L’India del Brahmaputra

L’India del Brahmaputra

In Assam, nel Nord-Est dell’India, 12 regioni – dette anche le dodici sorelle – sono bagnate dalle acque sacre del figlio di Brahma, che le attraversa con un percorso mai uguale, cambiandone i confini di continuo prima di entrare in Bangladesh, per poi congiungersi al Gange e sfociare nel Bengala. Il Brahmaputra nasce 60 miglia a Sud-Est del Monte Kailash, in Tibet: con i suoi 4mila metri di altitudine è il più alto fiume del mondo. Il suo percorso iniziale è tortuoso: si snoda dal Tibet occidentale verso Est separando la catena dell’Himalaya dal deserto, compie una serpentina ad alta quota per poi precipitare con maestose cascate nella più profonda valle del mondo: la Tsangpo Gorge (5.030 metri).

Secondo la leggenda tibetana, la sorgente che origina dai ghiacci del Kailash sgorga dalla celestiale bocca di un cavallo, il suo fondo sabbioso è composto da occhi di gatto e smeraldi e chi beve da quella fonte diventa forte come i cavalli.

L'Agenzia de Viaggi, Italy

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River Life

River Life

A leisurely boat ride down a holy river in north-east India opens your eyes, and mind, to life-changing sights, writes Tricia Welsh.

Tiger!” We are cruising along the eastern edge of Kaziranga National Park in north-eastern India when the alert goes out. Instantly, all eyes scan the tall elephant grass atop the sandy riverbank...

Australian House & Garden

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Destination India: On track in Assam

Destination India: On track in Assam

PICTURE the scene. In darkest, pre-dawn India, a mod- ern-day maharaja’s hunting party departs in a dozen shiny people movers. Forty foreign explorers rumbling along the roads of rural Assam in the country’s remote northeast. Only foxes and rabbits are awake to witness the spectacle.

Our destination is Kaziranga, one of India’s most re- markable national parks, where we are disgorged from the 12 vehicles on to 12 elephants. Three or four people per pachyderm, perched behind a mahout on steel- framed howdahs cushioned with blankets...

Travel & Indulgence section,
The Australian

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Mystic River

Mystic River

Even in its winter repose, the Brahmaputra is an awe-inspiring expanse. Sanchita Gupta charts a luxury course between Jorhat and Guwahati, sampling culture and wildlife along the way.

Outlook Traveller

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50 best adventure holidays

50 best adventure holidays

From camel treks in Africa to snorkelling in Antarctica, Robert Ryan picks the best trips for 2014

#44: Tigers in India - What intrepid explorer can resist the lure of an elephant safari at sunrise to spot rhino and tigers, trekking to misty hill stations and admiring the stunning backdrop of a Buddhist monastery? This two-centre adventure, combining the tour of the Darjeeling tea region with a cruise on the Brahmaputra River in Assam...

The Times, UK

M.V. Mahabaahu mentioned on CNTraveler.com's website...

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The Players: Ang Lee, Suraj Sharma

The Film: Life of Pi

Upgrade the skiff in the flick to the MV Mahabaahu, the first luxury ship to travel India's Brahmaputra River. The onboard naturalist can give you the 411 on Life of Pi-er Richard Parker and the one-horned rhinos you'll see (91-129-409-8000; doubles, $587–$1,286). Then go landlubber at Jaipur's Devi Ratn: Suites have private gardens and views of the Aravalli Hills (91-141-305-0211; suites, $667–$1,222)."

(Hint: 4th entry on the webpage)

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