India River Cruise – Ganges Adventure

Marine, Patna to Calcutta

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Imagine the cruise of a lifetime along India's Ganges River. Unpack once in your cabin and let the riverboat move you from place to life-changing place for seven incredible days. Explore palace ruins at Rajmahal, trace 6th-century rock carvings with your own fingers, and photograph to your heart's content the picturesque Pawapuri Jain temple in the middle of a lake. Experience India in a way you haven't yet imagined.

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
  • Train to Kolkata
  • All meals on board Varuna
  • All transport to/from included activities and between destinations


  • Discover picturesque temples
  • Explore ancient palaces and historical sights
  • Savour indian cuisine on board
  • Enjoy a rickshaw ride to view mughal ruins


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 to the Farakka Barrage. Included Activities: Rajmahal Town and Sights Visit Transport: Varuna Riverboat
Day 8 Farakka Barrage/Calcutta (1B) Disembark early morning to catch the train (6hrs) to Kolkata. Arrive in the afternoon. Tour ends on arrival. Transport: Transfer from the boat to the Farakka train station early in the morning. Private Vehicle Local train (6.00 hour(s))