Upstream Itinerary

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

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

 

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Day 1 (Sunday): GUWAHATI/ KAMAKHYA TEMPLE/ MV MAHABAAHU/ PEACOCK ISLAND/ SAIL
(MV Mahabaahu sets sail at 14:00 hours)

kamakhya temple

Arrive at Guwahati International Airport 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.

After the Temple visit, we drive towards Pandu Port where an Assamese welcome aboard the MV Mahabaahu awaits us. After the essential safety briefing and a short presentation on the Peacock Island that is famous for its highly endangered Golden Langur, we check into our cabins.

All gather on the open deck to enjoy the first sail and scan the river for a fleeting sight of the Gangetic Dolphins. We visit the Peacock Island and return to MV Mahabaahu where we enjoy a talk on 'Kamakhya and the Occult in Assam'

An evening in the Soma Lounge followed by the ‘Kamrup Swaagat Bhoj’—a sit down welcome dinner completes the day.

mv mahabaahu

Overnight on board MV Mahabaahu (Packed L, D)

Day 2 (Monday): A VILLAGE VISIT/ FULL DAY SAIL

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

After breakfast we enjoy a talk on 'Assam, its geographical location in the national and international context and how it is acclaiming recognition'

After the visit to this village, we return to the ship for lunch and sail towards Orang Point.

We enjoy A talk on 'The River Brahmaputra and the tribal life’, over a cup of tea and some snacks.

We anchor at a deserted island for the evening and enjoy sitting around a bonfire to indulge in barbequed snacks.

Overnight on board MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 3 (Tuesday) : SAIL TO SILGHAT/ VISIT TEA ESTATE AND/OR JUTE MILL

MV Mahabaahu sails early and we enjoy Yoga on the deck and move on for breakfast and for a talk on 'Wild life in Kaziranga and wild life in India'

We sail on for the next couple of hours and enjoy a relaxed lunch and reach Silghat. After a talk on ‘Tea and Jute in Assam’, we take a short drive to Kaliabore Tea Estate which is a vast expanse of undulating estate 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.

tea estate

Overnight on board MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 4 (Wednesday) : KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK/ WEAVER’S VILLAGE AT BISHWANATH GHAT

kaziranga national park

We rise very early today and after a warm cup of tea and some snacks, we 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.

tiger

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.

(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.)

After the leisurely pace of the day and having recovered the lost sleep, we once again get together for A talk on ‘Silk in Assam’. We get into the tenders to reach the shores of Bishwanath Ghat. 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 return to the ship to enjoy an evening on a deserted island and then proceed to a scrumptious dinner.

Overnight on board MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 5 (Thursday) : DHANSIRI BOAT SAFARI

dhansiri boat safari

This morning, MV Mahabaahu sails early 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 'Majuli', the seat of Vaishnav culture

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 MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 6 (Friday) : MISHING VILLAGE VISIT/ MAJULI VISIT

After Yoga, as we have our breakfast, we sail towards the Mishing Village and further on to 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’. Thereafter we set off in our tenders to a Mishing Village.

majuli satra

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.

MV Mahabaahu leaves behind the Mishing village and after lunch, we enjoy a talk on ‘Sibsagar and the Ahom civilization’ followed by a visit to Majuli Island.

We get on the tenders and arrive on 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 return to the ship and we prepare for a Traditional Assamese evening.

Overnight on board MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 7 (Saturday) : NEAMATI GHAT/ SIBSAGAR/ 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 literally 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 MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 8 (Sunday) : NEAMATI GHAT/ JORHAT/ DEPARTURE

We start the day with Yoga and/or go for a walk along the swamps to catch a sight of owls, orioles, yellow footed green pigeons, changeable hawk eagles, adjutant storks, quails, sea gulls hunting with the dolphins and pied kingfishers, swallows and martins diving to fish.

We have a relaxed breakfast. The luggage is brought out of the cabins according to the flight schedule.

