The rivers of India are a lifeline for millions of people and, as the source of all life, are considered sacred. Ancient cities such as Varanasi and Patna were built on the riverbanks and became centres of art, music, trade, learning and spiritual pursuits due to their location.
A river cruise allows you to explore remote lands, marvel at crumbling palaces and ancient monuments, discover quaint villages and see firsthand the importance of the river in the day-to-day life of local people.
Cruise through lesser-visited Assam, along the Ganges beginning in Varanasi, or appreciate rural south India life on Kerala backwater tours, meandering down river on a day excursion or staying overnight on converted rice barges.
This exciting journey features a 10-night cruise that starts from Dibrugarh and sails downstream along the Brahmaputra. Along the way, the river cruise offers visitors to the region the opportunity...
The Ganges, India's most sacred river, is a symbol of India's ancient culture and civilisation. The Ganges is considered to be pure, divine and a symbol of life, attracting hundreds of thousands of...
We have highlighted the standard of accommodation featured on a tour immediately above the tour itinerary.
In some cases, tours include some departures in one category and some in another: you can see and select the different tour types under ‘tour variations’. For these tours, the itinerary is generally the same and just the standard of accommodation varies. However, if there are any variations in the excursions included, these are shown within the itinerary.
Superior: Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation, or the best available.
Luxury: These tours will usually feature 5-star de luxe accommodation throughout.
Standard: Simpler in emphasis, these itineraries typically feature 3- and 4-star accommodation throughout.
Discovery: This type of holiday is best suited to the hardier traveller, as it will typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and, in some cases, more arduous activities, such as trekking.