India’s Golden Triangle and the Sacred Ganges
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India is a real joy to explore. Mysterious, exotic, chaotic – and absolutely unforgettable. Your adventure begins in Delhi, Indias stately capital, a compelling blend of different historical eras and religious influences. Next, youll marvel at the exquisite Taj Mahal and wander among the imposing fortresses, palaces and old bazaars of Jaipur, before flying to Kolkata to begin your cruise. Sailing along the mighty Ganges, youll stop off to explore colourful villages and beautiful temples.
11 excursions and visits
Day 1 Kolkata – cruising the Ganges River
Transfer to the airport and fly to Kolkata, to board your ship.
Day 2 Kalna
Kalna, once an important trade port on the river, is best known today for the magnificent Hindu temples built by the maharajas of Bardhaman – which youll experience today. After marvelling at the astonishing Rajbari temple complex, you may opt to walk with your guide through the colourful local market.
Day 3 Matiari
Your ship serves as a time machine today, transporting you hundreds of years into the past, as we travel to the authentic artisan village of Matiari.
Day 4 Murshidabad – Baranagar
Todays adventures take you to a duo of Bengali towns – Murshidabad and Baranagar – each one boasting surprising and beautiful architectural monuments closely linked to the ruling families of the area.
Day 5 The Ganges
One of the worlds most sacred bodies of water, the Ganges River flows through a collection of small villages and highly populated cities throughout India and Bangladesh. Take in the remarkable scenery as you sail and be on the lookout for a rare sighting of the endangered Ganges river dolphin.
Day 6 Mayapur – Chandannagar – Kolkata
Few places of worship exist on such a head-spinning scale as what you will witness today in Mayapur, the centre of the international Hare Krishna movement and home to the new Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, still under construction. Most students of history know a thing or two about the British colonial powers in India, but few are aware that the French had colonies here as well. Youll visit this former French outpost today.
Day 7 Kolkata
The city of Kolkata is synonymous with the enduring legacies of Mother Teresa and the colonial-era British Raj, both of which you will get better acquainted with today.