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Kindat Pandaw

A beautiful Burmese vessel now sailing the mighty Brahmaputra River in Northern India in style.

Overview

Named after a small town on the Upper Chindwin River and built in Yangon in 2014, the beautiful Burmese riverboat Kindat Pandaw is the reincarnation of the original Kindat boat built by Yarrows in London back in 1886. No longer meandering Myanmar’s backwaters, she now navigates the beautiful and mighty Brahmaputra of Northern India in style.

Originating high in the Himalayas before flowing through the scenic Assam Valley, a voyage along the mighty Brahmaputra is an adventurous and authentic expedition to a part of India less-traveled, taking in UNESCO-protected national parks and visiting remote rural communities, providing guests with rare opportunities to go on safaris in search of the Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros and Indian tiger, visit tea plantations and artisan villages, temples and war graves, and so much more.

An Iterative & Innovative Design

Following experiments with its older sister ships, the Katha and Angkor Pandaws, and by reducing weight and stripping both hull and superstructure down to the bare essentials, the construction of the Kindat Pandaw perfected the concept of a two-deck ship with a very shallow draft. This iterative and innovative design affords her 36 passengers (at maximum capacity) all the comforts of the extra social areas and space two decks provide, plus the added benefit of the vessel’s shallower draft enabling deeper navigation into the river’s narrow channels and tributaries for a more intrepid experience.

Her two ample decks mean there is lots of outdoor deck space to enjoy, and her 18 cabins are all generously sized, each measuring 16 square meters (170 square feet) and boasting plenty of closet space and under-bed storage. Indeed they are big enough to make full use of the yoga mats that are included! Kindat Pandaw has 10 main deck cabins and 8 upper deck cabins, all finished in teak and brass with panoramic French window. They feature flexible configurations with twin beds convertible to double as desired, all with premium mattresses adorned with imported quality linens, duvet and two kinds of pillows—all impeccably plumped by the daily nightly turndown service—as well as kimonos and slippers for your added comfort. We particularly appreciate the touching welcome flower arrangement and gift.

Cuisine On Board

Guests also benefit from the lessons learned aboard the Katha with regards the dining experience available. It was found that about half of passengers prefer to dine alfresco versus indoors, so the RV Kindat Pandaw features a flexible bistro space offering passengers indoor (air-conditioned) or outdoor dining depending on inclination, often prompted by the season. Breakfast and lunch are semi buffet-style, while dinners are served and often themed, all prepared by the master chef who heads an experienced international culinary team.

Traditional regional cuisine is served on board using fresh local produce as much as possible, as well as a selection of European alternatives, vegetarian dishes, and daily lean & light menu options. A favorite for many is the onboard bakery which faithfully prepares freshly baked breads and rolls daily. For an added palatal perk guests can also enjoy complimentary evening canapés in their cabins.

Great for adventurous explorers (not just in terms of its exciting itinerary but the ship also has quality mountain bikes for independent exploration), families (50% discount for children aged 5 to 18 years old) and single travelers (there is typically no single supplement on select dates), the alluring Kindat Pandaw panders to intrepid souls with its indulgent dining and immersive North Indian expeditions.

Itineraries & Prices

All itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal weather conditions (and resultant variations in river and tributary water levels) affecting accessibility to locations. Thus navigation routes, times and excursions may need to be modified at the cruise captain’s or your guide's discretion.

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8-Day A
11-Day B
11-Day C
15-Day D
17-Day E
22-Day F

8 Day - The Brahmaputra River

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Embarkation

Transfer to the ship from the airport and explore this pleasant Assami city visiting the Nilachai Hill temple and Commonwealth Graves. Late afternoon cast off upriver.

Kindat Pandaw - The Bhrahmaputra River
Location
Guwahati
Day
1 / 8

Assami

Sail all day making headway against strong currents through the lush Assami countryside stopping for some exercise in a village of market gardens.

Kindat Pandaw - The Bhrahmaputra River - Day 2
Location
Assami
Day
2 / 8

Tezpur

Exploring the town by trishaw we visit the De Parbatia temple with its richly carved portals and Cole Park with its collection of medieval carvings collected from across the region.

Kindat Pandaw - The Bhrahmaputra River - Day 3
Location
Tezpur
Day
3 / 8

Nameri National Park

After an early breakfast, drive for some two hours to the Nameri National Park at the foot of the blue hills of Arunachal Pradesh, the old North East Frontier Agency. Here, we take a float trip of around two hours down the Jia-Bhoreli River through the park. There are excellent bird-watching opportunities here (look out for the great Hornbills) and, perhaps, the chance of sighting wild elephants.

After lunch, take a village walk before returning to the ship. Continue upstream, passing below a seemingly endless new bridge across the vast width of the riverbed, to moor at Silghat.

Kindat Pandaw - The Bhrahmaputra River - Day 4
Location
Nameri National Park
Day
4 / 8

Kaziranga National Park

Jeep safari to Kaziranga an area of approximately 430 sq km, this UNESCO World Heritage is home to the world’s largest population of the Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros as well as the Indian Wild Water Buffalo. It has the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers with one every five sq. km. The park is an incredibly rich biodiversity hotspot with its marshy swamps and thickets of elephant grass, this park supports large populations of Indian elephants, Indian bison, swamp deer, and capped langurs.

