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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 local beers and regional wines included with lunch and dinner on board your river ship
  • 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

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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. Later this evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at your hotel.

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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 into 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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Discover the city of Gaur. This quiet, deserted place was once one of India’s great cities, first under the Hindus and then as the Muslim capital of Eastern India from the 14th to 16th centuries. The city is strewn with ancient monuments and the remains of mosques. Rejoin the ship near Jangipur. Set sail down the Lower Ganges and moor at Baranagar for the night.

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This morning, take a stroll through the fields of Baranagar. Here, visit three miniature terracotta temples before continuing down the Lower Ganges. Continue cruising downstream to Murshidabad where the Hazarduari Palace dominates the waterfront. Later, see the Katra Mosque before visiting Kathgola Palace.

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View of Hazarduari Palace Museum in Murshidabad, India

Sail downstream a short distance before a visit to the Khushbagh garden. Continue cruising to a rural mooring close to the battlefield of Plassey, where a 1757 battle changed the course of Indian history.

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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, then it’s onwards through the countryside to Mayapur. See the ISKCON temple, which dominates the town’s skyline. As the headquarters for the Hare Krishna movement, the temple receives over a million singing and dancing devotees a year from around the world.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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


Discover Kalna today, and visit its famous terracotta temples, as well as the unique Shiva temple, with concentric rings make up of 108 shrinelets. Sail on to Hooghly to visit the imposing Imambara and then on to Chandannagar.

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At Chandannagar, a French possession until 1950, visit the 18th-century French church and the Dupleix’s House. Continue cruising to Barrackpore and take a walk through the cantonment, and see the Semaphore Tower, Government House 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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Victoria Memorial at Night, Kolkata

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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