Dear Netizen, if you want to experience a slice of European (Mediterranean ) atmosphere in Eastern India then you must visit the Brahmaputra cruise at Guwahati, Assam. Yarlung Tsangpo, as it is named at it’s origin in the Himalayas of China. It gets the name of Brahmaputra((named as the Son of the Creator of the Cosmos) in Assam, India. It gets the accolade ‘the most holy river of the world’ due to it’s sanctity among HINDUS,BUDDHISTS,JAINS and BONPAS. 29th largest river of the world, having its area spread across 2948km, Brahmaputra discharges 19200 cubic litres of water per second.
Thus, an adventurous cum romantic cruise on Brahmaputra will definitely tantamount to ecstasy in the heart of travellers.
Alfresco was the 1st restaurant opened on Brahmaputra on 1998. From there upon, Brahmaputra Cruise Pvt Ltd form a new company with the same promoters and named it ‘ALFRESCO GRAND’ with much more added comfort and facilities for a pleasant trip. The new ‘ALFRESCO GRAND’ houses the first Floating cum Cruise Bar with Fine Dine AC restaurant. The cruise also houses two large sundecks SURYA & VAYU and a large multipurpose Hall for conferences and Parties.
One of the best time to visit the serene beauty on and around Brahmaputra is during sunset. Cruises are contained with bar cum restaurant where one can sit back, relax and enjoy chilled beer or vodka and nibbles, as one sailed through Guwahati riverside. The splendid sunset is worth seeing over the stunning landscape and the glittering stars in the evening sky. Assamese folk songs and those sung by veteran Bhupen Hazarika can be heard and enjoyed through out the trip. Cruise duration is 1 hour and Price varies as per choice of deck. Upper deck reservation pricing Rs 350 for adults and Rs 250 for minor(3-12 years) where as Lower Deck pricing Rs 300 for adults and Rs 200 for minor(3-12 years).
If one wants to experience a week long river voyage, then the facilities are available from Pandaw Life on Board services. Here, the program is called ‘The Mighty Brahmaputra River’, where one can enjoy the scenic beauty on and around Brahmaputra.
The day (1st) starts with the darshan of Kamakya temple, and then set sail passing Peacock island, which is famous for the endangered Golden Langur.
The next day (2nd) one can have a view of dolphins and wild birds flying across Silghat. The indigenous tribal life and the adjoining flora and fauna of the place.
3rd day, after passing through Silghat one can take an excursion through stunning country side to a tea estate factory, producing famous Assam tea.
4th day can be enjoyed having a elephant ride in the Brahmaputra adjoining Kaziranga forest(UNESCO accredited). If fortune favors, then one can view One-horned Indian rhinoceros and Indian Tiger also.
5th day can be spent while having a joyful ride towards the ‘mohona’ between River Dishari and Brahmaputra. One can find glimpse of kingfishers , eagles, vultures, buffaloes and dolphins.
6th day is of immense importance. One can sight the beautiful site of Majuli(World’s largest river island) and home to ethnic ‘Mishing’ people. It is a pleasant place to explore.
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