CRUISING WITH M V MAHABAAHU

Sailing across the blue waters of Brahmaputra, the Mahabaahu cruise provides a spectacular experience to the tourists to experience the best of the state of Assam. Starting from the local temples to spotting a range of wildlife, from sitting at the deck and enjoying the night sky to indulging in an enormous lunch spread in the cruise has an infinite number of options for its tourists.

Often known as the Tsangpo in different states, the Brahmaputra and its beauty with an enormous aquatic life is a great source of attraction for the tourists. Following is the day by day itinerary for cruising with the MV Mahabaahu around Assam.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

8 Days
8 Places

Destination Covered

Guwahati, Silghat, Kaziranga, Dhansiri, Mishing, Majuli, Sibsagar, Jorhat

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DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1- Guwahati - Kamakhya Temple - Peacock Island - Sail

Once you reach Guwahati, visiting the Kamakhya temple is a must for most tourists. The Kamakhya temple is often known to be very auspicious and is one of the largest temples with a single female deity. After visiting the Kamakhya temple, tourists board the Mahabaahu River cruise from the Pandu port and the journey thereafter is mesmerizing.

While on the Mahabaahu cruise, one can sit on the deck and enjoy the rush of dolphins in the Brahmaputra or appreciate the lush green growth on either side of the river.

The first destination after boarding the cruise is the Peacock Port where apart from the architecture and natural beauty of the place, people get to enjoy spiritual talks. A dinner organized for everyone to come and eat together end the day with a note of unity and brotherhood.

Day 2: A Local Assamese village

The next day is spent mostly on sailing the entire day stopping at interesting places once or twice. The first stop is at a local Assamese village as you cruise along the river amidst the mountains. The village gives you a taste of the intermingling of different cultures and is primarily inhabited by a Bengali Muslim community, a self sustainable community in Assam.

 After delving deep into their culture, you board MV Mahabaahu again to enjoy a lunch buffet and the ride to another small island in Assam. You can also indulge in some soothing yoga therapy while you reach your next destination. The cruise reaches the island during the evening for the tourists to enjoy a spectacular sunset and wait for an adventurous dinner at the island the very night.

Day 3: Silaghat  / Visit Tea Estate AND / OR Jute Mill

The next day, tourists are taken to Silaghat for sightseeing different tea estates and jute mills. The eco friendly nature of the mills and the lush greenery all around the place soothes the tired tourists while they enjoy some authentic tea and understand the tribal culture. Later during the day, they are taken to visit the different tea estates and watch the tribals picking up tea leaves and sending it for roasting and packaging.

Tourists are also taken to visit the famous jute mill to demonstrate the need for eco friendly jute bags. Overall, the humble and warm lifestyle of the tribals along with the fresh environment energizes you for the next set of adventures on the coming days as you board your cruise at night again.

DAY 4: Kaziranga National Park and Bishwanath Ghat

The most awaited portion of the cruise begins today. You wake up early with some tea and snacks and reach the famous Kaziranga National park which is located at Kohora Mihimukh Range. The major attraction here is the elephant safari where tourists are carried around the national park on elephant backs to spot the famous one horned rhinos, blackbucks, exotic birds, and wild boars.

After returning to the MV Mahabaahu for a fascinating lunch, tourists are taken to the gorgeous shore of the Bishwanath Ghaat to enjoy a marvelous sunset. Tourists can walk along the shores into a village to amaze themselves with an auspicious Shiva temple and the beautiful handicrafts made by the local women. Returning to MV Mahabaahu to a beautiful cultural program and a dinner satisfies you for the day.

Day 5: Dhansiri Boat Safari

On the fifth day, MV Mahabaahu takes you for the Dhansiri boat safari around Kaziranga national park. You will be able to find a range of fauna starting from turtles to elephants, boars and several birds depending on the weather conditions.

After the two hour safari, you return to MV Mahabaahu to enjoy lunch and some insights on the Majuli culture. Later in the evening, MV Mahabaahu sails towards a quiet island, where a bonfire is organized under favorable weather conditions.

Day 6- Mishing Village

The fifth and the last day begins with MV Mahabaahu sailing towards Mishing village. This village has been a centre for art, culture, and philosophy since long. The village also follows a distinctive pattern of housing that involves raised platforms in front of their huts. You can look through and even buy some of the best woven products here as the Mishing women are an expert in weaving.