Besides wildlife, Kaziranga National Park is also a birding paradise. A few of the bird species found here are the oriental honey buzzard, black-shouldered kite, white-tailed eagle, and Himalayan griffon to mention a few.


Kindat Pandaw - The Bhrahmaputra River - Day 5
Location
Kaziranga National Park
Day
5 / 8

Tea Gardens

Return downstream to visit a tea estate and historic plantation house on the way. Learn about the tea production process from start to finish in this idyllic setting.

Kindat Pandaw - The Bhrahmaputra River - Day 6
Location
Tea Gardens
Day
6 / 8

Sualkuchi Silk Village

Sailing down past Guwhati moor here in the afternoon to see silk production from the cocoon, to spinning and weaving to make the typical saree worn by Assami women.

Kindat Pandaw - The Bhrahmaputra River - Day 7
Location
Sualkuchi Silk Village
Day
7 / 8

Disembarkation

Disembark in the morning and transfer to the airport.

Kindat Pandaw - The Bhrahmaputra River - Day 8
Location
Guwahati
Day
8 / 8
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11 Day - The Full Brahmaputra

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Embarkation

AM & PM: Transfer to your cruise via a visit to the ‘Kama-khya Temple’, devoted to the goddess of desire. Set sail passing Peacock Island, famous for the endangered Golden Langur. Enjoy an evening welcome dinner and talk.

Kindat Pandaw - The Full Brahmaputra - Day 1
Location
Guwahati
Day
1 / 11

Sailing Towards Silghat

AM & PM: Spend the day enjoying the stunning natural scenery and wildlife of the Brahmaputra River. Observe river dolphins and birds of prey as we pass uninhabited islands and the fragile communities that live here. After tea enjoy a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the tribal life that exists alongside’.

Kindat Pandaw - The Full Brahmaputra - Day 2
Location
Silghat
Day
2 / 11

Silghat

AM & PM: Pass Tezpur and a gigantic 3 Km long arched bridge arriving at Silghat, where we take an excursion through stunning countryside to a tea estate and factory producing the famous Assam tea.

Kindat Pandaw - The Full Brahmaputra - Day 3
Location
Silghat
Day
3 / 11

Kaziranga National Park

AM & PM: Our expedition continues with a visit to the UNESCO accredited Kaziranga National Park where we enjoy a safari searching for the elusive Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros and Indian tiger. We continue to Bagori, whereby open jeep we further explore the wildlife of this magnificent park. We also travel to Biswanath Ghat and discover the charming village by small boat where women weave colourful traditional handicrafts by the riverside.

Kindat Pandaw - The Full Brahmaputra - Day 4
Location
Kaziranga
Day
4 / 11

River Safari

AM: After more dramatic scenic cruising, we take a boat safari on the Eastern range of Kaziranga where River Dhansiri and River Brahmaputra meet. Here, observes wildlife at its most natural including pied kingfishers, eagles, vultures, water buffalos, monitor lizards and otters.

PM: Dinner is enjoyed al fresco on a deserted island.

Kindat Pandaw - The Full Brahmaputra - Day 5
Location
Kaziranga
Day
5 / 11

Towards Majuli

AM & PM: Visit a local village on what is the world’s largest river island and home to the ethnic ‘Mishing’ people. Here, women weave on hand-looms to create characterful costumes and we enjoy a demonstration of a Dhoti & Chaddor - traditional dresses for the men and women of the Mishing communities. It is a pleasant place to explore.

Kindat Pandaw - The Full Brahmaputra - Day 6
Location
Majuli
Day
6 / 11

Majuli, Neamati Ghat, & Sibsagar

AM & PM: Arrive at the ancient town of Majuli, where we explore the impressive Satras dating back to the 15th century. We continue to Sibsagar, capital of the Tai-speaking Ahoms who came from Yunan and China in the 13th Century AD. Explore the Shiva Dol, built in 1734, the highest Shiva temple in India. Our day is completed with an insight into the making of Assam tea from a tea estate family.

Kindat Pandaw - The Full Brahmaputra - Day 7
Location
Sibsagar
Day
7 / 11

Sailing

AM & PM: In this remote section of the river where no other river cruise vessels ply, great vistas un-fold and bird life is prolific. Village stop for a walk about and then pass Dibrugarh heading for the Dibru Saikowa island to moor for the night.

Kindat Pandaw - The Full Brahmaputra - Day 8
Location
Brahmaputra River
Day
8 / 11

Dibru Saikhowa National Park

AM & PM: This less well-known park has an area of 765 square miles and is at the meeting place of three rivers and is mainly evergreen forest and is very lovely. It is a haven for endangered species with thirty-six recorded mammals including leopards, jungle cats and tiger. All very elusive and unlikely to be seen. More evident are an incredible profusion of bird life. Sail back to Dibrugarh and afternoon visit to the Jokai Botanical Cum Germplasm Centre which showcases quite extraordinary flora, in particular orchids and medicinal and aromatic plants.

Kindat Pandaw - The Full Brahmaputra - Day 9
Location
Dibru Saikhowa
Day
9 / 11

Jeypore Dibrugarh

AM: Travel by car to the Namphake Tai village where there is an ethnic Tai (as in Thai) community maintaining their distinct Thai costume and culture around a Buddhist monastery. Also of interest is an Ashokan pillar situated nearby. 

PM: After lunch, continue to the Jeypore rain forest area where several types of wildcats, leopards and the Royal Bengal Tigers survive in good strength in this hill country of great beauty.

