The “ABN Sukapha” joined “ABN Charaidew” in Assam in October 2006. Built in respect of the fragile environment of the River Brahmaputra and resisted the temptation to build a larger ship. The maximum group size of 24 is well-matched to the numbers of riding elephants available in National Parks along the valley, while the need to use jeeps to access the river beaches also limits group size. The result is an ideal number for fostering a friendly house-party atmosphere on board.
“ABN Sukapha” was kept as closely as possible to the design of “ABN Charaidew”, both from popular demand and reasons of practicality, thereby retaining many of the features which make the original vessel so popular, but also adding a small spa. The overall dimensions of “ABN Sukapha” are similiar to “ABN Charaidew” and she is also powered by twin engines. Her 12 cabins are equally roomy and have retained the much appreciated comfortable chairs by the picture windows for relaxing in privacy. The spacious saloon has French windows opening onto a front balcony deck and the dinning room again has glass doors down each side. Specially-commissioned furniture and locally-woven soft furnishings match those on “ABN Charaidew”. Again, the large sundeck offers the opportunity to relax on comfortable cane rattan chairs and sunloungers.
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, 7 Nights / 8 Days, Kolkata to Jangipur (Bengal Despatch 1)
Historic Hugali – Downstream, 7 Nights / 8 Days, Jangipur to Kolkata (Bengal Despatch 5)
Holy Ganges – Downstream, 6 Nights / 7 Days, Patna to Farakka (Bengal Despatch 4)
Holy Ganges – Upstream, 8 Nights / 9 Days, Farakka to Patna (Bengal Despatch 2)