This cruise covers most of the highlights of Assam: Jeep safaris tracking rhinos and tigers in Kaziranga National Park, visits to the old capital of the Ahom kings and to the Hindu monasteries on Majuli Island, and walks in tea gardens and through tribal villages.

Highlights
• MAJULI ISLAND - A vast river island in the Brahmaputra, on which are a number of unique Vaishnavite Hindu monasteries, famous for performances of religious dance-drama.

• KAZIRANGA - A World Heritage site and right on the river, Kaziranga National park holds most of India's One-Horned Rhinoceros as well as elephant, tiger, wild buffalo, sambar, swamp deer, hog deer and many other species. Safaris are run in jeeps.

• TEZPUR - Another tea centre, and the access point to Nameri National Park in the foothills. Orang National Park is on the river banks downstream from here.

• GUWAHATI - The state capital. Offshore lies Peacock Island with its temple, while on a hill above the town, Tantric rites are practised at the Kamakhya Temple. There's a good museum and a poignant War cementery. Guwahati is the starting point for etensions to Shillong, the "Scotland of the East", which can be arrange before or after cruises, or to bridge the changeover day gap when two successive cruises are booked.

• SUALKUCHI - A delightful riverside village, where silk is produced and handwoven.

Price includes:
-All accommodation
-All excursions and entry fees
-All transfers as mentioned in the itinerary on a shared basis
-Full board
-Service of an English-speaking guide onboard and during excursions
-Service of an English-speaking naturalist onboard and during excursions

Price excludes:
-Drinks from the bar
-Laundry
-Tips, camera fees


​Arrive at Dibrugarh, a typical colonial town and major American base in WWII, then drive for 2 ½ hrs to Dikhou Mukh and embark on our ship. Alternatively, arrive at Jorhat airport and drive for 1 ½ hrs to Dikhou Mukh. (Dependent on river conditions, it may be necessary to board at Neamati, closer to Jorhat.)
​Go on an excursion by road to Sibsagar, the one-time capital of the Ahom kings of Assam. Shan by origin but converts to Hinduism, the Ahoms ruled Assam for some 700 years until the 1820s, and their culture and architecture is a strange and delightful amalgam of India and Southeast Asia. We shall see temples with stupa-like profiles and palaces of distinctive form. For the record book, the temple tank here is claimed to be the world’s largest hand-excavated reservoir. Lunch is taken at Horu Charai, a tea estate. Return to the ship and cruise downstream for three hours to Majuli island, one of the world’s largest river islands.
​A microcosm of Assamese culture, Majuli represents rural idyll in Assam. A stronghold of the peaceful religion of neo-Vaishnavism, the elegant island satras — some for celibate monks, some for families — showcase a unique way of life where the faithful live simply, offering worship through gayan-bayan (songs and musical instruments) and readings. Visit Auniati monastery and its eclectic museum and, in the afternoon, attend a dance performance at Kamalabari monastery. Later, return to the ship and cruise downstream for one or two hours.
​A day spent mostly on the river, though we shall stop and make a short visit to a tribal village by the river. By afternoon, Kaziranga National Park will be on our left – wild elephants are sometimes visible from the boat and once, memorably, a tiger.
​This morning, you will arrive at the little temple town of Vishnath, known for its fine Ahom-period temple. Take a walk ashore before continuing the voyage down to a delightful mooring at Silghat, with butterflies abounding in the surrounding jungle. ​Go on your first safari through Kaziranga National Park, a jeep ride through its Western Range, with good woodland as well as grassland and wetlands.
​Disembark pre-dawn and drive to Kaziranga’s Central Range for an early morning jeep safari. Covering an area of approximately 430 sq kms, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park is home to the world’s largest population of the Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros as well as the Indian Wild Water Buffalo. It has also earned the distinction of having the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers (one every five sq. km.) making this park an incredibly rich biodiversity hotspot. With its marshy swamps and thickets of elephant grass, this park supports large populations of Indian elephants, Indian bison, swamp deer, and Capped Langurs. Besides wildlife, Kaziranga National Park is also a birding paradise. A few of the bird species found here are the Oriental Honey Buzzard, Black-shouldered Kite, White-tailed Eagle, Himalayan Griffon and so on. Kaziranga National Park also frequently draws comparisons to the Serengeti in Africa due to the park's abundance of wildlife and birds. ​​ After breakfast, walk through terraced tea gardens and visit a village of the Mising tribe. In the afternoon, drive to Kaziranga’s little-visited Eastern Range or Burapahar Range for another jeep safari before returning to the boat.
Cruise downstream under the seemingly endless new bridge to dock at Tezpur. ​ After lunch on board, we visit the remains of the the 6th century Da Parbatia temple with its exquisitely carved portal. Board cycle rickshaws to take us through the bazaars to Cole Park with its collection of medieval stone carvings. Later, reboard our ship and cruise downstream to moor for the night near the isolated Singri Hill.
The day is spent on the river, traversing a lunar landscape of sand islands then closing in on the range of hills beyond which lies Guwahati. Moor for the night not far from Ganesh Pahar.
This morning’s voyage is particularly pretty, with jungle-covered hills in the south bank. Reaching Guwahati by midday, we moor opposite the city and climb up to the pretty Aswaklanta temple before driving out to the temple ruins of Madan Kamdev, their erotic carvings being an indicator of the strong tantric traditions of the area. Return to the ship and cruise downstream to Sualkuchi either this very evening or the following morning. ​
Walk through Sualkuchi, a bustling little town that is the centre of Assamese silk production, to visit weaving workshops. Witness the whole process of silk manufacture, from cocoon and spinning to dyeing and hand-weaving into exquisite mekhela chadars (a two-piece sari, the traditional attire of an Assamese woman). We then sail up to dock close to the great Saraighat bridge and take a tour of Guwahati, driving up Nilachal Hill to the Kamakhya temple. With its tantric rites and animal sacrifices, the more squeamish among us may prefer to content themselves with its exteriors. Visit the poignant Commonwealth War Graves, the museum and the bazaars.
​Disembark this morning and transfer to Guwahati airport for final departure. ​
Cruising is subject to river conditions. Kaziranga National Park comprises low-lying grassland, which may not be visitable when the river is at or near flood level. All driving times mentioned in this itinerary are approximate.

