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India River Cruise – Ganges Experience

Itinerary

Day 1Kolkata

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Day 2Kolkata/Farakka

Depart Kolkata and jump on the train to head to Farakka. During this 6 hour train journey, take the time to watch the scenery, or get to know the group. Upon arrival, embark the riverboat and settle in before dinner on board.

Train
Kolkata – Farakka6h-6h30m

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Meals included:

Dinner

Day 3Farakka/Jangipur

Enjoy a full day excursion by road to Gaur, near the town of Malda (English Bazaar). Visit a number of sights from the 12th-century Hindus and 14th-century Muslims. Rejoin the boat in the evening near Jangipur.

Gaur Excursion
Ingrāj Bāzār

Enjoy a full day tour to Gaur, close to the town of Malda (English Bazar). Now a quiet place to visit, Gaur was once one of India’s great cities, first under the Hindus in 12th century, then as the muslim capital of Eastern India from the 14th to the 16th century. There are plenty of mosques, palaces and gateways to explore, so take some time wander around with your camera.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4Jangipur/Murshidābād

Sail down the Hooghly River en route to the small village of Baranagar. Walk through the fields to reach the terracotta temples and get a taste of rural Indian life. Continue to Murshidabad to visit the Nawab’s great Hazarduari Palace. Visit the Katra Mosque before driving to two 18th-century buildings – the Nashipara Palace and the Katgola Palace.

Varuna Riverboat
Jangipur – Baranagar

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Baranagar Excursion
Baranagar

Explore the sleepy village of Baranagar. Wander through the fields and explore the terracotta temples. Soak up the atmosphere of idyllic rural Indian life.

Varuna Riverboat
Baranagar – Murshidābād

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Murshidabad Excursion
Murshidābād

Explore Murshidabad and see Nawab's Hazarduari Palace. Visit the Katra Mosque and two amazing buildings of the late 18th century, the Nashipara Palace and the Katgola Palace. Both were built in classical Georgian style by rich local merchants.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5Murshidābād/Matiari

This morning, travel by cycle rickshaw to the Khushbagh, a peaceful Moghul-style garden. Continue on the river past Berhampur, to a rural mooring near the battlefield of Plassey and opt to walk to the commemorative obelisk. Cruise on to a mooring near Katwa for the night.

Khushbagh Excursion
Murshidābād

Travel by cycle rickshaw to visit the Khushbagh, a peaceful garden enclosing the tombs of Siraj-ud-Daulah and his family.

Varuna Riverboat
Murshidābād – Palāshi

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Battlefield of Plassey Visit
Palāshi

Visit the battlefield of Plassey, where Clive’s defeat of Siraj-ud-Daulah in 1757 changed the course of Indian history. Opt to walk through the fields to the commemorative obelisk.

Varuna Riverboat
Palāshi – Matiari

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6Matiari/Māyāpur

Start the day with a visit to the brassworking village of Matiari to witness their ancient techniques. Later continue to Mayapur with a visit to the Hare Krishna temple. Enjoy a few of the older temples and see a giant banyan tree.

Matiari Excursion
Matiari

Visit the charming brassworking village of Matiari. Watch a demonstration of the traditional process of beating out brass water pots and other vessels.

Varuna Riverboat
Matiari – Māyāpur

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Mayapur Excursion
Māyāpur

Head out to explore Mayapur, including a visit to the vast ISKCON temple – visited by over a million people annually. Take time to check out some of the smaller temples in the area as well.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7Māyāpur/Chunchura

Explore the country town of Kalna. Take cycle rickshaws to see a group of some of Bengal’s most attractive terracotta temples and visit a Shiva temple. Continue to Chinsurah, to visit the historic Dutch cemetery. After, take cyclos to the Imambara before reboarding the vessel.

Varuna Riverboat
Māyāpur – Kālna

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Kalna Excursion
Kālna

Take a rickshaw ride to explore the terracotta temples of Kālna. Visit the unique and beautiful 108 Shiva Temple Complex. With 108 temples arranged in two concentric circles, it is architecturally unique and fascinating to explore and photograph.

Varuna Riverboat
Kālna – Chunchura

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Chinsurah Excursion
Chunchura

Arrive in Chinsurah and visit the Dutch cemetery. Spend some time walking around the pathways that lead through the monuments. Later, board a cycle rickshaw ride and check out the imposing Imambara mosque with its magnificent clock tower and spectacular location right on the river.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8Chunchura/Bārākpur

Sail to Chandannagar, a former French possession, to explore. Continue to Barrackpore. Disembark for a walking tour around the main sights.

Varuna Riverboat
Chunchura – Chandannagar

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Chandannagar Excursion
Chandannagar

Visit the beautiful 18th-century Sacred Heart Church with its historical French style architecture. Continue on to the Chandannagore Museum and Institute, one of the oldest museums in the area. With its beautiful collection of French antiques, cannons and 18th-century wooden furniture, it is well worth the time to explore.

Varuna Riverboat
Chandannagar – Bārākpur

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Barrackpore Excursion
Bārākpur

Discover Barrackpore on foot. Take a walk past the Semaphore Tower, Government House, the Temple of Fame and Flagstaff House, its garden housing many of the British statues removed from central Kolkata.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9Bārākpur/Kolkata

Cruise under the Howrah Bridge to central Kolkata to disembark. Transfer to central Kolkata or the airport. Tour ends on arrival.

Departure Day (Activities)

Depart on arrival to your final destination. Your CEO can help with any onward travel arrangements you require.

Varuna Riverboat
Bārākpur – Kolkata

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Meals included:

Breakfast


Priced FROM $2199.00 CAD per person


Experience Information

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