It's Wild and Wonderful Without Humans

It's Wild and Wonderful Without Humans

27th April 2016- The Speaking Tree Column: "It's Wild and Wonderful Without Humans", writes Narayani Ganesh

They are beautiful, the three leopard cubs. But they are being raised in captivity in the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC), close to the Kaziranga National Park in Assam. Their mother was beaten to death by tea plantation staff when she strayed into the tea garden, leaving behind three newborn cubs, yet to open their eyes to the world around them. Rescued by CWRC staff some 18 months ago, the cubs know of no other home than the enclosure they now live in.

What will become of them? Says veterinarian Panjit Basumatary, “The cubs don’t know how to survive in the wild. They don’t know how to hunt. Perhaps one day they’ll get sent to a zoo.” The other animals brought in due to injury or floods would be ministered to before being released again into the wild. But no such luck for the beautiful leopard cubs that were now baring their teeth and growling at me, obviously scared of strangers. Which is why visitors are normally not encouraged, unless it’s a special request, like when British Royals Kate and William visited here recently.

One leopard hid herself in a large pipe, her amber eyes flashing in the dark as she let out a low growl. The other two siblings raced up and down, and soon disappeared from sight, finding refuge in leafy corners, in what was now their haven...

Times Of India

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Indien beschaulich

Indien beschaulich

India Introspective

A river cruise on the Brahmaputra conveys the Northeastern tip of India with exciting insights into the nature and culture, away from mass tourism.
Writes: Christa Arnet

Eine Flusskreuzfahrt auf dem Brahmaputra im nordöstlichsten Zipfel von Indien vermittelt spannende Einblicke in die Natur und Kultur abseits des Massentourismus.

Frühmorgens hüllt sich die Landschaft in grauen Nebel. Ein kühler Wind pfeift um die Ohren. Noch scheint die Natur zu schlafen, ausser einem dumpfen Stampfen und Schnaufen ist nichts zu hören. Es sind die Geräusche von domestizierten Elefanten, auf deren Rücken wir durchs dichte Gras des Kaziranga Nationalparks schaukeln.

Cruisetip, Switzerland

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Best Cruises: The East

Best Cruises: The East

The best cruises of the year explore far-flung destinations, from Vietnam and Thailand to the Holy Land.

By Jane Wooldridge

Rivers of India

This winter, India emerges as a river-cruising destination, with sailings from Uniworld and Vantage Deluxe World Travel on the eastern Ganges River as part of longer India trips. For India devotees seeking a singular experience in one region, Pandaw River Expeditions offers a seven-night Brahmaputra River 46-passenger voyage combining a wildlife safari, traditional culture, and temples. Ratest start at $2,640;

Coastalliving.com

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Amazon adventures

Amazon adventures

Haimark Amazon Adventures

...There are also adventurous itineraries on the Mekong and Ganges, which are often regarded as a passive cruising option.

For something very different, Prestige Specialist Sales offers a seven-night cruise on the Brahmaputra River in India. Departing on November 5, 2015, it includes an elephant-backed safari and visits Hindu monasteries, tea plantation and remore villages.

haimarktravel.com;
perrivercruises.com;
prestigegrouptravel.co.uk

by Jane Archer

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A passage to India

A passage to India

A cruise along the Brahmaputra River is a treat for wildlife enthusiasts and tea lovers.

As the sun breaks over the far horizon and dew still hangs onto the long grassy stalks of the open plain, we swish our way towards a shape only our mahout, or elephant handler, can see.

Our elephant approaches fearlessly and there, right in front of us and within a thick vegetation patch, a mother and baby rhino are having a succulent breakfast of wet grass. This elephant safari at Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India is part of the daily shore excursions undertaken from the comforts of our river cruiser, the MV Mahabaahu, plying the Brahmaputra River.

We were to spot dozens more rhinos and later on, from a jeep safari, deer, wild boar and giant hornbills appeared as if on cue. 

Originating in the Himalayas and finally plunging into the Bay of Bengal, the Brahmaputra 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 that oftentimes decimate the area...

Australian Doctor Magazine

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Brahmaputra River - Cruise in India

Brahmaputra River - Cruise in India

Guwahati is not a destination you will find in most India itineraries but I happen to be here on a Brahmaputra river cruise that includes a visit to this very special place.

Originating in the Himalayas, the Brahmaputra River deposits its waters in the Bay of Bengal after coursing through the whole of Assam. Moving from one point of interest to the other in this state – better known for the production of tea – is easy by following this waterway. There are no worries about hiring cars, driving, catching planes, traffic jams or polluted air...

