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SAIL DATES FOR BL # 06: WILD LIFE & MORE (Downstream)

BL # 06 (DOWN): TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON, CRUISES START FROM OCTOBER/ NOVEMBER 2013

 

BL # 6:  WILD LIFE & MORE (Downstream)

Two national parks, a village on the banks only accessible from the river where no four-wheeler has ever treaded, market place or local bazaars are but a few attractions in this 7 night cruise. Moving downstream you will soon find yourself lost in the vastness of this great river.

Day 1: Arrive Guwahati and drive 4 and ½ hours to Silghat/ or 2 ½ hr transfer from Jorhat airport. Board the waiting RV Bir Lachit. Silghat is located on the slopes of low hills covered with teak plantations. If time permits we will take a walk between the river and the hills – butterflies abound here – and come upon an old cave temple.

Day 2: Today at the crack of dawn we board our vehicles and drive for about an hour to Kaziranga’s Central Range for an elephant safari, get close to the rhino and other wild life. Mid day we stroll through a village inhabited by the Mising tribe and then walk for sometime along a tea estate  before taking our lunch at a lodge. PM ride open jeeps through the western Range before returning to the boat.

Day 3: Sailing downstream we go under the long bridge across the river and land at Tezpur. Visit Cole Park with stone carvings from the 11-12th Century AD collected from all around the town and surrounding areas. From here we drive a short distance to the 6th century temple ruins of Da Parbatia with a beautifully carved doorway.  Ride cycle rickshaws through the bazaars of Tezpur and return to Bir Lachit. Sail downstream until dusk.

Please note if we do not find a channel to sail into Orang NP on day 4  we will do Nameri national park from Tezpur.  Options are trekking/ rafting in Nameri NP.    

Day 4: Sailing in the morning hours we arrive at a bankside village. Early risers may view the great Himalayas in the distance towards the north before the sun is too high in the sky. After lunch we enter a side channel and sail some distance to land at the Orang National Park.  Look out for the Himalayas in the north. Closer to your boat you may spot dolphins in the river. We take a jeep safari in this rarely visited park, home to the rhino, deer, elephants and an interesting variety of birds. Returning to Bir Lachit we prepare ourselves for a ber-be-que on the sand bank where our vessel is moored.  

Day 5: Sail most part of the day reaching Ganesh Pahar (the Hill of Lord Ganesha) in the evening.

Day 6:  We disembark and walk through a village that hasn’t seen a four wheeler as there are no roads to let one enter it. We also visit the hill with the rock cut figure of Lord Ganesha and a simple but holy shrine. Returning to the vessel we sail down hooting as we go past Ganesh pahar, paying obeisance to the rock cut figure of Lord Ganesha – the local legend has it that Lord Ganesha protects all those that sail past these hills. It is, in a way, quite relevant that you need to battle against strong currents in these very parts as the navigable channel is narrow and the flow of the river is swift.

Day 7: We sail into Guwahati today.  Disembark, visit the holy Kamakhya temple situated atop Nilachal Hill. This is one of the most important ‘shakti’ or tantric temples of India. There is a small but neatly maintained World War II  Commonwealth War Graves cemetery in the city which we will visit.  We take you to a city restaurant for lunch before returning to our vessel for our last night.  

Day 8: Disembark and driven to Guwahati airport for departure transfer.

Itinerary subject to river conditions.

 
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