The River Wild

The River Wild

Take a trip down the mighty Brahmaputra and discover some of India's most amazing sights, says Jane Archer.

I have just bitten into the hottest chilli in the world. It's the kind of thing I feel you have to do in India when challenged and I'm not sure what I expected when I accepted but it wasn't a feeling of, well, nothing. One second, two seconds. Friends watched for a reaction. I reached for my icy-cold beer...

River cruisers will know the joy of visiting vineyards, medieval towns, Baroque cathedrals, Breweries and Christmas markets as they sail the waterways of Europe, but as I am fast discovering, things are a bit different on this cruise...

World of Cruising

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10 Reasons to Take a Brahmaputra River Cruise on the M/V Mahabaahu

10 Reasons to Take a Brahmaputra River Cruise on the M/V Mahabaahu

The 46-passenger M/V Mahabaahu, owned by India-based Adventure Resorts & Cruises and also sold by companies like Pandaw Cruises, is one of just two riverboats offering voyages on the vast, remote and fascinating Brahmaputra River system in the eastern Indian state of Assam (the other is the humbler 24-passenger Charaidew). With my friend Sue, I sampled a weeklong Mahabaahu cruise in late November and here’s my quick take on why this quirky, very comfortable small ship cruise needs to be on your bucket list...

by Heidi Sarna

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Along the Brahmaputra

Along the Brahmaputra

There are not many places in the world where tourists are an oddity and historic ruins aren't overrun with camera-toting hoards. But far-flung Assam in Northeast India, abutting Bhutan and Tibet, is so far east of central India, many feel it should have its own time zone.

Words TRICIA WELSH

On a recent seven-night expedition cruise aboard the M/V Mahabaaha through the region, apart from our 31 fellow passengers, we see just two other European faces for the entire week. Mostly Australians and British, we had flown from Kolkata to Jorhat, to board the 23-cabin ship at Nimati Ghat. Our cabins are most comfortable – some have balconies, and all have spacious ensuite bathrooms, mini bar, safe, TV and generous wardrobes. There is a swimming pool, spa with Jacuzzis and huge rooftop sundeck – popular any time of day...

Get Up & Go, Australia

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Drink in the sights of India

Drink in the sights of India

From crop to cuppa: Find out how your favourite drink is grown and harvested while touring the tea estates of Assam in northeast India. Pandaw River Expeditions offers cruises along the Brahmaputra River, which flows down from Tibet. Emerald green plantations line the verdant banks which have the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas as a backdrop.

Watch fishermen on Majuli island, visit ancient temples and spend two days in UNESCO-protected Kaziranga National Park, where you can take a jeep safari in search of the rare one-horned rhinoceros...

Sunday Express

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Adrift on the Brahmaputra

Adrift on the Brahmaputra

by Maria Visconti

Meandering down this mystical river delivers a treasure trove of history, culture and wildlife.

As the river gurgles past below my balcony, a spectacular lightning storm brews on the horizon. The water is so close I can almost let it flow through my fingers as I lay in bed. It is midnight and we are anchored in the middle of the Brahmaputra River in Assam, India. Halfdreaming, I re-live my first encounter with this body of water in Tibet, some 2,000 kilometres north of where we are now. Originating in the Himalayas and finally plunging into the Bay of Bengal, the Brahmaputra River courses through the length of Assam bringing with its waters all the blessings of good soil, easy irrigation and good fishing together with the perils of floods, which often decimate the area.

VacationsMag.com

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Cruising down the untameable Brahmaputra

Cruising down the untameable Brahmaputra

A 384km boat trip down Asia’s mightiest yet most enigmatic waterway offers a glimpse of a different India

I’d been cruising on the Brahmaputra river for 48 hours when it finally hit me: it was really quiet out here. My floating home for a week, the comfortable luxury-liner MV Mahabaahu, had anchored for the night when I wandered to the top deck and noticed: silence! No people walking along the riverbank. No lights winking from a distant village. No other boats were tied up nearby or returning home from fishing. For that matter, over the last two days, I spotted more Gangetic freshwater dolphins than boats. This was India… right?

I thought I knew this place, the second most populous country in the world. So it seemed unthinkable to be standing in Assam in northeast India, looking out over swathes of land where people weren’t jockeying for space. I’m a foreigner, but no newbie—two years ago, I spent almost five weeks travelling from Kerala to Sikkim, discovering an India of spices, colours, temples, packed trains and people. So many people, everywhere. But Assam was a whole new world...

Condé Nast Traveller India

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Adventure Assam

Adventure Assam

For a long time, there was no big boat traveling on the Brahmaputra- now travels the MV Mahabaahu on the wildest rivers of India.

