(3 Night Cruise)
|DAY 1: Thursday||ARRIVE GUWAHATI/ SILGHAT/ MV MAHABAAHU/ TEA ESTATE VISIT AND/OR JUTE MILL|
|DAY 2: Friday||KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK|
|DAY 3: Saturday||A VILLAGE VISIT/ FULL DAY SAIL/PEACOCK ISLAND|
|DAY 4: Sunday||GUWAHATI/ KAMAKHYA TEMPLE VISIT/ DEPARTURE|
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DAY 1 (Thursday): ARRIVE GUWAHATI/ SILGHAT/ MV MAHABAAHU/ TEA ESTATE VISIT AND/OR JUTE MILL
On arrival at the airport’, we are met at the receiving area with packed lunch. The drive to Silghat takes us about 5 hours. On arrival at Silghat, we are welcomed on board the M.V. Mahabaahu.
After a short safety briefing and a familiarization tour of the vessel, we are taken to our cabins where we rest for a while.
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 MV Mahabaahu (L, D)
DAY 2 (Friday): KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK
We 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 MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)
Day 3 (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 angle 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 or ‘Alvida Bhoj’ and enjoy a relaxed evening.
Overnight on board MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)
Day 4 (Sunday): GUWAHATI/ KAMAKHYA TEMPLE VISIT/ DEPARTURE
We have a leisurely breakfast.
We settle all extras and relax till we move on to Kamakhya Temple. 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 in Guwahati and bid farewell to the land of Kamakhya.
(B, packed L)
End of 3 nights 4 days Downstream Cruise on MVMahabaahu in the Brahmaputra River in Assam, India
Inclusions & Exclusions:
OUR QUOTE INCLUDES: -
- Accommodation at M.V Mahabaahu 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 except in Kaziranga and Mujuli Island.
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, Suggested Tipping for the ship’s crew is INR 4,000 per person for the cruise and for the naturalist and Destination Manager we also recommend INR 4,000 per person for the cruise. Tips to safari and vehicle drivers are not included and we suggest an amount of approximately INR 1,400 per person.
- International & Domestic Air fares.
- Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
- Supplement would be applicable for Christmas and New Year Ever Dinner.
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 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 upstream to downstream or vice versa without any compensation.