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The Brahmaputra

Roundtrip Guwahati - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard RV Kindat Pandaw
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Embark on an 8-day river cruise adventure aboard RV Kindat Pandaw in Assam, India. Begin your journey by exploring Guwahati and visiting the Nilachai Hill temple and Commonwealth Graves. As you sail upstream, you'll encounter lush Assam countryside and stop at villages along the way. Explore the De Parbatia temple and Cole Park's medieval carvings in Tezpur. Then, venture to Nameri National Park for a thrilling jeep safari to Kaziranga, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its rhinoceros, tigers, and diverse birdlife. Experience the village life along the Brahmaputra River and gain insight into Assamese culture. Visit Noonmati Tea Garden and Sualkuchi to learn about tea production and silk-making. Finally, return to Guwahati and disembark. This cruise offers a unique blend of wildlife encounters, cultural immersion, and scenic beauty, promising an enriching experience in Assam.
Highlights
  • Explore Guwahati's temples and Commonwealth Grave
  • Embark on a thrilling safari adventure in Kaziranga National Park
  • Witness the tea-producing process and silk-making production process
  • Walk through authentic Assami villages along the Brahmaputra River
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Guwahati | Embarkation

Transfer to the ship from the airport and explore this pleasant Assami city, visiting the Nilachai Hill temple and Commonwealth Graves. Late afternoon cast off upriver.

Day 2: Sailing

Sail all day making headway against strong currents through the lush Assami countryside stopping for some exercise in a village of market gardens.

Day 3: Tezpur

Afternoon exploration of Tezpur by trishaw we visit the De Parbatia temple with its richly carved portals and Cole Park with its collection of medieval carvings collected from across the region.

Day 4: Nameri National Park

Jeep safari to Kaziranga, with an area of approximately 430 sq km, this UNESCO World Heritage site is home to the world’s largest population of the Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros and the Indian Wild Water Buffalo. It also has the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers, with one every five sq. km; however, these remain highly illusive and are unlikely to be spotted. The park is a vibrant biodiversity hotspot with its marshy swamps and thickets of elephant grass, which 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 bird species found here are the oriental honey buzzard, black-shouldered kite, white-tailed eagle, and Himalayan griffon. In the afternoon, we set sail again downstream.

Day 5: Kaziranga National Park

Jeep safari to Kaziranga an area of approximately 430 sq km, this UNESCO World Heritage is home to the world’s largest population of the Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros and the Indian Wild Water Buffalo. It has the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers with one every 5 sq. km. The park is an incredibly rich biodiversity hotspot with its marshy swamps and thickets of elephant grass, and it 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, and Himalayan griffon.

Day 6: Village Life

As we sail along the vast Brahmaputra River downstream, riding the strong currents, we stop for a walk through a typical Assamese village and learn more about their simple lives.

Day 7: Tea Garden & Skill Village

Early morning, visit Noonmati Tea Garden on the outskirts of Guwahati to witness the tea-producing process. After lunch, sail past Guwhati to moor at Sualkuchi, a major weaving center in Assam. We learn about the entire silk-making production process, from cocoon to spinning and weaving, to make the typical saree worn by Assami women.

Day 8: Guwahati | Disembarkation

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in the morning and transfer to the airport.

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Bedroom: 12' x 10' Bathroom: 6' x 4' Showeroom: 2'8" x 3'4" Single Bed: 6'7" x 3'3"
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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Gratuities to Onboard Crew
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • Local mineral water, Jugged coffee, Teas & Tisanes
  • Transfer to/from the ship
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  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Laundry 
  • Port Fees
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned in inclusions
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

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