Brahmaputra River Cruise

Brahmaputra River Cruise

Drive through the busy streets to ‘Kamakhya Temple’, enjoy the fleeting sight of the Gangetic Dolphins, talk on ‘Kaziranga and wild life in India’

Itinerary

(5 nights 6 days)

  • Day 1: Arrive Guwahati/Board M.V.Mahabaahu/Sail towards Silghat
  • Arrive at the Guwahati airport. Our rep will meet & assist you at the airport, and you would start the drive carrying packed lunch. Drive through the busy streets to ‘Kamakhya Temple’. Walk up to the temple complex, and see many colorful idols of gods and goddesses in the local market shops. From here, drive to ‘Pandu Port’ where you will be welcomed on board cruise in the Assamese tradition. Check into cabins and immediately gather in the restaurant for the essential safety briefing and drill followed by a familiarization tour of the Cruise.

    The tour takes you to the Donyi Polo Deck to experience the first sail. Pass by the smallest river island called the Peacock Island where the Umananda temple is located. Peacock Island is famous for the highly endangered Golden Langur. Have binoculars and cameras at hand. Evening enjoy the welcome dinner in the Mungri Mungram Restaurant.
  • Day 2: Sail towards Silghat
  • Start the morning with Yoga for those who love to pay homage to the forces of nature, the ultimate ‘Sun God’ perhaps on an island or on the deck for an hour. Those not interested in Yoga may enjoy the fleeting sight of the Gangetic Dolphins and the birders inspect the skies for the winged species. Post breakfast, enjoy the sail passing by inhabited and deserted islands that may or may not survive the flood season. It is the non-permanency of these islands and the strength of the people to re-establish themselves is what catches ones attention. Spend the day, sunbathing on the Deck or a dip in the pool, indulging in massages, sitting in the warm waters of the Jacuzzi enjoying a steam/sauna or simply follow and observe the beauty of the pristine river. Have lunch on board. After evening tea, proceed for a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the tribal life that exists alongside’. Dinner and interactions with all on board.
  • Day 3: Arrive Silghat
  • Today we pass by the famous town of Tezpur and under a famous 3 Km 15 m long arched bridge called Kolia Bhomora Setu. After breakfast indulge in a talk on ‘Kaziranga and wild life in India’ Enjoy a relaxed lunch on board. On arrival in Silghat, cruise drops anchor. Take a short drive to a tea estate to enjoy a leisurely walk through the tea estate watching the tribal women picking tea leaves. Here we stop for a talk with the Manager of the tea estate who familiarizes you with the essentials of running a tea-estate, the lay of the land and the climate. Later proceed to the tea factory to see the process of finally producing Assam Tea and coming to terms with ‘all that goes into preparing a cup-of-tea. Drive back to the cruise in the evening to enjoy a cultural evening on board along with dinner and retire early for the next morning elephant safari.
  • Day 4: Kaziranga National Park/Guwahati/Departure
  • Post morning tea, set off for the Kaziranga National Park’s Kohora Gate and enjoy the elephant-backed safari. Later have breakfast at a resort in Kaziranga and drive on to Bagori, the Western Range of Kaziranga to enjoy the jeep safari. Post jeep safari drive back to the resort for lunch. Post lunch check out and drive to Guwahati airport to board flight for your our onward destination.
  • Day 5: MAJULI VISIT / SIBSAGAR/ NEAMATI GHAT
  • After breakfast, we enjoy a talk on 'Majuli' the seat of Vaishnav culture and proceed in our tenders to the mainland where a drive takes us to a scenic corner of a Satra for an interesting cultural performance by Satriya singers and dancers.  
    Next we drive to Kamlabari Satra to witness the Vaishnavite priests dancing to the rhythm of cymbals, drums and chanting in the temple premise.  The humble dwellings of the monks are a revelation of utmost simplicity. We enjoy hot lunch on MV Mahabaahu as we sail towards Neamati Ghat. 
    Carry binoculars as the fields alongside the road will showcase purple swamp hens, adjutant storks, egrets, kingfishers, Indian rollers, bulbuls and open billed storks. 
    We drive through the countryside to reach Sibsagar, the ancient city of the Ahom Kings; a town that literally means 'the ocean of Lord Shiva’.  We notice as we drive that the district is strewn with the tell-tale ruins of a powerful empire of the Ahoms.   Sibsagar was the 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.   
    Then we visit Talatal or Kareng Ghar which was the palace of the Ahom Kings and after a leisurely stroll in and around the monument we go on to Rang Ghar which was a place for hosting wrestling bouts and buffalo fights and other entertainment or important meetings of the Royals and their guests.
    We return to MV Mahabaahu by sunset and enjoy the farewell dinner.
  • Day 6: NEAMATI GHAT/ HOME HOSTED LUNCH /JORHAT/ DEPARTURE
  • We start the day with Yoga and/or go for a nature walk along the swamps to catch a sight of owls, aureoles, yellow footed green pigeons, changeable eagles, adjutant storks, quails, sea gulls hunting with the dolphins and pied kingfishers, swallows and martins diving to fish. 
    We have a relaxed breakfast. The luggage is brought out of the cabins according to the flight schedule. En route the airport we visit a Tea Estate for a relaxed afternoon where we enjoy a traditional Assamese lunch with the Tea-estate family to get a peep into the lifestyle of the families that have been involved in the tea business over a period of a century.  Here we sip our beverages and indulge in tea tasting as we explore the lawns and proceed to enjoy a traditional Assamese cuisine.  
    The crew on board organises our transport. 
    We arrive at the Rowriah Airport in Jorhat a couple of hours before the flight schedule and bid adieu to the land of Ahoms.
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Features

Start From

Start From

Guwahati

End At

End At

Jorhat

Permits

Permits

Not Required

Minimum People

Minimum People

Minimum People

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