2 Nights Upstream Cruise
MV Mahabaahu, Brahmaputra River
Guwahati – Silghat
Our upstream journey starts from Assam’s most bustling city of Guwahati and then slowly proceeds to take in the popular highlights. Our first stop is the Kamakhya Temple – a beautiful way to start our journey as we immerse ourselves in Assam’s ancient traditions. We then set sail for the adventure of a lifetime involving nature, wildlife, culture and so much more.
Fare Starting 1,300$ per cabin
Day 1 (Sunday):
Guwahati / Kamakhya Temple / MV Mahabaahu / Peacock Island/ Sail
Arrive at Guwahati International Airport and with packed lunch we drive to the Kamakhya Temple. This Temple is devoted to the eternal Feminine – the goddess of desire whose name is Kama Khya, granter of desires.
After the Temple visit, we drive towards Pandu Port where an Assamese welcome aboard the MV Mahabaahu awaits us. After the essential safety briefing and a short presentation on the Peacock Island, we check into our cabins.
All gather on the open deck to enjoy the first sail and scan the river for a fleeting sight of the Gangetic Dolphins. We visit the Peacock Island and return to MV Mahabaahu where we enjoy a talk on ‘Kamakhya and the Occult in Assam’
An evening in the Soma Lounge followed by the ‘Kamrup Swaagat Bhoj’ – a sit down welcome dinner completes the day.
Overnight on board MV Mahabaahu (Packed L, D)
Day 2 (Monday):
A Village Visit / Full Day Sail
MV Mahabaahu lifts anchor early. We enjoy Yoga on the deck for an hour and move on to breakfast, while MV Mahabaahu heads on through the hills towards an island that is occupied predominantly by a Bangla speaking Muslim community who are involved in extensive farming.
After breakfast we enjoy a talk on ‘Assam, its geographical location in the national and international context and how it is acclaiming recognition’
After the visit to this village, we return to the ship for lunch and sail towards Orang Point.
We enjoy A talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the tribal life’, over a cup of tea and some snacks.
We anchor at a deserted island for the evening and enjoy sitting around a bonfire to indulge in barbequed snacks.
Overnight on board MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)
Day 3 (Tuesday):
Sail To Silghat / Visit Tea Estate And / Or Jute Mill / Departure
MV Mahabaahu sails early and we enjoy Yoga on the deck and move on for breakfast and for a talk on ‘Wild life in Kaziranga and wild life in India’
We sail on for the next couple of hours and enjoy a relaxed lunch and reach Silghat. After a talk on ‘Tea and Jute in Assam’, we take a short drive to Kaliabore Tea Estate which is a vast expanse of undulating estate with tea bushes, watching the tribal women pick tea leaves. We proceed to the tea factory to see the process of finally producing Assam Tea and coming to terms with all that goes into preparing a cup-of-tea. (The tea factory is not operational from mid-December to mid-February as the tea is at its dormant stage during this time of the year)
After visiting Tea Estate departure transfer to onward destination by on your own.
End of the cruise.
All Entrance Fees
English speaking Naturalist / Destination Manager
Assisted Arrival Transfer
Land transport by Air-Conditioned Vehicles
1 Glass of Domestic wine/beer with Farewell and Welcome dinners
Bottled water as required
My wife and I have done several small river boat cruises in Asia and the cruise down the Brahmaputra on the MV Maahabahu. Overall this was probably the best small boat cruise we have been on.
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