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Passage through Assam

A journey along the mighty Brahmaputra through Northern India’s Assam region aboard the RV Charaidew

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Think of Assam and your first thoughts probably involve tea and maybe temples. Certainly it is not noted for its tourism, mostly because of the lack of acceptable accommodation and transportation. This is a great pity, as this state that lies south of Tibet and Bhutan and north of Bangladesh has so much to offer the naturalist, bird watcher or cultural traveller. One of the world’s great rivers, the Brahmaputra runs for some 1800 miles from its source in the Tibetan Himalaya to its delta in the Bay of Bengal. Nothing can prepare the traveller for the vastness and emptiness of this great water highway, as myriad channels ply through seemingly endless archipelagos of sand islands. Within striking distance of the river are a number of significant national parks. Among these is the World Heritage Site at Kaziranga, where the world’s largest population of rhino reside.

This unusual journey will appeal to those who wish to witness this extraordinary area, its diverse cultures and marvellous wildlife but who are weary of the more well trodden paths around the world. The roads may be poor and the tourist infrastructure very much in its infancy, but that is precisely why we find this region so exciting. Now is the time to visit before big business moves in with the resort hotel chains and all other paraphernalia that 21st century tourism entails. For these voyages along the Brahmaputra River we are working with our associates, Assam Bengal Navigation an Indian/British joint venture based in Guwahati whose directors have a wealth of experience in operating river vessels in India. We have chartered the RV Charaidew from them and the vessel is specially designed for the navigational conditions on the Brahmaputra.


Charaidew

Charaidew

The RV Charaidew was built in Guwahati in 1973, as a passenger ship for long distance voyages for the wealthy including the President of India. In 2003 she was completely rebuilt and refurbished to her current form, retaining original features such as her polished brass engine room telegraph. With 12 elegantly appointed cabins, the Charaidew is well-suited to the challenging conditions of the River Brahmaputra for which she was designed.  Extensive use has been made of eco-friendly laminated bamboo panelling, while most fabrics are hand-woven by tribal people in remote villages.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Kolkata.

Fly by scheduled indirect flight from London to Kolkata.

Day 2 - Kolkata.

Arrive in the morning and transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay. Enjoy an afternoon city tour of India’s second largest city.

Day 3 - Kolkata.

Our morning excursion will include a visit to the flower markets and a cruise down the River Hooghly. After lunch visit the Marble Palace and the South Park Cemetery, the last resting place of many of Kolkata’s early British settlers.

Day 4 - Kolkata to Guwahati.

Depart on a morning flight to Guwahati. On arrival drive up Nilachal Hill to see the holy Kamakhya temple. With its tantric rites and animal sacrifice, the more squeamish may prefer to content themselves with the exterior. Visit the poignant Commonwealth War Graves cemetery and then embark aboard the RV Charaidew. Set sail and cruise for about an hour and a half upstream to Kurua on the north bank.

Day 5 - Ganesh Pahar.

The day is spent cruising upstream, with hills rising on either side, often battling against strong currents. We have time though to pause and visit a north bank village, with its lush green fields of vegetables and corn.

Day 6 - Cruising.

Leaving the hills behind, we enjoy our first taste of the wilderness experience, sand banks like icebergs on either side. We may make a short stop to visit a bankside village, creating a sensation as we do. We moor for the night in a lunar landscape of sand islands, with hopefully the Himalayas in view and providing a contrasting backdrop in the distance.

Day 7 - Tezpur.

We cruise on to Tezpur, where we visit the 6th century Da Parbatia temple ruins with a beautifully carved portal, then explore the town by cycle rickshaw, stopping at Cole Park with Medieval stone carvings saved from sites all over the region, and aim to pass by the bungalow once lived in by Alexander Bruce, pioneer of the tea industry. Our ship will be waiting at the town’s waterfront for us to re-board.

Day 8 - Nameri National Park.

After an early breakfast we drive for some two hours to the Nameri National Park at the foot of the blue hills of Arunachal Pradesh, the old North East Frontier Agency. Here we take a float trip of around two hours duration down the Jia Bhoreli River through the park, with excellent birdwatching (look out for the great hornbills) and perhaps the chance of sighting wild elephant. After lunch we take a village walk before returning to the ship.

