Assam and Brahmaputra River Cruise

22 Mar - 1 Apr 2018
  • Cultural Tours
+ Optional extension: Kohima, Nagaland

About the tour

This journey along the Brahmaputra takes you through Assam, the biggest of India’s stunning and anthropologically rich Northeast States. Lying along the length of the Brahmaputra Valley, Assam (also known as Ahom, from the dynasty that gave the region its name) is notable for its wildlife, its distinctive cuisine, a rich artistic heritage with its own dance forms and a plethora of magnificent Hindu temples. 

Journey along the Brahmaputra River on your own private boat, flanked by gold-green rice fields and tea estates on either side, the blue mountains of Arunachal in the north and the rugged, lush highlands of Meghalaya and Nagaland to the south. After the tour there is the option to continue to Kohima in Nagaland and learn more about its tribal cultures and the Battle of Kohima during WW2. Throughout the cruise, John and Susi Richardson will give talks relating to the history of the region.

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Assam and Brahmaputra River Cruise

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, John and Susi Richardson

John and Susi Richardson

Professor John Richardson is Emeritus Defence Professor of Primary Care and General Practice. He has led study tours worldwide and was a medical escort to parties of veterans on journeys of remembrance for the Royal British Legion. He has also run many history of medicine battlefield tours. He has visited 80 countries and worked in 41 of them as a doctor. John has previously led tours for Jon Baines to China, Central Asia, India, Turkey, Central America, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Namibia, Ethiopia, Indo-China and Burma. He has also given lectures and led on cruises. 

Susi Richardson has travelled widely across the world either as an expedition nurse, or as a nurse on war grave pilgrimages for the Royal British Legion, co-tour leader for Jon Baines Tours, or accompanying her husband on his British Army medical officer postings. Five generations of her Shakespear family served in India on her grandmother’s side, and three generations of Cooke family on her grandfather’s side, covering almost continuously two hundred years of the history of British India in a variety of roles and occupations. Susi has led a number of tours to India, in Vietnam and on cruises.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 22 Mar (Thurs) Delhi / Guwahati: Arrive Delhi. Depart Delhi for Guwahati and transfer to the Vivanta by Taj Hotel
  • 23 Mar (Fri) Guwahati: Sightseeing tour of Guwahati including visit to the CWGC Cemetery, Assam State Museum and Kamakhya Temple. Drive to a local village of Sualkuchi, known for its silk production and traditional textiles
  • 24 Mar (Sat) Guwahati / ABN Charaidew:  Drive to join cruise. Lunch at the MISA Polo Club, a former planters home. Arrive at Steemer Ghat and board the ABN Charaidew.  Background briefing and meet the crew
  • 25 Mar (Sun) Cruising the Brahmaputra: Disembark pre-dawn and drive to Kaziranga National Park’s Central Range for a game drive. Return to breakfast on board and cruise upstream. Disembark at Vishnath to explore and see temples including the Ahom-period Shiva
  • 26 Mar (Mon) Cruising the Brahmaputra: Cruise along the river. Arrive at peaceful Dhansiri Mukh in the evening.
  • 27 Mar (Tues) Cruising the Brahmaputra: Take a jeep safari in Kaziranga’s little-visited Eastern Range to spot rhinos and perhaps the rare Bengal Florican. Return to the boat in the afternoon
  • 28 Mar (Wed) Cruising the Brahmaputra: Cruise upstream. Disembark to explore a traditional rural village
  • 29 Mar (Thur) Cruising the Brahmaputra: Visit Majuli Island, possessing unique Hindu monasteries famed for their dance-drama performances. Visit a monastery at Auniati with an eclectic museum and attend a dance performance at Kamalbari monastery. Cruise to Neamati Ghat on opposite bank
  • 30 Mar (Fri) Cruising the Brahmaputra: Visit Horu Charai tea estate. Drive to Sibsagar, the one-time capital of the kings of Assam. Return to the ship in the afternoon
  • 31 Mar (Sat) ABN Charaidew / Jorhat / Kolkata: Drive to Jorhat airport for flight to Kolkata OR take Kohima extension (see below). Transfer to the Oberoi Kolkata
  • 1 April (Sun) Kolkata: Depart for airport  

Extension in Kohima

  • 31 Mar (Sat) Neamati Ghat / Kohima: Drive to Kohima.Check into hotel and explore the hill station
  • 1 April (Sun) Kohima:  Visit the World War II cemetery and other sites associated with the Second World War - Cameron Highlander, Kuki Piquet, Norfolk Memorial and the Scottish Memorial. Lunch at the lodge. Visit Aradura Spur, the District Museum and the Cathedral. In the evening explore the local markets
  • 2nd April (Mon) Kohima – Khonoma village: Drive to Khonoma village of the Angami tribe. See the Khonoma Gate and explore the village. Drive out to see the mithun (wild buffalo) grazing in the meadows. Return to Kohima
  • 3rd April (Tues) Kohima – Kolkata: Drive to airport for flight to Kolkata. Transfer to the Oberoi and dinner
  • 4 April (Wed) Kolkata: Depart for airport

Tour cost

Ground only cost: $5,642 per person sharing