Kindat Pandaw - The Full Brahmaputra - Day 10
Location
Dibrugarh
Day
10 / 11

Disembarkation

AM: Disembark and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Kindat Pandaw - The Full Brahmaputra - Day 11
Location
Dibrugarh
Day
11 / 11
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11 Day - The Full Brahmaputra

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Embarkation

AM: Arrive to Dibrugarh in the morning and transfer to your cruise.

PM: After lunch visit to the Jokai Botanical Cum Germplasm Centre which showcases quite extraordinary flora, in particular orchids and medicinal and aromatic plants.

Kindat Pandaw - The Full Brahmaputra - Day 1
Location
Dibrugarh
Day
1 / 11

Jeypore Dibrugarh

AM: Travel by car to the Namphake Tai village where there is an ethnic Tai (as in Thai) community maintaining their distinct Thai costume and culture around a Buddhist monastery. Also of interest is an Ashokan pillar situated nearby.

PM: After lunch, continue to the Jeypore rain forest area where several types of wildcat, leopards and the Royal Bengal Tigers survive in good strength in this hill country of great beauty.

In Jeypore we visit the Royal Palace, lake and other attractions and then continue after lunch to the picturesque hill station of Margherita, so named by an Italian railway engineer after the Queen of Italy. Here the Ledo Road to Burma, famed from the last war, begins. Return by car to Dibrugarh and enjoy an evening cruise up toward Dibru Saikhowa National Park.


Kindat Pandaw - The Full Brahmaputra - Day 2
Location
Dibrugarh
Day
2 / 11

Dibru Saikhowa National Park

AM: This less well-known park has an area of 765 square miles and is at the meeting place of three rivers and is mainly evergreen forest and is very lovely. It is a haven for endangered species with thirty-six recorded mammals including leopards, jungle cats and tiger. All very elusive and unlikely to be seen. More evident are an incredible profusion of bird life.

PM: After a morning visit we begin our sail down the Mighty Brahmaputra River.

Kindat Pandaw - The Full Brahmaputra - Day 3
Location
Dibru Saikhowa
Day
3 / 11

Sibsagar & Majuli

AM: Arrive at Sibsagar, capital of the Tai-speaking Ahoms who came from Yunan and China in the 13th Century AD. Explore the Shiva Dol, built in 1734, the highest Shiva temple in India.

PM: Continue after lunch to the ancient town of Majuli, where we explore the impressive Satras dating back to the 15th century.

Kindat Pandaw - The Full Brahmaputra - Day 4
Location
Sibsagar
Day
4 / 11

Majuli Island

AM & PM: Visit a local village on what is the world’s largest river island and home to the ethnic ‘Mishing’ people. Here, women weave on handlooms to create characterful costumes and we enjoy a demonstration of a Dhoti & Chaddor - traditional dresses for the men and women of the Mishing communities. It is a pleasant place to explore.

Kindat Pandaw - The Full Brahmaputra - Day 5
Location
Majuli
Day
5 / 11

River Safari

AM: After more dramatic scenic cruising, we take a boat safari on the Eastern range of Kaziranga where River Dhansiri and River Brahmaputra meet. Here, observes wildlife at its most natural including pied kingfishers, eagles, vultures, water buffalos, monitor lizards and otters.

PM: Dinner is enjoyed al fresco on a deserted island.

Kindat Pandaw - The Full Brahmaputra - Day 6
Location
Brahmaputra River
Day
6 / 11

Kaziranga National Park

AM & PM: Our expedition continues with a visit to the UNESCO accredited Kaziranga National Park where we enjoy a safari searching for the elusive Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros and Indian tiger. We also travel to Biswanath Ghat and discover the charming village by small boat where women weave colorful traditional handicrafts by the riverside.

Kindat Pandaw - The Full Brahmaputra - Day 7
Location
Kaziranga
Day
7 / 11

Silghat

AM: In the morning take an excursion through stunning countryside to a tea estate and factory producing the famous Assam tea.

PM: After lunch, pass Tezpur and a gigantic 3 Km long arched bridge and sail downstream toward Guwahati.

Kindat Pandaw - The Full Brahmaputra - Day 8
Location
Silghat
Day
8 / 11

Sailing

AM: Spend the day enjoying the stunning natural scenery and wildlife of the Brahmaputra River. Observe river dolphins and birds of prey as we pass uninhabited islands and the fragile communities that live here.

PM: After tea enjoy a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the tribal life that exists alongside’.

Kindat Pandaw - The Full Brahmaputra - Day 9
Location
Brahmaputra River
Day
9 / 11

Guwahati

AM: Enjoy a full day city tour of Guwahati visiting Nilachai Hill, commonwealth graves Kama-Khya temple and the Assam state museum.

PM: In the evening our crew will provide a farewell dinner onboard.

Kindat Pandaw - The Full Brahmaputra - Day 10
Location
Guwahati
Day
10 / 11

Disembarkation

AM: Disembark and transfer to your hotel or airport for your onward journey.

Kindat Pandaw - The Full Brahmaputra - Day 11
Location
Guwahati
Day
11 / 11
1 / 11

15 Day - The Lower Ganges & Brahmaputra River

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Embarkation

PM: Transfer to ship from airport and explore this pleasant Assami city visiting the Nilachai Hill temple and Commonwealth Graves. Late afternoon cast off upriver.

