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MV Mahabaahu Downstream Cruise

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Sanjay Basu

Far Horizon Tours

Far Horizon Tours was formed in 1992 by two passionate professionals of the Tourism Industry.

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MV Mahabaahu Downstream Cruise

Brahmaputra River Cruise aboard luxury cruise vessel M.V. Mahabaahu, extraordinary experience on one of world's greatest river and Asia's greatest river.

DAY 1

ARRIVE JORHAT/ NEAMATI GHAT

(MV MAHABAAHU SETS SAIL AT 15:00 HOURS) Arrive at the Jorhat airport and transfer to Neamati Ghat (with packed lunch). After the essential safety briefing, we check into our cabin. On the sun deck, we raise a traditional toast to the mighty Brahmaputra River that carves the valley of Assam. If Lucky, we catch a fleeting glimpse of the Gangetic dolphins and notice the sky flocked with bar headed geese, egrets and cormorants returning to their abodes on deserted islands as the sun lowers itself in the western horizon. We enjoy a talk on 'Sibsagar, the seat of Ahom Civilisation' that ruled the north eastern region of India for six centuries. A short talk on 'Tea in Assam' continues over High Tea. The evening follows into the welcome dinner. Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (Packed L, D) Read more

MV Mahabaahu
DAY 2

SIBSAGAR

After an early breakfast, we start our day-excursion to Sibsagar, the ancient city and capital of the Tai-speaking Ahoms who came in the 13th Century AD to the area from the north-east and were essentially of Tibeto-Burman origin. Sibsagar town literally means 'the ocean of Lord Shiva’ as it is built around a huge man made water tank ordered by the Ahom Queen. The Shiva Dol, constructed in the year 1734 is believed to be one of the highest Shiva temple in India. We visit The Talatal or Kareng Ghar, the palace of the Ahom Kings and the Rang Ghar, an amphitheatre, a place of entertainment or important meetings for the Royals and their guests. Thereafter, we drive to a Tea Estate for a relaxed afternoon and a traditional Assamese lunch with the Tea-estate family who have been involved in the tea business for over a century. We return to MV Mahabaahu by sunset and enjoy a relaxed evening before proceeding for dinner. Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D Read more

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DAY 3

MAJULI ISLAND VISIT

We start the day with Yoga or go for a walk along the swamps to catch a sight of owls, orioles, changeable eagles, adjutant storks, sea gulls, kingfishers, swallows and many more. As we have our breakfast, we sail towards Majuli, a cosmos of Assamese culture where various philosophies co-exist and thrive. After breakfast, we enjoy a talk on 'Majuli, the seat of Vaishnav culture’ and proceed in the excursion boats to the mainland where a drive takes us to a scenic corner of a ‘Satra’ (monastery) for an interesting cultural performance by Satriya singers and dancers. Next, we proceed to Kamlabari Satra to witness the Vaishnavite priests dancing to the rhythm of cymbals, drums and chanting in the temple premise. We enjoy hot lunch on MV Mahabaahu and sail towards the closest Mishing Village. The Mishings live on the bank of river in 'Chang Ghars', houses with raised platforms. All Mishing women are expert weavers. We can buy ethnic colourful cotton weaves and indulges in a dhoti tying and Mekhela Chaadar wearing demonstration. After the Mishing Village visit, MV Mahabaahu heads towards Dhansiri Mukh where the waters of Brahmaputra and Dhansiri meet, while we enjoy a talk on ‘Assam, its geographical location & importance’. We later enjoy the evening under the stars on a deserted island and proceed for dinner. NOTE: (Bonfire may be avoided if a suitable sandbank cannot be found or if we experience inclement weather conditions) Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D) Read more

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DAY 4

BOAT SAFARI

After Yoga/early morning walk on a deserted island, MV Mahabaahu sails towards the Eastern Range of Kazirang. We enjoy breakfast and a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the life that exists alongside’. and proceed for the boat safari . The shores are high but one can see roof turtles on protruding drift wood, water lizards, otters, elephants, wild buffaloes, rhinos, darters, herons, pied kingfishers, white throated kingfishers, serpent eagles and many more. The sightings are always determined by the weather conditions. We return for lunch. This evening we enjoy the Chef’s Cooking Demonstration followed by a talk on ‘Tea, Silk and Jute in Assam.’ An evening on a deserted island with bonfire is always exclusive. We enjoy dinner on MV Mahabaahu. NOTE: (Bonfire may be avoided if a suitable sandbank cannot be found or if we experience inclement weather conditions) Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D) Read more

