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BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER

India's Brahamputura River is the 29th longest river in the world at 2,948 km long, and has a discharge of 19,200 cubic litres per second which puts northern India's great waterway in the top 10 when it comes to volume. Indeed, this is a massive waterway, being the only river on Earth clearly visible from the moon during the Apollo missions. Flowing down from central Tibet through the legendry Tsang–po gorges, the rahmaputra river opens out as it enters Assam to flow across that state and then through Bangladesh to flow out through the vast Sunderbunds Delta, merging with the Ganges River, as they discharge into the Bay of Bengal.

The Brahamaputra river may be little-navigated today, but in colonial times steamer services operated as far as Dibrugarh. The river in places can be up to 20 miles wide and in the monsoon it floods the entire Assam plain. Indeed, East Bengal is not called “the wettest place on the planet” for nothing – it literally does have the world’s highest rainfall.

The river is so vast that any river cruise expedition undertaken here can be movingly wondrous, as you pass through this great emptiness of water, sand and shoal. There is not a lot of human activity on the riverbank, but that means the wild life and bird life are profuse.

River Cruise Expeditions

River Cruise itinerary for Ganges & Brahmaputra

Ganges & Brahmaputra

Kolkata - Guwahati - Jorhat

15 nights

from US$5255

River Cruise itinerary for Ganges & Brahmaputra
River Cruise itinerary for The Brahmaputra

The Brahmaputra

Guwahati - Jorhat

Save up to 10% and No Single Supplement on selected dates

7 nights

from US$2601
members from US$2312

River Cruise itinerary for The Brahmaputra

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River Cruise Stops

 

Chandernagore

Chandannagar was established as a French colony in 1673, when the French obtained permission from Ibrahim Khan, the Nawab of Bengal, to establis....

 

Gaur

Gaur is a ruined city on the India-Bangladesh border.....

 

Guwahati

Guwahati; Pragjyotishpura in ancient Assam, Gauhati in the modern era — is an ancient urban area, largest city of state, region, major metropoli....

 

Jorhat

Jorhat is one of the major cities of Assam. Jorhat was the first town of the Greater Assam installing electricity supply in 1923. The first aero....

 

Kalna

The town is more popularly known as Ambika Kalna, named after a very popular deity, Goddess Kali, Maa Ambika. It has numerous historical monumen....

 

Katwa

A market town with narrow bustling bazaars.....

 

Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park is a national park in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of the state of Assam, India. A World Heritage Site, the park ho....

 

Kolkata

Kolkata also known historically in English as Calcutta, is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hoogh....

 

Majuli, Neamati Ghat and Sibsagar

Majuli or Majoli is a large river island in the Brahmaputra River, Assam, India. Majuli is the largest river island in the world.....

 

Mayapur

Mayapur is located on the banks of the Ganges river.....

 

Murshidabad

Murshidabad is a city in Murshidabad district of West Bengal state in India. The city of Murshidabad is located on the southern bank of the Bhag....

 

Sailing towards Silghat

Silghat is a town located on the southern banks of the Brahmaputra, in Nagaon district, Assam. It is 48 km northeast of Nagaon. Major points of ....

 

Silghat

Pass Tezpur and a gigantic 3 Km long arched bridge arriving at Silghat, where we take an excursion through stunning countryside to a tea estate ....

 

Towards Majuli

Visit a local village on what is the world’s largest river island and home to the ethnic ‘Mishing’ people. Here, women weave on hand-looms to cr....

River Cruise Ships

RV Indochina Pandaw river cruise ship

Sister to the Orient and Bassac, the IP was built in Vietnam in 2009 and transferred over to Burma in 2011. The ship has quality mountain bikes ....

RV Orient Pandaw river cruise ship

The first ship we built in Vietnam in 2008, the OP has seen service in five countries now – Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysian Borneo and now Burma. W....

Brahmaputra River Climate

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Optional Extensions

Ancient Kingdom of Bhutan & Kolkata  6 Nights

Direct flights between Kolkata and Paro make it now possible to combine a Pandaw river expedition with a visit to the ancient Kingdom of Bhutan....

Ancient Kingdom Of Bhutan & Kolkata 6 Night

Direct flights between Kolkata and Paro make it now possible to combine a Pandaw river expedition with a visit to the ancient Kingdom of Bhutan,....

Delhi & Taj Mahal & Kolkata 4 Nights

Visit historic Delhi influenced by 1850’s British Raj and 1630’s Mughal Empire. Continue to Agra to marvel at one of the World’s greatest monume....

Delhi & Taj Mahal 3 Night

Visit historic Delhi influenced by 1850’s British Raj and 1630’s Mughal Empire. Continue to Agra to marvel at one of the World’s greatest monume....

Delhi & Taj Mahal 4 Night

Visit historic Delhi influenced by 1850’s British Raj and 1630’s Mughal Empire. Continue to Agra to marvel at one of the World’s greatest monume....

Exploring Kolkata 2 Night

Kolkata is locally regarded as India’s cultural capital and where India and British Raj collide. Visit the city’s highlights before or after the....

Exploring Kolkata 2 Nights

Kolkata is locally regarded as India’s cultural capital and where India and British Raj collide. Visit the city’s highlights before or after the....

India's Golden Triangle 6 Night

We are pleased to present this unique opportunity to combine a fabulous 7-night cruise and a 6-night tour of the Golden Triangle visiting most p....

India's Golden Triangle 6 Nights

We are pleased to present this unique opportunity to combine a fabulous 7-night cruise exploring lower Ganges and a 6-night tour of the Golden T....

Kolkata & Ancient Kingdom Of Bhutan 6 Night

Direct flights between Kolkata and Paro make it now possible to combine a Pandaw river expedition with a visit to the ancient Kingdom of Bhutan,....

Maharajas' Exss - Luxury Train Journeys (on selected Brahmaputra dates)

Pandaw has selected three Maharajas Express Train Journeys which line up with a Pandaw departures on the Brahmaputra River including pre/post ho....

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