An offbeat itinerary that is equally adventurous and enlightening, a luxury cruise to The Sundarbans, the world’s largest protected mangrove forest, is setting sail on February 26. Migrations, a sustainability-focussed luxury travel firm has partnered with Antara River Cruises for this inaugural expedition.
This unique four-day journey, from February 26 to March 01, will explore the extraordinary biodiversity of the Sundarbans. This wetland is home to 260 bird species, endangered estuarine crocodile, the Indian python, Ganges and Irawadi dolphins and the Royal Bengal Tiger.
“The Sundarbans have fascinated me since I was a schoolboy and we were told tales of its famous man-eaters. While the thought of coming face to face with the Royal Bengal Tiger still excites me, what I really hope for is to create sustainable luxury tourism in the area that supports local livelihoods, and brings in a new relationship between man and cat,” says Keshav Arya, a travel entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Migrations.
Onboard the Antara Ganges Voyager I, the guests will get personalised services and lavish amenities, including its all-suite living spaces, spacious French balconies, butler assistance, a regional culinary menu, sunrise yoga, and guided on-board and off-board activities.
On the way to the Sundarbans, guests will get a glimpse into the lives of the locals. There will also be interactions with expert conservationists on the trip that will boost one’s knowledge about the long-term conservation of the ecosystem we live in.
“If you are curious about conservation, climate change and the wildlife and how it’s affecting every aspect of our lives, I invite you to join us on this incredible adventure,” says Loveleen Arun Multani, Travel designer and Co-Founder of Migrations.
She adds, “As I cruised slowly through the Sundarbans creeks, I fell in love with every aspect of it; the mysterious mangroves, the elusive wildlife, sunsets, misty mornings, the genteel people who obviously lived a tough life fighting against the vagaries of nature. And I wondered how to open it up for sensitive, mindful travellers, who would love this pristine bastion of India.”
Keshav, who also helms The PureLuxe Club, India’s first members-only travel club, adds, “The definition of luxury is fast changing for modern Indian travellers who are now looking for experiences as opposed to opulence. In a world where travel has been democratized, rare experiences are exceedingly hard to come across, and Migrations creates precisely these moments while giving guests every creature comfort they can dream of.”
Migrations’ core belief is that sustainability is not just about carbon neutrality, although all its journeys are carbon neutral. For the co-founders, being sustainable means working with the local communities and curating slow-travel experiences, at destinations where luxury travel has never existed before.