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What’s included

  • 5* hotel in Delhi, good standard hotel accommodation in Bhutan and Guwahati
  • Superior cabin on board cruise boat
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 13 dinners
  • Mineral water during road travel/meals
  • Special welcome and farewell dinners on-board
  • On board programme of activities
  • Shore excursions including a guide and naturalist
  • Sightseeing as specified
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • Internal flights between Delhi, Bhutan, Guwahati and Kolkata
  • Flight inclusive option includes Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax
  • Flight inclusive option includes carbon offset for the flights

Brahmaputra River Cruise & Bhutan Wildlife ‘In style’ holidays

Tour

Bhutan, India, Northeast India | Tour

Brahmaputra River Cruise & Bhutan

Duration:  18 days from the UK

Flight inclusive from £4,940,
Land only from £4,375

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The highlights of mystical Bhutan & a luxury cruise on the mighty Brahmaputra River.

Highlights

  • Explore Bhutan’s main sights - Paro, Thimphu & Punakha
  • Superior cabin in a luxurious cruise boat
  • Visit a tea plantation and Majuli Island
  • Jeep safari in Kaziranga National Park to see rhinos
  • Featured in the Times & CNN's Top Adventure Cruise List

Reviews          

This was a wonderful trip and an experience we will never forget. The whole voyage was made especially wonderful because of the staff, their helpfulness, concern, charm and efficiency. We wish you a long future in the tourism industry.
Mr & Mrs M, Australia

The holiday was lovely, thank you for your organisation. The tour leader and driver in Bhutan were lovely people, couldn't have had better. Boat staff and management on Brahmaputra were all exceptionally lovely, thank you to all.
Mr & Mrs W, Bedfordshire

Thank you to all the wonderful people, seen and unseen, who have contributed to this unique experience. We will never forget this week. May MV Mahabaahu achieve the recognition and success it so richly deserves.
Mr & Mrs M, Melbourne

Beautiful, all of it. We were amazed by the surroundings and people! We would recommend this trip to anyone. The boat, the people, the staff, the naturalist, all of them made it worthwhile. I forgot – THE FOOD - Delicious! Thank you again for everything.
Mr PB, Spain

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The source of the timeless Brahmaputra River sits high in the Tibetan Himalaya on the slopes of Mount Kailash. During the spring when the snows of the Himalaya melt, icy waters spill and tumble through gorges, channels and sandbanks then slow upon reaching the tranquil plains of Assam. There, the river becomes the lifeblood of the region. Colourful, tribal communities make their living along its banks, growing rice in flooded paddy fields and tea on the higher ground. The lush green forests and sandy beaches that pepper the Brahmaputra’s peaceful landscape are home to countless species of bird and endangered mammals, including Bengal tigers and the one-horned rhinocerous.

Our Indian Brahmaputra River Cruise & Bhutan tour offers a fortnight of fantastic experiences. Your first week will be spent exploring the mystical land of Bhutan, visiting the three main areas in Bhutan you will get to see the highlights of this fascinating country including a visit to the famous Taktsang Monastery.

From here you will fly to Guwahati in India, you’ll then take a short drive to join your boat for your week-long river cruise along the Brahmaputra River in the shadow of the eastern Himalaya.You’ll stay aboard one of the most luxurious and up-to-date cruise boats on the Brahmaputra River – the MV Mahabaahu, and make regular shore visits to the key sights of this culturally rich area including the Kaziranga National Park. Every spring, the national parks flood, the waters enriching the habitat for the rare One-horned rhino and attracting many of the birds that migrate to the area. Each visit will be in the company of an experienced guide and naturalist so you’ll be able to make the most of every minute in the Parks. On Majuli Island, known to be the world’s largest river island, you’ll spend time ashore to uncover the mysteries and treasures of Assamese culture and meet the people of the Mishing tribe in their local villages. In essence, a wonderful journey – the sights and sounds of the landscape and peoples will stay in the memory for a long time.

