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Holy Ganges

A river journey through the cultural heart of India aboard the RV Rajmahal

  • 11 September 2020
  • History and Culture
  • RV Rajmahal

Join us as we venture along India’s most sacred of rivers. No river in the world plays a more important cultural, economic or social role in the lives of more people than the Ganges – it is the spiritual heart of Hinduism, strewn with cities, pilgrimage sites, mountains and forests. A river journey allows the traveller to slowly absorb the sights and everyday life that is just not possible by any other means of travel and this is particularly true of the Ganges. Its banks offer an ever-changing colourful scene and a fascinating glimpse of India, 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 stylish RV Rajmahal 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 can still 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.

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  • Our View

    “ The Ganges River is often described as the lifeline of India and our September sailing, timed for when the river truly becomes navigable for a journey of this sort, will provide the genuine traveller with a front-row seat along this sacred river bank where every aspect of life can be observed. When we add to this time in Delhi; a city that offers thousands of years of history, culture and architecture; Varanasi and Bodh Gaya with their essential religious and learned associations and Kolkata, the gateway to the British Empire’s jewel in India’s crown, it makes for a truly inspiring journey that offers not only some of the most fascinating and remarkable aspects of this region, but of India as a whole. With expert, highly experienced guides and luxurious accommodation both onshore and aboard the custom-designed RV Rajmahal, the region’s lively and colourful vistas, tastes, sights and sounds cannot fail to deliver a memorable and rewarding experience.”

    Julian Hartley – Product Manager

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Rajmahal

Rajmahal

For our voyage along the Ganges we have chartered the RV Rajmahal from our associates Assam Bengal Navigation with whom we have worked for many years. The vessel was specially designed for the navigational conditions of the Ganges. The Assam Bengal Navigation company is an Indian/British joint venture based in Guwahati and its directors have a wealth of experience in operating river vessels in India.

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Itinerary

  • Delhi Market
  • The Ganges

Day 1 London to Delhi, India.

Fly by scheduled flight from London to Delhi.

Day 2 Delhi.

Arrive this morning and transfer to our hotel for a three night stay. After lunch at the hotel, the remainder of the day is free to relax and explore independently. Dinner will also be at our hotel this evening.

Day 3 Delhi.

We will have the morning at leisure before heading off for an afternoon tour of both Old and New Delhi. Highlights will include the Red Fort, the residence of Delhi’s Maharajas for over 200 years, Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India, and a rickshaw ride in Old Delhi’s lively market area. Return to our hotel where dinner will be served this evening.

Day 4 Delhi.

Enjoy a morning at leisure before we continue our exploration of Delhi. After lunch at a local restaurant, our visits will include Humanyun Tomb, which many describe as the precursor to the Taj Mahal, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Qutub complex with its remarkable minaret, Qutub Minar, and passing sites such as The Presidential Palace and Parliament House. Dinner will be at our hotel this evening.

Day 5 Delhi to Varanasi.

After breakfast we will transfer to Delhi airport for our flight to Varanasi, also known as Benares and regarded by many as one of the most important pilgrimage sites in India. We will check in to our hotel before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon we will take a rickshaw ride through the colourful and lively streets of Varanasi before continuing to the Ghats of the Ganges to witness an evening Aarti, a Hindu ritual of worship.

Day 6 Varanasi.

We will wake early today and head by boat along the bathing ghats of the river. It is at sunrise when the Hindu faithful gather at the river to cleanse themselves of their sins, Varanasi’s significance being its association to the Hindu cycle of rebirth. We will also see the cremation ghats, where many Hindus choose to end their lives, and visit what is believed by many to be the most spectacular of the river’s ghats, Dashashwamedh. After lunch at the hotel, we will continue on to Sarnath, famous for being the city where Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.

Day 7 Varanasi to Bodh Gaya.

After breakfast we will drive to Bodh Gaya (6 hours approx.) enjoying lunch on route. Following our arrival, we will check in to our hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, with dinner at our hotel this evening.

Day 8 Bodh Gaya to Patna.

After breakfast we will visit the Mahabodhi Temple, most famous for encircling the Bodhi Tree where Buddha sat and first attained enlightenment. We will also visit the Great Buddha Statue, carved from sandstone and red granite and instated by the 15th Dalai Lama in 1989. We will then enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before continuing our journey to Patna (3.5 hours drive approx.) where we will embark the RV Rajmahal. Enjoy a welcome dinner on board this evening.

