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Brahmaputra Maximum

This cruise covers most of the highlights of Assam: elephant and jeep safaris tracking rhinos and tigers in Kaziranga National Park, visits to the old capital of the Ahom kings and to the Hindu monasteries on Majuli Island, and walks in tea gardens and through tribal villages.

​Please Note: this itinerary is also available on selected dates in 5-day durations, please contact us for more details.

30 March, 2019 to 09 April, 2019 Make a booking request for Brahmaputra Maximum, departing on 30 March, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Cabin £ 2567 GBP pp (+ 5% Tax Applicable to all Cabin Categories. From 100 USD pp)
10 twin-bedded and 2 double-bedded cabins with en-suite shower and W.C.
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Cabin Solo £ 3792 GBP pp (+ 5% Tax Applicable to all Cabin Categories. From 100 USD pp)
10 twin-bedded and 2 double-bedded cabins with en-suite shower and W.C.
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27 April, 2019 to 07 May, 2019 Make a booking request for Brahmaputra Maximum, departing on 27 April, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Cabin £ 1540 GBP pp (+ 5% Tax Applicable to all Cabin Categories. From 100 USD pp)
10 twin-bedded and 2 double-bedded cabins with en-suite shower and W.C.
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Cabin Solo £ 2370 GBP pp (+ 5% Tax Applicable to all Cabin Categories. From 100 USD pp)
10 twin-bedded and 2 double-bedded cabins with en-suite shower and W.C.
view cabin photo

Brahmaputra Maximum itinerary:

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DAY 1 Dibrugarh
​ Arrive at Dibrugarh, a typical colonial town and major American base in WWII, then drive for 2 ½ hrs to Dikhou Mukh and embark on our ship. Alternatively, arrive at Jorhat airport and drive for 1 ½ hrs to Dikhou Mukh. (Dependent on river conditions, it may be necessary to board at Neamati, closer to Jorhat.)
DAY 2 Sibsagar - Majuli island
​ Go on an excursion by road to Sibsagar, the one-time capital of the Ahom kings of Assam. Shan by origin but converts to Hinduism, the Ahoms ruled Assam for some 700 years until the 1820s, and their culture and architecture is a strange and delightful amalgam of India and Southeast Asia. We shall see temples with stupa-like profiles and palaces of distinctive form. For the record book, the temple tank here is claimed to be the world’s largest hand-excavated reservoir. Lunch is taken at Horu Charai, a tea estate. Return to the ship and cruise downstream for three hours to Majuli island, one of the world’s largest river islands.
DAY 3 Majuli island
​ A microcosm of Assamese culture, Majuli represents rural idyll in Assam. A stronghold of the peaceful religion of neo-Vaishnavism, the elegant island satras — some for celibate monks, some for families — showcase a unique way of life where the faithful live simply, offering worship through gayan-bayan (songs and musical instruments) and readings. Visit Auniati monastery and its eclectic museum and, in the afternoon, attend a dance performance at Kamalabari monastery. Later, return to the ship and cruise downstream for one or two hours.
DAY 4 Kaziranga National Park
​ A day spent mostly on the river, though we shall stop and make a short visit to a tribal village by the river. By afternoon, Kaziranga National Park will be on our left – wild elephants are sometimes visible from the boat and once, memorably, a tiger.
DAY 5 Kaziranga National Park
​ This morning, you will arrive at the little temple town of Vishnath, known for its fine Ahom-period temple. Take a walk ashore before continuing the voyage down to a delightful mooring at Silghat, with butterflies abounding in the surrounding jungle. ​Go on your first safari through Kaziranga National Park, a jeep ride through its Western Range, with good woodland as well as grassland and wetlands.
DAY 6 Kaziranga National Park
​ Disembark pre-dawn and drive to Kaziranga’s Central Range for an early morning elephant ride, the best way to get really close to the rhino. Covering an area of approximately 430 sq kms, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park is home to the world’s largest population of the Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros as well as the Indian Wild Water Buffalo. It has also earned the distinction of having the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers (one every five sq. km.) making this park an incredibly rich biodiversity hotspot. With its marshy swamps and thickets of elephant grass, this park supports large populations of Indian elephants, Indian bison, swamp deer, and Capped Langurs. ​ Besides wildlife, Kaziranga National Park is also a birding paradise. A few of the bird species found here are the Oriental Honey Buzzard, Black-shouldered Kite, White-tailed Eagle, Himalayan Griffon and so on. Kaziranga National Park also frequently draws comparisons to the Serengeti in Africa due to the park's abundance of wildlife and birds. ​​ After breakfast, walk through terraced tea gardens and visit a village of the Mising tribe. In the afternoon, drive to Kaziranga’s little-visited Eastern Range or Burapahar Range for another jeep safari before returning to the boat.
DAY 7 Tezpur
Cruise downstream under the seemingly endless new bridge to dock at Tezpur. ​ After lunch on board, we visit the remains of the the 6th century Da Parbatia temple with its exquisitely carved portal. Board cycle rickshaws to take us through the bazaars to Cole Park with its collection of medieval stone carvings. Later, reboard our ship and cruise downstream to moor for the night near the isolated Singri Hill.
DAY 8 On the River
The day is spent on the river, traversing a lunar landscape of sand islands then closing in on the range of hills beyond which lies Guwahati. Moor for the night not far from Ganesh Pahar.
DAY 9 Guwahati
This morning’s voyage is particularly pretty, with jungle-covered hills in the south bank. Reaching Guwahati by midday, we moor opposite the city and climb up to the pretty Aswaklanta temple before driving out to the temple ruins of Madan Kamdev, their erotic carvings being an indicator of the strong tantric traditions of the area. Return to the ship and cruise downstream to Sualkuchi either this very evening or the following morning. ​
DAY 10 Sualkuchi - Guwahati
Walk through Sualkuchi, a bustling little town that is the centre of Assamese silk production, to visit weaving workshops. Witness the whole process of silk manufacture, from cocoon and spinning to dyeing and hand-weaving into exquisite mekhela chadars (a two-piece sari, the traditional attire of an Assamese woman). We then sail up to dock close to the great Saraighat bridge and take a tour of Guwahati, driving up Nilachal Hill to the Kamakhya temple. With its tantric rites and animal sacrifices, the more squeamish among us may prefer to content themselves with its exteriors. Visit the poignant Commonwealth War Graves, the museum and the bazaars.
DAY 11 Guwahati
​ Disembark this morning and transfer to Guwahati airport for final departure. ​
Please Note:
Cruising is subject to river conditions and elephant safaris are subject to availability. Kaziranga National Park comprises low-lying grassland, which may not be visitable when the river is at or near flood level. ​ All driving times mentioned in this itinerary are approximate.