Day 9 - Kaziranga.

Continue upstream, passing below a seemingly endless new bridge across the vast width of the river bed, to moor at Steemer Ghat, a lovely beach backed by jungle-covered hills. In the afternoon we drive to Kaziranga’s Western Range for a jeep safari and to scan the wilderness from an observation tower. Kaziranga is a World Heritage site and with a population of well 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.

Day 10 - Kaziranga.

Disembark pre-dawn and drive to Kaziranga’s Central Range for an early morning elephant ride, the best way to get really close to the rhino and other animals. After breakfast at a lodge, we walk through terraced tea gardens and past a Karbi tribal village, then drive to a Mising tribal village, with their distinctive houses raised on piles. After lunch either take a jeep safari in the little visited Burapahar Range before returning to the boat, or if preferred return directly to Steemer Ghat, visit a delightful Assamese village nearby and walk along a path alive with butterflies to a solitary temple on the river bank.

Day 11 - Vishnath.

This morning set sail upstream, with Kaziranga National Park on the right bank. Around midday we reach Vishnath, with an Ahom-period Shiva temple. There are other later temples too, and we walk through the town before reboarding and setting off again, with Kaziranga still on the far bank.

Day 12 - Cruising.

The day is spent on the river, and we have a good chance of spotting Gangetic dolphin.

Day 13 - Kaziranga.

This morning we land and take a jeep safari in Kaziranga’s little-visited Eastern Range, with grasslands much favoured by rhino, where you might spot the rare Bengal Florican. Returning to the boat, we continue our cruise upstream.

Day 14 - Cruising.

Another day spent cruising upstream. We shall take time to pause and walk through a bank-side village, getting an insight into the life of rural India.

Day 15 - Majuli Island.

Around breakfast time, we should reach Majuli Island, supposedly the world’s largest river island, and possessing unique Hindu monasteries famed for their dance-drama performances - the whole island is now shortlisted for future UNESCO World Heritage status. We visit a monastery at Auniati with an eclectic museum, then attend a dance performance at Kamalbari monastery, before cruising across to Neamati Ghat on the opposite bank.

Day 16 - Sibsagar.

We visit a tea estate this morning and see all the processes of tea production (factory inoperative between December and mid-March) then drive for about an hour to Sibsagar, the one-time capital of the kings of Assam. Shan by origin (Assam and Siam share the same derivation) but converted to until the 1820s, and their culture and architecture is a strange and delightful amalgam of Indian and S.E. Asian. We shall see temples with stupalike profiles, and palaces of distinctive form - note the crocodiles and rather erotic caryatids that adorn the roof of the Rang Mahal. For the record book, the temple tank here is believed to be the world’s largest hand-excavated reservoir. We return to the ship which will have cruised up to Dikhou Mukh close to Sibsagar, and spend our last night on board. (Dependent on river conditions the last night may be spent at Neamati, close to Jorhat).

Day 17 - Assam to Kolkata.

Disembark after breakfast for your flight to Kolkata. On arrival transfer to your first class hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 18 - Kolkata to London.

Depart this morning by scheduled flight (indirect), arriving into London this evening.

Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER SAVE £500 PER PERSON ON SELECTED DEPARTURES
Prices per person based on double occupancy
18 February 2016 to 6 March 2016 • 27 October 2016 to 13 November 2016 • 19 January 2017 to 5 February 2017 • 16 February 2017 to 5 March 2017
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Category 1 Upper deck twin £5895 £5395
Category 2 Upper deck double for sole use £7295 £6795

Tour Reference Code: RCASSAM16

Price includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, three nights hotel accommodation in Kolkata on full board basis, 13 nights aboard the RV Charaidew on full board basis, shore excursions, services of a Noble Caledonia tour manager, gratuities, transfers, port taxes, UK airport taxes.

Not included: Travel insurance, Indian visa, camera fees in national parks.

NB. Excursions, events ashore and ports are subject to change depending on entrance time allocations, venue schedules and river conditions. Elephant rides are subject to availability. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

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Destinations

  • India

    To see our current selection of tours in India click here.

    India is a beautiful and bamboozling place, an endlessly fascinating country that is often challenging and always surprising.