Day 9 Patna to Barh.

This morning we take a tour of Patna, visiting the 18th century Gola Ghar granary, the great Sikh gurdwara and the rich collections of the State Museum. Return to our ship and pass near the old East India Company opium warehouses as we cruise downstream, mooring for the evening at Barh.

Day 10 Nalanda.

Today we will visit Nalanda. Having recently been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, our visit will include the excavated great Buddhist monastery and stupa along with its adjoining museum. Nalanda is also the world’s oldest seat of learning, at its height welcoming over 10,000 students. Later, visit the marbled Pawapuri Jain temple in the middle of a lake. We rejoin our ship at the great bridge in Mokameh where the naturalist Jim Corbett spent his working life overseeing the ferry crossing.

Day 11 Monghyr to Sultanganj.

Today we sail down to Monghyr. Monghyr possesses a fine Mughal fort as well as an East India Company Cemetery, now with villagers living amongst the tombs. We will also visit Pirpahar Hill, crowned by a fine old mansion as well as the Sitakund hot springs, before continuing our cruise downstream to anchor near Jahangira Island at Sultanganj, a place of pilgrimage with early Hindu carvings in the rock.

Day 12 Bhagalpur & Bateshwar.

This morning we will sail to Bhagalpur, a centre of silk production. Here, we will visit the elegant 18th century mansion built by Augustus Cleveland as well as a silk-weaving village. We sail on passing close to the island shrine at Colganj, with both Buddhist and Hindu cave temples and once a centre of the murderous Thug sect. Close by is idyllic Bateshwar where we will pause to view its 6th century Hindu carvings and the nearby ruins of a Buddhist stupa. We anchor for the night near the confluence of the Kosi River.

Day 13 Rajmahal to Farakka.

We continue our sailing towards Rajmahal, beneath the Rajmahal Hills. As with so many other places in India, Rajmahal features in no guidebook, yet offers both interest and atmosphere. It was once known as Akbarnagar, the town having been founded by the Mughal Emperor Akbar as his eastern capital. Shah Jahan, who commissioned the Taj Mahal, spent much of his youth here. There are remains of palaces, forts and mosques submerged in vegetation which we will explore before continuing to the Farakka Barrage.

Day 14 Farakka to Kolkata.

After breakfast aboard our vessel, disembark and continue to Farakka train station for our journey to Kolkata, arriving at Howarah railway station adjacent to the gravity-defying Howarah bridge. On arrival we will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to our hotel for a two night stay. Dinner will be at our hotel this evening.

Day 15 Kolkata.

After breakfast, we will head out to explore Kolkata, capital of British India and the proud intellectual capital of the country. We will visit Victoria Memorial, giving a fascinating insight into the British East India Company’s rule in India and what many believe to be the most British monument found anywhere on foreign soil. We will also visit St Paul’s Cathedral and take in colonial Kolkata before having lunch at a local restaurant. The remainder of the day will be at leisure before meeting for our final dinner at the hotel this evening.

Day 16 Kolkata to London.

Transfer to the airport this morning for your scheduled indirect flight to London. Arrive this evening.

  • Qutub Minar
  • Ganges at sunset
  • RV Rajmahal

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
11 to 26 September 2020
Category Price
Category 1 Main Deck Twin/Double £5295
Category 2 Upper Deck Twin/Double £5495
Category 3 Main Deck Single £5295

Tour Reference Code: RCRM110920

PRICE INCLUDES: Economy class scheduled air travel • Three nights hotel accommodation in Delhi with breakfast • Two nights hotel accommodation in Varanasi with breakfast • Overnight hotel accommodation in Bodh Gaya with breakfast • Six nights aboard the RV Rajmahal on full board basis • Two nights hotel accommodation in Kolkata with breakfast • Shore excursions • Noble Caledonia Tour Manager • All lunches & dinners including local wine, beer & soft drinks • Gratuities • Transfers • Port taxes • UK airport taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance, Indian visa, camera fees.

Please note: The consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in the state of Bihar and so alcoholic drinks will not be served on board or ashore between days 7 & 13.

