This Brahmaputra River Cruise is a fascinating introduction to the highlights of this transboundary river valley. Assam boasts two out of India’s five UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites, and this itinerary provides visits to both, Manas and Kaziranga National Parks.
- Travel through a world of calm and solitude, in total contrast to most other Indian holidays
- Three-night cruise on the mighty Brahmaputra River, onboard the comfortable ABN Sukhapa or Charaidew
- Manas enjoys stunning scenery backed by the jungle covered hills of Bhutan
- Safari through the grasslands of Kaziranga and Manas National Park
This India cruise holiday offers a relaxed and comfortable journey through the heart of Northeast India. Daily land excursions by jeep, on foot and by rickshaw to parks, tribal villages, river islands & tea plantations, all accompanied by a knowledgeable naturalist guide and an English-speaking West Bengali guide. Wildlife and wilderness are the main features, along with some culture. The Brahmaputra river is often 20 to 30 kilometres wide, creating an eerie world of sand spits and watery vistas, with impressive bird life and the occasional Gangetic dolphin. Kaziranga is a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting 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.
This voyage would particularly suit those looking for a more leisurely and off the beaten track wilderness and wildlife orientated India experience. It also avoids enduring long car journeys between destinations.
Pre/post cruise experience
This fascinating tour is complimented by a three-night 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 three 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.
Unique experiences on board and off the ship
- Exceptional chance of wildlife viewing from your cruise ship in one of the world’s unique biodiversity hotspots
- Cultural performances reflecting the local customs and people on the river including tea tasting, cooking classes and saree and dhoti wearing
- Exceptional wildlife viewing at UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park
Why take a river cruise in India?
Cruising offers close encounter of India’s evergreen northeast region of Assam. Afer exploring on land, you return to your comforting oasis on the river and watch the changing scenery of India from your window without having to unpack your bags.
What is given back?
Assam Bengal Navigation (ABN) has always been involved in community development in the region through skill training, supporting local artisans, local employment and promoting local arts and crafts. This can also be seen throughout the ship's décor, each unique to its region. The ABN Foundation was created to maximise projects in education, environment and community development. From the proceeds of each purchased cabin, 5% is contributed to the work projects of ABN Foundation.
Sustainable best practice
ABN are committed to minimising single-use plastic by any means possible. Guests are provided with water flasks and glass bottles, with drinking water dispensers at every level on the ships.
Guides and specialists
All the naturalists and guides are trained in-house with years of experience and knowledge and are passionate about their home region.
Steppes’ value adds
- Special 15% off on all spa treatments for Steppes' guests
- Free arrival and departure transfers
- Free dock charges
- Beverages package (Unlimited Indian wines & beer during lunch and dinner only)
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