Luxury river cruises in India are the newest and most innovative way of exploring the Indian sub-continent. The sail in inland luxury cruisers is all about grandeur, comfort and imbibing the flavour of two of the greatest rivers of the world – the Ganges and the Brahmaputra.
Cruise through history and stunning natural beauty as you experience the past and present woven seamlessly into one brilliant tapestry. The Ganges River, also Ganga, is a trans-boundary river of Asia which flows through India and Bangladesh. The 2,525 km (1,569 mi) river rises in the western Himalayas in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, and flows south and east through the Gangetic Plain of North India into Bangladesh, where it empties into the Bay of Bengal. The Ganges is the most sacred river to Hindus. It is also a lifeline to millions of Indians who live along its course and depend on it for their daily needs. It is worshipped as the Goddess Ganga in Hinduism.
A cruise on the Brahmaputra River is one of the most thrilling of river journeys imaginable, exploring the incredible countryside bound to the whim of the mighty river. The Brahmaputra, also called Tsangpo-Brahmaputra, is a trans-boundary river and one of the major rivers of Asia. With its origin in the Angsi Glacier, located on the northern side of the Himalayas in Burang County of Tibet as the Yarlung Tsangpo River, it flows across southern Tibet to break through the Himalayas in great gorges (including the Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon) and into Arunachal Pradesh (India) where it is known as Dihang or Siang. It flows southwest through the Asom Valley as Brahmaputra and south through Bangladesh as the Jamuna (not to be mistaken with Yamuna of India). In the vast Ganges Delta it merges with the Padma, the main distributary of the Ganges, then the Meghna, before emptying into the Bay of Bengal. About 2,900 km (1,800 mi) long, the Brahmaputra is an important river for irrigation and transportation.
In keeping with ITT speciality of offering unique tours to the Indian Subcontinent, it offers river cruises on board delightful and luxurious colonial-style vessels. ITT has created packages around these cruises to give you a glimpse of the "other side" of India – an off-the-beaten-path and fresh India.