  • All Decks

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Rajmahal

For our voyage along the Ganges we have chartered the RV Rajmahal from our associates Assam Bengal Navigation with whom we have worked for many years. The vessel was specially designed for the navigational conditions of the Ganges. The Assam Bengal Navigation company is an Indian/British joint venture based in Guwahati and its directors have a wealth of experience in operating river vessels in India.

 
  • Rajmahal
    Rajmahal
  • Category 1 Main Deck Double Cabin
    Category 1 Main Deck Double Cabin
  • Rajmahal - Twin Cabin
    Twin Cabin
  • Double Stateroom
  • Single Stateroom
  • View into double cabin
  • Rajmahal - Dining Room
    Dining Room
  • On deck
    On deck
  • Your Cabin

    Your Cabin

    There are 22 elegantly furnished cabins on board the vessel all of which benefit from climate control and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open out onto French Balconies. All cabins feature built-in wardrobes with hanging and shelf space, under-bed storage, electronic safe, inter-cabin telephone, dressing gown and slippers. The twin/double cabins measure 18 square metres and the single cabins measure 15 square metres. Bathrooms have en-suite facilities, shaver sockets, hairdryer and a selection of boutique toiletries. In each cabin there is a mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities and mineral water which is replenished daily. The cabins also feature two comfortable rattan armchairs which are well-placed for admiring the passing scenery.

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    Spread over three decks, the ship features a number of public areas and facilities that will ensure you remain very comfortable and relaxed throughout your journey. There is a lounge and bar which includes a small library; a spa offering various treatments, and a small gift shop offering practical items and some souvenirs. There is also a large Sun Deck with its own seating area with shade from where you may relax and observe life along the banks of the river. The ship’s restaurant seats all passengers in one sitting.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    Meals are taken in the vessel’s single-sitting restaurant located on the vessel’s Main Deck. The restaurant seats all passengers in an open seat arrangement and the food reflects the flavours of the region, whilst also offering some western dishes. Breakfast and lunch feature a full buffet with both western and Indian delicacies being offered including vegetarian options. Dinner is served to your table and the restaurant team takes great pride in showcasing wonderful dishes from the region.

  • Life On Board

    Life On Board

    The ship is comfortable and the atmosphere on board informal. The friendly crew will do their utmost to ensure your stay is enjoyable, informative and agreeable throughout. While no dress code is enforced, we recommend comfortable and casual attire for shore excursions during the day and something a little dressier for evening meals. Whilst sailing you can relax on the Sun Deck and take in your surroundings and in the evenings, enjoy a drink in the lounge catching up on the day’s events with your fellow travellers.

  • For your Comfort

    For your Comfort, Safety and Security

    The vessel meets all statutory safety requirements, and a full safety briefing is given on boarding. You are welcome to visit the bridge and observe the master and pilot at work navigating their way through the shallows and sandbanks of the great Indian rivers. Often embarkation and disembarkation will be by means of the country boat which acts as our tender. Moving from ship to country boat to shore is secure and easy with plenty of railing, while ever-willing crew members are always on hand to assist.

     

  • Ship Directory

    RV Rajmahal

    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download. 

    We are delighted you have chosen the RV Rajmahal for your upcoming journey along the Ganges. For our Ganges river cruise we have chartered the RV Rajmahal from our associates Assam Bengal Navigation with whom we have worked for many years. The vessel is specially designed for the navigational conditions on the Ganges and the owner and operator of the vessels, the Assam Bengal Navigation Company, is an Indian/British joint venture based in Guwahati and its directors have a wealth of experience in operating river vessels in India. We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage.

    AIR CONDITIONING

    All cabins have individually controlled air-conditioning and a French balcony with sliding glass door. We recommend you keep this closed to ensure your air conditioning works optimally.

    ALARM

    An alarm will be sounded in the event of an emergency. Please follow the instructions provided onboard for what to do in the event of an emergency.

    ALL ABOARD

    Your times for embarkation and disembarkation will be provided by your Cruise Director.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    During your time on board, various announcements will be made by the ship’s crew and our Tour Manager. Please listen out for these announcements as they will be of importance or interest.

    BAR/BEVERAGES

    The state of Bihar, India, is dry and therefore the consumption of alcoholic drinks is prohibited whilst the ship sails through its waters. Alcoholic drinks will therefore not be served between Farakka and Buxar. At all other times a fully stocked bar is available, and drinks consumed throughout your cruise should be settled at the end of the journey. The ship’s water supply comes from the river after passing through a filtration plant. This water is suitable for washing but should not be drunk. Purified water is used for cooking and food preparation on board. Bottled water is available within your cabin and replenished daily.

