UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sunderbans is a network of channels and semi-submerged mangrove forests that forms the world’s largest river delta. It is home to one of the largest concentrations of Royal Bengal tigers on the planet. The average cost of a 2-hour boat-ride in the Sundarban waterways is just INR 6.
ABN offers 8 different cruising routes. Ganges cruises can be taken separately or together to offer a choice of durations from 4 to 15 nights. Cruises on the lower Ganges operate all year round, while the Ganges cruises operate in the winter months only. ABN ships go all the way to Varanasi only in the months of August and September. Click here to see the detailed itineraries.
When to go
ABN operates its cruises from July to the end of April (next year). Every month has both advantages and disadvantages.
During this period, water levels are high, so grounding is rare. Temperatures are high and the weather humid. Rural India looks wonderfully lush and green in such clarity of light.
Water levels remain quite high. Rain is rare during these months while the temperature remains moderate, although sunshine is not always guaranteed.
Water levels are low on the Ganges, so groundings can occur. Morning mists can sometimes delay the planned departures. Anyone who dislikes heat should go during January and February.
Low water levels on the Ganges can cause problems in manoeuvring, although the lower Ganges is not affected. Without a change in humidity, temperatures start to rise. Sudden brief storms can occur once April starts.
The packages start from INR 12,700 per person per night. Here is a detailed list of pricing.
*The price includes all transport to/from included activities and destinations as well as all meals on board. The price does not include drinks bought from the bar.
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