Rhinos & More (ABN Charaidew II)

Rhinos & More (ABN Charaidew II)

From USD $2,380


This 7-night cruise starts at Guwahati and terminates at Silghat near Tezpur and Kaziranga. Highlights are the Nameri and Kaziranga National Parks, and temples in Tezpur.

Trip Name
Rhinos & More (ABN Charaidew II)
Charaidew II, entered service on the Brahmaputra in January 2019. Built in Kolkata, her length is 44.50 m and breadth is 11.00 m and is powered by 2 engines. Her extra-shallow draught and a lower profile than conventional designs allow her to cruise faster. Charaidew II has 18 cabins in total: 2 spacious deluxe cabins (350 sq. feet) and 12 spacious twin/double cabins (240 sq. feet.) are on the upper deck while 4 cabins with queen size bed (170 sq. feet) are on the main deck for which we charge no supplement. The decor reflects a sense of homecoming to Assam, with touches of colonial elegance, brought to life by traditional Assamese designs on hand-woven cotton fabrics. All standard cabins on Charaidew II have French balconies, while the two deluxe cabins have a private balcony. There is a comfortable saloon and bar, dining room, a big open sundeck, gym, and a small spa onboard which offers a wide range of treatments. ONBOARD FEATURES Spacious cabins with individual climate control En suite shower/WC with Biotique toiletries Generous cupboard space and under-bed storage Hair drier in each cabin Minibar in each cabin In-room electronic safe Tea/coffee making facilities in cabins Intercommunication telephone in cabins High quality bathrobes and slippers in cabins Large sliding glass windows offering panoramic views of the river Vast sundeck both open and shaded, with sofas and sun loungers Spacious air-conditioned saloon Mini library Spa with choice of treatments In-house gym   SERVICES Shore excursion program including all admissions Services of in-house guide and naturalist during excursions and onboard Cold towel service after excursions Welcome drink after excursions Shoe-cleaning after excursions Turndown service in all cabins Expertly trained culinary staff Single seating for buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner Acclaimed combination of Indian and Western cuisines Wide choice of wines, spirits and beer Complimentary tea, coffee and packaged water throughout Welcome reception Farewell reception Local on-board dance & song performances 24/7 power backup Wi-Fi internet in the saloon, sundeck; dining hall (subject to network availability) during the day time.