    Stretched between the golden beaches of the Indian Ocean and the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan mountains lies an incredible tapestry of natural and man-made wonders – astounding temples, mystical monasteries, frenetic cities, pristine national parks, lavish palaces, lost kingdoms, mesmerising markets and some of the world’s most iconic monuments.

    Visiting India is an assault on the senses. Sights, sounds, smells and sensations are all experienced at maximum intensity. On day one, it can feel intimidating, but by the end of the first week, the noise and chaos will seem like an ordinary part of life. The sensory stimulation becomes strangely addictive.

    India is one of the world's great melting pots, where an incredible diversity of cultures, religions and ethnicities live in surprising harmony. Presided over by an extraordinary array of gods and deities, one-sixth of the planet's population can be found here, living in anything from high-rise apartments and inner city shantytowns, to simple huts in remote villages where life has hardly changed in centuries.

    You could spend a lifetime exploring the relics left behind by ancient empires and the country's dramatic landscapes, which range from tiger-filled jungles to frozen Himalayan deserts. On the first trip, almost everyone finds time for the so-called Golden Triangle, zipping from the colonial capital, Delhi, to the Taj Mahal at Agra, then on to Jaipur, the colourful capital of Rajasthan. With more time to spare, you can discover 32 UNESCO-listed sights, from creaking mountain railways and ancient fortresses to mangrove forests and temples overflowing with multi-armed deities.

    Don’t expect to absorb all India has to offer in one visit; the country is best appreciated like a buffet table, with repeat visits to sample the next tantalising platter. And with India’s legendary cuisine, rest assured that on every trip, you’ll eat like a Maharaja.

    • Key Facts

      Capital:

      New Delhi.

      Geography:

      India shares borders to the northwest with Pakistan, to the north with China, Nepal and Bhutan, and to the east with Bangladesh and Myanmar. To the west lies the Arabian Sea, to the east the Bay of Bengal and to the south the Indian Ocean. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are Indian territory but lie off the coast of Thailand in the Bay of Bengal. Sri Lanka lies off the southeast coast, and the Maldives off the southwest coast.

      The far northeastern states and territories are all but separated from the rest of India by Bangladesh as it extends northwards from the Bay of Bengal towards Bhutan. India is separated from the rest of Asia by mountain ranges, forest, and desert -the Himalayan mountain range in the north, the Thar Desert in the west and the Chin Hills and Patkai ranges in the east. The Indus River runs through the northern disputed territory of Jammu & Kashmir. The most sacred of rivers, the Ganges, is in the east.

      Government:

      Federal republic.

      Head Of State:

      President Pranab Mukherjee since 2012.

      Head Of Government:

      Prime Minister Narendra Modi since 2014.

      Electricity:

      220 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs have either two or three round pins.

      Timezone:

      India Standard Time: GMT/UTC +5:30

    • Money

      Currency Information:

      Rupee (INR; symbol Rs) = 100 paise. Notes are in denominations of Rs1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of Rs5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, 20, 10 and 5 paise.

      Note:
      The import and export of local currency is prohibited. Sometimes smaller vendors will not take bills larger than Rs 500. It is best to carry a range of rupee notes if you are shopping at bazaars and local markets.

      Credit Cards:

      In major cities, the full cadre of banks cards are generally accepted including debit cards, American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. However, in smaller towns and villages, choice is generally narrowed to cash or MasterCard and Visa.

      ATMs:

      24 hour ATM machines can be found in all the major cities and most large towns. Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus, Maestro and Plus are amongst the most commonly accepted cards.

      Travellers Cheques:

      These are widely accepted and may be changed at banks and larger hotels. The most widely accepted currencies include US Dollars and Pounds Sterling. Some banks may refuse to change certain brands of traveller's cheques whilst others may exchange quite happily.

      Banking Hours:

      Mon-Fri 1030-1530; Sat 1030-1300.

      Currency Restrictions:

      The import and export of local currency is prohibited. The import of foreign currency is unlimited. However, amounts exceeding US$5,000 or equivalent in cash, or US$10,000 or equivalent in all forms of currency must be declared. The export of foreign currency is allowed up to the amount imported and declared.

