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India Adventure: Cruise & Bike the Brahmaputra

  • 26 Dec
  • -
  • 02 Jan 2021
  • |
  • 8 days

$3790

per person

Availability: 20 places

  • Ancient

  • Tribal

  • Religious

  • Animals

  • Birds

  • Biking

  • Food

  • Photo

  • Safari

Discover Assam in northeast India on our newest adventure by bike & boat river cruise along the mighty Brahmaputra River. This India river cruise is ideal for cyclists with non-cycling partners or friends who want to join, as there are daily activities tailored for both. After a day of exploring on bikes or on foot, you'll meet back up to cruise in comfort along one of India's major waterways.
 
Join us as we launch this spectacular bike & barge journey along the Brahmaputra, featuring a mixture of tribal, mythological, cultural and nature-filled cycling adventures guaranteed to thrill you at every turn. Non-cycling guests will also enjoy the full experience with plenty of off-boat activities, such as guided walking tours, along with visits to all the cultural and historic sites on our route. Immerse yourself fully in Northeastern India with this epic journey by bike and boat along with land and river.
 
Your Ship: 10 private cabins with twin beds, private bathroom and AC

Single use supplement USD 1860.- per person

Included:
7 nights on cruise with RV Charaidew by Assam Bengal Navigation

Meals as per itinerary 
High quality bicycles and helmets, mechanic
Entrance fees
Local English speaking guide
Local English speaking guide and minivan for non-cyclists  
 
Not Included:
Pre tour Kolkata, International and domestic flights, visa, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, insurance, tipping, personal expenses

Min 6 guests, Max 20 guests

Day 1

Welcome in Jorhat

Welcome to Jorhat, one of two major tea centers in Assam! After picking you up from the airport, we’ll enjoy lunch at a tea bungalow before mounting our bikes. A short ride towards the river where our ship will be docked will get our cycling legs ready for the week ahead. Once onboard, settle into your accommodation and enjoy the sunset plus an introductory Assamese traditional dinner, your first impression of the cuisine of the region.

Riding: 20km

Meals: LD

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Day 2

Majuli Island

Majuli Island, a vast body of land in the Brahmaputra, is home to a number of unique Vaishnavite Hindu monasteries famous for performances of religious dance-drama. Majuli is a microcosm of regional culture that represents authentic, rural Assam. Majuli also offers a beautiful, flat landscape for cycling. Let’s hop on our bikes and check out the surroundings, where rural villagers will welcome us enthusiastically, as foreigners are not often seen cycling the area. At the end of the day, we’ll visit a monastery and its eclectic museum to attend a dance performance. Later, we return to the boat to start our cruise.

Riding: 35-55km

Meals: BLD

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Day 3

Cruising day

Today, relax on board as we sail towards Biswanath Ghat. We’ll have a chance to meet the crew operating the Chairadew and tour the ship. As time permits we'll make a short visit to a riverside village community. By late morning, Kaziranga National Park will be on our left – wild elephants, are sometimes visible from the boat and at times, memorably, a tiger.

Riding: -

Meals: BLD

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Day 4

to Biswanath Ghat and Balipara

Assam has many hidden gems, and certainly one such place is the Biswanath Ghat. Named after an ancient temple housing nearly 330 million gods and goddesses, the area still contains more than 100 temples in the vicinity, though what is left today in many cases are just the stone posts. We will pedal from near the river to the start of tea plantation country straddling the northern shore of the river. After this cycling exploration, we’ll rejoin the ship near Tezpur. Tonight there’s time to stroll through this lively town located in the prosperous agricultural region.

Riding: 40-60km

Meals: BLD

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Day 5

Ganesh Ghat

An early morning transfer takes us to the edge of Nameri National Park. A naturalist guide will lead us on a walk of this migratory gateway. Later by bike we’ll continue our cycling exploration of small villages and take advantage of the chance to immerse ourselves in this unique subset of Indian culture.

Riding: 35-55km

Meals: BLD

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Day 6

Cruise day

Today is our second full day to relax aboard our ship. Take advantage of this to restore your body for the next day’s riding and enjoy the views as we cruise along. We will have the opportunity to savor a tea tasting session with a professional tea taster and tea auctioneer! Does it get more iconic ‘India’ than that?

Riding: -

Meals: BLD

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Day 7

Safari

Today promises to be an exciting one as we cycle through picturesque villages and countryside along the south riverbank of the great Brahmaputra to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. This is considered the most densely populated area in the world of the rare one-horned rhino. Get your cameras at the ready to capture extensive birdlife as well as elephants, rhinos, and wild buffalo. After our safari and lunch, we’ll ride back though Mayong, considered the land of black where the worship of witches is still practiced. Back on board, we cruise a short distance to reach Guwahati.

Riding: 35-55km

Meals: BLD

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Day 8

Tour ends in Guwahati

Guwahati is the largest city of Assam and serves as the hub for the seven states of northeast India. This is the site of the region’s well-known religious shrine: Kamakhya Temple which is dedicated to the tantric goddesses of India. This morning we’ll explore the city sites with our guides by foot and coach, before returning to our barge for disembarkation and airport transfers.

Riding: -

Meals: B

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