For our voyages along the Brahmaputra we have chartered the delightful RV Charaidew from our associates, the Assam Bengal Navigation company. The 38 metre twin-engine, steel hulled vessel accommodates just 24 guests and is well suited to the challening conditions of the Brahmaputra River.
The vessel has ten generous-sized comfortable twin-bedded and two double-bedded air conditioned cabins located on the Upper deck. All cabins measure 4.5 metres by 3.4 metres and are en-suite with shower and WC. Bathrooms have shaver sockets, a hairdryer and a selection of boutique toiletries. All cabins feature individually controlled air conditioning facilities and under-bed storage for clothes and suitcases. Built-in wardrobes with hanging and shelf space also contain individually programmable electronic safes. Each cabin has a large window with sliding glass panes as well as fly screens, while two comfortable rattan armchairs are well-placed for admiring the passing scenery.
Extensive use has been made of eco-friendly laminated panelling to furnish the vessel and most fabrics onboard have been hand-woven by tribal people in remote villages. There is a spacious saloon on the Upper Deck which overlooks the bow of the vessel and extends to an outside area through sliding glass doors. The saloon is well equipped with comfortable furniture crafted from natural material and local fabrics. There is also a bar area and well-stocked library with DVDs available to watch on the television facilities. The Sun Deck has ample seating in both shaded and outside areas in addition to an honesty bar for beer and soft drinks and a complimentary tea and coffee station. The vesselís dining room is located on the Main Deck. Whilst Wi-Fi is not available, a dongle can be rented for use on your own laptop.
The single seating dining room is located on the Main Deck and provides a varied cuisine of both Western and Assamese dishes for lunch and dinner. Assamese is food is generally prepared without chillies to accommodate for Western taste, but hotter versions are available on request. There will always be a vegetarian option available, and most dietary requirements can be catered for given previous notice to Noble Caledonia in writing. A good selection of local Indian beer, wines and spirits is available and a full range of wines, spirits and beer are available at an extra cost onboard.
The atmosphere onboard is informal and friendly. Each evening before dinner there will be an informal briefing in the saloon regarding the programme for the following day and what that entails whether it be a rickshaw ride, visiting and meeting with a rural village community, an elephant safari or excursion by mini-bus. Whilst sailing you can relax on the Sun Deck, taking in your surroundings while the onboard naturalist will be available to identify birds and wildlife. In the evenings, enjoy a drink in the saloon with fellow guests, perhaps enjoy a film, partake in a game of cards or browse the onboard library.
For your Comfort, Safety and Security
The RV Charaidew meets all statutory safety requirements, and a full safety briefing is given on boarding. You are welcome to visit the bridge and observe the master and pilot at work navigating their way through the shallows and sandbanks of the river. Often embarkation and disembarkation will be by means of the country boat which acts as the tender. Moving from ship to country boat to shore is secure and easy with plenty of railing, while everwilling crew members are always on hand to assist.