Ganges & Brahmaputra Combo:
One Himalayan River to Another
+ Kaziranga Extension
USD 2,239* per person on twin/double-sharing
+ USD 859* for single supplement
*Offer available to book till 30 November 2020 for cruising departures
from September to December 2020
This morning, you will be collected from your hotel and brought to ABN Sukapha for embarkation by 11 am. Sail upstream past the old Dutch settlement of Chinsura before landing to visit the imposing Imambara at Hooghly. With verses from the Koran written on its walls, the Imambara is an opportunity to step back in time and relive a slice of Islamic history in Bengal. After the visit, reboard your cruise and start sailing, leaving urban sprawl behind. Overnight at ABN Sukapha.
Sail upstream and, after breakfast, land at the country town of Kalna and take cycle rickshaws to see a group of some of Bengal’s most attractive terracotta temples, as well as the unique Shiva temple with concentric rings made up of 108 shrinelets. Continue on through the countryside to Mayapur to visit the vast new ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) temple which dominates the skyline. As the headquarters of ISKCON or the Hare Krishna movement, the temple receives over a million singing and dancing devotees a year from around the world. Sail downstream as dusk falls to a mooring near Kalna. Overnight at ABN Sukapha.
This morning, sail downstream and visit a saree-weaving village before continuing on to Chandernagore, a French possession until 1950, to visit the 18th century church as well as Dupleix’s House, the erstwhile Governor-General of French India. Later, sail on down to Kolkata and moor for the night. Overnight at ABN Sukapha.
Days 1 to 3 tour photos
After breakfast, disembark ABN Sukapha and transfer to Kolkata airport for your flight to Jorhat or Dibrugarh in the state of Assam.
On arrival at Jorhat or Dibrugarh airport, our representative will transfer you to Neemati Ghat. From this ferry point, you will be taken by private country boat to ABN Charaidew I, a heritage floating boutique accommodation on the Brahmaputra river.
This afternoon is at leisure – enjoy the views on the sundeck or sunset happy hour on the white sand banks of the river. Overnight at ABN Charaidew I.
Today, after breakfast, a dedicated country boat will take you across to Majuli island (approx 1.5 hrs by boat). Majuli is one of the world's largest inhabited river islands. Considered to be a microcosm of Assamese culture, the island is also the seat of Vaishnavite culture in the state. The great 15th century Assamese saint and reformer, Srimanta Sankardev had come to Majuli and set up satras or monasteries, preaching a monotheist branch of Hinduism called Vaishnavism, which motivated and established a socio-religious movement that ultimately shaped Assamese society and culture into what it is today. After reaching Majuli, go on a full day excursion within the island.
Start off with a visit to Samaguri, a Vaishnavite monastery which still practises its ancient tradition of making masks, generally worn during ‘Bhaona’ – a traditional form of theatre with a religious message. From here, drive on to Uttar Kamalabari Satri, a monastery known for its dance practice, and enjoy a special monastic performance as well as interactions with the monks.
After a humble lunch at a local joint, go for a walk into a Mishing tribal village, where you'll get to observe the everyday lives of this agrarian folk. Late afternoon, transfer to Kamalabari Ghat (approx. 40 mins) where your country boat will be waiting to take you back to the ship. Overnight at ABN Charaidew I.
After breakfast, your private country boat will transfer you to Neemati Ghat from where you will be transferred (approx. 1.5 hours one-way by boat, and 35 km/1 hour by car) to Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Gibbon Sanctuary is the only sanctuary where seven out of the 15 primate species found in India can be sighted. It covers an area of about 30 sq km and visitors are permitted to walk inside the park. There is a good possibility of spotting Hoolock Gibbons, Capped Langurs, Malayan Giant Squirrels, and birdlife.
On arrival, go for a walk inside the sanctuary and look out for the Hoolock gibbon and other wildlife. After the sanctuary, drive to Jorhat for lunch.
Post lunch, drive (approx. 5 km/0.5 hours) to visit Tocklai Tea Research Institute in Jorhat to learn about the history of tea cultivation in Assam, as well as indulge in tea-tasting. (Note: Tocklai Tea Experimental Station is closed on Sundays and Mondays, and there are fewer activities in the winter months). Afterwards, drive back to Neemati Ghat where your country boat will be waiting to take you back to the ship. Overnight at ABN Charaidew I.
