Itinerary

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Take a peaceful river cruise and enjoy bustling authentic village life along the banks of the Ganges. It is a wonderful relief from the big cities as it offers a safe and peaceful way to experience village life and see temples in India. Let yourself be mesmerized by the bustling life on both shores whether you relax on your French balcony or spend time on the observation deck with new found friends. The Indians are very friendly – hundreds (if not thousands) of them stand on the shores and wave to you. And during excursions, you will be immersed in local customs and cultures. You will experience village life up-close and personal whether you walk through villages or use ponies, rickshaws, golf-carts as transportation.

Pre and Post Cruise Tours

You can combine a Ganges river cruise with these pre and post tours:

  • Golden Triangle 6 Nights / 7 Days
  • God’s Own Country Kerala 7 Nights / 8 Days
  • Queen of Himalayas.- 5 Nights / 6 Days

Charters

Specify the number of nights you would like to charter the ship. We will then provide a full itinerary with quotes. Below is a recommended charter program, but we can adjust itineraries according to your needs.

Recommended 8-day/7-night roundtrip Kolkata charter itinerary for 2018-2019

Day 1: Kolkata (embark, onboard/excursions, overnight on ship)

Day 2: Kolkata (excursions, ship sails)

Day 3: Kalna & Mayapur

Day 4: Matiari

Day 5: Azimganj / Baranagore

Day 6: Murshidabad

Day 7: Shantipur, Chandannagore and Kolkata arrival in evening (overnight on ship)

Day 8: Kolkata (disembark and transfer)

For shorter and longer scheduled cruises in 2017-2018, click here to view sailing dates and rates

Day  1: Kolkata (embark Paramhamsa at the Millennium Park, stay onboard or take tours, overnight on ship)

Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) – the City of Joy, is a vibrant colorful city. It has beautiful architectural and cultural remnants of its colonial past as it was a trading post for the East India Company. The British Raj’s landmarks include the government buildings around B.B.D. Bagh Square, and the iconic Victoria Memorial, dedicated to Britain’s queen. Another main attraction is the vibrant Kali temple and its colorful bazaars. Kolkata is arguably the most cultural and interesting metropolis in India.


Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata

Day  2: Kolkata (tours, lunch on board ship, set sail)

Take an early morning walk through the colorful flower market. It is a photographer’s paradise, and from here you also have a perfect spot to view the nearby Howrah Bridge. Furthermore, you can watch the wrestlers practice their art starting very early in the morning on a small sandy area near the river. Another point of interest is the potter colony at Kumartuli. Here you can see artists mold intricate images of various gods for various PUJAs (festivals). The artisans practice Hindu philosophy and design sculptures for worshiping.

There will also be time to tour colonial landmarks by coach and short walks. In the afternoon, visit Mother Theresa’s home, the Kali temple, the Indian museum and the Victoria memorial.

Mother Theresa’s home

Visit the humble room, the home of Saint Late Mother Theresa. For 44 years, she served millions of orphans. The Missionary of Charity was established in 1950 and has over 3500 sisters all over the world.

The Kali temple
The temple in its present form is about 200 years old. However, the temple was originally from Chandragupta II days. At that time, Bengal was a part of Vanga. The Archer type of coins, which became the most popular type of coinage used by the Gupta rulers after Kumaragupta I, have been found in Kalighat. This is the main evidence of the antiquity of the place. Kalighat is regarded as one of the 51 Shakti Peetas of India. Various parts of Sati’s body are said to have fallen, in the course of Shiva’s Rudra Tandava. Kalighat represents the site where the toes of the right foot of Dakshayani or Sati fell.

The Indian museum
This 200 years old museum, is the largest and oldest museum in India and has rare collections of antiques, armor and ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies, and Mughal paintings. It was founded in 1814 by the Asiatic Society of Bengal in Kolkata.

The Victoria Memorial
There will be a “photo stop” at the Victoria memorial, which was built by Lord Curzon in memory of Queen Victoria. The memorial with its museum and gardens depicts the British Raj colonial history in India.

Set sail. You sail from Kolkata along the sacred Ganges. The river Ganges also known as Hugli, gently meanders her way from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal. During our river cruise, we will trace the history and heritage along her banks which are filled with smiling and waving villagers. Relax on the top decks with a cold brew and soak in the sun while experiencing village life on both shores.

In the evening, there will be welcome drink and a short description of what you are about to experience on the cruise along the river Ganges. You will also learn about the history and heritage of the River Ganges. An introduction-course to the science of Yoga will be offered.

After dinner, enjoy a classical dance.

Day 3: Kalna and Mayapur

Kalna – The Maharajas of Bardhaman built several magnificent temples with intricate terracotta ornamentation’s. The main attraction is perhaps 108 Shiv Mandir temples from 1809 in traditional AAT chala architecture. The Raj bari housing most of the temples.

Mayapur is the Headquarters of ISKCON, preaching the power of prayer to attain salvation. The Hare Krishna cult believes that by cultivating true spiritual science, we can be free from anxiety and attain a state of pure, unending, blissful consciousness in our lifetime. On average, 2000 people visit the temple town. The Mayapur ISKCON complex houses apart from the temple, 2500 guest rooms, a vedic school for the children of the worshipers and a cowshed!

Day 4: Matiari

Matiari is an artisans village of Kansari. Kansha (Bell metal wares) was a poor man’s substitute to the rich silverware used in Bengali homes for prayers, table wares and cooking. The traditional Kansari artisans make handcrafts and artifacts from scrap-metals. Walk through the village and watch the craftsmen at work follow the age old tradition.

After dinner on board, dance to the vibrant music of Baul songs. The Bauls are a syncretic religious sect with a musical tradition. The Bauls are a very heterogeneous group, with many sects, but their membership mainly consists of  Hindus and Sufi Muslims. They can often be identified by their distinctive clothes and musical instruments.

Day 5: Azimganj / Baranagore

Baranagore was in the mid 17th century a small trading post. It was built by Rani Bhavani. The Baranagore temples spread over one and half kilometers, represent the Hindu Zamindari. The main temple is the Char Bangla temple, which is a fine example of Bengal’s unique terracotta art.

After dinner, enjoy a mix of Bollywood and western music. In the evening, you will learn about Indian dressing styles.

Day 6: Murshidabad

Murshidabad is an the old town with the earliest evidences of history from 1500 B.C. The Nawab Murshid Quli Khan made Murshidabad the capital city of Sube Bangla, comprising of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. The East India Company reigned from here for many years after the Battle of Plassey. Visit the magnificent palace of Thousand doors and take a ride on horse cart (Phaetons) exploring the historic town.

After dinner, enjoy gentle Sitar music. The sitar is a plucked stringed instrument used mainly in Hindustani music and Indian classical music.

Day 7: Shantipur, Chandannagore and Kolkata arrival in evening (overnight on ship)

Shantipur – This village is known for its expert weavers using hand-looms to produce fine Bengal cotton products. The weavers blend traditional art with modern styles to produce a variety of textiles, including saris, stoles, fabrics etc.

Chandannagore –  Chandannagore was a French colony from 1673 to 1952, except for a short period from 1757 to 1794 when it was under British rule. The town built along the shores of Ganges, has a distinctive French architecture. Take a stroll to explore the town.

In the early evening, you arrive Kolkata. Barbecue night with light music. Farewell party. Overnight on ship.

Day 8: Kolkata (disembark and transfer)

A light breakfast is available before disembarkation. We will arrange transfer to airport, hotel or any post cruise tours you may have arranged.