      Currency Exchange:

      Currency can be changed at banks, airports or authorised money changers. Many hotels also have facilities to change money but this is a more expensive option. It is illegal to exchange money through unauthorised money changers. US Dollars and Pounds Sterling are the easiest currencies to exchange.

      Currencies: Exchange Rates:

      • 1 AUD = 41.62 INR
      • 1 EUR = 76.70 INR
      • 1 GBP = 98.98 INR
      • 1 USD = 68.16 INR

    • Climate

      Best Time To Visit:

      The weather is mainly hot most of the year with significant variations from region to region. The coolest weather lasts from around the end ofNovember to the beginning of March, with fresh mornings and evenings, and mostly sunny days. The really hot weather, when it is dry, dusty and unpleasant, is between March and June. Monsoon rains occur in most regions in summer anywhere between June and early October.

      Western Himalayas: Srinagar is best from March to October; July to August can be cold and damp in winter. Shimla is higher and therefore colder in winter. Places like Gulmarg, Manali and Pahalgam are usually under several feet of snow from December to March and temperatures in Ladakh, which is a high-altitude desert, can be extremely cold. The mountain passes of Ladakh are accessible from July to October.

      Northern Plains: Cities like New Delhi, Varanasi, Lucknow and Patna experience an extreme range of temperatures and are typically warm from April to mid-June, falling to almost freezing at night in winter between November and February. Summers are hot with monsoons between June and September.

      Central India: Madhya Pradesh state escapes the very worst of the hot season, but monsoons are heavy between July and September. Temperatures fall at night in winter.

      Western India: November to February is most comfortable, although evenings can be fairly cold. Summers can be extremely hot with monsoon rainfall between mid June and mid September.

      Eastern India: Weather in states like Orissa (which is flood-prone) are defined by cooler weather from October to February, scorching heat from March to May and unavoidable drenching from the monsoons from June to October.

      Southwest: The most pleasant weather is from November to March. Monsoon rains fall anywhere between late April and July. Summer temperatures are not as high as Northern India although humidity is extreme. The coast benefits from some cooling breezes. Inland, Mysore and Bijapur have pleasant climates with relatively low rainfall.

      Southeast: Tamil Nadu experiences a northeast monsoon between October and December and temperatures and humidity are high all year. The hills can be cold in winter.

      Northeast: March to June and September to November are the driest and most pleasant periods. The rest of the year has extremely heavy monsoon rainfall.

Charaidew

The RV Charaidew was built in Guwahati in 1973, as a passenger ship for long distance voyages for the wealthy including the President of India. In 2003 she was completely rebuilt and refurbished to her current form, retaining original features such as her polished brass engine room telegraph. With 12 elegantly appointed cabins, the Charaidew is well-suited to the challenging conditions of the River Brahmaputra for which she was designed.  Extensive use has been made of eco-friendly laminated bamboo panelling, while most fabrics are hand-woven by tribal people in remote villages.

 
  • Charaidew
  • Charaidew - Cabin
  • Charaidew - Sun Deck
  • Charaidew - Lounge
  • Charaidew - Restaurant
  • Charaidew - On deck
  • Your Cabin / Suite

    The 12 upper deck cabins measure 4.5m x 3.425m and are all en suite. Cabins are divided into ten twin-bedded cabins and two double-bedded cabins, all with under-bed storage for clothes and suitcases. All cabins have built-in wardrobes with hanging and shelf space, and also contain individual programmable electronic safes.  Bathrooms have shaver sockets, a hair drier, and a selection of Boutique toiletries. All cabins have large windows with sliding glass panes and fly-screens, and have two comfortable rattan armchairs which are well-placed for admiring the passing scenery. Mineral water is provided in your cabin and is replenished daily. All cabins have individual air conditioners.

  • Your Dining

    The single seating dining room provides a choice of both western and Indian dishes at lunch and dinner including always a vegetarian option. Assamese food is generally prepared without chillis, to Western taste, but hotter versions are available on request. Most dietary requirements can be accommodated given previous notice. A good choice of the best varieties of Indian beer, wines and spirits is available.

