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River Cruising in India

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Enjoy a relaxing river cruise and discover otherwise inaccessible areas as well as experiencing local culture from a different perspective.

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Audley Indian Subcontinent brochure 2011

Indian Subcontinent

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The Sukapha cruise ship on the Brahmaputra River.

The Sukapha cruise ship on the Brahmaputra River.

The rivers of India are central to the local way of life, and travel by boat is a wonderful way to discover areas which are otherwise almost inaccessible.

The longest river in India, the Brahmaputra, runs through the spectacular scenery of Assam and is an ideal introduction to river cruising in India. In addition, summer cruises are possible on the Hugli River between Calcutta and the Ganges. 

Experience a rice barge or a cruise boat on the Backwaters in Kerala

A trip aboard a 'kettuvallam', or traditional rice barge is a wonderfully relaxing way to explore the watery paradise of the Backwaters.

These giant 80ft long crafts are converted into simple, furnished houseboats with one or two en-suite bedrooms, dining area and deck. Suitable for 1-2 nights, the boats are crewed by a captain and cook who cater to your needs while you watch life along the riverbanks.

Another more luxurious option is the MV Vrinda.

Spend three days on this Oberoi cruise boat enjoying the tranquil waterways of Kerala.

There are just eight luxury cabins on the lower deck, each with a king size bed with a view of the backwaters, TV and DVD player and ensuite bathrooms. The upper deck houses a lounge and bar with panoramic views of the backwaters, while breakfast is served on the sun deck. Delicious South Indian cuisine is served based on local ingredients.

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