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India On Ganges

local travel agency in India

This cruise on the holy Ganges promotes intimate discovery of a fresh and smiling countryside of friendly villages and offering a chance to unearth some surprising hidden treasures : the majestic and ornate temples of Baranagar and Kalna ; the stunning mosques or Imambara Gaur , Murshidabad or Khushbagh; Standing Witnesses of a great past, Plassey and Chandernagore , colonial resonance. A great tour, which ends in the ever bustling Calcutta.

Tour Details

 

Day 1: Kolkata

Welcome by a representative of Maharajah Driver and transfer to your hotel . Late afternoon, your driver will be at your disposal to accompany you to visit the temple of Kali. Rebuilt in 1809 on the site of an older temple, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Based the name of the goddess, English named Calcutta city which is an anglicism of Kalikata. Legend has it that Sati, the wife of Lord Shiva, lost her finger here, making it an important place of pilgrimage.

 

Day 2: Kolkata

Free morning where you can visit the monuments of the colonial past, the Victoria Memorial - symbol of the city, the St Paul's Cathedral, Indian Museum, Belvedere, and Overview of Fort William and the famous flower market. Around noon, transfer to Calcutta train station. Departure for Farraka, the starting point of our cruise. Two snacks are served on the train: lunch and tea / sandwich around 17h. Boarding the RV Rajmahal in the evening. safety tips, program presentation followed by a welcome dinner. Overnight on board.

 

Day 3: Farraka - Malda - Gaur - Jangipur - Baranagar

Day devoted for visiting the site of Gaur, the ancient capital of eastern India between the 14th and 16th centuries. Also called Mango City, immersed in vast mango plantations as well as the most outstanding monuments: ruins of the mosque 'Masjid Baradwari', the door Dakil Darwaza, the minaret of Firez and Rasul quadam Lotan Masjid 15th century. Lunch at local restaurant. Drive back to Jangipur by the Farraka dam to join your boat. Boarding and navigation to Baranagar in the evening. Dinner and overnight on board.

 

 Day 4: Baranagar - Murshidabad

Discover river Hooghly in the morning, stroll through the picturesque countryside to the village of Baranagar. Visit temples in terracotta, the charming temple 'Char Bangal' of 18th century. Its richly decorated facades are a fine example of Western Bengal architecture. Return to the boat and sail to short Murshidabad where you can visit the palace noous Hazarduari, built by an English architect in 1837 for Nawab of Bengal. The huge Palace has a fine collection of paintings, ceramics and weapons of the time. Return to the boat for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the ruins of the imposing Katra mosque (18th century) as well as Katgola and Nashipara palace, showcasing Georgian style, built by a Jain merchant in the 19th century for his European guests. Return to the boat. Dinner and overnight on board.

 

Day 5: Murshidabad - Khushbagh - Plassey - Katwa

Onwards Khushbagh, land and walk through the plantations to Mughal garden surrounding the tomb of Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah and his family. Return to the boat and sail to Plassey. Aftre the lunch in the afternoon, short transfer by jeep on the site of the Battle of Plassey, marked by an obelisk. During the battle, the British beat the Nawab and his French allies and maintained a grip on the whole Bengal. Visit Katwa, a market town where bustling bazaars welcome you with open arms. Return to the boat. Dinner and overnight on board.

 

Day 6: Katwa - Matiari - Kalna

 Navigating to Matiari, you can hear the metallic echo of the copper work. Visit several workshops. Return to the ship near the market. Cruise to Mayapur and lunch in the afternoon. Visit the modern temple of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) where we come across the Krishna followers from around the world. Return to the boat. Dinner and overnight on board.

 

Day 7: Kalna - Hugly - Chandernagore

In the morning take the rickshaw to visit the temples in terracotta Kalna. Then visit the Shiva temple whose chapels are placed in two concentric circles. Back to the boat for lunch. Cruise to Bandel to visit the imposing Imambara mosque, dating back to 1841. Dinner and overnight on board.  

 

Day 8: Chandernagore - Barrackpore - Calcutta

Take the morning tour of the "little France" of Chandernagore, a former French colony. Return to the boat and sail to Barrackpore, located in the northern suburbs of Calcutta. Visit the lighthouse and Flagstaff House, the residence of the governors built in 1913. In the garden one can find the statues of the colonial era and elegant Greek temple, commemorating the British officers. Back to the boat for lunch then sail for Calcutta. Farewell dinner. Overnight on board.  

 

Day 9: Calcutta

 Landing in the morning. Transfer to the city or the airport per your schedule.

 

Your Accomodation :

OBEROI GRAND ***** (CALCUTTA)

RV RAJMAHAL **** (CROISIERE)

 

Included in the price :

 Reception and assistance at the airport, Transfers / Inland transport by private car ( Toyota Innova with AC or Toyota Fortuner (extra ) with AC) Basic Double room accommodation with breakfast AC & grandchild your Calcutta hotel . full board on the ship hotel taxes and services The insurance.

 

Not included :

Other meals and drinks, Visits and excursions being all optional, usual tips to guides and drivers, Personal expenses. Domestic flights