Assam the most diverse state of India
Assam is one of India’s most fascinating and diverse states and the MV Mahabaahu is the perfect way to relax and enjoy the beauty of this oft-forgotten region. Land travel in Assam is often difficult but gliding along the Brahmaputra gets travellers close to the most wonderful destinations in this stunning state.
Assam boasts of muga, paat and eri silk culture, utensils of bell metal, paddy fields, bamboo and cane, world’s hottest king chillies and most certainly the one-horned rhinoceros, the Asiatic Wild Buffalo, the Wild Tuskers and the highest density of the shy cat; the Royal Bengal Tiger. It also offers bird life of more than 450 species.
Assam is home to many indigenous tribal groups, and along the way, guests will get to interact with them on village visits, and see their traditional tribal handicrafts being made. They are the perfect souvenirs of this amazing trip.
From travel to the indigenous food, from luxury cruising to immersive culture, come experience Assam in its most authentic form.
About the River
Cruising the Brahmaputra, one of the great rivers of the world, on the truly luxurious MV Mahabaahu is surely one of life’s great pleasures. The Brahmaputra River originates in Tibet, where it is known as the Yarlung Tsangpo and is considered holy by Hindus and Buddhists alike. Civilisations have lived along the river for thousands of years, many in isolation from each other due to the extensive forests. The Brahmaputra is the only river in India to be given a male name and travels 2,900km from Tibet, through India to Bangladesh where it flows into the Bay of Bengal.
This is the greatest river island system with the smallest and largest inhabited islands of the world located here.
It is the only navigable river of the world under the shadows of over 7,000 meter high, towering snow-covered Himalayan mountains. This is also, the only river apart from the Zambezi River in Africa from which elephant, jeep and boat safaris can take place in the Kaziranga National Park, described as the Serengeti of India.
About the Ship
The cruise has 23 aesthetically designed cabins; including two ‘Suites’ with balcony, two ‘Luxury Cabins with balcony, seven ‘Deluxe Cabins’ with balcony, and 12 ‘Superior Cabins’ without balcony. Every unit is airconditioned and comes with attached spacious bathrooms. The rooms are fully equipped with flat-screen television sets and satellite connections, mini-bars, telephones and electronic safes.
The cabins have large picture windows that exploit natural light in the day time, while also providing breath-taking views of the setting and the rising of the sun on the river as it displays its golden hues on the powder blue waters of the Brahmaputra and the little country boats that dance in the shimmering light. The moon rise from the river is an out of the world experience.
The MV Mahabaahu offers large public spaces on the open Sun deck with canopy for shade, the second deck and the swimming pool deck with sun beds to laze around and seating to enjoy beverages while gazing at the sand bars, villages and village-folk, fishermen in narrow country boats are seen throwing out nets with expert flourish, yellow-mustard fields, cylindrical beetle-nut and flourishing bamboo groves or a rhino, a buffalo and some deer enjoying the lush river banks.
The Experience in Short
The MV Mahabaahu languidly cruises alongside the Kaziranga National Park which is home to the greatest population of the single-horned rhinos. Guests will witness the Big Five mammals found here as well as the Big Five birds! It’s not uncommon to witness tigers, elephants and other flora and fauna from the ship itself.
The ship has been rated by CruiseCritic.com as a four-star ship where the Sunday Times of UK called it as among the Top Fifty Adventure Holidays of the World and the Travelinsider of Qantas Australian Airlines called it among the Top Ten River Cruises of the World!
The cruise also brings the travellers to visit tea plantations where the English Breakfast Tea was born, temples, monasteries, tribal and weaver villages and palaces. Because of this, the Daily Telegraph called it as one of the richest combinations of natural and living history on one of the most pristine large rivers of the world, Nat Geo People Channel featured it in their Dream Cruise program worldwide and CNN mentioned this destination to be among the top ten adventure cruises of the world!
Below are some of the awards won by us.