Assam Tourism has collaborated with Faridabad based-Far Horizon Tours to operate a luxury river cruise vessel called M.V. Mahabaahu on River Brahmaputra. This project is based on the PPP model and is expected to start from early 2011. This project will require an estimated sum of Rs. 15 crore, out of which, Rs. 4 crore will be given by the Assam Tourism.
Monalisa Goswami, Director Tourism, Government of Assam said, “We have had river cruises operating on the Brahmaputra River. However, the new cruise will significantly add value as it will help elevate the standards of River Cruise Tourism in the region. It will also be the first offering for the luxury segment. We expect it to be the most luxurious river cruise in Asia as we plan to cash in on the experience of Far Horizon Tours who have operated river cruises at the backwaters of Kerala.” It will be a high-end cruise with 29 cabins, spa and four decks. The rates will be somewhere between USD 300-450.
This river cruise will operate from September-May with an itinerary for six nights from Guwahati t0 Dibrugarh. It will take the guests to places like river bank temples of Tezpur, National Parks like Kaziranga & Orang, river island of Majuli that has 22 Hindu monasteries, temples at Sibsagar and Assam’s famous tea plantations. This is part of Assam Tourisms recent steps to revamp the state tourism.