Wilderness of Assam with Brahmaputra River Cruise

Delhi or Bhutan - Guwahati – Manas National Park –Guwahati – Brahmaputra River Cruise - Kaziranga National Park - Guwahati – Delhi
(7 Nights / 8 Days)
Trip Highlights
  • Cruise along the Orang National Park on the Brahmaputra River
  • Sight elephants against the backdrop of Himalayas on the Brahmaputra
  • Sight two majestic mammals - Rhinoceros and Elephants
  • Visit the Project Tiger reserve in Manas National Park, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Sight one of the Manas Park's 380 bird species, including the Great Hornbill
  • Go on a city tour of Guwahati including the holy Kamakhya Temple
Day 1 / 2
New Delhi /Bhutan – Guwahati – Manas National Park
Your trips starts at Guwahati airport or at Samdrup Jonghkar ( Bhutan border) where you will be met by our representative and driven for 3 hours/4 hours to Manas National Park, on the border with Bhutan.

You will be assisted in checking in to your lodge.
The park is open from November to April, and is closed during the other months owing to the monsoon.

Today you will take an early morning elephant ride through the grassland, which harbours several different species of deer and monkeys, as well as some of the park’s 380 different species of birds, perhaps including the rare Bengal Florican or the Great Hornbill. You will return for breakfast, after which you will go for a walk through a local village, visit the nearby tea garden and see traditional Bodo tribal hand weaving.
Day 3
Manas National Park to Guwahati
You will drive back to Guwahati this morning via Hajo, a place sacred to Hindus, Moslems and Buddhists. We visit a Moslem shrine with extensive hilltop views over the surrounding rural landscape, as well as the simple Hindu temple with its elephants and its sacred tank full of great carp, catfish and turtles.

Embarking on ABN Charaidew or ABN Sukapha. The cruise boat shall set sail and cruise for about an hour and a half upstream to Kurua on the north bank.
Day 4 / 5 / 6
Bhramhaputra River Cruise – Kaziranga National Park
The day is spent cruising upstream, with hills rising on either side. Battling against strong currents, you will reach an idyllic stop at Ganesh Pahar, where you can explore on foot a delightfully serene hinterland lying under jungle-covered slopes.

Leaving the hills behind, you will enjoy the first taste of wilderness, iceberg like sand banks on either side. The ship may make a short stop to visit a bank side village. Cruising along, the ship shall moor for the night in a lunar landscape of sand islands, with hopefully the Himalayas in view and providing a contrasting backdrop in the distance.

Day 6: Rising early, you will disembark the ship and take to the country boat for a cruise up a side stream into the Orang National Park. Here in this rarely visited park you can mount elephants or take jeeps and ride through forest and grassland looking for rhino, deer and other wildlife. You will then be driven to Tezpur, where you will visit the 6th century Da Parbatia temple ruins with a beautifully carved portal, before carrying on across a seemingly endless new bridge to Kaziranga National Park.
Day 7
Kaziranga National Park
You will rise at dawn and drive for a few minutes to Kaziranga Central Range for an early morning elephant ride, the best way to get really close to the Rhino and other animals. After breakfast back at the lodge, you shall walk through terraced tea gardens and past a Karbi tribal village and then drive to a Mising tribal village, with their distinctive houses raised on piles. After lunch you will take a jeep safari in the Western Range, and scan the wilderness from an observation tower.

Day 8
Guwahati / Jorhat- Delhi or Kolkatta
Today is the last day on this trip and you will have an early start for the 4 hour drive back to Guwahati airport, or 2 ½ hr transfers to Jorhat airport.