Kindat Pandaw - The Lower Ganges & Brahmaputra River - Day 1
Location
Guwahati
Day
1 / 15

Sailing

AM & PM: Sail all day making headway against strong currents through the lush Assami countryside. Get acquainted with your crew and guide with onboard activities such as lectures and food demonstrations.

Kindat Pandaw - The Lower Ganges & Brahmaputra River - Day 2
Location
Guwahati
Day
2 / 15

Tezpur

AM & PM: Afternoon exploration of Tezpur by trishaw we visit the De Parbatia temple with its richly carved portals and Cole Park with its collection of medieval carvings collected from across the region.

Kindat Pandaw - The Lower Ganges & Brahmaputra River - Day 3
Location
Tezpur
Day
3 / 15

Nameri National Park

AM: After an early breakfast, drive for some two hours to the Nameri National Park at the foot of the blue hills of Arunachal Pradesh, the old North East Frontier Agency. Here, we take a float trip of around two hours down the Jia-Bhoreli River through the park. Enjoy the breath-taking scenery and bring your binoculars for a chance to spot some birdlife.

PM: After lunch, take a village walk before returning to the ship. We are treated to a traditional Assamese folk dance before dinner and moor at Silghat for the night.

Kindat Pandaw - The Lower Ganges & Brahmaputra River - Day 4
Location
Nameri National Park
Day
4 / 15

Kaziranga National Park

AM: Jeep safari to Kaziranga, with an area of approximately 430 sq kms, this UNESCO World Heritage site is home to the world’s largest population of the Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros as well as the Indian Wild Water Buffalo. It also has the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers with one every five sq. km however these remain extremely illusive and are unlikely to be spotted. The park is an incredibly rich biodiversity hotspot with its marshy swamps and thickets of elephant grass which supports large populations of Indian elephants, Indian bison, swamp deer, and capped langurs.

Besides wildlife, Kaziranga National Park is also a birding paradise. A few of the bird species found here are the oriental honey buzzard, black-shouldered kite, white-tailed eagle, Himalayan griffon to mention a few.

PM: In the afternoon we set sail again downstream.

Kindat Pandaw - The Lower Ganges & Brahmaputra River - Day 5
Location
Kaziranga National Park
Day
5 / 15

Village Life

AM & PM: As we sail along the vast Brahmaputra River downstream, riding the strong currents, we stop for a walk through a typical Assamese village and learn more about their simple lives.

Kindat Pandaw - The Lower Ganges & Brahmaputra River - Day 6
Location
Brahmaputra River
Day
6 / 15

Tea Garden & Silk Village

AM: Early morning visit to Noonmati Tea Garden on the outskirts of Guwahati to witness the tea producing process.

PM: After lunch sail down past Guwhati to moor at Sualkuchi, a major centre for weaving in Assam. We learn about the entire silk making production from the cocoon, to spinning and weaving to make the typical saree worn by Assami women.

Kindat Pandaw - The Lower Ganges & Brahmaputra River - Day 7
Location
Guwahati
Day
7 / 15

Guwahati - Kolkata - Barrackpore

AM & PM: Disembark in the morning and transfer to airport for your flight to Kolkata. to embark and sail at noon. Sail past the old Danish colony of Serampore to Barrackpore to land and take a walk through the cantonment - past the Semaphore Tower, Government House, the Temple of Fame and Flagstaff House.

Kindat Pandaw - The Lower Ganges & Brahmaputra River - Day 8
Location
Guwahati
Day
8 / 15

Chandernagore

AM & PM: Continue sailing upstream to Chandernagore, a French possession until 1950. Visit the 18th century church and Dupleix’s House, erstwhile Governor-General of French India.

Kindat Pandaw - The Lower Ganges & Brahmaputra River - Day 9
Location
Chandernagore
Day
9 / 15

Kalna

AM: After breakfast sail upstream and land at the country town of Kalna and take rickshaws to see a group of some of Bengal’s most attractive terracotta temples, as well as the unique Shiva temple with concentric rings made up of 108 lesser shrines.

PM: Sail on through the night to a mooring near Matiari.

Kindat Pandaw - The Lower Ganges & Brahmaputra River - Day 10
Location
Kalna
Day
10 / 15

Mayapur

AM & PM: Explore the village of Mayapur, the headquarters of the ISKCON movement with a new temple comparable in size to the Vatican and largely funded by Alfred B. Ford, the great grandson of car maker Henry Ford. Meet Krishna followers and walk through the pilgrims’ bazaar.

Kindat Pandaw - The Lower Ganges & Brahmaputra River - Day 11
Location
Mayapur
Day
11 / 15

Matiari

AM & PM: Visit the brass-working village of Matiari, a charming riverside village. Interact with the locals of Matiari and witness the whole primitive process of beating out brass water pots and other vessels. Continue cruising upstream and time permitting visit the battlefield of Plassey where, in 1757, Robert Clive, the Commander-in-Chief of British India, defeated Siraj-ud-Daulah, the last independent Nawab of Bengal, to change the course of Indian history. Moor close to Murshidabad for the night.

