Brahmaputra River - India

The little visited Brahmaputra river of Central and South Asia flows for 1,800 miles (2,900 km) starting in the Himalayas and meeting the Ganges River to form a vast delta emptying into the Bay of Bengal. Along its course it passes through the Tibet, China, the Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, and Bangladesh. There is much of interest here, whether for the naturalist or bird watcher or for the cultural traveller interested in Buddhist archaeology, Hindu temples, Islamic architecture or neo-classical colonial palaces. The river is navigable for about 800 miles from the sea as far as the city of Dibrugarh and features a myriad of channels through endless archipelagos of sand islands. Although much of this lush river valley is under cultivation, there are also large tracts of forest. Assam is is one of the most forested states of India and also the largest tea producer. The river beyond Dibrugarh enters the foothills of the Himalayas and then passes through the mountains of Tibet - this is where the deepest gorges on earth can be found. River cruises are available from Guwhati to Dibrugarh exploring an area that is full of Buddhist archaeology, Hindu Temples, Islamic architecture and colonial palaces yet there are few tourists or facilities here. Covering nearly 300 miles, this stretch of the river through the Indian state of Assam has a number of national parks.including the World Heritage Site at Kaziranga where you will find the world's largest population of rhinocerus.