5 nights 6 days Upstream Cruise

 

Silghat – Neamati

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 (Tuesday):

Arrive Guwahati / Drive to Silghat / Board to MV Mahabaahu / Visit Tea Estate Or Jute Mill

On arrival at the airport’, we are met at the receiving area with packed lunch. The drive to Silghat takes us about 5 hours. On arrival at Silghat, we are welcomed on board the M.V. Mahabaahu.

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)

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 MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

DAY 2 (Wednesday):

Silghat – Kaziranga National Park

We rise very early today and after a warm cup of tea and some snacks, drive out towards 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.

We return to MV Mahabaahu for a leisurely lunch and a relaxed afternoon.

Enjoy an evening on a deserted island and then proceed to a scrumptious dinner.

Overnight on board MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

DAY 3 (Thursday):

Weaver’s Village at Bishwanath Ghat / Dhansiri Boat Safari

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.

Later 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.

This evening we enjoy the Chef’s Cooking Demonstration and sample the snacks followed by a leisurely 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 MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

DAY 4 (Friday): 

Mishing Village Visit

After Yoga and breakfast we enjoy a talk on ‘Majuli the seat of Neo –Vaishnav Culture’ and then enjoy the sail towards the Mishing Village

The Mishings live on the bank of river in ‘Chang ghars’, houses with raised platform.  All Mishing women are expert weavers.  Carrying some cash would be a good idea.

The indoor life of a Mishing person revolves around the kitchen area where the family can get together. We buy the ethnic colourful cotton weaves, vegetables and move on.

We indulge in a Dhoti Tying and Mekhela Chaadar wearing demonstration at this village.

We return to enjoy A talk on ‘Sibsagar and the Ahom civilization’ and proceed to prepare for a Traditional Assamese evening.

Overnight on board MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

DAY 5 (Saturday):

Majuli Visit / Sibsagar / Neamati Ghat

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.  The humble dwellings of the monks are a revelation of utmost simplicity. We enjoy hot lunch on MV Mahabaahu as we sail towards Neamati Ghat.

Carry binoculars as the fields alongside the road will showcase purple swamp hens, adjutant storks, egrets, kingfishers, Indian rollers, bulbuls and open billed storks.

We drive through the countryside to reach Sibsagar, the ancient city of the Ahom Kings; a town that literally means ‘the ocean of Lord Shiva’.  We notice as we drive that the district is strewn with the tell-tale ruins of a powerful empire of the Ahoms.   Sibsagar was the 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.

The Sibsagar town 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.

Then 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.

We return to MV Mahabaahu by sunset and enjoy the farewell dinner.

Overnight on board MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

DAY 6 (Sunday): 

Neamati Ghat / Home Hosted Lunch / Jorhat /Departure

We start the day with Yoga and/or go for a nature walk along the swamps to catch a sight of owls, aureoles, yellow footed green pigeons, changeable eagles, adjutant storks, quails, sea gulls hunting with the dolphins and pied kingfishers, swallows and martins diving to fish.

We have a relaxed breakfast. The luggage is brought out of the cabins according to the flight schedule. En route the airport we visit a Tea Estate for a relaxed afternoon where we enjoy a traditional Assamese lunch with the Tea-estate family to get a peep into the lifestyle of the families that have been involved in the tea business over a period of a century.  Here we sip our beverages and indulge in tea tasting as we explore the lawns and proceed to enjoy a traditional Assamese cuisine.

The crew on board organises our transport.

We arrive at the Rowriah Airport in Jorhat a couple of hours before the flight schedule and bid adieu to the land of Ahoms.

(B, L)

End of 5 nights 6 days Upstream 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

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.