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January 23, 2018 River Cruising No Comments Email Email

A new cruise tour package that combines India’s most popular attraction – the Taj Mahal – with one of the country’s most beautiful but least visited destinations – the remote State of Assam – has been launched in Australia to meet growing demand from seasoned Australian cruise fans for journeys to more far-flung regions.

Released by Cruise Traveller in partnership with Indian river cruise company, Adventure Resorts and Cruises (ARC), the 12-night package in December, 2018, links a 5-night tour of Rajasthan and Agra with a seven-night cruise on the sacred Brahmaputra River in Assam, a culturally intact region in far-north-east India that sees few tourists but boasts so much wildlife it is known as the ‘Serengeti of India’.

A cruise on the Brahmaputra River was recently ranked by CNN as one of the world’s top ten adventure cruises and was also featured in a special one-hour program on the National Geographic People TV channel.

Cruise Traveller and ARC are also offering a 25 per cent discount on cruise-only fares on selected departures in September/October, 2018, or April, 2019, saving couples up to A$2864 if booked 90 days before departure. Cruise-only fares are available from A$2948 per person, twin-share – a saving of $983 if booked 90 days before departure. The fare in a suite is from $4299 per person, twin-share, including the 25 per cent saving of $1432. The discounts are subject to availability.

Beginning on December 3, 2018, the new ‘Indian Safari and Taj Mahal’ package offers two nights in Delhi, a night in Agra and two nights in the ‘pink city’ of Jaipur, which, together, form India’s popular ‘Golden Triangle’. The overland itinerary takes travellers on daily excursions that include the iconic Taj Mahal at sunset, the grand palaces and forts of Rajasthan and an authentic Indian dinner with a local family.

Travellers then board ARC’s boutique, 46-guest river ship, MV Mahabaahu, for a seven-night journey on one of India’s great rivers, the Brahmaputra, from Guwahati to Neamati Ghat in the mystical, culturally intact State of Assam, a rich, green land of valleys located in the   foothills of the Himalayas. 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, bonfires on deserted river islands at night and safaris to search for Assam’s big four – the great single-horned Indian rhino, Bengal tigers, elephants and wild buffalo.

Other animals like river dolphins, deer, gibbons and 600 varieties of birds also help make Assam one of the greatest wildlife habitats outside Africa, with National Geographic once labelling the area the Serengeti of India.

Including international return flights with Singapore Airlines from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth, plus Indian domestic flights, the 12-night land and river cruise package on December 3, 2018, is available from A$6985 per person, twin-share.

“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 Indian Safari and Taj Mahal fly/cruise/tour package or cruise-only deal.

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