4 luxury cruise holiday options in India

4 luxury cruise holiday options in India

So far, Indian vacationers who had the budget for it headed abroad to take luxury cruise holidays. But India is now ready to harness the potential of its vast coastline by launching its own set of cruises. 

Neelu Singh, CEO and Director of online travel portal, ezeego1 says, “There has been increasing intervention from the government and a growing demand for luxury travel among India tourists. This blend projects a brighter future for luxury cruise tourism in the country.” 

The Economic Times

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Secrets from the River

Secrets from the River

The Ganges is revered in India as the mother of the nation, and it is believed that all rivers ow from her. us, travelling on the waterways o ers a passage into the mythology, history and culture of this deeply spiritual and vastly layered country.

THE RIVER IS EVERYWHERE

Achingly beautiful and awe inspiring, India’s sacred river is once again the venue for pleasure cruising.

The sun has just risen and I’m heading for a yoga class on the observation deck. Sprinkled among the exquisite furniture populating this open deck, yoga mats lie in wait, though many passengers are unwilling to peel themselves from their lavish suites...

WORDS BY MARIA VISCONTI

Cruising special edition, Mindfood Magazine

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Article in KarryOn Newsletter

Article in KarryOn Newsletter

To inspire further growth of travel to India, almost all attendees at the Australia India Travel & Tourism Council (AITTC) organised Round Table Conference, held last month, recommended initiatives to increase destination knowledge and make the market aware of products beyond the traditional offerings. Responding to this, AITTC in partnership with India Tourism and Taj Hotels relaunched their highly successful “Know India Better” program on 25 September introducing River Cruising in India.

Over 60 guests comprising of tour operators travel agents, airlines, hotelliers, media and industry personalities dominating the India- Australia tourism attened the evening event at the waterfront Indian restaurant, Manjits at The Wharf.

KarryOn Newsletter, Australia

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Flusskreuzfahrt auf dem Brahmaputra im abwechslungsreichen Assam

Flusskreuzfahrt auf dem Brahmaputra im abwechslungsreichen Assam

Die indische Provinz Assam ist nur durch einen schmalen Landkanal zwischen Bangladesh und Nepal mit dem Mutterland Indien verbunden. Die Menschen in Assam sind anders als im übrigen Land. Der Brahmaputra, einer der größten Flüsse weltweit, birgt nicht nur spannende Abenteuer rechts und links seiner Ufer, sonder auch große Risiken. Eine Kreuzfahrt auf diesem Fluss ist ein einzigartiges Erlebnis.

Lautlos schiebt die Kulisse sich vorbei, während ich an Deck meines Kreuzfahrschiffes die scheinbar leeren Sandbänke links und rechts der Ufer nach Leben absuche. Der Brahmaputra ist zu dieser Jahreszeit friedlich. Entspannung breitet sich aus nach dem langen Weg den die Reisenden zurückgelegt haben, um in diesen entlegenen Winkel der Welt zu gelangen um Ruhe und Erholung in einer völlig anderen Welt zu finden...

by Philipp Duckwitz

Geo.de, Germany

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Abwechslungsreiche Flusskreuzfahrt auf dem Brahmaputra

Abwechslungsreiche Flusskreuzfahrt auf dem Brahmaputra

Lautlos schiebt die Kulisse sich vorbei, während ich an Deck meines Kreuzfahrschiffes die scheinbar leeren Sandbänke links und rechts der Ufer nach Leben absuche. Der Brahmaputra ist zu dieser Jahreszeit friedlich. Entspannung breitet sich aus, nachdem die Reisenden einen langen Weg zurückgelegt haben, um in diesen entlegenen Winkel der Welt zu gelangen - auf der Suche nach Ruhe und Erholung in einer völlig anderen Welt.

Sonnenbaden an Deck oder sich eine entspannende Massage im Unterdeck, lesen, sinnieren oder einfach nur die Umgebung bestaunen, so vertreiben sich die wenigen Gäste des kleinen, 23 Kabinen  umfassenden Kreuzfahrschiffes ihre Zeit. Neun Superior-Zimmer mit Balkon und zwei Suiten beinhaltet der kleine Luxus-Liner. Die zwei Sonnendecks und der kleine Pool bieten auf dem dem 55 Meter langen und 10 Meter breiten Schiff genug Raum für Erholung an Bord...

Merian.de, Germany

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River cruising part of new Indian tourism push

River cruising part of new Indian tourism push

To inspire further growth in travel to India, attendees at the Australia India Travel & Tourism Council (AITTC) organised Round Table Conference recommended inititives to increase destination knowledge and make the market aware of products beyond the traditional offerings.

Responding to this, AITTC in partnership with India Tourism and Taj Hotels, relaunced their highly successful “Know India Better” program recently introducing River Cruising in India.

“India is a large and diverse country with unlimited choices for travellers. This collaboration with AITTC is one of many initiatives of India tourism Sydney office, with the objective to provide more and more information on Indian destinations to Australia,” said Kanchan K Kukreja, Head of India Tourism in Australia.

