The first Indo-Bangladesh river cruise called MV Mahabaahu, recently set sail (April29), giving the travellers an opportunity for a unique experience. The cruise is going to traverse the Brahmaputra, making a pit stop at interesting UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Manas National Park in Assam, Mosque City of Bagerhat in Bangladesh, and the Sundarbans.
It’s a 17-day cruise, with about 30 passengers on board, out of which there are 9 foreigners. Those who opt for this voyage will get to enjoy the trans-boundary landscape of lower Assam, Bangladesh and southern part of West Bengal. This is the perfect example of an offbeat travel; the lush landscape of these different locations being exposed to travellers for the first time.
MV Mahabaahu is the result of a joint venture between Adventure Resorts & Cruises Private Limited and Assam Tourism Development Corporation. The best part about the cruise is that the 1,250km journey through five major rivers will not made to be feel like an eternity. It’s a well-rounded package; the travellers will disembark at the Sunderbans and enjoy the beauty of Sundarbans, the largest mangrove in the world, and get to spot the Royal Bengal tigers, the Gangetic and Irrawaddy dolphins and crocodiles.
Then the stopover at the Mosque City of Bagerhat, a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site is also an exciting part of the cruise. Also known as the ‘mint town of the Bengal Sultanate’ or Khalifabad, the Mosque City is located at the confluence of Ganga and Brahmaputra in Bangladesh.
Last but not the least, travellers will also get a chance to enjoy elephant and jeep safari inside Manas National Park in Assam; home to a huge variety of animals and around 420 species of birds. The most commonly sighted ones are the Royal Bengal tiger, capped langur, wild water buffaloes, one-horned rhinos, barasingha, wild water buffaloes and four types of hornbill.