Lower Ganges
FRC-897047/897036 Ganges
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At A Glance

What's Included

  • Transfer between meeting point Kolkata, Ship and drop off point Kolkata
  • Train ticket Farakka – Kolkata
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide services (English language)
  • Gratuities to crew
  • Main meals
  • Local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Port dues (if levied)
  • Laundry
  • All visa costs
  • Fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions)
  • All beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes
  • Tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers
Itinerary
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Day 1
Kolkata, India - Barrackpore, India

Kolkata is situated in north-east India and is the capital of the West Bengal state. It is located on the banks of the River Hooghly, just off the Bay of Bengal, and is India’s second-most populated city. One of the city’s major landmarks is Maidan – a large park along the Hooghly which contains a number of fine drives, a racecourse, cricket ground, and the historical Fort William – originally built in 1696 and rebuilt in 1757. To the south-east of Maidan is a domed marble landmark – the Victoria Memorial – was built in 1921 to commemorate the reign of Queen Victoria. Other landmarks in Kolkata include a number of temples, a mosque, and the Indian Museum, which houses the world’s finest collection of Indian Art.

Situated within the Indian state of West Bengal, on the banks of the Hooghly River, Barrackpore was a significant administrative centre under British rule and saw many acts of rebellion against Britain during the 19th century.

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Day 2
Kalna, India

The town of Kalna is situated within the Indian state of West Bengal, on the western bank of the Hooghly River. It is also known as Temple City, due to the fact it is home to many historical monuments including the Rajbari palace and a total of 108 Shiva temples. These temples can be divided into two circles, one of which contains 74 temples while the other contains 34. The former circle is home to a series of white marble and black stone temples, while the latter is home to temples constructed from white marble. The oldest temple in the town is the Lalji Temple, which was built in 1739.

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Day 3
Matiari, India

The village of Matiari, in Kaliganj Tehsil, in the Nada District of West Bengal, is situated on the banks of the Hooghly River. Over 100 years ago, it became a brass working village, when leaders of the village went to work in a factory in Calcutta making brass utensils. These workers were sent back to the village when they got old, but continued to make brass products and taught their trade to a younger generation. This tradition lives on today and is a main source of income for the villagers of Matiari.

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Day 4
Murshidabad, India

Situated on the south bank of the Bhagirathi - otherwise known as the Hooghly River – is the city Indian city of Murshidabad. Situated in the state of West Bengal, it is home to a number of remarkable sights including the Hazarduari Palace, which was built between 1824 and 1838 AD by English architect, McLeod Duncan. It contains over 1,000 doors, 900 of which are false and were positioned in a bid to prevent anyone within the palace committing any wrongdoings and attempting to escape. The city is also home to Imambara - which is open during religious ceremonies - and the Katra Mosque, which was built by the first Nawab of Murshidabad.

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Day 5
Baranagar, India

Situated on the banks of the Hooghly River, on the northern outskirts of Kolkata, lies Baranagar – the third most densely populated town in the world. It is home to a number of fascinating temples including Kaancher Mandir (Glass Temple), Joy Mitra Kali Bari, Pathbari, and the Dakshineswar Kali Temple.

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Day 6
Mayapur, India

Located on the banks of the Ganges River, in West Bengal, India, is the city of Mayapur, which is roughly 130km north of Kolkata. It is home to the headquarters of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness – where a vast temple dominates the skyline. As headquarters of the Hari Krishna community, it is considered a holy place by many traditions within Hinduism, but is widely regarded by the followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism as the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu – a special and unique incarnation of Krishna.

One of Mayapur’s most significant landmarks is Srila Prabhupada’s Pushpa Samadhi Mandir, which is a memorial to ISKCON’s founder. The main shrine here is surrounded by a museum depicting Srila Prabhupada’s life, and there are many other Gaudiya Vaishnava organisations located in Mayapur.

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Day 7
Chandannagar, India

Formerly known as Chandernagore or Chandernagar, the small city of Chandannagar is located 19 miles north of Kolkata in West Bengal, India. It was initially established as an important place for trading on the shores of the Hooghly River. At this time, it was part of the Mogul Empire, but later became part of the French colony, in 1688, and many colonial buildings remain in the city today. Sights of particular interest in the city include: Chandannagore Strand, the best decorated bank along the river, the Museum, The Sacred Heart Church, the Underground House (Patal-Bari) and Nritya Gopal Smriti Mandir (now theatre and library). In addition to these landmarks and sights, there is also a series of temples dedicated to Kali, Shiva, and other deities.

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Day 8
Kolkata, India

Kolkata is situated in north-east India and is the capital of the West Bengal state. It is located on the banks of the River Hooghly, just off the Bay of Bengal, and is India’s second-most populated city. One of the city’s major landmarks is Maidan – a large park along the Hooghly which contains a number of fine drives, a racecourse, cricket ground, and the historical Fort William – originally built in 1696 and rebuilt in 1757. To the south-east of Maidan is a domed marble landmark – the Victoria Memorial – was built in 1921 to commemorate the reign of Queen Victoria. Other landmarks in Kolkata include a number of temples, a mosque, and the Indian Museum, which houses the world’s finest collection of Indian Art.

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