Trip Code: BV16MBR
Price: from AU$5,365 per person twin share
Prices valid until 30 September 2024, excluding the Christmas / New Year period.
Please contact us for a detailed itinerary and current prices and departure dates.
- Cabin with en suite bathroom
- All meals, including tea/coffee and mineral water while on tour
- Transport for sightseeing
- Valet Service
- Guided on shore excursions and game drives as illustrated in the itinerary – inclusive of entrance fees, park fees, transport and services of an English speaking local guide
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Taxes, Insurance , Gratuities
- Laundry, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft beverages during non-meal hours
- Video and professional Still Camera fees
- International and Domestic air tickets
- Pre and Post tour accommodation and any tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as a part of the journey
- Any expenses of a personal nature eg tips in restaurants or hotels, laundry, drinks, telephone calls, etc
- Any other expense not mentioned as included
- Meals other than specified
Originating high in the Himalayas, the Brahmaputra River flows through the scenic Assam Valley where a UNESCO World Heritage listed national park and remote rural communities provide the traveller with a unique insight into life in this amazing region. Operated by Pandaw on the MV Mahabaahu.
On this extraordinary 8-day cruise explore the Brahmaputra River taking in all this beautiful region has to offer.
Glide by picturesque villages on this beautiful stretch of the Brahmaputra River with the chance to see river dolphins and other wildlife from the windows of your cabin. Take elephant, boat and jeep safaris in Kaziranga National Park and travel to Biswanath Ghat where local women weave colourful handicrafts by the waters edge.
At Kaziranga you will have the opportunity to view an incredible array of bird species as well as water buffalos, otters and monitor lizards. During the cruise you will visit the ancient monasteries and local villages of Majuli Island whos inhabitants weave on traditional hand-looms, discover traditional handicrafts at Biswanath Ghat, and explore the Shiva Dol at Sibsagar, the capital of the Tai-speaking Ahoms. There’s also a full-day to relax onboard to enjoy the facilities while cruising. A wonderful journey along the mighty Brahmaputra.
Day 1 Guwahati
You will be met upon arrival at Guwahati airport (must arrive before 12noon). Your tour will begin with a visit to the Kamakhya Temple, devoted to the goddess of desire. Afterwards, proceed to the vessel for boarding. Settle into your cabin and unpack. The vessel will set sail passing Peacock Island, famous for the endangered Golden Langur. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner and talk.
Day 2 Guwahati
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. Tonight, learn more about this region with a talk – ‘The River Brahmaputra and the tribal life that exists alongside’.
Day 3 Silghat
Today you will cruise past Tezpur and a gigantic three kilometre arched bridge before arriving at Silghat. Disembark for a land excursion through picturesque countryside to a tea estate and factory producing the famous Assam tea. This afternoon you may like to relax on the sundeck, swim in the ship’s pool or visit the on board spa.
Day 4 Kaziranga
Discover Kaziranga National Park today with two safaris. Firstly, enjoy a safari on elephant, searching for Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros and Indian tiger. An elephant safari allows you to get up close to the wildlife! Afterwards, continue to Bagori and explore this magnificent park by open jeep. You will also travel to Biswanath Ghat and discover the charming village by small boat where women weave colourful traditional handicrafts by the riverside.
Day 5 Kaziranga
After more scenic cruising along the Brahmaputra, 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 6 Majuli Island
Visit a local village at Majuli, the world’s largest river island and home to the ethnic Mishing people. Here, women weave on hand-looms to create characterful costumes and you will see a demonstration of a dhoti and chaddor – traditional dresses for the men and women of the Mishing communities. It is a pleasant place to explore.
Day 7 Sabsagar
Continue to explore Majuli this morning. Visit the impressive Satras, or Hindu monasteries, dating back to the 15th century. Take in the river scenery around you as the cruise continues to Sibsagar, capital of the Tai-speaking Ahoms who came from Yunan and China in the 13th century. Explore the Shiva Dol, built in 1734, the highest Shiva temple in India.
Day 8 Jorhat
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Jorhat airport.
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