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Cruise Ships in India : Charaidew

The Charaidew is a 38 metre long passenger boat, originally built in 1973 to transport the wealthy on long distance journeys. It has been lovingly converted into a characterful and comfortable river cruiser, retaining many original features to give guests a truly authentic experience.

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The ship’s rich past is still evident in its brass engine room telegraph and large wheel bear, reminding guests that they are staying on an authentic vessel. Use of bamboo panelling and locally-produced handwoven fabrics also demonstrates the Charaidew’s heritage.

On board you'll find a variety of facilities to ensure your stay is enjoyable, with a friendly service to match. Open-air seating is available on the sun deck, where guests can relax in comfort with a sundowner after a day’s sightseeing.

Your cruise includes exciting shore excursions, with an experienced guide and naturalist present to help make the most of your trips. These excursions may see you visit tea gardens, rural towns and villages and craft workshops, as well as giving you the opportunity to spot some of the region's incredible wildlife and explore Hindu monasteries. Meanwhile, local song and dance performances on board give you a real flavour of the local cultures. 


All located on the upper deck, the 12 air conditioned cabins feature en suite bathrooms and large sliding glass windows, providing guests with superb panoramic views across the river. Ten cabins feature twin beds and two come with doubles.


  • Bar and saloon serving wine, beer and spirits
  • Dining room on the lower deck with large glass doors, serving a mixture of continental and Assamese cuisine buffet-style
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Complimentary tea and coffee


  • River Brahmaputra — 4, 7, and 10-night cruises in Assam.

Please note: Cruises can be combined to last up to 14 nights.

Suggested itineraries

  • Majuli Island, Assam

    Our specialists suggest:
    3 nights aboard Charaidew as part of our 14-day "Cruising in Assam" itinerary, from £5,950pp.
    View details


  • Local song and dance performances


  • Sun deck
  • Library
  • TV and DVD player
  • On board naturalist to point out wildlife