Sundarbans (ABN Rajmahal)

Sundarbans (ABN Rajmahal)

From USD $1,780


This cruise takes us to Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known for being the home of the Royal Bengal Tiger, there will be plenty of opportunity to cruise the narrow channels of this forest (by local country boat) and look out for the King of the Jungle as well as numerous animals, including Chital deer, crocodiles, monitor lizards and bird life.

Please Note: This itinerary can be combined with Historic Lower Ganges Cruise (ABN Rajmahal)

Please Note: Upstream Departures are 5 Days long, Downstream Departures are 4 Days long.

Trip Name
Sundarbans (ABN Rajmahal)
Vessel Type: River Boat Length: 50 meters Passenger Capacity: 40 Our new ship, ABN Rajmahal, entered service on the Lower Ganges and the Ganges proper on schedule in mid-February 2014. Built in Kolkata, she is 50m long and powered by 3 engines; her extra-shallow draught and a lower profile than conventional designs allow her to cruise further upstream than any of her competitors. ABN Rajmahal has 22 cabins: 14 spacious twin/double cabins on the upper deck; 4 twin/double cabins on the main deck; and 4 single cabins. The décor is stylish and fresh with touches of colonial elegance, brought to life by traditional Indian-inspired designs on hand-blocked cotton fabrics. All cabins on ABN Rajmahal have French balconies. As with the other ships in our fleet, there is a comfortable saloon and bar, dining room and a vast canopied sundeck. A small spa onboard offers a wide range of treatments. All cabins and public rooms on our ships are air-conditioned. Food on board is a mixture of Assamese (milder than most Indian cuisine) and Continental cuisines. Wines, beer and spirits are available. Onboard features * Spacious cabins with individual climate control * En suite shower/WC with Biotique toiletries * Generous cupboard space and under-bed storage * Hair drier in each cabin * Minibar in each cabin * In-room electronic safe * Tea/coffee making facilities in cabins * Intercommunication telephone in cabins * ​High quality bathrobes and slippers in cabins * Large sliding glass windows offering panoramic views of the river * Vast sundeck both open and shaded, with sunloungers or steamer chairs * Spacious air-conditioned saloon with library and recorded entertainment * Spa with choice of treatments. Services * Shore excursion programme including all admissions * Maximum 20 guests per guide on all excursions * Naturalist onboard the vessel * Cold towel service after excursions * Welcome drink after excursions * Shoe-cleaning after excursions * Turndown service in all cabins * Expertly trained culinary staff * Single seating for buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner * Acclaimed combination of Indian & Western cuisines * ​Wide choice of wines, spirits and beer * Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water throughout * Welcome reception * Farewell reception * Local on-board dance & song performances.


Day 1 - DAY 1 Kolkata
​Board the ship around 8.30 am. Cruise down the tidal river, passing Diamond Harbour and Kedgeree to the fishing port of Namkhana, where we turn out of the main stream and leave the Ganges waters behind.
Day 2 - DAY 2 Sundarbans
We enter the maze of mangrove-covered islands which make up the Sundarbans – we may well see sails above the trees, since this is one of the last places on earth where sailing ships are used in day-to-day trade. We visit the crocodile rescue centre at Bhagabatpur. We continue to Jharkali to visit the tiger rescue centre before anchoring at Sajnakhali on the edge of the core area of the wildlife sanctuary.
Day 3 - DAY 3 Sundarbans
​We cruise the channels between the mangrove islands, using local country boats. Even if tigers prove elusive, there are crocodiles, deer, monitor lizards and rich bird life. Later, we sail for an hour or so to Godkhali.
Day 4 - DAY 4 Kolkata
​We disembark this morning to drive back approx. 5 hours to central Kolkata or airport.
Day 5 - Please Note:
While every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of fluctuating river conditions and navigational or mechanical difficulties, all schedules and itineraries are subject to change without notice.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
01-03-202005-03-2020USD $1,780Cabin Main Deck
01-03-202005-03-2020USD $1,780Single Cabin Main Deck
01-03-202005-03-2020USD $2,080Cabin Upper Deck
01-03-202005-03-2020USD $2,680Cabin Main Deck Solo
01-03-202005-03-2020USD $3,140Cabin Upper Deck Solo


    • The City of Palaces, Calcutta was the capital of British India for around 150 years, and boasts much superb colonial architecture. It can also claim to be the intellectual capital of modern India, and is a thriving, bustling, colourful and up to date city, with some excellent shops. In the northern suburbs lie the old French, Dutch and Danish colonial enclaves, still retaining a distinctive flavour.
    • Home to one of the largest concentrations of Royal Bengal tigers on the planet, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sundarbans are a network of channels and semi-submerged mangroves that forms the world’s largest river delta.