See India’s festival of lights and rhinos on the river
Cruise along one of India’s most sacred rivers abundant with wildlife – the Brahmaputra – and experience India’s majestic ‘pink city’ of Jaipur at its most vibrant during the exotic Diwali Festival as part of a new fly, river-cruise and stay package.
Released by Australia’s Cruise Traveller in partnership with Indian river cruise company, Adventure Resorts and Cruises (ARC), the 14-night ‘Diwali, Delhi & Rhino on the River’ package combines a two-night stay in Kolkata, a seven-night cruise on the remote Brahmaputra River aboard the MV Mahabaahu in remote Assam and a five-night independent tour of India’s Golden Triangle – Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.
Beginning on October 26, 2018, the package gives guests the chance to explore Kolkata – the ‘cultural centre’ of India – before transferring to Guwahati to board ARC’s boutique, 46-guest river ship, MV Mahabaahu, for a seven-night journey on one of India’s great rivers, the Brahmaputra, in the mystical, culturally intact state of Assam, a rich, green land of valleys located in the foothills of the Himalayas. During the cruise guests will get the chance to experience India’s diverse wildlife from rare birds to monkeys and search for the great single-horned Indian Rhino along the riverbed. The cruise features aromatic Indian cuisine, complimentary excursions and activities such as morning yoga and visits to remote tribal villages. Other highlights include monasteries, tea plantations and ancient palaces. The Brahmaputra River also boasts views of the 7000m-high Himalayas and, apart from the Zambezi River, is the only river cruise in the world from which boat, jeep and elephant safaris are offered.
After the cruise, guests will fly to Delhi where they will get to explore the charms of the capital with breathtaking monuments such as the Jama Masjid mosque or the 70-metre high Qutub Minar before heading to Jaipur. Travellers will get to see the ‘pink city’ light up the night sky as part of the Diwali festival. Known as the festival of lights, Diwali is a Hindu celebration of light overcoming darkness and across India, people place oil lamps outside their houses to symbolise that light. Guests will be able to see Jaipur’s forts, palaces, houses and markets illuminate the city with colour and experience the celebration first-hand. After the festivities, the tour takes in Agra for a tour of India’s most famous monument, the Taj Mahal, before the return flight home.
Including international return flights with Singapore Airlines from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth plus domestic flights in India and cruise excursions, the 14-night land and river cruise package is available from A$7595 per person, twin-share, in a riverview state room on MV Mahabaahu. This represents a saving of $700 per person if booked before May 30, 2018.
“A cruise on the Brahmaputra River offers Australians an exclusive and exotic new adventure far off the beaten tourist trail,” said ARC Chairman Sanjay Basu. “Accommodation in Assam is also very limited so a journey aboard the MV Mahabaahu offers the best, easiest and most secure way to explore the region.”
To book the ‘Diwali, Delhi & Rhino on the River’ fly/cruise/tour package, visit www.cruisetraveller.com.au/mahabaahu or call Cruise Traveller on 1800 507 777.