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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. Return to the boat and sail for about 45 minutes towards mainland and transfer to the Harucharai Tea Estate for a traditional Assamese lunch with the Tea-estate family. Here you will lunch in the grounds and enjoy a talk by the professionals on the different types of tea and especially the ones produced in Assam, followed by a tea-tasting session. After dinner on board the ship enjoy a relaxed, quiet walk on the island or a game of cricket/volley ball.

Day 3: Sibsagar

Start the day with a relaxing yoga session and breakfast on deck as the ship sails towards Neamati Ghat. 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 Kaziranga and the wild life in India and a short orientation on Bishwanath Ghat, where you will visit an ancient temple in reverence of Lord Shiva and watch the women display their weaves. After lunch you will be driven to a tea estate where you can take a leisurely walk through the grounds watching the tribal women picking tea leaves. Here, you will stop for a talk with the Manager who will explain the essentials of running a tea-estate. Visit 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.

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 sails to Guwahati. Spend the day making the most of the ships amenities perhaps enjoying a massage or a swim in the pool or you may prefer to spend time on deck admiring the passing scenery and wildlife. You can also enjoy a talk on ‘Kamakhya and the occult in Assam’. The ship anchors early at a deserted island where you can take a stroll on the island for a while and then move on to a formal Assamese evening with cocktails and the ‘Alvida Bhoj’ or Farewell Dinner.

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)
  • Transfers to and from the airport by air-conditioned transportation (Air-conditioned vehicles at Majuli Island are subject to availability)
  • 1 Glass of Domestic wine/beer with Farewell and Welcome dinners
  • Assistance and porterage at the airport
  • All excursions/lectures/performances and activities as per the itinerary
  • English speaking guide

Excludes

  • International and domestic transportation
  • Airport departure tax
  • Personal expenses
  • Spa treatments
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Government Tax
  • Supplement of peak period from 20th Dec'15 till 10th Jan'16 will be advised on booking request for that period
 

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