Take a step back in time and travel through India’s state of Assam on a Brahmaputra river cruise to explore this remote and wild region that’s otherwise largely inaccessible but home to wonderful wildlife and some beautiful scenery.
The Brahmaputra rises in Tibetan Himalaya and issues into the Bay of Bengal having flowed 1,800 miles through India. Take a luxury Brahmaputra river cruise to discover bird and animal life, diverse cultures and an extraordinary rage of architectural styles and treasures.
The Brahmaputra is one of the fastest flowing waterways in the world meaning that the landscape, river banks and sand flats change constantly. Luxury cruises tend to focus on the stretch that flows through Assam in north-eastern India.
When to go:
Avoid travelling during the spring when the river can be affected by catastrophic flooding as the Himalayan snow melts. It is also adversely affected by the monsoon rains from June to September, when it swells massively and becomes unnavigable. October to February are therefore ideal times to cruise.
Most people come for the wildlife. There are a number of spectacular national parks within easy striking distance of the river, including the world-renowned Kaziranga, which is home to a World Heritage Site and the world’s largest population of rhino along with elephants, deer, bison and tiger.
Shore excursions include the chance to watch wildlife, walk through traditional villages, discover traditional tea gardens, visit artisans at work and explore remote areas by cycle rickshaw.