8 Day Vivada Ganges Cruise
8 Day Vivada Ganges Cruise
Experience the lost charm of the Nawabs, visit the palace gardens of the Raj and marvel at Bengal Tigers during this stunning eight day cruise along the famous Ganges River; taking in Indian life as you sail along the water.
Tour highlights
  • Visit one of West Bengal’s oldest cities with a trip to Murshidabad
  • Admire the work of the Kansari Artisans
  • Take in a trip to the oldest Christian church in the area with a visit to Bandel
  • Cruise into the Sunderbans and seek out the famous Bengal Tiger
  • Shop for fresh fish for lunch in the harbour at Namkhana
  • See how locals live in Bali Village
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Day 1: Arrive Kolkata
Arrive in the city of Kolkata before transferring to the station to head by train to Kharaghat at the northern tip of the Ganges, where your cruise along the sacred Hindu river will get underway.
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Day 2: Murshidabad
Head to one of the oldest cities to be found in West Bengal where you can pay a visit to the impressive Hazarduari Palace, known as the Palace with a Thousand Doors. You’ll also visit the Katra Mosque, the Kathgola Gardens and the famous Adinath Temple, which is located in the gardens and is one of the most famous landmarks in the city.
  • (B,L,D)
Day 3: Katwa and Mayapur
Cruise along the river and head towards Katwa, stopping to paying a visit to the Kansari Artisans who are famous for their work with brass and metal. You’ll then continue to Mayapur to visit the temple that is the headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, with the complex being home to a temple and vedic school.
  • (B,L,D)
Day 4: Ganges Cruise
Continue along the water and admire the passing scenery before arriving in Kalna to pay a visit to the impressive terracotta temples. You’ll then cross over the river to see the weavers colony at Phulia and Shantipur, before continuing to the Portuguese settlement of Bandel to see the church that was built in the 1600s and is now one of the oldest Christian churches in West Bengal.
  • (B,L,D)
Day 5: Kolkata – Sundarbans
Continue along the river to Kolkata to visit Victoria Memorial, a huge marble building built to honour the memory of Queen Victoria which has now been turned into a museum. You’ll also visit Fort William and the Kalighat temple before continuing on your journey to the Sunderbans, an area of mangrove forest where you might – if you’re lucky – be able to catch a glimpse of the famed Bengal Tiger.
  • (B,L,D)
Day 6: Namkhana – Lothin Island – Bhagabatpur Island
Start the day with a visit to the fishing village of Namkhana where you will have the chance to purchase sea food in the harbour which can then be cooked for you in the kitchen. The afternoon is set aside for time exploring the local wildlife, with a visit to the Lothin Island to see the birdlife being followed by a trip to the crocodile sanctuary on Bhagabatpur Island.
  • (B,L,D)
Day 7: Netidhopani - Dobanke – Sudhanyakhali
Pay a visit to the Netidhopani Watch Tower and the ruins of a 400 year old temple before continuing to cruise through the creeks that are found in the dense mangrove forest to the Dobanke Deer Rehabilitation Centre and the wildlife watch tower at Sudhanyakhali.
  • (B,L,D)
Day 8: Bali Village – Kolkata
Experience farming, paddy husking, honey packing and fishing in Bali Village before boarding a small vessel to travel back to Kolkata for the end of your trip.
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  • Seven nights accommodation on single/twin occupancy on a full board basis
  • Meals as stated: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
  • Transfer from airport to Jetty by air conditioned car
  • Local english speaking guide during sightseeing at all places
  • Shore excursion / narrow creek ride
  • Forest Permission
  • Porterage at airport for two pieces of baggage per person
  • All current applicable taxes including Government Service Tax
  • This itinerary also operates in reverse
  • International flights in Tour Only prices
  • Visa fees
  • Spa facilities

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