About Assam

Brahmaputra River Cruise


What there is to see

DIBRUGARH : The upper limit of navigation on the Brahmaputra, Dibrugarh is an army town that was the end of the Stilwell Road built to link India to China in World War II. From airfields in this area also operated the great supply operation over The Hump to China.

SIVASAGAR : The old capital of the Kingdom of Assam, The Kings, of Thai stock, were converts to Hinduism, and their substantial remaining places and temples are an amalgam of Indian and S.E. Asian styles. The tank besides which the main temple stands is said to be the world's largest man - excavared reservoir.

MAJULI ISLAND : A vast river island in the Brahmaputra, on which are a number of unique Vaishnavite Hindu monasteries, famous for performances of religious dance-drama.

JORHAT : One of the two centres of the Assam tea industry, surrounded by tea estates. Close to here, the Tea Research Institute makes a fascinating visit.

KAZIRANGA : A World Heritage site and right on the river, Kaziranga National park holds most of India's One-Horned Rhinoceros as well as elephant, tiger, wild buffalo, sambar, swamp deer, hog deer and many other species. Viewing is both by jeep and on elephant back.

TEZPUR : Another tea centre, and the access point to Nameri National Park in the foothills. Orang National Park is on the river banks downstream from here.

GUWAHATI : The state capital. Offshore lies Peacock Island with its temple, while on a hill above the town, Tantric rites are practised at the Kamakhya Temple. There's a good museum and a poignant War cementery. Guwahati is the starting point for etensions to Shillong, the "Scotland of the East", which can be arrange before or after cruises, or to bridge the changeover day gap when two successive cruises are booked.

SUALKUCHI : A delightful riverside village, where silk is produced and handwoven.

HAJO : A pilgrimage centre sacred to Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists, with a sacred tank full of turtle and carp.

GOALPARA : Here the Garo Hills rise close by on the south bank - tribesmen here were headhunters until the late 19th century, and traditional ways of life are still preserved in this area.

MANAS : Manas National Park, a world Heritage site, in the foothills on the Bhutan frontier, is one of India's most beautiful, and the tiger population is now beginning to recover from years of civil unrest in the area.

DHUBRI : The river port, now a border post, used to boast a riverside statue of Queen Victoria that acted as a landmark for the steamers. Not far from Dhubri, on the road to Bagdogra, is Cooch Behar, with the sizeable palace of one of India's richest and most distinguised Maharajahs.



How to get there

Both Guwahati and Dibrugarh airports are linked to Delhi and Kolkata, (Daily 3 flights to Guwahati from Delhi and Kolkata) while Guwahati is also linked to Bagdogra (for Darjeeling and Sikkim) and Bangkok in Thailand.

No permit is required for Assam, nor do the US or British governments advise against travel there.