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G Adventures: Ganges River Cruising (departs 11 Jan 2018)

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Price From: R 30,559.00 pps

8 days, Patna to Kolkata.

Imagine the cruise of a lifetime along India's Ganges River. Unpack once in your cabin and let the riverboat move you from place to life-changing place for seven incredible days. Explore palace ruins at Rajmahal, trace 6th-century rock carvings with your own fingers, and photograph to your heart's content the picturesque Pawapuri Jain temple in the middle of a lake. Experience India in a way you haven't yet imagined.

Booking Details for this Small Group River Cruise

  • Price: R 30,559.00 per person sharing
  • Departure: 11 January 2018
  • Trip Code: AHLPF
  • Trip Type: Small Group
     

River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: Patna

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2: Patna

Enjoy a free day to explore Patna before a 4pm embarkation. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Patna/Bārh

Enjoy a morning tour of Patna, visiting the extraordinary 18th-century Golghar granary, the great Sikh temple, and the State Museum. Continue on by ship, passing near the old East India Company opium warehouses and cruise down to moor for the evening at Barh. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Bārh/Mokāma

Enjoy an excursion to the excavated Buddhist monastery and stupa at Nalanda, with a visit to the adjoining museum. After, visit the Pawapuri Jain temple, situated in the middle of a lake. Return to the vessel and continue to the bridge at Mokama, where earlier the famous naturalist Jim Corbett spent his working life overseeing the ferry crossing. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Mokāma/Sultānganj

Sail down to Munger. Take a rickshaw ride through the town to view the remnants of a Mughal fort and the East India Company cemetery. Visit the bazaars with the locals before exploring Pirpahar Hill and Sitakund Hot Springs. Continuing walking through the village and fields before getting back on board. Continue on to anchor near Jehangira Island at Sultanganj, a pilgrimage spot with early Hindu carvings in the rock. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Sultānganj/Bhāgalpur

Spend the morning sailing a stretch of the river where South Asian river dolphins may be seen to Bhagalpur, a centre of silk production. Visit a mansion and silk-weaving village. Continue on close to the island shrine at Colganj, boasting Hindu and Buddhist cave temples. Visit Bateshwar Temple with 6th-century Hindu carvings, and the nearby ruins of an 8th-century Buddhist stupa and monastery at Vikramshila. Anchor for the night near the confluence with the Kosi River coming down from Nepal. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch. Dinner

Day 7: Bhāgalpur/Farakka Barrage

Sail downstream to Rajmahal, a village offering both points of interest and fantastic local atmosphere. Shah Jehan, builder of the Taj Mahal, spent much of his youth here. Explore the remains of palaces, forts, and mosques submerged in vegetation before continuing on down to the Farakka Barrage. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Farakka Barrage/Kolkata

Disembark early morning to catch the train (6hrs) to Kolkata. Arrive in the afternoon. Tour ends on arrival. Meals included: Breakfast

Validity 11 January 2018
Currency Our prices are quoted in ZAR, and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Inclusions • Arrival transfer
• Patna city tour
• Buddhist monastery and stupa visit (Nalanda)
• Pawapuri Jain temple visit
• Rickshaw ride to a Mughal fort and the East India Company cemetery (Munger)
• Pirpahar Hill and Sitakund Hot Springs visit
• Sultanganj visit
• Mansion and silk-weaving village visit (Bhagalpur)
• Bateshwar Temple visit
• 8th-century Buddhist stupa ruins and monastery visit (Vikramshila)
• Rajmahal visit
• Train to Kolkata
• All meals on board Varuna
• All transport to/from included activities and between destinations
• Accommodation aboard the Varuna riverboat (6 nights), comfort hotel (1 night)
• 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
• Transportation by riverboat Varuna, private vehicles, train, rickshaws, walking
• Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
Exclusions • Allow USD 55-75 for meals not included
• Tips on board
• International flights and taxes
• Drinks and items of personal nature
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