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Central India & Assam

Including a seven-day Brahmaputra River Cruise

India is a country that weaves races, cultures and philosophies into a tapestry that becomes more intricate by the day. Delhi, Agra and Jaipur are known as the jewels of India and we have added the Thar Desert – also known as the ‘Land of the Maharajas.’
This tour immerses you in North Rajasthan and Assam, the latter stretching out in the shadow of the Himalayas.
The seven-day cruise along the mighty Brahmaputra River allows us to experience this North-Eastern state of golden-green vistas of jigsaw like rice fields and manicured tea estates framed in the distance by the mountains that feed the Brahmaputra River.
The option to visit the mountain state of Bhutan is an added adventure.

Your travel itinerary

Wednesday 25 October

Auckland – Singapore

Depart Auckland on Singapore Airlines Flight. Overnight in Singapore Land Only available – join group in Delhi – depart Kolkata

Thursday 26 October

Delhi

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Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your hotel. Later enjoy an evening get- together and an included Welcome Dinner. Delhi is a dynamic city of two parts where the past coexists with the present. In 1911, the British decided to make it the capital of India and commissioned Sir Edwin Lutyens to draw up the plans. The result is slightly surprising, with spacious tree-lined avenues punctuated with architecture that is amongst the most striking in the world.

Friday 27 October

Delhi

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This morning experience the combined charm of Old and New Delhi beginning with a drive past the Red Fort, Jama Masjid followed by a Rickshaw Ride through the bazaars of Chandni Chowk. Visit the Sikh temple Bangla Sahib The place of ‘Sikh’ worship is open to people of all faiths, castes or creeds. The ‘Langars’ or the community kitchens proves to be the ideal example of prodigious hospitality of the Sikhs where anyone and everyone can have scrumptious meal. Continue past the historical India Gate, the Presidents estate and the Parliament House and visit Gandi Smriti.

Saturday 28 October

Delhi – Jodhpur - Jamba

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A morning flight to the 'Blue City' of Jodhpur and the gateway to the desert.

On arrival, lunch is at a local restaurant.  This afternoon drive to Jamba and the Dera Dunes Retreat - the worlds first resort on top of a high sand dune.

Sunday 29 October

Jamba

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Drive to Jodhpur, arriving around lunch time.  This afternoon see the 'Blue City' and visit the Meherangarh Fort and Jaswant  Thada, a graceful marble cenotaph.  Time this evening to explore the lively markets.

Monday 30 October

Jodhpur - Jaipur

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Drive to Jodhpur, arriving around lunch time.  This afternoon see the 'Blue City' and visit the Meherangarh Fort and Jaswant  Thada, a graceful marble cenotaph.   Time this evening to explore the lively markets.

Tuesday 31 October

Jodhpur - Jaipur

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Todays drive journeys through Northern Rajasthan. On arrival in Jaipur, time to relax at the hotel with dinner included.

Wednesday 01 November

Jaipur

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A full day sightseeing tour of Jaipu including the Amber Fort - a palace complex built from pale yellow and pink sandstone and white marble.  Time for a photo stop at the Palace of the Winds, the Hawa Mahal.  Lunch is at a local restaurant before the afternoon tour that includes the City Palace, now museums with fine textiles, costumes, an armory, manuscripts and paintings.  Visits Jantar Mantar to see a collection of architectural astronomical instruments dating from 1734.

Thursday 02 November

Jaipur - Agra va Abhaneri

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An early start today for the drive to Abhaneri step wells (Chand Baori) - more than 1000 years old.  Continue onto Agra for a late lunch.

This afternoon visit to the Jaj Mahal - one of the wonders of the modern world, completed in 1652 as a mausoleum for the beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal.

Friday 03 November

Agra

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Morning visit to the Mehtab Bagh, a garden built on the banks of the Yamuna River and an ideal place from which to view the Taj.  Enjoy a home-hosted lunch with local families.

Later driver to the red sandstone Agra Fort which stands like a crescent on the banks of the Yamuna River.  Three successive Mughal emperors helped create the massive structure.  Evening at leisure to explore the city.

Saturday 04 November

Agra - Deli

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After breakfast, a morning drive to Delhi.  Check into hotel with the evening at leisure.

Sunday 05 November

Delhi – Jorhat

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Transfer to the airport for your flight to Jorhat. On arrival, drive to Neamati Ghat to board the MV Mahabaahu in time for lunch and a seven night cruise.   This evening raise a traditional toast to the mighty Brahmaputra River that carves the valley of Assam. This afternoon keep watch for a fleeting glimpse of the Gangetic dolphins, bar headed geese, egrets and cormorants returning to their abodes on deserted islands as the sun lowers itself in the western horizon. Talk of ‘Sibsagar, the seat of Ahom Civilization’ that ruled the north eastern region of India for six centuries. Short talk of ‘Tea in Assam’ continues over High Tea.

Monday 06 November

Sibsagar

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A day-excursion to 13th century Sibsagar. Drive to a tea estate for a relaxed afternoon for a traditional Assamese lunch with the tea-estate family who have been involved in the tea business for more than a century. Return to MV Mahabaahu by sunset.

Tuesday 07 November

Majuli Island Visit

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Begin the day with Yoga or a walk along the swamps to catch a sight of owls, eagles, adjutant storks, sea gulls, king fishers and swallows. Enjoy a talk of ‘Majuli, the seat of Vaishnav culture’ later drive to ‘Satra’ (monastery) for a cultural performance by singers and dancers. Sail towards the Mishing Village whose people live on the banks of the river in houses with raised platforms and are expert weavers. Opportunity to buy ethnic colourful cotton weaves and indulge in a dhoti tying and a Mekhela Chaadar wearing demonstration Evening under the stars on a deserted island for dinner

Thursday 09 November

On Board

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A talk on Kaziranga and the wild life in India, then go ashore to the Bishwanath Ghat and walk through the village to see how this suburban village thrives.

