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

Upper Ganges

This unique voyage covers an incredible one thousand miles from Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, to Varanasi, one of the most sacred places in Hinduism, taking in revered Buddhist sites along the way

Cruise Only
14 nights from £4083pp

River Adventures Holiday
  • Kolkata
  • Nalanda
  • Varanassi

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16-night flight-inclusive package from just £4899pp! Includes return flights from the UK, 2-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Varanasi, 7-night Ganges river cruise and overseas transfers

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Cruise the Upper Ganges between the fascinating cities of Kolkata and Varnassi on this exciting holiday.

See the intricate architecture of the striking Hooghly Imambara which has writing from the holy Quran engraved on its walls before exploring some of Bengal’s most attractive terracotta temples in the country town of Kala. Interact with the friendly locals in the charming riverside village of Matiari on the banks of the Hooghly River.

Witness the great Hazarduari Palace in Murshidabad and journey through the Farraka canal and lock to the Ganges. Discover the magnificent 8th century Buddhist site of Vikramshila, visit the famous Bihar School of Yoga and exploring the fascinating archaeological site of Nalanda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Take the opportunity to visit the nearby archaeological site of Chirand, before cruising to Ghjazipur, home to the world's largest opium factory, and on to Varanassi, one of the most colourful and spiritual cities in India. Without a doubt, it is one of the highlights of this incredible cruise along the Upper River Ganges.

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Upstream Itinerary

Day 1 - Kolkata (India)

Embark your ship in Kolkata and set sail to Chandernagore, a French possession until 1950. One of the city's major landmarks in Maidan, a park along the banks of the Hooghly River. To the east of Maidan is the Victoria Memorial, built to commemorate the reign of Queen Victoria.

Day 2 - Kala

In the town of Kalna, hop on a rickshaw which will take you to Bengal’s most attractive terracotta temples. Explore this array of remarkable temples which include the fascinating Shiva temple with concentric rings made up of 108 lesser shrines. Further into the countryside, visit the ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) temple which dominates Mayapur's skyline. This important temple receives over a million singing and dancing devotees a year from around the world.

Day 3 - Matiari

This morning, arrive in the charming riverside village of Matiari and spend time socialising with the friendly locals. Watch the fascinating process of beating out brass water pots and other vessels before cruising on to the battlefield of Plassey. It was on this battlefield in 1757 that the Commander-in-Chief of British India Robert Clive defeated Siraj-ud-Daulah, the last independent Nawab of Bengal.

Day 4 - Murshidabad

This morning, stroll through the tranquil Khushbagh, a Mughal-style garden which houses the tombs of Siraj-ud-Daulah and his family. Witness the majestic Hazarduari Palace as you cruise upstream and explore the great Katra Mosque as well as the Nashipara and Katgola palaces.

Day 5 - Farakka

Journey through the Farakka canal and lock which was constructed in 1963-75 whilst crossing from the Lower Ganges (or Hoogly River) to the Ganges. See the Farakka barrage which effectively dams the Ganges and strategically controls the flow of water into neighbouring Bangaladesh. Stay on the look out as this area is teeming with spectacular bird life.

Day 6 - Bateshwarsthan

After passing the confluence of the Kosi river that flows down from Nepal, arrive at the lovely town of Bateshwarsthan. Discover the 8th century Buddhist site of Vikramshila which was an important centre of Buddhist learning.

Day 7 - Sultanganj

Look out for Gangeatic dolphins as you sail to Bhaglapur; the hub of silk production. Explore the 18th century mansion of the Collector, Augustus Cleveland before continuing on to Jahanigra Islands; a place of pilgrimage with rock carvings. In the evening, moor off Sultanganj, with its pair of great granite rocks, one with a mosque and the other a temple dating from the 16th century.

Day 8 - Munger - Mokama

In Munger, discover the Mughal Fort and the East India Company cemetery before visiting the famous Bihar School of Yoga which was founded in 1964 by Satyananda Saraswat. Stop at Mokama, once home to Jim Corbett the naturalist and protector of the Indian tigers.

Day 9 - Nalanda - Bodhgaya

Disembark at Barh this morning and drive to Nalanda, an enthralling archaeological site and the remarkable 5th century Buddhist University. Enjoy lunch in Bodh Gaya and rest in a hotel before spending the afternoon exploring this exceptional UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the Maha Bodhi temple where the Lord Buddha attained enlightenment in the 5th century BC and the many surrounding monasteries which vary in style from Burmese to Japanese. This area is a global centre of pilgrimage for Buddhists. Return to the hotel for dinner and then take the Janshatbabdi Express train to Patna to meet the ship around 11pm.