    CABIN DIMENSIONS

    The ship features 22 cabins which are categorised as follows:

    • 14 Upper Deck Twin/Double cabins measuring 204 square feet.
    • 4 Main Deck Twin/Double cabins measuring 204 square feet.
    • 4 Main Deck Single cabins measuring 170 square feet.

     

    CABIN FACILITIES

    All cabins have a large sliding glass window leading on to a French balcony and the décor throughout the ship is stylishly furnished with touches of colonial elegance, Indian-inspired designs and cotton fabrics. The cabins are all equipped with air-conditioning, generous cupboard space and a hydraulic assisted opening system for under-bed storage. You will also find in your cabin an electronically programmable safe, mini-bar, inter-cabin telephone communication and tea/coffee making facilities. Each cabin’s en-suite bathroom includes boutique toiletries, a hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers.

    CRUISE DIRECTOR

    A local Cruise Director will accompany you on your voyage along with a Noble Caledonia Tour Manager.

    CURRENCY

    All bills on board the RV Rajmahal will be shown in Indian Rupees (INR). Your account can be settled in cash in US Dollars, British Pounds or Credit Card (MasterCard and Visa cards are accepted) at the end of the cruise. Please note that payment by debit card or personal cheques is not possible.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    Each evening the next day’s programme will be delivered to your cabin.

    DRESS CODE

    Comfortable and practical attire is recommended during the day for excursions. The dress code on board is casual or smart-casual for the evenings. Jackets are not required.

    ELECTRICITY

    The voltage on board is 220V/50 (no neutral) with universal sockets.

    EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION

    Embarkation is approximately 4.00 pm, unless advised otherwise. The official embarkation time will be advised in your final documentation. The official disembarkation time is between 8.30 -9.00 am, however your Cruise Director will provide detailed information prior to the end of the cruise. This will include departure transfer information.

    EMERGENCY AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

    Full details of the ship’s emergency and safety procedures will be provided following your embarkation.

    FIRE SAFETY

    The vessel meets with all fire and safety measurements as outlined by the relevant governing bodies. Further information regarding fire safety will be provided to you on board the vessel.

    FIRST AID

    Please note there is no doctor on board the vessel. A number of crew are fully trained and certified to provide First Aid. Further medical assistance can be sought from one of the hospitals along the river in the event of emergency.

    GIFT SHOP

    There is a gift shop aboard the vessel selling various practical and souvenir items.

    HAIRDRESSER

    There is no hairdresser on board.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    Your cabin will be cleaned daily with a ‘turn down’ service at night.

    LAUNDRY

    A laundry service is provided on board at additional cost.

    LIBRARY

    A small selection of books is available for your enjoyment.

    LIFT

    There is no lift on board

    LOST PROPERTY

    Lost property should be handed in to the ship’s reception. Please ensure you have all of your belongings with you before you return home. Should you leave items on board the ship we are only able to return them to you at your own cost.

    MEALS

    All meals are taken in the vessel’s single-sitting restaurant which seats all guests in an open seating arrangement. Breakfast and lunch feature a full buffet and dinner is served at your table. The delicious cuisine is a combination of Bengali (milder than many Indian cuisines) and continental. Local wine, beer and soft drinks are served with lunch and dinner except when sailing in the state of Bihar where the consumption of alcohol is prohibited.

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, low salt, gluten free or low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department. We regret that not all dietary requirements can be guaranteed. If you have any specific or special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you although we will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Once on board, please speak to the Hotel Manager on your first night on board to reconfirm your needs. Complimentary tea, filter coffee and drinking water are available throughout your voyage.

    MOSQUITOES

    External doors and windows should be kept closed at all times – day and night. At night, if on deck or going ashore, make sure to rub ankles and other exposed parts with repellent. Switch off lights when leaving your cabin so as not to lure them in. Mosquitoes love damp spots so it helps to keep the shower room door bolted shut with the light off when not in use. Please ensure you take the appropriate precautions to guard against mosquito bites.

    NATURALISTS

    Local naturalists will accompany you throughout the sailing.

    NEWSPAPERS

    Newspapers are not available on board.