 


At a glance

Duration:  18 days from the UK

Max. Altitude: 3,140m / 10,301ft (Dochu La)

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Delhi

Accommodation types: Hotels, Luxury Cruise Boat

Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast in Delhi & Kolkata, all meals are included elsewhere.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
(Itineraries may vary depending on the departure date. For full itinerary details please download the relevant detailed itinerary).
Overnight flight to Delhi. Afternoon sightseeing in New Delhi. 3-4
Fly to Paro, drive to Thimphu. Full day sightseeing in and around Thimphu.
5
Drive to Punakha via the Dochu La, 3,140m/10,302ft. Visit Drukpa Kunley’s temple and Talo Gompa.
6
Walk to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten and Punakha Dzong.
7-8
Drive to Paro. Sightseeing. Visit Taktsang Monastery and Drukgyel Dzong.
9
Fly from Paro to Guwahati. Sightseeing Guwahati.
10
Visit the temple of Kamakhya. Board the M.V.Mahabaahu.
11-12
Day to relax onboard. Sail towards Silghat, visit tea estate.
13-14
Jeep safari at Kaziranga. Sail to Bishwanath. On board activities and boat safari.
15-16
Explore Mishing Village. Continue sailing to Majuli and visit the island. Sail to Nimati and drive to Sibsagar.
17-18
Disembark M.V.Mahabaahu. Fly to Kolkata (Calcutta). Fly to London.
Leader: Local leader, India
Local leader, India

Your Indian tour, trek or walking guide will be friendly, very knowledgeable about the region you are visiting and speak fluent English. We use one of the largest and oldest tour operators in India whose staff all have excellent training.


  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Delhi

    Fly overnight from London to Delhi.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Meals In Flight London To Delhi
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Delhi, afternoon sightseeing in New Delhi.

    On arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. If time allows there will be sightseeing around New Delhi. You will then head back to your hotel with time to relax and acclimatise to your surroundings.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Taj Palace Hotel, Delhi or Similar
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Paro. Drive to Thimphu, 2hrs drive.

    This morning you will be transferred to Delhi airport for your flight to Paro. This Druk air flight is incredibly scenic and provides you with excellent views to the Himalayan mountain ranges in the distance. The landing at Paro is an interesting experience as the plane weaves its way to the small runway nestled in the hills of Paro.

    Upon arrival in Paro you will be met by your guide and transferred to the capital Thimphu. This drive will take approximately 2 hours and provides you with great views of the surrounding country side. Upon arrival at Thimphu there will be time to take a stroll around the streets and to get a feel for this amazing country.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Namgay Heritage Hotel, Thimphu or similar
  4. Day 4 - Full day sightseeing in and around Thimphu.
    brahmaputra bhutan river cruise thimphu town.

    This morning after a relaxing breakfast you will be taken out on your first full day of sightseeing, you will have a full day to explore the sights of this least visited of Himalayan capitals. You will see the huge Tashidodzong, part monastery, part administrative centre. Other highlights include the late king's memorial chorten, the textile museum, a visit to the indigenous hospital specialising in herbal medicine, and the school of painting. You may also visit, above the town, the reserve which is home to the Takin, Bhutan's national animal and one of the strangest animals you will ever see! You can also watch paper being made by hand and visit the handicrafts emporium.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Namgay Heritage Hotel, Thimphu or similar
  5. Day 5 - Drive to Punakha, 1,280m/4,199ft, via Dochu La, 3,140m/10,302ft, 3hrs drive. Visit Drukpa Kunley’s temple and Talo gompa.

    This morning you'll make the 3-hour drive to Punakha, the old winter capital. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs via a series of zigzags over the Dochu La Pass, 3,140m/10,302ft. On a clear day panoramic views can be had of the eastern Himalaya, including Bhutan's highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum, 7,550m/ 24,770ft. The road drops down through varied forest finally emerging into the highly-cultivated Punakha valley.

    In the afternoon, you'll visit Drukpa Kunley's Temple built in the centre of the Punakha Valley and called Chimi Lhakhang, famous because of the many phallic symbols here. It is just a short walk across the paddy field to reach this temple built by the Divine Madman to celebrate his victory over the demoness of the Dochu La. Thenyou will drive to visit village and gompa of Talo to get a taste of rural Bhutanese life before returning to Punakha.

