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MV Mahabaahu (Downstream Cruise)

Introduction

MV Mahabaahu offers an expedition form of cruising on the mighty Brahmaputra that refuses to be tamed. Guwahati area experiences a surge of 35 ft in height of Brahmaputra waters during monsoons.

  • Essentially Wild Life
  • Rural
  • Cultural
  • Tea Tourism

Destinations Covered

Detailed Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Jorhat – Neamati Ghat – MV Mahabaahu

    Jorhat

    Arrive at the Jorhat airport and transfer to Neamati Ghat (with packed lunch). After the essential safety briefing, we check into our cabin.

    On the sun deck, we raise a traditional toast to the mighty Brahmaputra River that carves the valley of Assam. If Lucky, we catch a fleeting glimpse of the Gangetic dolphins and notice the sky flocked with bar headed geese, egrets and cormorants returning to their abodes on deserted islands as the sun lowers itself in the western horizon.

    We enjoy a talk on 'Sibsagar, the seat of Ahom Civilisation' that ruled the north eastern region of India for six centuries. A short talk on 'Tea in Assam' continues over High Tea.

    The evening follows into the welcome dinner.

    Overnight on-board on MV Mahabaahu (Packed-L, D)

    Accomodation
  2. Day 2 MV Mahabaahu – Sibsagar / Home-hosted lunch

    Sivasagar

    After an early breakfast, we start our day-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. Sibsagar town literally means 'the ocean of Lord Shiva’ as it is built around a huge man made water tank ordered by the Ahom Queen. The Shiva Dol, constructed in the year 1734 is believed to be one of the highest Shiva temple in India.

    We 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.

    Thereafter, we drive 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.

    We return to MV Mahabaahu by sunset and enjoy a relaxed evening before proceeding for dinner.

    Overnight on-board on MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

    Accomodation
  3. Day 3 MV Mahabaahu – Majuli Island & Mishing Village visit

    Majuli

    We start the day with Yoga 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.

    As we have our breakfast, we sail towards Majuli, a cosmos of Assamese culture where various philosophies co-exist and thrive.

    After breakfast, we enjoy a talk on 'Majuli, the seat of Vaishnav culture’ and proceed in the excursion boats to the mainland where a drive takes us to a scenic corner of a ‘Satra’ (monastery) for an interesting cultural performance by Satriya singers and dancers.

    Next, we proceed to Kamlabari Satra to witness the Vaishnavite priests dancing to the rhythm of cymbals, drums and chanting in the temple premise. We enjoy hot lunch on MV Mahabaahu and sail towards the closest Mishing Village. The Mishings live on the bank of river in 'Chang Ghars', houses with raised platforms. All Mishing women are expert weavers. We can buy ethnic colourful cotton weaves and indulges in a dhoti tying and Mekhela Chaadar wearing demonstration.

    After the Mishing Village visit, MV Mahabaahu heads towards Dhansiri Mukh where the waters of Brahmaputra and Dhansiri meet, while we enjoy a talk on ‘Assam, its geographical location & importance’. We later enjoy the evening under the stars on a deserted island and proceed for dinner.

    NOTE: (Bonfire may be avoided if a suitable sandbank cannot be found or if we experience inclement weather conditions)

    Overnight on-board on MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

    Accomodation
  4. Day 4 MV Mahabaahu – Boat Safari

    Kaziranga National Park

    After Yoga/early morning walk on a deserted island, MV Mahabaahu sails towards the Eastern Range of Kaziranga. We enjoy breakfast and a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the life that exists alongside’ and proceed for the boat safari. The shores are high but one can see roof turtles on protruding drift wood, water lizards, otters, elephants, wild buffaloes, rhinos, darters, herons, pied kingfishers, white throated kingfishers, serpent eagles and many more. The sightings are always determined by the weather conditions.

    We return for lunch. This evening we enjoy the Chef’s Cooking Demonstration followed by a talk on ‘Tea, Silk and Jute in Assam.’

    An evening on a deserted island with bonfire is always exclusive. We enjoy dinner on MV Mahabaahu.

    NOTE: (Bonfire may be avoided if a suitable sandbank cannot be found or if we experience inclement weather conditions)

    Overnight on-board on MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

    Accomodation
  5. Day 5 MV Mahabaahu – Bishwanath Ghat – Weaver’s village and Silghat – Tea Estate or Jute Mill

    Kaziranga National Park

    After Yoga/walk on the deserted island and breakfast on MV Mahabaahu, we enjoy an interesting talk on ‘Kaziranga and the wild life in India’. Then we step into our excursion boats to go to the shores of Bishwanath Ghat.

    We walk through the village and are struck by the simplicity of life while the weaver women surround us with their silk and cotton weaves. We enjoy some happy interaction with them.

    We sail on for the next couple of hours and enjoy a relaxed lunch and reach Silghat. Take a short drive to the Kaliabore tea estate, which is a vast undulating expanse of land with tea bushes. We proceed to the 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)

    We return to where the ship is anchored. Close by a co-operative Jute Mill is an interesting place to understand how the Jute fibre takes the form of very eco-friendly gunny bags. At sunset, we enjoy a cultural evening on the ship followed by an early dinner.

    Overnight on-board on MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

    Accomodation
  6. Day 6 MV Mahabaahu – Kaziranga National Park

    Kaziranga National Park

    Early morning wakeup call and after a hot cup of tea/coffee, drive out towards the Kaziranga National Park. The most prized inhabitant of Kaziranga is the Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros, but the Park is home to as many as 180 different mammals including wild elephants, tiger, deer, Asiatic wild buffalo and a rich variety of birds. We reach the Kohora Mihimukh range of the National Park and are ready to start our morning adventure; once-in-a-lifetime elephant-backed safari where we search for the elusive rhinoceros, tigers, swamp deer and hog deer and more and a large number of very interesting birds. The park never ceases to surprise us.

