Stay amongst the treetops like the ‘Jungle Book’ character, Mowgli, on the lookout for India’s rarest animals and cruise along the remote and sacred river of Brahmaputra as part of a new river cruise package to the sub-continent in 2019.
Released by Australia’s Cruise Traveller in partnership with Indian river cruise company, Adventure Resorts and Cruises (ARC), the 19-night ‘Wild India’ package in April 2019, links a 12-night land exploration of some of India’s best wildlife sanctuaries with a seven-night cruise on the remote 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’.
Beginning on April 1, 2019, the package offers guests one night in Delhi before setting off for their three-night stay at the Bandhavgarh National park, home to one of the highest populations of the Royal Bengal Tiger in India. Next, you’ll visit the bamboo forests and grassy meadows of Kanha National Park and enjoy a three-night stay at Kanha Earth Lodge as you gaze over the numerous swamp deer in the park or watch the sunset over the grazing gaurs (Indian bison) at sunset. To round off the land safari experience, you will spend three nights in luxurious tree houses and explore the sanctuary of flora and fauna at Pench National Park, the setting for Rudyard Kipling’s famous novel, ‘Jungle Book.’
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 Neamati Ghat to Guwahati 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, ancient palaces and bonfires on deserted river islands at night. 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, with the region home to the great single-horned Indian rhino, Bengal tigers, elephants, wild buffalo, monkeys and countless species of rare birds.
Cruise Traveller and ARC are offering an early-bird discount of up to A$1800 per couple on this independent ‘Wild India’ package, if booked by April 30, 2018. Including international return flights with Singapore Airlines from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth plus domestic flights in India, the 19-night land and river cruise package is available from A$11,775 per person, twin-share, in a riverview state room – a saving of A$900 per person if booked by April 30, 2018. The discount is subject to availability.
“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.”
For more visit www.cruisetraveller.com.au/mahabaahu