Brahmaputra River Cruise Day 7
Brahmaputra River Cruise Day 7 - On board and island BBQ
Today was a relaxing day on the river, with no planned stops so we spent the day chilling out on the sun deck, taking in the sun and watching the river for the elusive Gangetic river dolphin. We spotted a few but they only break the surface to take in more air then disappear quickly. They have a long snout and pink bodies and are quite different from the sea dolphins that we are more familiar with. The dolphins were originally found throughout the Brahmaputra and Ganges river systems, but the population has dramatically declined over the last 50 years, and there are fewer than 300 individuals left in the region.
During the afternoon I had a massage in the on board spa that was excellent. The boat has a well-stocked library, touching on local Assam subjects as well as India as a whole, Hinduism, and other fascinating subjects. There was a cooking demonstration too held by the ships chefs that was well attended.
At about 6 pm the ship tied up to a deserted island for a beach party. We peered over the railing as we watched the crew pole-vault from the ship’s bow to the sandy banks, some of which were crumbling away from the current of the river - right before our eyes!
Pole vaulting off the bow to tie the boat up!
Crew digging in the posts to tie the boat up to
Crumbling banks of the Brahmaputra River
Once the ropes had been secured they set up the chairs and BBQ area ready for the evenings celebrations.
We were given traditional Indian clothes to wear, and everyone got into the spirit of things with the ever helpful crew helping the ladies and gents to tie them correctly.
All dressed up!
Crossing the make shift gangway fashioned out of bamboo, we were greeted by the sight of a roaring bonfire, surrounded by chairs, alongside a bar a BBQ ! What a wonderful experience for our last night!
Beach BBQ on the Brahmaputra River
Beach BBQ on the Brahmaputra River
The ever present barman Rajish was on hand to serve us drinks and cocktails.
Me and the excellent barman Rajish
Bar on the beach, with Rajish, natch!
Once all guests were on the sandy beach, we were invited to play some games, that I can only describe as beer fishing! Large bottles of kingfisher beer were placed on the sand and the contestants were given sticks of bamboo with string tied on one end. On the end of the string was a plastic hoop, and the aim of the game was to place the hoop over the neck of the bottle, easier said than done believe me!
We had two minutes to try achieve this and the hoop just kept swinging about! At the 30 second countdown I just started plopping it randomly on the bottle and lo and behold the ring slipped over the neck and I had won! My prize? Well the bottle of cool kingfisher of course!
Payal and Shagzil got dressed up too
After helping ourselves to kebabs, paneer and chicken from the BBQ , we all sat in a semi-circle around the bonfire and Nina, the cruise director, introduced the crew that had been helping us all week.
Nina introducing the crew
The crew bursting into song
Some of them gave us a song and dance which was really lovely. It was quite emotional as it was our last night of the cruise, and all the staff were so genuinely nice, it felt like we were part of their family, and it was a wonderful feeling.
Links to the rest of the blogs
- Brahmaputra River Cruise - Day 1 - Local market and embarkation
- Bramaputra River Cruise - Day 2 - Sibasaga, Assam, India
- Bramaputra River Cruise - Day 3 - Majuli Island
- Bramaputra River Cruise - Day 4 - Mishing Village & Kaziranga boat safari
- Brahmaputra River Cruise Day 5 - Bishwanath Ghat & Tea estate
- Brahmaputra River Cruise Day 6 - Kaziranga National Park
- Brahmaputra River Cruise Day 7 - On board & island BBQ
- Brahmaputra River Cruise Day 8 - Kamakhya Temple & summary
MV Mahabaahu Video - showing cabins, public rooms and destinations
For more information or to book this trip see here - Brahmaputra River Cruise
All images and text (c) Scott Anderson - The Luxury Cruise Company 2014