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PravinTrip
Bengaluru, India7 contributions
Lahe'ing down Brahmaputra on MV Rudra Singha
Jan 2021 • Family
There are some journeys that are unforgettable. The Brahmaputra cruise on the exquisitely crafted boat MV Rudra Singha is a journey of lifetime. We found Lahe Life thanks to Google ! This boat is operated by the Assam Bengal Navigation.
We wanted a holiday and a mode of travel which was customized and private and did not entail travelling in a group due to the Covid situation. We travelled as a family of 3 from Neamati Ghat to Silghat a trip covering 3 nights. Our cruise included a visit to Majuli Island and the Kaziranga National Park. Our first halt was at Majuli where we visited the Sataras, the Hindu Vaishnavite monasteries, and saw how the monks in monastery and Majuli community lived in one of the largest riverine islands of the world, now slowly losing its self to the mighty Brahmaputra. Our other halts included visiting a Mishing village and stop at the Bishanath Ghat. At the Bishanath Ghat we did some cycling (the boat has 3 cycles) and saw some very interesting temples from the Ahom dynasty. Our last stop was at Silghat from where we went to the Kaziranga National Park and stayed at the Dhiplu River Lodge.
The MV Rudra Singha has the most well curated interiors made in teak wood show casing handicrafts of Assam. It is extremely comfortable, and meticulously well maintained. The boat is manned by a 5 member a crew. Suneshwar the chef par excellence who made the most amazing food. We loved the Assamese food. He made delicious Pitha which we requested for, and the out of the world Chunga rice and pork which was made inside pieces of cut bamboo, with the rice and pork cooked inside it on a fire out on one of the many sandbanks. He always checked our food preferences and gets a big shout out from us. Mohan was our guide and naturalist. Always around to provide us information and ensure we were comfortable. Mohan is very well informed and provided us some extraordinary glimpses of Assam, like a monk at the Majuli Satara who played the flute for us, or arranging lye sag seeds for us during our walk in a Mishing village. He also showed us from the boat some rare birds and the eastern swamp deer and of course the endearing river dolphins at Silghat. A special mention to the Captain Rohit who seems to know the river even in the dense early morning fog. Very quiet and always lending a hand when not on the wheel. Aye Aye Captain! Jack Sparrow would have been proud of your navigation skills! And of course Govind and Rattan who would be doing everything and be helping hands to all on board. Need to mention the perfectly made beds and room after we would return to the boat from our visit to the shore. Thank you Kirti for patiently putting it all together. We wished this amazing journey would not end.
For anyone who wants to do a trip which is extraordinarily unique, we would recommend the Brahmaputra cruise on the MV Rudra Singha. Wishing the team MV Rudra Singha the very best!
Written January 18, 2021
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Sgrg069
Gangtok, India133 contributions
"Guwahati and the Mighty Brahmaputra River"
Dec 2019
No words are good enough to describe the mighty Brahmaputra which flows right within a walking distance in Guwahati City. Lots of attractions like normal boat ride to Umananda Temple (in the middle of the river) and dinner cruise etc. are there to experience...sunsets over the water of the Brahmaputra is yet another charming experience. The visit to Holy Kamakhya Temple is one of the must do point while in Guwahati. Our NE Road Trip started though started from Gangtok in Sikkim but the city of Guwahati will always be considered as the gateway to North East India (Our main entry and exit point was Guwahati)
Written August 19, 2020
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Simon B
Bath, UK16 contributions
Totally wonderful cruise
Feb 2020
My wife and I could hardly fault this cruise. It is not so much the Bramaputra itself, one of the widest but not one of the most scenic rivers, but the thought and care that has been put into every aspect of planning it. This goes for the boat itself with excellent if relatively small cabins as well as all the facilities needed for an enoyable trip. The food for us was one of the highlights, with different areas of Indian cuisine explored each night. International dishes were also on offer but unless you are allergic to spices not the best choice. But possibly the most impressive part of the cruise were the various daily excursions to the village and national parks along the way - Assam is yet to be inundated with tourists so what we saw were some fascinating insights into the cultural life of rural India.. Finally to say how impressde we were with the service - the wonderfully friendly staff are coordinated by the onboard naturalist and photographer but above all by Nina, our elegant hostess who supervises evrything with charm and finesse
Written March 4, 2020
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Sandra L
Braintree, UK6 contributions
MV Mahabaahu on the Brahmaputra
Oct 2019 • Friends
Really wonderful trip. Treated like honoured guests on the boat. Excellent food and very well looked after. We visited villages along the river and saw artisans crafts a village run jute factory and tea plantations. We went on safari and saw one horned rhino, water buffaloes, elephant etc. Eagles, cranes and many more. We were also extremely lucky to see a rare golden faced bengal tiger whilst exploring the banks of the river in the boats tender. Thoroughly recommend this trip.
Written December 14, 2019
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FJHH24
Woking, UK306 contributions
A WONDERFUL WAY TO SEE THE SIGHTS ALONG THE BRAMAPUTRA.
Dec 2019
We had booked a cruise on the Mahabaahu and found it very enjoyable. The crew were exceedingly attentive and helpful and the naturalist/photographer very knowledgeable. It was interesting to visit the various villages along the banks and to realise that they have to contend with the river rising every year with the monsoon and they may have to relocate. In the park we were fortunate to see many animals and birds, but unfortunately not a tiger! One of the highlights was the lit lamps being launched in the river - rather moving.
Written December 13, 2019
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Deepankar B
Navi Mumbai, India2,746 contributions
Lifeline of Assam
Jun 2019 • Family
Brahmaputra river is the lifeline of Assam, its people and culture. Futile lands on its bank develops variety of crops, creating human civilization and its beauty attracts visitors through out the year. It is also treated as one of the holiest river in India and only male river in the world.
Written June 15, 2019
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Anand J
21 contributions
Brahmaputra Cruise ride
May 2019 • Family
It is a luxurious cruise ride offered across Brahmaputra river. You have to pre book your seat on cruise and the charges would be Rs.350 to 450/- based on your seat selection. Cruise offers you paid restaurant services including drinks on board.