Kindat Pandaw - The Lower Ganges & Brahmaputra River - Day 12
Location
Matiari
Day
12 / 15

Murshidabad

AM: This morning, walk to the Khushbagh, a peaceful Mughal-style garden that encloses the tombs of Siraj-ud-Daulah – the last independent Nawab of Bengal – and his family. Continue a little way upstream to where the great Hazarduari Palace dominates the waterfront. Built by an English architect in 1837, the palace hosts an extensive collection of pictures, china, weapons and other objects. Carry on to visit the great Katra Mosque and Nashipara Palace before driving out to see the Katgola Palace. Built in classical Georgian style by rich local merchants, Katgola Palace represents the other side of the coin of the 'White Mughal' period when English and Indian cultures came close to fusion.

PM: Moor overnight on the riverbank across from town.

Kindat Pandaw - The Lower Ganges & Brahmaputra River - Day 13
Location
Katgola Palace
Day
13 / 15

Ajimganj-Farakkka

AM & PM: Continue up the Hoogly which transforms into a charming waterway twisting and turning between banks lined with mustard fields and mango orchards. Morning walk through the fields of the delightfully sleepy village of Baranagar to visit its three gorgeous miniature terracotta temples. This is rural India at its most idyllic. Visit the Jain temples at Azimganj before continuing on to the Farakka barrage.

Kindat Pandaw - The Lower Ganges & Brahmaputra River - Day 14
Location
Baranagar
Day
14 / 15

Disembarkation

AM: After breakfast, disembark and receive a group transfer to your hotel or the train station in Farakka for your train journey back to Kolkata.

Kindat Pandaw - The Lower Ganges & Brahmaputra River - Day 15
Location
Farakka
Day
15 / 15
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17 Day - Wonders of The Himalayas

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Embarkation

PM: Welcome to Bhutan! Pick up at Paro international airport. After Lunch (lunch depending on arrival time) in the city, drive on a winding road to Thimphu (one hour), the capital of Bhutan.

Visit Tashichho Dzong, Bhutan's most impressive building and seat of the Druk desi or ‘Dharma Raja’, the head of Bhutan's civil government which has been combined with the kingship since the creation of the monarchy in 1907. It houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan and is the summer residence of the venerated monastic community. The current Dzong is the impressive result of a redesign of the original medieval structure sanctioned by the Third King, His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, when he moved the capital to Thimphu from Punakha.

Note: Arrival to Paro on your own arrangements and transfer to your hotel. Flight arrival is best before midday.

Kindat Pandaw - Wonders of The Himalayas - Day 1
Location
Paro
Day
1 / 17

Thimpu

AM & PM: After breakfast at the hotel visit the Memorial Chorten, also known as the Thimphu Chorten, a large Tibetan-style Buddhist Monastery with golden spires and bells. It was built in 1974 to honor the memory of the third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

Continue to the Folk Heritage Museum, National Institute of Zorig Chusum and the National Library of Bhutan, Junghi Paper Factory, National Institute of Traditional Medicine and Bhutan Postal Museum.

Kindat Pandaw - Wonders of The Himalayas - Day 2
Location
Thimpu
Day
2 / 17

Thimpu - Punakha

AM & PM: After breakfast at the hotel and bring the lunch box for later, we take the Dochula pass, located 30 km from the capital, on the way to Punakha which offers a 360-degree of beautiful panoramic view of the Himalaya mountain range. Visit Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kinley or ‘the Divine Madman’. An accomplished master of Mahamudra Buddhist Tradition, he is also known as the ‘Mad Saint’ for his unorthodox ways of teaching Buddhism by singing, humor and outrageous behavior.

Continue to Drukpa Kinley, also a cultural icon in Bhutan around whom countless yarns, fictions, stories and legends have been spun. In founding the site, it is said that Lama Kunley subdued a demon of Dochu La with his “magic thunderbolt of wisdom” and trapped it in a rock at the location close to where the chorten now stands.

Kindat Pandaw - Wonders of The Himalayas - Day 3
Location
Punakha
Day
3 / 17

Phunaka - Paro

AM & PM: After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Punakha Dzong, also known as Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong (meaning ‘the palace of great happiness or bliss’), the administrative centre of Punakha dzongkhag. Constructed in 1673, it is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan and one of its most majestic structures.

Drive to Paro then and visit the National Museum and Paro Dzong. The National Museum of Bhutan is housed inside the revamped circular Ta-dzong building, an ancient watchtower above the Paro Dzong. This unusual round building is said to be in the shape of a conch shell. The original building was constructed in 1656 and then converted into a museum in 1968, housing some of the finest specimens of Bhutanese art, including masterpieces of bronze statues and paintings gathered from different parts of the country.

Kindat Pandaw - Wonders of The Himalayas - Day 4
Location
Paro
Day
4 / 17

Paro Taktsang Soft Hike

AM: Drive to Satsam Chorten for a soft hike to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means “Tiger’s Nest”. The monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 800m, overlooking the Paro Valley and the river. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava known as the second Buddha in Bhutan, meditated at the spot where the monastery is situated having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress.

PM: The hike takes about 4 hours back and forth. Once you reach the viewpoint of the monastery you have the option to visit the monastery which takes another hour hike.

After visit a Farmhouse where your dinner will be arranged with the local family.

Kindat Pandaw - Wonders of The Himalayas - Day 5
Location
Paro
Day
5 / 17

Paro - Guwahati

AM: After breakfast at the hotel, transfer Paro International Airport for your flight to Guwahati.

PM: Free time in the evening to relax.

Kindat Pandaw - Wonders of The Himalayas - Day 6
Location
Paro
Day
6 / 17

Guwahati

AM: After breakfast, transfer to your ship.

