The “ABN Rajmahal”, entered service on the Hugli and the Ganges on schedule in mid-February 2014. Built in Kolkata, she is 50m long, is powered by 3 engines, and with extra-shallow draught and a lower profile than conventional designs she can cruise further upstream than any of her competitors. There are 22 cabins in all, 14 spacious twin/double cabins on the upper deck and 4 twin/double cabins on the main deck, together with 4 single cabins for which we charge no supplement. All cabins have French balconies. The décor is stylish and fresh, with touches of colonial elegance, and uses handblocked cotton fabrics of traditional Indian-inspired designs. As with the other ships in our fleet, there is a comfortable saloon and bar and a dining room, together with a vast canopied sundeck. A small spa offers a wide range of treatments. All cabins and public rooms on our ships are air-conditioned. Food on board is a mixture of Assamese (milder than most Indian cuisine) and continental. Wines, beer and spirits are available.
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.
Historic Hugali – Upstream, Kolkata to Jangipur (Bengal Despatch 1)
Historic Hugali – Downstream, Jangipur to Kolkata (Bengal Despatch 5)
City Of Light – Downstream, Varanasi to Patna (Bengal Despatch 10)
City Of Light – Upstream, Patna to Varanasi (Bengal Despatch 9)
Sonepur Cattle Fair, Patna to Patna (Bengal Despatch 3)
Holy Ganges – Downstream, Patna to Farakka (Bengal Despatch 4)
Holy Ganges – Upstream, Farakka to Patna (Bengal Despatch 2)