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BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER CRUISES

India's Brahmaputra 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. 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 legendary Tsangpo gorges, the Brahmaputra river opens out as it enters Assam to flow across that state and then through Bangladesh to flow out through the vast Sundarbans Delta, merging with the Ganges River, as they discharge into the Bay of Bengal.

The Brahmaputra 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. Passengers of our Brahmaputra river cruises enjoy their trips in peace and tranquility with very little human activity on the riverbank. That means the wild life and bird life are profuse.

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The Brahmaputra

7 NIGHTS

The mighty Brahmaputra river in Northern India originates high in the Himalayas before flowing through the scenic Assam Valley where UNESCO protected national parks and remote rural communities provide the traveller with the most wonderful and authentic expedition. We are pleased to operate this new program with safaris in search of the Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros and Indian tiger. With fascinating visits to ‘Mishing’ people who live on the world’s largest river island, tea plantations and many exotic Satras to explore, your Assam adventure will leave lifetime-lasting memories.

Please note our Brahmaputra programme will start in October 2020.

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Guwahati

Guwahati

Guwahati; Pragjyotishpura in ancient Assam, Gauhati in the modern era — is an ancient urban area, largest city of state, region, major metropolis of eastern India and one of the fastest developing cities of India.
Jorhat

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 aeroplane on northeastern soil was landed in Jorhat in 1928.
Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park

A UNESCO accredited site, the Kaziranga National Park is located in the Nagaon and Golaghat districts of Assam in India and a stop on our Brahmaputra river cruises . This World Heritage Site is known as the home of 3/4 of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses. During the river stop at the Kaziranga National Park, you will enjoy an incredible safari, spotting the abundance of rhino’s and Indian tigers (amongst other animals) along the way. A stop off when on the Brahmaputra at the awe-inspiring park makes for an incredible visit. A vast expanse which showcases the natural beauty of Assam, the best time of year to visit is between November to April (the park is closed between May and October). Rhinos at Kaziranga National Park Key Facts About Kaziranga National Park It is home to over 2200 Indian one-horned rhinoceros It was founded in 1908 by Mary Curzon It is located on the edge of two Eastern Himalayan biodiversity hotspots Made a World Heritage Site in 1985 It is abundant with elephants, swamp deer, wild water buffalo, wild boar and other fascinating animals One of the two parks that have rhino habitats in Assam Top Attractions to Visit in Kaziranga Throughout the safari, you will see numerous animals and learn incredible facts along the way from a knowledgeable tour guide. An attraction in itself, it is a must-see when you are on your Pandaw river cruise. Whether it’s your first safari or you have been on one before, you will have your breath taken away by the beauty of this national park. What The Destination is Famous For Kaziranga is known for its extraordinary population of wildlife, lush greenery and prominent conservation projects. In 2006, the national park was declared a tiger reserve, due to the increase in population - it is one of the only places in the world that the population of tigers has increased, rather than declined. Alongside tigers and rhinos, the park has been recognised as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International due to the population of black-necked storks, Asian Openbill, white-fronted geese, Baer’s pochard duck, ferruginous ducks and other birds which migrate to the park every summer. Its incredible wildlife conservation projects mean that the popularity of the park has steadily grown throughout the years – making it one of the most-visited and beloved tourist attractions in Assam. In terms of the flora in the park, Indian gooseberry, elephant apple, the cotton tree and kumbhi are amongst some of the most flourishing trees that you can spot in the park when on your safari. Filled with alluvial savannas, marshland and tropical forests, you will feel at one with nature during the trip. A far cry from the nearby bustling city of Nagaon, it makes the perfect rest bite when you are on your cruise either down the Hooghly, Lower Ganges or Brahmaputra river. No matter which river cruise you choose, you will be in awe from the moment that you arrive at the Kaziranga National Park and will want to visit again and again.
Majuli, Neamati Ghat and Sibsagar

Majuli, Neamati Ghat and Sibsagar

Majuli, a jewel in the crown of India's Assam region, is the world’s largest river island. A small landmass nestled among the banks of the Brahmaputra River, Majuli is a popular tourist destination, which boasts picturesque scenery and a vibrant culture. With its stunning beauty and enviable location surrounded by tranquil river waters, it's no wonder that Majuli is a much-anticipated stop-off on our Brahmaputra river cruises . For those gearing up for a Pandaw cruise along the Brahmaputra, here's a useful guide to magical Majuli. Majuli Island Why is Majuli famous and what can I expect from my visit? Majuli is a unique island idyll, which has been attracting crowds for decades. Located in the region of Assam, this iconic mass represents India’s first island district. Majuli Island is officially the world’s largest river island, and its diverse, unique geography makes it an enthralling prospect for nature lovers, photographers, and those keen to engage in cultural activities and experiences. Easily accessible by boat, this UNESCO World Heritage site comprises verdant paddy fields, rustic stilt-house villages, and channels of rumbling river streams. A watery wonderland that offers something for everyone, this is a port of call that won’t be forgotten in a hurry. Top things to see and do in Majuli The sheer beauty of Majuli is sufficient to warrant a visit, but there’s also plenty of activities and attractions on offer. Highlights include: Visiting a local village Majuli boasts an eclectic mixture of communities, with people hailing from a diverse range of backgrounds. Perhaps the most well-known inhabitants are the Mishing people, who are famed for their warmth and hospitality. Visiting villages, which tend to be made up of cottages on stilts overlooking the water, affords the chance to get to know the locals, to learn about the way of life in Majuli, and to listen to tales of folklore. Learning about the masks of Majuli Majuli is famous for its tradition for creating and wearing artisan masks, which feature bold colours and ornate decorative touches. Masks are traditionally made using bamboo frames, which are adorned with clay and accessories to create human-like, animal, and mythological creatures and beings. Spend an afternoon touring Majuli's Satras Majuli's Satras are famed for their ethereal, tranquil presence, and many regard Shri Shri Dakhinpat Satra as one of the most serene places in India. Built in 1584, this particular Satra is characterised by colourful engravings of animals and flowers that cover the facade. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, the Satras are wonderful spots to reflect, embrace the peace and quiet, and take in the views. Satra in Majuli Catching the sunset Majuli is mesmerising at any time of day, but there’s nothing quite like the spellbinding sight of the sunset. As darkness descends, look out for shades of red, pink, and purple filling the skies, casting a shadow over the rippling surface of the water and the gently rocking wooden boats. The largest river island on the planet, Majuli is a mystical wonderland, which offers everything from cultural experiences and attractions to jaw-dropping sunsets, welcoming locals and incredible scenery. The best way to experience Majuli is on The Brahmaputra cruise, where you’ll explore the Satras and the Shiva Dol, a temple.
Sailing towards Silghat

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 attraction include the Hatimura Temple and huge Samantagiri hillock.
Silghat

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 and factory producing the famous Assam tea.
Towards Majuli

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 create characterful costumes and we enjoy a demonstration of a Dhoti & Chaddor - traditional dresses for the men and women of the Mishing communities. It is a pleasant place to explore.

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