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MV Mahabaahu Upstream 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 Upstream 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 GUWAHATI

Arrive at the Guwahati International Airport and with packed lunch, we drive through the busy streets to the Kamakhya Temple. This Temple is devoted to Kama Khya, the eternal Feminine- the goddess of desire. After the Temple visit, we drive towards Pandu Port and check into the Cruise and gather on the open deck to enjoy the first sail!!! A quick orientation and we deboard for a short visit of the picturesque Peacock Island, the smallest island on the Brahmaputra (flight time permitting) famous for the highly endangered Golden Langur. It would be a good idea to have one’s binoculars and cameras at hand. Proceed into the evening with a talk on ‘Kamakhya and the occult in Assam’. Soon MV Mahabaahu drops anchor and the evening follows into the welcome dinner. Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (Packed L, D) Read more

DAY 2

VILLAGE VISIT

MV Mahabaahu lifts anchor early. We enjoy Yoga on the deck for an hour and move on for breakfast. We enjoy a talk on 'Assam, its geographical location in the national and international context and how it is acclaiming recognition'. MV Mahabaahu heads on towards an island that is occupied predominantly by a ‘Bangla’ speaking Muslim community who are involved in extensive farming. After t visiting this village, we return to the ship for lunch and sail towards the Orang Point. Evening sets in and over a cup of tea, we enjoy a talk on 'The River Brahmaputra and the tribal life’. We anchor at a deserted island for the evening and enjoy a bonfire and a barbeque. 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 3

SAIL TO SILGHAT

MV Mahabaahu sails early and we enjoy Yoga on the deck and move on for breakfast and for a talk on 'Wild life in Kaziranga with an overview of the wild life in India'. We sail on for the next couple of hours and enjoy a relaxed lunch as we reach Silghat. After a talk on ‘Tea, Jute & Silk in Assam’, we take a short drive to Kaliabore Tea Estate which is a vast undulating expanse 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) While returning to the ship, we visit a co-operative Jute Mill which is an interesting place to understand how the Jute fibre takes the form of very eco-friendly gunny bags. We enjoy a cultural evening on the ship followed by an early dinner. Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D) Read more

DAY 4

KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK

An early wake- up call with Tea/coffee and we set 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. An elephant-back safari is an experience, to 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 its visitors!!! 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 wildlife adventure and an extensive coverage of this magnificent park. We return to MV Mahabaahu, start sailing towards Bishwanath Ghat as we enjoy a leisurely lunch and a relaxed afternoon. We get into the excursion boats to reach 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 return to the ship to enjoy an evening on a deserted island and then proceed for dinner. NOTE: (Bonfire may be avoided if a suitable sandbank cannot be found or if we experience inclement weather conditions) Read more

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DAY 5

BOAT SAFARI

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast over a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the life that exists alongside’. We proceed for the boat safari viewing 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 determined by the weather conditions) We return to the ship for hot lunch. This evening, we enjoy the Chef’s Cooking Demonstration and sample the snacks. The evening on a deserted island with bonfire is always exclusive! We enjoy dinner onboard. 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 6

MISHING VILLAGE VISIT

After Yoga and breakfast, we enjoy the sail towards the 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 the ethnic colorful cotton weaves and indulge in a dhoti tying and Mekhela Chaadar wearing demonstration. We return to the ship to enjoy a talk on ‘Sibsagar and the Ahom civilization’ and proceed to get ready for a Traditional Assamese evening. Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D) Read more

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DAY 7

MAJULI VISIT/NEAMATI GHAT

After breakfast, we enjoy a talk on ‘Majuli the seat of Neo –Vaishnav Culture’ and then proceed in our excursion boats to the mainland. Here on, 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. The humble dwellings of the monks are a revelation of utmost simplicity. We enjoy lunch on MV Mahabaahu as we sail towards Neamati Ghat. Post lunch, we drive through the countryside to reach Sibsagar, the ancient city, built around a huge man made water tank ordered by the Ahom queen. A town that literally means 'the ocean of Lord Shiva’. We notice the district is strewn with the tell-tale ruins of a powerful empire of the Ahoms. Sibsagar was the 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. The Shiva Dol, constructed in the year 1734 is believed to be one of the highest Shiva temple in India. We visit Talatal or Kareng Ghar which was the palace of the Ahom Kings and after a leisurely stroll in and around the monument, we go on to Rang Ghar which was a place for hosting wrestling bouts and buffalo fights and other entertainment or important meetings of the Royals and their guests. We return to MV Mahabaahu by sunset for the farewell dinner. Overnight onboard MV Mahabaahu (B, L, D) Read more

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DAY 8

JORHAT DEPARTURE

Morning is at leisure to enjoy, Yoga/ bird-watching or perhaps an early morning indulgence in the spa. A relaxed breakfast awaits all (Baggage down prior to breakfast is requested for easy deboarding) We drive to the Jorhat airport en-route stopping at a tea Estate to enjoy a traditional Assamese early lunch. Depart for the airport to board the flight to the onward destination 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.

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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