Integral to shaping India's history and revered by millions, the sacred Ganges River is the most profound first-hand learning about the many wonders of India. Ply these holy waters on board the ABN Rajmahal cruise boat and explore this mighty river in style.
- Discover the village, towns and temples in a little-known part of India
- Spend time in the holy city of Varanasi, experiencing some of the most profound ceremonies seen in India
- Relax and unwind at the utterly gorgeous Nadescar Palace Hotel at the end of the cruise
With top notch facilities, the Rajmahal has been built with a shallow draft. The boat offers 22 cabins, split between upper and main decks. A small spa and vast canopied sundeck complement the communal spaces, all in keeping with traditional Indian inspired designs. Even more welcome for some are the four single cabins, without any single supplement.
In periods of high water, UK summer months, the cruise accesses the Holy Grail of the Ganges - the city of Varanasi. At this time of year there is also cruising between Patna and Varanasi. This ground-breaking voyage is only possible due to the Rajmahal's shallow draught. The innovative City of Light cruise to Varanasi operates during August to end of September only, the months the river conditions allow.
During the remainder of the year, apart from August and September, ABN Rajmahal will operate on the lower Ganges and Hooghly rivers. Please ask our experts to talk you through the different cruise departure dates and lengths.
Pre/post cruise experience
Spend a few days acclimatising to India in Delhi, exploring the changing architecture of the ruling dynasties over the years. At the end of the cruise, disembark the ship in Varanasi and check into the luxurious Taj Nadesar Palace. This is a glorious boutique heritage hideaway, offering an opulent and serene retreat a short distance from the old city. From Varanasi it is also easy to access other parts of India such as the erotic temples at Khajuraho or the tiger reserves at Panna or Bandhavgarh.
Unique experiences on board and off the ship
- Cruising passed the Varanasi ghats and beyond is an exceptionally unique experience, witnessing life on the Ganges River plains
- Watch the famous Ghats of Varanasi come alive as you sip morning tea and witness the oldest inhabited city in the world awake
- Step ashore at Chunar to visit the great Mughal fort, the old British cemetery and the nearby Mughal tombs
Cruising the River Ganges offers a special and unique opportunity to experience the heart of India. Accessing remote villages, towns, impressive temples and monuments from the river is the most comfortable way to reach these hidden gems.
What is given back?
Assam Bengal Navigation has always been involved in community development in the region through skill training, supporting local artisans, local employment and promoting local arts and crafts that can also be seen throughout the ship’s décor, each unique to its region. Assam Bengal Navigation Foundation was created to maximise projects in education, environment and community development. From the proceeds of each purchased cabin, 5% is contributed to the work projects of ABN Foundation.
Sustainable best practice
ABN are committed to minimise single-use plastic by any means possible. Guests are provided with water flasks and glass bottles with drinking water dispensers at every level of the ships.
Guides and specialists
All the naturalists and guides are trained in-house with years of experience and knowledge and are passionate about their home region.
- Special 15% off on all spa treatments for Steppes Guests
- Free arrival and departure transfers
- Special Discount Beverages Package
For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.