Australians can save 10 per cent on Indian river cruises and see majestic cities, wildlife sanctuaries and historic monuments as part of a new deal offered by Active Travel, an Australian travel agency specialising in Asian river cruising.
The offer is valid for any Assam Bengal Navigation river cruise in India in 2016 if booked before December 23, 2015.
Cruising aboard Assam Bengal Navigation’s deluxe, colonial-style river vessels provides a comfortable way to travel through the Indian countryside. A broad range of itineraries offer contrasting experiences throughout the diverse Indian regions of Assam and Bengal, allowing travellers to visit villages, towns, temples, orchards, gardens and monuments.
One of the cruises on offer is the seven-night Historic Hugli cruise, which journeys along the lower Ganges side stream, the River Hugli. Including a visit to the city of Kolkata, India’s oldest operating port, the cruise also takes travellers to the battlefield of Plassey, where the British East India Company defeated the Nawab of Bengal and his French allies in 1757, as well as the many monuments and mosques of the medieval Islamic capital of Gaur. A highlight of the cruise is visiting the little-known but impressive Bengali terracotta temples. The cruise costs from US$1272 per person, twin-share, including the 10 per cent discount if booked before December 23, 2015.
Other cruises on offer include six or eight-night Holy Ganges cruises, which journey through the homeland of the Buddha. Worshipped as a goddess, the Ganges is the most sacred river to the Hindus. Featuring Mughal ruins, East India Company relics and Buddhist monuments, as well as visits to country markets, villages and rice, paddy and jute fields, the cruise promises an exciting voyage through largely untouched territory. The cruise costs from US$1454 per person, twin-share, including the 10 per cent discount if booked before December 23, 2015.
Regular departure dates on the full range of cruises are available throughout 2016. Fares include shore excursions and transfers as per the itinerary. Flights from Australia to India are extra and can be booked through Active Travel.