    OPERATIONAL CHANGES

    Despite our meticulous planning efforts, there may be times when changes must be made to the daily programme due to circumstances beyond our control such as heavy river traffic or fluctuating water levels. The ship’s Captain and crew will do their utmost to find the best and safest solution. Any changes to the day’s schedule will be communicated as soon as possible.

    PAYMENTS ON BOARD

    The vessel operates a signed-chit system whereby no payment is immediately required (the vessel only requiring a signature for your purchase) and, only at the end of the cruise will you be presented with your final itemised bill to settle. The onboard currency is Rupees, however you can also pay cash in Euros, US Dollars and British Pounds. Visa and Master Cards are also accepted.

    POST

    Postcards and stamps are available for you to purchase at the ship’s bar (subject to availability) and, items can be posted on your behalf by the ship’s crew (although as they are unable to do so at every port of call, this could take longer than if you were to post yourself). Please note that neither the ship nor Noble Caledonia can be held responsible for items of post that are not successfully delivered on your behalf.

    QUESTIONNAIRES

    We are always looking for ways to improve our holidays and the services provided and in order to do this we welcome feedback from our guests. Your comments are important to us therefore we request that you complete the questionnaire that will be provided to you on board.

    RECEPTION

    Reception is staffed throughout the day and a member of crew can be contacted in the evenings in the event of emergency.

    ROOM SERVICE

    Room service is not available, although should you feel unwell and unable to make it to the ship’s restaurant, special arrangements can be made.

    SAFE

    All cabins are fitted with a safe and we recommend you place your valuables inside the safe whenever you are away from your room. Please remember to remove all items from your safe prior to you departing the vessel at the end of the cruise.

    SMOKING

    Smoking within your cabin or any of the vessel’s public areas is strictly prohibited. Designated smoking areas are provided and can be advised by the ship’s reception upon embarkation.

    SPA

    A spa is available on board with a choice of treatments at additional cost.

    SUN DECK

    The ship has a Sun Deck which is available for guests to enjoy. There may be times, for example at periods of inclement weather or low bridges, whereby it is necessary to close the Sun Deck. Please listen carefully to the Captain and Crew for instruction. Please also note that the Sun Deck and its steps may become slippery if the weather is cool or dew forms.

    TECHNICAL DETAILS

    • Length: 51 metres
    • Width: 10.5 metres
    • Registered: Kolkata, India
    • Crew/Staff: 34
    • Year built: 2014
    • Language: English
    • Gross Tonnage: 899 tonnes

     

    TELEPHONE

    Room to room phones are available aboard the vessel. International calls can be made at additional charge (subject to phone coverage) from the ship’s reception area.

    VISITORS

    Visitors are not permitted aboard the vessel without the prior consent of the ship’s senior staff. Please provide as much notice as possible to the senior staff so that the necessary arrangements can be made. The ship’s operator reserve the right to deny boarding to any visitors.

    WATER

    Complimentary water is available during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bottled water is also available in your cabin and replenished daily.

    WI-FI

    Wi-Fi is available on board however reception cannot be guaranteed given the remoteness of where the ship will be sailing.

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  • Your Cabin

    Your Cabin

    There are 22 elegantly furnished cabins on board the vessel all of which benefit from climate control and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open out onto French Balconies. All cabins feature built-in wardrobes with hanging and shelf space, under-bed storage, electronic safe, inter-cabin telephone, dressing gown and slippers. The twin/double cabins measure 18 square metres and the single cabins measure 15 square metres. Bathrooms have en-suite facilities, shaver sockets, hairdryer and a selection of boutique toiletries. In each cabin there is a mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities and mineral water which is replenished daily. The cabins also feature two comfortable rattan armchairs which are well-placed for admiring the passing scenery.

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    Spread over three decks, the ship features a number of public areas and facilities that will ensure you remain very comfortable and relaxed throughout your journey. There is a lounge and bar which includes a small library; a spa offering various treatments, and a small gift shop offering practical items and some souvenirs. There is also a large Sun Deck with its own seating area with shade from where you may relax and observe life along the banks of the river. The ship’s restaurant seats all passengers in one sitting.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    Meals are taken in the vessel’s single-sitting restaurant located on the vessel’s Main Deck. The restaurant seats all passengers in an open seat arrangement and the food reflects the flavours of the region, whilst also offering some western dishes. Breakfast and lunch feature a full buffet with both western and Indian delicacies being offered including vegetarian options. Dinner is served to your table and the restaurant team takes great pride in showcasing wonderful dishes from the region.