    THE DIVINE MADMAN - Drukpa Kunley (1455-1520)
    In Bhutanese mythology, Drukpa Kunley is one of the most beloved and revered sages of Tibetan Buddhism. Many are the legends that surround him, he followed a wandering lifestyle and was both an eccentric and highly regarded saint. He was renowned for his shocking behaviour and his ability to perform miracles. He taught a form of Tantric Buddhism and advocated that sexual freedom was at the centre of truth. The wooden phalluses that hang from the corners of Bhutanese houses and the paintings of penises that you often see on either side of the front door of houses are a relic of his teachings.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Zhingkham Resort or Damchen Resort or Similar, Punakha
  6. Day 6 - Walk to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten and Punakha Dzong.
    brahmaputra bhutan river cruise punakha dzong s harbert.

    Today you'll head out on foot to reach the lhakang where you cross a pedestrian suspension bridge over the Mo Chu river, and follow a path up through paddy fields to the base of the hill to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten. The climb to the top is quite steep but only takes 45 minutes or so. The lhakang was consecrated in December 1999 and contains sacred relics donated from Punakha Dzong (monastery/fortress.) A visit inside is usually possible. There is also an attractive garden area around the lhakang where you can relax and enjoy the view of the beautiful valley scenery.

    You will walk back down from the Chorten to your awaiting vehicle which will transfer you to Punakha Dzong - the power base for the old system of re-incarnate rulers. The remains of the original ruler of Bhutan, Nawang Namgyal, are kept in a small room at the top of the highest tower; only the king and the head of the monastic order are allowed to enter this room. Provided the head of the monastic order and his monks have not migrated from Thimphu it should be possible to view the inner courtyards of Punakha Dzong which has been beautifully renovated after being damaged in floods and which is now a showcase for fine Bhutanese craftsmanship.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Zhingkham Resort or Damchen Resort or Similar, Punakha
  7. Day 7 - Drive to Paro, 5hrs drive. Sightseeing Paro.

    This morning you will board your air conditioned vehicle for the drive back to Paro which will take around 5 hours. You will pass back over the Dochu La, with another chance for great views from the top. Upon arrival in Paro you will be taken to your hotel to check in and from there you have the option of either resting in the hotel and perhaps using the Spa facilities available or to join you guide for some sightseeing in the Paro valley, including a visit to the spectacular Paro Dzong and museum.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro or Similar
  8. Day 8 - Visit Taktsang Monastery and Drukgyel Dzong.
    brahmaputra bhutan river cruise taktsang tigers nest monastery.

    This morning you'll take the walk to Taktsang Monastery - the Tiger's Nest. The monastery is perched some 600m/2,000ft up on a cliff overlooking the valley and was said to be where the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tiger to defeat five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan. It's a steep uphill walk through woods, of about 1½-2hrs, to reach a tea house (an ascent of 340m /1,125ft.) Apart from offering welcome refreshment this tea house is one of the principle viewpoints of the monastery, and those that prefer not to climb any further can relax here whilst others have the option to continue on. If there is a particular religious gathering or VIP visit in progress, you will not be able to enter the monastery but a further half hours ascent is in any case well worth it, as it brings you to another viewpoint directly across from the monastery. If you are able to make a visit, to the temple itself the final section of the walk takes you from here steeply down 100m /330ft into the gorge that separates you from the monastery and then climbs back up again to reach the monastery gate. You descend back to the valley floor by your outward route and continue your sightseeing to the impressive ruins of Drukgyel Dzong and visit Kyichu Lhakhang - one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan.

    Please note if you prefer not to make the walk up to Taktsang it may be possible to hire a pony to ride up as far as the tea house (please speak to your leader about this the day before.) Alternatively your driver will be able to take you further along the valley to visit Drukgyel Dzong. Nearby there is also an excellent viewpoint for the summit of Mount Chomolhari, which at 7,313m /23,997ft, is the second highest peak in Bhutan.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro or Similar
  9. Day 9 - Fly from Paro to Guwahati.

    Early this morning you'll transfer to Paro airport and fly to Guwahti. On arrival at the 'Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi airport', Guwahati, you will be met and driven through the busy streets to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the town of Guwahati, or at leisure at your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Radisson Blu, Guwahati
  10. Day 10 - Sightseeing, board river cruise boat.

