It was individual and authentic. And I was treated like a family friend, not a paying guest.
ABN Raj Mahal
Why We Love This Boat :
Location: The best way to see real village life in India, floating on the mystic River Ganges, between Farakka and Patna, is aboard the ABN Raj Mahal.
Service: The staff aboard are unparalleled in terms of their knowledge and experience in cruising and exploring the region; guests can expect a top notch experience.
History: The Indian and British team that forms Assam Bengal Navigation were the pioneers of long distance river cruising in India. The ABN Raj Mahal has been specially designed with their shipbuilding expertise for conditions on the Ganges.
Travelers aboard Assam Bengal Navigation’s newest cruiser, the beautiful Raj Mahal, have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the beautiful and enchanting scenery surrounding the mighty River Ganges. Guests can choose to spend six nights traveling downstream or eight nights sailing upstream, between the cities of Farakka and Patna, witnessing all the spectacular landscapes in between and stopping off to visit mosques, monasteries and temples, bazaars and villages. Guests can travel in comfort, retiring each evening to their fresh and stylishly-decorated cabins, all of which boast river-facing windows, perfect for a little reflection as the cruiser glides along. Delicious local and international dishes are served in the ship’s restaurant and guests can take in the morning air or enjoy sunset views on the canopied observation deck. What’s more, for those in need of a little pampering, the ship’s spa offers a range of indulgent treatments.
Assam Bengal Navigation presents its guests with a range of comfortable and functional accommodation; among the 22 spacious cabins on board, 18 can be configured as twins or doubles, while four are suitable for solo travelers.
The Raj Mahal’s light, airy single cabins are ideal for guests in search of a little privacy and are fitted with all the mod-cons, including air conditioning and en-suite facilities. They are decorated with stylish colonial accents and Indian fabrics, and feature private balconies.
The spacious double cabins are perfect for couples or friends travelling together and feature bright, elegant decor with en-suite bathrooms. Each cabin has french doors leading out to private balconies.
Well-equipped to cater to the comfort of all its passengers, the Raj Mahal features a bright sundeck for enjoying the spectacular river views, not to mention the indulgent spa and gift shop.
The uppermost deck of the ship is totally given over to viewing the passing panoramas in comfort. Guests can lounge in attractive planters chairs, enjoying the sunshine and benefiting from the canopy in case of adverse conditions.
Dining aboard the Raj Mahal is a culinary pleasure with lovingly-prepared dishes designed to delight its international guests. The cuisine is a mixture of recipes for the local Assam area, characterized by mild, fragrant flavours, and continental favourites. There is also a saloon bar and lounge for pre-dinner drinks or a little night cap
Travelers congregate before and after dinner for drinks and socializing in the comfortable saloon bar which serves a range of quality wines, beers and spirits.
Diners can relax and enjoy delicious meals serves it the light, bright and fully air conditioned dining room. With windows looking out to the decks on either side, dinner is served with the unmatched backdrop of the Ganges.