The Brahmaputra is among the largest rivers on planet Earth in terms of discharge and sediments and flows across the State of Awesome Assam. It’s the only river in the Indian Subcontinent with a male name, as it means “son of Brahma” in Sanskrit (putra means “son”).
Originating in the Angsi glacier in Tibet, the river flows through Tibet, Arunachal Pradesh, Awesome Assam and finally Bangladesh where it merges with river Ganga and flows into the Bay of Bengal. The river Brahmaputra flowing across Assam and Arunachal Pradesh is considered among the Holiest rivers in India in the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain communities. Brahmaputra is also the only river in India from where Jungle Safaris (both Jeep and Elephant) are conducted into the National Park of Assam. Cruising along the mighty Brahmaputra allows its visitors to experience the true essence of Awesome Assam viz. the culture and traditions of the heritage tribes of Assam who dwell by the banks of the Brahmaputra.
The Brahmaputra is the life line of Awesome Assam, nurturing its topography, culture, socio-cultural life and sustaining major urban centers. It has also been at the center of Awesome Assam’s folklore inspiring literature, music and art. But one feels the might of this river during the monsoons (July to September) when the river floods and leaves behind a wave of destruction rendering people homeless.
In addition to being the life line of Awesome Assam, the Brahmaputra also serves as a major tourist attraction for the region. The river is used for ferrying tourists and passengers to many historical sites and temples which are not accessible by road. There are many river cruises that ply on this river. From restaurants to discotheques there cruises makes you feel an experience of a lifetime. Luxury cruise liners operate between Guwahati and Kaziranga (the land of the one horned Rhino) during October to April.
Highlights of the River Cruise in Awesome Assam are ~
- Arrive at Guwahati and visit the famous Kamakhya temple. Board the River Cruise at Pandu Ghat
- Cruise on the mighty Brahmaputra and get to witness the amazing Gangetic river dolphins
- Visit tea estates and witness the process of tea plucking
- Witness wildlife at the Kaziranga National Park home to the One Horned Rhinoceros and various species of endangered wildlife
- Visit the village of the famous tribe of Assam, the ‘Mishings’
- Visit the World’s Largest River Island ‘Majuli’ and get to know about the Neo-Vaishnavite Satras
- Visit Sivasagar – the land of the mighty kings of the ‘Ahom Dynasty’ and experience their magnificent culture and engineering marvels
- Journey ends
1| The M.V. Mahabaahu Luxury River Cruise ~ Assam
The M.V. Mahabaahu is a luxurious Cruise liner that operates across the tourist sector of Assam covering the destinations of Guwahati, Kaziranga National Park, Majuli Island and Sivasagar. The M.V. Mahabaahu is among the pioneers of long distance river tourism in Assam and offers experiential cruises on the River Brahmaputra.
The M.V. Mahabaahu can accommodate 46 visitors across 23 superior and luxurious cabins. There are 5 spread out decks in the M.V. Mahabaahu including an open sundeck. The M.V. Mahabaahu has an inhouse restaurant, swimming pool, spa, gym, a bar and a 24×7 open coffee house. Each cabin inside the M.V. Mahabaahu is lined with luxurious interiors and fitted with satellite TVs, personal safe, mini bar, inhouse telephone and attached bathroom. The M.V. Mahabaahu’s kitchen prepares local ethnic Assamese meals along with other varied cuisine served out as Buffet breakfast, Buffet lunch and seated themed dinners.
Ethnic traditional dance performances of the tribes of Assam can be experience onboard the M.V. Mahabaahu luxurious liner.
2| The S. B. Suikapha Luxury River Cruise ~ Assam
With River Tourism becoming an important part of the vast untapped potential of the tourism scenario of Assam, the S.B. SUIKAPHA (a unit of Umananda River Cruise, Guwahati) strives to bring forth to you a fun filled river cruise experience across the Brahmaputra in guwahati and surrounding areas.
The S.B. SUIKAPHA River Cruise operates to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary from the city of Guwahati. Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is located around 60 km from Guwahati with a road drive time of around 1 1/2 hours. One can choose to visit Pobitora (Home to the Highest Population Density of Indian One Horned Rhinoceros anywhere in the World) by road or by choosing to cruise on the mighty Brahmaputra onboard the S.B. SUIKAPHA. The River Cruise allows you to experience the beautiful scenario of riverine areas up to the nearby place at Pobitora called Kajalighat. Pobitora can be reached from Kajalighat on a 10 min drive by road. The journey begins at 6 AM from Guwahati and covers a river cruise, arrival at Pobitora, Jeep Safari into the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and cruise back to Guwahati. Meals included onboard S.B. SUIKAPHA are Breakfast and Lunch.
Other Destinations covered by the S.B. SUIKAPHA near Guwahati are ~
- Aswaklanta Temple
- Doul Govinda Temple
- Umananda Temple
- The Manchester of East ~ ‘SUALKUCHI’
- The Holy Land of HAJO
The main rivers of Assam are the mighty Brahmaputra and Barak. Further, there is a network of over 100 large and small tributaries and distributaries that criss-cross the State offering avenues for water sports, river safari and leisure activities encompassing canal barges, taxi services between the banks, boating, luxury cruisers, motor boats, dolphin shows, underwater exploration, parasailing, river rafting and other amusements.
The wide expanse of the Brahmaputra, the flora and fauna along; the picturesque snow-clad peaks of the Eastern Himalayas in the backdrop offers an incredible prospect for the cruise industry. Presently, Assam offers several packages of luxurious river cruises along the Brahmaputra with “A” Class facilities for experiencing marine life and wildlife, tradition, adventure tourism on the way.
While in Assam, one can undertake rafting on the Jia Bhoroli river in Nameri National Park where birds and animals are often spotted on the upstream trail. The river tides being docile, they act as boon for families to partake the rafting.
Sadiya, near the longest river bridge in India, is a small town in Tinsukia which is home to the confluence of three rivers – Dihing, Dibang and Lohit. It is also a popular tourist spot witnessing a lot of footfalls.