India: Cruising Along the Ganges

Optional Pre-trip extension to Amritsar and Dharamsala

October 20 – October 27, 2017 (Pre-trip Extension)
October 26 – November 7, 2017

The Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers form one of the largest river systems on the earth and the history of the vast estuary formed from their combined deltas is both fascinating and complex. As geological movement caused the main channels of the rivers to shift, new areas of settlement and trade were created. Ideas and architecture often underwent significant adaptations in the process. More recently political frontiers created by the British have divided a region geographically split by water channels yet culturally united. Join us on a unique journey through a lush land of rich archaeological sites, mangrove forests and decaying mansions of nineteenth-century maharajas. Begin the trip in Kolkata, the capital of present day West Bengal. Spend an afternoon visiting Dalhousie Square, St. John’s Church and Victoria Memorial. Begin sailing up the Ganges River and stop in the town of Kala to enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through enchanting and distinctive temples. Visit villages specializing in brass and copper making. Explore the historic town of Murshidabad by tonga (a horse-drawn cart). Cruise through canals with abundant birdlife while continuing the journey up the Ganges. In Bateshwarsthan visit the site of Vikramshila University, one of two important centers of Buddhist learning during the reign of the Pala Dynasty which dates back to the 8th or 9th century BC. Visit the important pilgrimage site of Bhagirath and the Bihar School of Yoga in Munger, one of the largest cities in Bihar state. Travel to Nalanda, the oldest seat of learning in India; also visit Rajgir, where Buddha spent many years and finally arrive in Bodhgaya where Buddha obtained enlightenment. End the trip in Varanasi, the holiest town for Hindus. Fly home from Varanasi.

Main Trip

Trip Price: $6,940 based on double occupancy.

For a single occupancy, please add $1,620.

Trip price includes all hotel accommodations in main deck cabins or deluxe or best-available hotels based on double-occupancy, meals as listed in the itinerary (B,L,D), all tours, excursions, sightseeing, entrances and porterage.

Itinerary

October 26: Thursday. Depart the US.
October 27: Friday. Kala. R.V. Bengal Ganga.
October 28: Saturday. Matiari.
October 29: Sunday. Murshidabad.
October 30: Monday. Jangipur.
October 31: Tuesday. Samtaghat.
November 1: Wednesday. Bateshwarsthan.
November 2: Thursday. Sultanganj.
November 3: Friday. Munger.
November 4: Saturday. Bodhgaya. Hotel Royal Residency.
November 5: Sunday. Varanasi. Gateway Hotel Ganges.
November 6: Monday. Varanasi.
November 7: Tuesday. Return home from Varanasi.

Optional Pre-trip Extension

Trip Price: $1,680 based on double occupancy.

For a single occupancy, please add $700.

Trip price includes all hotel accommodations in deluxe or best-available hotels based on double occupancy, meals as listed in the itinerary (B,L,D), all tours with a national English speaking guide, excursions, sightseeing, entrances and porterage. 

Approximate cost of internal air: $390

Itinerary

October 20: Friday. Depart the US.
October 21: Saturday. Delhi. Trident Gurgaon Hotel.
October 22: Sunday. Amritsar. Vivanta by Taj – Amritsar.
October 23: Monday. Dharamsala. Fortune Park Moksha.
October 24: Tuesday. Dharamsala.
October 25: Wednesday. Bateshwarsthan.
October 26: Thursday. Kolkata. Taj Bengal.
October 27: Friday. Depart.

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