Vikramshila to Kolkata – 10 NIGHTS / 11DAYS


Vikramshila to Kolkata – 10 NIGHTS / 11DAYS

Embarkartion – Bateshwarsthan Jetty
Disembarkartion – Vivada jetty, Millennium park ,Kolkata.

Day 1
Arrive at Kahalgaon station.

Transfer from Kahalgaun station to Bateswarsthan Jetty . On arrival, you will be greeted and assisted by our representative and transferred to the jetty.

Overnight on board. No visits on the first day.

Day 2
Bihar Saga -Heritage Tour

After early Breakfast disembark at Bateswarsthan to visit Vikramshila.

Vikramshila – It is built by Bengal King Dharmapala in 8th Century. The Monastery gradually gained importance and became a centre for Tantric Buddhism.

Day 3
Bihar Saga -Heritage Tour

We cruise slowly, the beautiful country side of Bihar and Jharkhand unfolds, we reach Rajmahal passing through Manihari. Finally we reach Farakka. Visit Gaur at Malda. Gaur also known as Lakhnauti, is a ruined city on the India-Bangladesh border, located 16 km from Malda town, has major historical significance, as it was the capital of Bengal for several centuries. Gaur gathered prominence during the Sena dynasty, with the name of the city, often attributed to the Sena king Lakshman Sena. Prior to the accession of the Sena dynasty, Gauda region was under the control of the Pala dynasty.

Visit Spot of Gaur:

Bara Darwaza
Baro Shona Masjid of Gour, its ruins can be found in Malda, very close to the India-Bangladesh border. A gigantic rectangular structure of brick and stone, this mosque is the largest monument in Gour. Though the name means Twelve Doors, this monument actually has eleven. The mosque is composed of eleven entrances, two buttresses, four corner towers and a spacious courtyard which is almost seventy meters in diameter. The building is faced in plain stone and the doors would originally have been framed by mosaics of glazed colored tiles in floral patterns. The roof was strewn with 44 hemispherical domes, of which 11 on the corridor still remain. These domes were originally gilded, and, hence, gave the mosque its name. From the interior, these domes are arcaded, half in brick and half in stone.

It is the largest building still standing in Gaur. This very ancient mosque is also known as Qutub Shahi Mosque. It was built in the honour of saint Nur Qutub-e-Alam, son of Saint Makhdoom Alaul Haque Pandvi, by Makhdum Shaikh, the descendant and fellow of the saint. The mosque was known as Sona Masjid due to its earlier gilded wall surface and crowns of the turrets. The eleven arched entrances of the east façade open into a long domed verandah formed by wide piers on the east and west sides. The verandah in turn, opens onto a prayer chamber composed of three aisles with eleven bays each.
Like the verandah, the prayer chambers, now in ruins was entirely covered with pen dentives. In the northwestern corner of the mosque. Traces remain on a large takht, the mosque is stoned faced

Dakhil Darwaza
The gateway or the Dakhil Darwaja was constructed in 1425 AD. The structure is made with red bricks and admired with terracotta work. This gate measuring 34.5 m wide and 21 m in height was once the main gate of a fort that no longer exists. The fort has four corners, which feature five-storey towers. In the south-eastern corner of the fort, there is a 20 m high wall encircling the remnants of an age-old palace.

Firoz Minar
Firoz Minar (Tower) is situated in the old ruined city of Gaur about 40 kms. from Malda. It is almost similar to the Kutb Minar in Delhi. It was probably built in 1486-1489 A.D. by Saifuddin Firoz Shah and Abyssinian who became the Sultan of the area during that period. The tower or Minar is built by using red bricks and terracotta work is visible in the entry door to the Minar. The height of the tower is about 26 mtrs. and has spiral staircase leading to the top. A beautiful garden is maintained in the surrounding area and one very old tree stands near to the Firoz Minar.

Kadam Rasut Mosque
Kadam Rasul Mosque is situated in Gour,Malda and is very near to Firoz Minar .It is a single domed structure made of bricks which still carry traces of the ornamented brick work. The four corners have towers built of black stone with the spires having intricate designs.It was built by Sultan Nasiruddun Nusrat Shah in 1530 A.D.The mosque contains the footprints of the Prophet Hazrat Muhammad on stone.

