The Brahmaputra river valley is not only blessed with abundant forest cover, but also a unique culture that’s rooted in a simple, agrarian, self-sufficient way of life for the Assamese people. Sail onboard ABN Sukapha: BRAHMAPUTRA DOWNSTREAM | NEAMATI GHAT TO SILGHAT on a 4 nights cruise with 1 night at stay at Guwahati.
boutique expedition cruise down the Brahmaputra river, discover one of the
highlights of Assam - Majuli, one of the world’s largest river islands and a
microcosm of Assamese culture that can be accessed only by ferry or country
boats. Furthermore, we will be crossing Kaziranga National Park on your left
with expansive views of the flora and fauna of this scenic park. You may be
lucky enough to spot wildlife on these banks, especially the royal Bengal tiger
who loves to bask in the winter sun. And no trip to Assam can be complete
without a taste of its delightful cuisine and tea, so there’ll be plenty of
interesting dishes to try from indigenous cuisines and - of course - lots of
cups of the finest tea-garden fresh tea!
From travel to the indigenous food, from
luxury cruising to immersive culture, come experience Assam in its most
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Day 1- 16
December – Jorhat Arrival (L)
will arrive into Jorhat airport. On arrival,
the transfer from the airport to Neamati Ghat will be arranged for you. You will
board your boat today. This will be your home for the next 4 nights. The rest of
the day will be at leisure. Lunch, Hi Tea & Dinner will be served to you
onboard the ship.
maximum group size of 24 guests, the ABN Sukapha has 12 upper deck cabins. The
cabins are bamboo-paneled, air-conditioned and roomy with en suite bathrooms.
There is a spa and a saloon with a library. The dining room is on the main deck
and a spacious sundeck at the very top. Furniture on board is locally made; objet
d'arts in the saloon are from Bengal; and fabrics are all locally sourced by
the finest artisans in all of the state.
onboard your ship: We believe that tourism should operate in partnership with local
people, ultimately providing employment and economic benefits for the community
as well as helping to place a value on the cultural and natural heritage of a
destination. You will find that our crew onboard are all locals from the region
that have been trained in-house and our managers are professionals from the
hospitality trade that personally train and skill our crew members.
Overnight on board the ABN
Day 2- 17
December – Set Sail (B,L,D)
whilst we enjoy a fresh cup of tea / coffee and snacks, we will sail down to Majuli,
one of the world’s largest river islands.
of Assamese culture, Majuli represents rural idyll in Assam. A stronghold of
the peaceful religion of neo-Vaishnavism, the elegant island satras — some for
celibate monks, some for families — showcase a unique way of life where the
faithful live simply, offering worship through gayan-bayan (songs and musical
instruments) and readings.
visit a monastery at Auniati with an eclectic museum, and then enjoy a Sattriya
performance by the ‘dancing monks’ at Kamalabari monastery. Later, return to
the vessel and start sailing downstream before mooring for the day.
rich in culture, treasured for its centuries-old neo-Vaishnavite monasteries,
known to stage dramas and make the Assamese folk theatre masks of bamboo and
clay. Brahmaputra river cruises often stop at the island for village walks and
birdwatching. In mid-November, people visit Majuli for raas leela performances
over three days.
covers an area of 880 sq km, ranging between 10-15km in width—it is estimated
that about a third of its area has been eroded by the Brahmaputra in the last
40 years. Majuli is home to 1.68 lakh people, most of whom belong to the
Mishing tribe, and also the Deori and Sonowal Kachri tribes. The fertile soil
yields many varieties of rice, some of which are unique to the island. Majuli
is also home to the acclaimed " Forest Man of India '', Jadav Payeng who single
handedly planted a forest on a neighbouring eroding island over 40 years to
prevent it from further erosion.
Overnight on board the ABN Sukhapa.
Day 3- 18
December – Sailing down the Brahmaputra (B,L,D)
the morning with an optimistic chance of spotting endangered Gangetic dolphins.
Late morning we shall take time to pause and walk through a bankside village,
getting an insight into the life of rural Assam.
village lifestyle of Assam
time to pause and visit a riverside village, with its lush green fields of
vegetables and corn. Your accompanying guide and accompanying naturalist will
brief you as you observe the simple riverine lifestyle of locals in Assam on
will enjoy a bonfire and BBQ on a deserted sand bank of the Brahmaputra River.
(Miri) Tribe - The indigenous riverine tribe of Assam
North – East
India is a land of conglomeration of multiple ethnic groups. Among the eight
sisters of north – east , Assam is significant where around seventeen tribes
reside. Their tradition , culture, dress, language, food habits and unique way
of life enriches Assamese society and culture. Next to the Bodo tribe , the Mising
formerly referred to as Miri is considered as the second largest ethnic group
of Assam. They belong to the Indo - Mongoloid group. Basically they are a
riverine tribe. Their marriage system is typical enough. Generally there are
different ways that the Mising get married. The traditional religious beliefs
of the Mising are animistic in nature. The people of Misig consider themselves
to be the descendents of donyi polo. Significantly all rites are performed by
the Mibu. But in due course of time many rites and rituals have already been
lost from society. Ali – Aye- Ligang and Po:rag are the chief traditional
festivals observed by the Mising. The Notable contribution of the Mising tribe
towards building a strong democracy is a remarkable one. In this paper an
attempt has been made to understand the socio-cultural life of the Mising tribe
Overnight on board the ABN Sukhapa.
Day 4- 19
December – Sailing downstream to Viswanath (B,L,D)
Today enjoy a full day of cruise downstream to Viswanath passing through
Dhansiri Mukh. Time permitting we shall visit another riverside village before
further continuing downstream with Kaziranga National Park on the left bank.
Wild elephants may sometimes be spotted and, once, memorably, even a tiger
straight from the ship.
Overnight on board the ABN Sukhapa.
Day 5- 20
December – Sailing towards Silghat; Disembark (B, D)
breakfast cruise down to Silghat.
we will disembark and bid adieu to the ABN Sukhapa. From here, we will drive
for 4 ½ hours to Guwahati. Lunch will be enroute or in Guwahati (cost not
you will be booked at the Hotel Radisson Blu or similar for a stay of 1
tonight will be at the hotel.
Overnight in Guwahati.
Day 6- 21
December – Departure from Guwahati (B)
to the airport as per your flight timings will be arranged for you.
Come Home with Wonderful Memories of the Trip!
COST PER PERSON ON TWIN SHARE BASIS - INR 1,09,500/-
- 4 nights’ accommodation aboard the ABN Sukhapa
- 1 nights’ accommodation in Guwahati
- All excursions and entry fees as per the itinerary
- All activity transfers as mentioned in the itinerary on a shared basis
- All meals (Except lunch on Day 5)
- Pick up and drop from airport/hotel
- Services of a tour escort
- Service of an English-speaking guide onboard the ship and during excursions
- Service of an English-speaking naturalist onboard the ship and during excursions
- Airfare to and from Jorhat / Guwahati
- Drinks from the bar
- Items of a personal nature eg. Laundry, telephone charges, mini bar
- Spa treatment
- Tips, camera fees
- Any Insurance
- Anything which is not mentioned on the includes section
- 5% GST
- All cruising mentioned in these itineraries is subject to river and weather conditions.
- To operate this journey, we will need a minimum booking of 10 full-paying passengers.
- We are limited to daylight hours (The winter sun sets at 16:00hrs), winter fog and the flow of the heavy underlying currents of this river.
- Due to Covid restrictions, we may need to re-plan the itinerary and it may require certain cost adjustments
- All guests are required to get a Covid Test done and sent to us within 72 to 48 hours prior to departure