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Adventures Afloat: Mighty Brahmaputra: Taj, Tribes and Temples

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Program #20121RJ
18 Days | 17 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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Itinerary for Jan 26 — Feb 12, 2014

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Day One: Sunday, January 26 - Departure from the U.S.A.
Depart From: Depart from US for flight to India.

Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: The Suryaa New Delhi is a 5-Star Hotel located in the heart of New Delhi, a mere 40 minute drive from the airport & adjacent to Delhi's business districts, Nehru Place, Pragati Maidan-International Trade Fair venue, Okhla & Noida Export Promotion Zone. Shopping malls, recreation facilities and historical monuments are all in the close vicinity of the hotel. The world-renowned Apollo Hospital & the Escorts Heart Institute are also located close to the hotel.

Ship Information: x

Contact info:
New Friends Colony
New Delhi, 110 025 India
phone: +911126835070
web: www.thesuryaanewdelhi.com/

Room amenities: Satellite TV, CD Player, DVD Player, In-Room Movies, Coffee Maker, Mini-Refrigerator, Mini Bar, Wi-Fi Internet, Phone with Voicemail, Bathrobe, Hairdryer, Bathtub, In-Room Safe, Air Conditioning & Iron/Ironing Board

Facility amenities: Laundry/Dry Cleaning, Multi-lingual Staff, Administrative Services, Concierge Services, Barber/Hair Stylist, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Fax, Gift Shop, Room Service, Health Club, Indoor Pool, Health Spa/Massage, Outdoor Pool, Hot Tub, ATM & Safe Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Two: Monday, January 27 - Welcome to Delhi
Afternoon: Late afternoon arrivals in Delhi.

Dinner: A light meal at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Suryaa New Delhi

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: The Suryaa New Delhi is a 5-Star Hotel located in the heart of New Delhi, a mere 40 minute drive from the airport & adjacent to Delhi's business districts, Nehru Place, Pragati Maidan-International Trade Fair venue, Okhla & Noida Export Promotion Zone. Shopping malls, recreation facilities and historical monuments are all in the close vicinity of the hotel. The world-renowned Apollo Hospital & the Escorts Heart Institute are also located close to the hotel.

Ship Information: x

Contact info:
New Friends Colony
New Delhi, 110 025 India
phone: +911126835070
web: www.thesuryaanewdelhi.com/

Room amenities: Satellite TV, CD Player, DVD Player, In-Room Movies, Coffee Maker, Mini-Refrigerator, Mini Bar, Wi-Fi Internet, Phone with Voicemail, Bathrobe, Hairdryer, Bathtub, In-Room Safe, Air Conditioning & Iron/Ironing Board

Facility amenities: Laundry/Dry Cleaning, Multi-lingual Staff, Administrative Services, Concierge Services, Barber/Hair Stylist, Business Center, Currency Exchange, Fax, Gift Shop, Room Service, Health Club, Indoor Pool, Health Spa/Massage, Outdoor Pool, Hot Tub, ATM & Safe Deposit Box

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: n/a
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.


Day Three: Tuesday, January 28 - Old Delhi and New Delhi
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Convene with your fellow participants for a program orientation. Then, get ready for Old Delhi Excursion: Drive pas Red Fort and Jama Mosque. Then navigate its narrow dirt roads, its myriad of people and colorful bazaars, to continue on to & visit Raj Ghat - the cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi.

Lunch: In a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon, depart on a discovery of New Delhi's monuments: India Gate - the archway built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War; Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the President of India; Parliament House; and the government secretariat buildings at Connaught Place. Then visit Qutub Minar. Explore Qutub Minar. Qutab Minar is a great masterpiece of Mughal architecture. The tall minaret was constructed in 1192 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, and later completed by his successor Iltutmish. The soaring conical tower is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture. Qutub Minar is a World Heritage Site and has survived the ravages of time impressively.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Suryaa New Delhi

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is within walking distance of the Taj Mahal, set in a quiet landscape of gardens.

Contact info:
Fatehabad Rd.
Agra, 282 001 India
phone: +91 562 223 5000
web: www.tridenthotels.com/agra/index.asp

Room amenities: 138 rooms with central air-conditioning with individually controlled thermostat, mini-bar, electronic safes, tea- and coffee-making facility, direct-dial telephones with dataport connection, Internet access, satellite television, hair dryer. Nonsmoking rooms available.

Facility amenities: Restaurants and Bars, outdoor swimming pool, barber shop, beauty salon, concierge desk, gift shop, safety deposit box, laundry service, foreign currency exchange, and business center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Wednesday, January 29 - The Monuments of the Moghul Empire
Note: Drive from New Delhi to Agra is a 4 hour bus drive with rest stops.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Depart to Agra. En route, your Study Leader presents an overview of Indian History:Pre Moghul Period.

Lunch: Lunch at hotel. .

Afternoon: Check into the hotel, before lunch. Then in the late afternoon, cross the Yamuna River to view the Taj Mahal at sunset and join a local expert on a discusson about Moghul history. While on this excursion, explore the Tomb of Itmad Ud Daulah. This beautiful mausoleum was the first one to be built on a riverbank, which was normally used only to build pleasure gardens till then. The marble mausoleum is designed like a silver jewel box with stunning and delicate inlay work.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Agra

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel is within walking distance of the Taj Mahal, set in a quiet landscape of gardens.

Contact info:
Fatehabad Rd.
Agra, 282 001 India
phone: +91 562 223 5000
web: www.tridenthotels.com/agra/index.asp

Room amenities: 138 rooms with central air-conditioning with individually controlled thermostat, mini-bar, electronic safes, tea- and coffee-making facility, direct-dial telephones with dataport connection, Internet access, satellite television, hair dryer. Nonsmoking rooms available.

Facility amenities: Restaurants and Bars, outdoor swimming pool, barber shop, beauty salon, concierge desk, gift shop, safety deposit box, laundry service, foreign currency exchange, and business center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Thursday, January 30 - Sunrise at the Taj Mahal/Agra Fort
Note: Standing required for about 1 to 2 hours at a time.

Breakfast: In the hotel upon return from the Taj Mahal.

Morning: Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty as you watch the sunrise at the Taj Mahal. The building is unique due to its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, and medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. Take some time to explore the exquisite grounds and view the highly decorated inside chamber. Return to hotel for breakfast, then at mid-morning, the coach will depart for Agra Fort. This afternoon, visit Agra Fort-a UNESCO World Heritage site. Originally planned as an impregnable military structure by Akbar, the Agra Fort, over a period of time, acquired all the elegance, lavishness and majesty of an imperial palace.

Lunch: Observe a cooking demonstration in a traditional Indian home and then feast on the meal specially prepared for you.

Afternoon: After lunch, relax or explore Agra on your own.

Dinner: Your choice to explore local fare.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Agra

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Set in six acres of landscaped gardens, across from the Jal Mahal Palace, the Trident Jaipur overlooks Lake Mansagar and the surrounding Aravalli hills, in a peaceful setting approximately ten minutes outside of the center of Jaipur.

Contact info:
Amber Fort Rd.
Jaipur, 302 002 India
phone: +91 141 267 0101
web: www.tridenthotels.com/jaipur/index.asp

Room amenities: Individually-controlled air conditioning, balcony, cable television, coffee maker, hairdryer, Internet access, mini-bar, telephone with voicemail and wake-up alarm, electronic smoke detector and safe. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Restaurant with international and Indian cuisine, bar with terrace, room service, business center, wireless Internet access, currency exchange, laundry service, fitness center and outdoor heated swimming pool.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Friday, January 31 - The Pink City of Jaipur and Dinner in a local Hom...
Note: The drive from Agra to Jaipur will take about 5 to 6 hours with enroute stops.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Depart for the drive to Jaipur. En route, explore Fatehpur Sikri, the sandstone city built by the 14 Mughal Emperor Akbar. A variety of architectural styles are found here, due to the employment of craftsmen representing many different schools. Originally planned as the capital, a shortage of water compelled Akbar to abandon his plans. Your Study Leader will also discuss the evolution of the caste system and it's deep roots in Indian society.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Take in the riot of colors on a walk with your Study Leader through the local market.

Dinner: Share an exclusive evening in the company of a local family in their home.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Set in six acres of landscaped gardens, across from the Jal Mahal Palace, the Trident Jaipur overlooks Lake Mansagar and the surrounding Aravalli hills, in a peaceful setting approximately ten minutes outside of the center of Jaipur.

