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Cruising India's Mighty Brahmaputra

Author: John M. (More Trip Reviews by John M.)
Date of Trip: April 2007

Along the way we saw herds of wild elephant and Indian bison, monkeys, various species of deer, peacocks, mongooses and prolific and exotic birdlife. The highlight was arriving at the border at sunset and being able to walk a short distance into Bhutan. The border scenery is breath-takingly beautiful, especially the sunset over the Himalayan foothills. It’s a photographer’s dream.

Assam is one of India’s forgotten states. But, by travelling with the Assam Bengal Navigation Company, it is one of those special adventures. We subsequently visited Agra and Jaipur – well known and popular tourist haunts. While we enjoyed the experience, they – apart from the Taj Mahal and Amber Fort – paled in comparison to our experience aboard the “Sukapha” and 4-night sojourn at Bansabari Lodge.

Assam is off the tourist trail. It’s remote, and there are few tourist luxuries. But by journey’s end, you know you have seen a side of India that only the lucky few have been adventurous enough to enjoy.

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