Sail smooth, Sail high – Assam River Cruise trips

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River cruise is a fantastic way of holidaying and more so when it comes to the mighty and gushing Brahmaputra River in Assam. The cruise is a sought after tourist interest and also facilitates demonstration of several Indian practices besides serving Indian delicacies.

A cruise trip is typically sailing through a predetermined route to reach several destinations over a period of few days. The river cruises in Assam take you through most favoured tourist destinations while keeping you hooked with interesting activities onboard while sailing, too. The mystic view of river gushing through sceneries of natural excellence is a rare scene otherwise. The close proximity while on the cruise makes the entire experience all the more thrilling.

Brahmaputra River in Assam flows through Tibet, Arunachal Pradesh (an Indian state) and Assam (an Indian state) through Bangladesh. Its source is the Chemayungdung Glacier which lies on the Himalyan slopes almost 100 km southeast of Lake Mapam in south western part of Tibet. The river flows through almost 1,100 km in the main range of Himalayas in South and Kailas range in the north. The upper course of the river is named the Tsangpo which literally means the purifier. The river is known by several local names of the areas it passes through. The Tsangpo receives several tributaries in Tibet. The river turns to the north and north east after passing Pi in Tibet. It then beautifully cuts through narrow gorges between the hilly massifs of Namcha Barwa and Gyala Peri. It then passes through the Grand Canyon of Tsangpo along the eastern edge of Himalayas as River Dihang before entering Assam in north eastern India. Dihang turns to the southwest and is later joined by two mountain streams called Lohit and Dibang. Almost 1,450 km from the Bay of Bengal, before the confluence, the river is known as Brahmaputra. Brahmaputra literally means Brahma’s son (putra). The river is known for its mightiness in Assam even during the drier months. Through the river’s 700 km run, it is joined by several picturesque streams from Himalaya. To name a few, Sankosh, Manas, Champamati are the prominent ones.

The river cruise packages are offered to tourists for various durations. They are available for weekend trips as well as more number of days and nights. The house boats are luxurious, well maintained and serve deliciously cooked food of International taste. Indian cuisine is also offered on board. The house boats have guides who are typically capable of narrating several stories behind how the rivers and valleys were so named. The tourists are kept engaged throughout the trip in seeing the various mountains and valleys the boat crosses through. Several house boats also offer sessions on India Yoga to the tourists. Several aspects of rich and vibrant Indian culture are show cased for the tourists.

An elephant ride is usually offered but it remains subject to availability of seats. Since Brahmaputra River is mighty, a cruise trip always remains subject to weather and more importantly the river conditions. This ensures a safe trip for the tourists.

The route of cruise trips depends upon the tour’s duration. A seven days trip may typically include Guwahati, Tezpur, Kaziranga National Park, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Majuli and Dibrugarh whereas another may include fewer places due to short duration. Therefore, tourists are advised to plan their trip in advance and book a cruise trip well in advance.

Days usually begin early on the cruise so that the tourists are able to enjoy the enchanting natural scenes to the maximum. The time spent on board can be spent more than many interesting activities besides enjoying the natural beauty. There is onboard game competitions organised for the guests. Mementos can also be bought at a shop on the vessel. There are enriching guest lecture organised besides showcasing of Indian movies with appropriate subtitles.

Popular Brahmaputra River Cruise Packages

Some of the popular river cruise packages include a 7 Nights / 8 Days river cruise tour aboard the luxury vessel M.V.Manashputra. It starts from arriving at Guwahati via air and driving to Tezpur to board the vessel. Explore Tezpur during the day and sail to Silghat. From Silghat, tourists are taken to Kaziranga for a Jeep safari. The complete tour covers Guwahati, Tezpur, Kaziranga National Park, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Majuli and Dibrugarh.

The same river cruise is also available downstream, i.e. starting from Dibrugarh to Guwahati. Prices usually starts from Rs. 15750 per Pax per Night on twin sharing basis and Rs. 9450 for single supplement. However prices are negotiable and tourists should contact the local travel agents to get the best pricing. Some of the key highlights of this tour include 5 Shore excursions, Barbeque Dinners on deserted sand islands, Ethnic Assamese cuisine with a twist of contemporary elegance, colourful dance & cultural performances, enriching onboard entertainment and insightful lectures, wildlife tours & safaris and tribal village visits.

Another popular river cruise package aboard the same luxury vessel M.V.Manashputra is a 5 Nights / 6 Days tour starting from Guwahati to Kaziranga National Park. These river cruise tours are conducted from November to April with fixed departure dates.

Tourist can also avail weekend river cruise tours aboard the Houseboat S.B.AGAM. The tour package usually consist of 2 Nights / 3 Days with cruising on Brahmaputra, barbeque dinner & overnight stay on house boat at deserted Island, then a wildlife elephant safari of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.

The best time for these river cruises are from October to April. Advance booking is recommended to ensure you get the best rates and packages.

If you are looking for a holiday that is both relaxing and enchanting, a river cruise trip in Assam should definitely be on your to-do list!


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