Assam Cruise: Dispatch 2 - Upstream

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Assam Cruise: Dispatch 2 - Upstream

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Destination for this trip:

Delhi, India; Guwahati, India; India; Tezpur, India

Length of trip:

9 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 2000 to $ 3000

Best travel dates to go:

January, February, March, April, October, November, December

Detailed Description of this trip:

The cruises feature visits and attractions such as wildlife viewing (both by jeep and on elephant back), village walks, visits to tea gardens, exploring country towns in cycle rickshaws, barbecues on deserted river islands, dance performances and visits to craft workshops in the state of Assam (North - East India). This 7-night cruise starts in Guwahati, ends in Silghat near Tezpur and Kaziranga, and is identical to the current Rhino Upstream Cruise. Highlights are Orang and Kaziranga National Parks, and temples in Tezpur. (previously featured as the Rhino Cruise)

Trip Properties:

Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Delhi

    You will arrive in India at either of the two main connecting cities of Delhi & Kolkata (Calcutta) to Guwahati and you wil meet our representative at the airport, who will assist you with checking-in at your hotel.

  • Day 2 - Guwahati

    Commercial Flight

    Breakfast at hotel. Then transfer to Delhi domestic airport to board flight for Guwahati.


    We will meet at Guwahati airport and taken on a short sightseeing tour of the city.


    Drive up Nilachal Hill to see the holy Kamakhya temple. With its tantric rites and animal sacrifice, the more squeamish may prefer to content themselves with the exterior. Visit the poignant Commonwealth War Graves cemetery.


    Finally walk through a local market before embarking on your cruise vessel.

    River or Barge Cruise

    We will set sail and cruise for about an hour and a half upstream to Kurua on the north bank.

  • Day 3 - At Sea

    River or Barge Cruise

    The day is spent cruising upstream, with hills rising on either side. Battling against strong currents, we will reach an idyllic stop at Ganesh Pahar, where we can explore a delightfully serene winterland lying under jungle-covered slopes.

  • Day 4 - At Sea

    River or Barge Cruise

    Leaving the hills behind, we will enjoy our first taste of the wilderness experience.


    We may make a short stop to visit a bankside village, creating a sensation as we do. We 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 5 - At Sea

    River or Barge Cruise

    Rising early, we will take to our country boat for another cruise up a side stream, this time into the Orang National Park.

    National Parks

    Here in this rarely visited park, we will mount elephants and ride them through the forest and grasslands, looking for rhino, deer, and other wildlife.

    River or Barge Cruise

    Returning to Charaidew, we will cruise upstream to the little trading settlement of Singri Ghat, its main street running alongside a tea garden.

  • Day 6 - Tezpur

    River or Barge Cruise

    We will cruise to Tezpur this morning.


    We will drive out to the 6th century Da Parbatia temple ruins with a beautifully carved portal, then explore the town by cycle rickshaw, stopping at Cole Park with medieval stone carvings saved from sites all over the region and perhaps they appeared in the bungalow once lived in by Alexander Bruce, pioneer of the tea industry.

  • Day 7 - At Sea

    River or Barge Cruise

    We continue upstream, passing below a seemingly endless new bridge across the vast width of the river bed, to moor at Steemer Ghat (sic), a lovely beach backed by jungle-covered hills.


    In the afternoon, we will drive to Kaziranga's Western Range for a jeep safari and we will scan the wilderness from an observation tower.


    Kaziranga is a World Heritage site and with a population of well over 1000 rhinoceros, it is the best place in the world to see these beasts. There are also abundant populations of tigers, wild elephants, sambars, swamp deers, hog deers, wild pigs, and many other species.

  • Day 8 - India


    We will disembark pre-dawn and drive to Kaziranga's Central Range for an early morning elephant ride, which is the best way to get really close to the rhino and other animals. After breakfast at a lodge, we will walk through the terraced tea gardens and walk past a Karbi tribal village, then drive to a Mising tribal village, with their distinctive houses raised on piles.


    After lunch either take a jeep safari in the little visited Eastern Range before returning to the boat, or if preferred return directly to Steemer Ghat, visit a delightful Assamese village nearby and walk along a path alive with butterflies to a solitary temple on the river bank.

  • Day 9 - Guwahati

    An early start for the 4 hour drive back to Guwahati airport, or alternatively we can arrange 40 minute transfer to Tezpur airport to fly to Delhi or Kolkata to connect international flight with a room for short stay at the airport hotel.

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