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River cruising in India is still in its beginning phase, but it is catching on fast with those who have sailed the established waterways in Europe and Asia and are looking for different destinations. It is also increasingly popular with travellers who have not cruised before but who want to see rural India. Cruising in these rivers gives a unique opportunity to meet locals, see rural and remote villages, spot wildlife and experience fascinating and culturally rich parts of the country. Our boutique cruise ship ABN Rajmahal sails on the well-known River Ganges from Kolkata to Varanasi passing through three states whilst offering insights to incredibly different culture, food, sights and the life of locals living in remote villages. ABN Charaidew-II Land and cruising options are the best way to experience a country and following are a few of the most popular options combined with 7 nights cruising. Cruising in these rivers starts in August and ends at the end of April each year. There are many longer cruising options available on these boats which can be easily combined with any tailormade itinerary. Cruises on a little-known river called the Brahmaputra that will appeal to anyone with a taste for adventure. It rises in the Himalayas and flows south through north-east India and into Bangladesh at such speed that sandbanks and islands are swept away before your eyes.
Our downstream/upstream cruise with return journey by rail, takes you along the intimate lower Ganges side stream, the River Hooghly, which flows from Farakka on the main river down to Kolkata. As well as sightseeing in Kolkata and the European colonies nearby, the cruise takes in Murshidabad, capital of the Nawabs of Bengal, the battlefield of Plassey and the many monuments of the medieval Islamic capital of Gaur. A highlight is several delightful and little-known Bengali Terracotta temples.
This cruise on the highest navigable reaches of the Brahmaputra highlights the unique culture of the area, fusing Indian and Southeast Asian influences with a visit to Sibsagar –the old capital of the Ahom kings – and Majuli Island, with its unique Hindu monastic communities famous for their dance drama. Wildlife is not forgotten, and the cruise visits the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaziranga National Park where sightings of one-horned rhinos are virtually guaranteed.
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