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Board the ABN Rajmahal to Cruise the Ganges River in Luxury
Cruise the Ganges River aboard the ABN Rajmahal and luxury is assured. Launched in 2014 the ABN Rajmahal was designed with cruising the Ganges River in mind. Built in Kolkata, the ABN Rajmahal has an extra shallow draft to allow it to travel much further upstream than any of the similar riverboats offering cruises on the Ganges. The Rajmahal is 50m long with a beam of 10m and is fitted with 22 luxurious air-conditioned cabins. The 18 double cabins are 19sqm and set with twin or double beds, perfect for couples or two friends travelling together. There are also 4 single cabins which at 16sqm are the ideal choice for solo travellers. All of the cabins aboard ABN Rajmahal are air-conditioned and set with private en-suite bathrooms with shower and complimentary designer Ayurveda toiletries. The cabins are set across the Main Deck and the Upper deck with 14 of the twin/double cabins located on the Upper Deck and the remaining 4 twin/double cabins and the 4 single cabins set on the Rajmahal’s Main Deck. All of the cabins enjoy French Balconies sharing panoramic views with guests as they cruise the Ganges River in luxury aboard the ABN Rajmahal. Whether on a lower Ganges River cruise or an upper Ganges River cruise you will have time to enjoy the onboard facilities of the ABN Rajmahal. This riverboat though new, is full of old-world charm and classic, warm hospitality of the style that India does best. Onboard, the Rajmahal features a restaurant offering delicious Assamese, Indian and International cuisine, a bar lounge, a saloon with library, and a spa offering a range of treatments and massage. The uppermost deck of the boat is the sundeck, with a variety of loungers some under shade and some under sun. A Ganges River cruise aboard the ABN Rajmahal is a wonderful opportunity to slow life down, enjoy the charm, elegance and warm hospitality onboard and let the slow pace of the river cruise relax and revive you as only a river cruise can.
The Varanasi Ganga Cruise and Upper Ganges River Cruises
During the months of August and September the ABN Rajmahal plies the waters of the upper Ganges and shares a Varanasi Ganga cruise with guests. Sailing between the cities of Patna to the east and Varanasi to the west, the Varanasi ganga cruise is 7 nights whether taking the upstream journey from Patna or the downstream journey from Varanasi. Truly a journey through history, it is worth remembering that the holy city of Varanasi dates back more than 3,000years and is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. A centre for pilgrimage for all Hindus, rituals have been held nightly on the Ghats overlooking the Ganges for 1,000s of years, it is a place where time stands still and where Hindus believe they can find salvation. Shore visits also include trips to explore sights from the days of the British Raj, the Maharaja’s Palace and museum at Ramnagar, the great Mughal Fort of Chunar and Sarnath, where the Buddha preached his first sermon to name a few of the highlights of this Varanasi Ganga cruise. Of the other upper Ganges River cruises, there is a choice of either a 6 or 8-night itinerary between Patna and Farakka. It is along this stretch of the river that, if you are lucky, you will see the Gangetic Dolphin. This Ganga cruise takes in a lot of very interesting sights all related to the culture and history of this region. Highlights include learning about the East India Company, visit a silk weaving village, the ancient city of Gaur, the ruins of Nalanda which is considered to be the world’s oldest residential seat of learning dating from over 1,500years ago, the beautiful temple town of Bateshwar home to Jain and Buddhist temples, and not forgetting an off the beaten path stop at the town that is the namesake for our luxurious riverboat, Rajmahal. Founded by the Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great, this enigmatic town is littered with atmospheric ruins of palaces and temples. A river of life, the holiest river in the world, a region steeped in culture and history and wonderful wildlife, a cruise on the Ganges River is the holiday of a lifetime.
All cabins are equipped with individual climate control, en-suite shower/WC with Kama Ayurveda toiletries, generous cupboard space and under-bed storage, hair dryer, minibar, in-room electronic safe, tea/coffee making facilities, high quality bathrobes and slippers in cabins, large sliding glass windows offering panoramic views of the river. Daily turndown service in all cabins
Upper Deck Twin/Double Cabins (14 units)At 19sqm the upper deck twin/dbl cabins comfortably sleep 2 people on either twin beds or a double bed. Air-conditioned with independent climate control, these bright and airy cabins enjoy panoramic views of the river Ganges from their French balconies. The cabins are set with a private en-suite bathroom fitted with a shower and WC. Other features include in-room safe, tea coffee set, complimentary Ayurvedic bathroom amenities, hairdryer, luxury bathrobes and slippers, and a daily turndown service. Maximum capacity 2 people.
Main Deck Twin/Double Cabins (4 units)The main deck twin/dbl cabins are 19sqm and comfortably sleep 2 people on either twin beds or a double bed. Air-conditioned with independent climate control, these bright and airy cabins enjoy panoramic views of the river Ganges from their French balconies. The cabins are set with a private en-suite bathroom fitted with a shower and WC. Other features include in-room safe, tea coffee set, complimentary Ayurvedic bathroom amenities, hairdryer, luxury bathrobes and slippers, and a daily turndown service. Maximum capacity 2 people
Main Deck Single Cabins (4 units)Located on the main deck, the 4 single cabins are 15sqm and perfect for solo travellers. Set with a single bed, each cabin is air-conditioned with independent climate control and enjoys panoramic views of the river Ganges from the French balcony. The single cabins are set with a private en-suite bathroom fitted with a shower and WC. Other features include in-room safe, tea coffee set, complimentary Ayurvedic bathroom amenities, hairdryer, luxury bathrobes and slippers, and a daily turndown service. Maximum capacity 1 person.
GENERALCruising Areas: India
Length: 50 m
Beam: 10 m
Number of Cabins: 22
Annual docking: May to July
Time zone: (GMT+05:30) New Delhi
Currency accepted: USD, INR
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard
Electricity voltage: 220V
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ACCESSComplimentary shared arrival and departure transfers to passengers to and from the nearest airport or city hotel. Private transfers are available at an additional cost.
Airport: Kolkata International Airport (CCU) - 19 km
Harbour/Pier: Outram Ghat – boarding/disembarking point
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