Combine India's most legendary sights with a luxury 7-night journey down the sacred Ganges river. Discover the captivating cities that make up the Golden Triangle - Delhi, Agra and Jaipur - before embarking on a journey to explore celebrated remote towns, timeless villages and ancient temples on the water's edge.
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Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the Eros Hotel for 2 nights. Remainder of the day at leisure. (N)
Explore the myriad charms of Old and New Delhi on a full-day guided tour. Shah Jahan founded the city in 1648 and the famous Red Fort in the heart of Old Delhi
was once the most opulent fort of the Mughal empire. Your tour includes a drive past the Red Fort, a visit to Jama Masjid, a walk through the bustling market of Chandni Chowk, a visit to the moving memorial to Mahatma Gandhi as well as a drive past the imposing India Gates and the president’s residence. Finish the day with a visit to Qutb Minar, an architectural masterpiece, and the tomb of Emperor Humayun. (B)
Drive to Agra and check into the Courtyard by Marriott for an overnight stay. In the afternoon, visit the world-renowned Taj Mahal before proceeding to the impressive Agra Fort. Finish the day with a visit to Kohinoor to see the display of Mughal-era jewellery and visit a workshop to witness a marble inlay demonstration. (B)
After breakfast, drive to the pink city of Jaipur. En route, stop in the deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri and at the stepwell in the ancient town of Abhaneri. Spend 2 nights at the Trident hotel. (B)
This morning, stop for photos at the Palace of Winds, which has a spectacular facade, before a tour of the fabulous Amber Fort. Located at the top of a hill, Amber Fort offers a magnificent view of the old town below. Continue to the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing to learn about this ancient craft. In the afternoon, take a tour of the royal city of Jaipur. Highlights include a visit to the City Palace Museum, which has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and Mughal and Rajput armoury, the Jantar Mantar observatory and the colourful bazaars. (B)
Transfer to the airport and embark on the Ganges Voyager for the 7-night journey. Lunch will be served on board. In the afternoon, visit Mother Teresa’s house and tomb. Mother Teresa started the Missionary of Charity in 1952, and lived and worked here until her death in 1997. Learn about her life story at the permanent exhibition, which includes a visit to her personal room and a visit to her orphanage, Shishu Bhavan, where one of the sisters will take you on a guided tour. (B, L, D)
Embark on an early morning city tour of Kolkata (Calcutta) including visits to the Writer's Building, General Post Office, High Court, St John’s Church and the Victoria Memorial Museum, which houses the largest collection of British colonial historical artefacts in India. After lunch, journey upstream and go on an afternoon excursion in Bandel. Visit the Hooghly Imambara, a Shia pilgrimage site built in 1841 by Haji Mohammad Mahasin. (B, L, D)
This morning, enjoy a rickshaw ride through the city centre of Kalna en route to the enchanting Rajbari complex, which is home to the highest concentration of temples in the region. Other temples at Rajbari include Lalji, the oldest in the complex (1739), and Krishnachandra (1751). (B, L, D)
Go ashore to visit the bazaar in Matiari, known for manufacturing beautiful handcrafted brass items, created using traditional methods that have been passed down for centuries. Continue the journey upstream and sail past the battlefield of Plassey, where Robert Clive of the British East India Company defeated the Mughal Nawabs in 1757. The rulers of Bengal and their French allies established the company rule in India, which spread through much of south Asia for the next 190 years. (B, L, D)
This morning, visit the charming village of Khushbagh, passing through scenic fields to arrive at the well-preserved mosque complex built by Nawab Ali-Wardi-Khan, housing his family's private mosque. Later, visit the rural village of Baranagar, home to several temples dating from the 18th century (1714 – 1793) and the Hazarduari Palace. In the evening, return to the ship for dinner and enjoy a local cultural performance on board. (B, L, D)
After a restful morning observing local life along the riverbanks, stop in the village of Mayapur, known as the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486) who is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna. Experience the fascinating culture of Krishna followers and learn about the 700,000 square foot temple that has been recently constructed in the complex. (B, L, D)
Begin the day in Chandernagore, established as a French colony in 1673. The French obtained permission from Ibrahim Khan, the then Nawab of Bengal, to establish a trading post on the river banks of this city, which became a permanent French settlement in 1688. Explore the French colonial buildings along the promenade, including the former French governor's residence, now converted into a museum that features an exhibition of items that depict life during this period. Later, visit the Sacred Heart Church of Chandernagore before returning to the ship and continuing the journey downstream to Kolkata.
(B, L, D)
Following breakfast, disembark the vessel and transfer back to the Oberoi Grand. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted throughout by a local tour manager from arrival in Delhi.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Located within a short driving distance from the Taj Mahal, the Courtyard Marriot Agra offers and spacious rooms and suites decorated with modern touches. The expansive lawns and the outdoor swimming pool provide the perfect setting to relax in and the hotel has four different dining options, featuring both Indian and international cuisine.
Features: 194 rooms, Wi-Fi, outdoor swimming pool, gym, 4 restaurants and a bar.
Room amenities: Air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, safe, tea & coffee making facilities, minibar and en suite...
In the heart of south Delhi's prosperous business district, the Eros Hotel managed by Hilton (InterContinental Eros) offers magnificent views of the Lotus Temple and has 224 guestrooms. Facilities include 24-hour room service, 24-hour broadband connectivity, and a 24-hour business centre to name just a few. There are five dining options and, when it comes to recreation, there is an outdoor pool and a nine-hole putting...
The Oberoi Grand is located in the heart of the city, near the main monuments and shopping district. It is 22 km from the international airport, which takes approximately 45 minutes by road.
The hotel has been a feature of Kolkata (Calcutta) for over 125 years and it combines classic Victorian architecture with modern facilities. It has 6 categories of rooms and suites. Deluxe rooms offer a panoramic view of the city and some luxury rooms have a private balcony overlooking the central courtyard. Premier rooms feature four-poster beds and private balconies and classic suites overlook the pool and garden. Set amid the palm-fringed courtyard and pool are the deluxe suites and the 3 luxury suites, each measuring 84 sqm, feature four balconies overlooking the hotel grounds. All rooms have a satellite television, DVD player, Internet access, safe, telephone and mini bar.
The hotel ha...
With all the comforts of a five-star hotel, the Ganges Voyager is a luxury vessel travelling along the sacred Ganges river to the many cultural sights and towns along its banks. The 28 well-appointed suites include five cabin categories. All are elegantly designed while the spacious signature suites have a comfortable seating area and a French balcony. Dining on board is a fine experience with cuisine inspired by local and western flavours. The inviting Governor's Lounge and the Observation Deck are perfect places to unwind after a day's exploring and to converse with other travellers. Further relaxation is provided in the onboard spa and fitness...
The Trident is located at the base of Amber Fort, 15 minutes drive from the heart of Jaipur. It is a modern hotel, carefully designed to reflect the style and atmosphere of Jaipur and all rooms have modern facilities with views of either Lake Mansagar or the Aravalli hills. The restaurant offers both Asian and European cuisine which can be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the...
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LWG2017: 13 Nights
The earliest reference to Agra can be found in
the epic Mahabharata. It was in the...
Kolkata (Calcutta) was the capital of British India until 1911 and the character of this...
The Indian capital, is steeped in a glorious, but turbulent, history. In the pulsating old city...
Jaipur, which means ‘the city of victory’, was
founded in 1727. Popularly known as the...