BRAHMAPUTRA CRUISES

Brahmaputra cruises feature visits and attractions such as wildlife viewing, village walks, visits to tea gardens, exploring country towns in cycle rickshaws, barbecues on deserted river islands, dance performances, and visits to craft workshops.

Between October and April, we offer a series of 4- to 10-night cruises, named after the Assam Despatch service, the daily mail and passenger service that once plied from Kolkata up the Brahmaputra to Dibrugarh. Cruises can be combined to create itineraries up to 14 nights.

Our Brahmaputra cruises were rated among the world's top 10 most adventurous cruises by the CNN.

Private exploration of the Brahmaputra river

For those interested in private exploration of the Brahmaputra river, we offer to you M.V. Rudra Singha as featured on Channel 4 UK's Great Canal Journeys.

 

M.V. Rudra Singha is a new tastefully appointed houseboat that is ideal for a couple or a small family (up to two children).

The houseboat is owned by lahé life and brought to you by Assam Bengal Navigation.

WHAT IS THERE 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-excavated 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 NATIONAL PARK

 

A UNESCO World Heritage site and right on the river, Kaziranga National park holds the world's largest population of the Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros as well as the world's highest density of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Large populations of elephant, wild buffalo, sambar, swamp deer, hog deer and many other species also call this park home. Kaziranga is often referred to as the Serengeti of Asia.

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 of Assam, Guwahati is a bustling city that's built along the Brahmaputra river. 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.

SUALKUCHI

 

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

HAJO

 

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

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