Brahmaputra River Cruises: 7 Nights/8Days, Tezpur and terminates at Dibrugarh. Highlights are the Orang and Kaziranga National Parks, and temples in Tezpur.


Overview

This cruise on the highest reaches of the Brahmaputra still navigable highlights the unique culture of the area, fusing Indian and S.E. Asian influences, with a visit to Sibsagar, the old capital of the Ahom kings, as well as to Majuli Island with its unique Hindu monastic communities famous for their dance drama. Wildlife is not forgotten, and the cruise also visits Kaziranga, where sightings of rhino are virtually guaranteed.

 

Day 1
Midday arrival at Tezpur airport and transfer 30 mins to Steemer Ghat, a lovely beach below jungle-covered hills. Alternatively arrive Jorhat airport and driven 2 Ѕ hrs to Steemer Ghat or arrive Guwahati airport and driven 4 hrs to Steemer Ghat.

Day 2
Disembark pre-dawn and drive to Kaziranga National Park’s Central Range for an early morning elephant ride, the best way to get really close to the rhino and other animals. Return to breakfast on board cruising upstream with Kaziranga National Park on the right bank. Around midday we reach Vishnath, with an Ahom-period Shiva temple. There are other later temples too, and we walk through the town before reboarding and setting off again, with Kaziranga still on the far bank. Wild elephant may some

Day 3
The day is spent on the river, and we have a good chance of spotting Gangetic dolphin, as well as creating a sensation in bankside villages as we pass. We should arrive in the evening at lonely Dhansiri Mukh.

Day 4
This morning we land and take a jeep safari in Kaziranga’s little-visited Eastern Range, with grasslands much favoured by rhino, where you might spot the rare Bengal Florican. Returning to the boat, we continue our cruise upstream (if water levels do not permit a landing at Dhansiri Mukh, Kaziranga will be visited from Steemer Ghat at the beginning of the cruise).

Day 5
Another day spent cruising upstream. We shall take time to pause and walk through Jamuguri village, getting an insight into the life of rural India.

Day 7
We visit Gatoonga tea estate this morning and see all the processes of tea production (factory inoperative between December and mid-March) then drive for about an hour to Sibsagar, the one-time capital of the kings of Assam. Shan by origin ( Assam and Siam share the same derivation) but converted to Hinduism they ruled Assam for some 700 years until the 1820s, and their culture and architecture is a strange and delightful amalgam of Indian and S.E. Asian. We shall see temples with stupa-like pro

Day 8
Drive 2 Ѕ hrs to Dibrugarh airport, passing through this typical colonial town and major base for American flights over “The Hump” to China in WWII. Alternatively transferred 1 Ѕ hrs to Jorhat airport. Price covers cruise on full board, all excursions, all airport transfers within Assam. Excluded are drinks at the bar, laundry, tips, and camera fees in national parks. Itinerary subject to river conditions. Elephant rides subject to availability.

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Kaziranga National Park
SibSagar

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