This tour features the highlights of Kolkata and a short river cruise which has been specially designed to give you a taste of Bengal's rich heritage.
The cruise includes a visit to the imposing Imambara that overlooks the river, the new ISKCON temple of Mayapur, a vast complex of worship that receives over a million Krishna devotees annually, the intricately carved terracotta Hindu temples of Kalna, and Chandernagore, a charming riverside town that was a French territory until 1950.
This tour features the highlights of Kolkata and a short river cruise which has been specially designed to give you a taste of Bengal's rich heritage. The cruise includes a visit to the imposing Imambara that overlooks the river, the new ISKCON temple of Mayapur, a vast complex of worship that receives over a million Krishna devotees annually, the intricately carved terracotta Hindu temples of Kalna, and Chandernagore, a charming riverside town that was a French territory until 1950.
The itinerary below indicates the upstream direction. The downstream itinerary goes in reverse and may be slightly different. While every effort will be made to maintain this itinerary, fluctuating river conditions and navigational or unforeseen issues may require the schedule and itinerary to change without notice.
Upon arrival at Kolkata International Airport, you will be welcomed by your Authentic India Tours representatives who will transfer you to your hotel for a 2 night stay.
The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the wonderful facilities of your luxury hotel or explore the local area. Just a short walk away is the new Kolkata market.
Today is an opportunity to discover this charming metropolis with a full days sightseeing tour. It’s an early start to visit the colourful flower market, followed by a boat ride on the Hooghly River.
The afternoon’s sightseeing includes the Victoria Memorial, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Indian Museum, one the largest museums in India.
This morning, you will be collected from your hotel to embark the ship by 11 am. Sail upstream past the old Dutch settlement of Chinsura before landing to visit the imposing Imambara at Hooghly. With verses from the Koran written on its walls, the Imambara is an opportunity to step back in time and relive a slice of Islamic history in Bengal. After the visit, reboard your cruise and start sailing, leaving urban sprawl behind.
After breakfast, you can disembark at the country town of Kalna for a rickshaw ride. Your tour of Kalna includes exploring some of Bengal’s most attractive terracotta temples, the unique Shiva temple with concentric rings made up of 108 shrinelets and a visit to a muslin-weaving centre.
Later the tour continues through the countryside to Mayapur to visit the vast new ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) temple which dominates the skyline. As the headquarters of ISKCON or the Hare Krishna movement, the temple receives over a million singing and dancing devotees a year from around the world.
Back on board the your ship journeys through the night to a mooring near Matiari.
This morning, the cruise sails downstream to visit a saree-weaving village where you will have a chance to buy some souveniers.
Later there is a visit to Chandernagore and the chance to see the 18th century church and Dupleix’s House, now home to a collection of rare French antiques.
After breakfast it's time to leave your cruise.
You will be transferred to your luxury hotel in Kolkata. The rest of the day is free to explore the city, pick up some souveniers or enjoy some tempting local delicacies.
In plenty of time you will be taken to Kolkata Airport to board your return flight.
Alternatively if you have time you could extend your holiday with a beach extension, a tour of South India or a trip to the Himalayas.
The 5-star Oberoi Grand is fondly referred to as the 'Grand Dame of Chowringhee' and has been an icon on Kolkata's landscape for more than a century. The hotel combines traditional features with modern amenities and has lovely open spaces for guests to enjoy fresh air and sunsets.
The international cuisine and specialist Thai dishes will tingle your tastebuds, and there is a multitude of delicious beverages to choose from in the bar. The Oberoi spa with its antique lamps and teak floors awaits you for an indulgent treatment.
ABN Sukapha is a boutique cruise ship offering comfortable and contemporary accommodation while celebrating Assam and Bengal's rich regional heritage. The décor is fresh and stylish, featuring handlooms, bamboo panelling, and locally made cane and rattan furniture.
With only 12 cabins, all of which are located on the upper deck of the ship, it is ideal for those who prefer smaller group travel. All cabins have private bathrooms, French balconies, individual climate control and plenty of storage space.
Kolkata is a thriving city famous for its culture, cuisine and historical monuments. Often referred to as the City of Joy, it is also known for its unique ‘adda’, a freestyle exchange of socio-political ideas and intellectual debate that is enthusiastically engaged in, in public spaces over a cup of steaming chai.
The charming metropolis is bursting with sights to see, including the colourful flower market, the stunning Victoria Memorial, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Indian Museum – one of the largest museums in India.
The country town of Kalna is a treasure trove of history and culture located on the western bank of the meandering Hooghly River in West Bengal.
This fascinating city is home to some of Bengal’s most attractive terracotta temples, including the beautiful and unique Shiva temple with its infinity rings made up of 108 black and white shrines. Kalna is also known for its beautiful muslin weaving and lively festivals.
Magical Mayapur is located around 125 km from Kolkata at the meeting point of the Ganga and Jalangi rivers and this spiritual destination is bursting with artistic heritage, rich customs and traditions.
As the headquarters of the Hre Krishna movement ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness), over a million singing and dancing devotees from around the world head to Mayapur every year to visit the vast new ISKCON temple which dominates the skyline.
The French colony until 1950, you’ll find charming Chandernagore around 44km north of Kolkata. There are many gorgeous examples of French architecture to see here, including the imposing former governor’s mansion the Institut de Chandernagore and a mini Arc de Triomphe.
The peaceful Catholic Sacred Heart Church (l'Eglise du Sacré Cœur) is a tranquil sanctuary with beautiful stained glass windows and brightly coloured reliefs.
The Price guide for this 7 Day Bengal Memories Lower Ganges Cruise is £1300 per person.
The prices do not include flights.
Authentic India Tours is a member of ABTA and ATOL. All the holidays on this website are ABTA protected. If you would like us to arrange your holiday including flights we will be happy to provide a quote and your holiday will also be ATOL protected.
This is a private tour with river cruise. The tour element of the holiday can be tailor-made to meet your exact requirements. Prices will vary depending on the number of people, length of tour, accommodation & season. Reductions are normally available for groups of three or more.
River cruises operate from August to April.
Please get in touch with your dates and we will be pleased to provide you with your personal itinerary and accurate quote.
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The prices given above are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room. All prices were valid at the time of publication but they may be subject to change, based on your date of travel and local market fluctuations. You will be informed of any price differences prior to booking.
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