Explore North India & the Ganges
Imagine the rare opportunity to experience India's greatest highlights and cruise the mighty Ganges River in one extraordinary adventure. This unique 16-day itinerary covers the lively rush of Delhi, the tranquility of the Taj Mahal, the character of rural villages, and the pure serenity of sailing the river from temple to palace and everything in between. This once-in-a-lifetime journey on water and land will have you wanting to return to the glory of India sooner than later.
Walk the backstreets of Delhi with a local guide, experience local living with a heritage homestay in a rural village, enjoy a rickshaw ride to view Mughal ruins, take in the pace of life on the river
Van, bus, rickshaw, train, walking, plane, riverboat.
Hotels (7 nts), heritage hotel (1 nt), riverboat (7 nts)
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Meet a Local Historian, Jaipur National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Local Village Immersion, SÄwarda G Adventures for Good: Women on Wheels Transfer, Indira Gandhi International Airport G Adventures for Good: City Walk, Delhi. Tour of Old Delhi. VIsit the Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort. Excursion to Fatehpur Sikri and the Abhaneri step wells. Explore Jaipur. Explore Barrackpore. Visit Chandernagore and the imambara at Hooghly. Excursion to Kalna by cycle-rickshaws. Visit Mayapur. Excursion to the brass-working village of Matiari. Entrance to Khushbagh Mughal-style gardens and Hazarduari Palace. Visit the Katra Mosque, Nashipara Palace, and Katgola Palace. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 8 Delhi/Calcutta (1B)
Fly to Kolkata and transfer to your hotel.
Day 9 Calcutta/BÄrÄkpur (1B, 1D)
Transfer to the boat and once on board, explore the riverboat and settle in. As the trip gets underway, sail up past the old Danish colony of Serampore, and head out to explore Barrackpore.
Day 10 BÄrÄkpur/KÄlna (1B, 1L, 1D)
Sail to Chandannagar, a former French possession, to explore. Continue to Chinsurah, to visit the historic Dutch cemetery and the Imambara before reboarding the vessel. Moor near Kalna for the night.
Day 11 KÄlna/Matiari (1B, 1L, 1D)
Land at the country town of Kalna and take cycle rickshaws to see the terracotta temples, as well as the unique Shiva temple. Later, explore Mayapur, with its skyline dominated by the vast ISKCON temple. Sail on through the night to a mooring near Matiari.
Day 12 Matiari/MurshidÄbÄd (1B, 1L, 1D)
Start the day with a visit to the brassworking village of Matiari to witness their ancient techniques. Continue on the river to a rural mooring near the battlefield of Plassey and opt to walk to the commemorative obelisk.
Day 13 MurshidÄbÄd (1B, 1L, 1D)
Explore the Khushbagh this morning, a peaceful Moghul-style garden housing several tombs. Continue a little way upstream to Murshidabad to visit Hazarduari Palace and Katra Mosque before driving to two 18th-century buildings the Nashipara Palace and the Katgola Palace.
Day 14 MurshidÄbÄd/Farakka (1B, 1L, 1D)
Explore the rural village of Baranagar and walk through farmers' fields to visit three miniature terracotta temples. Continue up the river and take in the scenery as you cruise to a mooring near the Farakka Barrage.
Day 15 Farakka (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a full day excursion by road to Gaur, near the town of Malda (English Bazaar). Visit a number of sights from the 12th-century Hindus and 14th-century Muslims, including mosques and palaces. Rejoin the boat in the evening.
Day 16 Farakka/Calcutta (1B)
Transfer to Farakka station at dawn to catch the morning train and journey back to Kolkata. Tour ends on arrival in Kolkata.