India River Cruise – Ganges Experience
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Few travellers ever imagine getting to experience India from the waters of the famous Ganges River. Board our classic riverboat in Farakka and spend eight days sailing to picturesque local villages to explore stunning temples, historic battlegrounds, tranquil gardens, and the Hazarduari Palace. This scenic cruise will have you wanting to return to the glory of India sooner rather than later.

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: AHLFC/154250
  • Starts: Calcutta, India
  • Finishes: Calcutta, India
You will Visit
  • Calcutta
  • Farakka
  • Jangipur
  • Murshidābād
  • Matiari
  • Māyāpur
  • Chunchura
  • Bārākpur



Day 1: Calcutta

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.


Day 2: Calcutta/Farakka

Depart Kolkata and jump on the train to head to Farakka. During this 6 hour train journey, take the time to watch the scenery, or get to know the group. Upon arrival, embark the riverboat and settle in before dinner on board.


Day 3: Farakka/Jangipur

Enjoy a full day excursion by road to Gaur, near the town of Malda (English Bazaar). Visit a number of sights from the 12th-century Hindus and 14th-century Muslims. Rejoin the boat in the evening near Jangipur.


Day 4: Jangipur/Murshidābād

Sail down the Hooghly River en route to the small village of Baranagar. Walk through the fields to reach the terracotta temples and get a taste of rural Indian life. Continue to Murshidabad to visit the Nawab's great Hazarduari Palace. Visit the Katra Mosque before driving to two 18th-century buildings – the Nashipara Palace and the Katgola Palace.


Day 5: Murshidābād/Matiari

This morning, travel by cycle rickshaw to the Khushbagh, a peaceful Moghul-style garden. Continue on the river past Berhampur, to a rural mooring near the battlefield of Plassey and opt to walk to the commemorative obelisk. Cruise on to a mooring near Katwa for the night.


Day 6: Matiari/Māyāpur

Start the day with a visit to the brassworking village of Matiari to witness their ancient techniques. Later continue to Mayapur with a visit to the Hare Krishna temple. Enjoy a few of the older temples and see a giant banyan tree.


Day 7: Māyāpur/Chunchura

Explore the country town of Kalna. Take cycle rickshaws to see a group of some of Bengal's most attractive terracotta temples and visit a Shiva temple. Continue to Chinsurah, to visit the historic Dutch cemetery. After, take cyclos to the Imambara before reboarding the vessel.


Day 8: Chunchura/Bārākpur

Sail to Chandannagar, a former French possession, to explore. Continue to Barrackpore. Disembark for a walking tour around the main sights.


Day 9: Bārākpur/Calcutta

Cruise under the Howrah Bridge to central Kolkata to disembark. Transfer to central Kolkata or the airport. Tour ends on arrival.

    • Arrival transfer
    • Full day excursion to Gaur
    • Baranagar village and temple visits
    • Hazarduari Palace visit
    • Katra Mosque visit
    • Nashipara and Katgola palaces visit
    • Cycle rickshaw excursion to the Khushbagh
    • Battlefield of Plassey visit
    • Brassworking village of Matiari visit
    • Hare Krishna temple visit
    • Cycle rickshaw excursion to terracotta temples (Kalna)
    • Shiva temple visit
    • Imambara visit
    • Chandannagar visit
    • Barrackpore visit
    • All meals on board Varuna
    • All transport to/from included activities and between destinations
    • Aboard the Varuna riverboat (7 nts), comfort hotels (1 nt)
    • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
    • Riverboat Varuna, private vehicles, train, rickshaws, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local naturalist
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Tour Highlights:
  • Visit beautiful temples and local villages
  • Witness traditional brass-working
  • Wander through buzzing bazaars
  • Enjoy the pace of life on the river