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BENGAL YATRA
6 Days on Tour: 4 Nights on Bengal Ganga & 1 Night in Hotel

IMPORTANT NOTICE

The cruise schedule includes the latest information regarding your program, but last minute adjustments may occur. The schedule may shift due to the weather or to take advantage of unexpected opportunities. The exact time for each activity will be announced or posted by the onboard tour staff.

The letters in parentheses denote the meals provided that day: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner.

DAY 1:  ARRIVE AT KOLKATA – EMBARK / SAIL TO KALNA (_, L, D)

Arrival at Kolkata by morning flight and transfer to jetty to board the cruise ship RV Bengal Ganga. Lunch onboard.

Post lunch embark on an Orientation Tour of KOLKATA, which will take us to the Dalhousie Square that houses several Colonial/Heritage monuments like Writer’s Building, General Post Office, High Court, Raj Bhawan (Governor’s Palace), Town Hall, Council House, Treasury Building and the Reserve Bank of India.

We then visit St. John’s Church and the Victoria Memorial for a photo stop and walk in the gardens. St. John’s Church, originally a cathedral, was among the first public buildings erected by the East India Company after Kolkata became the effective capital of British India. It was modeled according to the St Martin-in-the-Fields of London. The Victoria Memorial is a grand marble building built during 1906-1921 in the memory of Queen Victoria (1819–1901). The Memorial lies on the Maidan (grounds) by the bank of the Hooghly River.

Return to the ship and cast off to Kalna. Our upstream journey towards Kalna sails through the areas where the different European settlers had established their respective East Indian Companies leaving back reminiscence of their settlements during the period of 17th to 19th century.

Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 2:  KALNA – MATIARI (B, L, D)

Morning we ride Cycle Rickshaws to visit the enchanting Rajbari Temple Complex in KALNA. The temples of Kalna take elements from mosques and temple architecture to create a new congregational space of worship. On one side of the road lies the Nabakailas Temples. Built in 1809 by the Bardhaman Maharaja, it contains 108 'aat-chala' or “eight slope-roofed” Shiva temples arranged in two concentric circles. The outer circle consists of 74 temples of alternate black and white lingams; while the 34 temples of the inner circle have only white lingams. On the other side of the road lies a walled complex, containing the most diversified form of Bengal’s temple architecture: Pratapeshwar Temple, contains terra cotta plaques depicting themes of Hindu epics and mythical life of saints, gods & goddesses and various aspects of day-to-day life. The other notable temples here are the Lalji temple, Krishnachandra temple and the flat roofed temple of Giri Govardhan.

Return to the ship and cruise towards Matiari, arriving by the evening and moor for the night.

Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga.

DAY 3:  SAIL MATIARI / MURSHIDABAD (B, L, D)

Early in the morning we will visit the village of MATIARI, which is famous for its work in brass and copper. Here copper is still processed manually. The unique character of the area is that as we start walking towards the village, we can hear loud noises of beating metal coming from all the houses. Stroll in the village and visit some homes to see and experience the different process of the brass making with a chance of buying artifacts and souvenirs.

Return to the ship, cast off and cruise towards Murshidabad sailing past Plassey, which is well known for the battle that took place in 1757 that turned the history of India. The battlefield of Plassey is where Robert Clive of British East India Company defeated the Mogul Nawab, the then ruler of Bengal and his French Allies; establishing the company rule in India which expanded over much of South Asia for the next 190 years.

Arrive at Murshidabad and moor for the night.

Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga.

DAY 4:  SAIL MURSHIDABAD / JANGIPUR (B, L, D)

Morning excursion of the historic town of MURSHIDABAD. We ride the local Tonga (horse cart) to visit the oldest mosque of this town the Katra Mosque built by the first Nawab of Murshidabad, Nawab Murshid Quli Khan in the year 1724-25. From there we ride the Tonga to the Hazarduari Palace Museum. Built during the reign of Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah (1824-1838 AD) by an English architect, Duncan McLeod following the Greek “Doric” style. The palace has more than a thousand real and false doors in the vast corridors. Inside the palace museum one can observe a wide collection of antiquities including various kinds of weapons, oil paintings of Dutch, French and Italian artists, marble, porcelain & stucco statues, are manuscripts and palanquins mostly belonging to the 18th-19th centuries. Opposite to the Palace is the vast Imambara open only during the religious ceremony time.

Return to the ship and sail onwards to Jangipur and moor for the night.

Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga.

DAY 5:  DISEMBARK JANGIPUR – TRAIN TO KOLKATA (B, L, D)

Early this morning disembark the ship with packed snack boxes and transfer to Jangipur train station to board train to Kolkata: Train Intercity Express, 07:40 – 12:50 hrs

On arrival in Kolkata, lunch at a local restaurant and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at Hotel Taj Bengal / Oberoi Grand or similar.

DAY 6:  DEPARTURE FROM KOLKATA (B, _, _)

Transfer to airport for your flight or depart to your onward destination.