DAY 5

BISHWANATH GHAT

After Yoga/walk on the deserted island and breakfast on MV Mahabaahu, we enjoy an interesting talk on ‘Kaziranga and the wild life in India’. Then we step into our excursion boats to go to the shores of Bishwanath Ghat. We walk through the village and are struck by the simplicity of life while the weaver women surround us with their silk and cotton weaves. We enjoy some happy interaction with them. We sail on for the next couple of hours and enjoy a relaxed lunch and reach Silghat. Take a short drive to the Kaliabore tea estate, which is a vast undulating expanse of land with tea bushes. We proceed to the tea factory to see the processing of the Assam Tea and getting an insight into all that goes into preparing a cup-of-tea. (The tea factory is not operational from mid-December to mid-February as it is time for pruning the tea bushes) We return to where the ship is anchored. Close by a co-operative Jute Mill is an interesting place to understand how the Jute fibre takes the form of very eco-friendly gunny bags. At sunset, we enjoy a cultural evening on the ship followed by an early dinner. Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D) Read more

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DAY 6

KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK

Early morning wakeup call and after a hot cup of tea/coffee, drive out towards the Kaziranga National Park. The most prized inhabitant of Kaziranga is the Greater One-Horned Indian Rhinoceros, but the Park is home to as many as 180 different mammals including wild elephants, tiger, deer, Asiatic wild buffalo and a rich variety of birds. We reach the Kohora Mihimukh range of the National Park and are ready to start our morning adventure; once-in-a-lifetime elephant-backed safari where we search for the elusive rhinoceros, tigers, swamp deer and hog deer and more and a large number of very interesting birds. The park never ceases to surprise us. After breakfast at a resort in Kaziranga, we drive on to Bagori, the Western Range of Kaziranga and get into the open jeeps for some more wild life adventure and an extensive coverage of this magnificent park. We return to MV Mahabaahu for a leisurely lunch and a relaxed afternoon. In the evening, we proceed for a traditional Assamese theme dinner. Overnight on board MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D) Read more

DAY 7

A VILLAGE VISIT

We catch up on Yoga on an island or on the deck for an hour and move on to breakfast while MV Mahabaahu lifts anchor and heads on towards an island that is occupied predominantly by a ‘bangla’ speaking Muslim community who are involved in the extensive farming. After lunch, we enjoy a talk on ‘Kamakhya and the Occult and Peacock Island’. After a visit to this village, we return to the ship for lunch and sail towards the Peacock Island--- famous for the highly endangered Golden Langur. It would be a good idea to have one’s binoculars and cameras at hand. We later sail towards Pandu Port. Get ready for the Farewell Dinner ‘Alvida Bhoj’ and enjoy a relaxed evening. Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D) Read more

DAY 8

GUWAHATI DEPARTURE

We have a relaxed breakfast. Luggage down, as per the flight schedule. With packed lunch, we drive to the Kamakhya Temple (flight time permitting). This Temple is devoted to the eternal feminine the Kama Khya, goddess of desire. We bid farewell to the land of Kamakhya and drive to the airport to board our onward flight. (B, packed L) Read more

ACCOMMODATIONS

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TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Accommodation at M.V Mahabaahu on twin sharing basis on a full board plan.
  • Above Cruise Prices are inclusive of 5% Govt. Service Tax (Any further tax levied by the government of India will additionally be charged).
  • 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 Majuli Island.

Package excludes

  • 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.
  • Any tipping
  • International & Domestic Air fares.
  • Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Supplement of peak period from 20th December 2017 till 10th January'18 will be advised on booking request for that period.
  • Christmas Eve Supplement would be: INR 5500 Per person.
  • New Year Eve Supplement would be: INR 5500 Per person.

More information

  • 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.
  • We reserve the right to convert the direction of the cruise from upstream to downstream or vice versa without any compensation

REVIEWS

3 Reviews

MS GINETTE SYLVIE AND MR. JOHN CHARLES FOX, United Kingdom

We had a fantastic time! We only have great things and compliments to say to all the crew! Everything was fantastic! We found the cruise and the talks very informative and it gave us a better understanding of Assam. Thank you!

Barbara & Fred Monkhouse, Canada

We have never experienced such kind attentive & friendly service in all the years we have traveled the world. We will never forget this magical journey because of you.

Helen & Graeme McKinnon, Australia

Thank you to all the wonderful people, seen and unseen, who have contributed to this unique experience. We will never forget this week. May MV Mahabaahu achieve the recognition and success it so richly deserves.

Passionate professionals team!

Far Horizon Tours
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THE TEAM

Raman Gulati

Raman has retired from the Indian armed forces after 21 years of experience to pursue his passion in travel Industry. His present role as General Manager, Tour operations and Business development has taken him to most interesting places within India.

Pankaj Arora

Pankaj holds the graduate degree in Computers and started his career in Automobiles before finding his true calling as a travel professional. To satisfy his passion for travel, in 2010, He had joined the tourism industry.

Swarup De Chowdhury

An explorer at heart and driven by wanderlust. He loves to be on the “Road Less Travelled”. Passionate about People, Nature & Photography.

Far Horizon Tours was formed in 1992 by two passionate professionals of the Tourism Industry.

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