…the Ganga has been to me a symbol and a memory of the past of India, running into the present and flowing on to the great ocean of the future.
Raj Singh, born 1,000 miles away in arid Rajasthan in western India, pioneered river cruising on the Ganges in eastern India, drawn by its eternal power as the holiest of Indian rivers, so integral to every Indic sacred geography, one of the earliest agrarian civilisations and yet the ultima thule for the intrepid travellers of the world since history began to be written. Like countless others, Raj Singh, a renowned authority on Indian wildlife and a travel industry pioneer, came to the banks of the river seeking adventure, fortune and perhaps not a little fame.
In his youth, as a native of Bharatpur Rajasthan, Raj Singh regularly went boating on Band Baretta, a nearby reservoir, and at Keoladeo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After having played a key role in the successful introduction of luxury train tourism to India, opening up Bhutan to the US market, Raj Singh had a dream to share the intimate love of his country with the same euphoric joy he had experienced cruising the waters of a lake as a child. Little did he imagine it would take five years to develop the concept before inaugurating the first cruise in 2009. The experience of understanding the river, bringing others to it and importing and then building Indian ships that could sail on a constantly evolving, shifting, winding waterbody has been transformative for Singh. It led him to found Heritage River Journeys, a company dedicated to creating world-class, luxury river cruising for the first time in South Asia.
The Heritage River Journeys team is bringing others to sail on the Ganga in peace and splendour, offering fresh encounters with an ancient landscape at the beginning of the 21st century. Our fleet includes the Ganges Voyager and Ganges Voyager II as well as a new vessel to be launched in 2018-19. As an independent firm, we draw on our sister companies’ 30 years of expertise in special interest travel to tailor our unique cruising experiences with customised land programs focused on archaeology, craft and textiles, art, bird watching, luxury train travel and the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.