India Cruises

Cruising in India

India is a country rich in culture and contrasts, which makes it the perfect place for shore excursions. To enjoy the vibrancy of your Indian cruise holiday, it’s integral to try the delicious spicy foods, hunt down a bargain at the plethora of bazaars (markets), and generally take in your exotic surroundings whilst being welcomed by the particularly friendly locals.

The main destinations visited on a cruise include Cochin, Chennai, Mumbai and Port Blair.

The glamorous city of Mumbai is famously the home of the Bollywood film industry, but is also home to large colourful temples and shrines. From here, take a trip to the famous Taj Mahal, a long trip but certainly worth the distance. The Dhobhi Ghat, known as the world’s largest outdoor launderer – sounds odd, but in real life is magnificent. In between bartering with the locals, be sure to visit Elephanta Caves, featuring sculptures of Hindi deities carved from rock.

Cochin is home to a synagogue, and revels in its Jewish presence. There’s also the opportunity to visit Mattancherry Palace, which hosts incredible murals painted on the walls. For a taste of adventure, sail the Kerala “backwaters” down streams to see the rural lifestyle of the real habitants of India – a truly spellbinding experience. Continue the adventure when returning back to the mainland, travelling back in a tuk-tuk – the hustle and bustle of Cochin roads are exhilarating. Be sure to barter for some traditional spices to take home for the family – the city is famous for its ginger, chillies, cinnamon and turmeric.

Chennai hosts many traditional Hindu temples, which are paradoxed with a cosmopolitan undercurrent, featuring fantastic cafes and restaurants for the suits of the city. Be sure to visit Mahabalipuram, a stunning beach and lagoon, featuring temples and monoliths.

Port Blair is a remote island in the Indian Ocean, surrounded by tropical reefs and lush flowers and greenery. It is also home to the world’s least spoiled marine reserves.

Before visiting this peaceful, cultural mecca, it’s important to understand Indian customs. Always take your shoes off before entering a place of worship, avoid public displays of affection, observe the local dress and adhere respectively. As a country of contrasts, contradictions and melting pot of traditions, religions, lifestyles and monetary means; expect the unexpected.

Cruises to India don’t have to cost a fortune, with lines such as Costa Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises sailing regularly. For the luxury option, be sure to travel with Azamara, Regent Seven Seas and Seabourn.

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