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From £6130pp
11 days & 10 nights
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Cruising the Lower Ganges

Cruise the sacred Ganges for seven nights aboard the luxury riverboat ABN Rajmahal. Discover remote towns, timeless villages and ancient temples on the water's edge, with ample leisure time for taking in the passing landscapes. Your visits to centuries-old mosques and colonial-era palaces reveal the storied history of West Bengal, once an independent sultanate. Enjoy nights on the river, staying in one of 22 elegant cabins.


DAY 1: Fly to Kolkata
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Fly to Kolkata


Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 2: Kolkata
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Arrive in Kolkata and transfer to the Oberoi Grand Hotel for one night. (N)

DAY 3: Serampore & Barrackpore
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Serampore & Barrackpore

Transfer to the 22-cabin ABN Rajmahal ship for a seven-night cruise. Sail past the old Danish colony of Serampore to the cantonment of Barrackpore, where a walk provides you with insight into India’s journey to independence. (B, L, D)

DAY 4: Chandannagar
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Visit an 18th-century church followed by the Dupliex Palace, former residence of the governor general of French India. Sailing upstream, you pass the old Dutch settlement of Chinsura before visiting Hooghly Imambara, a 19th-century Shia mosque and congregation hall. This evening, you continue your cruise towards Kalna. (B, L, D)

DAY 5: Mayapur
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Travel by rickshaw to visit a unique Shiva temple, whose concentric rings are formed by 108 smaller shrines. Visit a muslin weaving centre before continuing through the countryside to Mayapur. Here you visit the dominating, blue-domed ISKCON Mayapur Temple, among the largest temples ever built. (B, L, D)

DAY 6: Matiari & Plassey
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Matiari & Plassey

Visit the riverside village of Matiari to witness the traditional metalwork process local craftsmen use to produce brass pots. Continue to the Plassey battlefield, where the decisive defeat of the last independent Nawab of Bengal began nearly two centuries of British rule in India. (B, L, D)

DAY 7: Khushbagh & Katagola
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Khushbagh & Katagola

Visit Khushbagh, the tranquil Mughal-style garden encompassing the tomb of Siraj-ud-Daula, the last independent Nawab of Bengal. Further upstream, visit the Italianate Hazardurai Palace, then continue to Katra Mosque and Katagola Palace. (B, L, D)

DAY 8: Baranagar
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Walk through the serene fields of Baranagar to visit the miniature terracotta temples. You continue sailing up the lower Ganges – known as the Hooghly – as it transforms into a scenic waterway, then moor close to the Farakka Barrage. (B, L, D)

DAY 9: Gaur
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Disembark for a full day excursion by road to Gaur (Gauda), a historic city that was once the capital of the Bengal Sultanate. Here you can see the remains of mosques, palaces and gateways – glimpses of Gaur’s golden age. (B, L, D)

DAY 10: Kolkata
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After transferring to Farakka railway station, travel by train to Kolkata. Stay overnight at the Oberoi Grand. (N)

DAY 11: Fly to the UK
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Fly to the UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK (B)

Meal basis:
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Observe Indian life along the river banks in rural India
  • Wander through the fields of sleepy Barangar, an idyllic rural village
  • Witness the traditional process of brass-working in Matiari
  • Visit the headquarters of the Hari Krishna movement in Mayapur
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From £6,130 per person

What's included

  • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
  • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
  • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
  • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
  • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

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Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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