Kolkata – MV Mahabaahu
This morning you’ll fly to Jorhat, via Guwahati. At Jorhat you’ll board the classy MV Mahabaahu river cruiser and set sail along the majestic river – possibly accompanied by Gangetic dolphins. For the next four days you’ll cruise in perfect luxury, taking in the sights, going on shore excursions and listening to talks about the cultural heritage and history of the places you’re visiting. You’ll stop at Sibsagar, founded in the 13th century and built around a vast water tank created by an Ahom queen. Here you’ll visit India’s highest Shiva temple and walk around the royal palace and amphitheatre before taking afternoon tea on a traditional, family-owned tea estate.
The following day you’ll set off on a nature/birdwatching ramble to observe owls, orioles, changeable eagles, adjutant storks, sea gulls, kingfishers, swallows and many more species. Then your cruise takes you to Majuli, before landing in Satra where you’ll experience interesting cultural performances by Satriya singers and dancers. In Kamlabari Satra, Vaishnavite priests worship by dancing and chanting, whilst a trip to a Mishing village will reveal houses on stilts and the expert weaving skills of the Mishing women. Back on board there will be a talk on ‘Assam, its Geographical Location & Importance’.
Your final day of cruising treats you to a boat safari to watch roof turtles, water lizards, otters, elephants, wild buffaloes, rhinos, darters, herons, pied and white throated kingfishers and serpent eagles. To put it into perspective, you’ll also have a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the Life that Exists Alongside’.
Stay: Four nights in a superior cabin aboard MV Mahabaahu.