An afternoon drive to the Kalibore tea estate and the tea factory to see the process of finally producing Assam Tea then visit a jute mill. At sunset, we enjoy a cultural evening on board.

Friday 10 November

On Board

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An early morning drive to the Kaziranga National Park - home to the Greater One horned Indian Rhinoceros, wild elephants, tiger, deer, Asiatic wild buffalo and a rich variety of birds. After breakfast drive to Bagori, the Western Range of Kaziranga for an open jeep wild life adventure. Return to our boat for a leisurely lunch. This evening a traditional Assamese theme dinner.

Saturday 11 November

On Board

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This morning visit an island that is occupied predominantly by a bangla- speaking Muslim community involved in extensive farming. Later sail towards Pandu Port and anchor at a jetty before dinner ‘Alvida Bhoj’.

Sunday 12 November

Guwahati – Kolkata

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Disembark and drive to the Kamakhya Temple, devoted to the eternal feminine, Kama Khya before a transfer to the airport for your flight to Kolkata. Check in to your hotel with the rest of the day at leisure.   Kolkata mainly gained importance in the times of British rule as it had been the capital of India till the year 1912. At present, it is the capital of West Bengal and is one of the most important places of cultural workshop and industrial center.

Monday 13 November

Kolkata

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Visit Mother Theresa’s House called ‘Nirmal Hriday’ and Shishu Bhawan. Mother Teresa’s great work caring for abandoned children is carried out at this centre. Afternoon at leisure to shop.

Tuesday 14 November

Kolkata

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This morning there is an optional early morning visit to the flower market – Eastern India’s largest flower market with hundreds of stalls where 2,000 flower growers from the surrounding areas sell their flowers and garlands. Afterwards visit the Victoria Memorial. This marble white monument is one of the most fascinating landmarks of Kolkata. Afternoon at leisure. This evening we have our farewell dinner then transfer to the airport for a late evening flight

Wednesday 15 November

Kolkata - Singapore

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Change planes and continue on to Auckland, arriving midnight.

Thursday 16 November

Auckland

Arrive Auckland

Inclusions

  • Return economy airfares Auckland / Singapore / Delhi // Kolkata – Singapore – Auckland
  • Domestic air flights Jodhpur – Delhi / Guwahati - Kolkata
  • Travel in air conditioned coaches
  • Accommodation in 4 star hotels with private facilities
  • Breakfasts daily, lunches and dinners as specified
  • Entrance fees at monuments outlined in the itinerary
  • Shared boat ride on Lake Pichola
  • Jeep safari
  • Seven day river boat cruise with included meals
  • Excursions off the boat
  • One home-hosted meal
  • Two bottles of mineral water per person, per day
  • Government Service Tax @ 4.5%
  • English speaking guide for the 10 days prior to the cruise
  • Services of English speaking naturalist / destination manager during all the included boat excursions
  • Pukekohe Travel tour escort (subject to 15 people travelling

Cost

Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle Supplement
 Superior Deck 1 - with Balcony (86 sq m) $10,273  +$4,582
 Superior Deck 2- without Balcony     TWO LEFT $ 9,777  +$4,267
Business Class Upgrade $POA
Premium Economy Class Upgrade $POA
Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount $100

 

Exclusions

  • Airport and security taxes (approx. $142 per person)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Camera / video fees at monuments
  • Indian visa (approx. NZD115 per person) - NZ Passport holders. All other passport holders please ask
  • Travel Insurance (Please ask us for a quote)
  • Gratuities and tips

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $1000 per person will secure a place on the tour
  • Full payment due no later than 29 July 2017

Cancellations and Refunds

  • From the date of booking until 29 July – loss of deposit
  • After 29 July – no refund

Documentation

  • A current New Zealand passport is required valid six months beyond the date of travel.
  • New Zealand passport holders require a visa for India (approx. NZD115 per person)
  • All other passports please ask

General Information

  • There are no obligatory inoculations required
  • The tour stays in 4 Star hotels and included meals will be at recommended restaurants which will minimise health risks
  • Hepatitis should not be an issue but precautionary measures are you choice
  • Ciprofloxim is an antibiotic for stomach upsets and we strongly recommend everyone takes this medication on tour
  • Update your tetanus and polio
  • Assam is a Malaria-risk area. A good Deet insect repellent is recommended and long sleeved trousers and shirts early morning and evening are advised • Malaria prevention varies considerably. Check with your medical professional
  • The streets of India are busy and pavements crowded and rough. A good standard of health and mobility are required with the ability to climb steps and walk up hills​​​​​


Temperatures

  Min Max
Delhi 18 31
Jorhat -07 11
Kolkata 18 29
Bhutan -06 11

 

Clothing

  • Comfortable clothes are the order of the day – the laundry service in the hotels is inexpensive and efficient. Hats, sunglasses and comfortable sandals are a must. A scarf or pareu is handy for temples etc or for sun protection. A small umbrella is great for rain showers or sunshade. Photographic opportunities are plentiful – respect the local people and ask before taking photos.

 

Currency / Money

• Cash is king in India. Take USD, Euro or Pounds Sterling to change into Rupees ATMs are available in the cities and it is advisable to use ones located inside a bank – this can be time-consuming!
• Credit Cards, Visa and Mastercard are accepted in all the hotels we will be staying in and larger more up-market restaurants and shops


Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change

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