Indian River Cruise on the Brahmaputra River
Brahmaputra River, Assam, India
The Brahmaputra River is the only navigable river in the world (apart from the River Zambezi), from which elephant, jeep and boat safaris are conducted. It is a river that spans 3 kms at it's narrowest and 40 kms at it's widest. In floods, it rises by over 8 meters and spreads another 20 kms.
With national parks, temples, monasteries, tea plantations, migratory birds, fresh water dolphins and weaver's tribal villages, it is still a world of great adventures.
- The MV Mahabaahu is 55m long and 10m wide. It has a total of 5 decks including a sun deck, and can accommodate 46 guests in Superior and Suite grades, 10 of which feature a balcony.
- Public areas include a restaurant, lounge, bar, reception area, spa, sun deck, and swimming pool.
- Food is served buffet style and is selection of Indian and Europe cuisine.
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Kolkata overnight with Brahmaputra River Cruise
DAY 1: Friday
DAY 2: Saturday
After clearing immigration and customs, our representative will meet you at the receiving area and escort you to your
hotel for check-in.
DAY 3: Sunday
Kolkata / Jorhat / Nimati / M.V Mahabaahu
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and transfer to airport to connect with flight to Jorhat (approx.1.5 hours).
Arrive at Jorhat Airport and transfer to Nimati (approx. 45 mins. drive), where we will be welcomed on board the M.V.
Mahabaahu. After check-in and guest safety briefing, we will set sail to Majuli Island where we can enjoy the Captain's
DAY 4: Monday
Nimati / Sibsagar / Majuli
Board vehicles for Sibsagar, the ancient city of the Ahom Kings. The town, which literally means 'the ocean of Lord Shiva,' is strewn with the tell-tale ruins of a powerful empire, the Ahom. Sibsagar was the capital of the Thai-speaking Ahom who came to the area from Yunnan, China, in the 13th Century AD.
The town is built round the Sibsagar tank, dug over 200 years ago. The tank is above town level although situated in the heart of the town. On its banks are located some of the famous temples of Sibsagar. The Shiva Temple, constructed in the year 1734, is believed to be the highest Hindu temple in India.
Back onboard the M.V. Mahabaahu for lunch and sail to Majuli.
In Majuli, we visit Samagudi Satra and enjoy the masked dance. (This trip will take approximately 3 hours.)
Return to the M.V Mahabaahu and enjoy a talk on "Vaishnavism" in Assam. Dinner onboard
DAY 5: Tuesday
Majuli / Sailing towards Bishwanath Ghat
Majuli is the treasure house of Assamese culture; ancient monasteries dedicated to preservation of the arts have existed here since the 15th Century.
Written records are found of the visit of Shankardeva, a social reformer, during the 16th Century. He promulgated a form of Hinduism that was also called Vaishnavism. He established monasteries or hermitages that were called Satra. These Satras became the hub of culture, art, religion and lifestyle. Even today, the Satra preserve antiques like weapons, utensils, jewellery and other articles of cultural importance.
After breakfast, we will drive to the Kamalabari satra to explore the satra and experience young monks perform (Matia Khora).
Return to M.V Mahabaahu for lunch and set sail.
This evening, we enjoy a cooking demonstration onboard followed by a bonfire at an isolated island. We then return to the vessel for dinner.
DAY 6: Wednesday
Arrive Bishwanath Ghat
Start sailing towards Bishwanath. Disembark after breakfast for a visit to the Mishing Village. They are very happy to share their experiences while the children look at us with dreamy eyes.
After lunch, we enjoy a boat safari.
In the evening, arrive Bishwanath Ghat and drop anchor.
Enjoy a dance performance on board followed by a demonstration of the technique of wearing an Assamese sari followed by dinner.
DAY 7: Thursday
Bishwanath Ghat / Silghat / Tea Plantation
After breakfast, disembark to take the smaller boats to visit this charming village. We watch the women weaving cotton and silk in almost all the households here.
We sail to Silghat and drive to visit a Tea Plantation. The Tea plantation is set in perfect ambiance and encompasses tasteful hospitality in all its hues. Experience a walk through the manicured tea gardens and watch tea pickers at work followed by a talk on the art of making that perfect cup of tea! We also enjoy a tribal dance (Jhumur) and then return to the ship for dinner.
