River cruising in India has been a well-kept secret. Travellers will be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is, in fact, possible to cruise for some 1750 miles on the rivers and inland waterways of India: passing through great cities, alongside wildlife sanctuaries and historical monuments, and into the heart of rural India.

Collaborating with our sister company, the award-winning and pioneering Assam Bengal Navigation (ABN) company, we combine river cruises on the Ganges and the Brahmaputra with overland extensions to hinterland historical and cultural gems. ABN has a fleet of three comfortable ships with capacity for 20 or more guests. 

Eastern Odyssey also has its own houseboat, the tastefully-appointed M.V. Rudra Singha. Built in 2017, M.V. Rudra Singha is suitable for a couple or a small family of four.

Our culturally immersive overland and river journeys enable travellers to step ashore and experience the full vibrancy and colour of India's local life whilst knowing that the comfort and service of your river boat awaits you at the banks. Even while onboard, you can watch the world go by from the seclusion of your private view.

These tours typically include major sites and monuments, the countryside and villages, and perhaps even a wildlife reserve.

Featured tours

Maharajahs, Taj Mahal and Varanasi

15 Days | Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Khajuraho - Varanasi to Patna Ganges Cruise

Embark on an epic journey through India's ancient history: from the maharajahs of Rajasthan and Taj Mahal to a 7-night cruise on the Ganges along the holy city of Varanasi.

Private houseboat cruise on the Brahmaputra river

7 days | Kaziranga National Park - Silghat - Majuli

Experience rural Assamese idyll as you cruise the Brahmaputra river, one of Asia's mightiest rivers, on M.V. Rudra Singha. Track rhinos and tigers at Kaziranga National Park and watch dancing monks and their way of life at Majuli, the world's largest river island.

Private river cruise: Temples, textiles & rhinos

4 days | Guwahati - Vijaynagar - Sualkuchi - Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary - Guwahati

Experience life on the Brahmaputra river on this four-day cruise aboard your private houseboat, M.V. Rudra Singha. Visit river islands and hamlets that are microcosms of Assamese culture, with their temples filled with devotees and local markets brimming with life.