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Pandaw: The Mighty Brahmaputra


12 days from £4435 per person

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  Places Visited: Kolkata, Guwahati, Silghat, Kaziranga National Park, Majuli, Neamati Ghat, Sibsagar, Jorhat

The mighty Brahmaputra river in Northern India originates high in the Himalayas before flowing through the scenic Assam Valley where UNESCO protected national parks and remote rural communities provide the traveller with the most wonderful and authentic expedition.

The cruise operates aboard the very comfortable and specially designed MV Mahabaahu whose knowledgeable expedition team take safaris by small boat, jeep and even elephant in search of the Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros and Indian tiger. With fascinating visits to ‘Mishing’ people who live on the world’s largest river island, tea plantations and many exotic Satras to explore, your Assam adventure will leave lifetime-lasting memories.

Holiday Types

Cruising Holidays


Suggested itinerary

Day 1
UK, Kolkata

Fly from the UK to Kolkata on an indirect flight.

Day 2

Arrive in Kolkata and drive to the Oberoi Grand, Kolkata for a two-night stay.

Day 3

Full day tour of Kolkata.

Day 4

Fly to Guwahati and board the MV Mahabaahu. Along the way you'll stop at Kama-khya Temple, devoted to the goddess of desire. Set sail passing Peacock Island, famous for the endangered Golden Langur. This evening there will be a welcome dinner and talk.

Day 5
Sailing towards Silghat

Spend the day enjoying the stunning natural scenery and wildlife of the Brahmaputra River. Observe river dolphins and birds of prey as we pass uninhabited islands and the fragile communities that live here. After tea there will be a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the tribal life that exists alongside’.

Day 6

Pass Tezpur and a gigantic 3 Km long arched bridge arriving at Silghat, where you can take an excursion through stunning countryside to a tea estate and factory producing the famous Assam tea.

Day 7
Kaziranga National Park

Our expedition continues with a visit to the UNESCO accredited Kaziranga National Park where you will take a safari on elephant searching for the elusive Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros and Indian tiger. Continue to Bagori, where by open jeep you will further explore the wildlife of this magnificent park. Travel to Biswanath Ghat and discover the charming village by small boat where women weave colourful traditional handicrafts by the riverside.

Day 8
River safari

After more dramatic scenic cruising, take a boat safari on the Eastern range of Kaziranga where the Dhansiri and Brahmaputra rivers meet. Here, observe wildlife at its most natural including pied kingfishers, eagles, vultures, water buffalos, monitor lizards and otters. Dinner is enjoyed al fresco on a deserted island.

Day 9
Sailing towards Majuli

Visit a local village on the world’s largest river island and home to the ethnic ‘Mishing’ people. Here, women weave on hand-looms to create characterful costumes and we enjoy a demonstration of a Dhoti & Chaddor - traditional dresses for the men and women of the Mishing communities. It is a pleasant place to explore.

Day 10
Majuli, Neamati Ghat and Sibsagar

Arrive at the ancient town of Majuli and explore the impressive Satras dating back to the 15th century. Continue to Sibsagar, capital of the Tai-speaking Ahoms who came from Yunan and China in the 13th Century AD. Explore the Shiva Dol, built in 1734, the highest Shiva temple in India. Your day is completed with an insight into the making of Assam tea from a tea estate family.

Day 11

Disembark after breakfast and drive to Jorhat airport for a flight back to Kolkata for the night.

Day 12
Kolkata, UK

Fly back to the UK on in-direct flights.

12 days from £4435 per person

What's included

✓   International flights from London
✓   10 nights accommodation
✓   All internal transportation and transfers
✓   English-speaking guides
✓   Breakfast daily in Kolkata, all meals on Pandaw cruise
✓   Entrance fees to sites and monuments listed in tour itinerary

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