Brahmaputra Maximum reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Cruising is subject to river conditions and elephant safaris are subject to availability. Kaziranga National Park comprises low-lying grassland, which may not be visitable when the river is at or near flood level. ​ All driving times mentioned in this itinerary are approximate.
​ Disembark this morning and transfer to Guwahati airport for final departure. ​
Walk through Sualkuchi, a bustling little town that is the centre of Assamese silk production, to visit weaving workshops. Witness the whole process of silk manufacture, from cocoon and spinning to dyeing and hand-weaving into exquisite mekhela chadars (a two-piece sari, the traditional attire of an Assamese woman). We then sail up to dock close to the great Saraighat bridge and take a tour of Guwahati, driving up Nilachal Hill to the Kamakhya temple. With its tantric rites and animal sacrifices, the more squeamish among us may prefer to content themselves with its exteriors. Visit the poignant Commonwealth War Graves, the museum and the bazaars.
This morning’s voyage is particularly pretty, with jungle-covered hills in the south bank. Reaching Guwahati by midday, we moor opposite the city and climb up to the pretty Aswaklanta temple before driving out to the temple ruins of Madan Kamdev, their erotic carvings being an indicator of the strong tantric traditions of the area. Return to the ship and cruise downstream to Sualkuchi either this very evening or the following morning. ​
The day is spent on the river, traversing a lunar landscape of sand islands then closing in on the range of hills beyond which lies Guwahati. Moor for the night not far from Ganesh Pahar.
Cruise downstream under the seemingly endless new bridge to dock at Tezpur. ​ After lunch on board, we visit the remains of the the 6th century Da Parbatia temple with its exquisitely carved portal. Board cycle rickshaws to take us through the bazaars to Cole Park with its collection of medieval stone carvings. Later, reboard our ship and cruise downstream to moor for the night near the isolated Singri Hill.
​ Disembark pre-dawn and drive to Kaziranga’s Central Range for an early morning elephant ride, the best way to get really close to the rhino. Covering an area of approximately 430 sq kms, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park is home to the world’s largest population of the Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros as well as the Indian Wild Water Buffalo. It has also earned the distinction of having the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers (one every five sq. km.) making this park an incredibly rich biodiversity hotspot. With its marshy swamps and thickets of elephant grass, this park supports large populations of Indian elephants, Indian bison, swamp deer, and Capped Langurs. ​ Besides wildlife, Kaziranga National Park is also a birding paradise. A few of the bird species found here are the Oriental Honey Buzzard, Black-shouldered Kite, White-tailed Eagle, Himalayan Griffon and so on. Kaziranga National Park also frequently draws comparisons to the Serengeti in Africa due to the park's abundance of wildlife and birds. ​​ After breakfast, walk through terraced tea gardens and visit a village of the Mising tribe. In the afternoon, drive to Kaziranga’s little-visited Eastern Range or Burapahar Range for another jeep safari before returning to the boat.
​ This morning, you will arrive at the little temple town of Vishnath, known for its fine Ahom-period temple. Take a walk ashore before continuing the voyage down to a delightful mooring at Silghat, with butterflies abounding in the surrounding jungle. ​Go on your first safari through Kaziranga National Park, a jeep ride through its Western Range, with good woodland as well as grassland and wetlands.
​ A day spent mostly on the river, though we shall stop and make a short visit to a tribal village by the river. By afternoon, Kaziranga National Park will be on our left – wild elephants are sometimes visible from the boat and once, memorably, a tiger.
​ A microcosm of Assamese culture, Majuli represents rural idyll in Assam. A stronghold of the peaceful religion of neo-Vaishnavism, the elegant island satras — some for celibate monks, some for families — showcase a unique way of life where the faithful live simply, offering worship through gayan-bayan (songs and musical instruments) and readings. Visit Auniati monastery and its eclectic museum and, in the afternoon, attend a dance performance at Kamalabari monastery. Later, return to the ship and cruise downstream for one or two hours.
​ Go on an excursion by road to Sibsagar, the one-time capital of the Ahom kings of Assam. Shan by origin but converts to Hinduism, the Ahoms ruled Assam for some 700 years until the 1820s, and their culture and architecture is a strange and delightful amalgam of India and Southeast Asia. We shall see temples with stupa-like profiles and palaces of distinctive form. For the record book, the temple tank here is claimed to be the world’s largest hand-excavated reservoir. Lunch is taken at Horu Charai, a tea estate. Return to the ship and cruise downstream for three hours to Majuli island, one of the world’s largest river islands.
​ Arrive at Dibrugarh, a typical colonial town and major American base in WWII, then drive for 2 ½ hrs to Dikhou Mukh and embark on our ship. Alternatively, arrive at Jorhat airport and drive for 1 ½ hrs to Dikhou Mukh. (Dependent on river conditions, it may be necessary to board at Neamati, closer to Jorhat.)
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ABN Charaidew, the ship servicing Brahmaputra Maximum

