The new Assam and Bhutan tour will go two unspoilt and rarely visited destinations.
The new Assam and Bhutan tour will go two unspoilt and rarely visited destinations.

Mysterious Bhutan and exotic Assam new travel package

A TOUR of the once-hidden kingdom of Bhutan and an exotic cruise in the rarely visited Indian state of Assam is on offer through Australia's Cruise Traveller.

The new 16-day Bhutan and India tour will take travellers to two unspoilt and rarely visited destinations.

One of the most secretive travel destinations in the world , Bhutan, is a remote sanctuary with its cliff-hugging temples, snow-capped peaks, intricate arts and crafts, ancient ruins and colourful culture.

The tour starts with a visit Kolkata, long regarded as one of India's cultural hot spots. They will stay at the 130-year-old Oberoi Grand Hotel and go on a city tour which includes the imposing Victoria Memorial, Saint Mother Teresa's house and a visit to an Indian coffee house.

Assam cruising on the luxurious MV Mahabaahu
Assam cruising on the luxurious MV Mahabaahu

It's then onto Pandu Port, Guwahati city in India's unspoilt state of Assam, where guests will board the MV Mahabaahu, a 46-guest river ship. Over seven nights it will cruise the Brahmaputra river.

Visits to artisan markets, Indian cuisine, cooking demonstrations, daily yoga, performances by local singers and dances and a combination of elephant and jeep and boat safaris will entertain the guests, Rhino spotting, elephants, tigers and buffaloes are among the highlights of the journey. Off-ship excursions include monasteries, plantations, ancient palaces, remote villages, and an uninhabited island on which guests can enjoy a bonfire, weather-permitting.

The tour group then fly to Bhutan. It will showcase many of Bhutan's natural and cultural wonders, including the national library known for its vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts, the prestigious arts and crafts school, beautiful Buddhist monuments, majestic fortresses, stunning Himalayan landscape and Bhutan's most famous monastery, the Taktsang Lhakhang which is perched on the side of a cliff  900m above the valley floor.

The tour package includes three nights in Kolkata, a seven-night cruise in one of India's remotest corners under the shadows of 7000m high Himalayan mountains and five nights in Bhutan with local touring. Guests will stay in premium hotels and get to taste delicious, local cuisine.

The 16-night package costs from A$12,695 per person, twin-share, including the saving of $930 per person if booked by January 30, 2019. Flights from Australia are extra. Conditions apply and subject to availability.

To book the cruise and tour package, go to www.cruisetraveller.com.au/bhutan or phone call Cruise Traveller on 1800 507 777.