Gour
Gour, located 16 km from Malda town, has major historical significance, as it was the capital of Bengal for several centuries. Tourists can explore the remnants of the historical sites dotting the region. Gour has a number of monuments like Small Golden Mosque, Bara Darwaza, Dakhil Darwaza, Firoz Minar, Kadam Rasut Mosque, and the Tomb of Saint Makhdum Shaikh Ached Siraj.

Day 4
Bengal Heritage Tour

The Farakka Barrage – is the longest barrage in the world and has recently been entered into the Guinness Book of World Records. It has 101 gates and it is from here the water is shared between India and Bangladesh.

Day 5
Bengal Heritage Tour

Jiaganj and Azimganj is a twin town , the historic town, the earliest evidences of history perhaps as early as circa 1500 B.C. in the times of Nawab Murshid Quli Khan who 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 Spot of Jiaganj and Azimganj:

Jain temples
There are several historic Jain temples in the city including Sri Neminath Swami, Chintamani Parasnath, Shantinath, Gaudi Parshwanath, Padmaprabhu, and Sanwalia Parasnath (Rambagh) temples and a dadabadi at Rambagh.
Jiaganj 1. Shree Shambhabnath Ji, 2. Shree Adinath Ji, 3. Shree Bimalnath Ji, 4. Shree Adinath Ji, Kathgola temple, 5. Dadabari at Kiratbagh, 6. Basupujya Parswanath Swami Jinalaya at Kiratbagh, Mahavir Swami Digambar Jain Mandir

Day 6
Bengal Heritage Tour

Murshidabad, the historic town, the earliest evidences of history perhaps as early as circa 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 Spot of Murshidabad:

The Hazarduari Palace
The Hazarduari Palace, or the palace with a thousand doors is the chief tourist attraction of Murshidabad. This three-storey palace was built in 1837 by Duncan McLeod for the Nawab Najim Humaun Jah, descendent of Mir Zafar. It has thousand doors (among which only 100 are real) and 114 rooms and 8 galleries, built in European architectural style. The total area of Hazarduari Palace is 41 acres (170,000 m2). It is now a museum and has a collection of armoury, splendid paintings, exhaustive portraits of the Nawabs, various works of art including beautiful works of ivory (Murshidabad school) of China (European) and many other valuables.

The Nizamat Imambara
The Nizamat Imambara is a Shia Muslim congregation hall in Murshidabad, India. The present Nizamat Imambara was built in 1847 AD by Nawab Nazim Mansur Ali Khan. It was built after the old Imambara built by Nawab Siraj ud-Daulah was destroyed by the fires of 1842 and 1846. This Imambara is the largest one in India.

Day 7
Bengal Heritage Tour

Matiari, a village in Katwa
where every house makes tablewares and artifacts out of Kansha ( Bell metal wares) was a poor man substitute to the rich silverware used in Bengali homes for prayers, table wares and also for cooking. The traditional Kansari artisans make from scrap metals handcrafted wares and artifacts.

Mayapur: Headquaters of ISKCON.
Visit is to the ISKCON temple. ISKCON was founded in 1966 in New York City by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada who is worshipped by followers as Guru and spiritual master. Its core beliefs are based on select traditional Hindu scriptures, particularly the Bhagavad-gita and the ?r?mad Bh?gavatam. Preaching the power of prayer to attain salvation.

Day 8
Bengal Heritage Tour

Kalna – The town is more popularly known as Ambika Kalna, named after a very popular deity, Goddess Kali, Maa Ambika. It has numerous historical monuments such as the Rajbari (the palace) and the 108 Shiva temples.

Visit Spot of Kalna :

Nava Kailash or 108 Shiv Mandirs
A major attraction is the Nava Kailash or 108 Shiv Mandirs. Built in 1809, the temples are constructed in two circles. One consists of 74 temples while the other circle has 34. The former has white marble and black stone shivlingas, while the latter has only white marble ones. Due to its ingenious planning, all the shivlingas can be seen from the centre of the temple complex. Maharajas of Bardhaman built several magnificent temples with intricate terracotta ornamentation, the main one being 108 Shiv Mandir built in 1809 in traditional AAT chala architecture and the Raj bari which house most of the temples.

