Our private jet was a very important part of our trip. Most of the legs were less than 30 minutes, compared to six to 10 hours if we traveled by road. Overall, we had a fantastic trip to a new country for us. Remote Lands never fails!
Why We Love This Boat :
Location: The ABN Charaidew sails effortlessly through the wilderness of the Assam region of India, on the Brahmaputra with its inhabitant wildlife, from Calcutta to Dibrugarh.
Service: The unparalleled local knowledge of the staff aboard makes a cruise on the ABN Charaidew a fascinating adventure.
History: Pioneers of traversing and exploring India on its waterway, Assam Bengal Navigation boasts a wealth of experience and customer service to assure all guests a pleasant voyage.
Assam Bengal Navigation is famous for river cruising in India and their very first ship, the ABN Charaidew, is one of the longest established boats of the Brahmaputra River. Travelers can choose from four, seven or ten nights on the river, sailing between Calcutta and Dibrugarh, taking in nature reserves, tea gardens, tribal village performances and endangered wildlife safaris. Accommodation aboard is cozy and comfortable and comes courtesy of the ship’s double and twin cabins, decorated - like the rest of the ship - with a characterful colonial flair. Guests can enjoy delicious meals in the sunny restaurant with its french doors flung wide for views of the passing river scenery or indeed, enjoy the panoramas from the uppermost observation deck. The limited accommodation allows for an intimate experience and guests can socialize in the ship’s saloon lounge after a day of excursions to see historical, cultural and natural wonders.
The relatively diminutive 125-foot-long hull of the boat, designed to respect the fragile environment of the river, allows for just 12 cabins on board, all of which are situated on the upper deck, next to the saloon bar.
The ship’s ten twin bed and two double bed cabins are a spacious 152 square feet and well-equipped with en-suite bathrooms, storage space and a seating area by the large picture window, looking out onto the river.
Guests can sit back and relax, enjoying the facilities and amenities on board the ABN Charaidew, designed for their comfort. The stunning scenery of the River Brahmaputra can be viewed all day from the uppermost observation deck.
The top deck of the ABN Charaidew is the place to be to take in the natural beauty of the river and its surroundings; sit back in loungers and planters chairs decorated with local fabrics in the open air or under sun shades.
Food lovers will be delighted with the Assamese and Bengali cuisine that is prepared daily with local ingredients by the ship’s kitchen staff as well as the array of delicious and popular international dishes available buffet-style at mealtimes.
On the same deck as the cabins, the bar saloon lounge is a bright, airy space for guests to relax, socialize and enjoy a few drinks inside or on the front deck, which can be accessed directly through the french doors.
Guests enjoy meals around communal tables in the sunny dining room, located on the lower deck with a backdrop of the river on either side thanks to the enormous glass doors which open out on to the deck. Social guests can get their kicks enjoying cocktails and wines at the bar saloon.