Travel in India doesn’t necessarily have to mean “trains, planes and automobiles”. In the east of the country, the great rivers of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Hughli – for thousands of the years the principal transport arteries of the subcontinent – provide ideal routes for leisure cruises through some of the most remote and rarely visited parts of the country.

Operated by the pioneering Assam–Bengal Navigation Company, three colonial-style steamers ply these ancient waterways, pausing at the historic sights, wildlife parks and cultural centres that line the riverbanks. The perspective yielded by these journeys is unique. The rural areas traversed have changed little in essence since the days of the East India Company, several of whose ruined trading posts rise from the paddy fields and sandbars.

Quite apart from being elegant craft in themselves, the boats are handsomely furnished and extremely comfortable throughout, with air-conditioned, cabins, a wood-lined bar, dining room, and large canopied observation deck.

ABN offer a wide choice of cruises, varied mixes of landscapes and experiences. Contact one of our India-specialist consultants to find out more.

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