Pandaw is making waves in India with the introduction of three new routes covering Northern India: The Lower Ganges river, the Upper Ganges river as far north as Varanasi, and the Brahmaputra.
Choose a seven-night cruise on the Brahmaputra or Lower Ganges river or combine the Lower and Upper Ganges in a first-of-its kind 14 night 'all Ganges' voyage - one thousand miles from Kolkata to Varanasi.
There are two vessels plying the Ganges. Depending on departure date the cruise will operate on either the RV Katha Pandaw or RV Orient Pandaw. The RV Indochina Pandaw will cruise the Brahmaputra river through Assam.
For the first time ever, Pandaw will be offering an expedition running the length of Andaman archipelago, on board the luxury motor yacht, the Andaman Explorer. Currently only the east coast of the Andaman Islands are open to visiting vessels, but these are rich in scenic, ethnographic and marine interest.
Why we like Pandaw Cruises
It feels like being a guest on a private yacht rather than a cruise ship.
RV Katha Pandaw
A handcrafted vessel with only two decks, and newly refurbished for the rivers of India, with fourteen staterooms and a new indoor saloon and dining area. There are four cabins on the upper deck which also house the bar and library. There are a further ten on the main deck.
The ship is 40 metres long and nine metres in width. It was built in Saigon in 2011.
Upper and Lower Ganges between Kolkata to Varanasi
RV Orient Pandaw
It is a thirty-cabin vessel with 20 cabins found on the upper deck and a further 10 on the main deck alongside the gallery and dining room. There is a spacious air-conditioned saloon bar and a sundeck bar. The onboard bakery has freshly baked delights daily.
The ship is 55 metres long and ten metres in width. It was built in Saigon in 2008.
Upper and Lower Ganges
RV Indochina Pandaw
This ship is the sister to the RV Orient Pandaw and has the same cabin layout. It is a thirty-cabin vessel with 20 cabins found on the upper deck and a further 10 on the main deck alongside the gallery and dining room. There is also an art gallery featuring local artists and a good-sized meeting room.
The ship is 52 metres long and ten metres in width.
FACILITIES on board pandaw river cruises
Esteemed chefs prepare local Indian and international cuisine menus using locally sourced ingredients. All meals inclusive of tea and coffee, soft drinks, local spirits and juices served in the main indoor dining restaurant. Given notice, all dietary requirements can be catered for, along with the guest preferred alcoholic beverages. Every evening there will be a hosted themed dinner.
ACTIVITIES on board pandaw river cruises
- Quality mountain bikes are available for independent exploration
- A series of cultural performances and interesting lectures, culinary classes and ship tours are available during every cruise
- The library has a good selection of contemporary and classic literature.
Keeping in Touch
Due to the remoteness of some of the areas being visited, cell phone usage may be limited to 50%. Onboard internet and phone facilities will be available in the lobby areas wherever the connectivity is available on each ship. River cruising in India can be a dramatic and adventurous experience not like cruising the controlled waterways of Europe or America. The cruises operate in areas with little or no developed infrastructure and subject to the strictures of local officialdom. Be prepared for this and it is all more the fun!