About us

Through our tours of luxury resorts and river cruise boats in India, we at Sayang Holidays fulfill your search for adventure, off the beaten track experiences, without having to disconnect with the basic luxuries of life.

Sayang Holidays, operator of River Cruises in India, aims to provide a unique, fresh and personal approach for travel to the Indian subcontinent.
Our philosophy is to not only view the famous monuments of this great land, but to experience the Living Cultures of India, through its rivers, deserts, mountains, forests, islands, villages and festivals.

Cruise ship M.V Mahabaahu on the Brahmaputra River, Assam offers a cultural and natural history experience of a pristine destination.

Travelers can leisurely glide through the backwaters onboard our award winning houseboats, the two cabin- Sauver Nigam and the nine cabin, Vaikundam which is convenient for groups to stay together.

The charm of a tribal village can be explored in the comfort of Dera Village Retreat at Kalakho located between Jaipur and Agra and The Dera Dune Retreat, Jamba on top of a 100 foot high sand dune acts as a perfect base for experiencing nearby festivals and for taking safari rides through the dunes to visit people from the Bishnoi tribe.


  • Recognised by the Ministry of Tourism as ‘A Tour Operator and an Adventure Tour Operator’ Twice awarded the prestigious National Tourism Award—Incredible India Award for Creativity 2003-04 and The Most Innovative Tour Operator 2011-12
  • Four times winners of The Kerala Tourism Award
  • Twice winners of The CNBC Travel Award 2012 and 2013
  • Awarded The SKOCH Foundation Award sponsored by the National Stock Exchange 2014 for being among the top five small and medium enterprises of India
  • ‘National Tourism Award’ for outstanding performance as a best adventure tour operator 2016-17

Affliations and Memberships:

  • We are active members of The Indian Tour Operators Association, The Adventure Tour Operators Association of India and PATA.

International Media Mentions:

  • USA — Conde Nast Traveler, New York Times Travel, Travel and Leisure Magazine and Moore International.
  • UK — National Geographic Traveller, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Wanderlust
  • Spain —The Viajar Siete Leguas, El Mundo, El Arte de Vivir, ABC & El Pais
  • Europe —Voyage de Luxe and Vivre ZeN in France
  • India — Economic Times, Business World and Outlook Traveller Magazine
  • Australia — The Weekend Australian, Australian Home & Garden magazine
  • Global TV — National Geographic Channel, Evasion TV, Viajar TV, AWE TV
  • Selected for travel arrangements by
    • National Geographic Channel of Netherlands
    • Smithsonian’s National Board of Directors of USA
    • The Committee of Research and Exploration of National Geographic Society of USA
    • The Geographical Society of Australia
    • The Yale Alumni Association
    • Owners, Presidents and Managing Directors Club of Howard University Alumni

Sayang Holidays invites you to come and experience our unique tours to see the real India from a completely different perspective!