Cruises In India
River cruises in India provide a peaceful retreat from the madding crowds and crazy traffic in the big cities. Relax on the scenic backwaters of Kerala in the south, comprising a serene stretch of lakes, canals and lagoons. Or journey on the historically rich Ganges in the north; revered by millions of people, it flows through the Gangetic plains to the religious ghats of Varanasi.
The mighty Brahmaputra, in the northeast state of Assam, guarantees an Indian river cruise adventure into parts of the country where few visitors go, while the Hooghly or Lower Ganges offers a front row view of the riverside colonial buildings in Kolkata. Alternatively, explore the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest and hub of the ‘Royal Bengal Tigers’; or cruise through the Bhitarkanika National Park, a mangrove wetland set on a vast delta formed by the convergence of the Padma, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers.
Our hand-picked portfolio of traditional Indian riverboats and luxurious houseboats has been carefully chosen to include remarkable vessels operated by only the most trusted of partners, preeminent pioneers of the region who offer exceptional itineraries, unrivaled knowledge and utmost levels of service.
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Which is the best cruise destination in India?
The best cruise destinations in India are determined by your personal interests and the sights, scenery, and wildlife that you might encounter en-route, but some of the best include a Brahmaputra River Cruise; Sundarbans Boat Cruise; Kerala Backwater Cruise; Ganges River Cruise and a Hooghly River Cruise.
How much does a cruise in India cost?
Expect to pay US$300 – US$800 per day for a cruise in India. The price is determined by the length of the cruise, the destination, excursions, onboard facilities, level of luxury, accommodation and service. Included in most cruises are transfers, accommodations, onboard meals, and excursions as described in the itinerary.
What is the local cuisine like?
Traditional Indian food is widely appreciated for its wonderful use of herbs and spices, and its diverse range of deep-fried snacks, pastries, curries, gravies, sauces, lentil and rice dishes, tandoor-cooked meats, chicken and fish, vegetable dishes, beans and legumes, chutneys, pickles, breads and sweets. Dishes vary from region to region.
Is India safe?
Though India is considered a generally safe country, due to its size, some areas are more dangerous than others. It is necessary to remain vigilant at all times. Be wary of pickpockets, and taxi drivers trying to rip you off. This country is notorious for scams performed on tourists.
Is India a good family destination?
India might not be the most obvious family holiday choice, but for intrepid families who yearn for something different, India can be a truly captivating country, and if you’re up for the challenge, the rewards can be great. Here, you will experience adventures like nowhere else on the planet.
India is a magical, eye-opening destination for kids. Filled with incredible sights, beautiful landscapes, fun activities, delicious food and much more, there is a lot for families to see and do in India.
Is India a good honeymoon destination?
If you dream of a fairy-tale honeymoon in one of the most exotic countries in the world, India is the honeymoon destination that truly has it all. This is a country that spells romance with enchanted palace hotels, stunning landscapes, incredible experiences, adventurous activities, and amazing food, shopping and sightseeing.