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Ganges cruises can be taken separately or together to offer a choice of durations from 4 to 15 nights. Ganges and Lower Ganges cruises are all about visits to villages, towns, temples and monuments in a little-known but fascinating and culturally rich part of India, on foot, by cycle rickshaw or minibus.​

Cruises on the Lower Ganges operate all year round, while the Ganges cruises operate in the winter months only.

Due to river conditions, we cruise all the way up to Varanasi only in the months of August and September.

What is there to see

KOLKATA/CALCUTTA
The City of Palaces, Calcutta was the capital of British India for around 150 years, and boasts much superb colonial architecture. It can also claim to be the intellectual capital of modern India, and is a thriving, bustling, colourful and up to date city, with some excellent shops. In the northern suburbs lie the old French, Dutch and Danish colonial enclaves, still retaining a distinctive flavour.

KALNA
A pleasant agricultural centre, boasting some of Bengal's finest terracotta temples.

PLASSEY
The battlefield of Plassey, where the foundations of the British Raj were laid, lies close to the river, with a commemorative obelisk.

MURSHIDABAD
Capital of the Nawabs of Bengal, losers at Plassey, and a delightful backwater town full of abandoned mosques, tombs and crumbling palaces. Nearby Baranagar boasts further examples of charming terracotta temples.

FARAKKA BARRAGE
Where the Hooghly flows out from the Ganges, this great dam, opened in 1975, protects much of Bengal from flooding as well as generating electricity.

GAUR
First Islamic capital of Bengal, now a collection of superb early mosques and other buildings standing amongst paddy fields and mango orchards.

RAJMAHAL
An early Moghul capital of Bengal on the banks of the Ganges.

MONGHYR
A fine Moghul fort further expanded by the East India Company.

PATNA
One of the major centres of the East India Company, enriched by opium and indigo plantations, and now boasting a superb museum as well as fascinating places of worship.

BODHGAYA
Bodhgaya is the crucible of Buddhism, the place where Prince Siddharta attained enlightenment under a bodhi tree 2600 years ago and became Buddha. The most hallowed spot in town is the bodhi tree that flourishes inside the Mahabodhi Temple complex, amid a beautiful garden setting, its roots embedded in the same soil as its celebrated ancestor.

VARANASI
Varanasi, known as the City of Light, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of the world, dating back to 3000 years ago. It's the most important religious site for Hindus who come here to attain moksha or salvation through intimate rituals of life and death, all of which add to the deeply spiritual atmosphere. There's no place on Earth like Varanasi.

SUNDERBANS
Home to one of the largest concentrations of Royal Bengal tigers on the planet, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sunderbans are a network of channels and semi-submerged mangroves that forms the world’s largest river delta.



Pricing Table
ABN RAJMAHAL - UPPER DECK ABN SUKAPHA (UPPER DECK - TWIN) OR ABN RAJMAHAL (MAIN DECK - TWIN/SINGLE)
Price + USD 295 per person per night
USD 135 per night single supplement
USD 195 per person per night
USD 105 per night single occupancy of twin
Price ++ USD 395 per person per night
USD 175 per night single supplement
USD 325 per person per night
USD 155 per night single occupancy of twin
Price +++ USD 495 per person per night
USD 255 per night single supplement
USD 425 per person per night
USD 215 per night single occupancy of twin
Departure Dates 14 to 21 Dec 2017,  15 to 21 Dec 2017,  21 to 28 Dec 2017,  28 Dec to 4 Jan 2018,  29 Dec to 5 Jan 2018,   4 to 11 Jan 2018,  5 to 12 Jan 2018,  11 to 19 Jan 2018,  12 to 18 Jan 2018,  18 to 25 Jan 2018,  19 to 25 Jan 2018,  25 Jan to 1 Feb 2018,  26 Jan to 2 Feb 2018,  1 to 8 Feb 2018,  2 to 9 Feb 2018,  9 to 15 Feb 2018,  15 to 22 Feb 2018,  23 Feb to 2 Mar 2018,  1 to 8 Mar 2018,  2 to 9 Mar 2018,  8 to 15 Mar 2018,  9 to 15 Mar 2018,  15 to 22 Mar 2018,  22 to 29 Mar 2018,  23 to 30 Mar 2018,  29 to 5 Apr 2018,  30 Mar to 6 Apr 2018,  5 to 12 Apr 2018,  6 to 13 Apr 2018,  12 to 19 Apr 2018,  13 to 20 Apr 2018,  19 to 26 Apr 2018,  20 to 27 Apr 2018,  27 Apr to 4 May 2018, 

Note : Prices are subject to 5% GST (subject to change).


View Itineraries
Bengal Despatch 1 & 5: Historic Lower Ganges | Upstream + Downstream (8 Days) Bengal Despatch 2 & 4: The Holy Ganges | Upstream + Downstream (7 or 9 Days)
Bengal Despatch 6 & 7: Sunderbans | Upstream + Downstream (4 or 5 Days) Bengal Despatch 8: Bengal Memories (4 Days)
Bengal Despatch 9 & 10: The City of Light | Upstream + Downstream (8 Days)



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