Cruise & Cycle India's exotic Brahmaputra
Discover Assam in northeast India on our newest active adventure by bike & boat along the mighty Brahmaputra River. This trip is ideal for cyclists with non-cycling partners or friends who want to join, as there are daily activities tailored for both. After a day of exploring on two-wheels or two-legs, depending on your preference, you'll meet up back onboard to cruise in comfort along one of Asia's major waterways.
This bike & boat tour departs from Kolkata and concludes in Guwahati
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Welcome to Assam in the northeast of India for the latest bike and boat adventure of the Brahmaputra River.
The Brahmaputra, one of the world’s most storied rivers, flows through the northeastern most area of India before turning south to the sea. Sourced in Tibet, the Indian stretch of river we cycle along takes us past national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, countless temples and typical riverside villages where the locals will be as enchanted by us as we are by them.
Join us as we launch this spectacular bike & barge journey along the Brahmaputra, featuring a mixture of tribal, mythological, cultural and nature-filled cycling adventures guaranteed to thrill you at every turn. Non-cycling guests will also enjoy the full experience with plenty of off-boat activities, such as guided walking tours, along with visits to all the cultural and historic sites on our route. Immerse yourself fully in Northeastern India with this epic journey by bike and boat along land and river.
9 days duration
165 - 240 km distance
Trip Features & Tour Inclusions
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Grasshopper Adventure’s partner on the Brahmaputra is the Charaidew, a charming and intimate vessel with only ten cabins. The grand old lady, how she is also called, is elegant and takes you on a journey back in time. The polished brass engine room, telegraph and enormous ship’s wheel bear witness to her heritage.
The Charaidew is under private charter to Grasshopper Adventures with our own Grasshopper tour director.
10 upper deck cabins| Sliding glass windows for delighful river views | Individual AC control | Ensuite shower/toilet with boutique toiletries | High quality linen
*Length: 38m - Width: 8,18m
* Wifi: available free of charge in saloon and on sun deck during day time
* Naturalist on the vessel
* Vast sundeck both open and shaded with sun loungers and steamer chairs
* Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water
* Acclaimed combination of Indian & Western cuisines
* Cabin size: 152 sqf / 14 sqm
* 10 upper deck cabins, twin bedded
* Internal note: we are not selling cabin #11 and #12 above the engine. Both cabins have double beds and can be used for our cruise director.
* Sliding glass windows offering delightful views of the river
* Individual AC control
* Ensuite shower/toilet with boutique toiletries
* Hair dryer
* High quality linens
No matter where we are some things don’t change. Great bikes are essential to a great cycle tour. All the bikes we use are quality imported bikes in all sizes. with appropriate tires, lockout front suspension and hydraulic disc brakes. Set up for touring these bikes are perfectly suited to the distances and terrain we cover. Sizes available to suit all heights.
Grasshopper bike tours have always focused on quality riding and experiences. Accommodation and cuisine play a large part in this. Our focus on accommodation and cuisine is to deepen the richness of your experiences. Staying, wherever possible, in beautiful, unique places, that reward you after a day's adventure. Food is equally important, we understand the importance of a quality meal after a big day. But it can also be part of the experience, we will open horizons in your culinary adventure, with delicious and exciting local fare. From mouth-watering snacks to adventurous local delicacies, you will never go hungry on a Grasshopper bike tour!
This tour has been hand crafted by Grasshopper's Expedition Engineers. This team brings with them a wealth of knowledge on all things Asian, and all are experienced in the delivery of outstanding expeditions. In addition to a Grasshopper representative joining you, you will be supported by a well informed, English speaking local guide who can provide unique insights on the local customs, cultures and landscapes.
Pioneering bicycle tours have the same Grasshopper support systems as our regular cycle tours. Groups of 4-8 guests will be accompanied by our expert local guide and our expedition leader. For groups of 8 or more, we will be joined by a cycle mechanic. Our support crew are always on hand to help tired riders whenever needed.
Full vehicle support follows riders at every step of the tour. The vehicles can carry your day bag when riding and there is always a comfortable seat when needed. Non-cycling participants will have their own guide and vehicle for getting to and form all the off-ship sights and activities.
Energy bars and electrolyte drinks as well as delicious local snacks are provided to keep your energy up for the riding.
Take It Home
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento from your bike tour.
Being pioneers doesn't stop us doing what we do best! The Grasshopper attention to details and quality service is ever present throughout all of our tours. From the time you arrive to the time you leave the details are taken care of. There are no additional (hidden) costs to our tours.
6 to 20
This pioneering tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 6 travellers and we limit the group size to 20 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
There is no surcharge for single travellers - we will match you with another same sex single traveller. If you want a single room there is a an optional upgrade that you can book.
Bike Tour Itinerary
for India, Bike & Boat the Brahmaputra tour
Kolkata - Welcome & City Tour
The British had sought to build ‘thesecond city of the Empire’ here in Kolkata. This morning we’ll set off on a walking tour of the ‘European’ areas of what was once the capital of occupied India. It’s the perfect introduction to both old and new Kolkata. Our welcome day also includes your first taste of authentic Indian cuisine featuring the flavours you’ll savour throughout our journey.
