Cruise the sacred Ganges river for 7 nights on the luxury Ganges Voyager. Discover remote towns, timeless villages and ancient temples on the water's edge, with time at leisure on board the ship to take in the passing landscapes. The all-suite Ganges Voyager exudes the elegance and style of the British colonial era while also providing all the comforts of a first-rate hotel. Suites are spacious, some with French balconies, and facilities include a spa and gym, a dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows, a sun deck and lounge.
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Arrive in Kolkata (Calcutta) and transfer to the Oberoi Grand for 1 night. (N)
Transfer to the Ganges Voyager II 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)
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)
Embark on an early morning city tour of Kolkata 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)
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-WardiKhan, 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 based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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GVR2018: 9 Nights
Kolkata (Calcutta) was the capital of British India until 1911 and the character of this...