Life On a River – A Journey down the Brahmaputra

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An exciting exploratory, a journey down the Father river, the mighty Brahmaputra. Starting at the tea gardens on Maijan, the exploratory uses cycles and inflatable kayaks to take in an experience that will stay with you forever. We explore Pani Dihing Bird sanctuary, the world’s largest inhabited river island, Hindu Satara monasteries, temple gardens, the Kaziranga National Park, take in a safari on elephant back, stop at 9th century temple complexes, camp in style on large sand bars of the river and spot the Gangetic Dolphin! A menagerie of varied experiences, this remarkable curation is one that will make you want more, even when it’s over.

Day 01:
Arrive Delhi. Check in at 0845 hrs. Board morning 1045 hrs flight to Dibrugarh. Land at 1:20pm. On a clear day, see as far as Everest and Kanchendzonga! Transfer 45 mins to hotel. Watch the sunset on the Brahmaputra and have a proper “sit-down” Assamese traditional dinner after a traditional festive Bihu dance. Overnight Dibrugarh.

Day 02:
After breakfast, cycle 14 kms (approx.) through town, bundh and tea gardens to Rohmaria ghat to meet our boat. Board with cycles and reunite with inflatable kayaks and your crew! Drift downriver 83 km to Pani Dihing Bird Sanctuary. Camp at Disangmukh.

Day 03:
This morning, we cycle towards Pani Dihing to see the bird life in the marsh land. Use impromptu stops to lunch with locals and soak in the riverine environment.

Day 04:
Today we cycle to Sivasagar to see the Shiv Dol and Shivsagar lake and temple complex. Lunch at the temple garden. The Shiv Dol is the tallest Shiva temple in India at 104 feet and built by the Ahom queen in 1734. It is one of the most revered places in the north east, with a dome of Asia Pacific architecture, and has an inverted ling, unlike most Shiva temples. Back to Camp by late afternoon. Opportunities for engaging with local fishermen and tribes galore!

Day 05:
(Full moon night) Today we pack camp and float 55-60 kms to Majuli, the world’s largest inhabited river island. A quick drop down to Kalibari ghat where we take a vehicle to our quaint hotel, to wash up, charge batteries and cycle or even scooter around the island. Visit the Hindu monastery called ‘Satara’ for Ras Leela celebrations, which continue through the night. Overnight Hotel

Day 06:
(Full moon night) Cycle or scooter around the island, explore different communities Full Moon including Missing village, Deori village and Sunuwal Kosari village. More Ras Leela celebrations. Overnight Hotel.

Day 07:
Today we are back on the water to travel 80 kms to come close to Kaziranga National Park at Dhansiri /Bahikhowa. Drive 1hr to Kaziranga, and go for an afternoon safari. Overnight wildlife lodge.

Day 08:
Early morning elephant safari followed by a jeep safari. Drive back to our waiting crew and boat at Dhansiri / Bahikhowa. Overnight Camp.

Day 09:
Today, we float 90 km downstream to reach Tezpur. More Wildlife! Stop at Hatimura temple, and Kamakhya temples at Sil Ghat – an absolute must see!

Day 10 & 11:
We cover 145 km in two days to reach Guwahati. Enroute stop to see the Gangetic dolphin at the Jia Bhoreli (Kameng) confluence. Dock at our hotel in Guwahati, overnight hotel. Watch the last waves of the Kameng meet with the Brahmaputra, and spot the dolphin jump!

Day 12:
Visit Madan Kamdev temple ruins. Depart for Delhi. Stay a day or fly home.

Day 13:
Reach home. Trip ends

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Trip Details

Location: Assam
Grade: Moderate
Duration: 10 nights (6 camping, 3 hotels, 2 basic guest houses)
Departure: Oct 31 – Nov 12, 2017
Comfort: High
Activities: Comfort Camping & Luxury | Must SeeCultural | Cycling | Kayaking | Wildlife Safari | River Tour

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