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NAGALAND & A CRUISE ON THE BRAHMAPUTRA

Manipur sits pretty amid rolling hills along India's border with Myanmar, home to graceful classical dance traditions, intricate art forms and WW2 battlefield sites. The uncontested 'wild east' of India, Nagaland is home to many tribes, each with its own traditions, language and attire. Assam is best known for its eponymous tea, primeval forests and wildlife, with the mighty Brahmaputra flowing through it. The tour ends with a river cruise through Assam, crossing sand islands, rolling hills, local villages while enjoying daily shore excursions to temples, tantric sites, medieval stone carvings, local weaving centres and rides on cycle rickshaws through bazaars. The "ABN Charaidew" is a 38m long twin-engine, steel hulled, passenger boat, rebuilt to provide 12 air-conditioned cabins, a dining room, bar and saloon area and a sun deck. The grand old lady makes up in character what she lacks in 21st century glitz.

Days 1, 2 Kolkata
Arrival at Kolkata and transfer to The Grand for 2 nights; visit the Victoria Memorial, St Paul's Cathedral, Indian Museum, Kumaratully and Tagore's house.

Days 3, 4, 5 Imphal
An hour's flight to Imphal, the capital of Manipur, stay three nights at Hotel Classic. Visit the WWII Cemetery, INA Memorial, State Museum, Khwairamband Bazar, Loktak Lake, Red Hill, Kangla Fort, Andro cultural village and battle sites. Feast on local cuisine while you enjoy celebrated Manipuri dance.

Days 6, 7 Kohima
Drive to Kohima today, the capital of Nagaland, visiting the War Museum at Kisama. Stay at Hotel Vivor or a similar for 2 nights, visit Khonoma Village and the WWII Cemetery.

Days 8, 9 Jorhat
A morning drive to Jorhat for two nights at the Banyan Grove or Thengal Manor. Enjoy a day visit to the largest river island in the world, Majuli. A drive and a short ferry ride take you to Majuli where you learn about the island's neo-Vaishnavite philosophy at one of the 22 ancient satras (Hindu Vaishnavite monasteries and centres for art).

Days 10, 11 Kaziranga
A short drive to takes you to the Kaziranga National Park, stay at Diphlu River Lodge for 2 nights. Enjoy jeep safaris in the afternoon and a safari on an elephant in the early mornings.

Days 12, 13, 14, 15 Brahmaputra Cruise
Commence a relaxing four nights' cruise on the Brahmaputra, on board the RV Charaidew. There are daily shore excursions planned including cultural events with sumptuous Assamese and Continental delicacies served from the kitchen.

Day 16 Kolkata
Disembark the river ship to board your flight to Kolkata today, where you may need a night before your return flight.

Price indication: $4000 to $5000 per person for a private tour for two.

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