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The Mighty Brahmaputra River

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,432

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$ 4,432

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Day 1

Kolkata and Jorhat

Arrive at the Jorhat airport and transfer to Neamati Ghat (with packed lunch). After the essential safety briefing, you will check into MV Mahabaahu to shortly gather on the sun deck.

On the sun deck, you will raise a traditional toast to the mighty Brahmaputra River that carves the valley of Assam. If Lucky, you will catch a fleeting glimpse of the Gangetic dolphins and notice the sky flocked with bar headed geese, egrets and cormorants returning to their abodes on deserted islands as the sun lowers itself in the western horizon.

You will enjoy a talk on 'Sibsagar, the seat of Ahom Civilisation' that ruled the north eastern region of India for six centuries. A short talk on 'Tea in Assam' continues over High Tea.

The evening follows into the welcome dinner.

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

Sibsagar

After an early breakfast, you will start your day-excursion to Sibsagar, the ancient city and capital of the Tai-speaking Ahoms who came in the 13th Century AD to the area from the north-east and were essentially of Tibeto-Burman origin.

Sibsagar town literally means 'the ocean of Lord Shiva' as it is built around a huge man made water tank ordered by the Ahom Queen. The Shiva Dol, constructed in the year 1734 is believed to be one of the highest Shiva temple in India.

You will visit The Talatal or Kareng Ghar, the palace of the Ahom Kings and the Rang Ghar - an amphitheatre - a place of entertainment or important for meetings of the Royals and their guests. Thereafter, you will drive to a Tea Estate for a relaxed afternoon and a traditional Assamese lunch with the Tea-estate family who have been involved in the tea business for over a century.

You will return to MV Mahabaahu by sunset and enjoy a relaxed evening before proceeding for dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Majuli Island Visit and Mishing Village Visit

You will start the day with Yoga or go for a walk along the swamps to catch a sight of owls, orioles, changeable eagles, adjutant storks, sea gulls, kingfishers, swallows and many more. As you will have your breakfast, you will sail towards Majuli, a cosmos of Assamese culture where various philosophies co-exist and thrive.

After breakfast, you will enjoy a talk on 'Majuli, the seat of Vaishnav culture' and proceed in the excursion boats to the mainland where a drive takes us to a scenic corner of a 'Satra' (monastery) for an interesting cultural performance by Satriya singers and dancers. Next, you will proceed to Kamlabari Satra to witness the Vaishnavite priests dancing to the rhythm of cymbals, drums and chanting in the temple premise.

You will enjoy hot lunch on MV Mahabaahu and sail towards the closest Mishing Village. The Mishings live on the banks of the river, in 'Chang Ghars'- houses with raised platforms. All Mishing women are expert weavers. You can buy ethnic colourful cotton weaves and indulges in a dhoti tying and Mekhela Chaadar wearing demonstration.

After the Mishing Village visit, MV Mahabaahu heads towards Dhansiri Mukh where the waters of Brahmaputra and Dhansiri meet, while you will enjoy a talk on 'Assam, its geographical location & importance'. You will later enjoy the evening under the stars on a deserted island and proceed for dinner.

NOTE: (Bonfire may be avoided if a suitable sandbank cannot be found or if we experience inclement weather conditions)

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Boat Safari

After Yoga/early morning walk on a deserted island, MV Mahabaahu sails towards the Eastern Range of Kaziranga. You will enjoy breakfast and a talk on 'The River Brahmaputra and the life that exists alongside'.

You will then proceed for the boat safari. The shores are high but one can see roof turtles on protruding drift wood, water lizards, otters, elephants, wild buffaloes, rhinos, darters, herons, pied kingfishers, white throated kingfishers, serpent eagles and many more. The sightings are always determined by the weather conditions.
You will return for lunch. This evening, you will enjoy the Chef's Cooking Demonstration followed by a talk on 'Tea, Silk and Jute in Assam.'

An evening on a deserted island with bonfire is always exclusive. You will enjoy dinner on MV Mahabaahu.

NOTE: (Bonfire may be avoided if a suitable sandbank cannot be found or if we experience inclement weather conditions)

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Silghat

After Yoga/walk on the deserted island and breakfast on MV Mahabaahu, you will enjoy an interesting talk on 'Kaziranga and the wild life in India'. Then you will step into an excursion boats to go to the shores of Bishwanath Ghat.

You will walk through the village and are struck by the simplicity of life while the weaver women surround us with their silk and cotton weaves. You will enjoy some happy interaction with them.

You will return to sail on for the next couple of hours, enjoying a relaxed lunch and reach Silghat. Take a short drive to the Kaliabore tea estate, which is a vast undulating expanse of land with tea bushes. You will proceed to the tea factory to see the processing of the Assam Tea and getting an insight into all that goes into preparing a brewed relishing cup-of-tea.

(The tea factory is not operational from mid-December to mid-February as it is time for pruning the tea bushes)

You will return to where the ship is anchored. Close by a co-operative Jute Mill is an interesting place to understand how the Jute fibre takes the form of very eco-friendly gunny bags. At sunset, you will enjoy a cultural evening on the ship followed by an early dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Kaziranga National Park

Early morning wakeup call and after a hot cup of tea/coffee, drive out towards the Kaziranga National Park. The most prized inhabitant of Kaziranga is the Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros, but the Park is home to as many as 180 different mammals including wild elephant, tiger, deer, Asiatic wild buffalo and a rich variety of birds. We reach the Kohora Mihimukh range of the National Park and are ready to start our morning adventure; once-in-a-lifetime elephant-backed safari where we search for the elusive rhinoceros, tigers, swamp deer, hog deer and more besides a large number of very interesting birds. The park never ceases to surprise us.

After breakfast at a resort in Kaziranga, you will drive on to Bagori, the Western Range of Kaziranga and get into the open jeeps for some more wild life adventure and an extensive coverage of this magnificent park.

You will return to MV Mahabaahu for a leisurely lunch and a relaxed afternoon. In the evening, you will proceed for a traditional Assamese theme dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Village Visit

You will catch up on Yoga on an island or on the deck for an hour and move on to breakfast while MV Mahabaahu lifts anchor and heads on towards an island that is occupied predominantly by a 'bangla' speaking Muslim community who are involved in the extensive farming. After a visit to this village, you will return to the ship for lunch.

After lunch, you will enjoy a talk on 'Kamakhya and the Occult and Peacock Island' and sail towards the Peacock Island famous for the highly endangered Golden Langur. It would be a good idea to have one's binoculars and cameras at hand.

You will later sail towards Pandu Port.

A relaxed evening followed by Farewell Dinner 'Alvida Bhoj'.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Disembark

You will have a relaxed breakfast in the morning. Luggage down according to the flight schedule. With packed lunch, you will drive to the Kamakhya Temple (flight time permitting). This Temple is devoted to the eternal feminine the Kamakhya - Goddess of desire. You will arrive at the International airport in Guwahati and bid farewell to the land of Kamakhya.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

Upstream
2019:
Jan 20; Feb 17; Mar 3, 31; Oct 13, 27; Nov 10, 24
2020: Jan 5, 19; Feb 2, 16; Mar 1, 15, 29; Apr 26

Downstream
2019:
 Jan 27; Feb 24; Mar 10; Apr 7; Oct 20; Nov 3, 17; Dec 1
2020: Jan 12, 26; Feb 9, 23; Mar 8, 22; Apr 5; May 3

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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