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The colonial decor of the RV Ganges is the perfect cruise ship to experience the colonial heritage of India. On the banks of the lower Ganges, the French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese and English made settlements to trade, preach and farm while local rulers, Saints, agriculturalists, muscians and writers created new ways of living as they encountered European commerce, tastes and power. Learn, observe, relax and enjoy on this remarkable tour while staying in luxury and enjoying care and hospitality of the Ganges Voyager and its crew.
See temples, mosques, villages, markets, crafts and local festivals! Enjoy birdwatching and Gangetic dolphins sightseein & cultural programs, on board lectures adn cooking demonstrations and much more.
On arrival at Kolkata airport you will be met and transferred to yourhotel
After breakfast you will be collected from your hotel to board the Ganges Voyager.
In the afternoon visit the Mother Teresa’s home memorial and the Missionaries of Charity orphanage she founded. Enjoy a cultural performance in the evening.
Drive on an early morning city tour of Kolkata featuring a panoramic view of the well preserved British colonial buildings. Visit Victoria Memorial Museum.
The sail upstream through European East India companies settlements of the 17th centuries through to 19th centuries and visit Bandel’s Imbarara, a colonial era Islamic school and pilgrim rest house on the riverbank.
Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride to the Rajbari temples in Kalna built in the 19th century and covered with intricate terracotta reliefs of Gods and humans.
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Enjoy an early morning walk to the shore side village of Matiari, famous for its work in brass and copperware.
Visit Khushbagh, a tomb complex set in scenic fields built by the local ruler and the village of Baranagar with its beautiful terracotta temples founded by a rich woman who made her wealth in the colonial trade. Walk through local villages before sailing to Murshidabad. In Murshidabad, walk to the vast Neo-Classical Hazarduari Palace built in the 19th century by a British architect abd see a museum of objects amassed by a governor who reigned during the height of the European East India trade. Take a scenic buggy ride to the elegant 18th century brick mosque. at Katra. Enjoy a local cultural performance on board.
After sailing in the morning, a stop in the village of Mayapur, the headquarters of the ISKCON movement with a new temple comaparible in sie to the Vatican and largely funded by Alfred B. Ford, the great grandson of car maker Henry Ford. Meet Krishna folloers and observe the elaborate rituals and decorations of the Gods as well as walk through the pilgrim’s bazaar.
Visit Chanderagore, a once French colony and explore the colonial buildings along the promenade.
Return to the ship and continue our journey downstream to Kolkata
Following breakfast onboard, disembark the ship and transfer to your hotel or to the airport for your onward journey.