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Travelmarvel

Golden Triangle & The Lower Ganges

Trip Code: TINRLTC23
23 Days
57 Meals
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  • Map & Itinerary
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Trip Inclusions

  • Flights within India
  • Airport transfers, port charges and tipping
  • 15 nights in premium accommodation
  • 57 meals - 22 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 21 dinners
  • 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
  • Seven-night Lower Ganges cruise on the RV Rajmahal

Travel & Accommodation

RV Rajmahal settled for sunset on the Ganges

RV Rajmahal

Cruise the Lower Ganges River for seven nights aboard the premium river ship RV Rajmahal, staying in comfort and style.

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Red train travelling through lush green vegetation, India

See India by Rail

Journey through India's diverse landscapes by rail, from lush tea country, to bustling cities and mountain scenery.

Tiger pocking head through lush green vegetation, India

See Tigers in Ranthambore

Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places in India to spot Bengal tigers in their natural habitat.

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Flight from Delhi to Kolkata is unescorted
  • Prices for land, rail, cruise and selected flights only
  • Itinerary days 1-12 are operated by Great Rail Journeys
  • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
  • When arriving into Delhi, ensure your flight lands before 4pm
  • Prices include transfers, tipping, internal flight, porterage and port charges
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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

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 Palace

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  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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 Hotel

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  • Lunch
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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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.


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.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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.

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  • Dinner

Travel to Chandigarh and board the express train back to Delhi.

Stay: Two Nights, Delhi, Taj Palace

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
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 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 Mughal

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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 Ranthambore

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
View of three tigers walking along track followed by a car, India

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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 Sheraton

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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’.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Spend the morning at leisure before travelling back to Delhi this afternoon. Arrive at your hotel tonight.

Stay: Delhi, Taj Palace

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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 Bengal

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  • Breakfast

Take a tour to see some of Kolkata’s famous landmarks, including the vibrant Mullik Ghat Flower Market and Mother Teresa’s House.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Transfer to your river ship to begin your cruise. Sail past Serampore and on to Barrackpore for a walking tour.

Stay: Seven Nights, Lower Ganges River, RV Rajmahal

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
River ship cruising as sun is setting after a hot day, India

Cruise to the former French colony of Chandannagar and spend some time exploring this historical town.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Embark on a traditional rickshaw ride through the town of Kalna and take in all its main sights, including its iconic terracotta temples.


After breakfast, embark on an Insider Experience. Continue on to Mayapur where you’ll visit the ISKCON temple.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

You’ll see first hand how locals beat brass to make water pots and other utensils.


Today you will visit the charming riverside village of Matiari. Here an Insider Experience awaits. Later, pay a visit to the battlefield of Plassey.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Carry on upstream to discover the magnificent Hazarduari Palace.


This morning, visit the beautiful Mughal-style gardens, Khushbagh. Afterwards see the great Katra Mosque and the Nashipara and Kathgola Palaces.

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  • Lunch
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Today, experience rural India at its most idyllic with a stroll through the fields of Baranagar.

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  • Lunch
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Travel to the intriguing city of Gaur for a full day of exploring its ancient ruins.

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  • Lunch
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Take a train to Kolkata. Visit Victoria Memorial and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Stay: Kolkata, Taj Bengal

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Victoria Memorial Hall reflected in pond, Kolkata, India

Transfer to the airport for your flight.

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