ABN Charaidew

Vessel Type: River Boat

Lenght: 38 meters

Passenger Capacity: 24

Rebuilt: 2003

ABN Charaidew is a 38m-long, twin-engined, steel hulled passenger boat. She was completely stripped down and rebuilt in 2003 to provide 10 twin-bedded and 2 double-bedded cabins with en-suite shower and W.C.

The grand old lady of our fleet, she makes up in character what she lacks in twenty-first century glitz.

The polished brass engine room telegraph and enormous ship’s wheel bear witness to her heritage. All cabin accommodation is on the upper deck, as is a bar and saloon opening onto a front deck. A dining room with full-length opening glass doors on each side is on the lower deck, while a large top sundeck offers additional comfortable open-air seating in shade or sun.

Local handloom fabrics specially woven for us and comfortable cane sofas and chairs contribute to the attractive decor.

​Onboard features

* Spacious cabins with individual climate control

* En suite shower/WC with Biotique toiletries

* Generous cupboard space and under-bed storage

* Hair drier in each cabin

* ​High quality linens

* Large sliding glass windows offering panoramic views of the river

* Vast sundeck both open and shaded, with sunloungers or steamer chairs.

Services

* Shore excursion programme including all admissions

* Naturalist onboard the vessel

* Cold towel service after excursions

* Welcome drink after excursions

* Shoe-cleaning after excursions

* Turndown service in all cabins

* Expertly trained culinary staff

* Single seating for buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner

* Acclaimed combination of Indian & Western cuisines

* Wide choice of wines, spirits & beer

* Complimentary tea, coffee & mineral water throughout

* Welcome reception

* Farewell reception

* Local on-board dance & song performances.

• MAJULI ISLAND - A vast river island in the Brahmaputra, on which are a number of unique Vaishnavite Hindu monasteries, famous for performances of religious dance-drama.

• KAZIRANGA - A World Heritage site and right on the river, Kaziranga National park holds most of India's One-Horned Rhinoceros as well as elephant, tiger, wild buffalo, sambar, swamp deer, hog deer and many other species. Viewing is both by jeep and on elephant back.

• TEZPUR - Another tea centre, and the access point to Nameri National Park in the foothills. Orang National Park is on the river banks downstream from here.

• GUWAHATI - The state capital. Offshore lies Peacock Island with its temple, while on a hill above the town, Tantric rites are practised at the Kamakhya Temple. There's a good museum and a poignant War cementery. Guwahati is the starting point for etensions to Shillong, the "Scotland of the East", which can be arrange before or after cruises, or to bridge the changeover day gap when two successive cruises are booked.

• SUALKUCHI - A delightful riverside village, where silk is produced and handwoven.
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