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River Cruises

India and the subcontinent together offer an ode to the meandering blue capillaries of water, that form a busy network across the lands – plummeting from the glaciers in towering mountains and flowing freely through the plains till the journey to surrounding oceans comes to an end. This is especially true for both Bangladesh and India, where the rivers of the countries provide more than just stunning backdrops.

Expect to see vignettes of impressive scenic views and life around the rivers, when on a cruise in India. The Brahmaputra in the northeast and the Ganges in the northern plains are especially rich with experiences for those choosing to explore the country on a river. Floating through a destination also offers scenes that you would never get on the road – the dense undergrowth in jungles that skirt the rivers or frothy rapids that thrill you.

Whether it is a small excursion or a long journey of a few days, the river cruises throw up many surprises. From fresh catch from the river for dinner or watching life of the locals that live on the edges, this is a great way of seeing a destination intimately.

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Journey on Ganges

13 Nights & 14 Days

Overview

Follow the path of  one the holiest rivers of India, along the eastern states of Bengal and Bihar. One of the most unique journeys, you can trace the footsteps of British invaders and then float into the history of the nation, skipping from ancient towns with diverse social fabric and practices. This is one of the most enriching journeys in India. This itinerary gives you the highlights of the day for the entire stretch of the journey.

Top Places

Kolkata / Board Vivada Cruiser | Kolkata / Barrackpore / Serampore / Chinsura / Bandel | Kalna / Shantipur / Fulia | Mayapur and Matiari | Murshidabad | Jangipur lock / Farakka Barrage / Malda | Rajmahal – Manihari | Bateswarsthan to visit Vikramshila / Kahelgoan | Bhagalpur | Munger | Samaria – Nalanda – Rajgir – Bodhgaya | Bodhgaya – Varanasi | Varanasi

Highlights

Bodhi Tree | Nalanda | Sarnath | Barrackpore | Chandannagore | Kalna | Matiari | Farakka Barrage | Ganga aarti



Kolkata / Board Vivada Cruiser / Day 1

Check in at Vivada jetty, Millennium Park as per convenience. Depending upon the tide the cruiser sails past the Howrah Bridge late evening or early morning next day.
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Kolkata / Barrackpore / Serampore / Chinsura / Bandel / Day 2

The Europe on Ganges: There are 5 European reminiscence within 40 km north of Kolkata and were trading post. The vessel will drop anchor at these places as per the guests’ choice. Visit any two or more. Barrackpore, the British Governors residence, Serampore: the Danish Colony under the name Frederiksnagore from 1755 to 1845 Chandannagore […]
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Kalna / Shantipur / Fulia / Day 3

Kalna – Maharajas of Bardhaman built several magnificent temples with intricate terracotta ornamentation, the main one being 108 Shiv Mandir built in 1809 in traditional chala architecture and the Raj Bari which house most of the temples. Shantipur / Fulia – The weavers of fine Bengal cotton come from here. The village is rich in […]
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Mayapur and Matiari / Day 4

Mayapur and Matiari: These are the headquarters of ISKCON, preaching the power of prayer to attain salvation. Matiari – Kansha (Bell metal wares) was a poor man substitute to the rich silverware used in Bengali homes for prayers, table wares and also for cooking. The traditional Kansari artisans make from scrap metals and are handcrafted […]
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Murshidabad / Day 5

The Nawab Murshid Quli Khan made Murshidabad the capital city of Sube Bangla, comprising of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. The East India Company reigned from here for many years after the Battle of Plassey. Visit Nizamat Kila, also known as the Hazaarduari Palace built by Duncan McLeod of the Bengal Engineers in 1867, in the […]
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Jangipur lock / Farakka Barrage / Malda / Day 6

Farakka Barrage is the world’s longest Barrage, controlling the sharing of waters between India and Bangladesh. Depending upon the check in time experience the sail through Farakka barrage – the lock gates open between 9am to 11 am with prior permission. The Farakka Barrage is the longest barrage in the world as per the Guinness […]
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Rajmahal – Manihari / Day 7

With strong currents the cruiser slows down to almost half the speed. As we cruise slowly, the beautiful country side of Jharkand and Bihar unfolds – Rajmahal and then to Manihari. Manihari is located on the banks of the holy Ganga River where it meets the Kosi River. Today if time permits the guests can […]
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Bateswarsthan to visit Vikramshila / Kahelgoan / Day 8

