India, Wildlife Tours

India Brahmaputra Cruise – Guwahati to Kaziranga

Wildlife Cruise
8 Days
From 2800
Culture and Archaeology

Tour Introduction

8 Days from  2800 per adult. Prices based on rates applicable at the time of costing which may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote

This seven night cruise in a comfortable air-conditioned river boat is perhaps the ideal introduction to the Brahmaputra, finishing as it does with a visit to Kaziranga National Park, the highlight of any visit to Assam. It also includes the rarely-visited Nameri National Park, a visit to a tea garden, and a trip through the bazaars of Tezpur in cycle rickshaws.  We have various departures throughout the year but they get sold-out very far in advance.  Please contact us for the latest available dates and cabin upgrades.

Full Itinerary

Price from  2800 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 1
Arrive in India

Met at Guwahati airport. Short city tour including the Kamakhya temple and Commonwealth War Graves cemetery. Embark and cruise upstream to Kurua on the north bank.

Staying at Charaidew. Includes Dinner.

Day 2

The day is spent cruising upstream. Visit the north bank village of Khirakata with its lush green fields of vegetables and corn.

Staying at Charaidew. Includes All Meals.

Day 3

Leaving the hills behind and visit Tullugaon, another bankside village with large sugarcane plantations. See weavers at work in their homes, as well as the production of jaggary out of sugar can juice. Moor for the night in a lunar landscape of sand islands with hopefully the Himalayas in view in the distance.

Staying at Charaidew. Includes All Meals.

Day 4

Cruise on to Tepzur and visit the sixth century Da Parbatia temple ruins then explore the town by cycle rickshaw.

Staying at Charaidew. Includes All Meals.

Day 5
Nameri National Park

Drive to Nameri National Park. Float down the Jia Bhoreli river looking for birdlife (including great hornbills) and possibly wild elephant. Visit a local village then return to the ship.

Staying at Charaidew. Includes All Meals.

Day 6
Kaziranga National Park

Continue upstream and moor at Steemer Ghat, a lovely beach backed by jungle-covered hills. In the afternoon drive to the Western Range of Kaziranga National Park. Karizanga has a population of well over 1000 rhinoceros and also has good populations of tiger, wild elephant, sambar, swamp deer, hog deer, wild pig and many other species.

Staying at Charaidew. Includes All Meals.

Day 7
Kaziranga National Park

Drive to Kaziranga's Central Range and after breakfast at a lodge visit a tea factory and tribal village. After lunch either take a jeep safari in the little visited Eastern Range or return directly to Steemer Ghat.

Staying at Charaidew. Includes All Meals.

Day 8

An early start for the 4 hour drive back to Guwahati airport. Connect with your international flight home.

Staying at Charaidew. Includes Breakfast.

Tour Accommodation

India Northern India

ABN Charaidew II


The ABN Charaidew II is the latest ship to join the Assam Bengal Navigation’s fleet. She is based on the original Charaidew, a passenger ship built in the 1970’s for long distance voyages for the wealthy including the President of India. With 18 elegantly appointed cabins, the Charaidew is well-suited to the challenging conditions of the River Brahmaputra for which she was designed. Extensive use has been made of eco-friendly laminated bamboo panelling, while most fabrics are hand-woven by tribal people in remote villages.

Swimming Pool
Air Conditioning
24 passengers
125 feet

18 cabins in total including two spacious deluxe cabins, 12 double cabins and four single cabins.


Lounge/bar; dining room; semi-shaded sundeck with seating and sun loungers; spa treatment room, small gym room.

All standard cabins have French balconies, and the two deluxe cabins have private balconies.

Route Map

Departure Dates

Weekly departures depart throughout the year, sometimes two per week, so please contact us for details of departures for your desired time of year.

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:

No flights included.

Best Visited:

December to April

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

Jonathan Morris

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

Naturalist guides were brilliant. We seem to have been given the best one in each place. Had same one for whole of stay in each place. Cultural guides gave just enough information and then left you to ask questions about what interested you which is what we like. They did not seem to have a set patter. Helpful about photographic sites – i.e. good position to take photos.

[OVERALL STANDARD OF SERVICE] Excellent isn’t good enough. In every place we were treated like royalty. Totally relaxed and felt totally safe but not smothered.

[WILDLIFE HIGHLIGHTS] 11 tigers, innumerable rhino, wild elephants, buffalo, otters, hog and swamp deer, and wild boar. Birds at Keoladeo excellent. Watched leopard and three cubs at Siana for 1.5 hrs of exceptional viewing.

An outstanding holiday which far exceeded our expectations. Many people would enjoy it I’m sure.

Ms M E - Surrey