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Gently down the Brahmaputra & a rhino encounter in Kaziranga

A voyage through Assam on the tempestuous Brahmaputra River is an indelible experience. Once it reaches Assam, it becomes the Brahmaputra or son of Brahma.

We travel through historic temples and glimpses of life of remote tribes. 

Our selection of active cruise ships is small in size, comfortable and filled with character. The décor is fresh and stylish, featuring handlooms, bamboo paneling, and locally made cane and rattan furniture. Cycles on board and local tuk-tuks allow for independent exploration; additionally, on a few departures, we operate ‘cruising and cycling’ tours. With only 12 cabins, it is ideal for a small group of travellers or private charter for a group of family and friends.

ITINERARY

07 December –Delhi – Guwahati

Met at Guwahati airport and transferred to the cruise at Pandu port. Enjoy lunch while cruising downstream to Sualkuchi. In the evening, walk through Sualkuchi, a bustling little town that is the center of Assamese silk production, to visit weaving workshops. Witness the whole process of silk manufacture, from cocoon and spinning to dyeing and hand-weaving into exquisite mekhela chadars (a two-piece sari, the traditional attire of an Assamese woman). We then sail up to dock close to the great Saraighat Bridge.

Lunch, Dinner on boat. 

08 December –Ship – Kamakhya temple – Ship

This morning, drive up to the Nilachal Hill to see the holy Kamakhya temple and learn of their tantric rites and animal sacrifice. Visit the poignant Commonwealth War Graves cemetery before embarking on your cruise vessel at Uzan Bazaar. We set sail and cruise pass Kurua on the north bank.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

09 December- Ship – Jotiabari – Ship

In the morning, cruise up and visit a river side village, with its lush green fields of vegetables. The day is spent mostly cruising upstream with jungle-covered hills rising on either side, often battling against strong currents to reach Jotiabari. Enjoy Indian cooking demonstration on board.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. 

10 December- Ship – Tezpur – Ship

This morning, cruise on to reach Tezpur where, after lunch, we will visit the 6th century Da Parbatia temple ruins with its beautifully carved portal. Later, explore the town by cycle rickshaw, stopping at Cole Park with its medieval stone carvings saved from sites all over the region. Enjoy free time in local market. Our ship will be waiting at the town’s waterfront for us to reboard. 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

11 December- Ship – Nameri National Park – Silghat

After an early breakfast, drive for two hours to the Nameri National Park at the foot of the blue hills of Arunachal Pradesh, the old North East Frontier Agency. Here, we take a float trip of around two hours down the Jia-Bhoreli River through the park. There are excellent bird-watching opportunities here (look out for the great Hornbills) and, perhaps, the chance of sighting wild elephants. After lunch, take a village walk before returning to the ship. Continue upstream, passing below a seemingly endless new bridge across the vast width of the riverbed, to moor at Silghat.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

12 December –Disembark – Diphlu River Lodge, Kaziranga

This morning drive to Diphlu River Lodge for the next 2 nights. Enjoy lunch at the lodge. Afterwards take a jeep safari inside the National Park.Covering an area of approximately 430 sq. kms, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park is home to the world’s largest population of the Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros as well as the Indian Wild Water Buffalo. It has also earned the distinction of having the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers (one every five sq. km.) making this park an incredibly rich biodiversity hotspot.

With its marshy swamps and thickets of elephant grass, this park supports large populations of Indian elephants, Indian bison, swamp deer, and capped langurs.Besides wildlife, Kaziranga National Park is also a birding paradise. A few of the bird species found here are the Oriental Honey Buzzard, Black-shouldered Kite, White-tailed Eagle, and Himalayan Griffon and so on.Kaziranga National Park also frequently draws comparisons to the Serengeti in Africa due to the park’s abundance of wildlife and birds.

Breakfast on boat, Lunch, Dinner at lodge.

13 December –Kaziranga

Today, enjoy a morning and an afternoon jeep safari inside the National park.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. 

14 December-Kaziranga – Guwahati – Delhi

After breakfast visit the national park for a morning jeep safari. Checkout and drive 4 1/2 hour to Guwahati airport to board your evening flight from Guwahati (preferably leaving on or after 1800 hrs.). 

Breakfast.