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Watercrafts on the Brahmaputra

Public ferry taking people to the world’s smallest river island – Umananda, Assam.

Ships, boats, ferries, planks are an integral part of the Brahmaputra. There are only three bridges on the river, whose entire length spans 2900 kms! The one at Sariaghat, near Guwahati, Assam has a rail bridge. Currently this is the only railway link to the all north eastern states of India. A fourth bridge is under construction at Dibrugarh and will be a road cum rail.

On the Alfresco Grand river cruise at Guwahati.

Thousands of people still cross the river daily to go to work, school, shops or to get medical aid.  Hence it is a common site to see ferries filled with people, motorbikes, cycles, live stock, daily shopping that varies from vegetables, large Godrej cupboards to vehicles of all kinds.

During the Chota Assam tour, on the public ferry crossing to Majuli, Assam.

The Kaziranga sanctuary also relies on boats donated by the International fund for animal welfare and wildlife trust of India to rescue animals during floods and move them to safety.


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    1. Thank you,yes its a very fascinating river and i am really like your images of the river.hope it turns into a book sometime in the near future.

  1. Would love to go with you Julie on one of these water crafts:) beautifully captured!! Loving your blog!! Kudos!!

  2. Fascinating stuff…lots of Landing crafts from WW2 were shipped in for inland water transport and are still being used…love to drift/sail down the river…Mark Shands books “River Dog” details that so well…

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