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BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER

The 29th longest river in the world at 2,948 km long the Brahamputura has a discharge of 19,200 cubic litres per second, which puts it in the top 10 of world rivers 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 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, as they discharge into the Bay of Bengal.

The Brahamaputra 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 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. We work with a partner whose ship visits all the main national parks including Kaziranga.

EXPEDITIONS

 

Pandaw Partner Programme

THE MIGHTY BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER

7 Nights
from US$3402.00 pp

Pandaw Partner Programme

INDIA'S GOLDEN TRIANGLE AND THE BRAHMAPUTRA

13 Nights
from US$5394.00 pp

Pandaw Partner Programme

BHUTAN AND THE BRAHMAPUTRA

14 Nights
from US$8418.00 pp