Arrival & Departure point: Kolkata (CCU), West Bengal, India
Embarkation: 1.30 pm at Kolkata
Disembarkation: 8 am at Murshidabad
Destinations Covered: Kolkatta-Serampore-Bandel-Kalna-Shantipur-Mayapur-Katwa- Matiari-Murshidabad-Kolkatta
Highlights: Howrah Budge, Serampore former-Danish Colony, institute de Chandannagar, Bandel, Portuguese Church & Monastery, Weavers colony, Murshidabad & Plassey, Hazaarduari Palace (Palace of a Thousand Doors) are few among the attractions.
Duration: 4 Night & 5 Days
Extension: This cruise can be extended to 7 nights & 8 Days by taking Sunderbans 3 Nights Cruise.
Ship: The spacious rooms in the ship helps the tourists relax and unwind themselves. The comfort factor in these rooms is good with air-conditioning, Twin & double bedded and en suite shower and toilet; the rooms also provide you ample reading material, telephone connection, an emergency kit with torch, and also the tea and coffee maker. Multi Cuisine Restaurant, Bar, Open air Gym, SPA & Massage facilities, Library with many rare books, Conference Room, Music System, Navigational and communication Systems : Mini SATCOM, Radio, Telephone VHF, Eco Sounder, Radar. The vessel also has life saving and fire fighting appliances on board like Life Jacket, Life Buoys, Life Rafts, Fire Extinguishers, Fire Pumps with hoses & Nozzles, Fire buckets and Life Boat also on board.
Day 1: Chandannagar
Cruise starts at 1.30 pm, sail past the Howrah Budge to visit the heritage site of Serampore, a Danish colony till 1805. The Church, Museum, cemetery and the college have been preserved as a part of heritage.
Sail up to Chandannagar – a French colony from 1673 to 1952. Even though the city was under the possession of English in 1757 and in 1794, it was restored to French. 18th century mansion of the French administrator now houses the institute de Chandannagar with a library. Enjoy the dinner on board and spend overnight.
Day 2: Shantipur
Morning visit Bandel – the Portuguese Colony. The Church and the Monastery were built around 1660 by the Portuguese. Bandal Church is one of the oldest Christian churches in West Bengal dedicated to Nossa Senhora di Rozario.
Sail up to Kalna: Visit the terracotta temples and Rajbari at Kalna. Cross the river and after a short ride visit Weavers colony at Phulia / Shantipur, famous for fine Bengal cottons. Sail up to Mayapur. Back to the vessel after tour.
Enjoy your evening meals and overnight stay on board.
Day 3: Mayapur
Visit Mayapur, the headquarters of ISKCON. Cruise to Katwa passing through the country side. Visit the Kansari artisans at Matiari. Kansari artisans make brass and bell metal utensils. Cruise further to Murshidabad passing through quite country side. Spend the night on board with dinner after the shore excursions.
Mayapur: Mayapur is located on the banks of the Ganges river, at the point of its confluence with the Jalangi, near Navadvip, West Bengal, India, 130 km north of Kolkata. Sri Mayapur is a sublimely beautiful village on the sacred bank of river Ganga, lovingly known as mother Ganga. Geographically, it’s situated around 130km north of Calcutta (Kolkata) in West Bengal state of India.
ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) or the Hare Krishna movement has its headquarters here. It is the birthplace of Sri Krishna Chaitanya, who appeared in 14th century, 1486, incarnation of Krishna (according to local and broader belief). He is the one who started the Hare Krishna movement- he was the first to teach widespread mass chanting and singing of the Hare Krishna mantra. Mayapur is one of the most sacred and peaceful areas in all of India.
Day 4: Murshidabad whole day tour
Murshidabad first capital of Bengal under the British is one of the oldest cities of West Bengal and has a rich heritage. The Nawab Murshid Kuli Khan made Murshidabad the capital city of Sube bangla, comprising of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa.
Attractions here are Hazaarduari Palace (Palace of a Thousand Doors), built by Duncan McLeod of the Bengal Engineers in 1867, in the Italianate style.Katra mosque & Katgola Gardens and Adinath Jain Temple (1873). Typically Jain style of ornamentation lends a unique beauty to this Jain temple. On the other bank of the river the Khushbach Cemetery, where the remains of Ali Vardi Khan and Siraj Ud Daulah are interred. Departure Murshidabad, sail for Katwa at 4 PM. Take your final night’s dinner from the cruiser and relax on board.
Day 5: Murshidabad to Kolkatta by road (240 K.ms, 4.5 hours drive)
After breakfast check out of the cruiser at Murshidabad for transfer to Kolkata by train for your onward journey
Extension: This cruise can be extended to 7 nights & 8 Days by taking 3 Nights Sunderbans Wildlife Cruise.
Please Note: The time of Check-in, disembarkation and the excursions may vary depending upon the tidal and other environmental conditions.
- Pick up transfer to the Vessel from Kolkatta,
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis,
- All meals (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner),
- Unlimited supply bottled drinking water,
- Cruising on the Ganges,
- Shore excursions,
- English speaking guide,
- Return transfer to Kolkatta from Murshidabad,
- And all taxes and service charges.
Price as per Request