BRAHMAPUTRA RIVER CRUISES
The banks of the mighty Brahmaputra boast riches galore, from wildlife to tea gardens, walks through tiny villages to cycle rickshaw rides through country towns. With many places almost inaccessible on foot, a cruise is a leisurely, pleasurable way to experience the ‘real India’ in this often overlooked corner of the country.
Rated as one of the world's top 10 most adventurous cruises by CNN, our Brahmaputra cruises offer these once-in-a-lifetime encounters and experiences between October and April. Named after the Assam Despatch service, the daily mail and passenger service that once plied from Kolkata up the Brahmaputra to Dibrugarh, we offer a series of 4- to 10-night cruises which can also be combined to create itineraries up to 14 nights.
Private exploration of the Brahmaputra river
For those interested in private exploration of the Brahmaputra, we offer you M.V. Rudra Singha, as featured on Channel 4 UK's Great Canal Journeys.
This new, tastefully appointed houseboat is ideal for a couple or a small family with up to two children. Charting itineraries that are deliberately leisurely, it allows guests to absorb the beauty of the river and its people at their own pace.
The houseboat is owned by lahé life and brought to you by Assam Bengal Navigation.
Rhinos & More
This 7-night cruise starts at Guwahati and terminates at Silghat near Tezpur and Kaziranga. Drawing on the rich variety of this remote region, it offers an insight into the religious, cultural and economic life of its people, as well as a chance to spot the famed One-Horned Rhino and Royal Bengal Tiger in Kaziranga National Park.
Silk & Rhinos
This 4-night cruise starts at Guwahati and terminates at Silghat near Kaziranga. Discover Assam's rich silk-weaving heritage and learn about the process of sericulture by visiting village homes. Spend time relaxing and cruising the Brahmaputra river as you wind your way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park in search of rhinos and tigers.
River Island Cruise
Travel to the highest navigable reaches of the Brahmaputra to explore the unique culture of the area. Uncover the region’s Indian and Southeast Asian influences with a visit to Sibsagar, the old capital of the Ahom kings, and Majuli Island with its unique Hindu monastic communities, famous for their dance drama. Wildlife is not forgotten, as the cruise also visits Kaziranga where sightings of the Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros are virtually guaranteed.
This 10-night cruise starts at a river ghat between Jorhat and Dibrugarh, and terminates at Guwahati. Taking in the old capital of the Ahom kings at Sibsagar, Majuli Island with its Hindu monasteries, Kaziranga National Park, temples at Tezpur and Madan Kamdev, and the silk weaving village of Sualkuchi, it’s a varied journey through the rich tapestry of life in Assam.
This 3 night out-and-back cruise is a fascinating introduction to Assam; the gateway city of Northeast India. With walks through remote villages and jeep safaris through the jungle of the rarely visited Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in search of the Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros, it offers a snapshot of the culture, wildlife and landscapes of this little-visited region of India.