Over 60 guests comprising tour operators, travel agents, airlines, hotelliers, media and industry personalities attended the event at the waterfront Indian restaurant, Manjits @ The Wharf. 

In recent times, cruising along mighty rivers has emerged as a popular style of holidaying. While in Europe voyaging along the Danube or Rhine has been well known for quite some time, journeying along other key rivers of the world from the Nile and Amazon to Yangtze, Irrawaddy and the Mekong are also gaining momentum. In India, river cruise holidays are relatively new. Entrepreneurs have started offering lengths of the holy Ganges and backwaters of Kerala in luxury boats...

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Agents join industry at ‘KNOW INDIA BETTER’ river cruising event

Agents join industry at ‘KNOW INDIA BETTER’ river cruising event

On Monday evening over 60 tour operators, travel agents, airlines, hoteliers, and media attended a ‘River Cruising in India’ event hosted by the Australia India Travel & Tourism Council (AITTC) with the support of India Tourism and Taj Hotels and Resorts. The event, part of AITTC’s “Know India Better” program, was held at Manjits @ The Wharf, an award-winning Indian Restaurant located on Sydney Harbour.

In India, river cruise holidays are relatively new but, in recent years, luxury operators have begun offering the holy Ganges, the Brahmaputra River, and the backwaters of Kerala.

“Drawing global attention is the [cruise] along the legendary Brahmaputra River in North-East India, aboard luxury vessel MV Mahabaahu,” Sandip Hor, Chairman of AITTC, said in his opening remarks.

“While this voyage can match up with any European river cruise in terms of accommodation and onboard facilities, Indian hospitality comes in as a lucrative bonus,” he added, having had the opportunity himself to experience the MV Mahabaahu on the Brahmaputra River earlier this year...

Travel Monitor, Australia

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Abwechslungsreiche Flusskreuzfahrt auf dem Brahmaputra

Abwechslungsreiche Flusskreuzfahrt auf dem Brahmaputra

Lautlos schiebt die Kulisse sich vorbei, während ich an Deck meines Kreuzfahrschiffes die scheinbar leeren Sandbänke links und rechts der Ufer nach Leben absuche. Der Brahmaputra ist zu dieser Jahreszeit friedlich. Entspannung breitet sich aus, nachdem die Reisenden einen langen Weg zurückgelegt haben, um in diesen entlegenen Winkel der Welt zu gelangen - auf der Suche nach Ruhe und Erholung in einer völlig anderen Welt.

Philipp Duckwitz

MERIAN Die Lust am Reisen

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Flusskreuzfahrt auf dem Brahmaputra im abwechslungsreichen Assam

Flusskreuzfahrt auf dem Brahmaputra im abwechslungsreichen Assam

Die indische Provinz Assam ist nur durch einen schmalen Landkanal zwischen Bangladesh und Nepal mit dem Mutterland Indien verbunden. Die Menschen in Assam sind anders als im übrigen Land. Der Brahmaputra, einer der größten Flüsse weltweit, birgt nicht nur spannende Abenteuer rechts und links seiner Ufer, sonder auch große Risiken. Eine Kreuzfahrt auf diesem Fluss ist ein einzigartiges Erlebnis.

GEO Reisecommunity

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Ride on the wild side of rural India

Ride on the wild side of rural India

MARIA HARDING discovers exotic wildlife and alluring people on a river cruise through remote Assam

DAWN is breaking over the misty green expanse of India’s Kaziranga National Park and I’m about to experience a very different take on the concept of a “Bring Your Kids to Work Day”. I’ve hitched a ride with Umali, a hardworking mum who’s brought her eight-month-old Dula (meaning “dear one” in the local Assamese language) along to work with her. The “work” is rather fun, for we are off on safari – in this case, a gentle stroll across a vast, tree-dotted plain – our mission being to spot white rhino, wild deer, huge-horned buffalo, a plethora of vividly-coloured birds and even, if we are very fortunate, a tiger or a lurking leopard.

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Sunsets & Safaris

Sunsets & Safaris

Regular Expat Living contributor and cruise specialist HEIDI SARNA spends a unique week on India’s Brahmaputra River.

Our convoy of taxis stopped at the top of the muddy riverbank, a few steps from the creaking bamboo gangway that connected us with our home for the week, the 46-passenger Mahabaahu. Not sleek like Europe’s riverboats, this one was appealingly quirky with its stubby funnel and red cargo davits poking out from the stern, and a hull cluttered with a necklace of tires. I loved it already...

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Follow in wake of Tim and Pru

Follow in wake of Tim and Pru

Actor Timothy West and his wife Fawlty Towers star Prunella Scales are back on our screens in Channel 4 favourite, Great Canal Journeys.

This series sees the thespian couple, pictured, leave behind the quiet waterways of Europe for the busy canals and rivers of India. 

Explore the vibrant culture of the mighty Brahmaputra River for yourself on an exclusive saga trip...

Edited by Lisa Minot

The Sun, July 2017

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