    After breakfast at a resort in Kaziranga, we drive on to Bagori, the Western Range of Kaziranga and get into the open jeeps for some more wild life adventure and an extensive coverage of this magnificent park.

    We return to MV Mahabaahu for a leisurely lunch and a relaxed afternoon. In the evening, we proceed for a traditional Assamese theme dinner.

    Overnight on-board on MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

    Accomodation
  7. Day 7 MV Mahabaahu – Village visit & Full day sail and Peacock Island

    Guwahati

    We catch up on Yoga on an island or on the deck for an hour and move on to breakfast while MV Mahabaahu lifts anchor and heads on towards an island that is occupied predominantly by a ‘bangla’ speaking Muslim community who are involved in the extensive farming. After lunch, we enjoy a talk on ‘Kamakhya and the Occult and Peacock Island’. After a visit to this village, we return to the ship for lunch and sail towards the Peacock Island - It would be a good idea to have one’s binoculars and cameras at hand.

    We later sail towards Pandu Port. Get ready for the Farewell Dinner ‘Alvida Bhoj’ and enjoy a relaxed evening.

    Overnight on-board on MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D)

  8. Day 8 MV Mahabaahu – Guwahati / Kamakhya Temple

    Guwahati

    We have a relaxed breakfast. Luggage down, as per the flight schedule. With packed lunch, we drive to the Kamakhya Temple (flight time permitting). This Temple is devoted to the eternal feminine the Kama Khya, goddess of desire.

    We bid farewell to the land of Kamakhya and drive to the airport to board our onward flight.

    (B, Packed-L)

    Accomodation

Dates & Prices

Day City Hotel/Accomodations Meal Plan
1 Jorhat MV Mahabaahu
Superior Cabin with Balcony, Superior Cabin without Balcony and Suite
Packed L, D
2 Sivasagar MV Mahabaahu
Superior Cabin with Balcony, Superior Cabin without Balcony and Suite
B, L, D
3 Majuli MV Mahabaahu
Superior Cabin with Balcony, Superior Cabin without Balcony and Suite
B, L, D
4 Kaziranga National Park MV Mahabaahu
Superior Cabin with Balcony, Superior Cabin without Balcony and Suite
B, L, D
5 Kaziranga National Park MV Mahabaahu
Superior Cabin with Balcony, Superior Cabin without Balcony and Suite
B, L, D
6 Kaziranga National Park MV Mahabaahu
Superior Cabin with Balcony, Superior Cabin without Balcony and Suite
B, L, D
7 Guwahati MV Mahabaahu
Superior Cabin with Balcony, Superior Cabin without Balcony and Suite
B, L, D
8 Guwahati
B, Packed-L

B: Breakfast, L: Lunch and D: Dinner

Price
Particulars Per Person Prices Single Cabin Per Person Prices Double Cabin
Superior Cabin INR 318000 INR 336000
Deluxe Cabin INR 364000 INR 392000
Luxury Cabin INR 420000 INR 420000
Suite Cabin INR 490000 INR 490000

Valid from 1st October 2020 till 15th April 2021 (Not Valid from 20th December 2020 till 5th January 2021)

Available Dates
S. No. Boarding Date De-Boarding Date  Status
1 27-Dec-2020 03-Jan-2021 Available
2 28-Feb-2021 07-Mar-2021 Available
3 21-Mar-2021 28-Mar-2021 Available

 

Inclusions
  • Accommodation at M.V Mahabaahu on twin sharing basis on a full board plan.
  • All Entrance fees at the Monuments and National Parks as per the itinerary.
  • 1 Glass of Domestic wine/beer with Farewell and Welcome dinners.
  • All excursions/lectures/performances and activities as per the itinerary.
  • Services of English speaking naturalist / Destination Manager during sightseeing at all the places as per the itinerary.
  • Assistance on all Arrival & Departure transfers with Representative at the airport and Land transport by Air-Conditioned vehicles except in Kaziranga and Majuli Island.
Exclusions
  • Expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, internet, imported wines & spirits, camera/video camera fee at monuments/National Park, medical expenses, Salon/massages, airport departure tax etc.
  • Any Insurance.
  • Any further tax levied by the government of India.
  • Evacuation charges in case of medical emergencies, insurance is available on request.
  • Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and airplanes delays, roadblocks, vehicle malfunctions, political disturbances, taxes, lost luggage, etc.
  • Govt. service tax 5 %
  • Any tipping, Suggested Tipping for the ship’s crew is INR 4,000 per person for the cruise and for the naturalist and Destination Manager we also recommend INR 4,000 per person for the cruise. Tips to safari and vehicle drivers are not included and we suggest an amount of approximately INR 1,400 per person.
  • International & Domestic Air fares.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Supplement would be applicable for Christmas and New Year Eve Dinner.
  • Expense of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
  • Any Insurance. We highly recommend that you get your travel and health insurance done prior to your trip.
  • Tipping of accompanying tour manager
  • Visa Fees
  • Any meals or beverages that are not specified in the above inclusions.
  • Bottled water at breakfast.
  • International & domestic Air fares
  • Expenses caused by factors beyond our control like rail and air plane delays, roadblocks, vehicle malfunctions, political disturbances, taxes, lo luggage, etc.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Any further taxes levied by the government of India

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