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