How about a river cruise?

Cruise the mighty Brahmaputra in Assam and now also the Hugli. This is a great way to see the country in comfort - no need to pack and unpack, etc...

Wildlife and wilderness are the main features of a Brahmaputra cruise - the river bed is often 20 or 30km across, an empty world of sand spits and water with marvellous bird life and the occasional Gangetic Dolphin. The cruises here give access to a number of India's National Parks, including Kaziranga, perhaps the finest of all, and Manas, a Project Tiger Reserve on the Bhutan border. They include wildlife viewing (both by jeep and on elephant back), village walks, visits to tea gardens, exploring country towns in cycle rickshaws, barbecues on deserted river islands, dance performances and visits to craft workshops.

Cruises on the Hugli started in July 2007 and include sightseeing of temples, towns and villages by bus, cycle rickshaw or on foot. They run from Kolkata (Calcutta) to the Ganges or back - one way by ship, one way by rail. Highlights are the ruins of the mediaeval city of Gaur, Murshidabad - capital of the Nawabs of Bengal, delightful Bengali terracotta temples and the colonial trading stations of the British and other European nations to the north of Calcutta.

Boats are built to a high standard (British supervision) - 12 generous-sized twin-bedded cabins with en-suite shower and W.C. All cabin accommodation is on the upper deck, as is a bar and saloon opening onto a front deck. A dining room with full length opening glass doors on each side is on the lower deck, while a large top sundeck offers additional comfortable open-air seating in shade or sun. All cabins and public rooms are air-conditioned. Food on board is a mixture of Assamese (milder than most Indian cuisine) and continental. Wines, beer and spirits are available