…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.
Jawaharlal Nehru

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.

The Team

RAJ SINGH

Managing Director

Raj Singh is a lawyer and naturalist by training. He is widely acknowledged as a pioneer in the tourism and hospitality industries in South Asia. He founded several companies to introduce and promote camel and horse safaris, the Indian Railways luxury trains program in Europe, Britain and America and encouraged many other initiatives in tourism. He also co-authored two books, A Birdwatcher’s Guide to India with Krys Kazmierczak and Mammals of Indian Subcontinent with K. K. Gurung.

ANNAPURNA GARIMELLA

Director

Annapurna Garimella is an art historian and a designer. She handles design and construction projects for the ships as well as CSR and learning programs for the company. She has authored several books on the history of Indian art.

VISHNU SINSINWAR

Director

Vishnu Sinsinwar studied history and is a well-known naturalist. He has been crucial to the establishment of the Ganges cruises. Today, Vishnu oversees cruise operations, client relations, logistics and HR for the company.

ANDREA MASSARI

Director

Andrea Massari is an architect by training with many years of experience in product development for the travel industry in Asia. Since 2000, he has been living in Myanmar and for the last 10 years, has been closely associated with the company. As a director, he works on design and technology of new vessels as well as collaborates with the team on product development.

MANOJ GOYAL

Head of Accounts & Finance

Manoj Goyal has over 27 years of experience in finance, budgeting, taxation, planning and accounting in the construction and real estate industries, specializing in hotels and large retail spaces. His expertise is critical to the growth of the Company and its cruise operations.

RAGHAVENDRA RAO

Vice President, Land Programs

Rao started in the travel industry in the accounts department and developed a wholistic understanding of tour planning. For the last 30 years, he has been heading the tour planning, design and operations of the Company’s land programs.

RAJ SINGH

Managing Director

Raj Singh is a lawyer and naturalist by training. He is widely acknowledged as a pioneer in the tourism and hospitality industries in South Asia. He founded several companies to introduce and promote camel and horse safaris, the Indian Railways luxury trains program in Europe, Britain and America and encouraged many other initiatives in tourism. He also co-authored two books, A Birdwatcher’s Guide to India with Krys Kazmierczak and Mammals of Indian Subcontinent with K. K. Gurung.

ANNAPURNA GARIMELLA

Director

Annapurna Garimella is an art historian and a designer. She handles design and construction projects for the ships as well as CSR and learning programs for the company. She has authored several books on the history of Indian art.

VISHNU SINSINWAR

Director

Vishnu Sinsinwar studied history and is a well-known naturalist. He has been crucial to the establishment of the Ganges cruises. Today, Vishnu oversees cruise operations, client relations, logistics and HR for the company.

ANDREA MASSARI

Director

Andrea Massari is an architect by training with many years of experience in product development for the travel industry in Asia. Since 2000, he has been living in Myanmar and for the last 10 years, has been closely associated with the company. As a director, he works on design and technology of new vessels as well as collaborates with the team on product development.

MANOJ GOYAL

Head of Accounts & Finance

Manoj Goyal has over 27 years of experience in finance, budgeting, taxation, planning and accounting in the construction and real estate industries, specializing in hotels and large retail spaces. His expertise is critical to the growth of the Company and its cruise operations.

RAGHAVENDRA RAO

Vice President, Land Programs

Rao started in the travel industry in the accounts department and developed a wholistic understanding of tour planning. For the last 30 years, he has been heading the tour planning, design and operations of the Company’s land programs.

RAJ SINGH

Managing Director

Raj Singh is a lawyer and naturalist by training. He is widely acknowledged as a pioneer in the tourism and hospitality industries in South Asia. He founded several companies to introduce and promote camel and horse safaris, the Indian Railways luxury trains program in Europe, Britain and America and encouraged many other initiatives in tourism. He also co-authored two books, A Birdwatcher’s Guide to India with Krys Kazmierczak and Mammals of Indian Subcontinent with K. K. Gurung.

ANNAPURNA GARIMELLA

Director

Annapurna Garimella is an art historian and a designer. She handles design and construction projects for the ships as well as CSR and learning programs for the company. She has authored several books on the history of Indian art.

VISHNU SINSINWAR

Director

Vishnu Sinsinwar studied history and is a well-known naturalist. He has been crucial to the establishment of the Ganges cruises. Today, Vishnu oversees cruise operations, client relations, logistics and HR for the company.

ANDREA MASSARI

Director

Andrea Massari is an architect by training with many years of experience in product development for the travel industry in Asia. Since 2000, he has been living in Myanmar and for the last 10 years, has been closely associated with the company. As a director, he works on design and technology of new vessels as well as collaborates with the team on product development.

MANOJ GOYAL

Head of Accounts & Finance

Manoj Goyal has over 27 years of experience in finance, budgeting, taxation, planning and accounting in the construction and real estate industries, specializing in hotels and large retail spaces. His expertise is critical to the growth of the Company and its cruise operations.

RAGHAVENDRA RAO

Vice President, Land Programs

Rao started in the travel industry in the accounts department and developed a wholistic understanding of tour planning. For the last 30 years, he has been heading the tour planning, design and operations of the Company’s land programs.

Contact Information

E-mail: info@gangesvoyager.com

Heritage River Journeys Pvt. Ltd.
Office No. 7, Second Floor, Local Shopping Centre
Vasant Arcade, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi 110 070
Telephone +91.11.2612.4069 or 4070