Downstream Itinerary

(7 Nights/8 Days)
Physically active expedition style cruise

DAY 1: Sunday ARRIVE JORHAT/ NEAMATI GHAT/ MV MAHABAAHU/ SAIL
DAY 2: Monday NEAMATI GHAT/ SIBSAGAR VISIT/ TEA ESTATE HOME HOSTED LUNCH
DAY 3: Tuesday MAJULI VISIT/ MISHING VILLAGE VISIT
DAY 4: Wednesday DHANSIRI BOAT SAFARI
DAY 5: Thursday WEAVERS VILLAGE AT BISHWANATH GHAT/ VISIT TEA ESTATE AND/ OR JUTE MILL VISIT
DAY 6: Friday KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK/ SAIL
DAY 7: Saturday A VILLAGE VISIT/ FULL DAY SAIL/ PEACOCK ISLAND
DAY 8: Sunday GUWAHATI/ KAMAKHYA TEMPLE VISIT/ DEPARTURE

 

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Day 1 (SUNDAY): ARRIVE JORHAT / NEAMATI GHAT / MV MAHABAAHU /SAIL
(M.V. Mahabaahu sets sail at 15:00 hours)

On arrival at the Jorhat Airport, we will be met in the receiving area and with packed lunch drive to Neamati Ghat to board the MV Mahabaahu.

We gather for introductions, safety briefing and are ushered to the cabins.  All gather on the open deck to enjoy the first sail and scan the river for a fleeting sight of the Gangetic Dolphins.

The evening starts with a detailed talk on ‘Sibsagar and the Ahom Civilization’. 

Soon the MV Mahabaahu drops anchor, and we proceed for ‘Welcome Dinner’.

Overnight on board M.V. Mahabaahu (Packed L, D)

 

Day 2 (MONDAY): NEAMATI GHAT / SIBSAGAR VISIT / TEA ESTATE HOME HOSTED LUNCH

After an early breakfast, we start our day-excursion to Sibsagar, the ancient city and 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. Sibsagar town literall

y means 'the ocean of Lord Shiva’ as it 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. We visit The Talatal or Kareng Ghar, the palace of the Ahom Kings and the Rang Ghar, an amphitheater, a place of entertainment or important meetings for the Royals and their guests. Thereafter, we drive to a Tea Estate for a relaxed afternoon where we enjoy a traditional Assamese lunch with the Tea-estate family who have been involved in the tea business over a period of a century. Here, we sip our beverages as we explore the lawns and proceed to indulge in traditional Assamese cuisine.


We return to MV Mahabaahu by sunset and enjoy a relaxed evening in the Soma lounge before proceeding for dinner.

Overnight on board M.V. Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

 

 

Day 3 (TUESDAY): MAJULI VISIT / MISHING VILLAGE VISIT

We start the day with Yoga or go for a walk along the swamps to catch a sight of owls, orioles, changeable eagles, adjutant storks, sea gulls, kingfishers, swallows and many more

As we have our breakfast, we sail towards Majuli, a cosmos of Assamese culture where various philosophies co-exist and thrive.

After breakfast, we enjoy a talk on 'Majuli', the seat of Vaishnav culture and proceed in our tenders 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, we drive to Kamlabari Satra to witness the Vaishnavite priests dancing to the rhythm of cymbals, drums and chanting in the temple premise.

We enjoy hot lunch on MV Mahabaahu and sail towards the closest Mishing Village.
The Mishings live on the bank of river in 'Chang ghar', houses with raised platform.  All Mishing women are expert weavers. The indoor life of a Mishing person revolves around the kitchen area where the family can get together.

After the Mishing Village, MV Mahabaahu heads towards Dhansiri Mukh where the waters of Bhramaputra and Dhansiri meet, while we enjoy a talk on ‘Assam, its geographical location & importance’. We then enjoy the evening under the stars on a deserted island and proceed for dinner.

Overnight on board M.V. Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

 

DAY 4 (WEDNESDAY): DHANSIRI BOAT SAFARI

dhansiri boat safari

After Yoga and an early morning walk on a deserted island, MV Mahabaahu sails towards the Eastern Range of Kaziranga for boat Safari.  We enjoy breakfast and a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the life that exists alongside’.

We proceed for the safari in our tenders for about two hours.  The shores are high but one can 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.  The sightings are always determined by the weather conditions.

We return for lunch. This evening we enjoy the Chef’s Cooking Demonstration followed by a talk on ‘Tea, Silk and Jute in Assam.’

The evening on a deserted island with bonfire is always unusual.  We enjoy dinner on MV Mahabaahu. (Bonfire may be avoided if a suitable sandbank cannot be found or if we experience inclement weather conditions)

Overnight on board M.V. Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

 

DAY 5 (THURSDAY): WEAVERS VILLAGE AT BISHWANATH GHAT / VISIT TEA ESTATE AND / OR JUTE MILL VISIT

After Yoga/walk on the deserted island and breakfast, we enjoy an interesting talk on ‘Kaziranga and the wild life in India’.  Then we step into our tenders to go to the shores of BishwanathGhat.

