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Luxury

Spirit of India

Kolkata to Kolkata
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Trip Code: IN08
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Trip Highlights

Discover local flavours

Enjoy sublime gourmet creations showcasing the flavours of the region, while favourites from home are also available

Life Along The Lower Ganges

Cruising the Lower Ganges River you’ll enjoy a window into local life in tiny remote villages

Meet The Locals

Experience a new culture and way of life during your Indian River Cruise

Your Vacation Includes

  • Learn about Kolkata's heritage during a ride aboard a private tramcar
  • Visit Howrah Bridge Mullik and explore the Mullik Ghat Flower Market
  • Includes 21 meals - Enjoy 6 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Enjoy a seven-night luxury Lower Ganges River cruise aboard the RV Ganges Voyager

Map & Itinerary

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Kolkata to Kolkata

Fly to Kolkata today and transfer to the RV Ganges Voyager for your Lower Ganges River cruise. After lunch on board, visit Mother Teresa’s house and pay homage at her tomb, located in the buildings of the Missionaries of Charity. Return to the ship and enjoy a Welcome Reception and cultural performance.

Stay: Seven Nights: RV Ganges Voyager

Daily :
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, experience the rich culture and fascinating colonial influence of Kolkata on a city tour. See a number of the city’s 19th-century heritage buildings, the bustling Dalhousie Square, and St John’s Church. Then, head to the Victoria Memorial, established to serve as a tribute to the success of the British Empire in India. Afterwards, ride aboard a private authentic tramcar. Then visit Howrah Bridge, the busiest cantilever bridge in the world, before exploring the nearby Mullik Ghat Flower Market, which provides a sensory overload of sights and smells. Later, after lunch on board, your ship will begin its journey upstream along the Lower Ganges. Cruise past a number of European colonial settlements, including Dutch, French and Danish colonies, and disembark in Bandel. Visit the 19th-century Hooghly Imambara, a pilgrimage centre in West Bengal, built by one of Bengal’s most prolific philanthropists.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast, disembark the RV Ganges Voyager in the town of Kalna, known as the City of Temples. On a guided cycle-rickshaw tour, you’ll visit some of Bengal’s most distinct terracotta temples, including the Natore Rajbari Royal Palace complex – boasting splendid gardens and a vista of round-domed temples. You’ll also see the eye-catching Shiva temples, with two perfect circles, one that has 74 temples made entirely out of white marble and black stone, the other with 34 temples made of white marble alone. The site was constructed so that all individual temples can be seen when standing in the centre. Later this afternoon, you’ll return to your ship and enjoy another delicious dinner on board.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, enjoy an excursion to the brass-working village of Matiari. Here, you’ll learn how the villagers’ unique methods of beating brass have been handed down for generations. You’ll also enjoy the opportunity to peruse beautiful cooking instruments that have been expertly crafted from recycled copper and brass. Afterwards, return to your ship to cruise past the site of The Battle of Plassey. Learn how the British East India Company recorded a decisive victory over the Nawab of Bengal and his French allies, helping establish the company rule in Bengal and in turn, throughout much of India.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark in Khushbagh, and pass through local farmers’ fields to the tomb of the last Nawab of Bengal. Later, as you approach Murshidabad, you’ll first notice the Hazarduari Palace, which dominates the waterfront. Built in 1837, the palace boasts 1,000 doors, and houses an extensive collection of European artefacts. After a tour, you’ll visit the 18th-century Katra Mosque, and learn about the Mohammedan rulers who reigned over this region for centuries. Later, disembark in Baranagar and on a walk through fields and past local temples, experience rural India at its most idyllic. Back on board, enjoy the afternoon to unwind as your ship glides along the Lower Ganges Return. On board your luxurious ship tonight, enjoy a delicious dinner.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Having turned around to cruise south back down the Lower Ganges, enjoy a restful morning observing local life along the riverside. Soon, you’ll disembark and visit the village of Mayapur. The birthplace of the 15th-century Hindu saint Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is worshipped by followers as the full incarnation of Lord Krishna, Mayapur is the home of the Krishna Consciousness Movement (ISKON). On a tour, you’ll learn about the Hari Krishna community and culture, and view the construction of the nearly completed Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, just slightly smaller in size than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning, cruise to the former French colony of Chandannagar. During a walk around the town, you could be forgiven for thinking that the French had never left. Stroll along the Chandannagar Strand, visit its 200 year-old church, enjoy the aroma of freshly baked baguettes at a French bakery and, at the house of former French Governor Joseph François Dupleix, discover an impressive collection of French antiques. This afternoon, continue cruising downstream to Kolkata. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast, back in the bustling city of Kolkata spend the afternoon at Kolkata’s Oberoi Grand Hotel, then after lunch transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi to connect with your onward flight.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Travel & Accommodation

Looking at the bow of the small river ship Ganges Voyager anchored in the calm waters
Lower Ganges Cruise

Cruise the Ganges River from Kolkata to Murshidabad aboard the RV Ganges Voyager for an understanding of Indian culture

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Gourmet Dining on the Water

From delicious dinners to lunches in the sun, there's always something new to savour on board

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