Silk & Rhinos – 5 Day India River Cruise

Silk & Rhinos – 5 Day India River Cruise

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Embark on an enchanting 5-day river cruise in Assam, India, exploring the cultural and natural wonders of the region. Starting at Pandu port, cruise downstream to Sualkuchi, witnessing the silk-making process and admiring the exquisite mekhela chadars. Explore the revered Kamakhya temple atop Nilachal Hill before cruising upstream and enjoying a leisurely day on the riverbanks. Proceed to Kaziranga National Park for an exhilarating jeep safari, home to the iconic Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros and abundant wildlife. Conclude the journey with fond farewells and transfers to Guwahati or nearby airports, leaving you with cherished memories of this remarkable Assam river adventure.

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Silk & Rhinos - 5 Day India River Cruise
Vessel Type: River Boat Passenger Capacity: 24 Length: 40 meters Built: 2006 With a maximum group size of 24 guests, ABN Sukapha was designed to expertly navigate the mighty waters of the Brahmaputra river. In an effort to conserve India’s forests, her 12 upper deck cabins are bamboo-paneled, air-conditioned and roomy with en suite bathrooms; these cabins also have large, sliding windows that offer panoramic views of the river. There is a spa and a saloon with a library. The dining room is on the main deck and a spacious sundeck at the very top. Cane furniture on board, objet d'arts and handlooms on the ship are all locally made by talented artisans from Assam. 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 * High quality linens * Large sliding glass windows offering panoramic views of the river * ​Vast sundeck with sunloungers or steamer chairs * Spacious air-conditioned saloon with library and recorded entertainment * Spa with choice of treatments. Services * Shore excursion programme including all admissions * Naturalist onboard the vessel * 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 & Western cuisines * Wide choice of wines, spirits & beer * Complimentary tea, coffee & mineral water throughout * Welcome reception * Farewell reception * Local on-board dance & song performances.


Day 1 - DAY 1 Guwahati
Meet at Guwahati airport and transfer to our cruise at Pandu port. Enjoy lunch while cruising downstream to Sualkuchi. An afternoon walk through Sualkuchi, a bustling little town that is the centre of Assamese silk production, offers a chance to visit weaving workshops. Witness the whole process of silk manufacture, from cocoon and spinning, then dyeing to 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 you’ll drive up Nilachal Hill to see the holy Kamakhya temple, one of the most revered centres of tantric practices in India. Dedicated to the goddess Kamakhya (the goddess of desire, granter of desires), the temple symbolises the fusion of faiths and practices of Aryan and non-Aryan elements in Assam. We shall walk around the exteriors of the temple, among numerous pilgrims from around the country, taking in the sights, sounds and vibrant energy of the temple before returning to the vessel. Later, cruise up towards Mayong.
Day 3 - DAY 3 River Cruising
​​This morning, cruise upstream and visit a riverside village with its lush green fields of vegetables. The day is spent mostly cruising upstream and presents an opportunity to catch up on reading, writing about your experiences so far, or simply watching life unfold on the riverbanks and jungle-covered hills that rise on either side. Enjoy an Indian cooking demonstration onboard.
Day 4 - DAY 4 Silghat & Kaziranga National Park
​This morning you cruise on to reach Silghat where, after lunch, you’ll drive to Kaziranga National Park for a jeep safari in the Western range of the park. 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, the park supports large populations of Indian elephants, Indian bison, swamp deer, and Capped Langurs. ​Kaziranga National Park frequently draws comparisons to the Serengeti in Africa due to the park's abundance of wildlife and birds and is considered a birding paradise. Bird species found here include the Oriental Honey Buzzard, Black-shouldered Kite, White-tailed Eagle, Himalayan Griffon and many more.
Day 5 - DAY 5 Silghat
​This morning, bid farewell to the crew and new friends as you set off for the 4-hour drive to Guwahati airport. Alternatively, we can arrange a 40-minute transfer to Kaziranga or a 2 ½ hr transfer to Jorhat airport. ​
Day 6 - Please Note:
Kaziranga National Park has low-lying grassland, which may not be accessible when the river is at or near flood level.This itinerary, including the cruise and approximate driving durations, is subject to river and weather conditions.

Trip Dates

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    • Silk-making in Sualkuchi: Witness the traditional art of silk manufacture and admire exquisite mekhela chadars in this bustling Assamese town.
    • Spiritual Exploration: Visit the sacred Kamakhya temple, a center of tantric practices, and experience the vibrant energy of this revered site.
    • Wildlife Safari: Embark on an exhilarating jeep safari in Kaziranga National Park, home to the Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros and diverse wildlife.
    • Scenic River Cruise: Enjoy leisurely days on the riverbanks, surrounded by lush green fields and jungle-covered hills, while watching life unfold along the river.