After early breakfast disembark at Bateswarsthan to visit Vikramshila. It is built by Bengal King Dharmapala in 8th Century. The Monastery gradually gained importance and became a centre for Tantric Buddhism. Embark at Kahelgoan by forenoon.
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Bhagalpur / Day 9

Bhagalpur: The city of finest raw silk and a historic town of Mughal period. It is believed that the Moghal emperor built a relief camp which his sister Jehanhara looked after and later the area came to be known as Jehanabad. Visit the weaver’s colony and explore the Jain relics in the area.
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Munger / Day 10

Munger Fort is built on a rocky hillock on the south bank of the Ganga River. The fort houses a number of religious and historic monuments such as the Tomb of Pir Shah Nufa (died 1497), Palace of Shah Suja, Tomb of Mulla Muhammad Said (died 1704 AD), the Kashtaharini Ghat on the Ganga River, […]
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Samaria – Nalanda – Rajgir – Bodhgaya / Day 11

Sail up to Samaria the final port before you disembark by forenoon. Continue drive to Bodhgaya. On the way visit Nalanda and Rajgir. Nalanda was a great Buddhist centre for more than 1000 years until the monastery, school and library were sacked and burnt by Muslims. The Chinese scholar Huien Tsan stayed here for 5 […]
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Bodhgaya – Varanasi / Day 12

After breakfast drive to Varanasi. On arrival in Varanasi, transfer to hotel. Situated between the rivers Varuna and Assi as they join the Ganges, Varanasi takes its name from its location. It is often referred to as the oldest living city in the world. It is also known as Kashi, the city of light, but […]
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Varanasi / Day 13 - 14

Today early morning you experience the life of this ancient city. See the beauty of the rising sun on the Ganges Boat Ride. Experience the early morning rituals of the Hindus being performed, thousands of people taking a bath in the holy river believing they will be free from the circle of rebirth. It is […]
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Ganges Heritage Cruise

07 Nights & 08 Days

Overview

The Ganga- Brahmaputra flood plains in the eastern part of the country are one of the richest in bio-diversity and even history. The trail marks the entry of the British , who then ruled the country for a long time. Along with that, there are weaving villages, ancient temples and even the longest barrage in the world. The mix of sights gives the traveller a fair idea of India and its subcultures.

Top Places

Kolkata | Barrackpore / Chandannagar | Kalna | Mayapur and Matiari | Murshidabad | Farakka Barrage | Kolkata

Highlights

Victoria Memorial | Kali Ma Temple | Barrackpore | Matiari | Farraka Barrage

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Kolkata / Day 1 - 2

Arrive in Kolkata. After breakfast visit the Famous Jain Temples of Kolkata and The Howard Bridge, a cantilevered bridge, also known as Rabindra Setu. This is similar in size to the Sydney Harbour Bridge but carries a flow of traffic which Sydney could never dream of. It is the busiest bridge in the world. Later […]
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Barrackpore / Chandannagar / Day 3

The Europe on Ganges: There are 5 European reminiscence within 40 km north of Kolkata and were trading post. The vessel will drop anchor at these places as per the guests’ choice. Visit any two or more. Barrackpore, the British Governors residence, Serampore: the Danish Colony under the name Frederiksnagore from 1755 to 1845 Chandannagore […]
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Kalna / Day 4

Kalna – Maharajas of Bardhaman built several magnificent temples with intricate terracotta ornamentation, the main one being 108 Shiv Mandir built in 1809 in traditional chala architecture and the Raj Bari which house most of the temples.
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Mayapur and Matiari / Day 5

Mayapur and Matiari: These are the headquarters of ISKCON, preaching the power of prayer to attain salvation. Matiari – Kansha (Bell metal wares) was a poor man substitute to the rich silverware used in Bengali homes for prayers, table wares and also for cooking. The traditional Kansari artisans make from scrap metals and are handcrafted […]
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Murshidabad / Day 6

The Nawab Murshid Quli Khan made Murshidabad the capital city of Sube Bangla, comprising of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. The East India Company reigned from here for many years after the Battle of Plassey. Visit Nizamat Kila, also known as the Hazaarduari Palace built by Duncan McLeod of the Bengal Engineers in 1867, in the […]
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Farakka Barrage / Day 7

