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MV Rudra Singha, Brahmaputra, Assam, India

Brahmaputra River Cruises

  • TAILOR-MADE

Duration

9 Days

Prices Start from

£2,500 ex. flights

Cruising the Brahmaputra River is a fascinating introduction to the highlights of this transboundary river valley. Assam boasts great riches including Kaziranga National Park, the old capital of the Ahom kings and the villages of Majuli Island.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Buddha statue in Namphake Buddhist Monastery, Assam 1

Visit Communities

Be welcomed with joy and warmth by the beautiful people of Assam.

The Rajmahal, Assam Bengal Navigation, India 2

Cruise in Comfort

Navigate this vast Himalayan river on board a comfortable cruiser or a completely private houseboat.

Rhinoceros, Kaziranga National Park, India 3

Incredible Wildlife

Safari through Kaziranga National Park to see Indian one-horned rhinoceros, wild elephant and tiger.

Majuli Island, Assam, India 4

Visit Majuli Island

A vast river island with unique Hindu monasteries, famous for their dance performances.

Why we like it

Cruising offers a close encounter of India’s evergreen northeast region of Assam. Daily land excursions by jeep, on foot and by rickshaw to parks, tribal villages, river islands and tea plantations are all accompanied by a knowledgeable naturalist guide and an English-speaking West Bengali guide. After exploring on land, you return to your comfortable oasis on the river and watch the changing scenery of India from your window without having to unpack your bags.

 

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Delhi
  • Day 2
    Delhi - Guwahati - Steemer Ghat
  • Day 3
    Kaziranga Central Range
  • Day 4
    Vishnath
  • Day 5
    Kaziranga Eastern Range
  • Day 6
    Brahmaputra Village Visits
  • Day 7
    Majuli Island
  • Day 8
    Neamati
  • Day 9
    Dibrugarh - Delhi
Male Asian Elephant, Kaziranga National Park, India
Kaziranga National Park, India
Rhino, Kaziranga National Park, India
Kaziranga National Park, India
Swamp Deer, Kaziranga National Park, India
Kaziranga National Park, India
Indian Roller, Kazirange National Park, India
Indian Roller, Kazirange National Park, India

Extraordinary Wildlife Experiences

Wildlife viewing is one of the main features of this cruise. The Brahmaputra river is often 20 to 30 kilometres wide, creating an eerie world of sand spits and watery vistas, with impressive birdlife and Gangetic dolphin. Visit Kaziranga National Park, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts well over 1,500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros, the world’s largest population. It also has good numbers of tiger, wild elephant, sambar, swamp deer, hog deer and wild pig.

 

 

Majuli Island, Assam, India
Majuli Island, Brahmaputra , India

Assamese Village Life and Majuli Island

The extraordinary thing about cruising the Brahmaputra is the sensation in bankside villages that is created as you pass by. You would have thought that they had never seen a western visitor before and perhaps some of them really haven’t, but the welcome, curiosity and joy is genuine and heartfelt as you step ashore. Majuli Island is one such place you’ll visit. A huge island in the middle of the Brahmaputra. A microcosm of Assamese culture, Majuli represents rural idyll in Assam. Visiting Majuli Island provides a wonderful insight into a simple, peaceful community who offer worship through dance, music and song. An incredible experience to behold.

Brahmaputra River, Assam, India
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The Rajmahal, Assam Bengal Navigation, India
ABN Rajmahal, Farakka, India

Who Operates the Brahmaputra River Cruises?

Steppes work with river cruise operators who reflect our outlook and ethos. Both the Assam Bengal Navigation Company (ABN) and Pandaw offer the highest of operating standards, superb service and exceptional non-invasive expeditions. Both run a series of fixed date departures throughout the year offering a different focus. We can talk you through the cruises and help you choose the right one for you.

 

MV Rudra Singha, Brahmaputra, Assam, India
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Lounge, M V Rudra Singh, Bramaputra, Assam, India
M V Rudra Singh, Guwahati, India

Make the Experience a Private Cruise

The MV Rudra Singh is a completely private houseboat that travels along the Brahmaputra River, through the Assam plains. It offers you the opportunity to tailor your holiday on the river to your interests. Choose from specially curated tours and cruise the mighty Brahmaputra on your riverine adventure. Suitable for a couple and up to two young children, this is an exciting option to consider against the larger cruisers. Included in your private cruise is premium accommodation (double or twin bedded room with private bathroom) in an air-conditioned wooden houseboat, personalised service from a captain and naturalist guide, delicious freshly cooked regional cuisine and WIFI. The activities range from village walks, wildlife safaris, market visits, dance performances, sundowners on deserted sandbanks, cooking classes, fishing and more.

Bhutia Busty Gompa, Darjeeling, India
Darjeeling, India
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Darjeeling, India
Darjeeling, India
Tea Plantation, Munnar, Kerala, India
Darjeeling, India
Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Agra, India

Pre/Post Cruise Suggestions

This fascinating tour can be complemented by a stay at the heavenly little Glenburn Tea Plantation, a working tea estate established by the Scottish tea planters in the 1860s. To reach this enchanted getaway, fly from Guwahati post-cruise to Bagdogra. A road transfer climbs into the lower Himalayas to reach Glenburn – home to the Prakash family. Spend glorious fresh air days here and enjoy a private tour of the tea estate and factory. Whilst in Darjeeling riding the narrow-gauge railway is a must.

Other land-based options could be to spend a few days in Kolkata learning about the British Raj or visit the city of Delhi and the Taj Mahal in Agra for further insight into the history of the British Raj and the Mughal Empire.

The pre and post cruise options are endless, so do discuss your interests with our India specialists and they can tailor an add on tour to fit seamlessly with the cruise.

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