Brahmaputra cruise in India
Description of Brahmaputra cruise in India
North East India is a very different, far lesser visited place than the rest of the country. Assam, its largest state, is famous for national parks which elephant and one-horned rhino call home. And who could forget its tea: vivid green tea plantations lie close to the humid banks of the wide Brahmaputra River, a river that starts high in the Himalayas.
On an eight day river boat trip, you can cruise upstream from Guwahati to Silghat, stopping in nature parks and tea plantations on the way. At the start of the trip you can take a tour of Guwahati, the biggest city in the region. This trip saves the best 'til last: at the end of your trip you’ll visit the UNESCO-listed Kaziranga National Park in search for the greater one-horned rhino. You might spot wild buffalo and swamp deer too.
The Brahmaputra River contains the world’s largest river island. Visit the Mishing people on Majuli Island, who live in stilted houses close to the monsoon-flooded banks. Take a trip on the Jia-Bhoreli River, one of the Brahmaputra’s many tributaries, through Nameri National Park. This park hides hoards of birdlife – magnificently-beaked hornbills among them – and wild elephants, too.
Your home will be a river boat where the on-board décor - from the decks to the cabins – has been made by local artisans, using attractive wicker and wood. Going by boat is a great introduction to this lesser visited part of India.
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PlanetIn April 2017, the ship's managers formalised their existing efforts to philanthropy by creating a charitable foundation. With the aim to support education, environment protection efforts and rural community development, a total of 5% of every room booked n will be contributed to the foundation to fund these causes.
The ship's team members, especially our naturalists, are all local people who have been trained for the job, they are rightly proud of where they come from and regularly make efforts to create awareness in villages about the cruelty of poaching, reducing plastic bag usage and general environment care.
The ship's managers believe that working in tandem with rural communities and local non-profit organisations is one of the most effective ways by which they can foster the growth of sustainable and responsible tourism in India. They are dedicated to positively impacting lives and livelihoods in the communities along the rivers and national parks they operate in. Guests have the opportunity to visit these schools and support the development of India's natural and cultural heritage.
PeopleExisting and planned initiatives
Throughout the ship's managers 15-year history, they have been involved in hospitality and English language training, women’s empowerment through the set-up of weaving micro-enterprises, talent development, reforestation programs and education sponsorship.
IMPACT OF EDUCATION
In addition to providing training in hospitality and English language skills to young men and women from villages in Assam and Bengal, they work closely with the teachers of government-run schools with their Mid-day Meal Schemes. Together with the teachers, we have identified projects at schools that can make a positive impact on the quality of education, including initiatives like renovating the roof and floors of the school building, constructing lavatories, donating a library, or directly participating in the classroom through organisation of field trips.
The school visits are an integral part of the school day. In one village, the cruise ship’s managers have trained a local young man to speak and teach English, they have built him a class room, and he now teaches English to the children of the community – All paid for by the ship’s managers. They have also contributed to building and maintaining local schools, and the school visits are an integral part of the schools language teaching, and they are built into the school timetable in conjunction with the headmaster.
SUPPORTING LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS AND ARTISANS
A small way in which they have been able to support local entrepreneurs and artisans is by ensuring that almost all of their ships' decor and the ships themselves have been handmade by local people. The gift shops store only work created by local artisans of the regions they operate in. They also try to support local endeavours in any way we can should they seek our help or partnership.
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