Pioneers of Indian River Cruising

Assam Bengal Navigation is an Indo-British joint venture, with offices in Guwahati and the UK. With 3 cruise ships, we are the largest and most experienced operator on Indian rivers.

In 2003, ABN pioneered long-distance river cruising in India with our culturally immersive and wildlife-focused cruises on the River Brahmaputra in Assam. In 2007, we also became 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.

Our 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. Our fleet has increased with the launch of ABN Rajmahal in February 2014, a 22-cabin boat specifically designed for water levels on the Ganges.

In August of the same year, ABN Rajmahal slid under the railway bridge at Varanasi and became the first ever river cruise ship to sail past Varanasi's famous bathing ghats.

Her voyage, starting in Patna, took her upstream past the Maharaja's Palace at Ramnagar to the great Mughal fort at Chunar, 40km above Varanasi.


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