If you have never been to India before, then you are likely to find the cruise a challenging and intriguing experience. Vivid colours, Eastern architecture and circling vultures all give a sense of the exotic, but you will also witness sights of extreme poverty, and the river used for everything from drinking to washing to bodily functions for both humans and animals.
Most Ganges river cruises do not take place on the actual Ganges, but on the Hooghly, Jalangi and Bhagirathi, three rivers that form part of the Ganges delta. Vantage, Abercrombie & Kent and Uniworld are three of the best-known cruise lines that operate these cruises from October to March to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. Assam Bengal Navigation offers a cruise on the actual Ganges, cruising to Patna. However, this is only possible during the periods of high water in August and September, when temperatures are very hot.