Hooghly River

After crossing the Navigational Lock Gate and travelling through the feeder canal, we cruise through the first distributary of Ganges, the Bhagirathi River, which flows on to form the Hooghly River. The dramatic change in the landscape is noticeable with wonderful lush green fertile flood plans of the golden Bengal that welcomes us. The riverbanks are much closer, which makes the viewing of the life along it, easier and enjoyable at the same time. Our first port of call on this stretch of the river is a wonderful sleepy village of Bengal, Boronagor. This is one of the most interesting village visits in our trip as this village not only gives an insight of the Bengal village life but also have one of the well preserved miniature terracotta temples of Bengal.

We continue our journey to arrive at the 18th century capital of Bengal, Murshidabad. As we approach our mooring place one gets a wonderful river front view of the palace grounds of Murshidabad,which is truly breathtaking. Adding to the charms of the visit to this place, we use the local horse drawn carriage locally called as “Tonga”, but don’t expect a Victorian carriage for the ride.

Our cruise sail past the Battlefield of Plassey where in 1757 Robert Clive of British East India Company defeated the then rulers of Bengal Mogul Nawabs, and their French Allies,establishing the company rule in India which expanded over much of South Asia for the next 190 years.During our voyage we come across an interesting village, Matiari, famous for recycling brass and copper utensils to new items. Our downstream journey sail across the holy town of Mayapur, which is the headquarter of ISKCON commonly known as the Krishna Consciousness movement all over the world. As we approach this townthe thing that catches our eye is the skyline that is predominated with an enormous Temple dome and another one under construction.

We continue our journey through the beautiful countryside of Bengal andmoor at Kalna. The visit toKalna is one of the highlights in your journey with us. Here we visit the beautiful terracotta temples of Bengal and 108 Shiva temples, one of its kinds in this region. Time permitting one will also get a chance to walk through the local market and to get an inside view of the life of this part of Bengal.

We continue our last leg of the voyage on the Hooghly River travelling through the different Colonial settlements of the 19th century. The different European East India Companies settled down here and left back their marks dotted along the bank of the Hooghly River; out of which the French township of Chandernagore is quite remarkable. The final point in our journey takes us to the mega city and the second largest cities of India – Kolkata, formally know as Calcutta. Entering Kolkata on board RV Bengal Ganga is a unique experience as we cruise underneath the famous “Howrah Bridge” the landmark of the city, and is the busiest cantilever bridge in the world. The magnificent skyline of Kolkata,which welcomes us, is totally breathtaking as we cruise past the beautiful historic downtown center of Kolkata to moor at our final disembarkation point near Botanical Garden.

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