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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: Sibsagar

After an early breakfast, start your excursion to Sibsagar, the ancient city and capital of the Tai-speaking Ahoms who came in the 13th Century AD to the area from the north-east and were essentially of Tibeto-Burman origin. Shiva Dol, constructed in the year 1734 is believed to be one of the highest Shiva temple in India. You will visit The Talatal or Kareng Ghar, the palace of the Ahom Kings and the Rang Ghar, an amphitheatre, a place of entertainment or important meetings for the Royals and their guests. Later you will be driven to a Tea Estate for a relaxed afternoon and a traditional Assamese lunch with the Tea-estate family who have been involved in the tea business for over a century.

Day 3: Majuli Island - Mishing Village

Start the day with a relaxing yoga session or go for a walk along the swamps to catch a sight of owls, orioles, changeable eagles, adjutant storks, sea gulls, kingfishers, swallows and many more. After breakfast the ship sails towards Majuli, a cosmos of Assamese culture where various philosophies co-exist and thrive. Enjoy a talk on 'Majuli, the seat of Vaishnav culture’ and then board small boats to the mainland where a drive takes you to a a ‘Satra’ (monastery) for an interesting cultural performance by Satriya singers and dancers. Continue to Kamlabari Satra to witness the Vaishnavite priests dancing to the rhythm of cymbals, drums and chanting in the temple premise. Enjoy lunch aboard the ship before arriving at a Mishing Village. The Mishings live on the bank of river in 'Chang Ghars', houses with raised platforms. All Mishing women are expert weavers. Here you may purchase colourful ethnic weaves and indulges in a dhoti tying and Mekhela Chaadar wearing demonstration. Later enjoy a talk on ‘Assam, its geographical location & importance’. Spend the evening under the stars on a deserted island.

Day 4: Boat Safari

After a Yogic walk and yoga session the ship gently glides on the river towards the Eastern Range of the Kaziranga National Park at the point where the two waters of Dhansiri River and the Brahmaputra river meet. Enjoy breakfast and a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the life that exists alongside’and proceed for the boat safari where you might observe roof turtles on protruding drift wood, water lizards, otters, elephants, wild buffaloes, rhinos, darters, herons, pied kingfishers and many more. This evening we enjoy the Chef’s Cooking Demonstration followed by a talk on ‘Tea, Silk and Jute in Assam.’ Spend the evening on a deserted island with bonfire.

Day 5: Bishwanath - Silghat

After breakfast there will be a short talk on T‘Kaziranga and the wild life in India’ join an excursion to the shores of Bishwanath Ghat. Explore the village and observe local woman weaving silk garments. Return to the ship as it sails towards Silghat. Take a short drive to the Kaliabore tea estate, which is a vast undulating expanse of land with tea bushes. Continue to a tea factory to see the processing of the Assam Tea and getting an insight into all that goes into preparing a cup-of-tea. (The tea factory is not operational from mid-December to mid-February as it is time for pruning the tea bushes). At sunset, we enjoy a cultural evening on the ship followed by an early dinner.

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

Enjoy a yoga session on an island or on deck followed by breakfast. The ship heads to an island that is occupied predominantly by a ‘bangla’ speaking Muslim community who are involved in the extensive farming. After lunch, enjoy a talk on ‘Kamakhya and the Occult and Peacock Island’. After a visit to this village return to the ship for lunch and sail towards the Peacock Island, famous for the highly endangered Golden Langur. Later the ship sails towards Pandu Port. In the evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner 'Alvida Bhoj' and a relaxed evening.

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. You will then be driven to the airport for your onward flight.

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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