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Travelmarvel

Enchanting India

Delhi to Kolkata

Trip Code: TINRGTC22
22 Days
53 Meals
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Trip Inclusions

  • 14 nights in premium accommodation
  • Seven nights cruising the Lower Ganges
  • The services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort and Travelmarvel Cruise Director
  • 53 meals – 21 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 20 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
  • TINRGTC22 - 2019 season runs for 22 days

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.

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Traditional blue train travelling along the tracks, India

Toy Train to Shimla

Board a heritage 'toy train' from Delhi to Shimla. With steel wheels turning, be transported to authentic India.

Cream coloured buildings with water feature and vegetation in foreground, India

Jeep Ride at Amber Fort

Climb aboard a Jeep for a ride to the magnificent Amber Fort in Jaipur.

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
  • Itinerary days 1-11 are operated by Great Rail Journeys
  • Prices include transfers, tipping, porterage and port charges
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights within India as specified
  • Please note the 2019 season (TINRGTC22) runs for 22 days
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Delhi to Kolkata

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Insider Experience

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On arrival in Delhi, you’ll be met by your Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort and be transferred to your home for the night, the Taj Diplomatic Enclave. This evening, get to know your Tour Escort and fellow travellers during a Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Delhi, Taj Diplomatic Enclave

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Board the Toy Train to Shimla and enjoy one of the most picturesque train journeys in the country as you wind through leafy landscapes.


Rise early and depart Delhi on the Shatabdi Express to Kalka. From here, you’ll enjoy an Insider Experience aboard the Toy Train, arriving in Shimla by early evening.

Stay: Three Nights, Shimla, The Oberoi Cecil Hotel

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy an interesting talk from author, historian and journalist, Raaja Bhasin and learn about the city’s fascinating history.


Embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Shimla and see a number of sights including the Viceregal Lodge, once the summer residence of the Indian viceroys. Continue on to the Sankat Mochan Samiti Temple, where you’ll have the chance to gain some cultural insight. This afternoon you’ll walk to the mysterious Scandal Point, a popular social meeting place where people would gather and share gossip.

Stay: Seven Nights, Lower Ganges River, RV Rajmahal

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas and surrounded by picturesque natural scenery, Shimla is a delight to visit.


Make the most of your free day in this charming town as you explore it on your own. Perhaps explore the Himalayas outside Shimla or visit Wildflower Hall.

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After breakfast this morning you’ll board the express train back to Delhi. Upon arrival, transfer back to your hotel. Enjoy a further two evenings at the Taj Diplomatic Enclave, an oasis of calm in the heart of India’s bustling capital.

Stay: Two Nights, Delhi, Taj Diplomatic Enclave

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Take a fascinating rickshaw ride through the narrow streets of Delhi’s lively bazaar, winding through a sea of pedestrians going about their everyday lives.


Today you will further explore Delhi, India’s vibrant, hectic, awe-inspiring capital city. Leave the enticing aromas of street food behind and move on to New Delhi, to visit Humayun’s Tomb. Thought to have inspired the Taj Mahal, the tomb perfectly combines elements of Persian and Mughal architecture in its design. Other highlights you’ll visit include India Gate, the Parliament Building and Qutab Minar – India’s tallest stone tower.

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Insider Experience

Journey to Agra on the Gatimaan Express train.


In Agra, embark on a sightseeing tour of the World Heritage-listed Red 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 for a magical afternoon. The impressive structure took over 22 years to build and is a wonder to behold. Spend the afternoon on a guided tour of the grounds and learn about the love story behind the marble mausoleum.

Stay: Agra, ITC Mughal

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Enroute to Jaipur, you’ll stop briefly at the abandoned ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri for a guided tour. This town to the west of Agra was once known as the City of Victory. Built under Emperor Akbar, the city was abandoned due to water shortages. Fatehpur is home to a number of monuments and temples, making it just as impressive as when it was built in the 16th century. Enjoy lunch at Laxmi Vilas Palace Bharatpur before continuing to the intriguing Pink City of Jaipur.

Stay: Three Nights, Jaipur, ITC Rajputana Sheraton

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Take an in-depth tour of Jaipur and see an abundance of beautiful palaces, forts, lakes and architecture.


See sites including the City Palace, an iconic pink complex of gardens and buildings in the centre of Jaipur’s Old City. Completed in 1728, it showcases a remarkable blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Later, continue to the 18th-century Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory. Explore the complex and see a number of fascinating early geometric devices used for tracking planet locations. Spend the afternoon at leisure before returning to the hotel for dinner.

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel to the outskirts of Jaipur and enjoy a guided tour of Amber Fort. Travel by Jeep to the main entry and spend the morning touring through the fort, learning about its fascinating history.


Enjoy an Insider Experience in the morning. On the way back to your hotel drive past Jaipur’s most distinctive landmark, The Palace of the Winds. Designed to look like the crown of Krishna, the honeycombed Palace is built from eye-catching red and pink sandstone. Its five-storey facade features an elaborate array of hundreds of finely screened windows and balconies.

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This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel before saying goodbye to the Pink City. Travel back to Delhi, arriving after lunch.

Stay: Delhi, Taj Diplomatic Enclave

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Fly from Delhi to Kolkata where you’ll be transferred to your hotel for the next two nights.

Stay: Two Nights, Kolkata, Taj Bengal

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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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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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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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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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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 which 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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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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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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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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