Contact info:
Amber Fort Rd.
Jaipur, 302 002 India
phone: +91 141 267 0101
web: www.tridenthotels.com/jaipur/index.asp

Room amenities: Individually-controlled air conditioning, balcony, cable television, coffee maker, hairdryer, Internet access, mini-bar, telephone with voicemail and wake-up alarm, electronic smoke detector and safe. All rooms are non-smoking.

Facility amenities: Restaurant with international and Indian cuisine, bar with terrace, room service, business center, wireless Internet access, currency exchange, laundry service, fitness center and outdoor heated swimming pool.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Saturday, February 01 - The Palaces and Forts of Jaipur
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy the morning exploring the Amber Fort. Amber, the capital of Rajasthan for 6 centuries before Jaipur was built, lies 11 km north of Jaipur. Rising majestically on the slopes of a hill, this 11th century fort and palace complex is a blend of Hindu and Muslim styles. We will use jeeps to ascend and descend). Also, make a photo stop at Hawa Mahal.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Explore Jaipur, known as the “pink city” because of the pink-colored sandstone of the buildings in the old walled city. Visit the City Palace, still the the Maharaja's residence but largely given over to a museum containing rare manuscripts, fine specimens of Rajput and Mughal paintings, royal apparel and an armory. Continue to the Hawa Mahal - the Palace of Winds - whose elaborate, honeycombed sandstone is a famous icon of the city. At Jantar Mantar, built by the city founder Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, learn how the huge stone instruments were devised to study the movements of the sun, moon and planets and remain incredibly accurate today.

Dinner: Dinner on own.

Lodging: Trident Hotel Jaipur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Riverboat

Description: The M.V. MAHABAAHU is the most luxurious river cruise ship of India, cruising on the greatest river of Asia - the Brahmaputra, from September 2011 onwards.

Ship Information: The ship is 55m / 180.4 Ft long and 10M / 32.8ft wide. It has a total of five decks inlcuding one inside the hull and the top deck has an open sun deck. It is powered by three marine engines and four generators.

Contact info:
India
New Delhi, India
phone: +xxxxx
Room amenities: All cabins incorporate satellite TV, personal safe, mini bar, telephone, Wi-Fi, wardrobe, writing table and hair drying. Telephone and Internet available at additional cost.

Facility amenities: All decks have central air-condition, well stocked library, internet cafe, swimming pool, spa and hair salon facilities, guym, sun deck, restaurant, lounge, money changing facility, one elevator and 3 staircases.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shower only.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Sunday, February 02 - Fly to Dibrugarh/ Transfer to Nimati/Board MV Mah...
Note: Very early wake-up call in Jaipur to fly to Dibrugarh. Transfer time from Dibrugarh Airport to Nimati to is 4 hours.

Breakfast: Early breakfast (5:15 am) before transfer to airport.

Morning: After breakfast, depart from airport and check in to flight from Jaipur to Dibrugarh.

Lunch: Packed lunch from Ship around 2:00 pm. Small snack will be offered in between breakfast and lunch.

Afternoon: In the late afternoon, board M. V. Mahabaahu.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner on board.

Lodging: MV Mahabaahu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The M.V. MAHABAAHU is the most luxurious river cruise ship of India, cruising on the greatest river of Asia - the Brahmaputra, from September 2011 onwards.

Ship Information: The ship is 55m / 180.4 Ft long and 10M / 32.8ft wide. It has a total of five decks inlcuding one inside the hull and the top deck has an open sun deck. It is powered by three marine engines and four generators.

Contact info:
India
New Delhi, India
phone: +xxxxx
Room amenities: All cabins incorporate satellite TV, personal safe, mini bar, telephone, Wi-Fi, wardrobe, writing table and hair drying. Telephone and Internet available at additional cost.

Facility amenities: All decks have central air-condition, well stocked library, internet cafe, swimming pool, spa and hair salon facilities, guym, sun deck, restaurant, lounge, money changing facility, one elevator and 3 staircases.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shower only.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Monday, February 03 - Nimati-Sibsagar-Majuli
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: Board vechicles to Sibsagar, the ancient city of the Ahom Kings. The town, which literally means 'the ocean of Lord Shiva', is strewn with the tell-tale ruins of a powerful empire, the Ahom. Sibsagar was the capital of the Thai-speaking Ahoms who came to the area from Yunnan, China, in the 13th century AD. Their unique architectural style is evident in the well-preserved monuments scattered around the town. The town is built round the Sibsagar Lake (or tank), dug over 200 years ago. On its banks are located some of the famous temples of Sibsagar. The Shiva Temple, constructed in the year 1734 is believed to be the highest Hindu temple in India.

