In December 2022, the world's longest river voyage, an epic 51-day cruise along the Ganges and Brahmaputra will be launched by Antara Luxury River Cruises launches. From Kashi (Uttar Pradesh) to Dibrugarh (Assam) via the Sunderbans and Bangladesh, you can sail on 27 small rivers, 5 states and 2 countries.
The 51-day cruise aboard Antara's newest Art Deco boutique ship, Antara Ganga Vilas, is a fantastic opportunity for those wishing to explore South Asian culture in some of its oldest regions and systems. Ideal for vacationers, history buffs, culture buffs, and nature lovers, the cruise also offers a hop-on hop-off option for those who only wish to travel on certain segments.
During the trip, each day will have an experience at sea and an experience on land. Beginning in Varanasi, with short day trips to sights along the way, the cruise meanders the waters of the Ganges, stopping at World Heritage sites and ancient sites in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and in West Bengal for an in-depth look at its colonial influences and regional traditions. Sailing through the largest mangrove forest in the world, the UNESCO-protected Sundarbans, the ship arrives in Bangladesh.
Shopping from the floating markets of Barisal to Bagerhat, home to the famous 60-domed mosque, to Sonargaon, the country's historic city. The journey continues from Dhaka to Jamuna in northern Bangladesh, turning east to return to India at Dhubri, embracing the Brahmaputra for the Assam leg of the journey, sailing through wilderness and many sites culture along the way.