Day 10 - Doriganj

Witness the collections of early Buddhist artefacts at the famous Patna museums and admire the small yet splendid Moghul tomb at Maner. Next, sail to the confluence with the Manek to moor at Doriganj; a busy river port and visit the nearby archaeological site of Chirand. Journey on to the confluence with the Gaghra. Please note, the visit to the Patna Museums depends on the opening/entry times.

Day 11 - Buxar

In Buxar, visit the battlefield of the 1764 battle between the British and the Moghuls before heading to Madhubani, the centre of Mithila to admire the the wonderfully vivid and colourful folk art.

Day 12 - Ghazipur

Upon arrival in Ghazipur, discover the striking tomb of Lord Cornwallis, the British Army general and official and former Governor of India who passed away here in 1805.

Day 13 - Varanasi

The ancient city of Varanasi was established in 11th Century and boasts more then 2,000 temples making it the holiest city in India. Visit the Sarnath and Deer Park which has an archaeological museum and is the location of Lord Buddha's first sermon.

Day 14 - Varanasi

Take rowing boats out onto the water and watch the sun rise over the bathing ghats before enjoy a delicious breakfast. This afternoon, hop into a rickshaw and spend some time exploring the amazing old city of Varanasi before spending the afternoon walking along the ghats and watching the 'Aarati' rituals.

Day 15 - Varanasi

Disembark your ship.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. The reverse itinerary (Downstream) varies slightly. PLEASE NOTE: It is illegal to serve alcoholic drinks whilst cruising through the state of Bihar. For this reason, alcohol will not be served onboard the ship. This will affect the upstream itinerary from Day 6 until the afternoon of Day 12, and the Downstream itinerary from Day 3 until the afternoon of Day 9.

Price Includes

  • 14-night full board cruise
  • All sightseeing, tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary
  • Local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas and tisanes on board
  • Onboard gratuities

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel insurance
  • All beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas and tisanes
  • Tips to tour guides, bus, boat and cycle operators
  • Port taxes

Special Features

  • It is illegal to serve alcoholic drinks whilst cruising through the state of Bihar. For this reason, alcohol will not be served onboard the ship. This will affect the upstream itinerary from Day 6 until the afternoon of Day 12, and the Downstream itinerary from Day 3 until the afternoon of Day 9.
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • December
    • Dec 7th - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £5063
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £5063 Brochure Price From: £5746
    • Dec 8th - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4537
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4537 Brochure Price From: £4976
    • Dec 21st - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4990
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4990 Brochure Price From: £5473
    • Dec 22nd - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478

2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • January
    • Jan 4th - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4900
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4900 Brochure Price From: £5374
    • Jan 5th - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4990
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4990 Brochure Price From: £5473
    • Jan 19th - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £5444
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £5444 Brochure Price From: £5971
  • March
    • Mar 1st - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £5444
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £5444 Brochure Price From: £5971
  • April
    • Apr 11th - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4900
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4900 Brochure Price From: £5374
    • Apr 12th - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4537
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4537 Brochure Price From: £4976
  • September
    • Sep 23rd - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
  • October
    • Oct 8th - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Oct 8th - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Oct 23rd - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Oct 23rd - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
  • November
    • Nov 7th - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Nov 7th - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Nov 22nd - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Nov 22nd - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
  • December
    • Dec 7th - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Dec 22nd - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Dec 22nd - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478

2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • January
    • Jan 6th - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Jan 6th - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Jan 21st - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Jan 21st - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
  • February
    • Feb 5th - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Feb 5th - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Feb 20th - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Feb 20th - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
  • March
    • Mar 7th - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Mar 7th - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Mar 22nd - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Mar 22nd - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
  • April
    • Apr 6th - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Apr 6th - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Apr 21st - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
  • October
    • Oct 3rd - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Oct 18th - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Oct 18th - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
  • November
    • Nov 2nd - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Nov 2nd - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Nov 17th - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
  • December
    • Dec 2nd - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Dec 17th - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Dec 17th - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478

2022 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • January
    • Jan 1st - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Jan 1st - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Jan 16th - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Jan 16th - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Jan 31st - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Jan 31st - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
  • February
    • Feb 15th - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Feb 15th - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
  • March
    • Mar 2nd - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Mar 2nd - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Mar 17th - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Mar 17th - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
  • April
    • Apr 1st - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Kindat Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Apr 1st - Kolkata (ex Calcutta) to Varanasi - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
    • Apr 16th - Varanasi to Kolkata (ex Calcutta) - Sailing on: Katha Pandaw From: £4083
      Main Deck Upper Deck
      Brochure Price From: £4083 Brochure Price From: £4478
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