  • The Krishna Chandra Mandir (A.D. 1751-1752)
  • Lalji Mandir (A.D.1739)
  • Pratapeshvara Mandir (A.D.1849) with 25 steeples and terracotta walls and the style depicting the rekha style are few other important sports.

Visit Spot of Shantipur / Fulia :

The weavers of fine Bengal cotton, the village rich in handloom weaving, is the second larget occupation in the state of West Bengal. The weavers here blend the traditional art with the modern life style needs, offering rich variety of textiles. sarees, stoles, fabrics etc.

Day 9
Bengal Heritage Tour

Bandel – meaning the Port in Bengali, the place appears to the port during the time of Portuguese.
Earlier, there was a Portuguese settlement at Bandel. The Church and the Monastery were built around 1660 by the Portuguese. Bandel word derived from Portuguese word mast of ship. Bandel Church is one of the oldest Christian churches in West Bengal and a nice Tourism attraction.

Visit Spot of Bandel :

Bandel Church

The Basilica of the Holy Rosary commonly known as Bandel Church is one of the oldest Christian churches in West Bengal, India. Situated in Bandel, it stands as a memorial to the Portuguese settlement in Bengal. Founded in 1599, it is dedicated to Nossa Senhora do Rosário, Our Lady of the Rosary. It is also a parish church, part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Calcutta. It is one of the most prominent historical churches in West Bengal as well as in India.

There are 5 European reminiscence within 40 km north of Kolkata and were trading post. The vessel will drop anchor at these places.
Chandannagar is a former French colony located 35 kilometers (22 mi) north of Kolkata, in West Bengal, India. The name Chandannagar is possibly derived from the shape of the bank of the river Ganges which is bent like a half moon. Chandannagar was established as a French colony in 1673, when the French obtained permission from Ibrahim Khan, the Nawab of Bengal, to establish a trading post on the right bank of the Hughli River. Bengal was then a province of the Mughal Empire. It became a permanent French settlement in 1688, and in 1730 Joseph François Dupleix was appointed governor of the city.

Visit Spots of Chandannagar :

Chandannagore Strand
The tree-shaded promenade along the river is about 1 km (0.62 mi) in length and 7 meters (23 ft) in width, and there are many buildings of historical importance along the way. It is a popular spot for local people and tourists alike, who love to stroll along enjoying the breeze and watching the small boats sail by.

Chandannagore Museum and Institute
One of the oldest museums of the region. It boasts a collection of French antiques (such as cannons used in Anglo-French war, wooden furniture of 18th century, etc.) which are difficult to find anywhere else in the world. The institute still teaches French through regular classes. Jogendra Nath Sen, resident of Chandannagar who died in France fighting in the World War I. His personal items were sent to his brother in India who later donated them to the Intitut de Chandernagore in Chandannagar.

The Sacred Heart Church of Chandannagar
The church is situated near the Strand. It was designed by French Architect Jacques Duchatz. The church was inaugurated by Paul Goethals 27 Jan. 1884.The church stands for over two centuries to mark the beauty of the architecture during the French period — a good place to visit for the historians and tourists alike. The remains of the Church of St. Louis are also an attractive tourist spot.

Day 10
Bengal Heritage Tour
Arrive Kolkata. Today is the visit to wonderful city of Kolkata. Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is the capital of India’s West Bengal state. Founded as an East India Company trading post, it was India’s capital under the British Raj from 1773-1911. Today it’s known for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries and cultural festivals. It’s also home to Mother House and many other interesting spots.

Visit Spots of Bandel
Kumartuli, Howrah Bridge, Dalhousie Square, College Street Book Market, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Victoria Memorial from outside, Balure Math

Day 11

Bengal Heritage Tour
After breakfast, Check out.

IMPORTANT NOTICE
The cruise schedule includes the latest information regarding your program, but last minute adjustments may occur. The schedule may shift due to the weather or to take advantage of unexpected opportunities. The exact time for each activity will be announced or posted by the on-board tour staff.