    This morning you will visit the temple of Kamakhya on the way to the ship. This Temple is devoted to the eternal feminine, the goddess of desire, whose name is Kama Khya, granter of desires. You will then continue on to the port to board the M.V.Mahabaahu where you will then be shown to your cabin.

    Once aboard you will have a safety briefing and will raise a traditional toast to Goddess Kamakhya to give you safe passage on the River Brahmaputra that carves the valley of Assam where you will be spending the next 7 nights and 7 days. You can then relax sipping Assam tea/coffee or Indian 'masala chai', whatever the taste buds crave for and enjoy the snacks. You pass by the smallest river island called the Peacock Island where the Umananda temple is located. Peacock Island is famous for the highly endangered Golden Langur. It would be a good idea to have your binoculars and camera at hand.

    In the evening there will be a talk on 'Kamakhya and the occult in Assam'. Soon MV Mahabaahu drops anchor and the evening follows into a 'Kamrup Swaagat Bhoj' or welcome dinner in the Mungri Mungram Restaurant with the chef's lavish spread of Asian, continental and oriental cuisine.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Cruise Boat
  11. Day 11 - Day to relax onboard.

    You can start this morning with yoga on an island or on the deck for an hour, others can scan the river for a fleeting sight of the Gangetic Dolphins and the birders inspect the skies for the winged species. You then move on to breakfast while M.V.Mahabaahu heads on for a full day sail passing by inhabited and deserted islands that may or may not survive the flood season. It is the non-permanency of these islands and the strength of the people to re-establish themselves which catches ones attention.

    This is a day for sunbathing on the Donyi Polo Deck, or a dip in the pool, or indulging in a massage, or sitting in the warm waters of the Jacuzzi or enjoying a steam/sauna and getting rid of one's tiredness from the journey. You make yourselves comfortable for the week to follow and observe the beauty of this pristine river. You indulge in a relaxed lunch and then after tea there will be a talk on 'The River Brahmaputra and the tribal life that exists alongside'. The rest of the day is spent relaxing on board with an introduction to the crew in the evening.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Cruise Boat
  12. Day 12 - Sail towards Silghat, visit tea estate.

    This morning there is another opportunity to indulge in some Yoga as the M.V.Mahabaahu sails towards Silghat. You pass by the famous town of Tezpur and under a famous 3 Km long arched bridge called Kolia Bhomora Setu. After breakfast there will be a talk on 'Kaziranga and wild life in India'. You then sail on for the next couple of hours and enjoy a relaxed lunch.

    After reaching Silghat you will drop anchor and take a short drive to a tea estate where you can stretch your legs and enjoy a leisurely walk through the tea estate watching the tribal women picking tea leaves. Here you stop for a talk with the manager of the tea estate who familiarises you with the essentials of running a tea-estate, the lay of the land and the climate. You 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.

    By sunset you are ready to drive back to MV Mahabaahu to enjoy a cultural evening on board and proceed for dinner and retire early for the next morning's jeep safari.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Cruise Boat
  13. Day 13 - Kaziranga National Park and Bishwanath.
    brahmaputra bhutan river cruise tiger kaziranga.

    Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Kaziranga National Park is located in the flood plains on both sides of the Brahmaputra. 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, bison, and a rich variety of birds. Kaziranga means the "Land of red goats (Deer)", as the word Kazi in the Karbi language means "goat", and Rangai means "red".

    After breakfast at a resort in Kaziranga, you drive on to Bagori, the Western Range of Kaziranga and get into the open jeeps that are lined up to take you for some more wildlife adventures and an extensive coverage of this magnificent park dotted with large water bodies called 'beels' in the local language.

    You return to the ship for lunch and set sail towards Bishwanath Ghat. You can then snatch a couple of hours of sleep that were lost in the wee hours of this morning. On arrival at Bishwanath Ghat (also called 'Gupta Kashi'), you take the smaller boats to visit this charming village. You visit the Shiva Dol in reverence of Lord Shiva and there is no way that you can avoid the women with their weavings and enjoy an excellent bargaining hour for the home-spun fabrics as you watch the ladies busy at their handlooms. (You can carry cash to the village to buy the handicrafts made by the villagers to encourage local craft). You walk through the streets near this ghat and move towards a quaint little pretty rocky inlet of the Brahmaputra. You return to M.V.Mahabaahu and get ready to spend the evening in the Soma Lounge and then to Mungri Mungram for dinner. You can then choose to watch a documentary or retire for the evening.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Cruise Boat
  14. Day 14 - Sail towards Majuli, boat safari.