Main deck double cabin with Queen bed

$ 3400 USD pp

Upper deck twin cabin

$ 4140 USD pp

Upper deck deluxe Cabin

$ 4550 USD pp
Upper deck deluxe Cabin
10 twin-bedded and 2 double-bedded cabins with en-suite shower and W.C.

Upper deck twin for single use

$ 6000 USD pp

Upper deck deluxe Cabin Solo occupancy

$ 6600 USD pp
Upper deck deluxe Cabin Solo occupancy
10 twin-bedded and 2 double-bedded cabins with en-suite shower and W.C.

Main deck double cabin with Queen bed

$ 3400 USD pp

Upper deck twin cabin

$ 4140 USD pp

Upper deck deluxe Cabin

$ 4550 USD pp
Upper deck deluxe Cabin
10 twin-bedded and 2 double-bedded cabins with en-suite shower and W.C.

Upper deck twin for single use

$ 6000 USD pp

Upper deck deluxe Cabin Solo occupancy

$ 6600 USD pp
Upper deck deluxe Cabin Solo occupancy
10 twin-bedded and 2 double-bedded cabins with en-suite shower and W.C.

Main deck double cabin with Queen bed

$ 3400 USD pp

Upper deck twin cabin

$ 4140 USD pp

Upper deck deluxe Cabin

$ 4550 USD pp
Upper deck deluxe Cabin
10 twin-bedded and 2 double-bedded cabins with en-suite shower and W.C.

Upper deck twin for single use

$ 6000 USD pp

Upper deck deluxe Cabin Solo occupancy

$ 6600 USD pp
Upper deck deluxe Cabin Solo occupancy
10 twin-bedded and 2 double-bedded cabins with en-suite shower and W.C.

Main deck double cabin with Queen bed

$ 3400 USD pp

Upper deck twin cabin

$ 4140 USD pp

Upper deck deluxe Cabin

$ 4550 USD pp
Upper deck deluxe Cabin
10 twin-bedded and 2 double-bedded cabins with en-suite shower and W.C.

Upper deck twin for single use

$ 6000 USD pp

Upper deck deluxe Cabin Solo occupancy

$ 6600 USD pp
Upper deck deluxe Cabin Solo occupancy
10 twin-bedded and 2 double-bedded cabins with en-suite shower and W.C.

Additional charges:

5% Tax Applicable to all Cabin Categories. From: 100 USD pp

Charaidew II

Charaidew II, entered service on the Brahmaputra in January 2019. Built in Kolkata, her length is 44.50 m and breadth is 11.00 m and is powered by 2 engines. Her extra-shallow draught and a lower profile than conventional designs allow her to cruise faster. Charaidew II has 18 cabins in total: 2 spacious deluxe cabins (350 sq. feet) and 12 spacious twin/double cabins (240 sq. feet.) are on the upper deck while 4 cabins with queen size bed (170 sq. feet) are on the main deck for which we charge no supplement.

The decor reflects a sense of homecoming to Assam, with touches of colonial elegance, brought to life by traditional Assamese designs on hand-woven cotton fabrics. All standard cabins on Charaidew II have French balconies, while the two deluxe cabins have a private balcony. There is a comfortable saloon and bar, dining room, a big open sundeck, gym, and a small spa onboard which offers a wide range of treatments.

ONBOARD FEATURES

  • Spacious cabins with individual climate control
  • En suite shower/WC with Biotique toiletries
  • Generous cupboard space and under-bed storage
  • Hair drier in each cabin
  • Minibar in each cabin
  • In-room electronic safe
  • Tea/coffee making facilities in cabins
  • Intercommunication telephone in cabins
  • High quality bathrobes and slippers in cabins
  • Large sliding glass windows offering panoramic views of the river
  • Vast sundeck both open and shaded, with sofas and sun loungers
  • Spacious air-conditioned saloon
  • Mini library
  • Spa with choice of treatments
  • In-house gym

 

SERVICES

  • Shore excursion program including all admissions
  • Services of in-house guide and naturalist during excursions and onboard
  • Cold towel service after excursions
  • Welcome drink after excursions
  • Shoe-cleaning after excursions
  • Turndown service in all cabins
  • Expertly trained culinary staff
  • Single seating for buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Acclaimed combination of Indian and Western cuisines
  • Wide choice of wines, spirits and beer
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and packaged water throughout
  • Welcome reception
  • Farewell reception
  • Local on-board dance & song performances
  • 24/7 power backup
  • Wi-Fi internet in the saloon, sundeck; dining hall (subject to network availability) during the day time.

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