India and the subcontinent together offer an ode to the meandering blue capillaries of water, that form a busy network across the lands – plummeting from the glaciers in towering mountains and flowing freely through the plains till the journey to surrounding oceans comes to an end. This is especially true for both Bangladesh and India, where the rivers of the countries provide more than just stunning backdrops.
Expect to see vignettes of impressive scenic views and life around the rivers, when on a cruise in India. The Brahmaputra in the northeast and the Ganges in the northern plains are especially rich with experiences for those choosing to explore the country on a river. Floating through a destination also offers scenes that you would never get on the road – the dense undergrowth in jungles that skirt the rivers or frothy rapids that thrill you.
Whether it is a small excursion or a long journey of a few days, the river cruises throw up many surprises. From fresh catch from the river for dinner or watching life of the locals that live on the edges, this is a great way of seeing a destination intimately.
Journey on the Ganges
13 Nights & 14 Days
Follow the path of one the holiest rivers of India, along the eastern states of Bengal and Bihar. One of the most unique journeys, you can trace the footsteps of British invaders and then float into the history of the nation, skipping from ancient towns with diverse social fabric and practices. This is one of the most enriching journeys in India. This itinerary gives you the highlights of the day for the entire stretch of the journey.
Kolkata / Board Vivada Cruiser | Kolkata / Barrackpore / Serampore / Chinsura / Bandel | Kalna / Shantipur / Fulia | Mayapur and Matiari | Murshidabad | Jangipur lock / Farakka Barrage / Malda | Rajmahal – Manihari | Bateswarsthan to visit Vikramshila / Kahelgoan | Bhagalpur | Munger | Samaria – Nalanda – Rajgir – Bodh Gaya | Bodh Gaya – Varanasi | Varanasi
Bodhi Tree | Nalanda | Sarnath | Barrackpore | Chandannagore | Kalna | Matiari | Farakka Barrage | Ganga aarti
Kolkata / Board Vivada Cruiser / Day 1
Kolkata / Barrackpore / Serampore / Chinsura / Bandel / Day 2
Kalna / Shantipur / Fulia / Day 3
Mayapur and Matiari / Day 4
Murshidabad / Day 5
Jangipur lock / Farakka Barrage / Malda / Day 6
Rajmahal – Manihari / Day 7
Bateswarsthan to visit Vikramshila / Kahelgoan / Day 8
Bhagalpur / Day 9
Munger / Day 10
Samaria – Nalanda – Rajgir – Bodh Gaya / Day 11
Bodh Gaya – Varanasi / Day 12
Varanasi / Day 13 - 14
Ganges Heritage Cruise
07 Nights & 08 Days
The Ganga- Brahmaputra flood plains in the eastern part of the country are one of the richest in bio-diversity and even history. The trail marks the entry of the British , who then ruled the country for a long time. Along with that, there are weaving villages, ancient temples and even the longest barrage in the world. The mix of sights gives the traveller a fair idea of India and its subcultures.
Kolkata | Barrackpore / Chandannagar | Kalna | Mayapur and Matiari | Murshidabad | Farakka Barrage | Kolkata
Victoria Memorial | Kali Ma Temple | Barrackpore | Matiari | Farraka Barrage
Kolkata / Day 1 - 2
Barrackpore / Chandannagar / Day 3
Kalna / Day 4
Mayapur and Matiari / Day 5
Murshidabad / Day 6
Farakka Barrage / Day 7
Kolkata / Day 8
Sunderbans & Bagerhat
08 Nights & 09 Days
Starting the journey from Dhaka, a traveller gets a vivid picture of a culture that lies across the Indian boundary in Bangladesh. Add to that the thrill of spotting the Bengal tiger in the reserve forest, and the trip is a magnificent one. The Sundarbans have a distinct dense mangrove forest, unique to the region. This trip is ideal for the adventurous, as mild hikes, patient looking out for wildlife and taking in the rich biodiversity is the order of the day.
Dhaka | Khulna – Sundarbans | Sundarbans | Sundarbans – Bagerhat – Khulna | Khulna – Benapole – Kolkata | Kolkata
Sundarbans Reserve Forest | Victoria Memorial | Kali Ma Temple
Dhaka / Day 1
Khulna – Sundarbans / Day 2
Sundarbans / Day 3 - 4
Sundarbans – Bagerhat – Khulna / Day 5
Khulna – Benapole – Kolkata / Day 6
Kolkata / Day 8
Brahmaputra River Cruise
12 Nights & 13 Days
This cruise is perhaps the most ideal introduction to the Brahmaputra and its rich river plans. Finish the trip with a visit to the Kaziranga National Park, the highlight of any visit to Assam. It also includes the rarely – visited Nameri National Park, a visit to a tea garden, and a trip through the bazaars of Tezpur on cycle rickshaws.
Kolkata | Guwahati – Kurua | Khirakata | Tullugaon | Tezpur | Nameri National Park | Kaziranga National Park | Jorhat | Guwahati or Tezpur or Jorhat/ Kolkata
Howrah Bridge | Victoria Memorial | Kamkhya Temple | Tullugaon | Nameri National Park | Kaziranga National Park
Kolkata / Day 1 - 2
Guwahati – Kurua / Day 3
Khirakata / Day 4
Tullugaon / Day 5
Tezpur / Day 6
Nameri National Park / Day 7
Kaziranga National Park / Day 8
Jorhat / Day 9
Guwahati or Tezpur or Jorhat/ Kolkata / Day 10 - 11
Rice Boat Cruise
12 Nights & 13 Days
Get into the localness of Kerala bobbing in the rice boats that ply in the slim network of canals in the state. From here, you get to see life on the banks and a suffusion of green along the way. This is the best place to pace out your travel and see a rich culture in a slow and steady way. While most people tread on land, between one sightseeing stop to another, this is a unique way to take in Kerala.
Cochin | Thakazhi | Champakulam-Nedumudy –Munnattinmugam – Onnamkara | Onnamkara Vennattukadu – Kainakary – Marthaondom Kayal | Marthaondom Kayal – Pallathurathy
Houseboat Living | Chinese Fishing Nets | Shri Krishna Temple at Ambalapuzha