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The Lower Ganges, Golden Triangle and Mumbai

Kolkata to Mumbai

Trip Code: TINGMJ20
20 Days
48 Meals
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Trip Inclusions

  • 12 nights in premium accommodation
  • Seven-night Lower Ganges cruise on the RV Rajmahal
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Director and Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort
  • 48 meals - 19 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 18 dinners
  • All meals, plus local beers and regional wines included with lunch and dinner on board your river ship
  • Search for the elusive tiger on morning and afternoon game drives in Ranthambore National Park
  • Experience the mighty Amber Fort

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions may be subject to change
  • Days 11 to 20 are operated by Great Rail Journeys
  • Flight from Kolkata to Delhi on Day 11 is unescorted
  • Prices include transfers, tipping, porterage and port charges
  • Low or high-water levels may cause disruption to cruising
  • Prices are for land/cruise/rail and flights as specified only
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Kolkata to Mumbai

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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

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 set off 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’, commonly known as Mother Teresa’s House. Enjoy an afternoon of leisure or choose a Heritage Walk (additional charge). Later this evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at your hotel.

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Kolkata flower market, womens hand over basket of flowers

Today you will be transferred to Howrah train station to board your Shatabdi Express from Kolkata to Farakka. 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. The city is strewn with ancient monuments and the remains of mosques. Rejoin the ship near Jangipur.

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

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Begin with a trip to the Khushbagh, a garden cemetery of the Nawabs of Bengal. Continue cruising to the battlefield of Plassey, a 1757 battle that 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 continue cruising downstream to Mayapur. See the ISKCON temple, which dominates the town’s skyline and mingle with the Hare Krishna devotees.

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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, famous for its iconic terracotta temples. Rejoin your ship and sail on to Hooghly to visit the imposing Imambara, and then it’s on to Chandannagar, one of five French settlements in India.

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Cruise to Chandannagar and spend time exploring. See the 18th-century French church and the Dupleix’s House. Continue cruising to Barrackpore and take a walk through the cantonment.

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Disembark this morning in Kolkata. Visit Victoria Memorial and St Paul’s Cathedral. Tonight, savour a delicious Bengali and Raj influenced dinner at Sonargaon Restaurant, one of the premium dining establishments inside your hotel.

Stay: Kolkata, Taj Bengal

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This morning say goodbye to Kolkata and transfer to the airport for your included flight to Delhi, India’s capital. On arrival you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, get to know your Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort during a dinner at your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Delhi, Crowne Plaza New Delhi Okhla

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Take a rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of Old Delhi’s lively Chandni Chowk bazaar.


Today you will explore Old and New Delhi, India’s vibrant metropolis blends medieval, colonial and modern architecture. Visit Jama Masjid, a 17th-century mosque, India’s largest before setting out on a rickshaw ride. Continue to New Delhi to visit Humayun’s Tomb. Thought to have inspired the magnificent Taj Mahal, the World Heritage-listed tomb perfectly combines elements of Persian and Mughal architecture in its design. You will also explore the wide leafy avenues, stop at Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Gandhi, admire India Gate and the 13th-century Qutab Minar, a World Heritage-listed monument and the world’s tallest brick minaret.

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Red sandstone building surrounded by arched columns with an ornate onion shaped dome on the roof surrounded by manicured gardens and palm trees

Transfer to the station where you’ll board India’s first semi high speed train, the Gatimaan Express to Agra. Once in Agra, embark on a sightseeing tour of the World Heritage-listed Agra Fort. One of the city’s most historic sites, the fort has served as both a military point and a royal residence in the past. Continue to the iconic Taj Mahal. The structure took over 22 years to build and is a wonder to behold. Its glittering white marble domes inspire awe, and almost seem to change colours throughout the day depending on the position of the sun.

Stay: Agra, Hotel Clarks Shiraz

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Transfer from Agra to Ranthambore National Park, stopping en route at the abandoned ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri, a World Heritage-site for a guided tour. This town to the west of Agra was once known as the City of Victory. Built in the 16th-century, Fatehpur Sikri is home to a number of impressive monuments and temples. Enjoy lunch at Laxmi Vilas Palace Bharatpur before boarding the Shatabdi Express train for the last leg of your trip to Ranthambore National Park. Dinner is at your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Ranthambore, Ranthambore Regency

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

With an expert guide, go in search of the Bengal tiger. Ranthambore is one of the best parks to view this elusive cat, so make sure to have your camera at the ready.


Today, search for the elusive Bengal tiger on guided morning and afternoon game drives through Ranthambore National Park. Ranthambore is also home to many more unique animals including leopards, sloth bears and striped hyenas. Enjoy an evening talk by a local naturalist about the park and its diverse wildlife.

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Spend the morning at your leisure. After lunch, depart by coach to the picturesque and historic city of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan.

Stay: Two Nights, Jaipur, Clarks Amer

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Explore the ‘Pink City” of Jaipur and discover why its beautiful buildings are coloured in this distinctive hue.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Spend the morning touring through the Amber Fort, learning about its fascinating history.


This morning is dedicated to an in-depth exploration of Jaipur. Begin with a guided tour of Amber Fort. The striking architecture is a unique blend of Hindu and Islamic styles. Its exterior contrasts with the interior with many of the rooms elaborately painted with decadent mirrors and precious stones. Enjoy time at your leisure for lunch before jumping right back into your sightseeing. Visit sites including the City Palace and the World Heritage–listed 18th-century Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory, and drive by Jaipur’s most distinctive landmark, the ‘Palace of the Winds’.

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Pink City of Jaipur, India

Transfer to the airport for your included flight to Mumbai, set on India’s west coast beside the Arabian Sea. You’ll be transferred to your hotel before observing a cooking demonstration, introducing you to the rich and vibrant food culture of the city.

Stay: Two Nights, Mumbai, Trident Nariman Point

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Discover Mumbai by foot as the city comes to life in the sun’s early rays on a dawn walking tour.


Rise early for a Mumbai by dawn walking tour under the beautiful morning light. Visit the fishing docks of Colaba, see the colonial architecture of DN Road, experience the bustling environment of Crawford Market, explore the fascinating neighbourhoods of Byculla and Dadar, and admire the colours of Mahalaxmi Dhobhi Ghat, the world’s largest open-air laundry. Return to your hotel for breakfast and spend the rest of the morning at your leisure before taking an afternoon sightseeing tour of Mumbai icons including the Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal, a 19th century World Heritage listed railway station and Mani Bhavan, Gandhi’s former home and now a museum. Enjoy a delicious Farewell Dinner at your hotel.

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After breakfast, transfer to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport where your journey ends.

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