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$Price: On Demand

  • 17 Days / 18 Night


Date: You choose (between October and April)

Note: This itinerary is fully customizable as per your wish.

River cruises on the Ganges and Lower Ganges (the Hooghly) provide an opportunity to experience everyday life in villages and towns located on the riverbanks, as well as marvel at ornate historic temples and monuments. This culturally rich and fascinating part of India is not widely recognized. Travelling by boat offers access to areas that are otherwise difficult to reach.

Lower Ganges cruises run throughout the year, whereas Ganges cruises operate only during the winter. Choose between different itineraries to cruise for three to 15 nights. We can only sail to Varanasi during August and September because of river conditions. Join us for one of the best cruise holidays in the world, rated by The Guardian UK.

Your Itinerary for 8 nights UPSTREAM THE HOLY GANGES

These trips sail along the main stretch of the Ganges river, running between Farakka and Patna, or vice versa. You can stroll among the Mughal ruins at Rajmahal, investigate East India Company relics at Patna and Munger, and find the landmarks of Buddha’s homeland, including Bodh Gaya. With its treasure trove of cultural, historical, and religious sites, the area provides a glimpse into India’s richly diverse character and is a thrilling journey through mostly unexplored terrain.

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  • ITB-Highlights:* Traditional Sari tying in a boutique in Varanasi
  • * Classic Chai ceremony with a traditional Indian family
  • * Experience the colorful everyday life of India and market visits
  • * Visiting a village school during the trip
  • * And little surprise programmes throughout the trip
  • Included in the Price on the ship:* Accommodation in double cabins on twin sharing basis
  • * Breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the cruise for 7 days
  • * Welcome reception
  • * Shore excursion program including all admissions
  • * Services of in-house guide and naturalist during excursions and onboard
  • * Cold towel service after excursions
  • * Welcome drink after excursions
  • * Shoe-cleaning after excursions
  • * Turndown service in all cabins
  • * Expertly trained culinary staff
  • * Single seating for buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • * Acclaimed combination of Indian and Western cuisines
  • * Complimentary tea, coffee and packaged water throughout
  • * Farewell reception
  • * Local on-board dance & song performances
  • * 24/7 power backup
  • Please note:Wi-Fi internet in the saloon, sundeck; dining hall (subject to network availability) during the day time on the ship
  • Included in the Price during land trip:
    • Services of qualified local guides (English speaking or languages of your choice) throughout the tour.
    • For groups of 10 or more, the group will be accompanied by ITB Tour Escort.
    • All entrance fees to monuments during the sightseeing as mentioned above
    • All transfers on arrival and departure by ITB representative.
    • All transfers and sightseeing during the tour by air-conditioned car with driver.
    • For groups an individual air-conditioned bus will be provided.
  • Not included in the price:
    • Wide choice of wines, spirits and beer on board during the cruise
    • All personal expenses such as tips, laundry, telephone bills and beverages.
    • Camera fees (still or film).
    • Any airfare.
    • Unspecified meals etc.
    • Anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Tour Plan


Day 01: Arrival in Delhi by flight from your country

Arrive Delhi by International flight . Meeting and assist at the International Airport and transfer to hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: In Delhi

Breakfast at hotel.

of Delhi, a huge tower of victory started in 1199 and completed in 1368. The minar is 72.5m high with a diameter at the base 14.4m and 2.7m at the top. Drive past to the Rashtrapati Bhawan once the Viceroy’s residence is now the official residence of the President of India. Designed by Lutyens, it combines western and eastern styles – the dome reflects the Buddhist stupa, the chattris Hindu and the graceful Morning proceed for Delhi City sightseeing. visit the 7th city of Delhi, Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi), built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (1639-48 AD) after he shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi. Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) made of red sandstone and white marble, completed in 1656. It is India’s largest mosque where more than 20.000 people can kneel in prayer. Visit Raj Ghat on the banks of the river Yamuna, Mahatma Gandhi’s Memorial, where he was cremated following his assassination in January 1948. An eternal flame burns 24 hours.

