Neamati – Silghat

MV Mahabaahu Cruise, River Brahmaputra, Assam, India

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 INR 240,000 per cabin

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 (Sunday):

Arrive Jorhat / Neamati Ghat / Mv Mahabaahu / Deserted Island

On arrival at the Jorhat airport, we are met at the receiving area and with packed lunch, we drive to Neamati Ghat to board the MV Mahabaahu. We check into our cabins and immediately gather in the restaurant for the essential safety briefing and to experience the first sail.

All gather on the open deck to enjoy the first sail and scan the river for a fleeting sight of the Gangetic Dolphins.

We proceed into the evening with a talk on ‘Sibsagar and the Ahom civilization’. Soon MV Mahabaahu drops anchor and the evening follows into welcome dinner.

 

Overnight on board M.V. Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 2 (Monday):

Sibsagar / Home Hosted Lunch

After an early breakfast, we start our day-excursion to Sibsagar, the ancient city and capital of the Tai-speaking Ahoms who came in the 13th Century AD to the area from the north-east and were essentially of Tibeto-Burman origin. Sibsagar town literally means ‘the ocean of Lord Shiva’ as it is built around a huge man made water tank ordered by the Ahom Queen

The Shiva Dol, constructed in the year 1734 is believed to be the highest Shiva temple in India.

We visit Talatal or Kareng Ghar which was the palace of the Ahom Kings and after a leisurely stroll in and around the monument we go on to Rang Ghar which was a place for hosting wrestling bouts and buffalo fights and other entertainment or important meetings of the Royals and their guests..

Thereafter we drive to a Tea Estate for a relaxed afternoon where we enjoy a traditional Assamese lunch with the Tea-estate family who have been involved in the tea business over a period of a century.  Here we sip our beverages as we explore the lawns and proceed to indulge in traditional Assamese cuisine.

We return to MV Mahabaahu by sunset and enjoy a relaxed evening in the Soma lounge before proceeding for dinner.

Overnight on board M.V. Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 3 (Tuesday):

Majuli Island Visit / Mishing Village Visit

We start the day with Yoga or go for a walk along the swamps to catch a sight of owls, orioles, changeable eagles, adjutant storks, sea gulls, kingfishers, swallows and many more.

 

As we have our breakfast, we sail towards Majuli, a cosmos of Assamese culture where various philosophies co-exist and thrive.

After breakfast, we enjoy a talk on ‘Majuli’ the seat of Vaishnav culture and proceed in our tenders to the mainland where a drive takes us to a scenic corner of a Satra for an interesting cultural performance by Satriya singers and dancers. Next, we drive to Kamlabari Satra to witness the Vaishnavite priests dancing to the rhythm of cymbals, drums and chanting in the temple premise.

We enjoy hot lunch on MV Mahabaahu and sail towards the closest Mishing Village.

The indoor life of a Mishing person revolves around the kitchen area where the family can get together. We can but ethnic colourful cotton weaves and indulges in a Dhoti Tying and Mekhela Chaadar wearing demonstration..

After the Mishing Village MV Mahabaahu heads towards Dhansiri Mukh where the waters of Bhramaputra and Dhansiri meet, while we enjoy a talk on ‘Assam, its geographical location & importance’. We then enjoy the evening under the stars on a deserted island and proceed for dinner.

Overnight on board M.V. Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 4 (Wednesday):

Boat Safari

After Yoga and an early morning walk on a deserted island MV Mahabaahu sails towards the Eastern Range of Kaziranga for boat Safari.  We enjoy breakfast and a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the life that exists alongside’.

We proceed for the safari in our tenders for about two hours.  The shores are high but one can see roof turtles on protruding drift wood, water lizards, otters, elephants, wild buffaloes, rhinos, darters, herons, pied kingfishers, white throated kingfishers, serpent eagles and many more.  The sightings are always determined by the weather conditions.

We return for lunch. This evening we enjoy the Chef’s Cooking Demonstration followed by a talk on ‘Tea, Silk and Jute in Assam.’

The evening on a deserted island with bonfire is always unusual.  We enjoy dinner on MV Mahabaahu. (Bonfire may be avoided if a suitable sandbank cannot be found or if we experience inclement weather conditions)

 

Overnight on board M.V. Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 5 (Thursday):

Weaver’s Village At Bishwanath Ghat / Sail To Silghat / Tea Estate Visit And / Or Jute Mill

After Yoga/walk on the deserted island and breakfast, we enjoy an interesting talk on ‘Kaziranga and the wild life in India’.  Then we step into our tenders to go to the shores of BishwanathGhat.

We visit the Shiva Dol in reverence of Lord Shiva and there is no way that we can avoid the women with their weaves.  We enjoy a walk through the village and see how this suburban village thrives.

We sail on for the next couple of hours and enjoy a relaxed lunch and reach Silghat.  Take a short drive to the Kaliabore tea estate, which is a vast expanse of undulating land 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)

We return to where the ship is anchored.  Close by a co-operative Jute Mill is an interesting place to understand how the Jute fibre takes the form of very eco-friendly gunny bags.

By sunset, we enjoy a cultural evening on the ship.  We have an early dinner and retire for the evening.

Overnight on board M.V. Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

Day 6 (Friday):

Kaziranga National Park / Departure

We rise very early and after tea/coffee, depart before sunrise for the Kaziranga National Park.  .  The most prized inhabitant of Kaziranga is the Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros, but the Park is home to as many as 180 different mammals including wild elephants, tiger, deer, Asiatic wild buffalo and a rich variety of birds.

We reach the Kohora Mihimukh range of the National Park and are ready to start our morning adventure; once-in-a-lifetime elephant-backed safari where we search for the elusive rhinoceros, tigers, swamp deer and hog deer and more and a large number of very interesting birds.  The park never ceases to surprise us.

After breakfast at a resort in Kaziranga, we drive on to Bagori, the Western Range of Kaziranga and get into the open jeeps for some more wild life adventure and an extensive coverage of this magnificent park.

After Visit the Kaziranga ,drive to Guwahati Airport (4 Hrs. 30 Minutes’ drive) with packed lunch to board our onward flight for Kolkata OR Delhi & departure.

(B, packed L)

End of 5 nights 6 days Downstream Cruise on M.V.Mahabaahu on the Brahmaputra River in Assam, India

Inclusion

  • Entrances

    All Entrance Fees

  • Guide

    English speaking Naturalist / Destination Manager

  • Transfers

    Assisted Arrival & Departure transfers

  • Transport

    Land transport by Air-Conditioned Vehicles

  • Water

    Bottled water as required

  • Wine

    1 Glass of Domestic wine/beer with Farewell and Welcome dinners

Exclusion

  • Airfares: International or Domestic Airfares
  • Taxes: 5% Government Tax. Or any other tax levied in the future.
  • Evacuation Charges: For medical emergencies or any other reasons
  • Tips(Click for suggested tipping)
  • Personal Expense: Laundry, calls, extra liquor, camera fee, medical, spa etc
  • Insurance: Any travel insurance or personal insurance.
  • Force Majeure
  • Transfers at Silghat

Package Price Per Cabin

Superior Cabin

240,000
  • Bathroom
  • 150sqft
  • 12 Cabins

Deluxe Cabin

280,000
  • Bathroom
  • 206sqft
  • 7 Cabins
  • Balcony

Luxury Cabin

300,000
  • Bathroom
  • 230sqft
  • 2 Cabins
  • Balcony

Suite Cabin

350,000
  • Bathroom
  • 283sqft
  • 2 Cabins
  • Balcony
  • Forward View

All bookings are subject to availability and terms and condition.