We visit the Shiva Dol in reverence of Lord Shiva and there is no way that we can avoid the women with their weaves.  We enjoy a walk through the village and see how this suburban village thrives.

We sail on for the next couple of hours and enjoy a relaxed lunch and reach Silghat.  Take a short drive to the Kaliabore tea estate, which is a vast expanse of undulating land with tea bushes, watching the tribal women pick tea leaves. We proceed to the tea factory to see the process of finally producing Assam Tea and coming to terms with ‘all that goes 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)

We return to where the ship is anchored.  Close by a co-operative Jute Mill is an interesting place to understand how the Jute fibre takes the form of very eco-friendly gunny bags.

By sunset, we enjoy a cultural evening on the ship.  We have an early dinner and retire for the evening.

Overnight on board M.V. Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

 

DAY 6 (FRIDAY): KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK / SAIL

kazirangaWe rise very early today and after a warm cup of tea and some snacks, drive out towards the Kaziranga National Park .  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, Asiatic wild buffalo and a rich variety of birds.

We reach the Kohora Mihimukh range of the National Park and are ready to start our morning adventure; once-in-a-lifetime elephant-backed safari where we search for the elusive rhinoceros, tigers, swamp deer and hog deer and more and a large number of very interesting birds.  The park never ceases to surprise us.

After breakfast at a resort in Kaziranga, we 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.

We return to MV Mahabaahu for a leisurely lunch and a relaxed afternoon.

After the leisurely pace of the day and having recovered the lost sleep, we once again get together for A talk on ‘Kamakhya and the Occult and Peacock Island’ and then proceed for the traditional Assamese theme dinner.

(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.)
 

Overnight on board M.V. Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

 

DAY 7 (SATURDAY): A VILLAGE VISIT / FULL DAY SAIL / PEACOCK ISLAND

We catch up on Yoga on an island or on the deck for an hour and move on to breakfast, while MV Mahabaahu lifts anchor and heads on towards an island that is occupied predominantly by a Bangla speaking Muslim community who are involved in extensive farming.

After a visit to this village we return to the ship for lunch and sail towards the Peacock Island that is home to some Golden Langurs.

After the Peacock island visit, we sail towards Pandu Port and anchor at a jetty.  We get ready for the Farewell Dinner ‘Alvida Bhoj’ and enjoy a relaxed evening.

Overnight on board M.V. Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

 

DAY 8 (SUNDAY): GUWAHATI / KAMAKHYA TEMPLE VISIT / DEPARTURE

temple

We have a relaxed breakfast.

The crew on board organises our transport and with packed lunch we drive to the Kamakhya Temple.  This Temple is devoted to the eternal feminine; the goddess of desire whose name is Kama Khya, granter of desires.

We arrive at the International airport with packed lunch in Guwahati and bid farewell to the land of Kamakhya

(B, packed L)

 

End of 7 nights 8 days Downstream Cruise on M.V.Mahabaahu on the Brahmaputra River in Assam, India

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Inclusions & Exclusions:

OUR QUOTE INCLUDES: -

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis on a full board plan
  • All Entrance fees at the Monuments and National Parks as per the itinerary.
  • 1 Glass of Domestic wine/beer with Farewell and 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 all Arrival & Departure transfers with Representative at the airport and Land transport by Air-Conditioned vehicles (Air-conditioned vehicles at Majuli Island are subject to availability).

THE ABOVE COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: -

  • 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 Insurance.
  • 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.
  • GST 5%
  • Any tipping.
  • International & Domestic Air fares.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Supplement of peak period from 20th Dec'16 till 10th Jan'17 will be advised on booking request for that period.

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WEATHER AND SEASONAL INFORMATION:

There are four distinct seasons in Assam -summer, monsoon, autumn and winter. The best time to visit Assam is in the autumn and winter seasons, i.e. from October to April, which is also the festive season of Assam.
While winter days are usually sunny, the temperature can fall to 8 degrees Celsius (46 F) at night. Our cabins are air conditioned and heated for your comfort, but you should include warm clothing, hats and jackets in your packing when visiting during the winter months.

Kaziranga National Park is open from 15th October until the 30th of April. During the first half of 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.

RIVER CONDITIONS AND DISCLAIMER:

River cruising in this part of the world is an adventurous experience. Assam is still in the developing stages of tourism and the developing infrastructure is rushing to keep pace with the rapidly growing interest in this part of India. As such, our voyage is an expedition-style cruise with all creature comforts on-board. Our shore-side staff will make every effort to attend to your comfort during onshore expeditions. However, vehicles and roads may not be of the same standard that you have experienced elsewhere, although we use the best of what is available locally.

Please note, 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. Also, we reserve the right to convert the direction of the cruise from downstream to upstream or vice versa without any compensation.

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