The “ABN Charaidew” is a 38m long twin-engine steel hulled passenger boat. She was completely stripped down and rebuilt by ABN in 2003 to provide 10 twin-bedded & 2 double bedded cabins with en-suite shower and W.C. The grand old lady of the fleet, she makes up in character what she lacks in twenty-first century glitz. The polished brass engine room telegraph and enormous ship’s wheel bear witness to her heritage. All cabin accommodation is on the upper deck, as is a bar and saloon opening onto a front deck. A dining room with full length opening glass doors on each side is on the lower deck, while a large top sundeck offers additional comfortable open-air seating in shade or sun. Local handloom fabrics specially woven for us and comfortable cane sofas and chairs contribute to the attractive decor.
ABN: Assam Bengal Navigation
ASSAM BENGAL NAVIGATION is an Indo-British joint venture, with offices in Guwahati and the UK. With 3 cruise ships they are the largest and most experienced operator on Indian rivers. In 2003 ABN pioneered long-distance river cruising in India with our unique cruises on the River Brahmaputra in Assam, and in 2007 they were also the first to run cruises on the River Hugli between Kolkata and the Ganges. We were awarded the Indian National Tourism Award for Innovation in 2004-5. Experience counts for everything here, and our expertise in the field of river cruising on both waterways is unrivalled.
The first luxury river boat, the “ABN Charaidew”, with 12 air-conditoned en-suite cabins was joined in 2006 by her near-identical sister ship “ABN Sukapha”. Cruises operate in Assam from October to April, and in Bengal virtually all through the year. The fleet has increased with the launch of “ABN Rajmahal” in February 2014, a 22-cabin boat specifically designed for water levels on the Ganges.
ABN Charaidew, Rhinos & More, 7 Nights / 8 Days, Assam Despatch 2
ABN Charaidew, River Island Cruise, 7 Nights / 8 Days, Assam Despatch 3
ABN Charaidew, Brahmaputra Maximum, 10 Nights / 11 Days, Assam Despatch 4
ABN Charaidew, Brahmaputra Taster, 4 Nights / 5 Days, Assam Despatch 7