Lunch: Return to the ship and have lunch on board.

Afternoon: Arrive at Majuli this afternoon. Majuli is the treasure house of Assamese culture, ancient monasteries dedicated to preservation of the arts have existed here since the 15th century. Written records are found of the visit of Shankardeva, a social reformer, during the 16th century. He promulgated a form of Hinduism that was also called Vaishnavism. He established monasteries or hermitages that were called Satra. These Satras became the hub of culture, art, religion and lifestyle. Even today, Satra preserve antiques like weapons, utensils, jewelry and other articles of cultural importance. Enjoy a masked dance and meet the Mishing people. Then, return to the M.V Mahabaahu and enjoy a talk on "Vaishnavism in Assam".

Dinner: Dinner on-board.

Lodging: MV Mahabaahu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The M.V. MAHABAAHU is the most luxurious river cruise ship of India, cruising on the greatest river of Asia - the Brahmaputra, from September 2011 onwards.

Ship Information: The ship is 55m / 180.4 Ft long and 10M / 32.8ft wide. It has a total of five decks inlcuding one inside the hull and the top deck has an open sun deck. It is powered by three marine engines and four generators.

Contact info:
India
New Delhi, India
phone: +xxxxx
Room amenities: All cabins incorporate satellite TV, personal safe, mini bar, telephone, Wi-Fi, wardrobe, writing table and hair drying. Telephone and Internet available at additional cost.

Facility amenities: All decks have central air-condition, well stocked library, internet cafe, swimming pool, spa and hair salon facilities, guym, sun deck, restaurant, lounge, money changing facility, one elevator and 3 staircases.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shower only.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Tuesday, February 04 - Majuli/Sailing towards Bishwanath Ghat
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: After breakfast, drive to Kamlabari satra to explore the satra and experience young monks perform (Matia Khora).

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue sailing. In the evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration on board, followed by a bonfire at an isolated island. (Note: Bonfire subject to weather conditions and availibilty of suitable sand bank.)

Dinner: Dinner will be on board.

Lodging: MV Mahabaahu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The M.V. MAHABAAHU is the most luxurious river cruise ship of India, cruising on the greatest river of Asia - the Brahmaputra, from September 2011 onwards.

Ship Information: The ship is 55m / 180.4 Ft long and 10M / 32.8ft wide. It has a total of five decks inlcuding one inside the hull and the top deck has an open sun deck. It is powered by three marine engines and four generators.

Contact info:
India
New Delhi, India
phone: +xxxxx
Room amenities: All cabins incorporate satellite TV, personal safe, mini bar, telephone, Wi-Fi, wardrobe, writing table and hair drying. Telephone and Internet available at additional cost.

Facility amenities: All decks have central air-condition, well stocked library, internet cafe, swimming pool, spa and hair salon facilities, guym, sun deck, restaurant, lounge, money changing facility, one elevator and 3 staircases.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shower only.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Wednesday, February 05 - Biswanath Ghat
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Start sailing to Bishwanath. We take the smaller boats to visit this charming village. We watch the women weaving cotton and silk in almost all the households here. They are very happy to share their experiences while the Children look at us with dreamy eyes.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: We return to the ship for lunch and continue sail toward Bishwanath.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Enjoy a dance performance on board followed by a demonstration of the technique of wearing an Assamese sari.

Lodging: MV Mahabaahu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The M.V. MAHABAAHU is the most luxurious river cruise ship of India, cruising on the greatest river of Asia - the Brahmaputra, from September 2011 onwards.

Ship Information: The ship is 55m / 180.4 Ft long and 10M / 32.8ft wide. It has a total of five decks inlcuding one inside the hull and the top deck has an open sun deck. It is powered by three marine engines and four generators.

Contact info:
India
New Delhi, India
phone: +xxxxx
Room amenities: All cabins incorporate satellite TV, personal safe, mini bar, telephone, Wi-Fi, wardrobe, writing table and hair drying. Telephone and Internet available at additional cost.

Facility amenities: All decks have central air-condition, well stocked library, internet cafe, swimming pool, spa and hair salon facilities, guym, sun deck, restaurant, lounge, money changing facility, one elevator and 3 staircases.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shower only.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Thursday, February 06 - Bishwanath Ghat/Silghat/Tea Plantation
Breakfast: Served on board the ship.

