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River cruising is the future of India’s growing tourism industry, according to local river cruise companies.

Vivada Cruises executive director Shushila R told Cruise Passenger it is a growing sector, with the number of ships in Indian rivers doubling compared to six years ago.  

The two busiest rivers in India are the Ganges and Brahmaputra.

“Cruising is definitely tomorrow’s way of seeing India,” she said.

Tour specialists, ActiveTravel have also noted a rising interest in Indian river cruising and claim rising popularity is due to the country’s mystical rivers and purity.

ActiveTravel recently added a new cruise ship to its fleet on the Ganges. The 50 metre Rajmahal has 22 cabins, all with a French balcony, plus a spa, saloon, dining room and large sundeck.

The vessel has been designed specifically for conditions on the Ganges, with extra-shallow draught and reduced air draught providing a unique advantage over more conventional designs in these waters.

The Rajmahal will launch in February 2014, on seven and nine day cruises along the Upper Ganges and will visit temples, historical sites and local villages.