India River Cruises

River cruising is a unique way of traveling. It is like experiencing life in the slow lane, where the pace is gentle with no rush, nature all around, and abundant opportunities to explore riverside towns and cities along the way. It is a very tranquilizing experience in natural surroundings, away from the pressures of life, with good food and enjoyable company.

India is blessed with magnificent waterways that need to be explored more. Cruising along these inland waterways are a great way to explore and experience the cities, towns and villages that are right there along the banks. Wake up to the sound of birds, the splash of oars cutting through water and the smell of rural India and its natural greenery, when you go on an Indian river cruise.

India is progressively becoming a key location for luxury travel and luxury cruises. River cruises in India are gaining more popularity because of the diverse cultural legacies, geography and landscape along the banks of popular and historically rich rivers like the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and also the backwaters of Kerala. These cruises take one through history where the past and the future are seamlessly blended together into one beautiful tapestry.

Best River Cruises in India

As we know, that many of India’s roads are well-trodden, however there are vast swathes of the country that remain almost untouched by tourism and some are only accessible by boat. The Ganges River, in the north, is believed to be the oldest in India, and is revered by millions of people all over the world. It originates in the Himalayas and is the starting point for many luxury river cruises. Ganga and its tributaries offer a range of landscapes, from distant mountains, the Gangetic plains and the religious ghats of Varanasi to the colonial buildings alongside the Hoogly (Ganges in Bengal) in Kolkata. The Brahmaputra in the east, said to be one of the most ferocious of rivers, offers some of the most thrilling cruising experiences as it makes its way through Assam. In Madhya Pradesh, you are treated to the central Indian heritage in the Narmada cruises, while down south the Godavari showcases the temple culture that is prominent along its banks. Kerala's backwater cruises are a marvel of their own. Along these rivers is witnessed rich flora and fauna. From wildlife, tea gardens and beaches to forests, creeks and a rich cultural heritage, there is something for everyone. The diversity of languages, customs, lifestyle and vegetation, from one city to another, is fascinating and a lesson in history in itself!
The pioneering ABN company operate the largest luxury on India’s river, ranging from large Retro steamers to smaller houseboats for a more intimate experience. All are handsomely furnished and extremely comfortable throughout. ABN also offer great flexibility, with itineraries of 3, 4, 7 or 8 nights, which you can combine if desired.

ABN Cruises

Pandaw began life in 1995 on Burma’s Ayeyarwady River but has since expanded to offer itineraries across Indochina – and now, for the first time, India. Covering the Hooghly as well as the Brahmaputra, all their cruises are on the company’s 1940s-style vessels. The luxury is understated and great effort is made to re-create the feel of bygone eras, as well as experiencing authentic local life as far as possible.

Pandaw Cruises

Antara River Cruises has introduced luxury river cruising across India with an exceptional attention to detail. An invitation to take you to untouched destinations bringing unmatched hospitality and immerse yourself in unforgettable experiences.

Antara Cruises

Explore the beauty of Kerala’s backwaters with the Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda Cruise. The five-star vessel takes you on an enthralling journey in God’s own country, sailing through the serene waters of Alleppey. You will be treated to live Kathakali and Mohiniattam performances on board, and travel along the Vembanad-Alleppey canal route, surrounded by lush greenery.

Oberoi Vrinda Vessel (Kerala) 

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