Did you read the latest news about a new Brahmaputra River Cruises route in India? It’s about carrying tourists on a luxury cruise ship from Calcutta to Guwahati. It will be operated by Heritage Cruise Liner.
No full details were published about this exciting Brahmaputra River Cruises that is said to be launched in March 2019. No information is available as of now as to what is the duration, price, and amenities provided by the cruise liner.
The Calcutta to Guwahati river cruise will be on three legendary rivers of India that are Ganga, Jamuna, and Bhramaputra.
The first leg of this new cruise route will be from Calcutta to Dhaka via Sunderbans. The next leg will be from Dhaka to Guwahati via Dhubri in Assam.
News Source: MoneyControl
While I was digging further for more precise details, I came to know 5 Brahmaputra river cruises operated by Assam Bengal Navigation (assambengalnavigation.com). I further found out that all the five different cruise itineraries are well patronized and each different cruise offers a different theme that includes:
Brahmaputra River Cruises: Theme- Rhinos and More
The Rhinoceros of Assam, India has been attracting thousands of wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world. This particular Calcutta to Guwahati river cruise will give you chance to spot the big beast while they are roaming in their natural habitat. The enjoyable cruise will last a good seven-night voyage starting at Guwahati and terminating at the famous Kaziranga National Park, Silghat, Assam.
You can also have a great opportunity to see the Nameri National Park and a stroll through the famous Assam tea plantation.
A look at the interior of the cruise ship speaks volumes of the comfort and view.
Brahmaputra river cruises: Theme: River Island Cruise
Wow!. This Brahmaputra river islands cruise will be for 8 days! That can be called your holiday of the year. The river cruise begins at Silghat and ends at Dibrugarh, Assam.
You will be able to see Sibsagar, Majuli Island, and the Kaziranga National Park during this trip.
Brahmaputra river cruises: Theme: Brahmaputra Maximum
Add two more days to the previous cruise. Yes, this Brahmaputra Maximum theme will last for ten full days!
This cruise theme begins at Jorhat and terminates at Guwahati.
What can you see in this themed Brahmaputra River Cruises?
- Majuli Island
- Kaziranga National Park
- Madan Kamdev
Brahmaputra river cruises: Theme: Brahmaputra Taster
It’s an 11 days Brahmaputra river cruises covering the majority of the Assam state. It’s a chance to see the unspoiled rural Assam, the Assamese life and culture, and more.
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is the highlight of the Brahmaputra River Cruises trip. This is apart from the visit of the UNESCO protected Kaziranga National Park, the habitat of the one-horned Rhino.
Brahmaputra river cruises: Wild Assam Theme.
This is an eight-day cruising of the river Brahmaputra in the state of Assam, India.
You will be visiting both the Kaziranga and Manas National Parks.
The icing on the cake is a visit to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. Imagine visiting such large tracts of wildlife tracts without traveling through the rugged and highly polluted roads. Cruising the Brahmaputra river and going to the fantastic wildlife sanctuaries can be your dream river cruise holiday.
In addition to seeing the one-horned Rhinoceros, you can also watch a range of aquatic fauna. If you are lucky, you can also spot the Gangetic Dolphin. Other forest animals you can spot are sambar, wild buffalo, tiger, deer, and fox.
Activities during the Brahmaputra River Cruises Trips:
The voyage in a luxury ship itself is the most enjoyable activity. In addition, there will be guided:
- Elephant safari
- Jeep safari
- Forest walk
- Village tour on a bicycle
- Barbecues on the river bank in the evening
- Tea garden visit and tea tasting
- Visit numerous Vaishnavaite temples
- Visit Orang National Park
Other activities during your docking days:
- River Rafting using a rubber raft
- Forest walk
- Purchase of tasty Assamese tea leaves, tea dust, and tea bags
- Rural Assam visit in bicycles
- Bird watching
- An interaction with Bodo tribe
- Barbecues by the river bank in the evening
- Watching a tribal dance by the Bodo tribes around a campfire
The cruise liner for your Brahmaputra River Cruises is operated by MV Rudra Singha.
The staying options offered are in Diphlu River Lodge and Bansbari Lodge. Since the Assam Bengal Navigation has been in the luxury cruise business for more than a decade, I believe they select the best places only for their passengers’ stay.
The Assamese cuisine may not be acceptable for most of us as they use mustard oil for cooking.
Visit assambengalnavigation.com for a detailed itinerary for each of the themed Brahmaputra river cruise, the pricing, lodging, and boarding particular, cruise departure dates, etc.
The Brahmaputra river cruises have received wild acclamation worldwide and leading newspapers including the New York Times have covered the cruise trips offered by the Assam Bengal Navigation.