Golden Triangle & The Lower Ganges
Delhi to Kolkata (Downstream)
Travel & Accommodation
Map & Itinerary
- 15 nights in premium accommodation
- Seven-night Lower Ganges cruise on the RV Rajmahal
- 57 meals - 22 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 21 dinners
- Flight within India
- All meals, plus soft drinks, local beers and spirits are included on board your cruise, and regional wines are available with lunch and dinner on board
- The services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort and Travelmarvel Cruise Director
- Airport transfers, port charges and tipping
Travel & Accommodation
Toy Train to Shimla
Board a heritage 'toy train' from Delhi to Shimla. With steel wheels turning, be transported to authentic India.
Jeep Ride at Amber Fort
Climb aboard a Jeep for a ride to the magnificent Amber Fort in Jaipur.
Map & Itinerary
- Itineraries and inclusions are subject to change
- Itinerary days 1-12 are operated by Great Rail Journeys
- Prices include transfers, tipping, internal flight, porterage and port charges
- When arriving into Delhi, ensure your flight lands before 4pm
- Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
- Prices are for land/rail/cruise and flights as specified only
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Be met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, get to know your Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort and fellow travellers during a Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Delhi, Taj PalaceDaily :
Board the Toy Train to Shimla. The World Heritage-listed Toy Train provides one of the country’s most idyllic train journeys.
Take the Shatabdi Express to Kalka. From here, you’ll enjoy your first Insider Experience of the trip. Arrive in Shimla by early evening.
Stay: Three Nights, Shimla, The Oberoi Cecil HotelDaily :
Enjoy a talk from author, historian and journalist, Raaja Bhasin and learn about the city’s history.
After breakfast this morning, enjoy an Insider Experience. Afterwards, take a guided sightseeing tour of Shimla and see the Viceregal Lodge, the Sankat Mochan Temple and Scandal Point.Daily :
Nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas, Shimla is a delight to visit and was a favourite with the Sahebs from the time of the Raj.
Be sure to make the most of your free day in Shimla as you explore on your own. Perhaps explore the Himalayas outside Shimla and Wildflower Hall.Daily :
Travel to Chandigarh and board the express train back to Delhi.
Stay: Two Nights, Delhi, Taj PalaceDaily :
Take a classic rickshaw ride.
Visit Jama Masjid, a 17th-century mosque before an Insider Experience. Move on to New Delhi, to visit Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, the Parliament Building and Qutab Minar.Daily :
Transfer to the station where you’ll board the Gatimaan Express to Agra. Once in Agra, embark on a sightseeing tour of the World Heritage-listed Red Fort. Continue to the Taj Mahal for a guided tour.
Stay: Agra, ITC MughalDaily :
Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri, Ranthambore
En route to Ranthambore National Park, stop at Fatehpur Sikri for a guided tour. Enjoy lunch at Laxmi Vilas Palace Bharatpur before continuing to Ranthambore.
Stay: Two Nights, Sawai Vilas RanthamboreDaily :
Head out for a guided game drive through the national park. With an expert guide, go in search for Bengal tigers. Return to your hotel for dinner.
Spend the morning at leisure. After lunch, it’s time for an Insider Experience.Daily :
Rise early for one last game drive before a morning at leisure.
Start the day with an Insider Experience. Later, head to the Pink City of Jaipur.
Stay: Two Nights, Jaipur, ITC Rajputana SheratonDaily :
Travel by Jeep to the main entry of the iconic Amber Fort for a morning tour.
For your final full day in Jaipur, you’ll enjoy an Insider Experience. On the way back to your hotel, drive past Jaipur’s ‘Palace of the Winds’.Daily :
Spend the morning at leisure before travelling back to Delhi this afternoon. Arrive at your hotel tonight.
Stay: Delhi, Taj PalaceDaily :
Enjoy a stay at your elegant hotel, the Taj Bengal.
Fly from Delhi to Kolkata where you’ll be transferred to your hotel.
Stay: Two Nights, Kolkata, Taj BengalDaily :
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 dinner at your hotel.Daily :
Kolkata, Embark Ship, Farakka
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, the RV RajmahalDaily :
Discover the city of Gaur. The city is strewn with ancient monuments and the remains of mosques. Rejoin the ship near Jangipur and enjoy your evening on board.Daily :
Continue cruising downstream, where the remarkable Hazarduari Palace dominates the Murshidabad waterfront. You’ll be wowed by its impressive eight galleries, each containing exquisite collections of china, weapons and art.
This morning, take a stroll through the fields of Baranagar. Here, visit three miniature terracotta temples before continuing down the Lower Ganges to Murshidabad where you will enjoy an insider experience, Later, see the great Katra Mosque before visiting the Nashipara and Kathgola Palaces.Daily :
Begin your day with a trip to the Khushbagh garden. Later, pay a visit to the iconic battlefield of Plassey. Tonight moor near Kawta, a market town with bustling bazaars.Daily :
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. Here you’ll take in an Insider Experience. Later see the ISKCON temple, which dominates the town’s skyline.Daily :
Begin your day with an exciting Insider Experience. Kalna is famous for its iconic terracotta temples. Afterwards, It’s onwards through the countryside to Mayapur.
Begin your day with an exciting Insider Experience. Kalna is famous for its iconic terracotta temples. Afterwards, It’s onwards through the countryside to Mayapur.Daily :
Cruise to the former French colony of Chandannagar and spend some time exploring. See the 18th-century French church and the Dupleix’s House, home to former Governor-General of French India, before continue down to Barrakpore. Here, highlights include the Semaphore Tower, Flagstaff House, Government House and the Temple of Fame.Daily :
Kolkata, Disembark Cruise
Arrive in Kolkata and enjoy sightseeing to St. Pauls Cathedral and the poignant Victoria Memorial. Then, sit down to lunch together at your hotel, before heading to your hotel. Enjoy a delicious dinner at Sonargaon Restaurant this evening.
Stay: Kolkata, Taj BengalDaily :
Your holiday comes to an end today. Spend the morning at your leisure before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.Daily :
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