Keen to showcase and protect the thriving wilderness found in the delta, Antara Luxury River Cruises has scheduled four exclusive Sundarbans itineraries for the upcoming sailing season – a first in the tourism landscape of the region. All sailings are done sustainably with great responsibility to the environment and support to the welfare of the local communities through various initiatives.
The first exclusive sailing into the Sundarbans this upcoming season has been scheduled for September 2022. Currently, two of Antara Cruises’ luxury boutique ships, built in a colonial style of architecture – Ganges Voyageur I and Ganges Voyageur II, cruise into the Sundarbans on smaller and larger itineraries that also include the heritage, wildlife, gastronomy and rich mythologies and monuments across Bengal into the mangroves.
Elaborating on these exclusive Sundarbans sailings, Raj Singh, Founder Chairman, Antara Luxury River Cruises mentioned that the Sundarbans is one of the main focuses of Antara Cruises’ 2022-2024 itineraries where every sailing and experience details are meticulously planned, highlighting the conservation efforts of the local villagers, NGOs, and authorities to maintain the sanctity of nature.
“These regenerative river journeys of joy and transformation change the perspectives of people and places. Embarking in Kolkata, the cruise will explore the delta of the Sundarbans, also showcasing the traditional culture and art of the delta. With resident onboard naturalists, guests will enjoy interactions on biodiversity as well as guided excursions into this unique ecosystem,” he said.
He added, “Anchoring in various spots, guests will scale different watchtowers to sight endangered crocodiles, terrapins and many species of migratory birds, wild boars, axis deer and other mammals. Sailing on cruise creeks, guests will keep a keen eye out for Irrawaddy Dolphins and other marine life; enjoy village walks & interactions with the locals engaged in traditional farming, and witness the traditional Bon Bibi drama of the South of Bengal. There will be freshly caught seafood and locally inspired dishes on the menu, giving the guests an overall immersive experience.”
The brand operates 5 ships on the Ganges and has a strong development pipeline with another four in Orissa’s wildlife this year. Singh, who is also a wildlife expert and the pioneer of the Indian river cruising industry has recently been invited to speak on ‘The Secrets of Sundarbans’ at the Global BirdFair 2022, scheduled to be held at the Rutland Showground in the UK this month.