The Ganges, India's most sacred river, is a symbol of India's ancient culture and civilisation. The Ganges is considered to be pure, divine and a symbol of life, attracting hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus. The City of Light is an incredible 7-night cruise between Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world, and Patna, an ancient centre of learning and trade. The journey, usually only possible when the water levels are high, includes visits to quaint, rural villages and historic towns.
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Fly from London to Delhi, with British Airways. (N)
Morning arrival and transfer to The Claridges for a 2-night stay. Afternoon at leisure. (N)
Full day tour of Old and New Delhi. (B)
Morning flight to Varanasi. You will be collected on arrival and transferred to the boat. The next 7 nights will be spent on RV Rajmahal. (B, D)
This morning cruise upstream to visit the Moghul fort at Chunar. Later, cruise downstream to Ramnagar to visit the Maharaja's Palace and the museum. After lunch, continue cruising downstream past the bathing ghats and join the evening Ganga Aarti ceremony. (B, L, D)
Take an early morning boat ride along the Ganges and see the famous bathing 'ghats', the stone steps that lead down to the river where the gathered faithful ritually cleanse themselves. Later, drive to Sarnath, the site of Buddha's first sermon. This afternoon, cruise downstream. (B, L, D)
This morning, disembark at Zamania and drive to the town of Sasaram to see the 16th-century tomb of Emperor Sher Shah Suri, regarded as one of the noblest specimens of Afghan architecture in India. (B, L, D)
This morning, visit the mysterious ancient monolithic column topped with lions. Later this morning, cruise on to Ghazipur, still a centre for (official) opium production. Visit the imposing tomb of Lord Cornwallis, the general defeated by George Washington in 1781, and arguably responsible for the loss of the American colonies. (B, L, D)
Cruise downstream to the country town of Buxar, famous for the battle fought here in 1764. Buxar, together with Plassey, laid the foundations of the British raj. Drive out to the battlefield, and then take cycle rickshaws to visit the old East India Company cemetery and the museum. (B, L, D)
Cruise past the busy river port of Doriganj and the confluence with the Sone river to a ghat from which you will visit the spectacular small Moghul tomb at Maner and explore the village on foot. (B, L, D)
During breakfast, cruise downstream to Patna, where you disembark and visit the extraordinary 18th-century Gola Ghar granary. Overnight at Hotel Maurya (or similar). (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi. Overnight at Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Dwarka (or similar). (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London with British Airways. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
The river cruise itinerary is subject to river conditions.
The Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Dwarka, located approximately 20 minutes' drive from the Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi, offers 209 modern rooms and suites. Each room is equipped with all essential modern conveniences and overlook suburban Delhi. There are two restaurants, a coffee lounge and a trendy bar. Leisure facilities include a rooftop swimming pool and fitness...
RV Rajmahal, launched in early 2014, is a new, intimate boat, specially designed to sail in shallow waters. The boat features 22 elegantly furnished cabins with full length French balconies, which are spread over two decks, the upper deck and the main deck. On board facilities include a dining room with a bar, a small spa, a library and a sundeck with sun...
The Claridges Hotel is centrally located in New Delhi close to historical landmarks, shopping centres and the business centre of the city. The property dates from the 1950s and offers guests an old world ambience that has been sensitively redefined with new age grandeur and hospitality. Accommodation is in 162 en suite and recently renovated air-conditioned rooms. Hotel facilities include a choice of dining outlets, a bar, swimming pool, health club and tennis...
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COY2016: 11 Nights
Set on the riverbanks of the sacred
Ganges, Varanasi is one of the oldest cities