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SAIL DATES FOR BL # 03: THE UPPER REACHES (Upstream)

BL # 03 (UP): TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON, CRUISES START FROM OCTOBER/ NOVEMBER 2013

 

BL # 03 A ONE CRUISES SPECIAL itinerary:  THE UPPER REACHES

This 10 day programme gives you a chance to sail to never-before-explored areas on the Brahmaputra. RV Bir Lachit sails eastwards and encounters one of the most challenging part of navigating this mighty river. Though the river is very wide here we need to find a channel deep enough to navigate through and go beyond and east of Dibrugarh town. We take pride in the fact that no other tourist vessel has sailed in these waters during the winter/ tourist season when the water levels are low due to their comparatively deeper draft.  We visit the Dibru-Saikhowa Biosphere Reserve and National Park. Explore the river island of Majuli, short listed for UNESCO World Heritage Site for culture among other interesting places.   

Day 1: Arrive at Jorhat airport and transfer to Neematighat, appx one hour drive. Embark RV Bir Lachit and cruise 2 hours to Majuli Island, the world’s largest inhabited river island. Visit ‘satras’ or Hindu monasteries, watch a dance-drama enacted by the monks of the satras. The whole island is now shortlisted for future UNESCO World Heritage status.

Day 2: Morning start cruising upstream up to Dikhow Mukh close to the town of Sibsagar. Arrive by late afternoon. Disembark and visit a typical Assamese village.

Day 3: Morning drive to Sibsagar, the one-time capital of the Ahoms. Visit Shiva dol or temple which is the tallest temple in India dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple tank here is believed to be the world’s largest hand-excavated reservoir. From here visit Rang Ghar or the amphitheater and also Kareng Ghar or palace. The Ahom architecture is a mix of Moghul and South East Asian style, unique to these parts.

Day 4: Sail upstream and continue towards Dhemaji, stopping at a bank side village of the Mising tribe. Rejoining the vessel we sail upto Bogibeel.    

Day 5: Today we move towards the northern shore of the Brahmaputra as we will encounter very shallow channels on the southern side. This is one of the most challenging part of our cruise as there is only a narrow channel that will allow us to navigate through and go beyond and east of Dibrugarh town; we will indeed have to come back some distance to the southern shore to dock at Dibrugarh. (the existing cruise vessels do not negotiate this during the winter/ tourist season when the water levels are low due to their comparatively deeper draft).  

Day 6: We disembark and visit Dibrugarh and a tea estate. Lunch at a tea estate bungalow. Return to vessel and sail further upstream.

Day 7:  We are pushing east again and after almost a day’s sail we arrive at Guijan ghat near Tinsukia.

Day 8: Take a motorized boat and explore this riverine wilderness called Dibru-Saikhowa Biosphere Reserve and National Park. Birds are a plenty and so are wild life. Trek through grasslands and high ground looking out for rare orchids.

Day 9: Explore Digboi where the first oil well was struck more than a hundred years ago – the world’s oldest operating refinery is still going strong here – there is also a very interesting oil museum. Return to vessel, our last night on board. Farewell dinner. 

Day 10: Drive 2 hrs to Dibrugarh airport.         

Price covers cruise on full board, all excursions, all airport transfers within Assam. Excluded are drinks at the bar, laundry, tips, and camera fees in national parks.

Itinerary subject to river conditions. 

 

 
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