PM: Transfer to ship from airport and explore this pleasant Assami city visiting the Nilachai Hill temple and Commonwealth Graves. Late afternoon cast off upriver.

Kindat Pandaw - Wonders of The Himalayas - Day 7
Location
Guwahati
Day
7 / 17

Sailing

AM & PM: Sail all day making headway against strong currents through the lush Assami countryside. Get acquainted with your crew and guide with onboard activities such as lectures and food demonstrations.

Kindat Pandaw - Wonders of The Himalayas - Day 8
Location
Guwahati
Day
8 / 17

Tezpur

PM: Afternoon exploration of Tezpur by trishaw we visit the De Parbatia temple with its richly carved portals and Cole Park with its collection of medieval carvings collected from across the region.

Kindat Pandaw - Wonders of The Himalayas - Day 9
Location
Tezpur
Day
9 / 17

Nameri National Park

AM: After an early breakfast, drive for some two hours to the Nameri National Park at the foot of the blue hills of Arunachal Pradesh, the old North East Frontier Agency. Here, we take a float trip of around two hours down the Jia-Bhoreli River through the park. Enjoy the breath-taking scenery and bring your binoculars for a chance to spot some birdlife.

PM: After lunch, take a village walk before returning to the ship. We are treated to a traditional Assamese folk dance before dinner and moor at Silghat for the night.

Kindat Pandaw - Wonders of The Himalayas - Day 10
Location
Brahmaputra River
Day
10 / 17

Kaziranga National Park

AM: Jeep safari to Kaziranga, with an area of approximately 430 sq kms, this UNESCO World Heritage site is home to the world’s largest population of the Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros as well as the Indian Wild Water Buffalo. It also has the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers with one every five sq. km however these remain extremely illusive and are unlikely to be spotted. The park is an incredibly rich biodiversity hotspot with its marshy swamps and thickets of elephant grass which supports large populations of Indian elephants, Indian bison, swamp deer, and capped langurs.

Besides wildlife, Kaziranga National Park is also a birding paradise. A few of the bird species found here are the oriental honey buzzard, black-shouldered kite, white-tailed eagle, Himalayan griffon to mention a few.

PM: In the afternoon we set sail again downstream.

Kindat Pandaw - Wonders of The Himalayas - Day 11
Location
Brahmaputra River
Day
11 / 17

Village Life

AM & PM: As we sail along the vast Brahmaputra River downstream, riding the strong currents, we stop for a walk through a typical Assamese village and learn more about their simple lives.

Kindat Pandaw - Wonders of The Himalayas - Day 12
Location
Brahmaputra River
Day
12 / 17

Tea Garden & Silk Village

AM: Early morning visit to Noonmati Tea Garden on the outskirts of Guwahati to witness the tea producing process.

PM: After lunch sail down past Guwhati to moor at Sualkuchi, a major centre for weaving in Assam. We learn about the entire silk making production from the cocoon, to spinning and weaving to make the typical saree worn by Assami women.

Kindat Pandaw - Wonders of The Himalayas - Day 13
Location
Guwahati
Day
13 / 17

Arrival Bagdogra

AM & PM: Dock at Guwahati. Following breakfast transfer privately for your flight to Bagdaogra. Receive a warm Pandaw welcome on arrival into Bagdogra Airport, and journey by road to your accommodation. Spend the rest of the day easing into your magical surroundings or step outside and stroll the main square and mingle with Nepalese, Bhutanese, Tibetan people and domestic Indian tourists.

Kindat Pandaw - Wonders of The Himalayas - Day 14
Location
Bagdogra
Day
14 / 17

Darjeeling

AM & PM: Darjeeling's rich tapestry of cultures is yours to explore today. Hop aboard the UNESCO World Heritage-listed small-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, or "Toy Train", for a breathtaking ride to Ghoom, the world’s second highest railway station. The toy train is a marvel of engineering passing through many small towns and is India’s oldest mountain railway route. Explore Ghoom Monastery, with its colourful prayer flags fluttering in the wind before returning to town.

Continue to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, founded in 1954, just after Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first scaled Everest. Visit the Darjeeling Zoo, home of the Snow Leopard Breeding Centre. Then see locals making handicrafts and carpets at the Tibetan Refugee Centre.

Kindat Pandaw - Wonders of The Himalayas - Day 15
Location
Darjeeling
Day
15 / 17

Darjeeling Tea Estate

AM: Depart early by road, through lush tea gardens to the sublime Glenburn Tea Estate situated on a hillock above the banks of the River Rungeet. Unwind on the the 1,600-acre private estate before an introduction to the specialised art of growing and crafting Glenburn Tea. Visit the tea fields, interact with the tea pickers and follow the journey of “two leaves and bud” into the tea factory, ending with a tea tasting session to discover the incredible variety of flavours and aromas that come from a single bush through the different seasons. Learn why this region is home to almost a quarter of India's tea production.

PM: Enjoy a lunch at the Bungalow followed by a gentle afternoon hike or some down time on one of the peaceful verandas soaking in the views. In the evening take drinks by the bonfire, followed by a sit-down four course dinner with your hosts and other guests in residence.

Kindat Pandaw - Wonders of The Himalayas - Day 16
Location
Darjeeling
Day
16 / 17

Disembarkation

AM: Following a leisurely breakfast, leave the snow-tipped peaks and terraced tea plantations of Darjeeling behind and transfer privately to Bagdogra Airport for your onward journey.

