RIVER CRUISE IN ASSAM

A unique way of getting to know Assam is by taking a cruise on the life giver the Brahmaputra River. On board the Mahabaahu travel to Kaziranga National Park, Majuli, Sibsagar on 5 day cruise experiencing the wildlife, way of life of local communities, and history of Ahom Dynasty the best part is in this River cruise, we get to taste the authentic food of Assam. 
6 DAYS | 5 NIGHTS
6 D | 5 N
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RIVER CRUISE IN ASSAM
Location : Assam

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DAY 1

Arrival Guwahati and Silghat

On arrival at the airport, we meet you at the receiving area with packed lunch. The drive to Silghat takes us about 5 hours. On arrival at Silghat, you are welcomed on board the M.V. Mahabaahu. Post Check-in take a short drive to Kaliabore Tea Estate which has vast area of estate with tea plantations. Proceed to the tea factory to see the process of Assam Tea production and going through all the process involves into preparing a cup-of-tea. (The tea factory is not operational from mid- December to mid -February as the tea is at its dormant stage during this time of the year)

Close to the pier is a co-operative Jute Mill which is an interesting place to understand how the Jute fibre is knitted in to gunny bags. By sunset, enjoy a cultural evening on the ship. Have an early dinner and retire for the evening. This River cruise takes you through most of the tourist places in Assam.

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu


DAY 2

Silghat to Kaziranga

Post Morning Tea and light snacks, drive out towards the Kaziranga National Park.The Park is home to as many as 180 different mammals including wild elephants, tiger, deer, Asiatic wild buffalo and a rich variety of birds besides the famed one horned Rhino. From Kohora Mihimukh range of the National Park start morning adventure, elephant-backed safari for sighting the elusive rhinoceros, tigers, swamp deer and hog deer and more and a large number of very interesting birds. After breakfast at a resort in Kaziranga, 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.

Return to MV Mahabaahu for a leisurely lunch and a relaxed afternoon.

(In October and May when Kaziranga National Park is closed we do a short Jeep Safari in the outer area of the Kaziranga National Park.  Elephant safari is not possible but one can opt for elephant joy ride on the outskirts of the park.  During these two months we have an additional Boat Safari in a very picturesque area at the confluence of Diphlu and Brahmaputra River.)

Evening get together for a talk on ‘Silk in Assam’. Get into the tenders(boat) to reach the shores of BishwanathGhat.  We visit the Shiva Dol in reverence of Lord Shiva and enjoy a walk through the village and see how this suburban village thrives. Return to the ship to enjoy an evening on a deserted island and then proceed to a scrumptiousdinner.

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu 


DAY 3

Explore the Eastern Range of Kaziranga

This morning MV Mahabaahu sails early towards the Eastern Range of Kaziranga for boat Safari. The shores are high but you may 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.  We return for lunch. This evening we enjoy the Chef’s Cooking Demonstration and sample the snacks followed by a leisurely evening on a deserted island with MV Mahabaahu. Bonfire is always rare.  

 Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu

DAY 4

Excursion to Mishing Village

After Yoga and breakfast enjoy a talk on ‘Majuli the seat of Neo –Vaishnav Culture’ and then enjoy the sail towards the Mishing Village. The Mishings live on the bank of river in 'Chang ghars', houses with raised platform.  All Mishing women are expert weavers.  Carrying some cash would be a good idea to buy the ethnic colourful cotton weaves. A  demonstration on Dhoti Tying and Mekhela Chaadar wearing will also be given at this village. Return to enjoy a talk on ‘Sibsagar and the Ahom civilization’ and proceed to prepare for a Traditional Assamese evening.

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu 


DAY 5
Explore Majuli

After breakfast enjoy  'Majuli' the seat of Vaishnav culture and proceed in our tenders (boat) 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 drive to Kamlabari Satra to witness the Vaishnavite priests dancing to the rhythm of cymbals, drums and chanting in the temple premise. Warm lunch on MV Mahabaahu while sailing towards Nimati Ghat. 

Drive through the countryside to reach Sibsagar, the ancient city of the Ahom Kings; a town that literally means 'the ocean of Lord Shiva’.  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. The Sibsagar town 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 the highest Shiva temple in India.  

Then visit Talatal or KarengGhar which was the palace of the Ahom Kings and after a leisurely stroll in and around the monument 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.

Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu 

DAY 6

Departure

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. Have a relaxed breakfast. The luggage is brought out of the cabins according to the flight schedule. Arrive at the Rowriah Airport in Jorhat a couple of hours before the flight schedule and bid adieu to the land of Ahoms.

We hope you take back happy memories and await your return for another exciting trip with us.

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation at M.V Mahabaahu on twin sharing basison a full board plan.
  • All Entrance fees at the Monuments as per the itinerary.
  • 1 Glass of Domestic wine/beer with Welcome dinners.
  • All excursions/lectures/performances and activities as per the itinerary.
  • Services of English speaking naturalist / Destination Manager during sightseeing at all the places as per the itinerary.
  • Assistance on Arrival transfers with Representative at the airport and Land transport by Air-Conditioned vehicles.

EXCLUSIONS

  • Expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, internet, imported wines & spirits, camera/video camera fee at monuments/National Park, medical expenses, Salon/massages, airport departure tax etc.
  • Any further tax levied by the government of India.
  • Evacuation charges in case of medical emergencies, insurance is available on request.
  • Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and airplanes delays, roadblocks, vehicle malfunctions, political disturbances, taxes, lost luggage, etc.
  • Govt. service tax 5 %
  • International & Domestic Air fares.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Supplement would be applicable for Christmas and New Year Ever Dinner.
  • Any Departure Transfer from Silghat or Tea State.

ENTRY POINTS
  • Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (Guwahati)
  • Guwahati Railway Station
  • ISBT Guwahati
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