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India is an official Republic of India and a cultural country in South Asia. It has occupied the more significant part of South Asia and is the second-most populous country. It extends from the snow-covered Himalayan heights to the tropical rain forests of the south to tea gardens and Western and Eastern Ghats. The country has a rich cultural heritage, history, a sophisticated and urbanized culture, and abundant intellectual life that includes astronomy, architecture, music, literature, and fine arts. It has endured as one of the most culturally diverse nations globally. The diversity of India is breathtaking, from the teeming streets of Mumbai to the pristine beaches of Goa, where white sands and frothy waves magically mix with the sea. With the beautiful backwaters of Kerala, the vast ocean and shallow lagoons in Lakshadweep, the dense mangroves of the Sunderbans, and a historical and religious river, you can cruise to some of the most exotic locations. Explore the history and beautiful nature that is woven into one seamless tapestry as you cruise through the past. India has many exciting ports and backwater & river cruises, making it all the more exciting to discover it on a cruise.

India’s Highlights

The Indian civilization dates back more than five thousand years, making it one of its oldest. In modern-day India, you'll find unique cultural experiences and a welcoming atmosphere that welcomes everyone. India will charm you whether you want to relax and reflect or see historical sites. Check out some of the top ways to spend your time during a cruise to India.

1. The Golden Triangle

Get a taste of the Golden Triangle by exploring the Ganges River; it includes Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. With more than 6000 years, four of the world's greatest religions, the largest democracy globally, and one of the most peaceful areas on Earth, The Golden Triangle is one of the most culturally rich areas on Earth.

2. Visit National Parks

India once only had five national parks; today, there are more than 100. These reserves have been created to protect the abundance of wildlife, many of which are endemic and endangered. This is in the Himalayas and the plains of Central India down to the Western Ghats and mangroves in the east. It is estimated that more than 70% of tigers live in India, plus 60 percent of Asia's elephants. There are also more than 1,360 bird species, 600 reptiles, and 400 mammals, and many of them are unique. For tourists, safaris are an excellent way to experience each species’ natural habitat. The national parks are operated exclusively by the government and forest authorities. Take a tour of these national parks during your visit to India.

3. Experience the cool of the Himalayan

During ancient times, Raj people would descend to Darjeeling or Shimla by narrow-gauge 'toy trains' when they wanted to escape the heat of the plains. They still rumble around the hills, weaving through tunnels hewn out of the mountainside and passing through small towns where you can reach out and grab items from the shops directly ahead of you. You may want to consider traveling part of the way by train and then meet the driver for the remainder of the trip since trains operate at a reasonably leisurely pace. However, you can adjust more quickly to the slower pace of life in the Himalayas if you have time to spare.

Ports to Visit on Indian Cruise

Travel to the top ports in India as it offers plentiful opportunities to observe culture, religion, historic sites, and much more things along with its natural settings.

1. Mumbai

Mumbai offers an incredible experience. Almost everything about this experience is huge, whether it's the sounds, smells, or sights. Over 19 million residents are in this city, which is India's largest port. It's built on reclaimed land. It's hard to imagine it was once an archipelago of seven sleepy islands and trading posts. The Gateway of India and the Elephanta Caves are among the many neo-gothic and Indo-Saracenic buildings in Mumbai. There is rarely a dull moment in Mumbai, the biggest metropolis in India. In bars, lounges, pubs, clubs, discotheques, and beaches of the city of Bollywood, you can enjoy the dazzling nightlife.

2. Cochin

This tiny city is a perfect holiday getaway due to its unique combination of mountains and sea. The World Travel & Tourism Council ranks Cochin as one of the top three tourist destinations for exploring the beauty and diversity of Kerala. Visit this cosmopolitan city founded by the Portuguese with historic Dutch palaces, an old Jewish quarter, and enormous Chinese fishing nets—experience ancient villages, gorgeous scenery, plantation estates, and temples by boat or on foot. Discover the traditional production of Indian cotton.

3. Goa

Goa is more than glorious beaches, fine sand, and frothing waves. Most visitors come to the island because of its mystique soul. You will find vibrant temples and majestic churches in this Old Portuguese and Hindu city. Experience a slice of Portugal in India when you stop by the impressive Baroque cathedral and the quaint, colorful Panjim. You can explore local markets, spice farms, and exquisite beaches in the countryside.

4. Lakshadweep

Some of the cruise lines that sail to India are – Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruise Line, Seabourn Cruise Line, Ponant Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Costa Cruise Line.

Cruise Ports of India

In India, some of the ports of call are Mumbai, Cochin, Backwaters of Kerala, Goa, Sunderbans, Ganga River, Lakshadweep, Brahmaputra, and Hooghly River.

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