Note: Disembark after breakfast and transfer to your hotel or Guwahati airport (15km / 30 min). Transfers can be arranged as per your flight details with the latest departure from the ship at 11am.


Kindat Pandaw - Wonders of The Himalayas - Day 17
Location
Bagdogra
Day
17 / 17
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22 Day - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi

itinerary map

Embarkation

AM & PM: Transfer to ship from airport and explore this pleasant Assami city visiting the Nilachai Hill temple and Commonwealth Graves. Late afternoon cast off upriver.

Kindat Pandaw - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi - Day 1
Location
Guwahati
Day
1 / 22

Sailing

AM & PM: Sail all day making headway against strong currents through the lush Assami countryside. Get acquainted with your crew and guide with onboard activities such as lectures and food demonstrations.

Kindat Pandaw - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi - Day 2
Location
Guwahati
Day
2 / 22

Tezpur

AM & PM: Afternoon exploration of Tezpur by trishaw we visit the De Parbatia temple with its richly carved portals and Cole Park with its collection of medieval carvings collected from across the region.

Kindat Pandaw - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi - Day 3
Location
Tezpur
Day
3 / 22

Nameri National Park

AM: After an early breakfast, drive for some two hours to the Nameri National Park at the foot of the blue hills of Arunachal Pradesh, the old North East Frontier Agency. Here, we take a float trip of around two hours down the Jia-Bhoreli River through the park. Enjoy the breath-taking scenery and bring your binoculars for a chance to spot some birdlife.

PM: After lunch, take a village walk before returning to the ship. We are treated to a traditional Assamese folk dance before dinner and moor at Silghat for the night.

Kindat Pandaw - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi - Day 4
Location
Nameri National Park
Day
4 / 22

Kaziranga National Park

AM: Jeep safari to Kaziranga, with an area of approximately 430 sq kms, this UNESCO World Heritage site is home to the world’s largest population of the Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros as well as the Indian Wild Water Buffalo. It also has the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers with one every five sq. km however these remain extremely illusive and are unlikely to be spotted. The park is an incredibly rich biodiversity hotspot with its marshy swamps and thickets of elephant grass which supports large populations of Indian elephants, Indian bison, swamp deer, and capped langurs.

Besides wildlife, Kaziranga National Park is also a birding paradise. A few of the bird species found here are the oriental honey buzzard, black-shouldered kite, white-tailed eagle, Himalayan griffon to mention a few.

PM: In the afternoon we set sail again downstream.

Kindat Pandaw - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi - Day 5
Location
Kaziranga
Day
5 / 22

Village Life

AM & PM: As we sail along the vast Brahmaputra River downstream, riding the strong currents, we stop for a walk through a typical Assamese village and learn more about their simple lives.

Kindat Pandaw - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi - Day 6
Location
Guwahati
Day
6 / 22

Tea Garden & Silk Village

AM: Early morning visit to Noonmati Tea Garden on the outskirts of Guwahati to witness the tea producing process.

PM: After lunch sail down past Guwhati to moor at Sualkuchi, a major centre for weaving in Assam. We learn about the entire silk making production from the cocoon, to spinning and weaving to make the typical saree worn by Assami women.

Kindat Pandaw - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi - Day 7
Location
Guwahati
Day
7 / 22

Kolkata - Barrackpore

AM: Disembark in the morning and transfer to airport for your flight to Kolkata.

PM: Upon arrival transfer to the ship for embarkation at noon. Sail past the old Danish colony of Serampore to Barrackpore to land and take a walk through the cantonment - past the Semaphore Tower, Government House, the Temple of Fame and Flagstaff House.

Kindat Pandaw - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi - Day 8
Location
Kolkata
Day
8 / 22

Chandernagore

AM & PM: Continue sailing upstream to Chandernagore, a French possession until 1950. Visit the 18th century church and Dupleix’s House, erstwhile Governor-General of French India.

Kindat Pandaw - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi - Day 9
Location
Chandernagore
Day
9 / 22

Kalna

AM: After breakfast sail upstream and land at the country town of Kalna and take rickshaws to see a group of some of Bengal’s most attractive terracotta temples, as well as the unique Shiva temple with concentric rings made up of 108 lesser shrines.

PM: Sail on through the night to a mooring near Matiari.

Kindat Pandaw - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi - Day 10
Location
Kalna
Day
10 / 22

Mayapur

AM & PM: Explore the village of Mayapur, the headquarters of the ISKCON movement with a new temple comparable in size to the Vatican and largely funded by Alfred B. Ford, the great grandson of car maker Henry Ford. Meet Krishna followers and walk through the pilgrims’ bazaar.

Kindat Pandaw - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi - Day 11
Location
Mayapur
Day
11 / 22

Matiari

AM & PM: Visit the brass-working village of Matiari, a charming riverside village. Interact with the locals of Matiari and witness the whole primitive process of beating out brass water pots and other vessels. Continue cruising upstream and time permitting visit the battlefield of Plassey where, in 1757, Robert Clive, the Commander-in-Chief of British India, defeated Siraj-ud-Daulah, the last independent Nawab of Bengal, to change the course of Indian history. Moor close to Murshidabad for the night.

