Assam, which literally means ‘a peerless land’, is the gateway to Northeast India. With its blue rivers that often resemble the sea; green mountains that are home to leopards and elephants; and swathes of aromatic tea gardens forming the world’s largest tea-growing region, it’s easy to understand why this state is a very special place on earth.
This river cruise aboard the luxury vessel ABN Charaidew II is the ideal way to discover the Brahmaputra river valley, while experiencing vignettes of Assam’s rich culture and history. Not only is the Brahmaputra one of the greatest rivers in the Indian Subcontinent, but it’s also immensely vast, often resembling the sea in certain parts of its course. Unique to this river are its shifting sand islands that pop up and down every year, changing with the currents. A highlight of this cruise is a BBQ on one of these sand islands (or sand bank) under a starry night, with no one else around for miles.
Combining visits to temples and important historic sites, as well as a chance to discover a traditional Assamese village, this cruise is for those who want to discover a different part of India while spending time relaxing in the luxury of the Brahmaputra river!
To enhance your stay in Assam, we offer a combined experience with the best of wildlife at Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s known for being the home of the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinos. This journey includes a three night stay at the safari lodge, Diphlu River Lodge.
Spectacularly situated on the periphery of UNESCO World Heritage Site Kaziranga National Park, Diphlu River Lodge offers guests a never-before intimacy with the natural world. It is separated from the park by a narrow river, where it’s common to spot sights like wild buffalos and elephants bathing, and fishermen on rudimentary rafts. Diphlu River Lodge is the only accommodation with such close proximity to the national park in all of Kaziranga.
Committed to responsible tourism, Diphlu River Lodge is purposefully built to blend into the surrounding foliage and terrain. Its thatch-and-bamboo cottages on stilts are inspired by the simple architecture of Mishing tribal homes, and the unique weaves and artefacts that adorn the Lodge are all handmade by artisans from the region. Great care is taken to ensure that nature, the wild, and local communities always come first. This means recycling greywater; employing a team of well-trained naturalists handpicked from nearby villages; using only the freshest produce that's either locally sourced or available from the kitchen garden, and more
Sail the mystical and ethereal Brahmaputra
Luxurious accomodation aboard Charaidew II
Enjoy sandback picnics and barbeques