Also visit New Delhi. Visit Qutub Minar – the landmark colonnades very British. The Government Buildings designed by Baker, are topped by baroque domes and decorated with lotus motifs and elephants, while the north and south gateways are Mughal in design. The northern building has an inscription with “Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty. It is a blessing which must be earned before it can be enjoyed”. The Parliament House, designed by Baker is 173m in diameter. The India Gate (42m), commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in the 1st world war. 13516 names of British and Indian soldiers killed in the Afghan War of 1919 are engraved on the arch and foundations. Under the arch, the Amar Jawan Jyoti commemorating Indian armed forces’ losses in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971.

Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 Delhi-Kolkata by flight – Board the ship in the afternoon

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport to connect the flight to Kolkata.

Take a four-hour train journey from Kolkata to Farakka in the afternoon and then a brief road transfer to the ship.

You'll enjoy a full-day road trip to Gaur. This calm, empty location was previously one of India's major cities, initially as a Hindu city in the 12th century and subsequently as the Muslim centre of Eastern India from the 14th to 16th century. The abundant remnants of mosques, palaces and entryways stand as proof of this multifaceted past. Later, continue your journey by travelling to Pandua through Malda, also known as English Bazar. Here, you can visit the magnificent 14th-century Adina Mosque. Finally, return to Farakka where your ship will have traversed the lock at the barrage.

Day 04: Cruise

This morning, you will depart from Farakka and sail into the Ganges above the Farakka Barrage. You will sail upstream for most of the morning and anchor at Rajmahal, a place rich in culture and ambiance but often left out of guidebooks. Akbarnagar, the town's previous name, was built by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his eastern capital. Shah Jehan, the Taj Mahal's creator, also spent much of his youth here. Explore the remnants of palaces, forts, and mosques hidden in greenery before continuing your journey as far as Manihari Ghat.

Day 05: Cruise

This morning you will keep moving upstream and reach where the Kosi river converges. This river flows from Nepal. After this, you will arrive at the peaceful Bateshwar. There are carvings from the 6th century AD, Hindu in origin. When you're there, you will observe some remains which survived from an 8th century Buddhist temple and monastery located in Vikramshila. Next, you'll head to Kehilgaon or Colganj and the ship will be waiting for you there. While sailing, you'll pass near an island shrine. It has both Hindu and Buddhist cave temples. This used to be the headquarters of the Thug cult, which was responsible for many killings.

Day 06: Cruise

Embark this morning to travel down the riverbank where you may have the chance to spot the endangered Gangetic Dolphin. Disembark at Bhagalpur, a hub of silk production, to explore the silk-weaving village and visit an exquisite 18th century mansion constructed by Augustus Clevland, the colonial administrator of the city in the past. Afterward, proceed to Jahangira Island in Sultanganj, a pilgrimage site featuring ancient Hindu rock carvings. At the shoreline, there's a lovely rock with a mosque on top, and the place allows for a walk around the lively nearby market.

Day 07: Cruise

Today you'll sail to Munger, which has a big Mughal fort and an East India Company cemetery where villagers live among grand tombs. You'll also see Pirpahar Hill with a splendid old house and the Sita Kund hot springs before continuing your upstream cruise.

Day 08: Cruise

This morning, you will go under the large bridge at Mokameh, where Jim Corbett, a naturalist, worked as the ferry operator many years ago. You will stop on land and visit a village near the river before continuing your journey to Barh, where you will arrive by evening and have a chance to rest.

Day 09: Cruise

Today, we will visit Nalanda, which has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The site includes a great Buddhist monastery and stupa, both of which have been excavated. Additionally, visitors can explore the adjoining museum. Nalanda is known as the oldest seat of learning in the world. At its peak, it welcomed more than 10,000 students. Later on, we will visit the marbled Pawapuri Jain temple. The temple is situated in the middle of a lake. After the excursion, we will return to Barh in the evening to reboard the ship.

Day 10: Cruise

Today, we'll sail upstream, read, chat wit

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