Day 1 : ARRIVE GUWAHATI
Arrive at Guwahati International airport and with packed lunch we drive to Kamakhya Temple. After temple visit drive towards Pandu port where we board MV Mahabaahu. All gather on the open deck to enjoy the first sail and scan the river for a fleeting sight of the Gangetic Dolphins. We visit the Peacock Island and return to MV Mahabaahu where we enjoy a talk on ‘Kamakhya and the Occult in Assam’. An evening in the Soma Lounge followed by the ‘Kamrup Swaagat Bhoj’—a sit down welcome dinner completes the day.
Day 2 : A VILLAGE VISIT/ FULL DAY SAIL
You will enjoy Yoga on the deck for an hour and move on to breakfast, while MV Mahabaahu heads on through the hills towards an island that is occupied predominantly by a Bangla speaking Muslim community who are involved in extensive farming.
After breakfast, you’ll enjoy a talk on ‘Assam, its geographical location in the national and international context and how it is acclaiming recognition’. After the visit to this village, we return to the ship for lunch and sail towards Orange Point. You’ll enjoy a talk on ‘The River Brahmaputra and the tribal life’, over a cup of tea and some snacks. You’ll anchor at a deserted island for the evening and enjoy sitting around a bonfire to indulge in barbequed snacks.
Day 3 : SAIL TO SILGHAT/ VISIT TEA ESTATE AND/OR JUTE MILL
MV Mahabaahu sails early and we enjoy Yoga on the deck and move on for breakfast and for a talk on ‘Wild life in Kaziranga and wild life in India. We sail on for the next couple of hours and enjoy a relaxed lunch and reach Silghat. After a talk on ‘Tea and Jute in Assam’, we take a short drive to Kaliabore Tea Estate. Later we return to where the ship is anchored. By sunset, we enjoy a cultural evening on the ship. We have an early dinner and retire for the evening.
Day 4 : KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK/ WEAVER’S VILLAGE AT BISHWANATH GHAT
We rise very early today and after a warm cup of tea and some snacks, we drive out towards the Kaziranga National Park. We reach the Kohora Mihimukh range of the National Park and are ready to start our morning adventure; once-in-a-lifetime elephant-backed safari where we search for the elusive rhinoceros, tigers, swamp deer and hog deer and more and a large number of very interesting birds. The park never ceases to surprise us. After breakfast at a resort in Kaziranga, we drive on to Bagori, the Western Range of Kaziranga and get into the open jeeps for some more wild life adventure and an extensive coverage of this magnificent park. Evening return to ship and have leisurely dinner.
Day 5 : DHANSIRI BOAT SAFARI
This morning we sails early towards the Eastern Range of Kaziranga for boat Safari. Proceed for the safari in our tenders for about two hours. This evening we enjoy the Chef’s Cooking Demonstration followed by a talk on ‘Majuli‘, the seat of Vaishnav culture.
Day 6 : MISHING VILLAGE VISIT/ MAJULI VISIT
After Yoga, as we have our breakfast and sail towards the Mishing Village and further on to Majuli. After lunch, we enjoy a talk on ‘Sibsagar and the Ahom civilization’ followed by a visit to Majuli Island. We get on the tenders and arrive on the mainland where a drive takes us to a scenic corner of a Satra for an interesting cultural performance by Satriya singers and dancers. Next, we drive to Kamlabari Satra to witness the Vaishnavite priests dancing to the rhythm of cymbals, drums and chanting in the temple premise. We return to the ship and we prepare for a Traditional Assamese evening.
Day 7 : NEAMATI GHAT/ SIBSAGAR/ HOME HOSTED LUNCH
After an early breakfast, we start our day-excursion to Sibsagar. Thereafter, we drive to a Tea Estate for a relaxed afternoon where we enjoy a traditional Assamese lunch with the Tea-estate family who have been involved in the tea business over a period of a century. We return to MV Mahabaahu by sunset and enjoy a relaxed evening in the Soma lounge before proceeding for dinner.
Day 8 : NEAMATI GHAT/ JORHAT/ DEPARTURE
We start the day with Yoga or go for a walk along the swamps to catch a sight of owls, orioles, yellow footed green pigeons, changeable hawk eagles, adjutant storks, quails, sea gulls hunting with the dolphins and pied kingfishers, swallows and martins diving to fish. We have a relaxed breakfast. The luggage is brought out of the cabins according to the flight schedule. The crew on board organizes the transport.
We arrive at the Rowriah Airport with packed lunch in Jorhat a couple of hours before the flight schedule and bid adieu to the Land of Ahoms.