Morning: After breakfast, disembark to take the smaller boats to visit sourounding villages.

Lunch: Lunch served on board.

Afternoon: Sail to Silghat and drive to visit a tea plantation. The tea plantation is set in perfect ambiance and encompasses tasteful hospitality in all its hues. Experience a walk through the manicured tea gardens and watch tea pickers at work followed by a talk on the art of making that perfect cup of tea.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Lodging: MV Mahabaahu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The M.V. MAHABAAHU is the most luxurious river cruise ship of India, cruising on the greatest river of Asia - the Brahmaputra, from September 2011 onwards.

Ship Information: The ship is 55m / 180.4 Ft long and 10M / 32.8ft wide. It has a total of five decks inlcuding one inside the hull and the top deck has an open sun deck. It is powered by three marine engines and four generators.

Contact info:
India
New Delhi, India
phone: +xxxxx
Room amenities: All cabins incorporate satellite TV, personal safe, mini bar, telephone, Wi-Fi, wardrobe, writing table and hair drying. Telephone and Internet available at additional cost.

Facility amenities: All decks have central air-condition, well stocked library, internet cafe, swimming pool, spa and hair salon facilities, guym, sun deck, restaurant, lounge, money changing facility, one elevator and 3 staircases.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shower only.

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Friday, February 07 - Kaziranga National Park
Breakfast: Breakfast at the resort in Kaziranga.

Morning: Early Morning: rise before the sun to set off for the Kaziranga National Park and an once-in-a-lifetime elephant-backed safari where we search for the elusive rhinoceros and tiger. After breakfast at the resort in Kaziranga, we return to the jungle to explore the wildlife on jeeps. The jeep safari ensures, we have had complete coverage of this UNESCO World Heritage Park. The most prized inhabitant of Kaziranga is the Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros but the Park is home to as many as 180 different mammals including wild elephants, deer, bison, and a rich variety of birds.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: After lunch, enjoy relaxing on the boat. The boat offers massage, pool and other fun activities. A presentation on " Wildlife of Kaziranga" will be given in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: MV Mahabaahu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The M.V. MAHABAAHU is the most luxurious river cruise ship of India, cruising on the greatest river of Asia - the Brahmaputra, from September 2011 onwards.

Ship Information: The ship is 55m / 180.4 Ft long and 10M / 32.8ft wide. It has a total of five decks inlcuding one inside the hull and the top deck has an open sun deck. It is powered by three marine engines and four generators.

Contact info:
India
New Delhi, India
phone: +xxxxx
Room amenities: All cabins incorporate satellite TV, personal safe, mini bar, telephone, Wi-Fi, wardrobe, writing table and hair drying. Telephone and Internet available at additional cost.

Facility amenities: All decks have central air-condition, well stocked library, internet cafe, swimming pool, spa and hair salon facilities, guym, sun deck, restaurant, lounge, money changing facility, one elevator and 3 staircases.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shower only.

Elevator: Yes


Day Fourteen: Saturday, February 08 - Guwahati
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Sail full day towards Guwahti. Enjoy a massage in the spa, soak in the jacuzzi or swim laps in the pool. One may prefer to scan the river for a fleeting sight of the Gangetic Dolphin or do some bird watching from the decks. You also have the option of watching a DVD on the tribes of Assam.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: Relax and free time.

Dinner: Farewell dinner on the ship.

Lodging: MV Mahabaahu

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Oberoi Grand, fondly referred as the 'Grande Dame of Chowringhee' offers the ultimate classical residence in the City of Joy. This heritage hotel’s neo-classical facade and grand pillared entrance mark a successful fusion of classical Victorian and traditional Indian style and reflect the city’s colonial history. Standing stately for over 125 years, The Oberoi Grand combines classic architecture and charm with state of the art amenities and facilities, offering guests an oasis of tranquility amidst the bustling city. The hotel is located in the main business and shopping district of Kolkata (Park Street, BBD Bag, and Chowringhee) and is in walking distance from most corporate and government offices. It is also conveniently located close to major convention centers, legislative offices, banks, Consulates, Deputy High Commissions, Chambers of Commerce and clubs. This ideal location makes the hotel a perfect base for the business and the leisure traveler.

