River cruises offer a completely unique perspective of India, allowing travellers to view the country’s rich tapestry of diverse landscapes, traditional villages and unique wildlife while sailing at a gloriously unhurried pace along one of the country’s most important waterways.
The charming RV Bengal Ganga plies the sacred River Ganges and one of its key tributaries – the Hooghly (which is also known as the Ganga) – between Varanasi and Kolkata. This replica colonial steamer offers comfortable accommodation and delicious cuisine, with plenty of interesting off-ship excursions to historic and religious sites.
The MV Mahabaahu navigates the Brahmaputra River in the shadow of the mighty Himalayas, taking in tribal settlements, monasteries, palaces and tea estates en route. Passengers even have the opportunity to go on safari by boat and Jeep in the region’s finest national park – Kaziranga – famous for its one-horned rhino, buffalo and Bengal tiger.
On the Ganges Sundarbans cruise aboard the MV Parahamsa, explore the wild mouth of the mystical Ganges River, where giant estuarine crocodiles lurk and huge Bengal tigers compete with local fishermen for fish on the mudflats. This labyrinth of tangled mangroves, muddy creeks and lush islands is one of the largest of its kind on Earth, and home to incredible biodiversity.