Day 7: Majuli Visit / Sibsagar / Neamati Ghat

 The next day you are taken for an outing to Sibsagar, often known as the ocean of Lord Shiva. You are taken around different heritage sites in Sibsagar like the talatal, Shiv Dol and the palace of the Ahom rulers. The ancient capital of the Ahoms, Sib Sagar is constructed around a massive tank which was built under the orders of an Ahom Queen.

Later in the day, you are taken to a well known Ahom family who owns a huge tea estate and has been a part of the tea industry over decades to surprise you with some of the authentic Ahom delicacies served with extreme warmth.

Day 8- Returning to Jorhat

Wake up early and indulge in an enormous breakfast spread and spot a number of migratory birds by sitting at the deck while you are taken back to Jorhat to take a flight back and bid adieu to Assam.

Price Chart for M.V. Mahabaahu Cruise Program

All prices are in Indian Rupees on a twin sharing basis

Prices are valid for October, 2018 until April, 2019

Except for the Christmas & New Year Eve Supplement

Accommodation Superior Cabin without Balcony Superior Cabin with Balcony Suite Cabin (Double Occupancy)
 Price per person on twin sharing  INR 1,68,000*  INR 1,96,000*  INR 2,45,000*
 Single Room Supplement  INR 1,50,000*  INR 1,68,000*  INR 2,45,000*
 Full Charter  INR 8,540,000*    
  • Above Cruise Prices are NOT Inclusive of 5 % Govt. Service Tax (Subject to Change) and any further tax levied by the government of India.
  • Meal Plan details: B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner
  • Christmas Eve Supplement would be : INR 5000 Per person
  • New Year Eve Supplement would be : INR 5000 Per person

 TOTAL CABINS = 23.

  • 12 Superior Cabins without balcony
  • 9 Superior Cabins with balcony
  • 2 Suite Cabins

OUR QUOTE INCLUDES: -

  • 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 Mujuli Island.

THE ABOVE COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: -

  • 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.
  • Any Insurance.
  • Any further tax levied by the government of India.
  • 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.
    The supplement would be applicable for Christmas and New Year Ever Dinner.
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WEATHER AND SEASONAL INFORMATION:
There are four distinct seasons in Assam - summer, monsoon, autumn and winter. The best time to visit Assam is in the autumn and winter seasons, i.e. from October to April, which is also the festive season of Assam.
While winter days are usually sunny, the temperature can fall to 8 degrees Celsius (46 F) at night.
Our cabins are air conditioned and heated for your comfort, but you should include warm clothing, hats and jackets in your packing when visiting during the winter months.

Kaziranga National Park is open from 15th October until the 30th of April. During the first half of October and May, the Park has a “Partially Open” status which means that the Park will be open but that not all roads may be navigable as they work to restore them to pre monsoon standards.

Please note, there are no elephant-backed or jeep safaris between May and the first half of October. Boat safaris will be offered instead during these months. During the months that the Kaziranga National Park is closed, we are able to explore the shores of the Park with our expedition boats. We will cruise the Park shoreline and many of the riverine islands that are home to a number of animals and a wide variety of birds.
During the peak winter season of mid-December to mid-February, the itinerary will be adjusted according to daylight hours as the M.V. Mahabaahu does not sail during darkness. In order to provide for full coverage of the Kaziranga National Park during these winter months, we will not visit Bishwanath Ghat.

RIVER CONDITIONS AND DISCLAIMER:
River cruising in this part of the world is an adventurous experience. Assam is still in the developing stages of tourism and the developing infrastructure is rushing to keep pace with the rapidly growing interest in this part of India. As such, our voyage is an expedition-style cruise with all creature comforts on-board. Our shore-side staff will make every effort to attend to your comfort during onshore expeditions. However, vehicles and roads may not be of the same standard that you have experienced elsewhere, although we use the best of what is available locally.
Please note, this itinerary is subject to weather and river conditions. The Captain/Cruise Director reserves the right to adjust the itinerary for passenger safety and comfort.

The Brahmaputra River is subject to seasonal fluctuations. Islands and sand bars can appear and disappear between one sailing and the next. Also, being one of the highest precipitation zones in the world, our program is subject to weather and River conditions.
Also, we reserve the right to convert the direction of the cruise from upstream to downstream or vice versa without any compensation.

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