Visit the Tea Gardens of Assam, Visit the famous Kamakhya Temple of Guwahati as well as the Shiva Temple. Visit Majuli which is the largest river island.
This wildlife cruise operates from November to March and has several departure dates.
Dates and Prices
Generator will be switched off from 11 PM to 5 AM. Inverter back-up will be available during this time period. Also, force of water supply in the washrooms will be less during the period.
ACs can run only while Generators are on that is from 5 AM to 11 PM.
Morning hot water will be available from 6 AM.
Cruise itinerary is subject to weather and river conditions.
Airport pickups & drops (Guwahati / Jorhat / Dibrugarh)
All accommodations on-board vessel M. V. MANASHPUTRA
All major meals as per itinerary
All surface transfers as per itinerary
All safaris & park entry fees as per itinerary
All sightseeing and land excursions as per itinerary
All cultural dance performances, on-board demos, etc as per itinerary
All escort charges & driver allowance
EXCLUSIONSAny travel or medical insurance
Any expenses of personal nature like tips, laundry, etc
Special Entry Ticket to Kamakhya Temple
Anything not included in the above inclusions
Any cost arising due to natural calamities, landslides, road blockage, political disturbances (to be born by the client which is directly payable on the spot and as per actual)
GST 18% Or as applicable (to be paid to the Govt. of India)
Day 01 - Arrive Kolkata
accommodation close to the airport for a comfortable night stay.
Most international flights arrive in the evening into Kolkata.
Day 02 - Kolkata toJorhat or Dibrugarh flight.
Day 03 Jorhat to Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary and onward to Majuli
Day 04 - Majuli
For those lacking a 'cultural leaning', there will be further opportunities for birding on the island, and from the ship, today.
Later we will return to the ship and spend a couple of hours cruising downstream as the sun sets and lines of water birds stream back to their night-time roosts.
Day 05 - Majuli to Kaziranga
By the afternoon, Kaziranga National Park will be on our left, and wild Asian Elephants and other mammals such as Hog Deer and wild Water Buffalo may sometimes be seen from the boat. The evening, as the sun sets on the river and when a beer is safely at hand, will be the ideal time to meticulously scan the river banks and islands for mammals and birds.
Day 06 - Visit UNESCO world heritage site of Kaziranga
Kaziranga protects an area of 430 sq kms and is one of the world's most beautiful national parks. It lies on the south bank of the great Brahmaputra River and is one of the last haunts of the Great Indian One-horned Rhinoceros. The area was first given protection as a forest reserve in the early years of the twentieth century, but it was not opened to visitors until 1938, and it was not until 1954 that the Great Indian One-horned Rhinoceros was given complete statutory protection, allowing Kaziranga to become the most important – and one of the final – refuges for this endangered mammal. In 1974 the wildlife sanctuary was given national park status, and today there are over 1,100 rhinos in the park, a figure which represents over 70% of the world population. The extensive areas of tall elephant grass mean that sightings of Tigers are few, and less frequent than in Kanha and Bandhavgarh; however, in addition to the rhinos, we can expect to see Kaziranga's important population of wild Water Buffalo (one of the last remaining wild populations), wild Asian Elephants, Wild Boar, Hog Deer, Swamp Deer, Sambar, Barking Deer, Rhesus Macaques and a wide variety of other mammal species. We will also make every effort to locate the other more elusive inhabitants of the park such as Gaur, Leopard, Leopard Cat and Sloth Bear.
Kaziranga's birdlife is equally diverse and includes an exceptional range of waterbirds (amongst them many species of cormorants, herons, egrets, storks, geese, ducks, waders and terns), birds of prey, and such regional specialities as Swamp Partridge, Bengal Florican, Abbott's Babbler, Sultan Tit, Black-breasted Thrush, Bristled Grass Warbler, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker and Little Spiderhunter. It really is a wonderful place to visit.
The reserve comprises a vast area of seasonally-inundated swamps, interspersed with broad tracts of tall elephant grass, open forests, watercourses (known as Jheels) and reedbeds. To the south the ground rises to 1,200 metres to form the Mikir Hills, an important refuge for the park's wildlife when the lowlands flood during the annual monsoon.
Evening return to the vessel at Silghat.
Day 07 - Morning visit Kaziranga Central Zone and later cruise to Tezpur
Later we will return to the vessel and start cruising downstream to Tezpur as the sun sets and lines of water birds stream back to their night-time roosts. Evening we can take a walk in the markets of this ancient town of Tezpur.
Day 08 - Visit famous Nameri national Park
Nameri was given 'wildlife sanctuary' status in 1985, before becoming a national park in 1998. It spans 212 sq kms and its north-eastern boundary adjoins Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary in the neighbouring state of Arunachal Pradesh. Together they protect over 1,000 sq km of tropical evergreen, semi-evergreen, and moist deciduous forests with bamboo and cane brakes, and narrow strips of grassland along the Bhoroli River (which runs through the park) and its many tributaries. This is excellent elephant country, and the park may hold in excess of 200 Asian Elephants. However, it is Wild Boar, Sambar, Hog and Barking Deer, Rhesus and Assamese Macaques, Capped Langur and Malayan Giant Squirrel that are amongst the common mammals most likely to be seen. Such other mammals as Gaur, Sloth Bear and Himalayan Black Bear, Dhole, Leopard and Tiger require exceptional luck!
The park is a haven for birds, over 315 species having been recorded. A healthy population of the rarely seen Ibisbill is perhaps the highlight, along with a large population of three hornbill species – Great, Oriental Pied and Wreathed Hornbill. Blue-bearded Bee-eaters and a wide range of babbler species may also be along the Bhoroli River.
We will enjoy a walk around the eco camp to look for birds and mammals, then later board inflatable dinghies for around three hours float trip down the Jia Bhoroli River through the park. In the evening, we return by road to Tezpur for overnight stay onboard at Tezpur.
Day 09 Tezpur to Ganesh Pahar
Day 10 - Ganesh Pahar to Pobitra Wildlife sanctuary and than onward to Guwahati
By noon, we return to our vessel and sail upto Guwahati. Evening, we can visit this city of Guwahati which is the fastest developing city in the region. Today is our last night on the vessel. We enjoy the farewell dinner and get introduced to the vessel staff. Also, a brief moment for sharing our memories of the cruise.
Extension tour to Darjeeling and Pelling with Gangtok for enriching your bird list with beautiful himalayan species can be organised. Please ask us for the tour program and cost details.