Mighty Brahmaputra

Explore a river that carves its way through the remarkable, varied and exciting scenery of the state of Assam. Visit national parks rich in wildlife, remote river communities and exotic temples

tour duration 11 Days from
tour price 4,090pp
tour type Private Tour

Places Visited

UK - Kolkata (1N) - Brahamaputra Cruise (7N) - Kolkata (1N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Visit the Hindu Temple of Kamakhya, dating back to the 16th century
Cruise up the stunning Brahmaputra River past river dolphins and birds of prey
Learn about the production of the famous and aromatic Assam Tea
Search for a myriad of animals at the Kaziranga National Park
Meet the Mishing People, a minority people of northern India famous for their costumes
Visit Shiva Dol, the highest Shiva temple in India

Days 1-2 Fly to Kolkata
Fly overnight to Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, on the east bank of the Hooghly River.
Days 1-2 Fly to Kolkata
Day 3: Fly to Guwahati
Fly to Guwahati and visit Kamakhya Temple, devoted to the goddess of desire, before boarding your Pandaw vessel. (B,D)
Day 3: Fly to Guwahati
Day 4: Sailing towards Silghat
Enjoy the stunning natural scenery and wildlife of the Brahmaputra River. Observe river dolphins and birds of prey as we pass uninhabited islands and the fragile communities that live here. Later enjoy a talk on the Brahmaputra and the tribal life that exists alongside it. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Sailing towards Silghat
Day 5: Silghat
Pass attractive Tezpur arriving at Silghat where we take an excursion through stunning countryside to a tea estate and factory producing the famous Assam tea. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Silghat
Day 6: Kaziranga National Park
Visit UNESCO accredited Kaziranga National Park for an elephant safari searching for the elusive Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros and Bengal Tiger. Continue to Bagori and further explore the wildlife of the park by jeep. Travel to Biswanath Ghat to explore the charming village. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Kaziranga National Park
Day 7: River Safari
Take a boat safari on the Eastern range of Kaziranga where River Dhansiri and River Brahmaputra meet. Here, observe wildlife at its most natural including pied kingfishers, eagles, vultures, water buffaloes, monitor lizards and otters. Dinner is al fresco on a deserted island. (B,L,D)
Day 7: River Safari
Day 8: Mishing people
Visit a local village of the Mishing people, where women weave on hand-looms to create characterful costumes. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Mishing people
Day 9: Majuli and Sibsagar
Explore the impressive Satras of Majuli before continuing to Sibsagar to visit the Shiva Dol, built in 1734, the highest Shiva temple in India. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Majuli and Sibsagar
Day 10: Fly to Kolkata
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Jorhat airport for your flight to Kolkata. (B)
Day 10: Fly to Kolkata
Day 11: Fly Kolkata to UK
Fly to the UK arriving home the same or following day. (B)
Day 11: Fly Kolkata to UK

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Additional Price Information:

Single supplement from £1390
Sole Traveller from £1420
Land only from £3,340pp (Kolkata - Kolkata)
Includes international flights and current taxes, domestic transportation, accommodation, meals as stated, touring with guides and entrance fees and visa fees for UK passport holders
Includes crew gratuities
Excludes tips to tour guides & drivers

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

The Peerless Inn
The Peerless Inn - Kolkata, India (2 Nights)
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One of the finest Kolkata hotels, The Peerless Inn has 122 en-suite rooms and is located in the heart of Kolkata, central to local shopping areas. All rooms feature modern amenities including; air-conditioning, TV, tea/coffee makers and mini-fridges. Other facilities include a fitness centre, restaurant and currency exchange.

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.

What's Included

all international airfares
all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges
all accommodation
meals as stated
entrance fees, guides and daily tours
visa fees for UK passport holders

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those who have a short amount of time and are interested in visiting the northeast region of India on a boat up the Brahmaputra River. This tour is a private tour yet you will travel with other people on your river cruise ship.

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