India’s Golden Triangle and the Sacred Ganges

Resort: India’s Golden Triangle and the Sacred Ganges
Operator: Titan Travel
Destination: India
Price From: £7349.00

Overview

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.

Whats Included

  • 5 nights in hotels, 7 nights cruise on the Ganges Voyager II and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • International and internal flights as detailed. Prices are based on return flights with a leading airline from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • All meals on board, impeccably prepared using the freshest and finest local ingredients. Breakfasts during hotel stays

11 excursions and visits

  • Indias capital city with rickshaw ride to Old Delhi
  • Majesty and grace – the Taj Mahal at sundown
  • Early morning at the Taj Mahal
  • Jaipur – Rajasthans princely city and Amber Fort
  • Indias Temple City
  • Matiari master craftsmen with an introduction to brass
  • Visit to Murshidabad city, ride by buggy to Katra Mosque and visit to Baranagar village
  • Hare Krishna complex and Temple of the Vedic Planetarium
  • Indias French colonial heritage
  • Kolkata city tour – visit the Flower Market, colonial sites and Kumartulli
  • Choice of Mother Teresas home and tomb or NGO Kolkata Rescue visit

Plus

  • Spacious suites featuring roomy bathrooms, robes and slippers
  • Unlimited drinks on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee, tea and mineral water (excludes premium wine and premium spirits)
  • Afternoon coffee, tea and snacks in the Governor's Lounge
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All gratuities on board and ashore
  • All entertainment plus signature lectures
  • Shore excursions in the company of English-speaking local expert guides
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Titans VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Uniworld cruise manager

Itinerary

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.
This evening, following dinner on board, take in a lively Bollywood-style show, complete with music and dancing.

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.
You may choose to relax and unwind with a body massage or treatment on board at the ships soothing spa.

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.
Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight.

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