Assam Bengal Navigation (ABN), a pioneer in luxury river cruises on the Ganges and Brahmaputra, will resume operations from November 2020. The Indo-British company is a part of the RARE India Community of conscious luxury hotels and travel experiences in India and the subcontinent. ABN has announced three new shorter river cruise itineraries, designed specifically for Indian travellers.
“At a time when cruising has come under a lot of censure, river cruising by Assam Bengal Navigation company from its inception in 2003 has focussed on benign operations with minimum impact on the environment and riverine ecosystems while highlighting culture and community along the way. All this with no compromise on comfort and luxury, an enviable achievement,” Shoba Mohan, Founder, RARE India, said.
Commenting on the resumption of services, Antara Phookan, Director, ABN, said: “We are introducing two short Brahmaputra River cruise itineraries – ‘Brahmaputra River Vignettes’ and ‘Dancing Monks & Riverine Culture’. The former is a 3 -night introduction to the majestic river culture while the latter is a 4-night cruise that also introduces you to the monastic culture of Majuli River Island. These two short river itineraries are best combined with a wildlife discovery of the Kaziranga National Park and a stay at our safari eco-lodge – the Diphlu River Lodge. On the lower Ganges, we are launching the Hooghly river itinerary ‘Bengal Memories’, which will be a 3-night introduction to the historic colonial charm of Bengal.”
ABN’s newly introduced Brahmaputra River Vignettes is a three - night cruise from Guwahati to Silghat aboard the vessel ABN Charaidew II. The Dancing Monks & Riverine Culture is a 4-night cruise from Silghat to Neamati on the same vessel. The first cruise will commence on 3rd December and the second one on 29th December.
On the other hand, ABN’s new 3-night cruising itinerary, the ‘Bengal Memories’ covering Kolkata-Mayapur-Kolkata aboard the vessel ABN Rajmahal, will commence from 13th November, followed by 17th November, 21st November, 11th December, 15th December, 23rd December and 30th December.