tea tasting session with a professional tea taster and tea auctioneer! Does it get more iconic ?India? than that? Meals: BLD

  • Visit Probitora Wildlife Sanctuary

    35 - 50km cycling Today promises to be an exciting one as we cycle through picturesque villages and countryside along the south riverbank of the great Brahmaputra to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. This is considered the most densely populated area in the world of the rare one-horned rhino. Get your cameras at the ready to capture extensive birdlife as well as the elephants, rhinos, and wild buffalo. After our safari and lunch, we?ll ride back though Mayong, considered the land of black where the worship of witches is still practiced. Back on board, we cruise a short distance to reach Guwahati. Meals: BLD

  • Trip Concludes

    Guwahati is the largest city of Assam and serves as the hub for the seven states of northeast India. This is the site of the region?s well-known religious shrine: ?Kamakhya Temple which is dedicated to the tantric goddesses of India. This morning we?ll explore the city sites with our guides before returning to our barge for disembarkation and airport transfers. Meals: B

Inclusion

  • GST on total package
  • Accomodation in a well appointed room
  • Meals as per hotel plan and ones mentioned in itinerary
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary in an air-conditioned vehicle (except in the hills when the air-conditioner will be switched off)
  • All toll taxes, parking fees and driver allowances
  • All applicable hotel taxes

Exclusion

  • Anything not mentioned under ‘Package Inclusions??:tm:
  • All personal expenses, optional tours and extra meals
  • Camera fees, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages
  • Vehicle service on leisure days for sightseeing not included in the itinerary
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Tips, laundry and phone calls

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