  • Life On Board

    Life On Board

    The ship is comfortable and the atmosphere on board informal. The friendly crew will do their utmost to ensure your stay is enjoyable, informative and agreeable throughout. While no dress code is enforced, we recommend comfortable and casual attire for shore excursions during the day and something a little dressier for evening meals. Whilst sailing you can relax on the Sun Deck and take in your surroundings and in the evenings, enjoy a drink in the lounge catching up on the day’s events with your fellow travellers.

  • For your Comfort

    For your Comfort, Safety and Security

    The vessel meets all statutory safety requirements, and a full safety briefing is given on boarding. You are welcome to visit the bridge and observe the master and pilot at work navigating their way through the shallows and sandbanks of the great Indian rivers. Often embarkation and disembarkation will be by means of the country boat which acts as our tender. Moving from ship to country boat to shore is secure and easy with plenty of railing, while ever-willing crew members are always on hand to assist.

     

  • Ship Directory

    RV Rajmahal

    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download. 

    We are delighted you have chosen the RV Rajmahal for your upcoming journey along the Ganges. For our Ganges river cruise we have chartered the RV Rajmahal from our associates Assam Bengal Navigation with whom we have worked for many years. The vessel is specially designed for the navigational conditions on the Ganges and the owner and operator of the vessels, the Assam Bengal Navigation Company, is an Indian/British joint venture based in Guwahati and its directors have a wealth of experience in operating river vessels in India. We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage.

    AIR CONDITIONING

    All cabins have individually controlled air-conditioning and a French balcony with sliding glass door. We recommend you keep this closed to ensure your air conditioning works optimally.

    ALARM

    An alarm will be sounded in the event of an emergency. Please follow the instructions provided onboard for what to do in the event of an emergency.

    ALL ABOARD

    Your times for embarkation and disembarkation will be provided by your Cruise Director.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    During your time on board, various announcements will be made by the ship’s crew and our Tour Manager. Please listen out for these announcements as they will be of importance or interest.

    BAR/BEVERAGES

    The state of Bihar, India, is dry and therefore the consumption of alcoholic drinks is prohibited whilst the ship sails through its waters. Alcoholic drinks will therefore not be served between Farakka and Buxar. At all other times a fully stocked bar is available, and drinks consumed throughout your cruise should be settled at the end of the journey. The ship’s water supply comes from the river after passing through a filtration plant. This water is suitable for washing but should not be drunk. Purified water is used for cooking and food preparation on board. Bottled water is available within your cabin and replenished daily.

    CABIN DIMENSIONS

    The ship features 22 cabins which are categorised as follows:

    • 14 Upper Deck Twin/Double cabins measuring 204 square feet.
    • 4 Main Deck Twin/Double cabins measuring 204 square feet.
    • 4 Main Deck Single cabins measuring 170 square feet.

     

    CABIN FACILITIES

    All cabins have a large sliding glass window leading on to a French balcony and the décor throughout the ship is stylishly furnished with touches of colonial elegance, Indian-inspired designs and cotton fabrics. The cabins are all equipped with air-conditioning, generous cupboard space and a hydraulic assisted opening system for under-bed storage. You will also find in your cabin an electronically programmable safe, mini-bar, inter-cabin telephone communication and tea/coffee making facilities. Each cabin’s en-suite bathroom includes boutique toiletries, a hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers.

    CRUISE DIRECTOR

    A local Cruise Director will accompany you on your voyage along with a Noble Caledonia Tour Manager.

    CURRENCY

    All bills on board the RV Rajmahal will be shown in Indian Rupees (INR). Your account can be settled in cash in US Dollars, British Pounds or Credit Card (MasterCard and Visa cards are accepted) at the end of the cruise. Please note that payment by debit card or personal cheques is not possible.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    Each evening the next day’s programme will be delivered to your cabin.

    DRESS CODE

    Comfortable and practical attire is recommended during the day for excursions. The dress code on board is casual or smart-casual for the evenings. Jackets are not required.

    ELECTRICITY

    The voltage on board is 220V/50 (no neutral) with universal sockets.

    EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION

    Embarkation is approximately 4.00 pm, unless advised otherwise. The official embarkation time will be advised in your final documentation. The official disembarkation time is between 8.30 -9.00 am, however your Cruise Director will provide detailed information prior to the end of the cruise. This will include departure transfer information.

    EMERGENCY AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

    Full details of the ship’s emergency and safety procedures will be provided following your embarkation.

    FIRE SAFETY

    The vessel meets with all fire and safety measurements as outlined by the relevant governing bodies. Further information regarding fire safety will be provided to you on board the vessel.

    FIRST AID

    Please note there is no doctor on board the vessel. A number of crew are fully trained and certified to provide First Aid. Further medical assistance can be sought from one of the hospitals along the river in the event of emergency.

    GIFT SHOP

    There is a gift shop aboard the vessel selling various practical and souvenir items.

    HAIRDRESSER

    There is no hairdresser on board.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    Your cabin will be cleaned daily with a ‘turn down’ service at night.

    LAUNDRY

    A laundry service is provided on board at additional cost.

    LIBRARY

    A small selection of books is available for your enjoyment.

    LIFT

    There is no lift on board

    LOST PROPERTY

    Lost property should be handed in to the ship’s reception. Please ensure you have all of your belongings with you before you return home. Should you leave items on board the ship we are only able to return them to you at your own cost.

    MEALS

    All meals are taken in the vessel’s single-sitting restaurant which seats all guests in an open seating arrangement. Breakfast and lunch feature a full buffet and dinner is served at your table. The delicious cuisine is a combination of Bengali (milder than many Indian cuisines) and continental. Local wine, beer and soft drinks are served with lunch and dinner except when sailing in the state of Bihar where the consumption of alcohol is prohibited.

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, low salt, gluten free or low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department. We regret that not all dietary requirements can be guaranteed. If you have any specific or special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you although we will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Once on board, please speak to the Hotel Manager on your first night on board to reconfirm your needs. Complimentary tea, filter coffee and drinking water are available throughout your voyage.

    MOSQUITOES

    External doors and windows should be kept closed at all times – day and night. At night, if on deck or going ashore, make sure to rub ankles and other exposed parts with repellent. Switch off lights when leaving your cabin so as not to lure them in. Mosquitoes love damp spots so it helps to keep the shower room door bolted shut with the light off when not in use. Please ensure you take the appropriate precautions to guard against mosquito bites.

    NATURALISTS

    Local naturalists will accompany you throughout the sailing.

    NEWSPAPERS

    Newspapers are not available on board.

    OPERATIONAL CHANGES

    Despite our meticulous planning efforts, there may be times when changes must be made to the daily programme due to circumstances beyond our control such as heavy river traffic or fluctuating water levels. The ship’s Captain and crew will do their utmost to find the best and safest solution. Any changes to the day’s schedule will be communicated as soon as possible.

    PAYMENTS ON BOARD

    The vessel operates a signed-chit system whereby no payment is immediately required (the vessel only requiring a signature for your purchase) and, only at the end of the cruise will you be presented with your final itemised bill to settle. The onboard currency is Rupees, however you can also pay cash in Euros, US Dollars and British Pounds. Visa and Master Cards are also accepted.

    POST

    Postcards and stamps are available for you to purchase at the ship’s bar (subject to availability) and, items can be posted on your behalf by the ship’s crew (although as they are unable to do so at every port of call, this could take longer than if you were to post yourself). Please note that neither the ship nor Noble Caledonia can be held responsible for items of post that are not successfully delivered on your behalf.

    QUESTIONNAIRES

    We are always looking for ways to improve our holidays and the services provided and in order to do this we welcome feedback from our guests. Your comments are important to us therefore we request that you complete the questionnaire that will be provided to you on board.

    RECEPTION

    Reception is staffed throughout the day and a member of crew can be contacted in the evenings in the event of emergency.

    ROOM SERVICE

    Room service is not available, although should you feel unwell and unable to make it to the ship’s restaurant, special arrangements can be made.

    SAFE

    All cabins are fitted with a safe and we recommend you place your valuables inside the safe whenever you are away from your room. Please remember to remove all items from your safe prior to you departing the vessel at the end of the cruise.

