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Explore North India & the Ganges
(National Geographic Journey)

16 days with G Adventures  Rating: Budget

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Delhi
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through Women on Wheels, a G Adventures-supported project.

Day 2 Delhi/Agra 
Enjoy a youth-led walk through Delhi with G Adventures-supported City Walk project. Later, explore Old Delhi with your CEO before an afternoon drive to Agra. (1B)

Day 3 Agra 
Spend the day visiting the highlights of the walled city of Agra including the famed Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort. (1B)

Day 4 Agra/Jaipur 
Drive to Jaipur, visiting the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and the village of Abhaneri, which has one of India's deepest and largest stepwells (tank gardens). (1B)

Day 5 Jaipur 
Explore the "Pink City," known also as Jaipur, including the Amber Fort, City Palace, and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Listen to a local historian/scholar discuss the spirituality, social fabric, customs and traditions of India. (1B)

Day 6 Jaipur/Sawarda 
Drive to the rural village of Sawarda where we stay in a heritage home. Exploring this traditional village is like stepping back in time. Walk and meet with elders, teachers and elected representatives of the village governing council, called the Panchayat. Topics of discussion include: how urbanization affects village life, information technology and modernization and its benefits and disadvantages, as well as simple village customs and traditions. (1B, 1D)

Day 7 Sawarda/Delhi 
Drive back to bustling Delhi. Opt to join the CEO for a group dinner. (1B)

Day 8 Delhi/Calcutta 
Fly to Kolkata and transfer to your hotel. (1B)

Day 9 Calcutta/Barakpur 
Transfer to the boat and once on board, explore the riverboat and settle in. As the trip gets underway, sail up past the old Danish colony of Serampore, and head out to explore Barrackpore. (1B, 1D)

Day 10 Barakpur/Kalna 
Sail to Chandannagar, a former French possession, to explore. Continue to Chinsurah, to visit the historic Dutch cemetery and the Imambara before reboarding the vessel. Moor near Kalna for the night. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 11 Kalna/Matiari 
Land at the country town of Kalna and take cycle rickshaws to see the terracotta temples, as well as the unique Shiva temple. Later, explore Mayapur, with its skyline dominated by the vast ISKCON temple. Sail on through the night to a mooring near Matiari. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 12 Matiari/Murshidabad 
Start the day with a visit to the brassworking village of Matiari to witness their ancient techniques. Continue on the river to a rural mooring near the battlefield of Plassey and opt to walk to the commemorative obelisk. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 13 Murshidabad 
Explore the Khushbagh this morning, a peaceful Moghul-style garden housing several tombs. Continue a little way upstream to Murshidabad to visit Hazarduari Palace and Katra Mosque before driving to two 18th-century buildings – the Nashipara Palace and the Katgola Palace. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 14 Murshidabad/Farakka 
Explore the rural village of Baranagar and walk through farmers' fields to visit three miniature terracotta temples. Continue up the river and take in the scenery as you cruise to a mooring near the Farakka Barrage. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 15 Farakka 
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, including mosques and palaces. Rejoin the boat in the evening. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 16 Farakka/Calcutta 
Transfer to Farakka station at dawn to catch the morning train and journey back to Kolkata. Tour ends on arrival in Kolkata. (1B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Walk the backstreets of Delhi with a local guide
  • Experience local living with a heritage homestay in a rural village
  • Enjoy a rickshaw ride to view Mughal ruins
  • Take in the pace of life on the river
All This Included
Combine two incredible adventures – a highlights tour of India plus a cruise on the mighty Ganges River – in one extraordinary experience. Our unique 16-day itinerary takes in the lively rush of Delhi, the tranquility of the Taj Mahal, the character of rural villages, and the pure serenity of sailing the river from temple to palace. From land to sea, immerse yourself in India and all its glory.
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Meet a Local Historian, Jaipur National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Local Village Immersion, Sawarda G Adventures for Good: Women on Wheels Transfer, Indira Gandhi International Airport G Adventures for Good: City Walk, Delhi
  • Tour of Old Delhi
  • VIsit the Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort
  • Excursion to Fatehpur Sikri and the Abhaneri step wells
  • Explore Jaipur
  • Explore Barrackpore
  • Visit Chandernagore and the imambara at Hooghly
  • Excursion to Kalna by cycle-rickshaws
  • Visit Mayapur
  • Excursion to the brass-working village of Matiari
  • Entrance to Khushbagh Mughal-style gardens and Hazarduari Palace
  • Visit the Katra Mosque, Nashipara Palace, and Katgola Palace
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Hotels (7 nts), heritage hotel (1 nt), riverboat (7 nts)
  • 15 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners.
  • Transportation: Van, bus, rickshaw, train, walking, plane, riverboat.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
Accommodations on this Tour
Hotels (7 nts)
Heritage hotel (1 nt)
Riverboat (7 nts)
  • 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.
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