Live orchestra with old hindi songs crests a nostalgia.

During ride you enjoy the beautiful sunset view across Brahmaputra.

I strongly recommend this activity during your stay at Guwahati Assam India.
Written June 4, 2019
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1plato23
Bury St. Edmunds, UK431 contributions
7 Nights on MV Mahabaahu upstream - very enjoyable.
Mar 2019 • Couples
The collection from the airport was not great. We waited for another couple to arrive on a different flight and share the taxi with us for over an hour. Having made a fuss the decision was made for us to continue by ourselves. This should have been dealt with much quicker.
We travelled from Guwahati to Jorhat.
We had a suite (101) which was comfortable and kept very clean. The additional cost over the standard balcony room was not worth it. We did have dinner in the room on two occasions but the first was a bit of a trial and not very well organised.

The staff were delightful and very helpful.

We enjoyed most of the excursions off the boat. The tenders used were excellent.
There is not much to see whilst cruising but we enjoyed relaxing, both on the top deck and the room's small balcony.

Food was very good - we had the non-veg Indian selection for all dinners.

What I really did not like was the inability to seat as a twosome for most meals. The first night we were all split up to sit with random guests - I hated being next to two gun-toting far-right Americans who I avoided thereafter. Apart from breakfast we always had to sit with others. I would have preferred having the choice to sit by ourselves sometimes but the dining room had only one sitting with insufficient room for tables for two.

Drinks were absurdly expensive which was somewhat money-grabbing considering the overall cost of the week.

The naturalist's lectures were delivered in boring monotone.

Overall we enjoyed it and I am pleased we did the cruise.
Written March 22, 2019
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Agni1
Munich, Germany175 contributions
Best cruise in North India
Jan 2019 • Couples
The 2 to 6-day cruise takes place aboard the MV Mahabaahu, which is much larger than the boats shown some pictures here. Three bridges plus a bridge with pool. Everything inside is absolut clean. Thirty people take care of 20 to 30 passengers. The madam director (the only woman on board) is a woman of great character and very captivating. All the staff are absolutely helpful and ready to help. The excursions are well organized and interesting. The food is excellent. The bar well filled. All this comes at a price, but it's worth it. Only small criticism: for "old travellers" like us, who "do" India for more than 30 years, we do not want to visit the temples (Kamakya!) With these ridiculous plastic bags as shoes!
Written February 6, 2019
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cycleSteve
Marrakech, Morocco249 contributions
Spectacular river cruise on the Charaidew with Assam Bengal Navigation
Dec 2018 • Solo
I just completed an incredible one-week trip with Assam Bengal Navigation aboard the Charaidew. Where do I begin with superlatives?

The tour itinerary included visits to beautiful tea plantations, wildlife sanctuaries where we spotted several one-horned rhinos, small native villages and of course the beautiful expanse of the Brahmaputra where time seems to have stood still.

The ship is one of the company's older vessels yet very comfortable, ensuite cabins, an extraordinarily friendly & helpful staff, food always freshly prepared, varied and quite tasty. Our group was never hungry!

The tour included a naturalist during wildlife outings and even a tea expert to assist with tea tasting & education. The days cruising the river featured talks from the cruise director about Assam and India on a whole range of subjects, all quite interesting. On the top deck at night the sky was filled with stars - and unlike other river cruises I've taken, the ship does not move after sunset which makes for a great nights' sleep.

I also enjoyed the evening we docked near Tezpur, a reasonable size city along the river. Strolling through the town center I truly had the feeling of being in a part of India few foreigners get to experience; the city was delightful, friendly faces everywhere at the markets and shops.

This was my second visit to India and my first to Assam. I've come to so enjoy river cruises and highly recommend Assam Bengal Navigation. My hope is to join another of their cruises in the future along the Ganges.
Written January 5, 2019
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