Farakka Barrage is the world’s longest Barrage, controlling the sharing of waters between India and Bangladesh. Depending upon the check in time experience the sail through Farakka barrage – the lock gates open between 9am to 11 am with prior permission. The Farakka Barrage is the longest barrage in the world as per the Guinness […]
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Kolkata / Day 8

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Sunderbans & Bagerhat

08 Nights & 09 Days

Overview

Starting the journey from Dhaka, a traveller gets a vivid picture of a culture that lies across the Indian boundary in Bangladesh. Add to that the thrill of spotting the Bengal tiger in the reserve forest, and the trip is a magnificent one. The Sundarbans have a distinct dense mangrove forest, unique to the region.  This trip is ideal for the adventurous, as mild hikes, patient looking out for wildlife and taking in the rich biodiversity is the order of the day.

Top Places

Dhaka | Khulna – Sundarbans | Sundarbans | Sundarbans – Bagerghat – Khulna | Khulna – Benapole – Kolkata | Kolkata

Highlights

Sundarbans Reserve Forest | Victoria Memorial | Kali Ma Temple



Dhaka / Day 1

Arrive in Dhaka and transfer to the hotel. Spend the day sightseeing at Sadarghat, National Parliament building (outside), Dhakeshwari temple, Dhaka University campus etc. Overnight in Dhaka.
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Khulna – Sundarbans / Day 2

Transfer to domestic airport to catch the morning flight for Jessore. Upon arrival at Jessore drive to Khulna (2.5hrs drive), upon arrival at Khulna the guests will be transferred to our cruiser M. V. BHELA / M. V. Dinghy, lunch will be served and immediately the boat will start cruising towards the Sundarbans forest, en-route […]
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Sundarbans / Day 3 - 4

Early in the morning, leave for Kotka wildlife sanctuary. Arrival Kotka around 14:00hrs. In the late afternoon hike in the forest area to see the wildlife and the forest from close proximity. Back to the boat in the evening. Overnight on boat at Kotka. Early in the morning we shall float through small creeks and […]
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Sundarbans – Bagerghat – Khulna / Day 5

Early in the morning we shall offer a trip through small creeks and canals by a country boat. Around 0700hrs, leave Kochikhali for Mongla. After an early lunch, leave the Vessel at Mongla and drive to Bagerhat (45mins / 30km), to explore the Mosque City, 60-domed Mosque, Tomb of Khan Jahan (builder of the Mosque), […]
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Khulna – Benapole – Kolkata / Day 6

After an early breakfast (at around 7:00hrs) transfer to Benapole land border; the drive will take around 3hrs. Later continue your journey to Kolkata and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at Kolkata.
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Kolkata / Day 8

After breakfast visit the Famous Jain Temples of Kolkata and The Howard Bridge, a cantilevered bridge, also known as Rabindra Setu. This is similar in size to the Sydney Harbour Bridge but carries a flow of traffic which Sydney could never dream of. It is the busiest bridge in the world. Later drive to the […]
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Brahmaputra River Cruise

12 Nights & 13 Days

Overview

This cruise is perhaps the most ideal introduction to the Brahmaputra and its rich river plans. Finish the trip a visit to the Kaziranga National Park, the highlight of any visit to Assam. It also includes the rarely – visited Nameri National Park, a visit to a tea garden, and a trip through the bazaars of Tezpur on cycle rickshaws.

Top Places

Kolkata | Guwahati – Kurua | Khirakata | Tullugaon | Tezpur | Nameri National Park | Kaziranga National Park | Jorhat | Guwahati or Tezpur or Jorhat/ Kolkata

Highlights

Howrah Bridge | Victoria Memorial | Kamkhya Temple | Tullugaon | Nameri National Park | Kaziranga National Park

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Kolkata / Day 1 - 2

Arrive in Kolkata. After breakfast visit the famous Jain Temples of Kolkata and The Howard Bridge, a cantilevered bridge, also known as Rabindra Setu. This is similar in size to the Sydney Harbour Bridge but carries a flow of traffic which Sydney could never dream of. It is the busiest bridge in the world. Later […]
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Guwahati – Kurua / Day 3

After breakfast transfer to the airport and fly to Guwahati, where you will be met by a representative and taken on a short sightseeing tour of the city. Drive up Nilachal Hill to see the holy Kamakhya temple. With its tantric rites and animal sacrifice, the more squeamish may prefer to content themselves with the […]
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Khirakata / Day 4