The crew on board organises our transport

We arrive at the Rowriah Airport with packed lunch in Jorhat a couple of hours before the flight schedule and bid adieu to the land of Ahoms.

(B, packed L)

End of the 7 nights 8 days Upstream Cruise on MV Mahabaahu in the Brahmaputra River in Assam, India

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Departure Dates

MV MAHABAAHU OPEN DATES  2017-18

Upstream Cruise: Boarding At Guwahati/ Deboarding At Jorhat
Downstream Cruise: Boarding At Jorhat/ Deboarding At Guwahati
Sl. Boarding Date Deboarding Date Cruise Direction Booking Status
1 08-October-2017 15-October-2017 Downstream 1 Superior with balcony, 2 Superior without balcony
2 15-October-2017 22-October-2017 Upstream SOLD OUT
3 22-October-2017 29-October-2017 Downstream 2 Suite, 5 Superior with balcony, 8 Superior without balcony
4 29-October-2017 05-November-2017 Upstream SOLD OUT
5 05-November-2017 12-November-2017 Downstream 2 Superior without Balcony
6 12-November-2017 19-November-2017 Upstream 2 Suite, 2 Superior with Balcony, 4 Superior without balcony
7 19-November-2017 26-November-2017 Downstream SOLD OUT
8 26-November-2017 03-December-2017 Upstream SOLD OUT
9 03-December-2017 10-December-2017 Downstream 2 Suites, 7 Superior with Balcony, 6 Superior without Balcony
10 24-December-2017 31-December-2017 Upstream 1 Suite, 9 Superior with Balcony, 10 Superior without balcony
11 07-January-2018 14-January-2018 Downstream 2 Suites, 6 Superior with Balcony,12 Superior without balcony
12 14-January-2018 21-January-2018 Upstream 1 Suite
13 28-January-2018 04-February-2018 Downstream 1 Suites, 2 Superior with Balcony, 4 Superior without Balcony
14 04-February-2018 11-February-2018 Upstream SOLD OUT
15 11-February-2018 18-February-2018 Downstream 2 Suites, 6 Superior with Balcony, 12 Superior without balcony
16 18-February-2018 25-February-2018 Upstream SOLD OUT
17 04-March-2018 11-March-2018 Downstream 2 Suites, 7 Superior with Balcony, 11 Superior without balcony
18 11-March-2018 18-March-2018 Upstream SOLD OUT
19 18-March-2018 25-March-2018 Downstream 2 Suite 
20 25-March-2018 01-April-2018 Upstream 1 Suite, 3 Superior with Balcony, 9 Superior without Balcony
21 01-April-2018 08-April-2018 Downstream 2 Suite 
22 08-April-2018 15-April-2018 Upstream 2 Suite, 9 Superior with Balcony
23 15-April-2018 22-April-2018 Downstream 2 Suites, 1 Superior with Balcony, 1 Superior without Balcony

TARIFF

  • 7 Nights / 8 Days MV Mahabaahu Upstream Cruise Program
  • All below prices are in Indian Rupees on a Twin sharing basis.
  • Prices valid from October, 2016 till April, 2018
    Except for the 20th December’ 2017 to 10th January’ 2018 period
Accommodation

Superior Cabin
without Balcony

Superior Cabin
with Balcony
Suite Cabin
(Double Occupancy only)
Price Per Person on twin sharing basis INR 1,57,500* INR 1,82,000* INR 2,45,000*
Single Room Supplement INR 1,40,000* INR 1,57,500* INR 2,45,000*

***Above Cruise Prices are NOT Inclusive of 5% GST and any further tax levied by the government of India.
***Meal Plan details: B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner

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Inclusions & Exclusions:

OUR QUOTE INCLUDES: -

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis on 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 October and May, the Park has a “Partially Open” status which means that the Park will be open but that not all roads may be navigable as they work to restore them to pre monsoon standards.

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 MV 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 upstream to downstream or vice versa without any compensation.

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