|Mighty Brahmaputra from Guwahati|
Two weeks before in a dead night, I received a call from Astoria New York by a beautiful friend of mine Kate Rohrer whom I met before when I was In New Jersey.
I was fully awake from my half-conscious state when she mentioned she wanted to go on a Brahmaputra Cruise in India and insisted for me to come along and make all the necessary arrangements. I do not know...I just agreed. The rest of the night I was on my laptop doing research and making arrangements.
A hand tapped my shoulder. Surprised, I looked back. Kate was smiling at me. After exchange of few words we both were looking at the river, boats and big ferries at a distance....lost in our own world...
Day 1Next day a representative of the cruise company “The Brahmaputra River Cruise” arrived with a car to take us to Jorhat, a journey of 307 kms by road to a place called Neemati Ghat, a boarding point into our cruise vessel. The road journey to Jorhat was scenic and enchanting with winding roads, green fields and tea gardens. Kate’s father John and her sister Stephanie was with us, enjoying every moment of our road journey to Jorhat.
|Vessel M. V. MANASHPUTRA |
Later we had a briefing by the Captain followed by a delicious dinner, all of us preferring Assamese dishes rather than continental.
Day 2Morning after an early breakfast, we drove to Sivasagar, a great historical site in India. It was the capital of the Ahoms who ruled Assam for 600 years until their kingdom fell to the Burmese in 1819. We visited the ruins of Ahom Palace at Rangghar in Sivasagar. We also visited Siva Dol Temple which was believed to be the tallest in India. Later went to see a man made miracle, hundred s of years back- Joysagar
Everything was so fascinating..difficult to explain in words!
After lunch we proceed to a Tea Garden at Jorhat and later strolled into Jorhat market. By the evening returned to the vessel
|Arial view of Majuli|
Day 4After breakfast, we sailed further downstream to reach near the mouth of river Dhansiri. Here we visit a tribal village of ‘Mising’ people (they migrated from nearby state known as Arunachal Pradesh to Assam centuries ago), speaking their own language “Mising” rather than Asamese. This was an out of the world experience, a wonder of going back into the past, especially for foreigners like Kate and her relatives from US
Day 5We sailed downstream towards the confluence of Bridhaganga river and Brahmaputra to visit a famous temple popularly known as “Gupta Kashi” which is located at the confluence. While sailing at slow rhythm I scanned the exotic and mystic world around me. The remote under populated vastness was at times interfered with beautiful villages of the Assamese countryside, where life seemed to move as slowly and ambiguously as the pace of the river. At times, the scenery also changed to a distant sight of tea plantations that seemed to roll on in a carpet of greenery for endless miles....
|Assamese Bihu Dance on Board|
|Kaziranga National Park|
|Bamuni Hills Tejpur|
Day 8After breakfast, we met the entire crew of the vessel formally and later left by car to Guwahati, a road journey of about 3 hours. For all of us, it was a tearful parting with the crew and the vessel “M. V. MANASHPUTRA.”. . memories traveling with us for me on the road back to Mumbai and to New York NY for my beautiful friend Kate Rohrer.
The cost of the cruise with m/s Brahmaputra River Cruise (http://brahmaputrarivercruises.com/index.asp):
- Rs. 15,750.00 Per Pax Per Night on Twin Sharing Basis
- Rs. 9450.00 Single Supplement
The other recommended Brahmaputra cruise organizers:http://www.assambengalnavigation.com/
Overseas visitors can contact the above sites or can also visit: