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India – Enchanting and Delightful

 

Explore India and be amazed by its landscape, ranging from wildlife reserves to villages, snow-capped mountains to deserts, rivers to rainforests. The history of India is shrouded in antiquity, dating back more than 9,000 years. Known for its vibrant festivals, India’s customs and traditions are deeply rooted and encountered throughout the year in every region.

Indian hospitality is legendary, and its cuisine is as rich and diverse as its civilization. ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’, which translates into ‘Guest is God’ can be experienced right across this vast sub-continent.
Come – be adventurous and let us show you this magical place called India!

We’ve been there! Read about Christine’s journey through this fascinating land…

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Ganges River Explorer

8 Day Cruise on a modern River Boat

+ Golden Triangle, Tiger Tracking & Kerala Backwaters

 

For the first-time visitor we recommend a gentle start to your journey of discovery on our Ganges River Cruise:
Take in the sights of Kolkata and surrounding European colonial architecture; visit Mother Teresa’s Orphanage; cruise along the Hugli, a Ganges River tributary to Murshidabad – capital of the Nawabs of Bengal; see the battlefield of Plassey, and discover rural villages dotted with delightful and little known Bengali Terracotta temples.

DETAILED ITINERARY:

DAY 01 – ARRIVE KOLKATA / CALCUTTA
On your arrival in Kolkata you will be met by our representative and assisted to your hotel for overnight.

The City of Palaces, Calcutta was the capital of British India for around 150 years. It is the intellectual capital of modern India and boasts superb architecture in the old French, Dutch and Danish colonial enclaves. It is a thriving, bustling, colourful and up to date city, with some excellent shopping options.

DAY 02 – EMBARKATION IN KOLKATA
After a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred to the ABN Rajmahal. Settle into your air-conditioned Signature Suite, home for the next 7 nights.

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After lunch on board visit Mother Teresa’s Missionary of Charity, founded in 1952. She lived and worked here until her death in 1997. View Mother Teresa’s personal room and learn about her life and charity that is still active today. Later, visit her Sishu Bhawan orphanage (Children’s Home) for a short tour.

Return to the ship for dinner and a cultural performance onboard.

DAY 03 – KOLKATA / BANDEL
Embark on an early-morning city tour, featuring a comprehensive view of the well preserved British colonial buildings in Kolkata, including the High Court, Raj Bhawan (Governor’s House) and Reserve Bank of India. Continue on to St. John’s Church, the oldest Anglican Church in Kolkata, then visit the Victoria Memorial Museum containing the largest collection of British colonial historical artifacts in India.

Return to the ship and cast off to cruise upstream, leaving the urban sprawl behind.

The first shore excursion is in Bandel, visiting the Hooghly Imambara, one of the famous Shiya pilgrimage centers in West Bengal. The structure contains a Victorian-era clock and the stunning hallways are lit by huge Persian chandeliers.

DAY 04 – KALNA
Go ashore in the country town of Kalna and take a rickshaw ride to see a group of some of Bengal’s most attractive terracotta temples, as well as the unique Shiva temple with concentric rings made up of 108 shrinelets.

DAY 05 – MATIARI / PLASSEY
This morning enjoy a walk through the shore-side village of Matiari, known for beautiful handcrafted brass water pots and other vessels, created by master craftsmen using traditional methods passed down for generations.

Later continue your journey upstream and sail past the battlefield of Plassey, where Robert Clive of British East India Company defeated the Mogul Nawabs in 1757, which changed the course of Indian history.

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DAY 06 – KHUSHBAGH / BARANAGAR / MURSHIDABAD
Once ashore, walk to the Khushbagh, a peaceful Moghul-style garden enclosing the tombs of Siraj-ud-Daulah and his family, defeated by the British East India Company in the Battle of Plassey.

Continue on and tie up at the delightful sleepy village of Baranagar, with three gorgeous miniature terracotta temples to which you walk through the fields. This is rural India at its most idyllic.

Return to the ship in time for lunch and sail downstream, passing beautiful villages and waving to friendly locals on the river bank.

Later dock in Murshidabad, a delightful backwater town full of abandoned mosques, tombs and crumbling palaces and dramatic whitewashed colonial era structures.