    Early morning yoga is on the charts as M.V.Mahabaahu sails on. Breakfast is followed by a talk on 'Sibsagar and the culture of the Ahoms'. After lunch, you are ready for a boat safari on the eastern range of Kaziranga where the two waters of River Dhansiri and River Brahmaputra meet. Here, the presence of hovering pied kingfishers is an indication of fish life & the fallen branches of trees into the river support roof turtles. Monitor lizards as well as otters are very much a part of this area. Asiatic water buffaloes are known to swim over from the park to the sand banks on the other side of Dhansiri. Endangered vultures and eagles too can be spotted. Several migratory birds depending on the time of the year feature in this area.

    In the evening you will return to the boat where the Chef awaits your return to involve you in his cooking demonstration. The chef talks of the ingredients while you pour yourselves a cup of tea. You can then enjoy these freshly prepared dishes.

    This evening you can enjoy a relaxed quiet walk on a deserted island or a game of cricket or volley ball etc. You can then enjoy a comfortable evening under the stars with cocktails to order on the sandy island (expect sand between your toes and the breeze could be comfortable to chilly, a light jacket would be advisable) and of course a bonfire may be possible
    NOTE: Bonfire will be dependent on finding a suitable sandbank & on weather conditions.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Cruise Boat
  15. Day 15 - Explore Mishing Village. Continue sailing towards Majuli.

    This morning you will arrive at a 'Mishing' village and disembark on smaller boats to reach the river banks. The 'Mishing' are an ethnic group inhabiting a number of districts in Assam. It is popularly believed that they were dwellers of the hills of present day Arunachal Pradesh and migrated to the plains of Assam in search of fertile land as well as in search of civilizational progress. Almost all 'Mishing' women are expert weavers on handlooms. A 'Mishing' man will give you a 'Dhoti' tying demonstration and a woman will show you the 'Mekhela Chaddor' tying demonstration. (Dhoti & Chaddor are the traditional dresses of the Mishing).

    After climbing up the house platform and exploring Mishing homes, purchasing some of their weaves/fresh vegetables etc, you return to the comfort of MV Mahabaahu for a fine leisurely lunch and a relaxed afternoon while the vessel brings you closer to your destination.

    This evening you can get together in the restaurant for a cup of chai and a talk on 'Majuli and Vaishnavism' and get acquainted with one of the largest river island systems of the world. After some time at leisure there will be a fashion show of the beautiful dresses you saw being prepared earlier today. You will then be spoilt rotten with a lavish dinner by the Chef.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Cruise Boat
  16. Day 16 - Visit Majuli Island, sail to Nimati. Drive to Sibsagar. Return to boat for a farewell dinner.
    brahmaputra bhutan river cruise majuli dancers.

    You sail on towards Majuli Island while an early morning yoga or bird watching session is on. Majuli which literally means land between water is a microcosm of Assamese culture where various philosophies co-exist and thrive; ancient monasteries dedicated to preservation and development of culture and art have existed here since the 15th Century. The treasures of Majuli are undoubtedly its Monasteries or Satras that promulgate a form of Hinduism that is called Vaishnavism. These Satras are the hub of culture, art, religion and lifestyle. The Satras preserve antiques like weapons, utensils, jewellery and other articles of cultural importance.

    After breakfast, you take a short boat ride to the mainland where a drive takes you to a scenic corner of 'Garamur Satra' for an interesting cultural performance by Satriya singers and dancers. The art of relating mythical tales through dramas and masks is an important part of Majuli culture.
    After soaking in the untouched beauty of the area and a tête-à-tête with the performers, you move to 'Kamlabari Satra' to witness another performance by the Vaishnavite priests in the temple premise. You walk through the humble dwellings of the monks and talk about their daily chores and experience an insight into their chosen path.

    You then take the short boat ride back to M.V.Mahabaahu and sail to Neamati Ghat where you will disembark and drive to to Sibsagar, the ancient city of the Ahom Kings; a town that literally means 'the ocean of Lord Shiva'. The district is strewn with the tell-tale ruins of a powerful empire of the Ahoms. Sibsagar was the capital of the Tai-speaking Ahoms who came to the area from Yunan and China in the 13th Century AD. You go on to visit the Talatal or Karen Ghar which was the palace of the Ahom Kings and after a leisurely stroll in and around the monument you continue to Rang Ghar which was a place for hosting wrestling bouts and buffalo fights and other entertainment for the royals and their guests.

    You proceed to Sibsagar town that is built around a huge manmade water tank ordered by the queen and dug over 200 years ago. On its banks are located some of the famous temples of Sibsagar. The Shiva Dol, constructed in the year 1734 is believed to be the highest Shiva temple in India.You then drive on to a tea estate for an evening with the tea-estate family to get a peek into the lifestyle of the families that have been involved in the tea business for generations. As you sip your beverages and explore the gardens the cultural performances begin followed by a talk by the professionals on 'Different types of Tea' especially the ones produced in Assam along with a tea-tasting session. Thereafter, return to M.V.Mahabaahu for your farewell dinner where you again raise a traditional toast to the journey completed and the one ahead.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Cruise Boat
  17. Day 17 - Disembark. Fly to Kolkata (Calcutta).

    There is time for one last session of on-board yoga, or maybe an early morning indulgence in the spa or a hair do before breakfast. You then place your suitcases in the corridor before a relaxed breakfast before disembarking and driving with a packed lunch for your drive to the Rowriah Airport in Jorhat to board your onward flight to Kolkata. Arrive Kolkata and check-in to your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Swissotel or Similar
  18. Day 18 - Fly to London.

    After breakfast you'll transfer to Kolkata airport for your flight to London,

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Optional supplements
  • Single Room Supplement
    From £525
  • Single Room Hotels
    From £525
  • Single Supplement
    From £1,500
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The 'flight inclusive' holiday prices shown on this website are based upon our preferred airlines and the best priced economy class fares we are able to secure at the time of publication.

We will be able to advise on fares with alternative airlines, upgrades to Business Class, and the options for flights from regional UK airports, please contact us for more details.

What’s included

  • 5* hotel in Delhi, good standard hotel accommodation in Bhutan and Guwahati
  • Superior cabin on board cruise boat
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 13 dinners
  • Mineral water during road travel/meals
  • Special welcome and farewell dinners on-board
  • On board programme of activities
  • Shore excursions including a guide and naturalist
  • Sightseeing as specified
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • Internal flights between Delhi, Bhutan, Guwahati and Kolkata
  • Flight inclusive option includes Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax
  • Flight inclusive option includes carbon offset for the flights

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Use of the on-board spa - treatments paid for in country
  • Beverages except mineral water
  • Lunch and dinner on Days 2 and 16
  • SINGLE CABINS: If you are travelling on your own and are willing to share, we will attempt to pair you up with another solo, same sex traveller. Where this is not possible a resulting single cabin has to be paid for. Please contact us for prices.


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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 7 reviews)

Brahmaptura and Bhutan          

The holiday was lovely, thank you for your organisation. The tour leader and driver in Bhutan were lovely people, couldn't have had better. Boat staff and management on Brahmaputra were all exceptionally lovely, thank you to all.

Wonderful trip          

We have had such a wonderful trip and seen so many interesting places....The jewel in the crown was Kaziranga.

Fascinating excursions          

What a wonderful trip. Excellent service, superb guiding, fascinating excursions and delicious food.

Unforgettable          

Thank you to all the wonderful people, seen and unseen, who have contributed to this unique experience. We will never forget this week. May MV Mahabaahu achieve the recognition and success it so richly deserves.

highly recommend          

Beautiful, all of it. We were amazed by the surroundings and people! We would recommend this trip to anyone. The boat, the people, the staff, the naturalist, all of them made it worthwhile. I forgot Ð THE FOOD - Delicious! Thank you again for everything.


