Golden Triangle and Brahmaputra


Follow the Brahmaputra River through the beautiful and undiscovered landscapes of the state of Assam before experiencing the breathtaking sights of the celebrated ‘Golden Triangle’, the location of the incredible Taj Mahal

tour duration 17 Days from
tour price 5,490pp
tour type Private Tour

Places Visited

UK – Kolkata (1N) – Brahmaputra cruise (7N) – Kolkata (1N) – Delhi (2N) – Agra (1N) – Kalakho (1N) – Jaipur (2N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Experience both land and river safaris
Gain an insight into tea-making at the Assam tea plantations
Gaze upon the magnificent Taj Mahal
Discover the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur
Explore the old and new of Delhi
Sail in the shadow of the Himalayas

Days 1-2: Fly to Kolkata
Fly overnight to the vibrant city of Kolkata. On arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.
Days 1-2: Fly to Kolkata
Day 3: Fly to Guwahati
Fly to Guwahati and visit Kamakhya Temple, devoted to the goddess of desire, en route to your beautiful Pandaw vessel. Cast off and sail passed Peacock Island, home to a colony of endangered Langur. Enjoy an evening welcome dinner and a talk. (B,D)
Day 3: Fly to Guwahati
Day 4: Sailing towards Silghat
Enjoy the magnificent natural scenery of the Brahmaputra River, and keep an eye out for some of the wealth of wildlife that calls it home - from river dolphins to birds of prey. Passing uninhabited islands and small riverside communities, you’ll be able to glimpse a rural India rarely seen by visitors. Later, enjoy a talk on the river and the tribes that live next to it. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Sailing towards Silghat
Day 5: Silghat
Pass Tezpur and a three kilometre long arched bride and arrive at the riverside town of Silghat. From here head out into the beautiful countryside to visit a tea estate and factory that produces the famous Assam tea. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Silghat
Day 6: Kaziranga National Park
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kaziranga National Park. Head out on an elephant safari to search for the elusive Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros (the park is home to two-thirds of the world’s population) and Bengal Tiger as well as herds of elephants, water buffalo and swamp deer. The park is also recognised as an important area for birds. Continue to Bagori and continue through this magnificent park by jeep spotting wildlife as we go. Travel on to Biswanath Ghat and explore this charming village by small boat. The local women may be weaving traditional handicrafts on the riverbanks. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Kaziranga National Park
Day 7: River Safari
Passing through more dramatic river scenery, set out on a boat safari passing along the edge of Kaziranga National Park where the Dhansiri and Brahmaputra rivers meet. Keep an eye out for pied kingfishers, eagles, vultures, water buffalos, monitor lizards and otters. Dine al fresco on a deserted island. (B,L,D)
Day 7: River Safari
Day 8: Mishing people
A lovely day will be spent visiting a local village of the ethnic Mishing people, which occupies part of the world’s largest river island. Here you can see the local women weaving colourful costumes on their hand-looms and watch a demonstration on Dhoti and Chaddor, the traditional dress of the men and women of the Mishing communities. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Mishing people
Day 9: Majuli and Sibsagar
Explore the impressive 15th-century satras (a religious/cultural institution unique to Assam) of the ancient town of Majuli. Continue on to Sibsagar, the capital of the Tai-speaking Ahom people who arrived from China in the 13th century. Visit the Shiva Dol; built in 1734, this is the highest Shiva temple in India. Spend some time with a tea estate family gaining insight into the Assam tea process. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Majuli and Sibsagar
Day 10: Jorhat to Delhi
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Jorhat airport and fly to Delhi via Kolkata. Transfer to your hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Jorhat to Delhi
Day 11: Explore Delhi
Take a morning tour of India’s rambunctious capital Delhi. There will be visits to all of the most popular sights including the Gandhi memorial, India’s largest mosque Jama Masjid and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Qutab Minar. We’ll also pass the magnificent Mughal Red Fort and the colonial landmarks India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan. (B,L,D)
Day 11: Explore Delhi
Day 12: Delhi to Agra
Drive to Agra and check in to your hotel. Head out into the city and visit the epic Agra Fort, set on the banks of the Jamuna River, and, at sunset, set eyes on the breathtaking Taj Mahal, one of the most spectacular pieces of architecture on the planet. (B,L,D)
Day 12: Delhi to Agra
Day 13: Fatehpur Sikri
Travel to the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri, where there are a spectacular array of long deserted Mughal palaces and temples to explore. Continue to Kalakho and check into your hotel. After lunch, head out on a camel safari and meet the people of the village. There is a cultural dance show this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 13: Fatehpur Sikri
Days 14-15: Jaipur
Travel to Jaipur stopping off at the Abhaneri stepwell, engineered by the local people to collect rainwater. Arrive in Jaipur and check into your hotel. Later visit Sanganer, to see its textile and paper industry and fascinating Jain temples. The next day, explore ‘The Pink City’, with visits to the magnificent hilltop Amber Fort, the beautiful 18th century Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), Jantar Mantar observatory and the City Palace which houses the royal residence and museums. (B,L,D)
Days 14-15: Jaipur
Day 16: Travel to Delhi
Travel from Jaipur to Delhi by road, transferring to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure. (B)
Day 16: Travel to Delhi
Day 17: Depart Delhi
After check out, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
Day 17: Depart Delhi

