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A Cruise Down the Brahmaputra

Cruise down the Brahmaputra on the luxurious MV Mahabaahu.

WHAT IS THE MAHABAAHU EXPERIENCE?

THE BRAHMAPUTRA

MV MAHABAAHU 2Cruising the Brahmaputra, one of the great rivers of the world, on the truly luxurious MV Mahabaahu is surely one of life’s great pleasures. The Brahmaputra River originates in Tibet, where it is known as the Yarlung Tsangpo, and is considered holy by Hindus and Buddhists alike. Civilisations have lived along the river for thousands of years, many in isolation from each other due to the extensive forests. The Brahmaputra is the only river in India to be given a male name and travels 2,900km from Tibet, through India to Bangladesh where it flows into the Bay of Bengal.

ABOUT ASSAM

Assam is one of India’s most fascinating and diverse states and the MV Mahabaahu is the perfect way to relax and enjoy the beauty of this oft forgotten region. Land travel in Assam is often difficult, but gliding along the Brahmaputra gets you close to the most wonderful destinations in Assam. Assam is home to many indigenous tribal groups, and along the way you will get to interact with them on village visits, and see their traditional tribal handicrafts being made. They are the perfect souvenir of this amazing trip.

ABOUT MV MAHABAAHU

MV MAHABAAHU 3With only 23 aesthetically designed spacious cabins and suites, and five decks, you can be assured of never feeling crowded. There is always somewhere for a moment of quiet contemplation.

Each accommodation is equipped with air conditioning, attached bathrooms, flat screen TV with satellite connection, mini bar, telephone and electronic safe.

CabinOn cruising days, you can delight in sunbathing on the Donyi Deck, taking a dip in the rooftop swimming pool, and just watching the world float by. You should keep your binoculars handy to glimpse the rare freshwater Gangetic dolphins as well as other plentiful wildlife. Enjoy a sunset cocktail on deck, and watch as the sun sets slowly across the jungles and river.

Just imagine evenings under the stars of the Indian sky, the Assamese jungle and the river flowing past, the mighty Himalaya close by, and then retiring after a sumptuous meal and conversations with new friends to your luxurious cabin for a wonderful peaceful sleep.

THE CRUISE

MV MAHABAAHU 6You will cruise through a natural history paradise, where there are over 850 bird species, fresh water dolphins, and plentiful elephants, wild buffalo, tigers and the endangered single horned rhino in the national parks. Escorted shore excursions to tea estates and national parks, evening talks about some of the unique features and cultures of Assam, and cultural performances will truly showcase this pearl of India, all the while ensuring your comfort and enjoyment aboard the MV Mahabaahu.

Shore visits are conducted via two tenders, escorted by our Excursion Officer to ensure your safety and enjoyment.

All our cruising is done between 6.00am and 5.00pm to ensure safe passage and comfortable nights on board.

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FUN FACT: As it happened recently, it is even possible to possible to spot tigers in the wild from the deck of the boat. Now if that isn’t an adventurous cruise, then what is?

DINING

MV MAHABAAHU 7The fine dining on board offers you lavish local Assamese dishes, Indian and Continental cuisine prepared fresh by our chefs onboard. Fine wines, beers and spirits are available in the bar and with meals, as well as plentiful tea and coffee in our lounge. Meet your fellow passengers and enjoy a drink and conversation as our experienced crew pilot you through this wondrous scenery.

Our chef holds cooking classes, where you can learn how to prepare local dishes and delicacies, which you can then enjoy with a cup of tea.

RELAXATION

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For those times when you want to relax and reflect, the lower deck has a jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room, as well as massage from our certified masseurs.

You’ll always look your best after a visit to our salon and hair spa, ready for another night of convivial companionship and fascinating entertainments on board.

If you prefer to settle in a comfortable chair with a book, the onboard library has books catering to many interest and you are sure to find something to whet your appetite. Perhaps you will find a four for one of our board games too!

Morning yoga is the perfect way to greet the day, pay homage to nature and uplift your senses. If you have never tried yoga, the Brahmaputra is an ideal place to start.

Visiting unspoiled places, experiencing tribal cultures, encountering rare and wonderful wildlife, all from the luxury of the magnificent MV Mahabaahu, is surely an experience you deserve.

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