Day 1 - DAY 1 Guwahati
Meet at Guwahati airport and transfer to our cruise at Pandu port, Enjoy lunch while crusing downstream to Sualkuchi. PM walk through Sualkuchi, a bustling little town that is the centre of Assamese silk production, to visit weaving workshops. Witness the whole process of silk manufacture, from cocoon and spinning to dyeing and hand-weaving into exquisite mekhela chadars (a two-piece sari, the traditional attire of an Assamese woman). We then sail up to dock close to the great Saraighat bridge
Day 2 - DAY 2 Nilachal Hill
This morning, drive up Nilachal Hill to see the holy Kamakhya temple. With its tantric rites and animal sacrifice, the more squeamish among us may prefer to content themselves with the exteriors. Visit the poignant Commonwealth War Graves cemetery before embarking on your cruise vessel at Uzan Bazaar. We set sail and cruise pass Kurua on the north bank.
Day 3 - DAY 3 Jotiabari
​AM cruise up and visit a river side village, with its lush green fields of vegetables. The day is spent mostly cruising upstream with jungle-covered hills rising on either side, often battling against strong currents to reach Jotiabari. Enjoy Indian cooking demonstration onboard.
Day 4 - DAY 4 Tezpur
​This morning, cruise on to reach Tezpur where, after lunch, we will visit the 6th century Da Parbatia temple ruins with its beautifully carved portal. Later, explore the town by cycle rickshaw, stopping at Cole Park with its medieval stone carvings saved from sites all over the region. Enjoy free time in local market. Our ship will be waiting at the town’s waterfront for us to reboard.
Day 5 - DAY 5 Nameri National Park
​After an early breakfast, drive for some two hours to the Nameri National Park at the foot of the blue hills of Arunachal Pradesh, the old North East Frontier Agency. Here, we take a float trip of around two hours down the Jia-Bhoreli River through the park. There are excellent bird-watching opportunities here (look out for the great Hornbills) and, perhaps, the chance of sighting wild elephants. After lunch, take a village walk before returning to the ship. Continue upstream, passing below a seemingly endless new bridge across the vast width of the riverbed, to moor at Steemer Ghat.​
Day 6 - DAY 6 Kaziranga
​Today, drive to Kaziranga’s Central Range for a morning jeep safari. Enjoy lunch at DRL. Afterwards take another jeep safari in the little visited Burapahar Range before returning to the boat. Covering an area of approximately 430 sq kms, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park is home to the world’s largest population of the Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros as well as the Indian Wild Water Buffalo. It has also earned the distinction of having the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers (one every five sq. km.) making this park an incredibly rich biodiversity hotspot. With its marshy swamps and thickets of elephant grass, this park supports large populations of Indian elephants, Indian bison, swamp deer, and Capped Langurs.​Besides wildlife, Kaziranga National Park is also a birding paradise. A few of the bird species found here are the Oriental Honey Buzzard, Black-shouldered Kite, White-tailed Eagle, Himalayan Griffon and so on.​Kaziranga National Park also frequently draws comparisons to the Serengeti in Africa due to the park's abundance of wildlife and birds.
Day 7 - DAY 7 Uloni
​This morning, go on a visit to a local tea garden and weekly market of Uloni. In the afternoon, drive to Kaziranga’s Western range (Bagori Range) for jeep safari.
Day 8 - DAY 8 Kaziranga
​Rise early for a 4-hour drive back to Guwahati airport. Alternatively, we can arrange a 40-minute transfer to Tezpur airport or a 2 ½ hr transfer to Jorhat airport.Kaziranga National Park has low-lying grassland, which may not be visitable when the river is at or near flood level.
Day 9 - Please Note:
This itinerary, including the cruise and approximate driving durations, is subject to river and weather conditions.​

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
14-03-202021-03-2020USD $3,115MAIN DECK CABIN
14-03-202021-03-2020USD $3,640UPPER DECK TWIN/DOUBLE
14-03-202021-03-2020USD $3,990UPPER DECK DELUXE DOUBLE
11-04-202018-04-2020USD $2,380MAIN DECK CABIN
11-04-202018-04-2020USD $2,905UPPER DECK TWIN/DOUBLE
11-04-202018-04-2020USD $3,185UPPER DECK DELUXE DOUBLE
31-10-202007-11-2020USD $3,115MAIN DECK CABIN
31-10-202007-11-2020USD $3,640UPPER DECK TWIN/DOUBLE
31-10-202007-11-2020USD $3,990UPPER DECK DELUXE DOUBLE
20-03-202127-03-2021USD $3,640UPPER DECK TWIN/DOUBLE
20-03-202127-03-2021USD $3,990UPPER DECK DELUXE DOUBLE
20-03-202127-03-2021USD $3,115MAIN DECK CABIN
17-04-202124-04-2021USD $2,380MAIN DECK CABIN
17-04-202124-04-2021USD $2,905UPPER DECK TWIN/DOUBLE
17-04-202124-04-2021USD $3,185UPPER DECK DELUXE DOUBLE


    • GUWAHATI. The state capital of Assam, Guwahati is a bustling city that's built along the Brahmaputra river. Offshore lies Peacock Island with its temple, while on a hill above the town, Tantric rites are practised at the Kamakhya Temple. There's a good museum and a poignant War cementery.
    • TEZPUR. Another tea centre, and the access point to Nameri National Park in the foothills. Orang National Park is on the river banks downstream from here.