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A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel.
Unlike many other tour operators, we include your entry visas in the price of our tour. We handle the entire visa process – all you need to do is fill out the form and send your passport to us. We are always on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have when completing the form. 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and India is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size, and services used during the trip.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be fun and entertaining, especially in local markets all over India where souvenirs can be purchased for next to nothing. However all passengers must realise that the authenticity and value of goods is always questionable.
If the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is! Some shopping is made up of copied brand items and reproduced antiques.
 
In keeping with most people’s interest whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities in local shops and government factories. This may vary depending on local conditions, and should never interfere with your itinerary’s included sightseeing.
 
Each region has its own specialty; a traditional handicraft perfected by the locals over centuries, a climate that encourages rich spices to grow, or a type of wood, stone or precious jewel in abundance nearby. Textiles are a popular souvenir, including silk brocades from Varanasi in the north or Kanchipuram in the south, tie-dyed cottons from all over Rajasthan, saris, hand woven Tibetan carpets from Darjeeling or Dharamshala, or the woollen shawls pashminas of Kashmir and Ladakh.
 
There is also the heavy and elaborate silverwork of Rajasthan, “spring picked” tea from the hill stations, and the spices, wooden carvings or facemasks of Kerala.
 
If you prefer set prices, head to the government-run shops, usually called “cottage industries” or “emporium” which sells quality but reasonably priced goods. The more up market tourist shops will also have fixed prices. Markets, street stalls, and local shops can be noisy, crowded, and confronting, but this remains one of the most rewarding experiences of travelling in India. If your itinerary includes some free time and you would like to go shopping, ask either your National Escort/Guide or the hotel staff for advice on how to best get there. They should be able to tell you if you need a taxi or a rickshaw, how much you should pay for the journey and provide you verbal or written directions to give to the driver. Remember to take a hotel business card with you to find your way back!

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is served in the hotel and includes a combination of western and local dishes. As traditional in this region, lunch and dinner are served in a banquet style, so you can try the variety of specialty dishes. The amount of food served is more than ample for the whole group.
 
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people so dishes are not too spicy or unusual in their taste. One of the great myths about India is that the food is of poor quality and always hot and spicy. This is definitely not the case! In fact, North Indian dishes whilst often very rich and indeed spicy don’t contain as much chilli as South Indian dishes. Indian cuisine is predominately vegetarian; however more meat (chicken and lamb) dishes are available in the North. On our group tours, we use a variety of local and hotel restaurants, which provide variety in both the dishes and methods of cooking. If you like Indian food from home, you will have no problems with the real Indian food as it is similar, only more flavoursome. You’ll love it; though don’t expect to lose weight on your holiday, Indians love to eat and eat big. In tourist centres, some restaurants and hotels may also serve western dishes to provide variety. You may also prefer to bring comforts like cereal, biscuits, muesli bars and tea/coffee from home.
 
Drinks will be at each tour member’s own expense. Beer is widely available and cheap. Wine lovers should remember that western style wine is very expensive to import into India, so is not stocked except by upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice, fruit juices, or lassies (yoghurt based sweet or salty drinks) from a trusted restaurant; where they will use boiled or bottled water to prepare ice and drinks.
 
Tea is very popular and Indians simply love visiting the many street stalls which brew chai (also known as masala), a sweet, spiced tea brewed with boiling milk. Hotels will usually serve tea and instant coffee at breakfast or other meals – you can usually request the chai or masala style tea as well.
Packed meals: On some days, your National Escort/Guide may arrange for a simple, packed meal for your group. It may be a matter of schedule (on long driving days), hygiene (on train journeys), or your location (in remote areas) and we ask you to bear this in mind. Although this is not a full meal, most of our passengers seem to enjoy this change from the large portions and more elaborate banquets enjoyed most days.

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International flights & current taxes
Domestic transportation
Accommodation
Touring with guides & entrance fees
Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Meals as stated
All excursions
Use of bikes on board

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