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The Mighty Brahmaputra River

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,430

Enjoy a one week leisurely cruise on the Indian section of the Brahmaputra River through stunning, colourful scenery. Go on safari to view amazing wildlife, get to know local fascinating ethnic tribes and learn about the folklore surrounding the river.


The Brahmaputra River (named after the son of the creator of the cosmos in Hindu mythology) is one of the holiest rivers in India and which is considered holy by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bonpas. It is the only navigable river in the world from which you can see the high, snow covered Himalayan Mountains. It is also the only river, apart from the Zambezi River in Africa, from which elephant, jeep and boat safaris are conducted.

Start your cruise itinerary on arrival at the airport of Guwahati, Assam’s largest city. En route to your cruise boat, visit the Kama-Kaya Temple.

The Mahabaahu, your on board home has 23 comfortable cabins all with private bathroom and TV. Later sail on the river passing Peacock Island renowned for its Golden Langur.

The next morning, sail through stunning scenic countryside and view wildlife including dolphins and birds of prey. Later have a short talk on board about the local river life.

The following day, pass the town of Tezpur, a historical city of Assam whose existence dates back centuries. See the 3 kilometre/2 mile long arched bridge. Arrive at Silghat and here have an excursion to a tea plantation and factory producing the famous Assam tea.

The next morning brings a visit to Kaziranga National Park which is spread over 858 square kilometres and is located in the floodplains on both sides of the Brahmaputra. Here you will have an elephant safari hopefully viewing the elusive Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros and Indian Tiger. Arrive at Bagori and have an open jeep safari to view more wildlife. Later, visit Biswanath Ghat, a small village where women weave colourful traditional handicrafts by the riverside.

The following day is a boat safari to the eastern range of Kaziranga National Park where one can see vultures, water buffalo, monitor lizards and otters. This evening, have an alfresco dinner on a deserted island.

Next day is a visit to meet the local Mishing tribe of people who weave their own colourful costumes. Spend time getting to know them. Mishings have their own peculiar folk music, dances and musical instruments. Most of these are used or performed on their social and religious festivals.

The last full day on board visits Majuli and its 15th Century Satras (monasteries). Then continue to Sibsagar where the inhabitants are originally from southern China as far back as the 13th Century. See the highest Shiva Temple in India and then learn about tea-making from a tea plantation family.

Arrive the next morning at Jorhat where you disembark.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,430

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Day 1

Guwahati

Upon arrival at Guwahati airport (flights must arrive before 12 noon), transfer to the MV Mahabaahu by way of 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.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration7 Nights
Accommodation

MV Mahabaahu

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    MV Mahabaahu



    A well-appointed and comfortable base from which to rest from your Brahmaputra explorations. The MV Mahabaahu staterooms are all fully air-conditioned, each nicely furnished with comfortable beds with imported quality linens with duvet and en-suite bathrooms. All staterooms have generous closet space, satellite TV, safe, ...

    A well-appointed and comfortable base from which to rest from your Brahmaputra explorations. The MV Mahabaahu staterooms are all fully air-conditioned, each nicely furnished with comfortable beds with imported quality linens with duvet and en-suite bathrooms. All staterooms have generous closet space, satellite TV, safe, hair dryer, mini-bar and telephone.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Bathrooms with hot/cold shower
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Satellite/Cable Television

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Day 2

Sailing towards Silghat

Spend the day enjoying the stunning natural scenery and wildlife of the Brahmaputra River. Observe river dolphins and birds of prey as you pass uninhabited islands and the fragile communities that live here. After tea, enjoy a talk on the tribal life of the river.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Silghat

Pass Tezpur and a gigantic 3 Km long arched bridge arriving at Silghat. Take an excursion through stunning countryside to an Assam tea estate and factory.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Kaziranga National Park

Our expedition continues with a visit to Kaziranga National Park, where we search for the elusive Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros and Indian tiger. Continue to Bagori to further explore the wildlife of this magnificent park. Afterwards, travel to Biswanath Ghat, a charming village where women weave colorful traditional handicrafts by the riverside.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

River safari

After more dramatic scenic cruising, take a boat safari on the Eastern range of Kaziranga, where River Dhansiri and River Brahmaputra meet. Wildlife here includes pied kingfishers, eagles, vultures, water buffalos, monitor lizards and otters. Dinner is enjoyed al fresco on a deserted island.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Towards Majuli

Visit a village on the world's largest river island, home to the ethnic 'Mishing' people. Here, women weave colourful custumes on hand-looms; enjoy a demonstration of a "dhoti" and "chador" making.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Majuli, Neamati Ghat and Sibsagar

Arrive at the ancient town of Majuli and explore the impressive Satras which date back to the 15th century. Continue to Sibsagar, capital of the Tai-speaking Ahoms who came from Yunan and China. Explore the Shiva Dol, built in 1734, the highest Shiva temple in India. Visit a local tea estate family for more insight into the making of quality Assam tea.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Jorhat

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to Jorhat airport.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2017:  8 Jan; 5 Feb; 19 Mar; 2 Apr; 15 Oct; 26 Nov.

2018:  14 Jan; 4 Feb; 11, 25 Mar

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Guided touring as per itinerary
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Meals as specified
  • Mineral water/jugged coffee/tea on-board
  • Porterage
  • Crew gratuities

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Other gratuities (guides, bus/cyclo/small boat operators, etc)
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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