Flight to Jorhat - Welcome Aboard
The morning begins with a transfer to Kolkata International Airport. It’s approximately an hour by air to Jorhat, one of two major tea centers in Assam. Upon arrival, we’ll enjoy lunch at a tea bungalow before mounting our bikes. A short ride towards the river where our ship will be docked will get our cycling legs ready for the week ahead. Once on board, settle into your accommodation and enjoy the sunset plus an introductory Assamese traditional dinner, your first impression of the cuisine of the region.
Explore Majuli Island
35 - 55km cycling
Majuli Island, a vast body of land in the Brahmaputra, is home to a number of unique Vaishnavite Hindu monasteries famous for performances of religious dance-drama. Majuli is a microcosm of regional culture that represents authentic, rural Assam. Majuli also offers a beautiful, flat landscape for cycling. Let’s hop on our bikes and check out the surroundings, where rural villagers will welcome us enthusiastically, as foreigners are not often seen cycling the area. At the end of the day, we’ll visit a monastery and its eclectic museum to attend a dance performance. Later, we return to the ship to start our cruise.
Non-cyclists will attend the performance as well, with much of the day allotted to leisure time on board our elegant vessel to take in the changing scenery as the boat floats by.
Cruise the Brahmaputra
Today, relax on board as we sail towards Biswanath Ghat. We’ll have a chance to meet the crew operating the Chairadew and tour the ship. As time permits we'll make a short visit to a riverside village community. By late morning, Kaziranga National Park will be on our left – wild elephants, are sometimes visible from the boat and at times, memorably, a tiger.
Biswanath Ghat & Balipara
40 - 60km cycling
Assam has many hidden gems, and certainly one such place is the Biswanath Ghat. Named after an ancient temple housing nearly 330 million gods and goddesses, the area still contains more than 100 temples in the vicinity, though what is left today in many cases are just the stone posts. We will pedal from near the river to the start of tea plantation country straddling the northern shore of the river. After this cycling exploration, we’ll rejoin the ship near Tezpur. Tonight there’s time to stroll through this lively town located in the prosperous agricultural region.
Non-riders will enjoy a walking tour of a few main temples before retiring to the ship.
Explore Tribal Villages & Ganesh Ghat
35 - 55km cycling
An early morning transfer takes us to the edge of Nameri National Park. A naturalist guide will lead us on a walk of this migratory gateway. Later by bike we’ll continue our cycling exploration of small villages and take advantage of the chance to immerse ourselves in this unique subset of Indian culture.
Cruise Day to Laharighat & Activities
Today is our second full day to relax aboard our ship. Take advantage of this to restore your body for the next day’s riding and enjoy the views as we cruise along. We will have the opportunity to savor a tea tasting session with a professional tea taster and tea auctioneer! Does it get more iconic ‘India’ than that?
Visit Probitora Wildlife Sanctuary
35 - 50km cycling
Today promises to be an exciting one as we cycle through picturesque villages and countryside along the south riverbank of the great Brahmaputra to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. This is considered the most densely populated area in the world of the rare one-horned rhino. Get your cameras at the ready to capture extensive birdlife as well as the elephants, rhinos, and wild buffalo. After our safari and lunch, we’ll ride back though Mayong, considered the land of black where the worship of witches is still practiced. Back on board, we cruise a short distance to reach Guwahati.
Trishaw City Tour - Trip Concludes
Guwahati is the largest city of Assam and serves as the hub for the seven states of northeast India. This is the site of the region’s well-known religious shrine: Kamakhya Temple which is dedicated to the tantric goddesses of India. This morning we’ll explore the city sites with our guides by trishaw, before returning to our barge for disembarkation and airport transfers.
What's the Riding Like?
Can get cold at night
5 days riding
165 - 240km distance
India offers a variety of cycle terrain. This bike tour follows predominantly small, flat, country roads and lanes with little traffic and some occasional stretches on busier roads. The cycling portions are never overly long and the pace is relaxed making the riding broadly achievable for anyone comfortable on a bicycle. A support vehicle is always on hand throughout the entire trip to give you a lift if you need a break from the riding.
What our guests tell us...
A selection of reviews from our tours in India...
Riding Rajasthan was an amazing trip. The trip provided a great insight into Rajasthan - the food, the people, the history. Every day was a surprise. The highlights were often the unexpected people and things we happened to come across. The riding was really interesting and the food and accommodation was amazing.
We’re 60, live in regional Australia, and have liked occasional rides along local country roads in light traffic. So going to India and ‘Riding the Real Rajasthan’ was something very, very new, and turned out to be an absolute, wonderful eye-opener. The “Land of Kings” exceeded expectations! We’ve travelled countries where the landscapes, ‘things-to-do’, hotels, even eating spots all merge into a single hazy memory. India was different!
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