Extend your holiday

Bhutan Hotel Upgrades
  • Upgrade your accommodation for your trip in Bhutan.
  • Choose from lovely boutique and spa hotels in various destinations.

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For our brochure trips to Bhutan we offer good standard tourist hotels and lodges. However, nowadays Bhutan also offers some lovely boutique and spa hotels which we are pleased to offer as upgrades on your trip.


Kashmir Houseboat extension, India
  • Spend the end of your trek or tour relaxing on a luxurious houseboat in Kashmir.
  • Cosy bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.
  • Includes all meals, tea and coffee on-board, provided by your own cook.

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We are very pleased to say we can now offer extensions to visit Srinagar in Kashmir.  Closed since 1990, it is now thankfully open again to western tourists and at last you have the opportunity of true relaxation aboard one of the famous houseboats either on Dal Lake, or Nagin Lake.

The flat-bottomed houseboats have cosy bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a large living/dining room, and a verandah where you can enjoy mountain views and watch the shikaras (wooden boats) gliding along on the lake from shore to houseboat.

You will have your own cook on your houseboat so all you have to do is relax, put your feet up, and enjoy a well earned rest after the rigours of your trek or tour.


Ranthambore National Park extension, India

Ranthambore National Park extension, India
  • Known for its population of tigers.
  • Home to fascinating wildlife including jungle cats, hyenas, jackals, bears, crocodiles and large populations of langur monkeys.
  • Enjoy safari drives as you look out for wildlife amongst the picturesque grassland, hills and lakes.

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Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan is one of the finest national parks in northern India. Formerly a hunting reserve for the Maharajas of Jaipur, you can see a huge variety of fantastic wildlife and birds in Ranthambore, but the park is particularly famous for its population of tigers - although of course sightings of tiger can never be guaranteed many visitors to this park are lucky enough to get good views.  The scenery of the park is very varied with grassland, hills and lakes and there are also some very picturesque and atmospheric ruins located in the park. Even if you don’t see tigers there is abundant wildlife on view in Ranthambore with leopard and other cats such as jungle cats, caracal, hyena, jackal, wild boar, bear, several species of deer, and large populations of langur monkeys. Marsh crocodiles and other reptiles are also found in the lakes within the park. Owing to the wide range of habitats within the park there is also a large variety of fantastic and colourful birds, both resident and migrant, to be seen - in total, 272 bird species have been documented within the park.


Corbett National Park extension, India

Corbett National Park extension, India
  • Corbett National Park is home to one of the largest Royal Bengal Tiger populations in India.
  • Over 50 species of mammals, many reptiles and hundreds of bird species to look out for.
  • Ideal extension from Delhi to explore some of India's most fascinating wildlife.

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Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India. Located between the Himalayan foothills to the north and the ancient Shivalik Hills to the south, the reserve covers a wide range of habitat with dense woodlands, open grasslands, riverine vegetation, dry riverbeds and more hilly terrain and so offers much diversity. This varied habitat hosts a spectacular diversity of mammal, bird and reptilian life, unmatched anywhere in India.

The park is home to one of the largest Royal Bengal Tiger populations in India as well as other large cats such as leopard.  There are also around 50 species of mammals including large herds of elephant and four species of deer. In the park you also find many reptiles, including the rare and highly endangered Gharial crocodile. Corbett has a spectacular bird diversity – there are several hundred resident species of bird with as many more crossing on their migratory routes with bird diversity being at its peak during the winter months.


Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (India)

Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (India)
  • 1-day and 6-day extension options available
  • Add at the beginning or end of your holiday in India
  • Sights include the Red Fort, Taj Mahal, City Palace and Amber Fort

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After your adventures in India why not add an exciting day trip to Agra to see the sights of the one time capital of the great Mughal empire? Or, if you have more time available, perhaps a longer trip visiting both Agra and another gem of the ‘Golden Triangle’, Jaipur. Whichever option you take, once in Agra you will be looked after by one of our fully trained, English-speaking guides who will show you around the Red Fort, the Taj Mahal and the ancient city and mosque of Fatehpur Sikri. For those travelling on to Jaipur, you will take guided visits to the Amber Fort, Palace of the Winds and City Palace, along with time to explore the colourful bazaars of the ‘Pink City’.


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