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India Cruises

With the sights, sounds and smells of over a billion people going about their daily lives, a cruise to India is an overwhelming yet humbling experience.

Women in bright saris shop amongst the chaos of the humming markets, and the smells of a thousand spices drift into the air. It’s fair to say that in India, everything is just a little more intense.

 From the blissful beaches of the south to the jagged Himalayan Mountains in the north, India is as diverse as it is fascinating. It's a country where you can explore the palaces of ancient kingdoms and the chaotic vibrancy of fast-developing cities all in one day. India is a country of the wildest juxtapositions, which will leave its mark on anyone who steps on its shores.

Top 5 interesting facts

  • India is the birthplace of yoga.
  • There are 1,650 languages spoken in India.
  • The game of chess was invented here in the 6th century.
  • India is the world's largest democracy, with 1.2 billion people.
  • India hasn’t invaded another country in over 5,000 years.
 

Highlights

Religion

The highlight of a cruise to this enormous country is surely its cultural diversity and the spirit of its people. Followers of Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity, Islam, Jainism and hundreds of other religions all live together and have created a cultural melting pot unrivalled anywhere else in the world.

In Mumbai, the country's cultural capital, you'll find Hindu temples mingled amongst Christian churches, as well as remnants of the British colonial era until independence in 1947.

Diverse area

It's a fascinating city, from the historic Colaba district housing the Gateway of India and Taj Mahal Palace Hotel to the upmarket districts of Bandra, where Bollywood's elite come to play. 

The port of Cochin on India's southwest coast gives a new perspective to life in India with its giant traditional fishing nets dominating the port and offering an insight into local fishing methods. Cochin is also the jumping-off point for tours in Kerala's famous palm tree-lined backwaters.

 

Food

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With all its exotic ingredients, tongue-tingling flavours and unfamiliar dishes, Indian cuisine can be both exciting and intimidating at the same time.

If you're an Indian food beginner, start with a traditional thali, a selection of different dishes to give you lots of contrasting tastes. Cuisines vary depending on the region so make sure you ask around to find out what's typical of the local area.

Kerala's rich mix of cultures and close proximity to the sea and backwaters means that there are plenty of fish specialities to sample. Try a fish moilee, a stew made with white fish and coconut milk, or Karimeen pollichathu, a freshwater fish spiced and simply grilled.

In Mumbai you might like to try panipuri (little crispy balls stuffed with lentils and tamarind flavours) or vada pav (deep fried potato patties served in a bread roll). Don't be afraid to eat from street food stalls as some of the best food in the city can be found here. Just make sure it's clean and has a high turnover of customers. If the locals love it, chances are you will too.

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting India

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