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...

India

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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