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Travelmarvel

Authentic India – Lower Ganges Cruise

Kolkata (Downstream) Return

Trip Code: TIN11
11 Days
27 Meals
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Trip Inclusions

  • 3 nights in premium accommodation
  • Seven-night Lower Ganges cruise on the RV Rajmahal
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Cruise Director
  • 27 meals - 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners
  • All meals, plus soft drinks and local beers are included on board your cruise, and regional wines are included with lunch and dinner on board
  • Airport transfers, port charges and tipping
  • Enjoy an indulgent stay at the Taj Bengal in Kolkata
  • Unlock the secrets of Murshidabad’s mysterious Hazarduari Palace

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions may be subject to change
  • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
Asia Map 2022 TIN11
Kolkata (Downstream) Return

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Insider Experience

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy an indulgent stay at the Taj Bengal Hotel in Kolkata.


On arrival at the airport, be met and transferred to your premium hotel, the Taj Bengal.

Stay: Two Nights, Kolkata, Taj Bengal

Today you will embark on a sightseeing tour to take in some of Kolkata's famous landmarks, including the vibrant Mullik Ghat Flower Market. Other highlights include the Howrah Bridge and 'Nirmal Hriday', most commonly known as Mother Teresa's House. This afternoon why not explore further on an optional Hertiage Walk (additional expense). Later this evening, enjoy Welcome Dinner at your hotel.

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  • Dinner
Cantivlever bridge of steel spanning the river at sunset as a man sits at the waters edge to enjoy view.

Today you will be transferred to a local train for the colourful and rustic journey from Kolkata to Farakka. Make your way past bellowing food hawkers and over-laden porters to your rail carriage. Once you’ve settled in to your seat, watch the landscapes of India unfold before you. Upon arrival in Farakka, you will be transferred to your river ship for your incredible seven-night cruise.

Stay: Seven Nights, Lower Ganges River, RV Rajmahal

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Discover the city of Gaur. The city is strewn with ancient monuments and the remains of mosques. Rejoin the ship later in the day near Jangipur. Set sail down the Lower Ganges. Moor at Barangar for the night.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, take a stroll through the fields of Baranagar. Here, visit three miniature terracotta temples before continuing down the Lower Ganges. Continue on down past Azimganj, boasting some fine riverside mansions, to Murshidabad where the Nawab's great Hazarduari Palace dominates the waterfront. Carry on to visit the great Katra Mosque before driving out to see the Katgola Palace. Built in classical Georgian style by rich local merchants, Katgola Palace represents the other side of the coin of the 'White Mughal' period when English and Indian cultures came close to fusion. Moor overnight on the riverbank across from town.

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  • Lunch
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Sail downstream a short distance then walk to the Khushbagh, a peaceful Mughul-style garden enclosing the tombs of the last independent Nawab of Bengal and his family. Return to the ship and continue downstream past the old British cantonment of Berhampur to a rural mooring close to the battlefield of Plassey. You can walk through the fields to the commemorative obelisk. Cruise on to a mooring near Katwa, a market town with narrow bustling bazaars.

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  • Lunch
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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

In Matiari, see first-hand how locals beat brass to make water pots and other utensils, while learning the heritage behind the workmanship.


Explore the riverside village of Matiari. Continue on through the countryside to Mayapur to visit the vast new ISKCON temple which dominates the skyline.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Embark on a traditional rickshaw ride through the town of Kalna and take in all its main sights.


Discover Kalna today, famous for its iconic terracotta temples. Sail on, leaving fields behind and arrive at the outskirts of Kolkata. Land at Hooghly to visit the imposing Imambara. With verses from the Koran written on its walls, the Imambara is an opportunity to step back in time and relive a slice of Islamic history in Bengal. Sail downstream past fine waterfront buildings and the old Dutch settlement at Chinsura to moor at Chandannagar.

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At Chandernagore, a French possession until 1950, see the 18th-century French church and the Dupleix's House before continuing down to Barrackpore. Land and take a walk through the cantonment past the Semaphore Tower, Government House, the Temple of Fame and Flagstaff House. Subject to river tide, cruise under the Howrah Bridge to reach central Kolkata.

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Disembark this morning in Kolkata. Visit Victoria Memorial and St Paul's Cathedral. Tonight, enjoy a delicious Farewell Dinner at Sonargaon Restaurant.

Stay: Kolkata, Taj Bengal

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  • Dinner
Victoria Memorial Hall reflected in pond, Kolkata, India

Your holiday comes to an end today. Spend the morning at your leisure before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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