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Pandaw River Expeditions launches new cruises on the Brahmaputra River in north-east India

Luxury river expedition company, Pandaw has announced its new eight-day Brahmaputra River programme in partnership with MV Mahabaahu.  The itineraries will commence in March 2015 and are bookable by travel agents with immediate effect. The itinerary will offer Pandaw guests an off-the-beaten track, luxury exploration of the Assam region in the north-east of India.

he Asia specialist expedition operator will partner with the 23-stateroom, MV Mahabaahu to offer guests a five-star luxury service and a crew to passenger ratio of 2:1, in line with Pandaw’s own expedition ships located on the Irrawaddy, Chindwin and Mekong rivers.

Hugh Clayson, commercial director commented: “MV Mahabaahu offers the same level of comfort and style that Pandaw customers and travel agents know to expect from us. As we move into 2015, marking the 20th anniversary of Pandaw, we are continuing to innovate and develop the product to ensure agents have access to pioneering itineraries and undiscovered regions across Asia, whilst maintaining that five-star Pandaw experience.

“The Mahabaahu offers a choice of staterooms with or without balcony, wonderful Indian and in-ternational cuisine and as with all Pandaw Expeditions includes crew gratuities”.

Guests onboard the Pandaw Brahmaputra expeditions will travel by boat, jeep and elephant and get up close to single-horned rhinos, buffaloes, Indian tigers and river dolphins, as well as experiencing the untouched scenery of the Kaziranga National Park. Guests will also visit the second largest river island in the world, meet the Mishing people that inhabit the region and head into the Assam province’s rich, green hills, plains and forests to learn more about the aromatic tea that it is known for.

The Brahmaputra River is the only navigable river in the world from which the 6,500 metre high, snow covered Himalaya mountains can be seen. Guests will experience the rich living culture of the Assam region with visits to temples, tribal villages, monasteries, ancient palaces and tea estates.

In addition to the cruise, Pandaw also offers pre and post stays in luxury five-star hotels in Delhi and Kol-kata, including domestic connecting flights.

Guests booking before 31 October 2014 can also benefit from a 10 per cent saving.

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