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India - India River Cruise – Ganges Experience - 9 Day Discounted Tour

India - India River Cruise – Ganges Experience - 9 Day Discounted Tour

Kolkata, India

From: R 15,149.00
  • Prices

    From: R 15,149.00
  • Trip Reference

  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    9 Days
  • Valid From

    11th of July 2018 (Wednesday)
  • Valid To

    20th of July 2018 (Friday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: Yes
    British: Yes
    European Union: Yes
    American: Yes
Quick Holiday Overview

Be the first to book this set departure for 12 July 2018 discounted Indian Ganges River Cruise for only R15149 that was R25 249, so you save R10 100 if you book before 30 May 2018!

Important to remember:  This tour start from Culcatta  (Mumbai - India) on 12 July 2018 and return to Calcutta (Mumbai - India) on 20 July 2018. LIMITED AVAILABILITY!

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.

  • Visit beautiful temples and local villages
  • Witness traditional brass-working
  • Wander through buzzing bazaars
  • Enjoy the pace of life on the river
About the Holiday

Day 1 Calcutta

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

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation: The HHI Kolkata (or similar)

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.

Train: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Meals included: Dinner

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.

Gaur Excursion

Ingrāj Bāzār

Enjoy a full day tour to Gaur, close to the town of Malda (English Bazar). Now a quiet place to visit, Gaur 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 plenty of mosques, palaces and gateways to explore, so take some time wander around with your camera.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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.

Varuna Riverboat

Jangipur – Baranagar

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Baranagar Excursion

Explore the sleepy village of Baranagar. Wander through the fields and explore the terracotta temples. Soak up the atmosphere of idyllic rural Indian life.

Varuna Riverboat

Baranagar – Murshidābād

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Murshidabad Excursion

Explore Murshidabad and see Nawab's Hazarduari Palace. Visit the Katra Mosque and two amazing buildings of the late 18th century, the Nashipara Palace and the Katgola Palace. Both were built in classical Georgian style by rich local merchants.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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.

Khushbagh Excursion


Travel by cycle rickshaw to visit the Khushbagh, a peaceful garden enclosing the tombs of Siraj-ud-Daulah and his family.

Varuna Riverboat

Murshidābād – Palāshi

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Battlefield of Plassey Visit


Visit the battlefield of Plassey, where Clive’s defeat of Siraj-ud-Daulah in 1757 changed the course of Indian history. Opt to walk through the fields to the commemorative obelisk.

Varuna Riverboat

Palāshi – Matiari

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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.

Matiari Excursion

Visit the charming brassworking village of Matiari. Watch a demonstration of the traditional process of beating out brass water pots and other vessels.

Varuna Riverboat

Matiari – Māyāpur

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Mayapur Excursion

Head out to explore Mayapur, including a visit to the vast ISKCON temple – visited by over a million people annually. Take time to check out some of the smaller temples in the area as well.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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.

Varuna Riverboat

Māyāpur – Kālna

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Kalna Excursion

Take a rickshaw ride to explore the terracotta temples of Kālna. Visit the unique and beautiful 108 Shiva Temple Complex. With 108 temples arranged in two concentric circles, it is architecturally unique and fascinating to explore and photograph.

Varuna Riverboat

Kālna – Chunchura

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Chinsurah Excursion

Arrive in Chinsurah and visit the Dutch cemetery. Spend some time walking around the pathways that lead through the monuments. Later, board a cycle rickshaw ride and check out the imposing Imambara mosque with its magnificent clock tower and spectacular location right on the river.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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.

Varuna Riverboat

Chunchura – Chandannagar

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Chandannagar Excursion

Visit the beautiful 18th-century Sacred Heart Church with its historical French style architecture. Continue on to the Chandannagore Museum and Institute, one of the oldest museums in the area. With its beautiful collection of French antiques, cannons and 18th-century wooden furniture, it is well worth the time to explore.

Varuna Riverboat

Chandannagar – Bārākpur

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Barrackpore Excursion

Discover Barrackpore on foot. Take a walk past the Semaphore Tower, Government House, the Temple of Fame and Flagstaff House, its garden housing many of the British statues removed from central Kolkata.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

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.

Varuna Riverboat

Bārākpur – Calcutta

Hop aboard and float on to the next stop.

Departure Day (Activities)

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with any onward travel arrangements you require.

Meals included:Breakfast

Important Notes

While it is our intention to follow the itinerary as advertised, some modifications to the itinerary are occasionally needed if water levels become very low. If changes need to be made, they may involve docking the boat just before a scheduled port and using overland transportation to reach the destination.


Please note that between Farakka and Kolkata we sail along a distributary arm of the Ganges locally known as the Hooghly River. This narrower arm, once a key transportation channel in Bengal, offers the opportunity to cruise close to riverbanks dotted with historic temples and colonial settlements while still travelling the sacred waters of the Ganges.


Depending on the lunar cycle, Ramadan will fall between May 15th and June 14th, 2018. Please note that Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world, during which time the followers of Islam should not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. Only about 20% of Indians are Muslim, but it is important to note that there may be some limitations to services and disruptions to schedules during Ramadan. Generally our tours still operate effectively during this period and food is available to non-muslims throughout the day. It is important to display increased cultural sensitivity during Ramadan in predominately Muslim areas of India. Please wear loose fitting clothes, that cover knees and shoulders, and try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public out of respect for those who can't at that time.

Includes & Excludes
  • Accommodation in 12 double cabins on board the riverboat which all have exterior view windows and private bathrooms. 
  • There is a spacious saloon with French windows opening onto a front balcony deck, dinning room with glass doors down each side. Large sun deck with cane rattan chairs and sun loungers. Single seating for buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Combination of Indian and Western cuisines.
  • Comfort hotel for 1 night
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 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.
  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Health and Travel Insurance (mandatory for this trip)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specified
  • Beverages
  • Gratuity of tip of $5-10 USD/day is recommended. You can leave this tip at the end of your riverboat leg. 
Package Conditions:

Please note that this discounted tour is for set departure from Calcutta on 12 July 2018.

The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.

Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located in eastern India on the east bank of the River Hooghly.

The discovery of the nearby Chandraketugarh, an archaeological site, provides evidence that the area has been inhabited for over two millennia. The city's documented history, however, begins with the arrival of the British East India Company in 1690. In 1702, the British completed the construction of old Fort William, which use to station its troops. Kolkata (then Calcutta) was declared a Presidency City, and later became the headquarters of the Bengal Presidency. The city was a centre of the British East India Company's opium trade during the 18th and 19th century; locally produced opium was sold at auction in Kolkata, to be shipped to China.

Kolkata has a tropical wet-and-dry climate. Summers are hot and humid with temperatures in the low 30's and during dry spells the maximum temperatures often exceed 40 C (104 F) during May and June. Winter tends to last for only about two and a half months, with seasonal lows dipping to 12 C 14 C (54 F 57 F) between December and January. Rains brought by the Bay of Bengal branch of South-West monsoon lash the city between June and September and supplies the city with most of its annual rainfall.

Key elements of Kolkata's cuisine include rice and macher jhol (fish curry), with rasagolla,sandesh and mishti doi (sweet yoghurt) as dessert. Street foods such as beguni (fried battered eggplant slices), kati roll (flatbread roll with vegetable or chicken, mutton, or egg stuffing), phuchka (deep fried crpe with tamarind and lentil sauce) and Chinese food from China Town in the eastern parts of the city are quite popular.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 15 May 2018.

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