Trip Code: BV16BD1
Price: from AU$2,175 per person twin share
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- Cabin with en suite bathroom
- All meals, including tea/coffee and mineral water while on tour
- Transport for sightseeing
- Valet Service
- Guided on shore excursions and game drives as illustrated in the itinerary – inclusive of entrance fees, park fees, transport and services of an English speaking local guide
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Taxes, Insurance , Gratuities
- Laundry, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft beverages during non-meal hours
- Video and professional Still Camera fees
- International and Domestic air tickets
- Pre and Post tour accommodation and any tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as a part of the journey
- Any expenses of a personal nature eg tips in restaurants or hotels, laundry, drinks, telephone calls, etc
- Any other expense not mentioned as included
- Meals other than specified
Cruising along the intimate lower Ganges side stream – the River Hugli – life seems to take on a much slower pace as you take in the great historical cities along the way. Discover rural India at its most idyllic and see great places few tourists venture. Operated by Assam Bengal Navigation on the ABN Rajmahal or ABN Sukapha.
On this Hugli Heritage journey, you will rediscover the remnants of Kolkata’s British heritage at Barrackpore – the former military and administrative center of the British, hear tales of a bygone era at the former French Colony of Chandernagore and take a cycle rickshaw ride to the Bengali terracotta temples at Kalna where you will also see the unique Shiva temple and its 108 shrinelets.
At Murshidabad – the capital of Bengal under the Mughal empire, you will see the sites that still bear witness to the power of the great Nawab rulers. Visit Mayapur’s vast and imposing ISKCON temple and tour the brass working village of Matiari who’s primitive practises of brass pot making have been alive for centuries. Experience rural India at its most idyllic with a walk through the fields at Baranagar to view the three terracotta temples.
This wonderful cruise takes you through narrow twisting waterways with its banks lined by mustard fields and mango farms. Walk the sombre Battlefield of Plassey and visit medieval Gaur – once one of India’s great cities and home to remnants of of mosques, gateways and palaces. A unique river cruise in India.
Day 1 Kolkata
Embark on your ship and sail up past the old Danish colony of Serampore to Barrackpore. Here, you will land and take a walk through the cantonment 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.
Day 2 Chandernagore
Today’s cruising takes you to the former French colony of Chandernagore. Viisit some of the town’s significant buildings – the 18th century church and Dupleix’s House, named after the colony’s French governor. Sail on past the old Dutch settlement of Chinsura, and then land to visit the imposing Imambara at Hooghly. Reboard your ship and cruise upstream leaving urban sprawl behind.
Day 3 Kalna
Dock at the rural town of Kalna this morning and take cycle rickshaws to some of Bengal’s most attractive terracotta temples, as well as the unique Shiva temple with concentric rings made up of 108 shrinelets. Continue on through picturesque countryside to Mayapur, its skyline dominated by the vast new ISKCON temple. Later, return to the vessel and cruise through the night. You may wish to enjoy the sunset from the deck, or read in the lounge.
Day 4 Murshidabad
This morning visit the brass working village of Matiari where the primitive process of beating out brass water pots has been practiced for centuries. Later, visit the Battlefield of Plassey where in 1757 Col. Robert Clive’s defeat of Siraj-ud-Daulah changed the course of Indian history. A fascinating location for history lovers.
Day 5 Murshidabad
Explore Murshidabad – once the capital of Bengal under the Mughal empire. Discover the sites that still bear witness to the power of the great Nawabs or rulers of this region. Visit Khushbagh, a peaceful Mughal-style garden, Hazarduari Palace, Katra Mosque and the late18th century Nashipara Palace and Katgola Palace.
Day 6 Baranagar
Moor at the sleepy village of Baranagar, with its three miniature terracotta temples reached by a short walk through the fields. This is rural India at its most idyllic. Continue up the Hugli, here a charming waterway twisting and turning between banks lined with mustard fields and mango orchards.
Day 7 Gour
Disembark for a full-day excursion by road to Gour (also know as Gaur). This quiet, deserted place was once one of India’s great cities. There are numerous ruins of mosques, palaces and gateways and you will visit a number of the most interesting before rejoining the ship in the evening at Farakka.
Day 8 Kolkata
Disembark for the final time this morning. Early transfer to Farakka station for your train journey to Kolkata where your tour concludes.
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