The Nawab’s great Hazarduari Palace, built by an English architect in 1837, dominates the waterfront. Inside are an extensive collections of colonial era antiques, artwork, weapons and manuscripts. Visit the great Katra Mosque with its distinctive minarets, from which the muezzin or the maulvi calls the worshippers to Friday prayers.

This evening return to the ship for dinner and enjoy a local cultural performance.

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DAY 07 – MAYAPUR
After a relaxed morning and watching the local life along the riverbanks, dock in Mayapur – the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486), considered an incarnation of Lord Krishna. The skyline is dominated by the vast new ISKCON (International Society of Krishna Consciousness) temple, comparable in size to the Vatican and largely funded by Alfred B. Ford, the great-grandson of car maker Henry Ford. Meet Krishna followers and walk through the pilgrim’s bazaar.

DAY 08 – CHANDERAGORE
This morning sail to Chandernagore, established as a French colony and trading post in 1673.  Explore the French colonial buildings along the promenade, including the former French governor’s residence. After visiting the Sacred Heart Church of Chandernagore, return to the ship and continue your journey downstream to Kolkata.

Day 09 – KOLKATA – DISEMBARKATION
After breakfast disembark the ship and transfer to the airport.

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To complete your Indian Journey, choose from these possible experiences:

 

GOLDEN TRIANGLE, spending two days in Delhi – a beautiful homogeneous mix of the old and the contemporary. Then visit Agra on the Yamuna River to see Agra Fort and the famous Taj Mahal, and ending in Jaipur for to explore the Amber Fort, various palaces and an observatory. Jaipur is also one of the best places to shop for jewellery, carpets and objects d’art.

SAFARI in RANTHAMBORE and PENCH NATIONAL PARKS, prime reserves for Tiger viewing

KERALA BEACHES & BACKWATERS, exploring the gently flowing backwaters and relaxing at a stunning beach resort, all while enjoying the expressive Kathakali dancers and experiencing some Ayurvedic Spa treatments along the way.

 

TRΛVELBOECKER TΛILOR-MΛDE
– combing your personal preference with our expertise.
We create unique & authentic experiences
designed to suit your travel budget and desired style of travel.

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Contact Vancouver Travel Consultant
Christine Boecker
to arrange your India Adventure

About the ship: ABN Rajmahal

Ganges River Cruise

The ABN Rajmahal entered service on the Hugli and the Ganges in 2014. Built in Kolkata, she is 50m long and powered by 3 engines; her extra-shallow draught and a lower profile than conventional designs allow her to cruise further upstream than any of her counterparts.

Ganges River CruiseABN Rajmahal has 22 cabins: 14 spacious twin/double cabins on the upper deck; 4 twin/double cabins on the main deck; and 4 single cabins for which there is no supplement. The décor is stylish and fresh with touches of colonial elegance, brought to life by traditional Indian-inspired designs on hand-blocked cotton fabrics. All cabins have French balconies.

There is a comfortable saloon and bar, dining room and a vast canopied sundeck. A small spa onboard offers a wide range of treatments. All cabins and public rooms are air-conditioned.

Food on board is a mixture of Assamese (milder than most Indian cuisine) and Continental cuisines. Wines, beer and spirits are available.

Onboard features

  • Spacious cabins with large sliding glass windows offering panoramic views of the river
  • Individual climate control, hair dryer, minibar, electronic safe and tea/coffee machine in cabins
  • En-suite shower/WC with Biotique toiletries, high quality bathrobes and slippersGanges River Cruise
  • Common areas include a vast sundeck both open and shaded, with sun loungers,
  • Spacious air-conditioned saloon with library and recorded entertainment,
  • Spa with choice of treatments.

Onboard services

  • Guided shore excursions with welcome drink, cold towels and shoe-cleaning upon return to the ship
  • Naturalist onboard the vessel
  • Welcome & Farewell receptions and local on-board traditional dance & song performances
  • Expertly trained culinary staff combining Indian & Western cuisines
  • Single seating for buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • ​Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water throughout

TRΛVELBOECKER TΛILOR-MΛDE
– combing your personal preference with our expertise.
We create unique & authentic experiences
designed to suit your travel budget and desired style of travel.

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Contact Vancouver Travel Consultant
Christine Boecker
to arrange your India Adventure

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