  • Your Space

    The RV Charaidew is a 38m long, twin-engined, steel hulled passenger ship ideal for navigating the Brahmaputra. Built along traditional lines the ship is comfortable, airy and light throughout. There is a spacious saloon looking out over the bows, with its own outside space reached through sliding glass doors. In the saloon is a bar, while in another corner there is a well-stocked library. DVDs are available for playing on the large TV set. The top deck is a spacious Sun deck with generous amounts of seating both shaded and outside, as well as an honesty bar for beer and soft drinks, while tea and coffee are always available.  A laundry service is available on board. For internet access, a dongle can be rented from the manager for use on your laptop, although network coverage is sometimes problematic. International roaming is not possible on foreign mobile phones in Assam.

  • Life Onboard

    Each evening in the saloon before dinner you will have a chance to get together with the ship’s manager and with the on-board guide, who will talk about the next day’s programme, and what is entailed, whether a rickshaw ride, a walk through a rural village, an elephant safari or an excursion using our minibus.  While sailing you can relax on the sundeck and watch the passing scene, while the on-board naturalist is usually on hand to identify birds or other wildlife.  In the evenings  drinks time in the saloon is always a sociable affair, while sometimes a film might be shown, or guests might prefer to play cards, Scrabble or browse the ship’s well-stocked library.

  • For Your Comfort

    Your ship meets all statutory safety requirements, and a full safety briefing is given on boarding. You are welcome to visit the bridge and observe the master and pilot at work picking their way through the shallows and sandbanks of the great Indian rivers. Often embarkation and disembarkation will be by means of the country boat which acts as our tender. Moving from ship to country boat to shore is secure and easy with plenty of handholds, while ever-willing crew members are always on hand to assist.

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Tour Extensions

    • Join us after your cruise for an exploration of Bhutan, in the heart of the Himalayas. The people of Bhutan are known for their warm hospitality and added to this, we are surrounded by some of the most dramatic scenery in the world.

      Our tour manager Pieter Shipster has recentely visited Bhutan, please read his interesting article: Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon. 

      Taktsang Dzong monastery, Bhutan Taktsang Dzong monastery, Bhutan

      Day 1 Kolkata to Thimphu Valley. After breakfast transfer to Kolkata Airport for your flight to Paro. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met and transferred to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan and an exciting blend of tradition and modernity. Check-in to your hotel for a two night stay.

      Day 2 Thimphu Valley. Thimphu, perhaps the most unusual capital city in the world, is the seat of government. Today’s full day of sightseeing includes a visit to National Memorial Chorten. In the evening, take a stroll along the town’s main street.

      Day 3 Punakha. After an early breakfast depart for Punakha. Drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/10,130ft), stopping briefly to take in the view and admire the chortens, Mani walls, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. On arrival check-in to your hotel.

      Day 4 Punakha. After breakfast, you will be taken to Khamsung Yuely Namgyel Temple (it is a 30 minute hike from the car park up to the Temple). Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten stands out on a beautiful ridge above the Punakha valley, built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck. It took nine years to build and Holy Scriptures rather than engineering manuals were consulted to construct this four-storey temple. It is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture and artistic traditions. In the afternoon, you will be driven to Wangduephodrang, a typical small Bhutanese town.

      Day 5 Paro. This morning we set off early for Paro with a stop en-route at Semtokha Dzong, “the place of profound tantric teaching”. In the afternoon drive towards the north end of the valley to view the Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now the National Museum. Then drive down to visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) situated at a commanding height overlooking Paro valley. Check-in to your hotel for a two night stay and this evening we will visit a traditional farmhouse.

      Day 6 Paro. In the morning, take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest. The walk to the nest is relatively steep, however the Monastery itself and the views from its walls are simply breathtaking. In the afternoon visit Drukgyel Dzong before returning to our hotel for dinner.

      Day 7 Paro to Kolkata to London. After an early breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Kolkata where day use rooms will be available at a hotel until our afternoon transfer back to the airport for the scheduled indirect flight to London.

      Day 8 London. Arrive this morning

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £2295
      Single £2995

      Price includes: Return air travel between Kolkata and Paro, six nights hotel accommodation in Bhutan on full board basis, day room in Kolkata with lunch provided, excursions, Bhutan visa fee, tourism fee, gratuities.

      Not included: Travel insurance.