The day is spent mostly cruising upstream with jungle-covered hills rising on either side, often battling against strong currents. We have time though to pause and visit the north bank village of Khirakata, with its lush green fields of vegetables and corn.
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Tullugaon / Day 5

Leaving the hills behind, we enjoy our first taste of the wilderness experience and sand banks like icebergs on either side. We visit Tullugaon, another bankside village with large sugarcane plantations. We shall see weavers at work in their homes, as well as the production of jaggery out of sugar cane juice. We moor for […]
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Tezpur / Day 6

We cruise on to reach Tezpur, where after lunch we visit the 6th century Da Parbatia temple ruins with a beautifully carved portal, then explore the town by cycle rickshaw, stopping at Cole Park with medieval stone carvings saved from sites all over the region, and passing the bungalow once lived in by Alexander Bruce, […]
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Nameri National Park / Day 7

After an early breakfast we drive for some two hours to the Nameri National Park at the foot of the blue hills of Arunachal Pradesh, the old North East Frontier Agency. Here we take a float trip of around two hours duration down the Jia Bhoreli River through the park, with excellent birdwatching opportunities (look […]
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Kaziranga National Park / Day 8

We continue upstream, passing below a seemingly endless new bridge across the vast width of the river bed, to moor at Steemer Ghat,  a lovely beach backed by jungle-covered hills. In the afternoon we drive to Kaziranga’s Western Range for a jeep safari and to scan the wilderness from an observation tower. Kaziranga is a […]
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Jorhat / Day 9

Disembark pre-dawn and drive to Kaziranga’s Central Range for an early morning elephant ride, the best way to get really close to the rhino and other animals. After breakfast at a lodge, we drive to a Mising tribal village, their distinctive houses raised on piles, then visit a nearby tea garden to see how tea […]
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Guwahati or Tezpur or Jorhat/ Kolkata / Day 10 - 11

An early start for the 4 hour drives back to Guwahati airport, or alternatively we can arrange 40 minute transfer to Tezpur airport or 2 ½ hrs transfer to Jorhat airport. Fly to Kolkata. Onward flight.
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Rice Boat Cruise

12 Nights & 13 Days

Overview

Get into the localness of Kerala bobbing in the rice boats that ply in the slim network of canals in the state. From here, you get to see life on the banks and a suffusion of green along the way. This is the best place to pace out your travel and see a rich culture in a slow and steady way. While most people tread on land, between one sightseeing stop to another, this is a unique way to take in Kerala.

Top Places

Cochin | Thakazhi | Champakulam-Nedumudy –Munnattinmugam – Onnamkara | Onnamkara Vennattukadu – Kainakary – Marthaondom Kayal | Marthaondom Kayal – Pallathurathy

Highlights

Houseboat Living | Chinese Fishing Nets | Shri Krishna Temple at Ambalapuzha



Cochin / Day 1 - 2

Arrive in Cochin and transfer to the hotel. Cochin is the commercial capital of the coastal state of Kerala, in the deep south of the nation. The city still exhibits footprints of its colonial influences from Portugal, Holland and England. Most amazing are the Chinese fishing nets along Vypeen Island. Traders brought these cantilevered fishing […]
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Thakazhi / Day 3

Cruise starts from Thottapally and moves via Paipaddu-Mannar and reaches at Thakazhi. Village sightseeing can be arranged depending on guest preference. Overnight and all meals, onboard the houseboat.
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Champakulam-Nedumudy –Munnattinmugam – Onnamkara / Day 4

Start from Thakazhi cruise via Champakulam-Nedumudy Munnattinmugam and reach Onnamkara for the night halt. Overnight and all meals, on board the houseboat.
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Onnamkara Vennattukadu – Kainakary – Marthaondom Kayal / Day 5

Start from Onnamkara Vennattukadu QST Kayal Kumarakom to reach Kainakary. Canoe ride at Kainakary. After canoe ride board back to the houseboat cruise to Marthaondom Kayal. Overnight and all meals, onboard the houseboat.
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Marthaondom Kayal – Pallathurathy / Day 6

Cruise starts from Marthaondom Kayal to move via Kuppapuram and reach back Pallathurathy. Later transfer back to Cochin airport and fly out.
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