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Mahabaahu

8 Day Assam Cruise (Downstream)

The Mahabaahu is an expedition style ship with luxurious enhancements, offering a very comfortable way to traverse the mighty Brahmaputra River and all it has to offer - including wild elephants and buffalos, one-horned rhinos and exotic birdlife. There are 26 spacious cabins and excellent amenities including a sun deck, swimming pool, spa, hair salon, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, bar and games room. Guests can enjoy haute cuisine menus using locally sourced ingredients served in the main dining room and open air restaurant.

 

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Embark

Meet the representative at Jorhat Airport for your transfer to the ship in Nimati.

Day 1: Jorhat - Nimati

Meet your representative at Jorhat airport for your transfer to the vessel in Nimati. After checking into your cabin and safety briefing. The ship will set sail towards Majuli and you can enjoy an informative talk on Majuli, the seat of Vaishnavism in Assam, followed by a Welcome Dinner.

Day 2: Majuli Island

Start the day with Yoga and an early breakfast as the ship sails towards one of the largest river island systems of the world. After breakfast join a short boat ride to the mainland where you will be transferred by land to a scenic corner of ‘Garamur Satra’ for an interesting cultural performance by Satriya singers and dancers. Move onto ‘Kamlabari Satra’ to witness another performance by the Vaishnavite priests in the temple premise. Enjoy an early lunch as the ship sets sail followed by a detailed talk on Sibsagar and the Ahom Civilization’. You will embark on an excursion to Sibsagar, the ancient city of the Ahom Kings; a town that literally means 'the ocean of Lord Shiva’. Visit the Talatal or Karen Ghar which was the Palace of the Ahom Kings and after a leisurely stroll in and around the monument go on to Rang Ghar which was a place for entertainment for the Royals and their guests.

Day 3: Tea Estate

Start the day with a relaxing yoga session and breakfast on deck. After breakfast, enjoy a talk on ‘Silk in Assam’ and an orientation of the tea-estate visit. You will visit a tea estate for a nice leisurely Assamese theme lunch. This will give you an insight into the affluent families that comprise the economy of Assam and have been in the tea business for no less than a hundred years. Return to the ship late afternoon and enjoy a relaxed sunset as the ship sails out to a deserted island. Enjoy a full day excursion to Sibsagar, the ancient city of the Ahom Kings; a town that literally means 'the ocean of Lord Shiva’. You will visit the Talatal or Karen Ghar which was the palace of the Ahom Kings and after a leisurely stroll in and around the monument go on to Rang Ghar which was a place for entertainment for the Royals and their guests. You will then proceed to the Sibsagar town where on its banks are located some of the famous temples of Sibsagar. The Shiva Dol, constructed in the year 1734 is believed to be the highest Shiva temple in India. Enjoy a late lunch as the ship sails out to a deserted island.

Day 4: Mishing Village

After a Yogic walk and yoga session the ship gently glides on the river towards the Mishing Village. You will disembark for a visit to the Mishing Village, where you can meet the locals. After lunch join a boat safari to the Eastern Range of the Kaziranga National Park at the point where the two waters of Dhansiri River and the Brahmaputra river meet. Return to the boat and enjoy a cooking demonstration by the Chef and bite into freshly cooked Indian snacks with Assam tea or coffee.

Day 5: Bishwanath - Silghat

After breakfast there will be a short talk on Tea & Jute in Assam’ and a short orientation on Bishwanath Ghat. Board a tender to visit this charming village including a visit to the Shiva Temple in reverence of Lord Shiva. Sail on for the next couple of hours and enjoy lunch. After lunch join fellow passengers for a talk on ‘Kaziranga and the wild life in India’. Take a short drive to the tea estate and enjoy a nature walk to this verdant undulating tea garden that straddles on the bank of the river Brahmaputra. Witness the ‘bagania’ women plucking the tea leaves. (The tea factory is operational from mid-March to mid-December) You will visit the Jute mill from mid-December to mid-March. The Jute mill is the bread and butter of 600 local workers and runs in three shifts; one can see the complete process of producing gunny bags from the Jute fibre. By sunset, return to the Mahabaahu to enjoy a cultural evening followed by dinner and then to retire early for tomorrow’s elephant safari.

Day 6: Kaziranga National Park

Rise early today and enjoy a wonderful excursion to the Kaziranga National Park, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is home to 180 mammal species including wild elephants, deer, bison and array of birdlife. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime elephant-backed safari where you can join the search for the elusive rhinoceros and tiger. After breakfast at a resort in Kaziranga, drive onto Bagori, the Western Range of Kaziranga and transfer to open jeeps for some more wild life adventure. Return to the ship for lunch and a relaxed afternoon while the vessel brings you closer to your next destination.

Day 7: Guwahati

Today the ship cruises passed inhabited islands that may or may not survive the flood season. You can enjoy a range of activities including a talk on ‘The Brahmaputra River and the life that exists alongside’ and scanning the River for a fleeting sight of the Gangetic Dolphins, bird watching from the deck or enjoying the spa. Tonight the ship anchors at an island where you may enjoy a Farewell Dinner where a toast is made to Devi Kamakhya for the journey safely completed and the one ahead.

Day 8: Guwahati

Arrive in Guwahati where you will disembark. If time permits you will visit the temple of Kamakhya on route to Guwahati Airport. The temple in Assam symbolizes the fusion of faiths and practices of Aryan and non-Aryan elements in Assam.

Disembark

Disembark the ship and transfer to Guwahati Airport.

Includes

  • 7 nights' accommodation on board the Mahabaahu
  • Full board during the cruise (from dinner on day one to lunch on the last day)
  • 1 Domestic wine & beer with Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • Transfers to and from the airport by air-conditioned transportation. (Air-conditioned vehicles at Majuli Island are subject to availability)
  • Assistance and porterage at the airport
  • All excursions/lectures/performances and activities as per the itinerary
  • All Entrance fees to the Monuments and National Parks as per the itinerary.
  • English speaking guide

Excludes

  • International and domestic transportation
  • Airport departure tax
  • Personal expenses
  • Spa treatments
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Government Tax
  • Visa Costs
  • Supplement of peak period from 20th December 2016 till 5th January 2017 will be advised on booking request for that period
 

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