Contact info:
15, Jawaharlal Nehru Road
Kolkata, 700013 India
phone: +91 .33.2249.2323
web: www.oberoihotels.com/oberoi_kolkata/index.asp

Room amenities: 32" LCD TV, DVD Player, Satellite television, Wired & wireless broadband internet access, Electronic safe, Dual line telephones with voice mail, Personal bar, A well appointed bathroom with a basket of Ayurvedic toiletries.

Facility amenities: Wireless Internet access in all rooms and public areas, State of the art 24-hour Business Centre, Full service Oberoi Spa, Fitness Centre, 24 hours in room dining, 24 hours personal butler service, 24 hours Concierge, 24 hours doctor on call, Meetings and Conference facilities, Shopping options, Outdoor swimming pool, Beauty parlour, 24 Hours laundry service, Currency exchange, Electronic safe deposit box in all rooms

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for additional price.


Day Fifteen: Sunday, February 09 - Guwahati/Kolkata
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: After breakfast, dis-embark the ship and drive to Guwahati to board flight for Kolkata. Time permitting, drive to Kamakhya Temple. This Temple is devoted to the eternal feminine, the goddess of desire whose name is Kama Khya, granter of desires. The Kamakhya Temple in Assam symbolizes the "fusion of faiths and practices" of Aryan and non-Aryan elements in Assam. The different names associated with the goddess are names of local Aryan and non-Aryan goddesses. Animal sacrifices take place here almost every day.

Lunch: Pack-lunched from ship.

Afternoon: Fly to Kokata. Transfer to the hotel once landing in Kolkata. En-route, make a stop at the famous Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: The Oberoi Grand

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Oberoi Grand, fondly referred as the 'Grande Dame of Chowringhee' offers the ultimate classical residence in the City of Joy. This heritage hotel’s neo-classical facade and grand pillared entrance mark a successful fusion of classical Victorian and traditional Indian style and reflect the city’s colonial history. Standing stately for over 125 years, The Oberoi Grand combines classic architecture and charm with state of the art amenities and facilities, offering guests an oasis of tranquility amidst the bustling city. The hotel is located in the main business and shopping district of Kolkata (Park Street, BBD Bag, and Chowringhee) and is in walking distance from most corporate and government offices. It is also conveniently located close to major convention centers, legislative offices, banks, Consulates, Deputy High Commissions, Chambers of Commerce and clubs. This ideal location makes the hotel a perfect base for the business and the leisure traveler.

Contact info:
15, Jawaharlal Nehru Road
Kolkata, 700013 India
phone: +91 .33.2249.2323
web: www.oberoihotels.com/oberoi_kolkata/index.asp

Room amenities: 32" LCD TV, DVD Player, Satellite television, Wired & wireless broadband internet access, Electronic safe, Dual line telephones with voice mail, Personal bar, A well appointed bathroom with a basket of Ayurvedic toiletries.

Facility amenities: Wireless Internet access in all rooms and public areas, State of the art 24-hour Business Centre, Full service Oberoi Spa, Fitness Centre, 24 hours in room dining, 24 hours personal butler service, 24 hours Concierge, 24 hours doctor on call, Meetings and Conference facilities, Shopping options, Outdoor swimming pool, Beauty parlour, 24 Hours laundry service, Currency exchange, Electronic safe deposit box in all rooms

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for additional price.


Day Sixteen: Monday, February 10 - Kolkata / Hooghly Cruise / Mother Teresa's home
Note: Cruise will be 4 hours long and each site-vistin will be 45 min - 1 hour long. There are 2 stops on the cruise.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Depart for a Cruise on the Hooghly River with a visit to Belur Math, a temple notable for its architecture that fuses Hindu, Christian and Islamic motifs as a symbol of unity of all religions. Then continue to explore Kumhartoli, a Potters colony.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon, visit Mother Teresa's home and learn about about her life and her life's devotion.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: The Oberoi Grand

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seventeen: Tuesday, February 11 - Kolkata / Departure
Note: the group flgiht is a late afternoon flight via Delhi.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Explore the Victoria Memorial, a majestic white marble building surrounded by a sprawling garden which now serves as a museum and St. Paul's Cathedral.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Late afternoon transfer to Kolkata's International Airport to connect to the outbound flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Eighteen: Wednesday, February 12 - Arrival home
Arrive To: Arrive back home.


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