Kindat Pandaw - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi - Day 12
Location
Matiari
Day
12 / 22

Murshidabad

AM: This morning, walk to the Khushbagh, a peaceful Mughal-style garden that encloses the tombs of Siraj-ud-Daulah – the last independent Nawab of Bengal – and his family. Continue a little way upstream to where the great Hazarduari Palace dominates the waterfront. Built by an English architect in 1837, the palace hosts an extensive collection of pictures, china, weapons and other objects. Carry on to visit the great Katra Mosque and Nashipara Palace before driving out to see the Katgola Palace. Built in classical Georgian style by rich local merchants, Katgola Palace represents the other side of the coin of the 'White Mughal' period when English and Indian cultures came close to fusion.

PM: Moor overnight on the riverbank across from town.

Kindat Pandaw - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi - Day 13
Location
Murshidabad
Day
13 / 22

Ajimganj-Farakkka

AM & PM: Continue up the Hoogly which transforms into a charming waterway twisting and turning between banks lined with mustard fields and mango orchards. Morning walk through the fields of the delightfully sleepy village of Baranagar to visit its three gorgeous miniature terracotta temples. This is rural India at its most idyllic. Visit the Jain temples at Azimganj before continuing on to the Farakka Barrage.

Kindat Pandaw - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi - Day 14
Location
Farakka
Day
14 / 22

Farakka - Rajmahal

AM & PM: Today pass through the Farraka Barrage onto the Ganges proper. In the afternoon we explore the quaint town of Rajmahal.

Kindat Pandaw - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi - Day 15
Location
Rajgir
Day
15 / 22

Sailing

AM & PM: We sail up the mighty Ganges river toward the confluence with the Koshi river. Stop along the way for a short village walk and enjoy our onboard entertainment.

Kindat Pandaw - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi - Day 16
Location
Ganges River
Day
16 / 22

Bhagalpur - Sultanganj

AM: We sail early morning toward Bhaglapur, a hub of silk production. We witness the silk weaving and explore this small town before returning to the ship for lunch.

PM: In the afternoon we visit Sultanganj with its pair of great granite rocks, one crowned with a mosque and the other a small temple dating from the 16th century.

Kindat Pandaw - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi - Day 17
Location
Bhagalpur
Day
17 / 22

Munger

AM & PM: Munger is now a large and industrialised city but has an interesting history. In 1762, Mir Qasim, the Nawab of Bengal, shifted his capital from Murshidabad to Munger, and established a firearms manufacturing centre here. Explore the Mughal fort, East India Company cemetery and step inside the Bihar School of Yoga founded in 1964 by Satyananda Saraswati. One of the leading yoga schools in the country. The institution has developed yogic techniques through a synthesis of traditional yogic, vedantic and tantric practices and contemporary health science.

Kindat Pandaw - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi - Day 18
Location
Moghul Tomb
Day
18 / 22

Mokama

AM & PM: Stop at Mokama, once home to Jim Corbett the naturalist and protector of the Indian tigers. Surrounded by farmlands, Mokama has the second hightest production of lentils in the country. Learn about the freedom fighters from Mokama such as Lalldin Saheb, whose during the freedom struggle was sentenced to jail during the British rule.

Kindat Pandaw - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi - Day 1
Location
Mokama
Day
19 / 22

Barh

AM & PM: Explore Barh, a town famous for Hindu ritual cremation at Urmanath and the Alakhnath Temple.

Kindat Pandaw - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi - Day 20
Location
Mahabodhi Temple
Day
20 / 22

Patna

AM & PM: Enjoy a city tour of Patna, capital of Bihar state including a visit to The Golghar, a large stupa styled granary built in 1786. Farewell dinner with your crew.

Kindat Pandaw - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi - Day 21
Location
Gaur
Day
21 / 22

Disembarkation

AM: Disembark your Pandaw vessel ready and transfer to Patna station for your 1st class train to Varanasi. Upon arrival to Varanasi, transfer to your hotel or the airport.

Kindat Pandaw - The All Ganges & Brahmaputra River: Guwahati-Varanasi - Day 22
Location
Varanasi
Day
22 / 22
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Accommodations

Social Areas

Dining
Front Deck
Living Room
Lunch Table
Outdoor
Restaurant
Relaxing
Traditional Performance

Suites & Cabins

Kindat Pandaw - Main Deck Stateroom Kindat Pandaw - Main Deck Stateroom
10 Cabins

Main Deck Stateroom

Guests
2
Size
16 m² / 170 ft²
Beds
Double / Twin

The river level cabins of the Main Deck have been delightfully finished in teak and brass, and feature panoramic French windows and an ensuite bathroom with spa-branded amenities and hairdryer. Inviting beds with premium mattresses and linens are convertible between twin and double as desired.

Kindat Pandaw - Upper Deck Stateroom Kindat Pandaw - Upper Deck Stateroom
8 Cabins

Upper Deck Stateroom

Guests
2
Size
16 m² / 170 ft²
Beds
Double / Twin

The Upper Deck cabins are slightly fewer in number but equally spacious and well equipped to ensure guests have a comfortable stay. Whichever cabin you choose, guests can expect air conditioning, kimonos and slippers, an electric mini safe, multi-configuration plugs, and generous closet space and under-bed storage, not to mention unlimited mineral water.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Lecture room
  • WIFI available
  • Kosher Meals
  • Medical staff
  • Souvenir shop
  • Hot showers
  • All inclusive
  • Charging areas for electronic equipment

Equipment

  • Bicycles
  • Yoga mats
  • Flash lights
  • Water canteen/bottle
  • Insect repellent
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details