These two passenger boats are sister ships that offer a relaxed and comfortable journey along the Brahmaputra and Hugli rivers though the heart of rural northeast India. Owned and managed by the Assam Bengal Navigation Company, this Indo-British joint venture pioneered long-distance river journeys in India in 2003. Each ship is crewed by a wonderful team of gentle staff who will accompany you on daily forays into the surrounding landscape to visit cities, historic sites, wildlife sanctuaries and other places of interest.
Both ships have 12 air-conditioned twin bedded cabins on the upper deck with en-suite shower room and large picture windows for enjoying views of the passing scenery. Also on the upper deck is a small open-air bar and plenty of room for reclining on a sun lounger with a cooling drink between disembarkations.
Buffet meals of Assamese (milder than most Indian cuisine) and continental dishes are shared around communal tables in the dining room on the lower deck and the maximum size group of 24 passengers is ideal for creating a friendly house party atmosphere on board. Though not luxurious, the service is kind and attentive and the Charaidew and Sukapha are the most comfortable way to travel this part of India. A variety of itineraries are available lasting from 4 to 10 nights, with more of a wildlife and wilderness focus on the Brahmaputra and the history and culture of remote Bengal on Hugli river journeys. These can be combined with travel to other parts of India through a network of local flights.
River passenger boats with 12 simple air-conditioned cabins
Situated in the far north eastern corner of India in a region largely isolated from the rest of the country, Assam has international borders with Bhutan and Bangladesh. The state was once much larger but following India’s independence in 1947 Assam was broken up to create several smaller ones along ethno-linguistic lines, known as the ‘seven sisters’. (They are all joined to the rest of India only by a 20km wide strip of land called the Siliguri Corridor). Read more?
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