India River Cruise – Ganges Encompassed

Marine, Patna to Calcutta

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Plan ahead and combine two river cruising tours along the famous Ganges River for 15 days so you don’t have to worry about missing anything. Get unpacked and comfortable in your cabin once and then relax and enjoy the journey from Patna to Kolkata. Explore palace ruins at Rajmahal, check out sixth-century rock carvings, take breathtaking photos of the Jain temple in the middle of a lake at Pawapuri, and sail through local villages to see historical battlegrounds, terracotta temples, and the Katgola palace. Experience India in a way only river cruising can show you.

What’s included

  • Arrival transfer
  • Patna city tour
  • Buddhist monastery and stupa visit (Nalanda)
  • Pawapuri Jain temple visit
  • Rickshaw ride to a Mughal fort and the East India Company cemetery (Munger)
  • Pirpahar Hill and Sitakund Hot Springs visit
  • Sultanganj visit
  • Mansion and silk-weaving village visit (Bhagalpur)
  • Bateshwar Temple visit
  • 8th-century Buddhist stupa ruins and monastery visit (Vikramshila)
  • Rajmahal visit
  • Full day excursion to Malda
  • Baranagar village and temple visits
  • Hazarduari Palace visit
  • Katra Mosque visit
  • Nashipara and Katgola palaces visit
  • Cycle rickshaw excursion to the Khushbagh
  • Battlefield of Plassey visit
  • Brassworking village of Matiari visit
  • Hare Krishna temple visit
  • Cycle rickshaw excursion to terracotta temples (Kalna)
  • Shiva temple visit
  • Imambara visit
  • Chandannagar visit
  • Barrackpore visit
  • All meals on board Varuna
  • All transport to/from included activities and between destinations

Highlights

  • Explore ancient palaces and historical sights
  • Savour indian cuisine on board
  • Enjoy a rickshaw ride to view mughal ruins
  • Visit beautiful temples and local villages
  • Witness traditional brass-working

Itinerary

Day 1 Patna Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Additional Notes: This itinerary may change slightly due to river conditions. Transport: Arrival Airport Transfer
Day 2 Patna (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a free day to explore Patna before a 4pm embarkation.
Day 3 Patna/Bārh (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a morning tour of Patna, visiting the extraordinary 18th-century Golghar granary, the great Sikh temple, and the State Museum. Continue on, passing near the old East India Company opium warehouses and cruise down to moor for the evening at Barh. Included Activities: Golghar Granary Visit Sikh Temple Visit State Museum Visit Transport: Varuna Riverboat
Day 4 Bārh/Mokāma (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy an excursion to the excavated Buddhist monastery and stupa at Nalanda, with a visit to the adjoining museum. After, visit the Pawapuri Jain temple, situated in the middle of a lake. Return to the vessel and continue to the bridge at Mokama, where earlier the famous naturalist Jim Corbett spent his working life overseeing the ferry crossing. Included Activities: Buddhist Monastery and Stupa Visit Pawapuri Jain Temple Visit Transport: Varuna Riverboat
Day 5 Mokāma/Sultānganj (1B, 1L, 1D) Sail down to Munger. Take a rickshaw ride through the town to view the remnants of a Mughal fort and the East India Company cemetery. Visit the bazaars with the locals before exploring Pirpahar Hill and Sitakund Hot Springs. Continuing walking through the village and fields before getting back on board. Continue on to anchor near Jehangira Island at Sultanganj, a pilgrimage spot with early Hindu rock carvings. Included Activities: Munger Village and Sitakund Hot Spring Visit Rickshaw Ride and Mughal Fort Visit Jehangira Island Excursion & Hindu Rock Carvings Visit Transport: Varuna Riverboat
Day 6 Sultānganj/Bhāgalpur (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend the morning sailing a stretch of the river where South Asian river dolphins may be seen to Bhagalpur, a centre of silk production. Visit a mansion and silk-weaving village. Continue on close to the island shrine at Colganj, boasting Hindu and Buddhist cave temples. Visit Bateshwar Temple with 6th-century Hindu carvings, and the nearby ruins of an 8th-century Buddhist stupa and monastery at Vikramshila. Anchor for the night near the confluence with the Kosi River coming down from Nepal. Included Activities: Mansion and Silk-Weaving Village Visit Colganj Cave Temples and Area Ruins Visit Transport: Varuna Riverboat
Day 7 Bhāgalpur/Farakka Barrage (1B, 1L, 1D) Sail downstream to Rajmahal, a village offering both points of interest and fantastic local atmosphere. Shah Jehan, builder of the Taj Mahal, spent much of his youth here. Explore the remains of palaces, forts, and mosques submerged in vegetation before continuing on down to the Farakka Barrage. Included Activities: Rajmahal Town and Sights Visit Transport: Varuna Riverboat
Day 8 Farakka Barrage/Farakka (1B, 1L, 1D) This trip is a combo. As such, today some travellers may depart and others may join. Included Activities: Gaur Excursion Transport: Varuna Riverboat
Day 9 Farakka/Jangipur (1B, 1L, 1D) Sail down the canal to Jangipur. In the afternoon, explore this small country town on foot. Included Activities: Jangipur Visit Transport: Riverboat
Day 10 Jangipur/Murshidābād (1B, 1L, 1D) Sail down the Hooghly River en route to the small village of Baranagar. Walk through the fields to reach the terracotta temples and get a taste of rural Indian life. Continue to Murshidabad to visit the Nawab’s great Hazarduari Palace. Visit the Katra Mosque before driving to two 18th-century buildings – the Nashipara Palace and the Katgola Palace. Included Activities: Baranagar Excursion Murshidabad Excursion Transport: Varuna Riverboat Varuna Riverboat
Day 11 Murshidābād/Matiari (1B, 1L, 1D) This morning, travel by cycle rickshaw to the Khushbagh, a peaceful Moghul-style garden. Continue on the river past Berhampur, to a rural mooring near the battlefield of Plassey and opt to walk to the commemorative obelisk. Cruise on to a mooring near Katwa for the night. Included Activities: Khushbagh Excursion Battlefield of Plassey Visit Transport: Varuna Riverboat Varuna Riverboat
Day 12 Matiari/Māyāpur (1B, 1L, 1D) Start the day with a visit to the brassworking village of Matiari to witness their ancient techniques. Later continue to Mayapur with a visit to the Hare Krishna temple. Enjoy a few of the older temples and see a giant banyan tree. Included Activities: Matiari Excursion Mayapur Excursion Transport: Varuna Riverboat
Day 13 Māyāpur/Chunchura (1B, 1L, 1D) Explore the country town of Kalna. Take cycle rickshaws to see a group of some of Bengal’s most attractive terracotta temples and visit a Shiva temple. Continue to Chinsurah, to visit the historic Dutch cemetery. After, take cyclos to the Imambara before reboarding the vessel. Included Activities: Kalna Excursion Chinsurah Excursion Transport: Varuna Riverboat Varuna Riverboat
Day 14 Chunchura/Bārākpur (1B, 1L, 1D) Sail to Chandannagar, a former French possession, to explore. Continue to Barrackpore. Disembark for a walking tour around the main sights. Included Activities: Chandannagar Excursion Barrackpore Excursion Transport: Varuna Riverboat Varuna Riverboat
Day 15 Bārākpur/Calcutta (1B) Cruise under the Howrah Bridge to central Kolkata to disembark. Transfer to central Kolkata or the airport. Tour ends on arrival. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Varuna Riverboat
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