This 4 night out-and-back cruise provides a fascinating taster of Assam, with visits to villages and to the rarely visited Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, 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 Pobitora with road transfer onwards to Kaziranga.

Highlights


• Cruise to the little town of Sualkuchi, loud with the clatter of looms, and visit its silk-weaving workshops.

• Visit Nilachal Hill to see the holy Kamakhya temple.

• Discover Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.


​Meet at Guwahati airport and embark on your ship by mid-afternoon close to the great Saraighat Bridge. Cruise downstream to visit a river side village Vijaynagar.​
​Cruise upstream to the little town of Sualkuchi, loud with the clatter of looms, and visit its silk-weaving workshops on foot. We shall see 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 Assamese women). Later, drive to Hajo – a place sacred to Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists – and visit a hilltop Muslim shrine with far-reaching views over the surrounding rural landscape; a simple Hindu temple with its frieze of elephants; and a sacred tank full of great carp, catfish and turtles. Reboard the ship and cruise to an overnight down Saraighat bridge.
​This morning, cruise upstream and disembark at Pandu docks to go on a short sightseeing tour of the city of Guwahati. Drive up Nilachal Hill to see the holy Kamakhya temple. With its tantric rites and animal sacrifice, the more squeamish among us may prefer to content themselves with its exteriors. Visit the poignant Commonwealth War Graves cemetery as well as a shop selling local crafts. Cross by country boat to the mid-stream Peacock Island with its population of Golden Langurs before reboarding and cruising pass Kurua in the north bank.
​Cruise upstream past jungle-covered hills and turn into the Mayong River. Then, take a country boat for a kilometre or two to the roadhead from where we drive to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. This small park has a dense population of the Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros, and we shall be unlucky if we do not spot some of these armoured beasts on a jeep safari around the park. Those departing today are picked up from the park and driven for 4 ½ hrs to Kaziranga National Park. Alternatively, return to the ship in the afternoon and cruise to a riverside village, which you can explore on foot. Later, sail down to spend the last night close to the picturesque Aswaklanta Temple on the north bank opposite Guwahati.
​Cruise down to Saraighat Bridge. Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Guwahati airport for final departure.​​​
This itinerary, including the cruise and approximate driving durations, is subject to river and weather conditions.​

Cabin

$1,780 USD pp
Cabin
The interiors are bamboo-paneled, air-conditioned and roomy with en suite bathrooms. ​

Cabin Solo

$2,680 USD pp
Cabin Solo
The interiors are bamboo-paneled, air-conditioned and roomy with en suite bathrooms.

Cabin

$1,780 USD pp
Cabin
The interiors are bamboo-paneled, air-conditioned and roomy with en suite bathrooms. ​

Cabin Solo

$2,680 USD pp
Cabin Solo
The interiors are bamboo-paneled, air-conditioned and roomy with en suite bathrooms.

Additional charges:

5% Tax Applicable to all Cabin Categories: USD pp

ABN Sukapha

Vessel Type: River Boat

Passenger Capacity: 24

With a maximum group size of 24 guests, she was designed to closely resemble ABN Charaidew, both as a result of popular demand and reasons of practicality, retaining many of the features which make our original vessel so popular but adding a small spa.

In an effort to conserve India’s forests, the interiors are bamboo-paneled, air-conditioned and roomy with en suite bathrooms. There is a spa and a saloon with a library. The dining room is on the main deck and a spacious sundeck at the very top. Fabrics on board have been handwoven by Bodo tribal villagers; the comfortable rattan chairs are locally sourced and made; and our gift shop stocks only arts and crafts made by local artisans.

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

* High quality linens

* Large sliding glass windows offering panoramic views of the river

* ​Vast sundeck with sunloungers or steamer chairs

* Spacious air-conditioned saloon with library and recorded entertainment

* Spa with choice of treatments.

Services

* Shore excursion programme including all admissions

* Naturalist onboard the vessel

* 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 & Western cuisines

* Wide choice of wines, spirits & beer

* Complimentary tea, coffee & mineral water throughout

* Welcome reception

* Farewell reception

* Local on-board dance & song performances.

Cabin layout for ABN Sukapha

Inclusions



The cruise on full board, all excursions, and transfers on shared basis as mentioned below:


None

Exclusions


drinks from the bar, laundry, tips, camera fees.


None
ABN Sukapha
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$1,780 USD pp

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