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JOURNEY ALONG THE HOOGHLY & GANGES
A river journey through the cultural heart of India aboard the RV Bengal Ganges
15 nights from £3995

Join us as we venture along India’s Hooghly River from the mighty metropolis of Kolkata and join the Ganges, India's most holy of rivers, to the soaring temples of Varanasi. No river in the world plays a more important cultural, economic or social role in the lives of more people than the Ganges. The spiritual heart of Hinduism, the Ganges is strewn with cities, pilgrimage sites, mountains and forests. Any river journey allows the traveller to slowly absorb the sights and everyday life that is just not possible by any other means of travel. This is particularly true in India; the river banks offer an ever-changing colourful scene and a fascinating glimpse of the country, from the enchanting rural landscapes to the bustling towns and cities.

Anyone who travels regularly to India will tell you that moving around on land can often be frustratingly slow. Our journey aboard the RV Bengal Ganges alleviates much of this stress as so much of what we will see and do can be approached from the banks of the river. Romantic notions and modern travel are often a difficult marriage, but a Ganges journey is one of the few trips that still can inspire and be a genuinely moving experience whether you are watching a torrent of pilgrims and holy men wading into the river; reflecting on the history of the Raj and its ever present monuments or simply observing fishermen and locals going about their business in their tiny boats.

 
 
Prices per person based on double occupancy
Price Includes:  Economy class scheduled air travel, hotel accommodation as described, 8/10 nights aboard the RV Bengal Ganges, full board throughout, shore excursions as described, transfers, port taxes, UK airport taxes.
Not Included:  Travel insurance, Indian visa, gratuities on shore and on the ship, camera/video fees at some sites, local departure taxes.
NB:  Ports and itinerary subject to change at short notice.
 
Pre & Post Tour - TAJ MAHAL - UPSTREAM
 

For 2013 date the Taj Mahal extension is only available post cruise.

 

Day 16 - Delhi to Bharatpur.
Drive to Bharatpur (Rajastan), and check-in to the Bagh hotel for your three night stay.

Day 17 - Bharatpur.
Morning excursion to the summer palace in Deeg. This palace belongs to the most amazing and best maintained palaces of Rajputs. Lunch will be served at the hotel. Later, we visit the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, one of the most important bird sanctuaries in the world.

Day 18 - Taj Mahal and Red Fort.
Today’s excursion leads us to Agra to the Taj Mahal, probably one of the most impressive buildings on earth. In the afternoon we visit the Red Fort, one of the few constructions standing for the unlimited power of the Mogul empire in the 16th an 17th century.

Day 19 - Bharatpur to Delhi.
Before returning to Delhi, we visit Fatehpur Sikri. The monuments of this former capital of the Mogul empire belong to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Dinner will be served en-route to your overnight hotel at Delhi Airport.

Day 20 - Delhi to London.
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight to London.

 
Prices per person based on double occupancy
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PRICE
 Twin£875
 Single £1075
 
Price Includes - Accommodation on full board, transfers, excursions, entrance fees, English speaking travel guide.
Not Included - Drinks and gratuities.
 
Pre Tour - TAJ MAJAL - DOWNSTREAM
 
 

Day 1 - LONDON TO DELHI.
Fly to Delhi by scheduled indirect flight.

Day 2 - DELHI
Arrive this morning and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 3 - DELHI TO BHARATPUR
Drive to Bharatpur (Rajastan), and check-in to the Bagh in hotel for your 3 night stay.

Day 4 - BHARATPUR
This morning’s excursion is to the Keoladeo Ghana National park, formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, is a famous avifauna sanctuary that plays host to thousands of birds especially during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the National Park their home. In the afternoon visit Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid.

Day 5 - BHARATPUR
Morning excursion to the summer palace in Deeg. This palace belongs to the most amazing and best maintained palaces of Rajputs.

Day 6 - TAJ MAHAL AND RED FORT to DELHI (day 2 of the main itinerary)
Today`s excursion leads us to Agra to the Taj Mahal, probably one of the most impressive buildings on earth. In the afternoon we visit the Red Fort. Like hardly any other construction this fort stands for the unlimited power of the Mogul empire in the 16th an 17th century. Later transfer to your hotel in Delhi for your two night stay.

 
Prices per person based on double occupancy
CATEGORY DETAILCATEGORY
PRICE
 Twin £875
 Single£1075
 
Price Includes - Accommodation on full board, transfers, excursions, entrance fees, English speaking travel guide, flight from Kolkata to Delhi.
Not Included - Drinks and gratuities.
 
 
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Bengal Ganges

The RV Bengal Ganges is a colonial style river vessel made of teakwood and featuring elegant furniture and décor creating a very special ambience onboard. Built in Myanmar in 2004, this delightful ship accommodates a maximum of 56 passengers in comfortable staterooms which are spread over two decks. Each stateroom measures 170 square feet with individually controlled air conditioning, fitted windows with insect screens. There is also a mini-safe in each room. The bathrooms, for a ship of this size, are roomy with granite basin tops. There is a porch area outside each cabin with comfortable chairs, an ideal place to observe river life.

In the spacious lounge and bar, lectures and meetings take place. The sun deck is the perfect area for outdoor relaxing with comfortable deck furniture. Built of much hardwood and equipped with noble furniture and Indian-typical pictures, a uniquely elegant atmosphere awaits you on board. Non-smoking vessel (in the outside are smoking is allowed).

Executive chefs have evolved a fusion cuisine combining the best of Asian and Western traditions which is served in the elegant dining room. Where possible, produce is sourced locally and there will be a choice of Indian, European or vegetarian. The staff to guest ratio is high, ensuring an excellent level of service and care.

 
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 BENGAL GANGES DECK PLAN
 
Upper Deck
 Upper Deck
 
Main Deck
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