Travel2Next.com

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Indien - Land der kulturellen Vielfalt, Natur, Abenteuer und Uberraschungen

 

Gour-med Magazine

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Ayurveda auf dem Wasser - Alles im Fluss

Ayurveda auf dem Wasser - Alles im Fluss

Ayurveda on the water
Go with the flow

A river cruise on the Brahmaputra does not only give an insight into the pristine nature and culture of northern India, but also wellness for body and soul.

It's dark, warm and humid, the body drips fragrant oil, pressed by nimble hands that knead arms, chest, abdomen and legs. With eyes closed, you might think of four-armed Hindu god Shiva was here in person at work . Finally, we are in India where many things are possible. The sound of the engine and a slight wavering make a reverie. Oh, of course ! We are on the riverboat "Mahabaahu" the  eight days of travelling on the mighty Brahmaputra in North East India. With the skillful hands of the therapist, the passengers enjoy various Ayurvedic therapies in the small ship’s spa.

With massages for inner balance
Each mystifying treatment caters to a person’s temperament and health. Infused with different Herbal Oils, the massages are carried out with two and four hands to restore inner balance, so that tension and pain disappear and new energies flow. Massage treatment with the help of Rice parcels for example take care of joint and muscle pain. For headaches, a Sirodhara treatment is advisable for the ones who suffer from Migraine , inflamation , eye and sleep problems, where in a long half hour hot oil from a terracotta pot, drip on the forehead. For the ones who suffer from heavy legs and aching feet, a foot acupressure is suitable which can be combined with a Pedicure if desired... 

Wellnesslive, Spa magazine, Switzerland

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Abenteuer Assam

Abenteuer Assam

Abenteuer Assam – abwechslungsreiche Flusskreuzfahrt auf dem Brahmaputra Der Fluss „Sohn des Brahma”, mit einer beachtlichen Länge von 2.900 Kilometern, gilt als einer der längsten Flüsse der Welt und entspringt am Kailash, dem „Berg der Götter”. Er durchfließt Tibet von Westen nach Osten, durchquert Bangladesh, bevor er das Himalaya Gebirge südlich nach Indien verlässt. Hier durchkreuzt er die Region Assam, eigentlich Assom, was soviel wie „unvergleichlich” bedeutet. Und der Brahma gilt als der oberste Gott im Hinduismus, als erstes Lebewesen auf der Erde, und wird als der Schöpfer gesehen. Er wird mit vier Köpfen dargestellt, die in alle vier Himmelsrichtungen blicken. Meistens wird er ebenfalls mit vier Armen dargestellt.

Seereisen Magazin – die ganze Welt der Kreuzfahrten, Germany

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The Escape Through the River Brahmaputra

The Escape Through the River Brahmaputra

In brief, besides the explanation of the daily program and her life on board, the author made some important and very positive comments on the cruise operation as follows.

On accommodation on the M V Mahabaahu, comparing to the other river cruises she had experienced, the Pandao cruises for example. The rooms  on the M V Mahabaahu are larger with bay window giving the impression of large space. Also, the bathrooms are larger. This shows the attention to the comfort for guests.

The swimming pool is of good size.

The decks are very comfortable.

The transfer from the cruise at the embarkation and disembarkation are very efficient and with great attention of the crew. The land management to bring the guests to each inland excursion is seamless and very well organized.

The logistic management of the cruise is highly professional and the overall service meet the first class level thanks to Neena, the cruise director who is capable of leading a crew of 30 people to work perfectly and yield the best possible service guests can ask for. Neena is also an excellent yoga teacher.

The lectures by Durgesh are also very informative with a nice surprise when all guests are to dress up in the traditional costume for the Assamese night.

Regarding the catering, the food is all excellent, especially the gulab jammun, the best she has ever tasted.

At the end of the article, the autohr has mentioned how wonderful her cruise experience had been during the cruise and how she wishes to come back again.

Harper's Bazaar, Thailand

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Cruise the Brahmaputra & Assam with M.V. Mahabaahu

Cruise the Brahmaputra & Assam with M.V. Mahabaahu

A column that appeared on the M V Mahabaahu in Travel Around the World Magazine Thailand, April 2015 issue. Travel Around the World is the leading Thai travel magazine and the cruise appears on the front page as well as published as the cover story inside.

Besides explanation about the daily programs and what she saw during each day, the author has also made very positive comments about the cruise in several aspects.

  • 5-star services by excellent staff with full attention to all guests, giving a very homely atmosphere and a wonderful and memorable experiences.
  • knowledgeable lectures by Durgesh.
  • Excellent cruise director and yoga teacher, Neena.
  • Excellent catering.
  • very comfortable rooms.

Travel Around the World Magazine, Thailand

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