Brahmaputra cruises feature visits and attractions such as wildlife viewing (both by jeep and on elephant back), village walks, visits to tea gardens, exploring country towns in cycle rickshaws, barbecues on deserted river islands, dance performances, and visits to craft workshops.
Between October and April we offer a combination of 7-night, 10-night and 4-night cruises, named for the Assam Despatch service, the daily mail-cum-passenger service that once plied from Calcutta up the Brahmaputra to Dibrugarh. Cruises can be combined to give durations up to 14 nights.
The cruises are as follows:
Assam Despatch 1 & 5 - The Frontier Lands
These two cruises downstream and upstream, which operate just once a year, cover the river between Guwahati and Dhubri, close to the Bangladesh border. Access point is the old princely state capital Cooch Behar, with good rail connections and a newly-reopened airport. Highlight of the cruise is a visit to the lovely Manas National Park on the Bhutan border, but there are also visits to an archaeological site, a crafts village and a pilgrimage centre.
Assam Despatch 2 - Rhinos and More
This 7-night cruise starts at Guwahati and terminates at Silghat near Tezpur and Kaziranga. Highlights are the Orang and Kaziranga National Parks, and temples in Tezpur.
Assam Despatch 3 - River Island Cruise
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.
Assam Despatch 4 - Brahmaputra Maximum
This 10-night cruise starts at a river ghat between Jorhat and Dibrugarh, and terminates at Guwahati. Highlights are the old capital of the Ahom kings at Sibsagar, Majuli Island with its Hindu monasteries, Kaziranga National Park, temples at Tezpur and Madan Kamdev, and the silk weaving village of Sualkuchi.
Assam Despatch 7 - Brahmaputra Taster
This 4 night out-and-back cruise provides a fascinating taster of Assam, with visits to villages and to the rarely visited Orang National Park, where you will venture through the jungle in search of the Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros. It is also available as a 3-night one-way cruise to Orang with road transfer onwards to Kaziranga.
Wild Assam combines stays in both our Manas and our Kaziranga lodges with a 3-night river cruise, to make a perfect one-week introduction to Assam’s National Parks and wilderness areas.
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