Days 4 to 6 tour photos
After breakfast on ABN Charaidew I, your private country boat will transfer you to Neemati Ghat (approx. 40 mins), from where you will be driven (approx. 125 km/3 hours) to Diphlu River Lodge at Kaziranga National Park.
On arrival, check into Diphlu River Lodge and take an afternoon stroll with our bartender and all-round lovely staff member, Benu, who will take you on a tour of his village and a rubber plantation. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Diphlu River Lodge.
Today, at around 7 am, go on a jeep safari into Kaziranga National Park with packed breakfast.
Covering an area of approximately 430 sq kms, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park is home to the world’s largest population of the Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros as well as the Indian Wild Water Buffalo. It has also earned the distinction of having the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers (one every five sq. km.) making this park an incredibly rich biodiversity hotspot. With its marshy swamps and thickets of elephant grass, this park supports large populations of Indian elephants, Indian bison, swamp deer, and Capped Langurs.
Besides wildlife, Kaziranga National Park is also a birding paradise. A few of the bird species found here are the Oriental Honey Buzzard, Black-shouldered Kite, White-tailed Eagle, Himalayan Griffon and so on. During the winter months, the park’s marshes are home to large populations of migratory bird species including the Bar-headed Goose, Ruddy Shell Duck, and Red-crested Pochard.
Visit the Central Range and listen closely to your spotter and naturalist as they locate some of the most elusive yet magnificent beasts and beauties of the park. Return to the Lodge after 2 to 2.5 hours of safari.
Post lunch, go for an afternoon jeep safari to the Eastern Range of the park. Return to the Lodge by sunset and spend the evening at leisure. Overnight at Diphlu River Lodge.
Your morning is at leisure today. Relax and read a book by the Diphlu river, visit the weaving centre run by the Lodge, take a cooking class or explore the Lodge premises.
Post lunch, go for an afternoon jeep safari to the Western Range of the park. Return to the Lodge by sunset and spend the evening at leisure. Overnight at Diphlu River Lodge.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Jorhat airport for your onward journey.
This itinerary, including cruises and approximate durations, is subject to river and weather conditions.
Days 7 to 9 tour photos
The 'One Himalayan River to Another + Kaziranga Extension' tour is offered in the Active Expedition cruising style, and also features our award-winning Diphlu River Lodge.
ACTIVE EXPEDITION CRUISING
with ABN Sukapha & ABN Charaidew I
Our selection of active cruise ships are small in size, comfortable and filled with character. The décor is fresh and stylish, featuring handlooms, bamboo panelling, and locally made cane and rattan furniture.
Cycles on board and local tuk-tuks allow for independent exploration; additionally, on a few departures, we operate ‘cruising and cycling’ tours.
ABN Sukapha is deliberately intimate in size with 12 twin/double-bedded cabins, all of which are located on the main deck of the ship.
The maximum group size on board ABN Sukapha is 24 guests.
All cabins have en suites with W.C., French balconies, individual climate control, and storage space.
ABN Charaidew I
ABN Charaidew I is a 38m-long heritage passenger boat that was built over 45 years ago, and then completely stripped down and renovated to provide 12 twin/double-bedded cabins with en-suites.
The maximum group size on board ABN Charaidew I is 24 guests.
All cabins have en suites with W.C., large windows, air conditioning, and storage space.
ABN JUNGLE LODGES
Diphlu River Lodge
Perched on the periphery of Kaziranga National Park, Diphlu River Lodge is the ideal getaway for a never-before intimacy with the natural world. It is separated from the park by its namesake river, where sights like wild buffalos and elephants bathing, and fishermen on rudimentary rafts casting their nets are common from the Lodge.
The lodge's 12 thatch-and-bamboo cottages on stilts are inspired by the simple architecture of Mishing tribal homes, and the unique weaves and artefacts that adorn the Lodge are all handmade by artisans from the region.
In recognition of our high standards of service and comfort of stay, Diphlu River Lodge was ranked as the #2 Wildlife Resort in the country by Lonely Planet (India) magazine, sandwiched between multi-national hotel giants like the Taj and Oberoi.
In April 2016, Diphlu River Lodge was further honoured by being chosen to host the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton, during their royal visit to India.