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ABN Charaidew and ABN Sukapha

Assam, India

1/5 ABNCo boats carry passengers along the Brahmaputra and stop to visit Kaziranga National Park
ABNCo boats carry passengers along the Brahmaputra and stop to visit Kaziranga National Park
2/5 Sit back and take in the views while sailing along the Brahmaputra on board MV Sukapha
Sit back and take in the views while sailing along the Brahmaputra on board MV Sukapha
3/5 The Assam Bengal Navigation Company are pioneers of long-distance river journeys in remote areas of India
The Assam Bengal Navigation Company are pioneers of long-distance river journeys in remote areas of India
4/5 A small launch is often used to take take passengers from Chairadew and Sukapha to shore for safaris and sight seeing
A small launch is often used to take take passengers from Chairadew and Sukapha to shore for safaris and sight seeing
5/5 Sukapha ready to set sail from Guwahati
Sukapha ready to set sail from Guwahati

Guide Price: From: $305

The Charidew and Sukapha passenger boats are sister ships that offer relaxed and comfortable journeys along the Brahmaputra and Hugli rivers though the heart of rural northeast India.

Wildlife and wilderness are the main features of a cruise in Assam on the vast Brahmaputra – the river bed is often 20 or 30km across, an empty world of sand spits and water with marvellous bird life and the occasional Gangetic Dolphin. The cruises here also give access to a number of India’s National Parks, including Kaziranga, perhaps the finest of all, and Manas, a Project Tiger reserve on the Bhutan border.

Ganges and Hugli cruises upstream from Calcutta (Kolkata) are all about visits to villages, towns, temples and monuments in a little-known but fascinating and culturally rich part of India, on foot and by cycle rickshaw as well as vehicle. The Sonepur Cattle Fair, on the banks of the Ganges in rural Bihar, is one of India’s great undiscovered spectacles, and arriving by and staying on board a boat offshore lets you visit it in comfort.

Owned and managed by the Assam Bengal Navigation Company, this Indo-British joint venture pioneered long-distance river journeys in India in 2003. Each ship is crewed by a wonderful team of gentle staff who will accompany you on daily forays into the surrounding landscape to visit cities, historic sites, wildlife sanctuaries and other places of interest.

Both ships have 12 air-conditioned twin bedded cabins on the upper deck with en-suite shower room and large picture windows for enjoying views of the passing scenery. Also on the upper deck is a small open-air bar and plenty of room for reclining on a sun lounger with a cooling drink between disembarkations.

Buffet meals of Assamese (milder than most Indian cuisine) and continental dishes are shared around communal tables in the dining room on the lower deck and the maximum size group of 24 passengers is ideal for creating a friendly house party atmosphere on board. Though not luxurious, the service is kind and attentive and the Charaidew and Sukapha are the most comfortable way to travel this part of India. A variety of itineraries are available lasting from 4 to 10 nights are available and can be combined with travel to other parts of India through a network of local flights.

For advice on planning and booking your trip to north east India, please get in touch and we'll be happy to help.

Accommodation:

River passenger boats with 12 simple air-conditioned cabins

Guide Price:

From: 305

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Inclusions / Exclusions:

All meals and guided excursions. Price is per person per night

About Assam and India

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1/5 Children on a country boat, Assam
Children on a country boat, Assam
2/5 Elephant back safari in Kaziranga National Park
Elephant back safari in Kaziranga National Park
3/5 Life on the Brahmaputra, Assam
Life on the Brahmaputra, Assam
4/5 Tea pickers, Assam
Tea pickers, Assam
5/5 Cattle farming on Majuli island, Assam
Cattle farming on Majuli island, Assam

Assam

Situated in the far north eastern corner of India in a region largely isolated from the rest of the country, Assam has international borders with Bhutan and Bangladesh. The state was once much larger but following India’s independence in 1947 Assam was broken up to create several smaller ones along ethno-linguistic lines, known as the ‘seven sisters’. (They are all joined to the rest of India only by a 20km wide strip of land called the Siliguri Corridor).  Read more?

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2/5 Young tigers rough and tumble in the lake at Tadoba
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