Flowing from its source at the Chemayungdung Glacier in the Tibetan Himalayas, the Brahmaputra runs through China, India, and Bangladesh, and joins with the river Ganges before flowing into the Bay of Bengal. Throughout different places, the Brahmaputra is known by different names: the Yarlung Tsangpo is Tibet, the Dihang or Siang in Arunachal Pradesh, and the Jamuna in Bangladesh. In fact, the name ‘Brahmaputra’ is really only used in Assam, close to where our cruises take place.
The water level of the Brahmaputra is always changing, and the banks are prone to flooding. Luckily, our ships are built with shallow drafts, making them more adaptable to the changing water level of the river. However, the Brahmaputra also keeps the land surrounding it fertile, allowing a variety of crops to be grown here. It is also home to the largest river-island in the world, Majuli. Majuli is derived from a word meaning ‘land in the middle of two parallel rivers’, and formed during the flood of 1750, which lives on in local folklore.
Itineraries on our cruises include trips to the largest city in Assam, Guwahati, the island of Majuli, and the Kaziranga and Nameri national parks. You will be able to acquaint yourself with a variety of incredible animals, including rhinos,elephants, and even elusive tigers! There will also be plenty of opportunities to learn the history and culture of India and indulge in some of the delicious food they are known for.
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