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Ganges River Cruise Experience

9 days with G Adventures  Rating: Budget

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Kolkata
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2 Kolkata/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. (1D)

Day 3 Farakka/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. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 4 Jangipur/Murshidabad 
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. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 5 Murshidabad/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. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 6 Matiari/Mayapur 
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. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 7 Mayapur/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. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 8 Chunchura/Barakpur 
Sail to Chandannagar, a former French possession, to explore. Continue to Barrackpore. Disembark for a walking tour around the main sights. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 9 Barakpur/Kolkata 
Cruise under the Howrah Bridge to central Kolkata to disembark. Transfer to central Kolkata or the airport. Tour ends on arrival. (1B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Visit beautiful temples and local villages
  • Witness traditional brass-working
  • Wander through buzzing bazaars
  • Enjoy the pace of life on the river
All This Included
Few travellers ever imagine getting to experience India from the waters of the famous Ganges River. Board our classic riverboat in Farakka and spend eight days sailing to picturesque local villages to explore stunning temples, historic battlegrounds, tranquil gardens, and the Hazarduari Palace. This scenic cruise will have you wanting to return to the glory of India sooner rather than later.
  • Arrival transfer
  • Full day excursion to Gaur
  • Baranagar village and temple visits
  • Hazarduari Palace visit
  • Katra Mosque visit
  • Nashipara and Katgola palaces visit
  • Cycle rickshaw excursion to the Khushbagh
  • Battlefield of Plassey visit
  • Brassworking village of Matiari visit
  • Hare Krishna temple visit
  • Cycle rickshaw excursion to terracotta temples (Kalna)
  • Shiva temple visit
  • Imambara visit
  • Chandannagar visit
  • Barrackpore visit
  • All meals on board Varuna
  • All transport to/from included activities and between destinations.
  • Aboard the Varuna riverboat (7 nts), comfort hotels (1 nt).
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners.
  • Transportation: Riverboat Varuna, private vehicles, train, rickshaws, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
Accommodations on this Tour
Aboard the Varuna riverboat (7 nts)
Comfort hotels (1 nt)
Notes
  • Small group experience; Max 24
  • Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.

Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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