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MV Mahabaahu (Upstream 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 Guwahati – MV Mahabaahu

    Guwahati

    Arrive at the Guwahati International Airport and with packed lunch, we drive through the busy streets to the Kamakhya Temple. This Temple is devoted to Kama Khya, the eternal Feminine- the goddess of desire.

    After the Temple visit, we drive towards Pandu Port and check into the Cruise and gather on the open deck to enjoy the first sail!!!

    A quick orientation and we de-board for a short visit of the picturesque Peacock Island, the smallest island on the Brahmaputra (flight time permitting). It would be a good idea to have one’s binoculars and cameras at hand.

    Proceed into the evening with a talk on ‘Kamakhya and the occult in Assam’.

    Soon MV Mahabaahu drops anchor and the evening follows into the welcome dinner.

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

  2. Day 2 MV Mahabaahu – Village visit & full day sail

    Guwahati

    MV Mahabaahu lifts anchor early. We enjoy Yoga on the deck for an hour and move on for breakfast. We enjoy a talk on 'Assam, its geographical location in the national and international context and how it is acclaiming recognition'. MV Mahabaahu heads on towards an island that is occupied predominantly by a ‘Bangla’ speaking Muslim community who are involved in extensive farming. After visiting this village, we return to the ship for lunch and sail towards the Orang Point.

    Evening sets in and over a cup of tea, we enjoy a talk on 'The River Brahmaputra and the tribal life’. We anchor at a deserted island for the evening and enjoy a bonfire and a barbeque.

    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
  3. Day 3 MV Mahabaahu – Silghat – Tea factory or Jute Mill

    Kaziranga National Park

    MV Mahabaahu sails early and we enjoy Yoga on the deck and move on for breakfast and for a talk on 'Wild life in Kaziranga with an overview of the wild life in India'.

    We sail on for the next couple of hours and enjoy a relaxed lunch as we reach Silghat. After a talk on ‘Tea, Jute & Silk in Assam’, we take a short drive to Kaliabore Tea Estate which is a vast undulating expanse 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)

    While returning to the ship, we visit a co-operative Jute Mill which is an interesting place to understand how the Jute fibre takes the form of very eco-friendly gunny bags.

    We enjoy a cultural evening on the ship followed by an early dinner.

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

    Accomodation
  4. Day 4 MV Mahabaahu – Kaziranga National Park & Bishwanath – weaver’s village

    Kaziranga National Park

    An early wake- up call with Tea/coffee and we set 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. An elephant-back safari is an experience, to 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 its visitors!!!

    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 wildlife adventure and an extensive coverage of this magnificent park. We return to MV Mahabaahu, start sailing towards Bishwanath Ghat as we enjoy a leisurely lunch and a relaxed afternoon.

    We get into the excursion boats to reach 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 return to the ship to enjoy an evening on a deserted island and then 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)

  5. Day 5 MV Mahabaahu – Boat safari

    Sivasagar

    Enjoy a relaxed breakfast over a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the life that exists alongside’.

    We proceed for the boat safari viewing 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 determined by the weather conditions)

    We return to the ship for hot lunch. This evening, we enjoy the Chef’s Cooking Demonstration and sample the snacks. The evening on a deserted island with bonfire is always exclusive! We enjoy dinner on-board.

    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
  6. Day 6 MV Mahabaahu – Mishing Village

    Sivasagar

    After Yoga and breakfast, we enjoy the sail towards the 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 the ethnic colorful cotton weaves and indulge in a dhoti tying and Mekhela Chaadar wearing demonstration.

    We return to the ship to enjoy a talk on ‘Sibsagar and the Ahom civilization’ and proceed to get ready for a Traditional Assamese evening.

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

    Accomodation
  7. Day 7 MV Mahabaahu – Majuli Island and Sibsagar

    Majuli

    After breakfast, we enjoy a talk on ‘Majuli the seat of Neo - Vaishnav Culture’ and then proceed in our excursion boats to the mainland. Here on, 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. The humble dwellings of the monks are a revelation of utmost simplicity.

    We enjoy lunch on MV Mahabaahu as we sail towards Neamati Ghat.

    Post lunch, we drive through the countryside to reach Sibsagar, the ancient city, built around a huge man made water tank ordered by the Ahom queen. A town that literally means 'the ocean of Lord Shiva’. We notice the district is strewn with the tell-tale ruins of a powerful empire of the Ahoms. Sibsagar was the 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.

    The Shiva Dol, constructed in the year 1734 is believed to be one of the highest Shiva temple in India.

    We visit Talatal or Kareng Ghar which was the palace of the Ahom Kings and after a leisurely stroll in and around the monument, we go on to Rang Ghar which was a place for hosting wrestling bouts and buffalo fights and other entertainment or important meetings of the Royals and their guests.

    We return to MV Mahabaahu by sunset for the farewell dinner.

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

    Accomodation
  8. Day 8 MV Mahabaahu – Neamati Ghat – Jorhat & Departure

    Jorhat

    Morning is at leisure to enjoy, Yoga/ bird-watching or perhaps an early morning indulgence in the spa.

    A relaxed breakfast awaits all (Baggage down prior to breakfast is requested for easy de-boarding)

    We drive to the Jorhat airport en-route stopping at a tea estate to enjoy a traditional Assamese early lunch.

    Depart for the airport to board the flight to the onward destination.

    (B, Packed-L)

Dates & Prices

Day City Hotel/Accomodations Meal Plan
1 Guwahati MV Mahabaahu
Superior Cabin with Balcony, Superior Cabin without Balcony and Suite
Packed-L, D
2 Guwahati MV Mahabaahu
Superior Cabin with Balcony, Superior Cabin without Balcony and Suite
B, L, D
3 Kaziranga National Park 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 Sivasagar MV Mahabaahu
Superior Cabin with Balcony, Superior Cabin without Balcony and Suite
B, L, D
6 Sivasagar MV Mahabaahu
Superior Cabin with Balcony, Superior Cabin without Balcony and Suite
B, L, D
7 Majuli MV Mahabaahu
Superior Cabin with Balcony, Superior Cabin without Balcony and Suite
B, L, D
8 Jorhat
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 29-Nov-2020 06-Dec-2020 Available
2 07-Feb-2021 14-Feb-2021 Sold Out
3 07-Mar-2021 14-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.
  • 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.
  • Any further taxes levied by the government of India

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