 

**** END OF BENGAL YATRA UPSTREAM CRUISE TOUR ****

BENGAL YATRA
6 Days on Tour: 5 Nights on Bengal Ganga

IMPORTANT NOTICE

The cruise schedule includes the latest information regarding your program, but last minute adjustments may occur. The schedule may shift due to the weather or to take advantage of unexpected opportunities. The exact time for each activity will be announced or posted by the onboard tour staff.

The letters in parentheses denote the meals provided that day: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner. 

 

DAY 1:  ARRIVE KOLKATA – TRAIN TO JANGIPUR (_, _, D)

Arrive at Kolkata after midday and transfer to train station to board train to Jangipur.
Train: Intercity Express, 15:15 – 20:15

On arrival at Jangipur train station transfer to board the ship.
Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 2:  SAIL JANGIPUR  – MURSHIDABAD  (B, L, D)

Today we sail towards the historic town of MURSHIDABAD arriving by the afternoon.

Post lunch we walk to the Hazarduari Palace Museum. Built during the reign of Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah (1824-1838 AD) by an English architect, Duncan McLeod following the Greek “Doric” style. The palace has more than a thousand real and false doors in the vast corridors. Inside the palace museum one can observe a wide collection of antiquities including various kinds of weapons, oil paintings of Dutch, French and Italian artists, marble, porcelain & stucco statues, are manuscripts and palanquins mostly belonging to the 18th-19th centuries. Opposite to the Palace is the vast Imambara open only during the religious ceremony time.

We walk back to the ship through the local market.

Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga.

DAY 3:  SAIL MURSHIDABAD – MATIARI (B, L, D)

Post breakfast we ride the local Tonga (horse cart) to visit the oldest mosque of this town the Katra Mosque built by the first Nawab of Murshidabad, Nawab Murshid Quli Khan in the year 1724-25.

We ride back the tongas to the jetty and continue the cruise towards Matiari, sailing past Plassey – which is well known for the battle that took place in 1757 that turned the history of India. The battlefield of Plassey is where Robert Clive of British East India Company defeated the Mogul Nawab, the then ruler of Bengal and his French Allies; establishing the company rule in India which expanded over much of South Asia for the next 190 years.

Arrive at Matiari and moor for the night.

Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 4:  SAIL MATIARI – KALNA  (B, L, D)

Early in the morning we will visit the village of MATIARI, which is famous for its work in brass and copper. Here copper is still processed manually. The unique character of the area is that as we start walking towards the village, we can hear loud noises of beating metal coming from all the houses. Stroll in the village and visit some homes to see and experience the different process of the brass making with a chance of buying artifacts and souvenirs.

Return to the ship, cast off and cruise towards Kalna arriving by the afternoon.

Post lunch we ride Cycle Rickshaws to visit the enchanting Rajbari Temple Complex in KALNA. The temples of Kalna take elements from mosques and temple architecture to create a new congregational space of worship. On one side of the road lies the Nabakailas Temples. Built in 1809 by the Bardhaman Maharaja, it contains 108 'aat-chala' or “eight slope-roofed” Shiva temples arranged in two concentric circles. The outer circle consists of 74 temples of alternate black and white lingams; while the 34 temples of the inner circle have only white lingams. On the other side of the road lies a walled complex, containing the most diversified form of Bengal’s temple architecture: Pratapeshwar Temple, contains terra cotta plaques depicting themes of Hindu epics and mythical life of saints, gods & goddesses and various aspects of day-to-day life. The other notable temples here are the Lalji temple, Krishnachandra temple and the flat roofed temple of Giri Govardhan.

We moor further down at Bandel for the night.

Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 5:  SAIL KALNA – KOLKATA (B, L, D)

Today we cruise through the vast countryside of golden Bengal towards KOLKATA. Our cruise will take us through the areas where the different European settlers had established their respective trading posts during the period of 17th to 19th century.

Post lunch Orientation Tour of Kolkata, which will take us to the Dalhousie Square that houses several Colonial/Heritage monuments like Writer’s Building, General Post Office, High Court, Raj Bhawan (Governor’s Palace), Town Hall, Council House, Treasury Building and the Reserve Bank of India.

We then visit St. John’s Church and the Victoria Memorial for a photo stop and walk in the gardens. St. John’s Church, originally a cathedral, was among the first public buildings erected by the East India Company after Kolkata became the effective capital of British India. It was modeled according to the St Martin-in-the-Fields of London. The Victoria Memorial is a grand marble building built during 1906-1921 in the memory of Queen Victoria (1819–1901). The Memorial lies on the Maidan (grounds) by the bank of the Hooghly River.

Overnight on board RV Bengal Ganga

DAY 6:  DEPARTURE FROM KOLKATA (B, _, _)

After breakfast disembark the ship and transfer to airport for your flight or depart to your onward destination.

**** END OF BENGAL YATRA DOWNSTREAM CRUISE TOUR ****

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