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Authentic India - Lower Ganges Cruise

Kolkata Return

Trip Code: TINR11
11 Days
27 Meals
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Trip Inclusions

  • 3 nights in premium accommodation
  • Seven nights cruising the Lower Ganges
  • 27 meals - 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners
  • All meals plus local soft drinks, beers and spirits are included during your cruise
  • Regional wines are available with lunch and dinner on board
  • Airport transfers, port charges, tipping and porterage

Travel & Accommodation

Children of India playing soccer on the banks of the Ganges

Cruise the Lower Ganges

From Farakka to Kolkata, experience India in a unique way as you cruise the waters of the Lower Ganges.

The Bengal lobby

Taj Bengal Stay

Enjoy an indulgent stay at the stylish and comfortable Taj Bengal in Kolkata

Yellow and blue rickshaw, India

Rickshaw Tour of Kalna

Embark on a traditional rickshaw ride through the town of Kalna and see its famous terracotta temples

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices include transfers, tipping, porterage and port charges
  • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
  • Prices are for land, cruise and rail only. Flights not included
Asia Map TINR11 2019
Kolkata Return

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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 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, get to know your fellow travellers at a Welcome Dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning, transfer to your river ship to begin your relaxing seven-night cruise along the Lower Ganges. Sail past the old Danish colony of Serampore before arriving in the city of Barrackpore, once a place of great significance during the British Raj. Here, walk through the city’s cantonment and get a better understanding of India’s journey from colonialism to independence. Highlights include the Semaphore Tower, Flagstaff House, Government House and the Temple of Fame.

Stay: Seven Nights, Lower Ganges River, RV Rajmahal

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cruise to the former French colony of Chandannagar and spend some time exploring this small historical town. See the beautiful 18th-century French church before visiting the Dupleix’s House, once home to the former Governor-General of French India. Continue upstream, passing the old Dutch settlement of Chinsura. Stop in Hooghly and view the magnificent Muslim shrine of Imambara, which was built to provide employment to the citizens of Lucknow during a tragic famine.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Insider Experience

After breakfast, embark on a traditional rickshaw ride through the town of Kalna and take in all its main sights.


Named for the Hindu goddess Kali and often referred to as ‘Temple Town’, Kalna is famous for its iconic terracotta temples. See the eye-catching Nava Kailash, otherwise known as 108 Shiv Mandirs. This incredible structure was built in 1788 and is home to a number of remarkable terracotta sculptures. Continue on through the countryside to Mayapur. Believed to be the birthplace of an important Hindu saint, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Mayapur is a place of sacred significance for followers of the Hindu faith. Here you’ll see the ISKCON temple, which dominates the town’s skyline. Visited by over a million devotees a year, it is the headquarters of the Hare Krishna movement.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Insider Experience

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


Today you will explore the charming riverside village of Matiari. Later, pay a visit to the iconic battlefield of Plassey. It was here in 1757 that Commander-in-Chief of British India Robert Clive defeated Siraj-ud-Daulah and forever changed the course of Indian history.

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Insider Experience

Visit the remarkable Hazarduari Palace dominates the Murshidabad waterfront and be wowed by its impressive eight galleries, each containing exquisite collections of china, weapons and art.


A day of exploring Murshidabad begins with a trip to the Khushbagh garden, which translates to the Garden of Happiness. Wander through the peaceful Mughal-style gardens and discover what is believed to be the final resting place of the last independent Nawab of Bengal and his family. Later, see the great Katra Mosque before driving out to visit the Nashipara and Kathgola Palaces, two beautiful 18th-century buildings steeped in history.

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This morning you’ll get to experience rural India at its most idyllic with a stroll through the fields of Baranagar. Here you’ll visit three gorgeous miniature terracotta temples before continuing up the Lower Ganges. Take in the stunning views as the river winds its way along banks lined with picturesque mango orchards and mustard fields. This evening you’ll moor close to the Farakka Barrage.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today you’ll disembark the ship and go on a full-day excursion to the fascinating city of Gaur. Now in ruins, Gaur was once the capital of the Muslim Nawabs. The city is littered with ancient monuments and the remains of mosques. Rejoin the ship above the Farakka lock gate and make the most of your last evening on board the RV Rajmahal.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark the ship early this morning and transfer by local train to Kolkata. Enjoy lunch on arrival before paying a visit to the poignant Victoria Memorial, an intricate marble building and iconic symbol of the British Raj. Built in memory of Queen Victoria to celebrate her 25 years of rule over India, the memorial houses a fine collection of artwork and is surrounded by lush green gardens. Later, head to St Paul’s Cathedral, a religious site and architectural marvel completed in 1847. This evening you’ll enjoy a delicious final dinner with your fellow travellers at Sonargaon Restaurant.

Stay: Kolkata, Taj Bengal

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  • Lunch
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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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