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Ganges River Cruise Adventure

8 days with G Adventures  Rating: Budget

River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Patna
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2 Patna 
Enjoy a free day to explore Patna before a 4pm embarkation. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 3 Patna/Barh 
Enjoy a morning tour of Patna, visiting the extraordinary 18th-century Golghar granary, the great Sikh temple, and the State Museum. Continue on, passing near the old East India Company opium warehouses and cruise down to moor for the evening at Barh. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 4 Barh/Mokama 
Enjoy an excursion to the excavated Buddhist monastery and stupa at Nalanda, with a visit to the adjoining museum. After, visit the Pawapuri Jain temple, situated in the middle of a lake. Return to the vessel and continue to the bridge at Mokama, where earlier the famous naturalist Jim Corbett spent his working life overseeing the ferry crossing. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 5 Mokama/Sultanganj 
Sail down to Munger. Take a rickshaw ride through the town to view the remnants of a Mughal fort and the East India Company cemetery. Visit the bazaars with the locals before exploring Pirpahar Hill and Sitakund Hot Springs. Continuing walking through the village and fields before getting back on board. Continue on to anchor near Jehangira Island at Sultanganj, a pilgrimage spot with early Hindu rock carvings. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 6 Sultanganj/Bhagalpur 
Spend the morning sailing a stretch of the river where South Asian river dolphins may be seen to Bhagalpur, a centre of silk production. Visit a mansion and silk-weaving village. Continue on close to the island shrine at Colganj, boasting Hindu and Buddhist cave temples. Visit Bateshwar Temple with 6th-century Hindu carvings, and the nearby ruins of an 8th-century Buddhist stupa and monastery at Vikramshila. Anchor for the night near the confluence with the Kosi River coming down from Nepal. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 7 Bhagalpur/Farakka Barrage 
Sail downstream to Rajmahal, a village offering both points of interest and fantastic local atmosphere. Shah Jehan, builder of the Taj Mahal, spent much of his youth here. Explore the remains of palaces, forts, and mosques submerged in vegetation before continuing on to the Farakka Barrage. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Day 8 Farakka Barrage/Kolkata 
Disembark early morning to catch the train (6hrs) to Kolkata. Arrive in the afternoon. Tour ends on arrival. (1B)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
  • Discover picturesque temples
  • Explore ancient palaces and historical sights
  • Savour Indian cuisine on board
  • Enjoy a rickshaw ride to view Mughal ruins
All This Included
Imagine the cruise of a lifetime along India's Ganges River. Unpack once in your cabin and let the riverboat move you from place to life-changing place for seven incredible days. Explore palace ruins at Rajmahal, trace 6th-century rock carvings with your own fingers, and photograph to your heart's content the picturesque Pawapuri Jain temple in the middle of a lake. Experience India in a way you haven't yet imagined.
  • Arrival transfer
  • Patna city tour
  • Buddhist monastery and stupa visit (Nalanda)
  • Pawapuri Jain temple visit
  • Rickshaw ride to a Mughal fort and the East India Company cemetery (Munger)
  • Pirpahar Hill and Sitakund Hot Springs visit
  • Sultanganj visit
  • Mansion and silk-weaving village visit (Bhagalpur)
  • Bateshwar Temple visit
  • 8th-century Buddhist stupa ruins and monastery visit (Vikramshila)
  • Rajmahal visit
  • Train to Kolkata
  • All meals on board Varuna
  • All transport to/from included activities and between destinations.
  • Aboard the Varuna riverboat (6 nts), comfort hotels (1 nt).
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
Accommodations on this Tour
Aboard the Varuna riverboat (6 nts)
Comfort hotels (1 nt)
Notes
  • Small group experience; Max 24
  • Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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