Sometimes the bamboo stick decides the course. If the Brahmaputra carries little water and the alluvial sand fairway has changed, the men from the Marker boat crafts the shallows and points the way to the Captain. With practiced hands, they let the Bamboo pole into the waves to measure the water level of the river by its mark.

Pankaj Kumar Das needs at least Eight feet - about 2.50 meters’ depth of water for his " MV Mahabaahu" for him to control on the Brahmaputra. For the 42 - year-old who on the River Cruise ship is called the Master and not the Captain, occasionally determines the depth with the bamboo stick is not an alarm. Quite the contrary, "I love this alternation" says the big, burly Man who prefers the casual Coveralls and stands on the bridge...

Reise URlaUb, Germany

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Adventure Assam

Adventure Assam

For a long time, there was no big boat traveling on the Brahmaputra- now travels the MV Mahabaahu on the wildest rivers of India.

Sometimes the bamboo stick decides the course. If the Brahmaputra carries little water and the alluvial sand fairway has changed, the men from the Marker boat crafts the shallows and points the way to the Captain. With practiced hands, they let the Bamboo pole into the waves to measure the water level of the river by its mark.

Pankaj Kumar Das needs at least Eight feet - about 2.50 meters’ depth of water for his " MV Mahabaahu" for him to control on the Brahmaputra. For the 42 - year-old who on the River Cruise ship is called the Master and not the Captain, occasionally determines the depth with the bamboo stick is not an alarm. Quite the contrary, "I love this alternation" says the big, burly Man who prefers the casual Coveralls and stands on the bridge.

Reise URlaUb, Germany

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From Jorhat to Guwahati, visual treats by the Brahmaputra

From Jorhat to Guwahati, visual treats by the Brahmaputra

The river cruise sails through the wild, from Jorhat to Guwahati, downstream on the Brahmaputra River. The major attraction being Kaziranga National Park, a world heritage site, home to one-horned rhinoceros, majestic wild buffalos, gorgeous swamp deer and tiger. 

It is also a bird-lover's paradise with hundreds of bird species. You get to go on an elephant safari, jeep safari and boat safari, so you don't miss out on the variety of wildlife here. The cruise vessel is designed as a luxury floating hotel that offers comfortable rooms with attached bathrooms, restaurant and spa besides a well-stocked bar and library, and a swimming pool...

Economic Times, India

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Die Götter reisen mit

Die Götter reisen mit

Travel with Gods

JUTTA LEMCKE

The Brahmaputra is as wide as a lake - and sometimes flat like a pond. But captain Pankaj knows every sandbank and maneuver his guests safely through the Northeast India.

Sometimes Pankaj Kumar dreams badly that his ship has torn and drives leaderless through the muddy waters, rotates lazily in treacherous swirls and finally remains in dense fog at an abandoned Sandbar. "In reality, we have in the past five years, only once got caught in a sand bar" says the captain, laughing with his pearly white teeth and wobbling his head in Indian style which means its "all clear" or at least it’s an expression of good mood. As a matter of fact, there is hardly any ship as the "Mahabaahu" that is taken good care of, sailing on a Distance of approximately 300 kilometers on the mighty Brahmaputra by the state of Assam in Northeast India that can accommodate a maximum of 46 guests from various places, mainly foreigners. Pankaj is the captain – He calls himself "master" – to the 55 meters long and ten meters wide "Mahabaahu" with Swimming pool and sundeck demanding to the wishes of the guests...

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Cruise to Kaziranga

Cruise to Kaziranga

Follow Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Kaziranga - by expedition style boat - with 40% discount available

The Quality PUG rated expeditionary style river cruise ship, the MV Mahabaahu sails on a living nature and history voyage of the Brahmaputra river up to Kaziranga Tiger Reserve, in Assam, the North East part of the Indian mainland. They are offering for departures in October to December a 40% discount on selected departures to tour operators.

TOFT

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Grey and Gorgeous

Grey and Gorgeous

1st May 2016- The Speaking Tree Sunday Newspaper: "A River Cruise on the Brahmaputra is more than just a wet and wild experience", writes Narayani Ganesh

What was the lady doing? I can see her bending low on the embankment, carefully spooning the rich alluvial sand into a Ziploc bag.The tourist from Canada, here on a river cruise aboard the M V Mahabaahu on the Brahmaputra,had seen me do this the previous evening,spooning sand into a bag,and asked me what I would do with it.I had told her I would place it in the tulsi pot at home, the Holy Basil.And now she is going to carry a part of the Brahmaputra all the way back to Canada, perhaps add it to her garden soil.

Times Of India

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