      NB. Minimum numbers are required for this extension to operate. Please note that the high altitude of this tour may affect some travellers and so you are advised to seek medical advice before booking. A good level of physical fitness will be required.

       

    • Join us after your cruise for an exploration of Bhutan, in the heart of the Himalayas. The people of Bhutan are known for their warm hospitality and added to this, we are surrounded by some of the most dramatic scenery in the world.

      Our tour manager Pieter Shipster has recentely visited Bhutan, please read his interesting article: Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon. 

      Taktsang Dzong monastery, Bhutan Taktsang Dzong monastery, Bhutan

      Day 1 Kolkata to Thimphu Valley. After breakfast transfer to Kolkata Airport for your flight to Paro. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met and transferred to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan and an exciting blend of tradition and modernity. Check-in to your hotel for a two night stay.

      Day 2 Thimphu Valley. Thimphu, perhaps the most unusual capital city in the world, is the seat of government. Today’s full day of sightseeing includes a visit to National Memorial Chorten. In the evening, take a stroll along the town’s main street.

      Day 3 Punakha. After an early breakfast depart for Punakha. Drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/10,130ft), stopping briefly to take in the view and admire the chortens, Mani walls, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. On arrival check-in to your hotel.

      Day 4 Punakha. After breakfast, you will be taken to Khamsung Yuely Namgyel Temple (it is a 30 minute hike from the car park up to the Temple). Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten stands out on a beautiful ridge above the Punakha valley, built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck. It took nine years to build and Holy Scriptures rather than engineering manuals were consulted to construct this four-storey temple. It is a fine example of Bhutanese architecture and artistic traditions. In the afternoon, you will be driven to Wangduephodrang, a typical small Bhutanese town.

      Day 5 Paro. This morning we set off early for Paro with a stop en-route at Semtokha Dzong, “the place of profound tantric teaching”. In the afternoon drive towards the north end of the valley to view the Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now the National Museum. Then drive down to visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) situated at a commanding height overlooking Paro valley. Check-in to your hotel for a two night stay and this evening we will visit a traditional farmhouse.

      Day 6 Paro. In the morning, take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest. The walk to the nest is relatively steep, however the Monastery itself and the views from its walls are simply breathtaking. In the afternoon visit Drukgyel Dzong before returning to our hotel for dinner.

      Day 7 Paro to Kolkata to London. After an early breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Kolkata where day use rooms will be available at a hotel until our afternoon transfer back to the airport for the scheduled indirect flight to London.

      Day 8 London. Arrive this morning

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £1995
      Single £2395

      Price includes: Return air travel between Kolkata and Paro, six nights hotel accommodation in Bhutan on full board basis, day room in Kolkata with lunch provided, excursions, Bhutan visa fee, tourism fee, gratuities.

      Not included: Travel insurance.

      NB. Minimum numbers are required for this extension to operate. Please note that the high altitude of this tour may affect some travellers and so you are advised to seek medical advice before booking. A good level of physical fitness will be required.

       

River Guides

  • To see our current selection of tours for the river Brahmaputra click here.
     
    • Brahmaputra

    The Brahmaputra flows 2900km (1800 miles) from its source, the Chemayungdung Glacier, in the Himalayas to meet the Ganges and thence to the Bay of Bengal. It passes through several countries and changes its name along the way. In Tibet it is the Tsangpo (“the Purifier”) and its Chinese name is Yarlung Zangbo. There are a number of tributaries that join the river close to its source including the Lhasa (Kyi) that flows past the Tibetan capital, Lhasa.

    While still in Tibet the river passes through deep gorges (the walls 16,500 ft, 5,000m high at some points) and then into Assam in India where in the rainy season it can be up to five miles wide and there can be major floods when the Himalayan snows melt from June to October. It flows on through Bangladesh (as the Jamuna) and it is only around 900 miles (1450km) before its end that the river is called Brahmaputra (“Son of Brahma”) a rare masculine river name in India where mostly they are feminine. The stretch that is navigable by cruise ship is around the Assam region of India. This is best known for its tea growing but there are other crops too as well as wild hilly countryside, national parks with elephants and rhinos, beaches, jungles, rural villages and an abundance of wild life.

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