DAY 8: Friday
Kaziranga National Park
Rise before the sun to set off for the Kaziranga National Park's Kohora Gate and a once-in-a-lifetime elephant-backed safari where we search for the elusive rhinoceros and tiger. Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Kaziranga National Park is located in the flood plains on both sides of the Brahmaputra. The most prized inhabitant of Kaziranga is the Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros, but the Park is home to as many as 180 different mammals including wild elephants, tiger, deer, bison, and a rich variety of birds.
After breakfast at a resort in Kaziranga, we return to Kohora Gate to once again explore the wildlife experience in a Jeep Safari and to ensure we have had complete coverage of this magnificent park.
We return to the ship for lunch and sail towards Guwahati.
Late afternoon a presentation on ‘Wildlife of Kaziranga' and we exchange our notes on the wildlife sighting this morning.
DAY 9: Saturday
Today, we sail full day to Guwahati.
Enjoy a massage in our spa, soak in the jacuzzi or swim laps in the pool. One may prefer to scan the river for a fleeting sight of the Gangetic Dolphin or do some bird watching from the decks.
Watch a DVD on the tribes of Assam. The book lovers are sure to enjoy our well stocked library.
Today, we enjoy our last dinner onboard together and share our experience of India over the Farewell Dinner.
DAY 10: Sunday
Fly Guwahati - Kolkata
After breakfast you will be met, assisted and driven to the Guwahati airport by our representative. We will visit the temple of Kamakhya on the way to the airport. This Temple is devoted to the eternal feminine, the goddess of desire whose name is Kama Khya, granter of desires.
The Kamakhya Temple in Assam symbolizes the "fusion of faiths and practices" of Aryan and non-Aryan elements in Assam. The different names associated with the goddess are names of local Aryan and non-Aryan goddesses. Animal sacrifices take place here almost every day.
DAY 11: Arrive UK
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- Accommodation at M.V Mahabaahu will be on full board basis.
- Domestic Wine/Beer at welcome & farewell dinner only.
- All Entrance fees at the Monuments and National Parks as per the itinerary.
- 1 Game drive and one Elephant Safari to the Kaziranga National Park for the period when the Park is open.
- All excursions/lectures/performances and activities as per the itinerary.
- Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing at all the places as per the itinerary.
- Arrival & departure assistance transfers with representative at the airports.
- Assistance and porterage at the airports.
- All Arrival & Departure transfers with Representative at the airport and Land transport by air-conditioned transportation.
Departs weekly from October to April
Itinerary also operates in reverse, however we recommend the downstream itinerary due to the order of ports and sightseeing.
- Read a day-by-day cruise review and photo blog here - Brahmaputra River Cruise review
Prices per person from
- Superior Cabin £1,975
- Balcony Cabin £2,099
Contact us to add on
- International flights & domestic internal flights in India
- Pre cruise stays in Kolkuta
- Goa and Cochin land extensions
...and other bespoke tailor-made travel arrangements and land-tour extensions.
Prices are per person, cruise-only, based on two sharing and are subject to availabilty and possible change.
Please note, there are no elephant-backed or jeep safaris between May and the first half of October. Boat safaris will be offered instead during these months. During the months that the Kaziranga National Park is closed, we are able to explore the shores of the Park with our expedition boats. We will cruise the Park shoreline and many of the riverine islands that are home to a number of animals and a wide variety of birds.
During the peak winter season of mid-December to mid-February, the itinerary will be adjusted according to daylight hours as the M.V. Mahabaahu does not sail during darkness. In order to provide for full coverage of the Kaziranga National Park during these winter months, we will not visit Bishwanath Ghat.
This itinerary is subject to weather and river conditions. The Captain/Cruise Director reserves the right to adjust the itinerary for passenger safety and comfort.The Brahmaputra River is subject to seasonal fluctuations. Islands and sand bars can appear and disappear between one sailing and the next. Also, being one of the highest precipitation zones in the world, our program is subject to weather and River conditions. Far Horizon Tours reserve the right to convert the direction of the cruise from upstream to downstream or vice versa without any compensation.