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    While luxury trains and first class flights have been in the spotlight for long, cruises haven’t received their deserved recognition as yet. However, with a new luxury cruise launching just last October, and the popularity of Dil Dadakne Do they are once again gaining momentum as a trend to try. Here are the best Indian cruises for you to luxuriate on and to sail through life with these four indulgent excursions.

    Uniworld Wellness Cruise
    Interiors of a room at the Uniworld Wellness Cruise. Best Indian cruises
    Sun Deck at the Uniworld Wellness Cruise

    Their Me to We & The Sacred Ganges cruise focuses on exposing passengers to India’s rich cultural heritage, while simultaneously bringing them closer to their inner self. The journey starts with a four-day stay in rural Udaipur. Here you stay at the Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp, interact with the local community and do Yoga overlooking the Aravalli mountain range. Then on the party heads to eight days of wellness on the Ganges Voyager II. A resident Yoga teacher, food programmes, meditation, the Serenity River Spa, enjoy a holistic sail as you soak in India’s ancient heritage. Kalna presents famous temples, local arts & crafts are showcased in Matiari, and exquisite monuments in Murshidabad and Baranagar. All this with a view of the Ganges, this one definitely makes it to the vacation list.
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    Angriya Cruise. Best Indian cruises
    The bar

    A short sail, the Angriya cruise takes on the Mumbai-Goa route in 14 hours. India’s first cruise liner, it is timed such that you catch both, the sunrise and sunset, either way of the journey. As it moves along the Konkan coast, they want guests to savour the views of the thriving marine life, old forts, and cultural gems. Do that as you laze around on the three open deck or relax in the spa. Two restaurants, an infinity pool, six bars, and a dance club on board make it a must-have luxury experience in India. Twelve different room options across seven decks, including Luxury Pods, allows you to pick the perfect night over water.
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    Costa Cruise

    Making for a great international getaway, the Costa Cruise takes you from Cochin to Male (Maldives). Over the course of four days, revel in their jacuzzi, spa pool, and swimming pool — views of the sea don’t necessarily make indulge in water activities on board. When not lounging on the sun deck, choose fitness with the soccer area, tennis court, and volleyball court outdoors; they also have a jogging track for those who don’t want to miss their daily dose of light workout. The lush spa options also include a Turkish bath. Eight restaurants and bars, an entertainment theatre, and a dance club keep you engaged through the getaway.
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    The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda
    The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda. Best Indian cruises
    The cruiser

    Perfect for a weekend vacation, this two day cruise sails through Kerala’s most vibrant backwaters, the Vembanad Lake in Allepey. A concentrated eco-system and rice paddy farms on offer as the views, the vessel glided on Arabian Sea, promising utmost privacy. A private butler, only eight cabins, classical dance performances such as Kathakali and Mohiniattam, and choice to grab a rice boat to wade through narrower backwaters, makes for a peaceful escapade. Take your meals at the top deck restaurant or in your room, as you like, sunbathe comfortably on the sofas laid out on the open deck, and the signature Oberoi hospitality take care of you over the duration of the cruise.
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    Megha Uppal
    Associate Editor
    An innate love for travel and food has translated into many a trips since childhood for Megha; it also fed her curiosity to know about local cultures. When not writing, she is on the lookout for three things: A great dark chocolate dessert, a beautiful pool where she can practice her backstroke, and art that she can save up for.