Lower Ganges River Cruise

Lower Ganges cruises are all about visits to villages, towns, temples and monuments in a little-known but fascinating and culturally rich part of India, on foot, by cycle rickshaw or minibus.‚Äč

These cruises, upstream or dowstream with return journey by rail, take you along the intimate lower Ganges sidestream, the River Hooghly, which flows from Farakka on the main river down to Kolkata. As well as sightseeing of Kolkata itself and the European colonies just outside, the cruise takes in Murshidabad, capital of the Nawabs of Bengal, the battlefield of Plassey close by, and the many monuments of the medieval Islamic capital of Gaur. A highlight are several delightful and little known Bengali Terracotta temples. Cruises can be combined with Ganges cruises on most dates.





Day 1: Serampore – Barrackpore (L/D)

Embark your ship by Midday and sail past Serampore and Barakpore. Enjoy a walking tour of Barakpure.

Day 2: Chandernagore – Kalna (B/L/D)

Today explore the French settlements of Chandernagore and Dutch settlements of Chinsura before landing to visit the imposing Imambara at Hooghly.

Day 03: Kalna – Mayapur – Matiari (B/L/D)

Enjoy country side rickshaw ride in Kalna & Mayapur to see the terracotta temples, and the village life.

Day 04: Matiari – Murshidabad (B/L/D)

This morning visit the brass-working village of Matiari, a charming riverside village.  Witness the primitive method of brass pot making and interact with the locals.  Afternoon visit the battle field of Plassey.

Day 05: Murshidabad – Baranagar (B/L/D)

Today, visit the Mughal style Gardens and tomb of Siraj-ud-Daulah – last independent Nawab of Bengal. Continue cruising upstream and visit the various palaces of rulers and the rich local merchants before reaching Baranagar.

Day 06: Baranagar – Farakka (B/L/D)

Morning walk through the fields of Baranagar to visit the three gorgeous miniature terracotta temples and feel the essence of rural India. Cruise upstream to Farakka and see the mustard and mango orchards on the banks.

Day 07: Farakka – Malda – Farakka (B/L/D)

Today morning disembark and go on a full day excursion by road to the town of Malda. This quiet, deserted place was once one of India’s great cities, first under the Hindus in 12th century, then as the Muslim capital of Eastern India from the 14th to the 16th century. There are plentiful remains of mosques, palaces and gateways and you visit a number of the
most interesting before rejoining the ship in the evening.

Day 8: Farakka – Kolkata (B)

This morning disembark the ship and transfer to Farakka station at dawn for a 4 hr (approx.) train journey to Kolkata and assisted transfer to Kolkata airport or the Hotel in Kolkata.

Please note: Prices quoted are valid from 01 October 2018 - 30 September 2019. Cost above is indicative, based on Low Season in NZ Dollars and subject to change due to fluctuation in exchange rates

Excluded: International and domestic flights, Visa, insurance, airport taxes, meals not included above, beverages during meals included in program, gratuities and any expense of personal nature.

Travel Dates:
Specific travel dates apply

*per person share twin

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  • Accommodation for 7 nights with meals as mentioned
  • Transfers
  • Sightseeing as indicated
  • Local guides and entrances
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