    SMOKING

    Smoking within your cabin or any of the vessel’s public areas is strictly prohibited. Designated smoking areas are provided and can be advised by the ship’s reception upon embarkation.

    SPA

    A spa is available on board with a choice of treatments at additional cost.

    SUN DECK

    The ship has a Sun Deck which is available for guests to enjoy. There may be times, for example at periods of inclement weather or low bridges, whereby it is necessary to close the Sun Deck. Please listen carefully to the Captain and Crew for instruction. Please also note that the Sun Deck and its steps may become slippery if the weather is cool or dew forms.

    TECHNICAL DETAILS

    • Length: 51 metres
    • Width: 10.5 metres
    • Registered: Kolkata, India
    • Crew/Staff: 34
    • Year built: 2014
    • Language: English
    • Gross Tonnage: 899 tonnes

     

    TELEPHONE

    Room to room phones are available aboard the vessel. International calls can be made at additional charge (subject to phone coverage) from the ship’s reception area.

    VISITORS

    Visitors are not permitted aboard the vessel without the prior consent of the ship’s senior staff. Please provide as much notice as possible to the senior staff so that the necessary arrangements can be made. The ship’s operator reserve the right to deny boarding to any visitors.

    WATER

    Complimentary water is available during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bottled water is also available in your cabin and replenished daily.

    WI-FI

    Wi-Fi is available on board however reception cannot be guaranteed given the remoteness of where the ship will be sailing.

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Our View

“ The Ganges River is often described as the lifeline of India and our September sailing, timed for when the river truly becomes navigable for a journey of this sort, will provide the genuine traveller with a front-row seat along this sacred river bank where every aspect of life can be observed. When we add to this time in Delhi; a city that offers thousands of years of history, culture and architecture; Varanasi and Bodh Gaya with their essential religious and learned associations and Kolkata, the gateway to the British Empire’s jewel in India’s crown, it makes for a truly inspiring journey that offers not only some of the most fascinating and remarkable aspects of this region, but of India as a whole. With expert, highly experienced guides and luxurious accommodation both onshore and aboard the custom-designed RV Rajmahal, the region’s lively and colourful vistas, tastes, sights and sounds cannot fail to deliver a memorable and rewarding experience.”

Julian Hartley – Product Manager

Tour Extensions

    • For those wishing to extend their time in India we are offering a three night stay before the cruise including two visits to the beautiful Taj Mahal, the exquisite marble structure that was built by Shah Jahan as a memorial to his third wife.

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      The Itinerary

      Day 1 London to Delhi, India.

      Fly by scheduled flight.

      Day 2 Delhi.

      Arrive in the morning and transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay. After lunch at the hotel, the remainder of the day is free to relax and explore independently. Dinner will be served at our hotel this evening.

      Day 3 Delhi to Agra.

      After breakfast we will travel to Agra (3.5 hours approx.) where, upon arrival, we will check in to our hotel before heading out for lunch in a local restaurant. We will then proceed to the architectural masterpiece that is the Taj Mahal to enjoy the first of our two visits here. This afternoon’s visit at sunset, often said to be the most romantic time to witness the extraordinary hues that reflect against the building, will be a perfect introduction to the world’s most famous building constructed in the name of love. Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant.

      Day 4 Agra.

      After breakfast at our hotel we will first visit Mehtab Bagh, otherwise known as the Garden of the Moon Light, encompassing 25 acres and boasting a large pool that reflects the image of the Taj Mahal. Continue on to visit Itimad-ud- Daulah, better known as the ‘Baby Taj’ and famous for its marble lattice structures. After lunch in a local restaurant we will visit Agra Fort which incorporates some spectacular and ingenious architecture of its own. Return to the hotel for dinner this evening.

      Day 5 Agra to Delhi.

      We will wake early this morning for our second visit to the Taj Mahal. No two visits of the Taj Mahal are said to be the same and the experience of being here at the start of the day will bring new discoveries. After breakfast in the hotel we will return to Delhi, arriving back in time for lunch. Continue as per day 2 of the main tour programme.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      8 to 12 September 2020
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £745
      Single £995

      Price Includes: Overnight hotel accommodation in Delhi with breakfast, two nights hotel accommodation in Agra on full board basis, excursions, gratuities, all lunches & dinners including local wine, beer & soft drinks, entrances fees, guides, transfers.

      Not Included: Travel insurance, Indian visa.

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