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Combine a voyage on the sacred Ganges with the mighty Brahmaputra on a 17 night river adventure. Wind through the lush countryside of West Bengal towards the scenic Assam Valley.
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Arrive and transfer to the Oberoi Grand for an overnight stay. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the facilities at the hotel or explore the city independently. (N)
Embark onto the RV Indochina Pandaw to begin your 15-night cruise. Sail past the old Danish colony of Serampore to Barrackpore. Walk through the cantonment, past the Semaphore Tower, the government house, the temple of fame and Flagstaff House. (B, L, D)
After embarking, sail towards Chandernagore, which was occupied by the French until 1950. Visit the 18th-century church and Dupleix's House, the erstwhile Governor-General of French India. Sail upstream past the old Dutch settlement of Chinsura before landing to visit the imposing Imambara at Hooghli with verses from the Koran written on its walls. (B, L, D)
Land at the country town of Kalna and take cycle rickshaws to see a group of some of Bengal's most attractive terracotta temples, as well as the unique Shiva temple with concentric rings made up of 108 lesser shrines. Continue through the countryside to Mayapur to visit the vast new ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) temple that dominates the skyline. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to the charming riverside brass-working village of Matiari. Interact with the locals of Matiari and witness the full process of beating out brass water pots and other vessels. Later, cruise on and visit the battlefield of Plassey where, in 1757, Robert Clive, the Commander-in-Chief of British India, defeated Siraj-ud-Daulah, the last independent Nawab of Bengal. (B, L, D)
This morning, walk to the Khushbagh, a peaceful Mughal-style garden that encloses the tombs of Siraj-ud-Daulah - the last independent Nawab of Bengal - and his family. Continue a little way upstream to where the great Hazarduari Palace dominates the waterfront. Continue to visit the great Katra mosque and Nashipara and Katgola palaces. (B, L, D)
Cross from the Ganges to the Lower Ganges, or Hooghly river, passing through the lock and canal at Farakka, constructed 1963-75. Before passing into the lock, the great Farakka barrage will be visible just downstream. The barge This section of the river is rich in birdlife. Overnight on the riverbank across form town. (B, L, D)
Take a full-day excursion to Gaur, near the town of Malda. Once one of India's great cities, Gaur is now practically deserted, although remains of mosques, palaces and gateways can still be explored. (B, L, D)
Travel approximately 4 hours by train to Kolkata and transfer to the Oberoi Grand Kolkata. Rest of the day at leisure. (B, L, D)
Transfer to the airport for a domestic flight to Jorhat, followed by a transfer to the vessel to continue your journey. (B, L, D)
Arrive at Sibsagar, the ancient city of the Ahom Kings. Explore riverbank temples before heading to Majuli to enjoy a masked dance at Samagudi Satra. (B, L, D)
Sail to Kamalabari before driving to the Auniati Satra. Visit the prayer hall, the monks' quarters and learn about the art of fan making. End the visit with a traditional drum dance. Later, visit a local village on the world's largest river island which is home to the 'Mishing' community. Here, observe a demonstration on the production of dhoti and chaddor, traditional characterful attires that are worn by both men and women. (B, L, D)
Cruise in the morning and arrive at Bishwanath. After lunch, disembark to visit the charming village and observe silk and cotton weaving. (B, L, D)
Spend the day in the idyllic countryside exploring villages and tea estates, which produce the eminent Assam tea. Stop at the renowned Unesco-accredited Kaziranga National Park for a 4x4 safari. The park harbours the world's largest population of Indian rhinoceros as well as Indian elephants, tigers, leopards and an array of wonderful birdlife. (B, L, D)
Morning dawn safari in the park before continuing by 4x4 to the Kohora gate. This afternoon, sail towards Guwahati. (B, L, D)
This morning, sail to Guwahati via Pandu. Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport foro your flight back to Kolkata. Overnight at the Oberoi Grand.
Transfer to the airport and fly home. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is led in each destination en route by a local tour guide. All excursions from the cruise are on a group basis and led by the cruise tour guide.
This cruise can also be done in reverse from Varanasi to Kolkata. In addition to this cruise, Pandaw Cruises also operates a number of cruise itineraries in India.
This tour is based in 4-star accommodation.
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