Exploratory Cruise: Kolkata to Dhaka
1 to 10 October 2020
From USD 3,250 per person on a sharing or single basis
Join Assam Bengal Navigation on a first-of-its-kind exploratory cruise from Kolkata to Dhaka, where we traverse the Hooghly (Lower Ganges) in India; the world's largest mangrove forests and UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Sundarbans; and the Meghna river of Bangladesh.
While we have reconnoitred this itinerary by land, and have sailed this route on several delivery voyages, there may be the odd hiccup in coordination of the final product. On this Kolkata-Dhaka sector, because of difficulties running our water purification equipment in salt water, we are limited to taking a maximum of 12 guests.
DAY 1: 1 OCTOBER
Early this morning, you are collected from your Kolkata hotel and driven to Marine House to complete immigration and customs formalities. After completion, board your ship and start cruising down the tidal river. Sail past Diamond Harbour and Kedgeree to the fishing port of Namkhana, where we turn out of the main stream and leave the Ganges waters behind to reach our anchorage for the night, close to a place called Bhagabatpur.
DAY 2: 2 OCTOBER
Today we shall enter the maze of mangrove-covered islands which make up the great Sundarbans delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Disembark for a visit to the crocodile breeding centre at Bhagabatpur. Afterwards, continue to Jharkali where we shall disembark again to visit the tiger rescue centre before anchoring at Sajnakhali on the edge of the core area of the wildlife sanctuary. (Note: the visit to the tiger rescue centre is subject to prevailing river tide situation).
DAY 3: 3 OCTOBER
Today, cruise through a core area of the Sundarbans Tiger Reserve, closed to others but open to us. Spot monkeys, deer, various aquatic birds and possibly crocodiles with the help of our in-house naturalist. On reaching a place called Hemnagar, we shall meet with border authorities on the Indian side to complete formalities. After a short cruise, we'll enter the Bangladesh side of the Sundarbans and stop at a place called Angtihara to meet Bangladesh border authorities for further formalities. Soon after, cruise to Mongla port.
DAY 4: 4 OCTOBER
This morning, drive to visit the magnificent 60-domed mosque at Bagerhat, a UNESCO World Heritage monument. In the afternoon, sail to the forest department station to complete forest formalities. We will be accompanied by a forest guard on our ship, as we cruise down to Kochikhali forest station to anchor for the night.
DAY 5: 5 OCTOBER
At dawn, disembark to board a rowing boat which will take you down a narrow creek for a closer look at the flora and fauna of these incredible mangrove forests of the Sundarbans. After a short stroll into the forest, return to your ship to enjoy breakfast while sailing down to Katka, a lonely stretch of sand where the Sunderbans meet the Indian Ocean.
At Katka, visit the Katka Jamtola beach and then go on a long walk inside open forest. We will return to the ship for a late lunch, before heading out again to find deer and other wild animals. Cruise to anchor for the night at Armanik.
DAY 6: 6 OCTOBER
At dawn, head out on another silent boat trip to explore the narrow creek of Tambulbunia. Return to the ship and enjoy breakfast while sailing up to Mongla port.
DAY 7: 7 OCTOBER
This morning, sail towards Barisal. If time permits, we may visit the guava floating market at Bhimruli or a riverside village.
DAY 8: 8 OCTOBER
This morning, continue cruising upstream. Hop on a rickshaw ride to visit Oxford Mission Epiphany Church and enjoy some free time at a local market in Barisal. Return to the ship and continue cruising towards upstream.
DAY 9: 9 OCTOBER
Today in the morning, sail to Narayanganj to drive to Sonargaon, the medieval capital of Bengal, and visit an art and crafts museum and the restored Baro Sardar Bari within the complex. Also visit the famous weavers’ village of Rupshi for a weaving demonstration of the Jamdani sari; this art of weaving this particular muslin textile received the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Return to the ship for lunch and rest.
DAY 10: 10 OCTOBER
Enjoy a half-day city sightseeing tour of Dhaka this morning. The city sightseeing includes visits to the century-old Curzon hall (Dhaka University campus), Language Martyr’s Memorial, Liberation war museum, Lalbaghfort, and the exterior of the Louis Kahn-designed National Parliament House. Later, transfer to Dhaka International Airport or a city hotel for your onward journey.
This itinerary is subject to river and weather conditions.
BOUTIQUE EXPEDITION CRUISING
with ABN Charaidew II
Our selection of boutique cruise ships are comfortable, contemporary, and celebratory of Assam and Bengal's rich regional heritage. They are designed to reflect a sense of homecoming to the region: the unique objets d'art and handicrafts aboard the ships have been carefully collected and curated over the years, and the locally made furniture and textiles are a product of traditional craftsmanship and modern design intervention.
As such, each boutique ship was designed to be purposefully distinct in its style, with interesting stories that accompany each ship's décor.
ABN Charaidew II has 18 cabins: two spacious deluxe double-bedded cabins and 12 twin/double-bedded cabins on the upper deck, and four cabins with a queen bed each on the main deck, for which we charge no supplement.
All cabins have en suites with W.C., a writing desk and chair, mini-fridge, individual climate control, and storage space. The standard cabins have French balconies, while the two deluxe cabins have a private balcony.
There are three cabin categories on ABN Charaidew II:
UPPER DECK DELUXE DOUBLE-BEDDED CABIN
This cabin (350 sq. ft.) is located on the upper deck. The spacious cabin opens out to a comfortable sit-out, offering guests a better vantage point from which to watch rural India glide by.
UPPER DECK TWIN/DOUBLE-BEDDED CABIN
This cabin (240 sq. ft.) is located on the upper deck, and can be converted into twin or double beds.
MAIN DECK CABIN WITH QUEEN BED
Featuring a queen bed, this cabin (170 sq. ft.) is ideal for solo travellers, for which we charge no supplement.
DATE & PRICE
1 to 10 October 2020
USD 3,250 + 5% taxes per person on a double sharing or single basis, staying in a main deck cabin (with a queen bed).
USD 3,650 + 5% taxes per person on a double/twin sharing or single basis, staying in an upper deck cabin.
USD 3,950 + 5% taxes per person on a double sharing or single basis, staying in an upper deck deluxe double-bedded cabin.
All excursions and entry fees
All transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
Service of an English-speaking guide onboard and during excursions
Drinks from the bar
Tips, camera fees
Items of a personal nature