Discover the mighty Brahmaputra river, which flows through valleys where UNESCO protected national parks and remote rural communities provide the traveller with the most wonderful and authentic expedition. Experience a 7 night cruise on the very comfortable and specially designed MV Mahabaahu whose knowledge expedition team take safaris by small boat, jeep ans even elephant in search of the Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros and Indian tiger. With fascinating visits to 'Mishing' people who live on the worlds largest river island, tea plantations and many exotic Satras to explore, your Assam adventure will leave lifetime lasting memories.
Departing October 2018
Price guide from £2885pp
Single room supplement from £1449
- Visit the 'Kama-khya Temple' - devoted to the goddess of desire.
- Visit a tea estate visit and factory tour to see the processing of the Assam Tea.
- Cruise the Mighty Brahmaputra River
- Witness the Vaishnative priests dancing to the rhythm of cymbals, drums and chanting in the temple premise.
- Visit a Mishing Village, where you can buy ethnic colourful cotton weaves and indulge in a dhoti tying and Mekhela Chaadar wearing demonstration.
- Kaziranga National Park morning elephant-backed safari to search for the elusive rhinoceros, tigers, swamp deer and hog deer and more.
- Sail towards Peacock Island, which is famous for the highly endangered Golden Langur.
- International flights (indirect) & internal flights.
- Overseas transfers
- Accommodation on a twin sharing room basis.
- Accommodation on M.V Mahabaahu on a twin sharing basis - full board plan
- 2 nights pre-cruise hotel stay in Kolkata on a bed & breakfast basis
- 1 night post-cruise hotel stay in Kolkata
- Sightseeing tour in Kolkata
Fly from London to Kolkata for a 2 nights pre-cruise hotel stay with an included sightseeing tour.
Day 4 GUWAHATI
Transfer to the MV Mahabaahu for your 7 night cruise via 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.
Day 5 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 we pass uninhabited islands and the fragile communities that live here. After tea enjoy a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the tribal life that exists alongside’.
Day 6 SILGHAT
Pass Tezpur and a gigantic 3 Km long arched bridge arriving at Silghat, where we take an excursion through stunning countryside to a tea estate and factory producing the famous Assam tea.
Day 7 KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK
Our expedition continues with a visit to the UNESCO accredited Kaziranga National Park where you will enjoy a safari on elephant searching for the elusive Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros and Indian tiger. Continue to Bagori, where by open jeep we further explore the wildlife of this magnificent park. You also travel to Biswanath Ghat and discover the charming village by small boat where women weave colourful traditional handicrafts by the riverside.
Day 8 RIVER SAFARI
After more dramatic scenic cruising, take a boat safari on the Eastern range of Kaziranga where River Dhansiri and River Brahmaputra meet. Here, observe wildlife at its most natural including pied kingfishers, eagles, vultures, water buffalos, monitor lizards and otters. Dinner is enjoyed al fresco on a deserted island.
Day 9 TOWARDS MAJULI
Visit a local village on what is the world’s largest river island and home to the ethnic ‘Mishing’ people. Here, women weave on hand-looms to create characterful costumes and enjoy a demonstration of a Dhoti & Chaddor - traditional dresses for the men and women of the Mishing communities. It is a pleasant place to explore.
Day 10 MAJULI, NEAMATI GHAT AND SIBSAGAR
Arrive at the ancient town of Majuli, where you explore the impressive Satras dating back to the 15th century. We continue to Sibsagar, capital of the Tai-speaking Ahoms who came from Yunan and China in the 13th Century AD. Explore the Shiva Dol, built in 1734, the highest Shiva temple in India. Your day is completed with an insight into the making of Assam tea from a tea estate family.
Day 11 JORHAT
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight to Kolkata where you will have a 1 night hotel stay.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK
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*Lead-in fare is based on 2 adults sharing a twin cabin. Price includes economy flights from London (regional flights available on request), hotels where indicated & non UK transfers. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to arrange your own visas at your own expense. Tipping is not included, this will have to be paid locally. Check with your local GP before travel for up to date vaccination information.