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01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Lower Ganges

Sail through the lush countryside of West Bengal on this 10-night River Ganges cruise holiday, including hotel stays in Kolkata, and discover sacred temples, magnificent palaces and beautiful colonial architecture

Fly Cruise
10 nights from £3069pp

River Adventures Holiday
  • Kalna
  • Kolkata
  • Hooghly
  • Mayapur
  • River Ganges
  • Chandannagar - Photo:Biswarup Ganguly

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday


No single supplement! Applies to selected departures. Subject to availability

Family-friendly departures - kids go FREE on selected sailings! Subject to availability. T&Cs apply

Lower Ganges Special Offer

A river adventure along the sacred Ganges travels through the rural landscapes of West Bengal, past ancient temples, timeless villages and colonial riverside towns.

Enjoy an overnight hotel stay in Kolkata then sail to Kalna to see the sights on a cycle rickshaw ride to the city's magnificent temples then head to Matiari, a village renowned for producing beautiful handcrafted brass items using traditional methods. The rural village of Baranagar is home to several 18th-century temples, and the great Hazarduari Palace dominates the waterfront.

Experience the fascinating culture of Hare Krishna devotees in Mayapur and visit the impressive new temple. Chandannagar was established in 1673, with French colonial buildings lining the promenade. The Imambara at Hooghly gives the opportunity to relive a slice of Islamic history in Bengal before returning to Kolkata for an overnight hotel stay.

PD245 Operated by Pandaw River Adventures


Lower Ganges Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Kolkata (India)

Fly from the UK to Kolkata.

Day 2 - Kolkata

Arrive in Kolkata and transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 3 - Kolkata (India) - Barrackpore

Transfer to the ship. Sail to Barrackpore to walk past the Semaphore Tower, Government House, Flagstaff House and the Temple of Fame.

Day 4 - Kalna

Sail to Kalna and take a cycle rickshaw ride to see some of Bengal's best terracotta temples and the unique Shiva temple whose concentric rings are made up of 108 smaller shrines.

Day 5 - Matiari

In the brass-working village of Matiari you can interact with locals and see the traditional process of creating brass water pots and other vessels.

Day 6 - Murshidabad

Walk to the tranquil Khushbagh garden that surrounds the tombs of Siraj-ud-Daulah and his family, then visit the Katra Mosque, Nashipara Palace and Georgian-style Katgola Palace.

Day 7 - Baranagar - Ajimganj

Walk through idyllic countryside to visit Baranagar's three miniature terracotta temples.

Day 8 - Mayapur

Discover the village of Mayapur to visit the new International Society for Krishna Consciousness temple, the headquarters of the Hare Krishna movement, meet Krishna followers and walk through the pilgrims' bazaar.

Day 9 - Chandannagar - Hooghly

Sail to Chandannagar to visit the 18th-century church and Dupleix's House then cruise past the former Dutch settlement of Chinsura.

Day 10 - Kolkata

Disembark ship in Kolkata and transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 11 - Kolkata - UK

Transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise
  • 1-night pre and post-cruise hotel stay in Kolkata
  • Overseas transfers
  • All sightseeing, tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary
  • Local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas and tisanes on board
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Port taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel insurance
  • Premium wines, premium spirits, branded soft drinks, speciality coffees on board
  • Tips to tour guides, bus, boat and cycle operators
  • Visa costs

2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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